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Updated on February 2, 2014


"Seeing Red" by Adelaida
"Seeing Red" by Adelaida

Sensory Fine-Tuning

Are you seeing things. . . .? -

Or shouldn't we ask ourselves a key question: "What DO I see?"

Do we merely notice the obvious, - enough to avoid tripping over a chair - or do we also notice the less apparent and often more sense and soul-satisfying things in our environments and ever-present moments?

So let's ask ourselves: "Did you notice. . . .?"

Think -- , "What haven’t I noticed today?" For example, did you notice the sunrise or whether or not there was one? Now, don’t start deducing and thinking, "Well, of course there is always a sunrise, so I must have noticed it." If you have to reason it out like that, and have no mental memory of its colors and glow, then face it, YOU DIDN'T NOTICE!

What if there was none? Why wouldn’t there be? - If there were not one, you could have noticed that It was foggy and overcast, which is also serious sensuous awareness! Even then, there could still be a sliver of sunrise peeking from under the clouds or through the fog, offering to be noticed and to share its amazing colour and beauty. Oh! To have noticed all the lovely and interesting reality that is within our sphere! It is actually 3D!!! No special glasses!

What pleasures surround us of which we are too often oblivious! Also, with a habit of oblivion to our surroundings, we may also miss that chair in our path and fall on our oblivious faces! We need to actually BE IN our moments with all our senses and our full awareness and attention. Being alert to one's surroundings is a secret of success and happiness, too, by the way. We can really participate only if we are HERE.

So let's think about that.

Each of our basic senses provides us with wondrous perception of everything around us, 24-7 and for a lifetime, no matter where or who we are; and it is much better than HD sound and digital pictures, even enhanced with 3D by wearing the special glasses!

If they come up with some technological process for us to experience fake smell, taste and touch in similar ways, people will be out paying prime prices to enjoy it, probably in some closed environment which shuts out the real sensory experiences available all the time.

What is WRONG with that picture???

What's RIGHT about one's REAL . . .

Measured sunlight

Embracing walls,


A corner

Of the painting,

Reflects itself,

Slithering down below

Into crevices

Of the furniture,

Dappling the tile,

Then dispersing randomly

In little lines and globules

Here and there

Returned to where it was,

Appearing merely to tantalize

My imagination.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Filigrees of fragile leaves

Adorn the forest sky

Like artists' handiwork.

Towering trunks project

into the vast unknown

Like Earth fingers

Toying with space

Reaching for its secrets,

Their beauty and their truth

Entwined together

And written on its face.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

To hear the sounds that colors make

Being colors

Is so much fun!

I hear a lot of pink and blue

When we're together.

But even silver gray

Sings praises to the day

Which made it.

Every hue

From pale to deep

Emits a sigh or roar

For ears attuned

To hear them!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The scent of fresh air and sunshine

Awakens my sweetest senses.

Magnolia’s exquisite fragrance

Inspires my sweetest memories.

The pre-storm smell of lightning

And the coming rain

Alarms but also pleases.


AH! I've loved its aroma

All my life!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

The sky's a lemon meringue pie

Made from heaven's blue

Mixed in outer space

And piled into

A pastry shell

Of golden, well-baked


For hungry tastes

To feast upon.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Sunlit morning’s frost

Encasing fragment twigs

In little jeweled boxes

Tracing geometric patterns

'Round rooftop shadows

Cast upon the barren ground.

Frozen driveway puddles

Make surreal concoidal artistry,

Leafless limbs weave

Icy crystal laces.

And then the morning sun once more

Dissolves the magic of the morning frost,

Slipping through my fingers.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


When I reach into

My memory trove

And find an image,

Scent or sound -

It's always you.

You know who

You are.

And so do I!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

A Brief Explanation

My original hub titled "Noticing: Fine-Tuning" disappeared, along with several lovely comments. I can only surmise that I inadvertently deleted it myself. It certainly was not intended, so I restored the hub's main features, especially its poetry.

