Steal This Poem and Improve Your Life…by Chris Noe

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Steal This Poem and Improve Your Life

A false livelihood is among us here

They put her in a corner over there

Rape is a real sickness fueled by pressure

 

Communication is evaporating

We all want to be heard under street lights

That shine our thoughts and awaken reality

 

Life’s highways lead to unbelievable places

 

The warmth and comfort of these words

“It’s gonna be okay” is all you need to hear

Yet horror surrounds the peace in our hearts

 

There’s no way to escape the jaws of pain

When your best friend discounts your existence

From their world permanently

 

Or when the girl you once loved suddenly stomps on your soul

 

Who steals your identity?

 

Grandmother dies without saying goodbye

Your baby leaves this earth before you even get to say hi

 

Your loneliness leads you to painkillers and whiskey

To mask the agonies of anxiety and despair

 

Your therapist can no longer help you

And tells you to just move on

 

The bullying becomes too much to handle

Humiliation

 

Social media captures and suffocates you

Until there is no you

Then madness feels like the answer

 

Remember to hear the music of poets

To listen to the words that speak to you

 

Music saves

 

They are sounds the soul needs to hear

 

To look in the mirror and see you as someone

Who matters in this world

 

Pick up the phone and call

Reach out to family and talk

 

Sleep won’t fix it

Drugs won’t fix it

Solitude won’t fix it

 

Instead

 

Walk along the beach

Listen to the waves

Feel the warm sand run through your toes

Stroll down the sidewalk

On a sunny day and soak up the fresh air

Smile at strangers

Do what makes you happy

Strum your guitar strings

Free your mind from cerebral slavery

 

Do not hesitate to fulfill your dreams

One day at a time

Find laughter at a zoo

Watching children feed the goats

 

Visit a support group and listen to their stories

Learn to let go of the past

Forgive yourself

Love that person in the mirror

Wave at your reflection in the pond

You are never alone

 

The world is filled with kindness

Remove those regrets

Fill your emotions with laughter

And compassion

Reach out and never let go once you’ve

Grabbed a hold of true love

And it will carry you far

The rest of the way

On your life’s journey

 

by Chris Noe

 

 

My Top Five Favorite #Horror #Films Of All Time

For my film selections, this is my criteria:

Does the movie startle you, make you anxious, get your heart pumping or just plain gross you out?

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The Shining—Easily Stanley Kubrick’s greatest achievement, in my opinion. This film has a crazy concept. A husband and father is going to kill his son and wife. It’s so mysteriously atmospheric, that it creates a disturbing feeling, because it’s so unnatural, and you never know what could be hidden around each corner.But for me anyway, what’s most frightening about The Shining is the fact that I don’t know why I’m so terrified while watching it. I just am.

Halloween by John Carpenter—The synthesized music with piano and keyboards creates tension. The camera moves from 1st person (as the killer) and 3rd person (as the unsuspecting victim) quite often. The atmosphere is very Midwestern with leaves falling and taking place on Halloween, makes it a perfect and nostalgic horror film about stalking babysitters. John Carpenter wanted to make a great movie and that’s what he did. Unknowingly, he created the blueprint for modern day slasher films.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)—Tobe Hooper is easily known for Poltergeist from the early 80s but in this film he just went raw and gruesome. There’s just something creepy about a bunch of kids in a van ending up in the middle of nowhere in this town full of strange people and falling into a trap of a group of insane wackos, including the famous leather face, living in this old disturbing house who eventually kill almost everyone. The kills are amazing (using weapons like sledgehammers, meat hooks and of course a chainsaw) and the fact that it takes place in scenes like a home made butcher shop and a room with bones, feathers and a chicken in a cage just makes it all the more creepy.

A Nightmare On Elm Street—I first saw this when I was about 9 years old and I just loved it. The boiler room scenes, dragging the dead body through the high school hallways and a girl being attacked by the invisible killer all around the walls and ceiling in her bedroom was just astonishing. Honestly its about the way certain locations are filmed like a bathtub scene or a jailhouse one that causes shock and frustration for the viewer because only you (the audience) and the kids in the film know what’s going on. The adults disbelieve their stories because they’re covering up the truth. Another cool factor, the killer has a burnt face and knives for fingers on a glove. Visually its quite stunning. Wes Craven made his directorial mark with this one.

