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Stranger Things Have Happened

1funny340A red convertible whizzed by me as I was walking, Bob Marley’s Redemption Song weeping from high-end speakers.

If my son had been with me, he would have said it was an exception to his theory that people who feel the need to ‘share’ their music, loudly, usually play bad music.

I couldn’t help shaking my head at the irony of this symbol of rampant consumerism wailing a song about freeing ourselves from mental slavery.

Maybe red car guy just likes the beat and doesn’t understand the words, or he thinks Bob Marley is ‘in’, or he’s got a Bob Marley T-shirt from Old Navy, or likes the ganja, who knows?

But the words of Marley’s visionary song danced in my head long after the car raced through the Stop sign without stopping, making me wonder, does our incessant need for redemption come from our incessant need to do the wrong thing?

Life is complicated.
We make mistakes.
Bad choices.
Use poor judgment.
Act before we think out the consequences.
Hurt others, whether deliberately or by accident.
We need redemption, or at least to believe in redemption.
A second chance, or third, fourth, or seventy-fourth.
We need to believe there’s a way back from anywhere.


Which got me thinking of pirates, do they care about redemption, I know they don’t care about personal hygiene. No matter how suave and swashbuckling Johnny Depp, Errol Flynn, Tyronne Power, Cary Elwes, Douglas Fairbanks appear, the lack of soap in their lifestyle cannot be readily overlooked. Likewise, with modern-day corporate pirates, no amount of body wash and expensive cologne slapped on can mask that stench.1funny307
I saw many ant homes as I walked, and I thought, that’s us, scurrying around looking for crumbs of …what? Hope, love, peace, redemption? What tracks are we leaving as we scurry? Then my mind jumped to Tracks, starring Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, see above pirate reference) and Adam Driver (Girls, This Is Where I Leave You, and the upcoming Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) that chronicled Robyn Davidson’s famous 1700 mile journey across the remorseless Australian desert.

As a child, Rick Smolan’s pictures of Ms. Davidson in National Geographic did nothing to diminish my obsession with Australia, also, I wanted to own a camel – I was unconvinced they would spit at me, I believed they weren’t being afforded enough respect. Sigh, no camel, just one of the many things my parents put the kibosh on. I also couldn’t be a turtle (Happy World Turtle Day), swim in chocolate, jump off mountains – I tentatively tested this theory with a high snow bank in the schoolyard, have to say, they were right about that one. In addition, unlike kittens, camels don’t tend to follow you home.

This majestic movie recreated Davidson’s surreal, perilous, and still head-scratching trek gloriously, but still left me with more questions. Why would anyone leave civilization and all it’s comforts to be alone, in harsh conditions? Looking for something or running away?

I suppose it’s what we all do, in a way, as we leave our world, venturing into others via books, TV, movies, blogs…All manner of adventures await, the most elusive may still be redemption. Stranger things have happened.

Then my mind went back to Johnny Depp…it was a good walk.




Very me

66 thoughts on “Stranger Things Have Happened

  1. I always love hearing your thoughts Donna. Thought provoking thoughts this time.
    When i named the town in my novel “Atonement, Tennessee” i was feeling a little ironic, but it worked for me, so i kept it. Then i was really surprised to see the impact just the word “atonement” had on so many people. They weren’t necessarily interested in the book, or certainly not in a urban fantasy… but by the expression in their eyes, i knew just the word compelled them. There was a hint of longing in the expression. Fascinating… Mega-hugs my friend.


    1. We want to believe, don’t we, in one thing or another, but that our mistakes, etc. aren’t final. I always assumed it’s why people love stories like A Christmas Carol, we want to know there’s always a way back. 🙂 Apparently walking makes me philosophical. lol 😉
      Hope you’re having a relaxing weekend, Teagan and thanks again for sharing part of your work with us this morning. 🙂
      Megahugs! 🙂


  2. I know, you were only thinking about him ‘cos you were worried about his personal pirate hygiene problem. I wonder how many more were thinking of offering to help him take a shower.
    Damn him for getting all the pretty ones.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  3. I also had a nice walk today (even though I’m paying for it now), but I couldn’t help noticing all the freaking ant hills. We’re surrounded! Someday, they’ll take over the world…

    “Queen fire ants fall into relatively long, deep sleeps and kip for an average of nine hours every day. By contrast, workers sleep just half as much and get to rest by taking hundreds of short power naps. This division of rest may help explain why queens live for years, while worker ants typically only live for months.” BBC Earth News


  4. Thanks for reminding me that there was a movie made from the book “Tracks” … one of my favorites that I’ve read more than once (it’s on my bookshelf). I was fascinated with Australia and her journey with the camels. Did they have her dog in the movie? I think it’s name was Hot Diggety 😉


      1. Now I have to find the movie! One time we went to a wildlife drive through park and a camel came and stuck his head in the car window….they are huge animals, and he smelled really bad…hahaha I can’t imagine her travelling all that way with them.


  5. I so enjoy the rabbit-trail thoughts you have, Donna. The whole inconsistency in human behavior that you describe reminds me of teens. As they find their true selves, they try on many hats. But the goal is to find a true self that is consistent in what is good. That’s why I cringe when I see those beyond young adulthoods still acting superficial and confused more often than not. Painful for them. Painful for those connected to them.

    Happy Sunday 😀


    1. Yes, I’m still trying to find myself and dinosaurs roamed the Earth when I was a teen… 😉
      It makes you wish you could save some people from themselves and therefore save others, but people have to live their own lives. 🙂
      Hope this Sunday is treating you well, Angie. 🙂

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      1. Thanks, Donna. Friends just left and now I get to sit for a bit and watch baseball. My kind of Sunday! Hope you are having your kind of Sunday, too 😀


  6. One persons harsh conditions are another person’s home. Sometimes things are harsh just because they’re not what we’re used to. I have to tell you I love your blog. As I scrolled through posts my eye was constantly caught by bright pictures or colorful, funny GIFS. You do a great job of making your posts attractive to read.


      1. I did, but I feel a tad uneasy with having my name out there without it being done by me, no offense, but I like to do my stuff myself. 🙂


      2. It’s ok, I like the idea, but I’ve got so much going on I probably wouldn’t remember to do it anyway. I will look into it when I have more time. That was very kind of you, you’re always so thoughtful. 🙂

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      3. That is a lovely offer and I will take you up on it, I find every day what I don’t know is vast and probably much more important that what I do know. lol 😉
        You’re always so generous and kind. 🙂

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  7. This sounds like the walks I take. Well, between November and May – now it’s so warm, it’s not really a good season to walk outdoors.
    Also, the camel thing! My daughter used to ask for a horse every year for Christmas, but my son would loudly protest and yell, “NO! We need a camel.” I’m not sure where that came from, but he still asks hopefully every once in a great while. 🙂


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