I know that these kind folks commented and am ever grateful for their lovely comments:

Wayne Brown, DRBJ, Pamela, Sunnie, SilentReed, David Warren, ChristopherAnton, Shanaya, Gerry, Merlin, Chris Lincoln, Amy, Hello-hello, Petra, and Nikki. Thank you again.

© 2011 Nellieanna Hay


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent, Dall. Good idea, republishing the hubs elsewhere, and the ebook certainly should be valuable, too. Thanks for the information.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Dall48 - Thank you for that information, although I'm certain that mine disappeared due to an accidental action of my own, based on how and when it occurred. I've experienced having one hub unpublished but not deleted, because of too much quoting of another (scientific) source, on which my point was based for my own hub and elaborated in my own words. When I changed the direct quote to a simple link to the online original location of the quote, my hub was restored to published status.

      Three of my published hubs have scores of 55, one has a 54 (no lower than that). There are several below 62 - through 55, though my average hub score is several points above 62.

      I notice that scores are high when hubs are newly published and bringing lots of traffic. Later, as they become more rarely visited, scores sink. I guess being a consistently active writer may help overall averages. I certainly can admire your vigorous activity!

      I've noticed I have quite a few published hubs scored in the 70-87 range. But frankly, I pay scant attention to the numbers, though it would be sad to lose good hubs just because they had been somewhat neglected by visitors, and so, virtually relegated to archived status by a dearth of popular demand. A good reason to back them up elsewhere, perhaps. Thank you - good attention call!

      Limitations and restrictions here were quickly noticed when I came aboard. I can't say I love restrictions, but my own extensive website, where there are none, satisfies both my need for unfettered freedom & for virtual privacy, which I also sought when I set it up! I love being the sole creator of it, writing and designing it all, writing its HTML and choosing & arranging everything as I prefer. I started it as a cyber newbie and it's grown to 150 or so pages, each a unique self-expression.

      But after I was invited to come aboard in HP, I discovered that I also like the interchange here with other writers, so that I find a few restrictions a reasonable price for that and other privileges here. It is from good folks like you who bother to comment that I get my real "score", rather than the numbers, which seem rather arbitrary to me.

      And - as my sage mother used to say, "No one can get all the squirrels up one tree." I'm not even sure I'd want to! haha!

      I'm so pleased that you chose to visit my Awareness hub. As a result, I've peeked in on some of yours and was glad I did. So thank you.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe - Hello, hello! You KNOW I would never delete YOU or let you be deleted if I had a choice! My entire hub was deleted!! Groan! Yes, I was quite cross with the laptop, Hubpages and all the secondary influences involved. When I realized it was my own silly accident, I was cross with ME, too! haha

      Thank you for lovely praises! Hugs.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Nellieanna, what a brilliant talent you got. Your poems should the top bestseller and I hope they are. They are jsut brilliant.Thank you for sharing. I hope you are not delete me again hahaha Oh I love it. Just the thing I would do and then being cross with the laptop. Take care.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Nikki - Wow - thank you! I'm relieved to hear you say it was improved in the process! Hugs!

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      I'm glad you were able to put this hub back together. I think this one is better than the first!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      DRBJ - dear heart - thank you for the second visit to this one! I lose so many comments and emails I write directly on their online screens that I've learned to write offline and paste to it, but sometimes forget. But it's trained me to be philosophical about losing even an entire hub. Figuring out that it was surely my own clumsy fault actually helped ease the anguish. I fretting for quite awhile, wondering what in it was so offensive as to rate being whisked off summarily without so much as a word! Then I realized that's not how it's done. They do give one warning and a chance to make it right when one has pushed the envelope too far! haha. And I keep some backup of what I put on a hub, though with the poetry, the actual arrangement is part of the presentation and I can't really keep that. But I'm not that crazy about verbatim repetition anyway. Have trouble just recopying a poem without making changes. haha.