An American Werewolf In London—The opening sequence at the bar and the two backpackers walking down the foggy road late at night create fear and tension until that shocking attack happens.The remainder of the film, while there are plenty of comedic moments involving dead people who talk to the main character, involves our protagonist gradually becoming the antagonist and then closes with a major scene with a werewolf roaming the streets of London terrorizing everyone. I haven’t seen another werewolf film this entertaining, fun and scary. Way to go John Landis (director).

Goals and Dreams for 2017

HAPPY

Travel to Southern Illinois in August to view a total solar eclipse

Attend a rock concert (or two) 🙂

Laugh and smile more everyday

Write more poetry (maybe publish a new book?)

Read more books (for enjoyment)

Get together with friends (more often)

Eat healthier foods 

Drink more water and green tea

60 days of PiYo challenge

Sign up for indoor triathlon

Sign up for a 5k or two

Go on long bike rides (for fun)

Call my mother more (at least once a week)

Visit my dad a few times a year

Get creative with my blogs

Clean and wash my vinyl records and place them in new sleeves

Sign up for a class (just for fun and learning)

Clean and organize my closet

Meditate every morning

More yoga practices

Make new friends and hang out more (widen the circle)

Become more open minded

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My Favorite Things About #Autumn #Fall

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As My Thoughts Come To Me

It’s my favorite time of year. Cool mornings and gentle warm afternoons. It’s that harvest time to gather and celebrate our crops. Pumpkins are clearly a favorite feast of mine. I grew up enjoying the leaves falling and raking them up. Then jumping into a pile of them. I enjoy the smell of burning leaves. Campfires and roasting marshmallows. Making s’mores. Wearing hooded sweatshirts and even watching football games. We get ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving as well. The dry leaves crunching under my feet.

It is such a joy to watch the leaves change their colors. Tasting all things pumpkin flavored. Driving out to Michigan every year to visit my dad and go apple picking while taking a Fall color tour along the lake front up near Traverse City. Planting mums and pansies and admiring their beauty. Tasting apple cider donuts with a delicious hot cup of coffee, which tastes better in the Autumn for some reason.

Snuggling under warm blankets. Wearing my skull caps. Baking more treats. More crockpot and casserole meals. My favorite TV shows air again in the Fall. So many things to list.

October is my favorite month for many reasons. I look forward to it every year. I was married in October. We are celebrating our sixth anniversary soon. But I really love Autumn so much. The smell of cherry wood burning in a fireplace. My father’s birthday is in October as well as my best friend David and my sister-in-law April.

My favorite holiday of the year is full of ghosts and goblins. Things that go bump in the night. There are decorations everywhere. Neighbor’s turn their front yards into creepy cemeteries. New scary movies to watch. I love monster movies or anything terrifying can make a great popcorn flick!

Dressing up for Halloween is exciting. Pretending to be someone or something else is truly fun and can only be experienced when the moon is full and the fall time arrives. What will I dress up as this year? You’ll have to wait and see. Candy corn is yummy! Waiting in line to go through haunted houses and corn mazes. Telling ghost stories by candle light. Apple butter, fresh bread and homemade chili.

Enjoy all of the music, parties and all of that good stuff happening this time of year!

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The Most Beautiful Things I Have Ever Seen #love #nature #music

The ocean for the first time

Pink Floyd at Soldier Field in the summer of 1994 (Pigs, Mirror Ball and the Rain)

The day I met my future wife at a train station on a cloudy rainy day

The Badlands of South Dakota

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Children laughing at playgrounds

Gazing up at the stars

My little poodle named Shadow (1989-2004)

The lower dells near Starved Rock State Park

Sights along my first Route 66 trip

The balcony in Cancun of our hotel room (honeymoon)

Looking at the Caribbean Sea and hearing the waves rollin and out

First time I saw the movie The Matrix on the big screen

Once there was a guest priest at my childhood church who sang songs from the Lion King and gave a really powerful sermon

