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Nugget # 110 Life lessons from the movie Florence Foster Jenkins!

Florence_Foster_Jenkins_(film)Hi friends,

Hope you are doing fine. I just watched the biographical comedy –drama movie Florence Foster Jenkins (starring Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant) and strongly recommend it. The movie is based on the real life story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who founded the Verdi Club in order celebrate her passionate love for music. Though a great lover of music and even a talented child pianist who played for the President when she was a youth, Florence had to later give up her career aspirations as a pianist due to an arm injury.

St Clair Bayfield, a British Shakespearean actor is her husband & manager. The couple are very much in love but choose to live separately due to an illness (syphilis) that Florence had contracted from her first husband. According to Mr Bayfield, theirs is more a relation of the spirit. For his other needs, he has a mistress Kathleen Weatherly whom he resides with in an apartment in the city paid for by Florence.

Florence , inspired by an opera singer, has a great desire to sing. She thus resumes her singing classes with her vocal coach, Carlo Edwards (Assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera).  She hires a new pianist Cosme McMoon who is simply shocked when he finds out that though Florence is a terrible singer, both her coach and husband hide that fact from her and pretend that she is a wonderful singer. Bayfield goes one step further and asks McMoon to do the same.

It is indeed interesting as well as enjoyable to watch the lengths to which the loyal and loving Bayfield would go to hide the painful truth from his beloved that she just cannot sing. Towards the end of the movie, in spite of all their efforts to make sure that Florence hears only the good reviews, Florence comes to know of the negative review of her recital on reading the column by Earl Wilson in the Post. On reading it, she clutches her heart and suddenly falls unconscious. Later, on gaining consciousness, she sadly asks her dear husband who is by her bedside soothing her :”Was everyone laughing at me the whole time?” We can’t but admire his truthful and yet thoughtful reply to her question . He answers: “I was never laughing at you” and adds.. “Yours is the truest voice I have ever heard.”

Life Lesson#1 : We need to speak the truth in love-  It is necessary to soften life’s blows to hearts like Florence’s. (who is actually doing no one any harm). It is the truth that she cannot sing and everyone was laughing at her but her husband replies that he never laughed at her and that he heard in her singing the truth in her voice as she sang with all her heart. It is indeed wonderful to love someone so much to tell them the truth and yet be tactful and gentle enough not to break their heart in the process. This is a skill, which I feel if developed, would easily save a lot of marriages and probably other relationships too. 

Life Lesson#2 : Pursue your passion fervently irrespective of another’s approval – Though anyone would easily agree that the woman’s singing is indeed extremely hilarious, yet we are forced to admit that Florence passion for music is rather intoxicating. Yes, she may lack the talent but definitely not the heart for it, Florence is indeed a true lover of music. Her last few words are one that will echo in my heart forever. It is actually what really prompted me to write this Nugget.On learning the truth that she is indeed a terrible singer, she concludes chuckling… People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can say I didn’t sing.” After a while she dies peacefully.

How many of us are willing to pursue something so passionately that even if we are laughed at, or even thought of as weird, we would rather do it? Are we ready to laugh at those who laugh at us and say like she did, they may never approve of me but at least they will not say I never did it. Though Florence could never sing like a Nightingale and win applause for her voice, yet she became a prominent musical cult figure in New York City during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Cole PorterGian Carlo MenottiLily PonsSir Thomas Beecham, and other celebrities were fans. How did Florence win the hearts of so many in spite of her clear lack of singing talent? It was probably her love and courage to sing that made her win both their hearts and ours!

drawing-the-love-sign-smiley-emoticonNugget of Life: “Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”- Judy Collins 

Enjoy this video which pretty much sums up this nugget:


Have a great week,


Sparky Laurie




Posted by on March 29, 2018 in LIFE LESSONS, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 83 Life lesson from an Irreplacable Loss


Hi friends,

This week I just want to share with you a truth that has been staring at me in the face for some time now . And that is the importance of living in the moment. The sudden demise of my brother- in -law ‘V’ due to a cardiac arrest shook us all so badly and even 2 months later the pain is still raw. But like they say, life’s greatest teacher is pain.

‘V’ was a wonderful person who enjoyed his life and everyone who knew him had many good things to say about him. One thing I could surely say about him was that he definitely lived in the moment.

That set me thinking. What about us ? Many times we postpone things for a later moment and leave it for some other day .How many kind words do we leave unspoken? Many times we forget to express appreciation for something someone does, maybe we are so caught up in our troubles and the speed of life that we allow small opportunities to just slip by. Sometimes we are not even aware of how much influence a simple “thank you” or “good job done” may brighten up the day of another, be it the clerk at the supermarket or the doorman or even the waitress who takes down our order.