      What a lovely compliment for my avatar pic. Thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I regret your loss, Nellieanna, but this new beautiful poetic hub more than makes up for the one that disappeared - Google gremlins at work no doubt.

      And your latest avatar - exquisite, m'luv. Like you.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      haha - - well, I may not remember mine, either. But at my age, I almost have to keep working on memory, do the exercises and eat all the recommended health foods! Besides, you are an interesting person, not just a pretty face! Thanks for returning and reading my comment. That is gratifying!

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      Lee Barton 

      7 years ago from New Mexico

      Thank YOU, Nellieanna! It is amazing to me, with all the people you interact with, that you remembered me AND my boat! I don't know how you do it. I can't remember what I had for breakfast.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Lee - of the Argonaut! Haven't seen you in a long while! Thank you for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Pamela - what a delightful comment! I appreciate it - and have read IT more than once! :-)

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      Lee Barton 

      7 years ago from New Mexico

      So glad, since I didn't see the original hub, that you decided to redo it. It was a wonderful way to start my day!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I loved it the first and I love it the second time! It is worth reading it again.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Keith, thank YOU. I appreciate your view of this subject. That account of helping a blind mind to invision colour is truly amazing! Yes, that must surely have been a challenge!

      Many years ago - I was a teen - Life Magazine had an article about sensing color by touch. Yes, by touch. The article displayed large blocks of full-intensity primary colors and if one laid palms on each of them, one could FEEL variations in heat or some other kind of touch sensations. It was subtle, but it did seem to be so. The colors on the page emitted variations of light rays or particles or bits of light waves - something - that really did feel different from yellow to red to blue. How I wish I'd saved that issue of the magazine! It really impressed me. After all - all "stuff" is variations and manifestations of energy.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, dear Martie. Yes, being sensitive gives one vulnerability. We're provided with only a maximum we could endure, I think. If we saw, heard, felt, - even tasted and smelled all the physical, much less the emotional, stimuli in existence, we would be so overwhelmed as to be be rendered out of our minds. Even those stimuli available to our physical and emotional preceptors can strain endurance at times. However, we still have choices to mitigate our own reactions if they are too intense and, most significantly, we can put time between events and our instantaneous responses when damage is probable. We've talked about that before. It's not so much a light touch as a whole touch, which gives one's whole being time to feel and interpret, internalize and fully enjoy our responses. We really don't have to subject ourselves to unbearable battering from our own emotions. What more often seems to happen, though, is that people block all their senses and feelings for fear of that. All are valuable even those less beautiful ones, and they needn't be suppressed. They can be welcomed and embraced in such a way that they don't devastate.

      Thank you for the comments and your amazing sweetness.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Nellie, yes we do take many things for granted and often miss the obvious. Your poems have such a strong message, getting right to the crux of the matter.

      My wife used to manage a blind-man's hostel, it was a live-in position, so i had to pitch in too. One day one of the blind men, who had been blind from birth, asked me to describe colours to him. I thought about the question and said. "Black is strong or hard, blue is a little softer, brown softer still and so on down to yellow and pink." I'm not sure if that helped, but how else can you describe them to someone who has never seen them? It would probably be a good test for everyone to attempt, and make us realise how lucky we are to watch the sun rising or setting, etc. Oh well must dash. Cheers from Oz

