Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Away Message

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.  ~From the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

To all both of you in Virtual Reality visiting my blog:  I’ll be away for a bit.  Lots of fun stuff going on in Actual Reality.  Fun stuff requiring me to leave the keyboard.  Fun stuff requiring me to pack bags.  Fun stuff requiring me to wear sunglasses.  Plus, multiple writing deadlines loom.  Honest to goodness paying gigs.  Which is a good thing.  Mama needs new dance shoes. 

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele 


September 26, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Dance, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment

Hurts So Good

My how time flies when not using your dance muscles for a decade (or two).  Twenty-four hours after my husband and I enjoyed our second two hour salsa lesson, it even hurts to read.  But my, what a good time.  I’d give it two thumbs up, but it hurts to do so. 

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele


September 25, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Family, Heart, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment

Another F-ing Thought for the Day

When someone comes with arms open to embrace you, you can’t feel enmity any more.  The act of friendship invites forgiveness.  Tom Tate.

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

September 24, 2007 Posted by | Another F-ing Thought for the Day, Best Lines, Heart, Inspiration, Inspirational, Just Wow, Michele's Musings | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday To Me

Relax, it’s not my birthday.  Yet.  But my husband surprised me with an early birthday gift and made good on a promise he made New Year’s Eve all at the same time. 

Flashback to New Year’s Eve:  Dressed to the nines, there we sat (and sat and sat) watching all the other couples glide around the dance floor, my feet tapping, remembering how much fun I used to have with my beloved dance partner Billy who passed away so many years ago.   My husband looked over and promised he’d learn to dance so next year, we too could join the fun. 

This week, he signed us up for 14 weeks of Latin Dance lessons.  To put this in perspective:  AND IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON.  Of course the caveat is if the Cowboys are playing, I’m on my own. 

So last night was our first salsa lesson.  We had a blast. 

And everything, even my fingers hurt today.  We were both moving a little slow around the coffee pot this morning, but it was worth it.   

I found this video that kind of looks like my husband and me dancing, except not.  My husband’s hair is much shorter and I don’t think we learn that last move till week three.  Other than that, it’s pretty close, but not really.

Salsa dancing at the Berlin Congress

September 17, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Family, Heart, Michele's Musings, Music | 4 Comments


September 14, 2007 Posted by | Humor, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Music | 2 Comments

Bow Down My Little Nerdlings

4d33c1955392b282.png As you can see, this Nerd Queen scored rather low in the Technology/Computer category, which explains why even with the handy cut and paste code We (that’s the Royal We to you) couldn’t figure out how to post Our scores in such a way that you the reader can just click and figure out what kind of nerd you are.  Next concern:  should We worry that We know way more about Sci-Fi/Comics than We do History/Literature?  This is  a question only a true Nerd Queen would ask.

Carpe Diem Y’all, HRN Michele  <<<<royal waves to a member of the Royal Family>>>>>>

September 13, 2007 Posted by | Family, Her Royal Nerdiness, Humor, Michele's Musings | 8 Comments

The F Word

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of attending the United States premier of the Truth in Translation project at Southern Methodist University.  It was a truly powerful experience.  From the back of the program:

“We live in a world that is increasingly driven by fear and vengeance.  This is incompatible with the notion of forgiveness.  Yet we cannot survive unless emotional and perceptual reconciliation can be made.  This story is not just about one country, one context, one event, but about all of us right now, everywhere we look.” – Michael Lessac, Artistic Director, Truth in Translation

At intermission, instead of the usual get-me-to-the-bathroom buzz, the audience sat silent, mesmerized, unwilling to break the spell binding us the them, the actors portraying the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission translators who are telling the stories of both the victims and the perpetrators of the crimes of apartheid in first person.  I sit wondering how.  How does one get to forgiveness after such atrocity? 

Finally standing, I walk to the theater lobby.  The mood reminds me of a post-Lenten service, people walking, not talking, carefully avoiding eye contact.  Large banners, courtesy of The Forgiveness Project, hang from ceiling to floor, pictures of people, their stories underneath, each sharing their personal paths to forgiveness.  

Reading their stories, I’m overwhelmed with both gratitude and shame.  Gratitude for being spared the heart-breaks these people have endured and shame for holding onto the angers and grudges I hold.  They were so large yesterday, but today, in the face of those who’ve made the decision to move past hate and anger, choosing forgiveness and reconciliation instead, they feel small, petty, stupid. 

And in the middle, was this banner.  It helped me get a better grasp around the question of how.

Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

September 10, 2007 Posted by | Another F-ing Thought for the Day, Heart, Inspiration, Inspirational, Just Wow, Michele's Musings, Music, Theater | 3 Comments