One summer, at work in the gardens, I saw several Hummingbird moths

When I was home recovering from surgery, My Aunt Rhonda had these chocolate dipped pineapples delivered to me

Pumpkin custard

Seeing Katy Perry live at the United Center in 2014

Witnessing the White Sox win the World Series in 2005

Finally getting to see a brand new episode of Star Wars on the big screen (that actually brought tears of joy to my eyes) 2015

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Things that make me excited #happy #beautiful #awesome

A List

Attending rock concerts

Hunting for vinyl music at record stores

 

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Watching movies at the theater

Brewing french press coffee

Taking scenic road trips

Playing video games

Going for a bike ride

Engaging in lively conversations

Making cupcakes, nut clusters and casseroles

Reading at the podium in church

Snuggling on the couch with my wife

Scavenger hunt adventures

Hiking and camping

 

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Listening to podcasts while discovering new music

Watching fireworks displays

Haunted Houses

Dressing up for Halloween

 

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Riding roller coasters

Buying a new T Shirt

Reading a good book or magazine article

Listening to or playing music by the campfire

Going to my mom’s for Christmas

Swimming Laps in the pool

Hot dogs and beer at a baseball game

Scary movies in the dark

A day of bowling, pool and arcade games

Binge watching a TV series

Digging up change for an ice cream cone

Cooking with home grown vegetables

Hanging out with my nieces

 

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The Ways I Can Love Myself More

A LIST

 

Daily meditation practice

Taking care of my feet

Spending time making good coffee

Enduring challenging exercises and seeing results in the mirror

Forgiving others and myself

Letting go of friendships that no longer serve me

Taking vitamins and eating healthy

Color in my adult coloring book

Play the guitar more (take lessons)

Save money and travel somewhere new

Laugh at my mistakes

Smile more daily

Observe nature more (the sky, the stars, birds singing and the majestic trees)

Spend time alone without any computers, phones and even music

Go for a walk

Talk to myself in the mirror (daily affirmations)

Compliment myself

Read some poetry

Write a love letter to myself and mail it

Go to bed early

 

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-we ALL need to be kind to ourselves

Unexpected grief

Sharing fantastic news at my birthday party!

Congratulations! You’ll make great parents! 👣

The greatest feeling in the whole wide world!

Experiencing this amazing journey!

Didn’t know if we’d have a boy or girl! 💙💝

Changing diapers and thoughts of snuggling with our future little one on the couch!

Ultrasound excitement was turned upside down. 🙃

That heartbeat anticipation was replaced by a deep tug of sorrow

Smiles and laughter 😄😆 became a sad frown 😧☹️

The shock and the horror overwhelmed us two 😳

Suddenly it was time to say goodbye 😢

Words now turned to “I’m so sorry for you”

So many questions…asking why Why WHY?

It’s pain…full of cries and screams…we are lost 😩

We’ll never forget you baby

Always in our hearts ❤️

My Favorite Nintendo Game

If I was stranded on a desert island (with electricity) and had to choose 1 video game to save from the original NES system, it would be Contra. Why? I played it more than any other game. The only other 2 that came close where Mike Tyson’s Punch out and Super Mario Bros. 3

Contra gives you the infamous cheaters’ code: up up down down left right left right B A start

Lots of cool action as well! I played it a lot when I was 12 and 13 years old. This would be amazing if I acquired the original NES System again and that game. That would make me happy! 🙂

 

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Remembering Grandma Jean Noe (1923-2016)

Dear Grandma Noe, So now you are gone. But yet I take comfort in right now. Nothing can ever take away my fond memories of you and I together. When I sleep, I dream of you and grandpa. My heart is beating still. God bless those trees and birds from heaven’s light above. I wake to sing to the birds, go where I am reminded of you. Nothing can ever shake my will. We all must learn to face our fears. In our hour of darkness; shaking cold and searching for warmth while my heart tries to beat still. But we are born ready to die. But certainly I will try to let no one shake my will to live. In you grandma, I found a love in something beautiful. I grew my strength in places unknown. So now you must go to dance with grandpa up above. I will remember you always. Love your grandson, Chris