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I am often regarded as ‘too sensitive’ because I see/hear/feel too much reality in all its facets - and all of them are not beautiful. I’ve learned how to enjoy/suffer it most of the time in silence and I’ve almost mastered the art of ignoring the negative vibes of people – I can sense it so clearly, it (also) has an instant effect on my emotions. Nellieanna, in this hub you remind me of a fairy princes exposing secrets by touching it lightly with a little silwer rod. Take care!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Sage - I've missed you for awhile! So happy to see you now and glad you enjoyed the visit! I was much pleased with your lovely tribute to our Saddlerider. He really is quite a poet!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Shanaya - dear friend. Thank you. It is good that it is a touching hub for you, too. There is just so much one can convey with mere words, pictures and music, but when the person receiving it is attuned, it works! :-) And you are! Thank you for the lovely compliment! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      AliciaC - Thank you. I hope I didn't leave the impression that there is to be a measurement or level of awareness to be 'attained'. It is spontaneous, personal and ANY awareness which enhances ones' own experience of living, helps one restore his or her perspective and expand vision and horizons of appreciation and self-knowledge is immeasurably valuable. My calling attention to it is just a gentle nudge or reminder.

      Everything you describe as your experience of the beauty and majesty around you is just right! I am so pleased that you came, visited and felt it gave you something - perhaps, hopefully - a little lift? Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Chris! I can think of few others whose opinion I value more. Thank you!! I am working on transcribing thousands of poems and I'm unwilling to rush through it. Eventually maybe they'll make it into print. I'm thrill to be finally sharing the with anyone else. As I have mentioned, they've been quietly residing in hand-written notebooks for decades. I became more motivated to get them into at least computer print when I began to visualize my heirs chucking the 7 thick notebooks and numerous "blank books" into which I've written many others over the years, not to mention so many scraps of paper stuffed into folders and envelopes and tucked here and there! There was simply no reason to expect them to be treasured by those for whom they've been ignored, in that case. So 'if it is to be, it is up to me' - fits.

      I do so appreciate your assessment that they have value. I've thought they did, but hadn't given it all that much thought. They got me through various experiences and served as ready reminders, - better than a diary! Thank you so much for seeing value in them. Hugs to you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Svetlana - how good to see you here. I appreciate your astute observances and agree. There are apparent points of difference, but I suspect those have points of agreement, too.

      For instance, having access to our senses 24/7 doesn't mean we always can or will access them. But we have that ability which is not time-limited. The value of it is that at ANY time, it is available, though at ALL times, it is not sought or even welcome. Some senses fit some situations best and are chosen to interpret it when in them. Choice is very much involved.

      Artificiality is what ART is. In fact, words - even gestures - are all mere SYMBOLS of whatever "reality" they attempt to convey. The senses themselves are our best opportunity to experience the reality about us directly - at least as directly as our subjectivity is capable of doing - and each one of us, obviously, has different subjectivity and awareness development.

      We represent sensory delights and appreciation among ourselves with images and - since technology allows nowadays - moving pictures and music - to convey our own feelings to others. There are no really direct ways to do so, except, perhaps - in sex - but that is questionable, since subjectivity and gender still affect the act.

      There is - and should be - no monopoly of beauty and pleasure on sensory experience. If a sunset is in a frigid, damp, miserable situation, of course - that one sunset will be associated with that one experience of sunsets, out of 365 for whatever year it was. We can experience it and move on to experience others as they ARE.

      And if we enjoy the damp cold one too - all to the better. Real experience is the real value.

      Though I love sleeping and my bed, I have virtually never had the experience of being likely or tempted NEVER to choose to leave my bed in the morning in order to hang on to that experience exclusively out of all the rest of the hours to be lived during a day. But if one does choose that - and it's a valid choice, of course, - then that's one's IT.

      I always love the rarified experience of discussing anything with YOU. Hugs and love.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Larry, your good opinion is one I treasure. And I empathize with your history. I didn't stutter, or at least I don't think I did. It was more a case of not getting a word in edgewise with 3 very vocal much older siblings and articulate older parents. If I had, I might have stuttered. I was likely to have stage-fright! :-)

      I can smile about it now, but it was a fact, along with summers all during my life till mid-teens, spent at the ranch at the end of a long rough road no one traveled without a purpose, and my having no playmates except my dolls, cat, books and creative outlets.

