Monday, April 14, 2014

Movie Monday

I finally watched The Thin Red Line. It had been on my list for a long time but you sometimes have to be in the right mood for a movie. This one in particular. It is a Terrence Malick movie so my expectations where high especially with being a little disappointed with To the Wonder.
But this is a beautiful and captivating movie which will touch you and it is Terrence Malick at his best.
The movie is an adaptation of the autobiography by James Jones showing the conflict of the Guadacanal during WW II.
I personally like war movies (this sounds so wrong). What I mean is movies which portrait the war, not glorify it, but are real and critical about it.
The Thin Red Line was exactly that. An insight into the time, the people, the camaraderie, the pain, the struggle, the fear, the heroism, the regret, the aftermath, the captivity and the numbness. And it wouldn't be a Terrence Malick movie if it didn't have the following elements: beautiful lighting, narrative by the main characters, nature as an important element, a philosophical nature to it.
I wasn't sure how these things would work in a movie about war, how he would portrait it but oh how well he did.
And let's just talk for a second about the amazing cast  of actors! Jim Caviezel really brings it to life though as the main character and hero of the movie. The kindness of his eyes and the soft sound of his voice (no wonder he played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ!) make you believe and still see the good in people.
"We were a family. How'd it break up and come apart, so that now we're turned against each other? Each standing in the other's light. How'd we lose that good that was given us? Let it slip away. Scattered it, careless. What's keepin' us from reaching out, touching the glory?" - Pvt. Witt

xoxo

Ramona

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday Tunes

You may or may not know this about me, but I love classical music. I grew up with it, played it on the piano myself. Whenever I listen to classical music it is as if my heart opens up and it touches me in ways other music cannot.
I also am a big lover for the New Years concert which is broadcast every year on January 1 live from Vienna. Watching this concert was a tradition in my grandmother's house and a tradition in my parents' house and so I continued it and watch it every single year. Of course they play all the traditional songs by Strauss and it's the perfect way to start a new year.
Anyways all this to say I have been listening to the Kaiserwalzer on repeat for a week now. Everytime I get into my car it's playing. I don't know why, but I just love it so I thought you should share in the beauty of this piece.
I am pretty sure most of you will now the main melody of the piece but there is some parts in it which are slow and steady and make you dream of a beautiful dance and realization of love and what not. So here it comes, 8:34 minutes of pure greatness.

 



xoxo
Ramona

Friday, April 4, 2014

Why am I single?


Sometimes people come up to me and ask me why I am still single. I never quite know how to answer. Mostly because I don't know either. It is just a weird question but I try to take it as the compliment it is probably supposed to be.
Another thing various people have told me (or my mother!) is that maybe I am still single because I am too confident and too strong in my personality. Say what??? Those kind of remarks make me a little mad and very sad. Since when is being confident a bad character trait and not to be desired in a husband or wife? It does not make sense.
I admit I have a strong personality and I also admit that most of the time (not always) I am pretty confident. But these are things about me I would want my future husband to love about me.
Maybe what "they" mean is that it is harder for a man to approach or pursue me or any "strong" woman for that matter. Yet my attempt is to be approachable and open. I will be honest - that is something you can count on.

I think what it all comes down to is the whole subject of christian dating if there is such a thing. With so many rules and expectations, do's and dont's and a changing generation I am wondering if we are a) a little bit too religious about it and b) scaring everybody off.
It all has become so complicated that sometimes I think dating in the "world" is easier but I guess it often is just clearer.
I for one have decided to stop reading into everything and if somebody wants to have coffee with me that sometimes that really just means coffee: roasted beans, water... maybe cake.
I hope you are getting my point when I raise my voice and ask us all to just chill out about it all. If you like someone, spend time with them. Be clear. Be open. Be honest. Communicate, risk something, let them in, get to know them in a relaxed surrounding where you feel safe but where it also stretches you.
Yes I believe a man should pursue a woman but the whole who talked to whom first is just another way of making it complicated. Just be yourself and let the other person too.

xoxo

Ramona

Friday, March 28, 2014

Nights on the Veranda

One day you and I will sit on our veranda as the summer sun is setting. We will dream of the future and behold this very moment. When it's dark we'll watch the moon rise and listen to the crickets. It will be those moments which seem endless and unforgettable and imprint eternal pictures in our hearts.

xoxo

Ramona

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Big Leap

If you have read my blog for a while you will have seen how some themes keep coming up because those are the things that I often think or pray about or it is things I need to grow in and make decisions. One of those things is letting go and just leaping off the cliff into the unknown - taking a risk. I wrote about this here, here and here.
Today I saw a video which expresses all of the above and more. It is amazing, beautiful and yes totally feeds my romantic heart.



I am glad that over the years I have risked things in all sorts of areas in my life. I am glad I jumped into the unknown. There were times where I hit rock bottom but always have I grown from it and learned.

What are you risking right now?

xoxo

Ramona

Monday, March 24, 2014

Beauty

Recently there has been a lot of video sharing on facebook with titles like "See how this daddy changed his daughter's life forever", "Model shooting for a day and what photoshop does and how they didn't like it". Of course we all remember this very impacting and beautiful video by dove. It is so interesting how especially we women seem to struggle with image of beauty so much how we always want to be stunning and beautiful but we always complain about the areas we think are not pretty. Talk with a woman for some time and you'll find out. But oh how she lightens up when you tell her she is beautiful.
I was lucky to grow up in a family who would always tell my sister and me that we were beautiful and captivating and worthy. We both learned that beauty is not mere outward appearance but something that comes from the inside - your personality, your character.
I don't know if you have ever experienced this moment when you thought a person was really beautiful and then you get to know them and somehow the beauty fades because of the way the person is  (bad attitude, unkind, full of trouble and greed e.g.) and the beauty was only appearance. Or when you meet somebody and at first look they don't strike you as remarkably beautiful (in the "common sense" of beauty) but with every conversation and moment you get to know this person they grow to become more and more beautiful?
I know I have experienced both it always being proof for me that true beauty really does come from the inside. I also believe that there is beauty in everyone. We just have to look for it, allow it come out.
About two weeks ago I saw some pictures of myself from the Winter Days and started the whole thought train on what I didn't like in the picture, that I look too big, not pretty enough etc. when all of a sudden I paused for a moment and remembered how I had felt that day and that indeed I had felt beautiful that day. In that very instant I turned my head from the picture and walked away in my thoughts not allowing the "I'm not good enough" to take hold of me.

So I really want to encourage us all and especially the women out there to stop thinking about all the things that are wrong and start thinking about all the things which are right. You are beautiful beyond measure, you are wanted and worthy, lovely, enough, you have what it takes.

xoxo

Ramona

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday Tunes

If you read my Monday blog you know that The New World is one of my favorite movies. But let me add to that the music of the movie is incredible. What is so amazing about it is the fact that the movie was cut around a finished score and not the other way around which goes to show the importance of the music in this movie.
It is like an awakening of some sort and calming too.
I created a spotify playlist so you can listen to the whole of it.



xoxo

Ramona

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