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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , celebrity, , Greta Garbo, , I want to be alone, Jo Stafford, Joel McCrea, , Paul Tillich, , Sullivan's Travels, The Lone Ranger, Tonto,   


    “Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. –Paul Tillich, philosopher/theologian

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    Sept. 18 (1905) is the birthday of famed “I want to be alone” actress (and real-life recluse) Greta Garbo, who (unlike many movie stars) valued solitude over the celebrity spotlight:

    Now, dear reader, you may not have a problem with “I want to be alone” — but, as Joel McCrae asked Veronica Lake (40 seconds into this film clip)….

    So, when you stop and drink about it (unless you take Joel McCrea’s question literally), there’s no reason why you can’t be….

    After all, even the Lone Ranger wasn’t really a Lone Ranger (heaven forbid that his faithful Indian companion Tonto was just along for the ride)….

    That’s all for now, boys and girls. Hi ho Silver, away!



    • calmkate 1:37 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      lol mentioned some of my favourites here, about to enjoy your clips!

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    • masercot 6:10 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Jay Silverheels was a funny guy in interviews. They asked him how he was able to memorize his lines because they made so many shows and he replied that all he had to know was “Mmm, What we do now, Kemosabe?”

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      • mistermuse 7:42 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That IS funny! Thanks for that very interesting aside — it leads me to want to know more about Jay Silverheels/Tonto pronto.

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    • Ashley 6:36 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      “How can I be alone if you’re with me?” Good question! Answers please on a postcard to….

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Good question indeed — but it leads to another: How do I answer on a postcard to ….? Seriously, though, in a certain sense, we’re never alone. Our demons are always with us.

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    • JosieHolford 7:00 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That is a really useful distinction between loneliness and solitude.

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      • mistermuse 7:55 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, Josie — but useful, perhaps, only to a reflective person. I can’t imagine someone like Donald Trump giving it a second thought (or even a first thought).


    • Mary Lou Rigdon (@RigdonML) 9:18 am on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I get fklempt every time I see that opening just as I did when a girl, sitting on the linoleum floor in front of the TV. I didn’t care much for the program, all the shooting and fighting. I just wanted to look at Silver. Years later, when my family moved to LA, I got to see Traveler and often rode my horse in the places where westerns filmed stock footage. Strange how life turns out.

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on September 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Strange indeed. I loved westerns as a boy. Now, with few exceptions (such as RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY), I consider them to be mostly the same old same old.


      • mistermuse 9:26 am on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        My apologies for not letting you know that the link you sent didn’t work and I deleted it. I shouldn’t have done that without informing you. If you want to try sending it again, perhaps we’ll get a better result. Again, my sincere apologies.


    • magickmermaid 7:24 pm on September 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      hehe My mother used to ask me if I thought I was Greta Garbo because I was always saying ‘I want to be left alone’. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 12:31 am on September 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It sounds like this Duke Ellington classic could’ve been your theme song, mm:

        P.S. I’d originally intended to use this clip in my post after the Paul Tillich quote, but decided against it…..now, thanks to your comment, I have the opportunity to use it after all!

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    • Silver Screenings 6:27 pm on September 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Jo Stafford: What a voice! How come she doesn’t get much fan love these days? She seems to be almost unknown.

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    • barkinginthedark 1:34 am on October 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great memories…Great quote via Paul Tillich…All in all Trigger was my favorite. continue…

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  • mistermuse 11:07 am on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: celebrity, culture shock, , ,   


    Good writing’s an asylum of sanity
    If we hope to have a clue.
    When did the hubris of humanity
    Become the best that we can do?

    Yes, the world, it go to pot;
    Life literate is shot.
    O, woe is my bon mot….
    Bon mort, and thanks a lot!!!

    *(not to mention celebrity & political shlock)

    • arekhill1 11:34 am on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I advise tranquility, Sr. Muse. The world is not worse than it was–there’s just more of us to complain about it.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 1:22 pm on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I agree that the world is not as bad as it was when we were younger. There are billions more people and life is just a more complicated. However, the poem is a good one, expressing your emotions well.


    • mistermuse 2:55 pm on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You guys may be right, but one of the prerogatives of being an old codger is believing in “the good old days.” Maybe they weren’t “the perfect old days,” but unlike me, they haven’t improved with age (ha ha), and civilization, if anything, seems even less civilized.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:49 pm on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks a bunch for this “cheery message” misterscrooge. You did not notice that I paid you a compliment on your poem. Bah! Humbug! I am going to rat you out to your significant other also known as the better half. :- (


    • mistermuse 7:15 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, Michaeline, I paid you a compliment by not complimenting your compliment. By this, I mean that I put you on a level with Ricardo Cahill and Don Frankel, whose posts and comments I rarely compliment because they know(?) I appreciate them and what they do, without needing to say so – not unlike with my “better half,” who I seldom compliment for all she does (just kidding!). And before you rat to my better half, check out my comment to Cahill’s latest SWI post (HOME IS WHERE MY PILLS ARE) – the comment’s mushy last sentence should make up for any shortcomings on my part. If not, I will hold you personally responsible for any marital repercussions I suffer, such as having a wastebasket dumped on my head during our next difference of opinion.


    • Don Frankel 8:15 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Shlock rocks. Or so they say. I could say there was a lot of Schlock when we were younger but then we were younger what did we know?


    • mistermuse 1:33 pm on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, at least you know you didn’t know Schlock when you were younger. I pity people who don’t “know” any more than they knew years ago.
      By the way, in case anyone cares, SHLOCK and SCHLOCK are both acceptable spellings – I chose SHLOCK for the post’s title because it’s closer to SHOCK (as in CULTURE SHOCK).


    • Michaeline Montezinos 3:17 pm on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, mistermuse, if I commited such abuse. Now I know not to look for a compliment in your book of poems. I am not a crook who would rat you out; I wouldn’t know where to start and I could not have the heart to betray a fellow poet. What you better half not knoweth is best for both of us.


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