      My parents were occupied with ranch tasks. There was no electricity and bedtime came early. They arose early, as well, but I was allowed to sleep till daybreak and it was hard not to notice the sweep of natural beauty. I sketched and wrote and pretended I was the hostess of a dude ranch. :-)

      Writing came easily to me, too, and became my main means of communication for at least the first half of my life. I discovered my voice in my 40s, along with learning to drive. So we have some basics in common, I'm thinking. I'm also thinking neither of us would have changed much which brought us into the present.

      My mother was an artist and Dad was always aware of nature, so I really can't remember being unaware of beauty and consciousness. Those truly are, as you so beautifully described, such privileged moments! Yes! Thank you, my friend!

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      7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      wonderful hub :D thank you so much for your work here. :D hugs D

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      7 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Dear Nelli Ma'am! Its very Touching HUB with Wonderfully written Poem by a very Beautiful Lady, I must add. You are Looking Gorgeous Ma'am.


      With Lots of Hugs


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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A beautiful hub with wonderful poems, Nellieanna. I try to attain the state of sensory awareness that you are describing on my walks. I don’t always succeed, but it’s well worth the effort. My favorite poem is “Woods Wisdom”. I always try to pass by plants and animals in my walks, even in the city. I love to sit under a tree and look up into its branches, examining its details. As I look I feel like I’m exploring another world.

      Thank you so much for republishing this hub, since I somehow missed it the first time!

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      7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


      I'm glad you republished as this contains some of your strongest work. It is baffling to me that someone somewhere in the world of publishing has not recognized your talent and put your work in front of millions...

      You have a unique vision, that flows through your words like a life force. I am constantly amazed and awestruck, such talent!


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      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Am I awake now?" - we go through life sleepwalking. Most of us never to wake up.

      I think it is called automaticity or mindlessness.

      "Mind your own business!" - our minds are complex and they seem to drive us whereas we often believe we drive them (we are in control). We are not.

      Awakening to our senses is sensible, yet difficult, it has to be worked on. To be attuned 24/7 is impossible, we will never achieve anything. I know life is not about achievement, it is about living.

      But I guess you have to agree, that our senses when we are hooked on the Internet get this artificial feed.

      When I was looking at sunsets/sunrises (in the clip) - I rarely notice them unless I go out of the house - I thought to experience it I have to be in the wild, no music (sorry, Nellieanna - but those are my thoughts), and all I was remembering

      if it is at sea - I remember how cold and damp it is and how air is crisp (other senses overwhelm)

      if it is in the forest - again - I remember being cold and other details...

      It is beautiful - but it is a different kind of beauty. Not a beauty of a photograph or a clip or a word or piece of art. All of mentioned above is ART-ificial. Not to say that I don't enjoy it.

      I do, especially photography and playing with words.

      My sense of touch:

      I a-m t-y-p-i-n-g s-l-o-w-l-y n-o-w

      t-o f-e-e-l t-h-e m-o-m-e-n-t

      You might agree - you can do it only for so long. Enjoy the moment, yes, but train yourself slowly, otherwise, you will never leave the bed in the morning - enjoying every second of it.

      Back to being unconscious.

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      7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wonderfully wrought wisdom...and couched in your exquisite poetry makes it truly a treasure of pleasure...

      As a teenager I had a terrible stutter. Unable, or unwilling to express myself verbally I found refuge in writing. When I went into the service I found that I didn't have time to stutter since survival depended on communication. Within months I had lost the stutter, never to return again.

      I mention this as an example of overcoming negativity in one's life...To not allow a physical or mental condition dictate your decisions in life...It is learning to see all over again, to be attentive, to focus on consciousness; it is turning every idea and every image, in the manner of Proust, into a privileged moment....

