Friday, January 9, 2009


"At the end of the rainbow, life has only begun."
(from "Beyond the Horizon," from the CD "Modern Times," by Bob Dylan)

It's not difficult to imagine someone asking me, "Is there anything that DOESN'T make you think of Bob Dylan?"

Two dear friends of mine recommended another movie, "Out On A Limb," which I watched as a video yesterday. Not once while watching that movie, in which Matthew Broderick stars, did I think of Bob Dylan. Although the movie is described as a romantic comedy, it gave me nightmares because it reminded me of the day R returned from Vietnam in 1970 and other traumatic days of my life.

"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."
(James Thurber, 1894-1961)

In many ways, I'M NOT THERE yet. Not sure what to say to my friends who thought the movie was hilarious. I've observed that a person's sense of humor can be as touchy as one's religion or one's philosophy of life. What can make one person laugh, can give another person nightmares.

My two friends and I often laugh when we are together. That's because we've been together during hard times. Certainly they will understand when I tell them about the nightmares.

My camera wasn't able to catch all the subtle colors in the clouds. All the colors of a rainbow were visible to my eye. Just imagine.


The Solitary Walker said...


And if anyone ever "attacks your imagination" (Ballad Of A Thin Man)... "Trust Yourself" (Trust Yourself)

"Imagine..." (John Lennon)

"Somewhere over the rainbow..." (Judy Garland)

am said...

Thanks for that wonderful comment, solitary walker!

robin andrea said...

I googled "rainbow cloud" just the other day to see what the phenomenon is. Besides being beautiful it's light refracted in ice crystals, or something like that.

Everything reminds me of something.

Loren said...

I'm appalled at how many of today's comedies seem anything but funny.

It must be a generation thing. I prefer to believe that filmmakers are trying to appeal to younger audiences, and after thirty years of teaching high school students I can't imagine sharing their sense of humor.

R.L. Bourges said...

Haven't seen the movie, but I agree with every word of your post. Hope you can laugh with your friends, real soon.

(gorgeous photo.)

Dale said...