Friday, December 19, 2008

Those Lovely Intangibles


Fred Gailey: Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your
way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do,
don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the
only things that are worthwhile.

Later on in the film...

Doris: Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't
you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for.
It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.
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from Miracle on 34th Street, 1947

51 comments:

  1. Oh Willow, I'm going to take that phrase with me everywhere I go today; 'Those lovely intangibles'. How true and how very very important. And more real than 'reality'.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous shot!!!

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  3. A holiday classic.

    Love the post photo and your new(est) header.

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  4. The lovely intangibles definitely make life worth living.

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  5. Thanks for that quote today, Willow. You don't know how much I needed that.

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  6. Great film! I love the art behind your photos.

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  7. Lovely. A film everyone can relate to.

    Love the photo of the child.

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  8. love your photographs! and i love that movie!

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  9. This is becoming vintage willow now :-). 'Those lovely intangibles'. You take a phrase and make yours and suddenly the term or expression acquires a new trascendence.

    Brilliant. I love the new header.

    Greetings from London.

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  10. i really love your blog. makes me want to see the Manor in person. great photo's, witty writing and i love the part at the top - current stuff. that is great.

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  11. I was thinking of you last night, Willow. Went to hear 16th century Spanish Christmas music at the Folger Theater here. It was transcendent!

    When I listen to medieval Christian music, I always wonder what it was like to be Christian then. I can feel the energy flow so strongly in the music. It must have been so powerful!

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  12. I really think it's great and all, but seriously, I think that you should put a little more excitement into your posts. Like the pics are great but the writing isn't.

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  13. The "lovely intangibles" are clearly what the season SHOULD be about.

    Sadly, all too often, it isn't.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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  14. Do not know this one - I will get it
    The new look is very mysterious :-)

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  15. Beautiful photos, nice your new banner!

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  16. Thanks for the reminder about the importance of the intangibles. Excellent.

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  17. Just love your new Headline shot!!!

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  18. Ah, those lovely intangibles...how true! Wonderful photo. Is the photographer an angel? Almost looks like the person taking the photo has wings!! Or is that just my eyes? or maybe I'm just seeing the lovely intangibles here...;))

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  19. ps
    I meant to comment on the new, hazy,delicious header!

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  20. A universal truth, to believe when everything tells you not to.
    Great picture.
    Saludos desde México, (Greetings from Mexico).

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  21. The new header is wonderful. I do miss the lovely children with packages though...

    The intangibles, those little intangibles that define humanity. Thanks for sharing those lines, I have never seen that movie. So, you can imagine what a treat it will be for me to see it for the first time.

    Feliz Navidad Amiga

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  22. Hello Willow,

    'Miracle' is a lovely film, although it's a while since I've seen either version. I must check the TV schedules!

    Your header is very intriguing.

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  23. What a swell coincidense..I just happened to list my 4 favorite kid's movies on my blog, and Miracle was sure one of them! Willow,such a sweet heart warmer.

    Lyn

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  24. I love your banner pic, Willow - is that a picture of you?

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  25. the intangibles - perfect! - imagine life without them - your header - I like it.

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  26. Oooh, willow. Your header is snowy and mysterious! And where on earth did you get that wonderful photo? I am in love with that little face.

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  27. I am glad to have found your blog. I am a fan also of Billy Collins.

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  28. Another great photo. It makes me really want to come see the manor

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  29. Love the photo. May I use it on my blog?

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  30. Beautiful photos.

    http://racheteapaintersdiary.blogspot.com/

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  31. A reminder to kindness and a belief in all things good! The true holiday spirit...thanks, Willow!

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  32. thanks for the reminder of what the holiday is really about. Love the header photo. I hope you are already having joyous and happy times with your family. Be well, Suki

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  33. The 1947 version of "Miracle" is one of my favorite Christmas movies.

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  34. Love the movie, and thanks for the reminder of who to interpret our lives as we move forward.

    Are you getting that nasty winter weather that's moved into the east?

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  35. Reya, I would have thoroughly enjoyed that concert! Thanks for thinking of me. :)

    Cali, the photo is not original with me. I lifted it from Google Images.

    Barbara, we had tons of rain today. I was out and about and got completely drenched! We would have had a boatload of snow if it would have been just a few degrees colder.

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  36. Stunning image and just the reminder we all need in today's world!
    MerryMerry .... Judith

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  37. Willow, I often watch that movie and wonder what it is that makes me sigh... I love the spunky take-charge but emotionally available mom (who is dressed in timeless fashion). Santa's ability to sing to the newly adopted girl in her own language is heartwarming. The entire tread of love and having faith in each other reminds me to be open- even though I could be hurt.

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  38. Oh! This is another "must watch" this weekend..

    "intangibles.." Now that's just perfect..

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  39. Aw, I am sorry to see the picture of the girls go. They looked like they were having the time of their lives. But this one's nice, too.

    But I love "Miracle" quote, especially the part that says, "faith is believing in something even when common sense tells you not to." Spoke to me deeply, especially now.

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  40. I love those intangibles! There's a silly little cyber something for you under the BK Christmas tree. :)

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  41. Oooh, I just saw your new masthead. Very intriguing and engaging! Love it.

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  42. Willow,
    Without the intangibles we'd be nothing more than robots.
    :-)
    rel

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  43. Love, love, love this...sublime photo but goodness "those lovely intangibles" just speaks to me loud and clear - thanks for the joy and inspiration I receive every time I pop by your blog..:)

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  44. This photo is beautiful!

    ...and this post made my day just a little bit brighter. I love that phrase, "lovely intangibles."

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  45. Congrats, congrats, WAHOOOOOO!!

    I am so excited for your blogs of note recognition. How perfectly perfect!

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  46. Perfect.

    No other way to put it.

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  47. I'm so glad I stole your old header before you replaced it, although the new one, presumably of you, is charming. I wish I had seen "Miracle" when I was young enough to "know" that Santa Claus really "was". Nevertheless a lovely film. I saw "The Searchers" the other night, (when she was a little older).

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  48. ...what a beautiful message...thanks.

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  49. "Those lovely intangibles" has always been one of my favorite lines from that movie! Such a good thing to remember.

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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)