      Carpe diem, my friend...Larry

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Amy! I'm delighted that you came again to read the restored hub! I'm honored and humbled by your lovely compliments. I do love beholding life and all its many facets, moods and iterations. I simply appreciate having made it this long! :-) I've survived various challenges and they make it all the more precious. I understand discouragement and that it is a challenging foe, but I like to win over that one, and it's definitely easier when one focuses and notices all the many good things there are to be enjoyed.

      I don't believe in pretending, though, so of course, ALL the emotions need acknowledgment as they occur. We just don't have to choose to dwell in negativity. It can be released. I wouldn't be here if I had not done so. I like to call myself a realistic optimist and an optimistic realist. So thank you for noticing. Hugs.

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You got it, Nellieanna, the wow factor is there in your new photograph. Your obvious beauty, but more. I see kindness, intellect, and an openness to the wonder of what today will bring...knowing that there is magic yet to be discovered through eyes wide open...awareness, personified. Thank you for recreating this wonderful hub.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      With little doubt, your Mudhounds have taken their literary and cultural cues from you and therefore were primed to delight in both plot and sweeping embrace equally! :-) BTW, I can well imagine your being a barely suppressed air-puncher, given the right combination of excellence and delight!

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I can remember that the very first time that I saw 'A Room With A View', I was at home alone, and already enjoying it enormously.. When George strode across the field and took Lucy in his arms, and kissed eh, I sat up and punched the air and said (in a loud voice), "Yes!"

      And I'm not very much the air punching type, as i think you realise. It was a perfect scene.

      I wonder what the Nurbury Mudhounds thought. They were watching it with me, and seemed to enjoy the plot.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Feline Prophet! How great to see you visiting my little hub! Thank you!!

      Well, I can't say how it would be to lose senses with time, but I can imagine. I appreciate mine greatly as it is. My sight has been iffy since birth- monocular - , so I have appreciated the sight I have, as well as the other senses and mentality which help me compensate for a lack of depth perception. When it comes to relating to life's experiences, I just revel in it all and those of the mind's eye are no less wondrous and valuable!! Good point! Hugs, dear lady.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ian - what an account!! That should be a hub! The restaurant, Simon Callow, his partner, "Lemming" (that is intriguing!), your Dulcie and Marie - and, of course, their Merly. Lovely story. You have so many!

      Usually I think that BBC versions off British classics are superior. But I would not prefer any other version of "A Room With A View" over the movie with Helena Bonham-Carter and Julian Sands and the others now that you introduced me to it! A stunning cast, gorgeous scenery and music - just wonderful.

      John got into it. He's lived a rather protected life and has seen few movies but is a classicist, with a big sense of humor. He grew up in a very fundamental religious environment and is a 57 year old innocent.

      He responded to the music right away and enjoyed the movie, though he needed to head home before it ended so we stopped it at the reading of the passage from Miss Lavish's book describing and reminding Lucy of the poppy field and the spontaneous, passionate kiss from George Emerson, which she couldn't help but contrast with the stuffy, awkward, self-conscious ones from Cecil. We'll finish watching it whenever John drops back over. He likes to walk over and consults me about his bulletin writing. He became my George's walking buddy for a number of years and loved that he could confide in George, get good counsel and then George would forget it all. We spent many an evening talking. John did George' eulogy.

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      It's when you start losing your senses with time that you actually being to truly appreciate them! I think that's when you have to start depending on your mind's eye...and nose, and ears and tongue! :)

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      The BBC or ITV or whatever, did a version of ‘A Room With A View’ which is marginally closer to the original story. Unfortunately, they have almost copied the Helena Bonham-Carter version (the movie) and not even copied the words from the book. I could have slapped the lot of them when I read it. E.M.Forster was such a snob, and he made his characters so, also... unless he was writing a social document, (which I doubt). As you know I’m crazy about the movie, and would be biased.

