Having a MARVEL-ous Summer/Marvel-dome
Updated: May 16, 2020
As I’ve watched some of the individual and Avenger-series tales, I’ve benefited from seeing that the “good” guys/gals and the “bad” gals/guys all have a mixture of both – just like the rest of us “ordinary” folk. Helps me identify with them and their life stories. Yin/yang. “
Inspired by last Thursday’s PUNDERDOME pun competition (see previous post), I’m offering all you wordsmiths an invitation to compete in a MARVELDOME version. Here’s the objective:
Reply with song lyrics that could sum up the new Spiderman movie.
Hint: You’ll have an “edge” if you stayed til the end and watched the video clip that rolled after the credits.
Winners announced next Sunday along with MY correct answer – I’m thinking of a particular rock song. But I’m hoping to be surprised by what other “correct” answers people come up with. Remember…
“We see things as WE are and not as THEY are.”
Our son John has gotten us into the fantastical world of Marvel’s superheroes. A long, long time ago in a galaxy far far away, when he was a mere “yoot”, Eileen and I introduced him to the Star Wars saga. As he grew in wisdom and strength, he repaid us by drawing us into other magical realms he was journeying into: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and others.
Recently, John bought 3 boxed sets of all the Marvel movies released to date and the three of us have begun some fun summer “reading.”
I’ve never been much of a reader but movies have always captivated me with their power to engage my imagination for a few hours…whereby “all my cares just drift right into space”… After I listened again to this classic, I found it interesting how the imagery fits right into this post.
As I’ve watched some of the individual and Avenger-series tales, I’ve benefitted from seeing that the “good” guys/gals and the “bad” gals/guys all have a mixture of both – just like the rest of us “ordinary” folk. Helps me identify with them and their life stories. Yin/yang. “To everything there is a season…” For those that like live versions…and check out the interesting comments added by the uploader.
As many know, the lyrics can’t be attributed to Roger McGuinn or any other members of the Byrds…or even to Pete Seeger, who first composed the ballad. Rather, the credit belongs to a B.C. composer named Solomon. WOW! He was pretty cool – and ahead of his time - using just one name – like Bono, Sting, Madonna, Eminem, Cher, Prince and others.
Back to the post…
On opening night for third Star Wars tale: “Revenge of the Sith”, we went in costumes: the three of us, our associate pastor Fr. Dave and his wife Nan, “some” of the Evans family (because their whole family wouldn’t fit into our battlecruiser) , and other folks I don’t recall. Our costumes were made by Carol Hoppe, a very creative fellow Sunday school teacher.
The original brown-robe costumes she made have become multiuse garments, being used by John and me in a multiverse of epic tales involving super heroes. In my case, I’ve cloaked myself with their magical powers, portraying heroes in fictional and actual life – or reel and real life. These have included: Star Wars, LOTR and Francis of Assisi. I’ve included photos from two of these expeditions (cells phones didn’t have cameras back in the early Star Wars years).
--In my yoga class – I went as Yogi-ben Kenobi. Our teacher is sporting the eye mask.
--I’ve worn this version several times, including once for a Sunday school class. When I was looking for something else to add to this photo, I remembered an online class that unpacks the simple yet profound example provided by Francis’ chosen lifestyle. The course is called “The Franciscan Way: Beyond the Bird Bath.” As a result of writing this post and seeing where I’m being drawn at this point in my life, I may enroll in one of next year’s offerings.
BTW – A few years ago, G-d used the writings of Richard Rohr and Thomas Keating to awaken me to the much-needed wisdom of the 12 Steps. As part of my initial learning, I did an online class on Richard’s book “Breathing Underwater – Spirituality and the Twelve Steps.” Very helpful in enabling me to recognize some stinkin’ thinking that was in need of transformation.
--“Quadrilogy” - beyond “trilogy”…
BTW – Regarding the aforementioned Spiderman competition - if you left the latest adventure before the post-credits scene…
I AM TOM…
…going back to my “GROOTS”…
…and having a MARVEL-ous summer!