      Simon Callow (Mr Beeb, the vicar) isn't acting, actually; he is exactly like that. I met him several times at a restaurant I used to frequent in Camden. I also met his partner, who was known as 'The Lemming’. He was absolutely lovely. Simon, I could take or leave, until he decided that he liked my Dulcie. So we got on famously after that. Love me; love my dog!!! They had a lovely dog. A whippet called Merly (Merlin. It’s colouring)

      Marie the owner of the restaurant loved Dulcie also. She (Marie) was lovely. Really rich! I used to take Dulcie in the car, and after all the paying guests have left, Marie would say, “Is Dulcie in the car>”

      I would say, “Yes!”

      Marie would take my car keys and go and bring her into the restaurant. Dulcie would take Marie down to the huge refrigerator in the kitchen and straight to the Garlic Lamb Shanks, whereupon Marie would feed her two GLS with her fingers and then the two of them would come upstairs and the evening would continue.

      Ah! Halcyon days.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hyphenbird - what a lovely comment! Glad you enjoyed this.. Yes - that imagery is quite delicate! And coffee is so robust! It's a good contrast! thank you

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Christopher - ah - thank you for the visit. I have slept through many a sunrise, too, but I've seen more of them than I've missed. Truly lovely to see the morning breaking - so wonderful to find oneself still around! hehe

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Ian! You do me honor with those lovely words. I needed the lift! I can picture you in your car gazing across South London. Not all American - nor, I'll bet, all Brits - notice the twilight and its fantasies. But of course, those with eyes, do. Each person's subjectivity interprets it personally - there is no "we" experience identical to any to persons, of either nationality. :-)

      I can't tell you how happy I am to see you. Guess what? I'm introducing our old/young friend, John Bentley to "A Room With A View". Love it! He walked over to get my opinion about the church bulletin he writes. He tends to identify with off-beat characters, so he is enjoying young George Emerson's characterization. hehe.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Aw, Mentalist - that gives me a kind of special peek into your soul. There is a certain beauty in that grey, almost dreary scene - with the sun sneaking up on your consciousness. I bet Old Sol doesn't really notice any of us much. We're more dependent on him than vice versa, after all! But he's still generous with his warmth and power for our sleazy little planet! And his rays certainly can paint some gorgeous pictures on the canvas of our atmosphere and splatter over onto our ground and waters - and refineries, even. There is a lot of that power buried in the contents of the refineries! Thank you, as always for your thought-provoking comments. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Sunnie - dear heart - your words give me such a boost. I was so sad when I found that the original hub here was vanished. Afraid I'd offended the HP powers somehow and then relieved to figure out that I'd surely done the damage myself. I thought it was worth restoring, so I'm really thrilled that you agree! Thank you!!

      Yeah - the profile pic with the sleeveless top fits our weather now!!!!!! Ugh! Summer has A-RRIVED! hehe.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Woods Wisdom is my favorite for the fineness and fragility. But then you mention coffee in Sense, my favorite beverage! This Hub is just lovely. May it be preserved forever!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I usually sleep through the sunrise, but when I do see it, I am impressed by the beauty of the miracle.

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      This makes me think of people like you, who appreciate textures, scents and sounds; colours, pain and pleasure; all the vibrant senses; all the gentle senses. And I don't envy you at all; I pity those who cannot feel as you do.

      So beautifully expressed my lovely friend.

      Marked UP and BEAUTIFUL

      Strangely enough, I was sitting in the car this evening looking over South London from Streatham Common, and thinking, "It's well past eight o'clock. And the sun is still up and warm; after a chilly day. And I was wondering what my new found American friends were doing, and if they experience twilight (No pun intended) as we do.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Nellie your new profile pick is beautiful too..

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago


      This brought tears to my eyes..the most beautiful I have ever read truly...the music was perfect as I read the words..Nellie,,this was off the charts..I had to touched my heart so..Thank you.


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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I've met many a sunrise over the marsh and from a refinery coming off graveyard shifts noticing only that from the grey hint to open sun it still sneaks up on me with a,"Don't worry,I didn't notice you either",lol.;)


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