There is no better day to start than today. As they say, life comes full circle and the goodness you sow into another person’s life will surely come back ,in a manner and at a time we may never know. Life is not something that comes with an expiry date so that we know when we are going to die and so let us let go of all our grudges and celebrate each and every moment.  More importantly let’s make it a priority to tell the people in our life that we love them as tomorrow may never come either for us or for them!

3D_emoticon_S301Nugget of Life: ‘The secret of life is letting go. The secret of love is letting it show.’

Enjoy this lovely song :


Have a great week!



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Nugget # 55 Life lesson from Mother’s Day!

“There is no velvet as soft as a mother’s lap, No rose as lovely as her smile. No path as flowery as those imprinted with her footsteps.” – Archibald Thompson

The world all over celebrates Mother’s Day as a day to honor Mothers everywhere and let them know how much they mean to us. Ever wondered how it all began? The story of Mother’s Day is the story of the firm determination of a daughter named Anna Jarvis who resolved to honor her mother’s wish.

It all started one Sunday when Anna was 12 years old, her mother Mrs Jarvis concluded a Bible class on ‘Mothers of the Bible’, with the following small prayer, “I hope that someone, sometime will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

Anna never forgot this prayer. And at her Mother’s graveside service, she recalled the prayer and said, “…by the grace of God, you shall have that Mother’s Day.” After the death of her mother in 1905, Anna Jarvis dedicated her life to fulfill her mother’s dream of the recognition of a day for honoring mothers. Though never a mother herself, the Founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis is today widely recognised as the ‘Mother of Mother’s Day’. Let us learn a lesson from her remarkably ceaseless devotion to her mother and mothers everywhere.

Would you brighten your mum’s day by telling her how much you love and appreciate her today?

Watch this adorable little Arab girl tell her mum how much she loves her.

“Mother and Love differ only in name for the miracles they work are one and the same!”

Nugget of Life : Remember, No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you! – which is your LIFE.

Have an awesome week!


Sparky Laurie


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Nugget # 45 Life is a song!

Life is a song, sing it!

Hi friends,

There are some people though we may never have met in life ,yet bring so much happiness to our days  that when they leave us all on a sudden, we feel a sense of loss , an emptiness because quite often,even unknown to us they actually held such a special place in our hearts. These are people of POWER and influence who have conquered not by war but by love. The beloved Mother Teresa , Lovely Princess Di  are some such unforgettable personalties whose  life songs continue to linger on our lips long after they have left us,not because they were perfect people but because they were people who genuinely loved and cared. Today the world all over grieves the demise of another such amazing woman who sang her way into our hearts and this post is for you our lovely  Whitney Houston. Thanks for singing your way through life and brightening so many of our days with your love.We will always love you Whitney!

Click here to enjoy my fav Whitney song  which made her the best selling single female artist in music history. “I will always love you”- from “The Body Guard”

Nugget of Life : Life is a Song. Make sure you sing yours so beautifully that when its time for you to go, you will have left behind endless musical echoes resounding!:)

Have an awesome week!


Sparky Laurie


Posted by on February 14, 2012 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 36 Life lesson from a Baby-sitter!

Hi friends,

I think this is a good time to share with you a comment by a blogger buddy in a previous post (Nugget # 13). that actually made me sit up and think. In the 2nd part of her comment she mentioned that “her most effective teachers were often people who she had trouble with and that she was thankful for them in her life.” Wow… this was definitely a new one for me and I am sure for many of us. We often like to remember and learn from the people who bring happiness into our lives but how many of us ever consider as special the many unpleasant encounters we have everyday? With that as background, I’d like to share a special lesson I have learnt from a not so pleasant experience with a baby sitter!

The main reason we opted for this baby sitter was that she lived close by. We checked out the place and everything seemed okay.The next day I had my maternal separation pangs as I very reluctantly parted with my 8 months old baby for the first time and hurried off to work. I somehow finished work and rushed back relieved to find my son sleeping comfortably. Satisfied with the babysitter, I was about to close the deal and asked her the monthly charges. Her reply made me change my decision in the twinkling of an eye. After telling me her charges, she added that if she found that the baby was noisy/troublesome the rate would increase. On hearing that, the mother bear in me just growled angrily but somehow I kept my cool and told her that I would discuss the matter with my husband and get back to her.

It truly wouldn’t have mattered to me if she had asked for a higher charge. What caused me to change my decision was that she looked at my baby and haggled about the price as if he were a commodity of enterprise.  That made me seriously doubt the ability of this woman as a baby sitter who was cashing out on the unknown/ unpredictable behavior of a little baby. I immediately started my search for other babysitters. I told my husband that I was not going to allow her to go so easily and would give her a good piece of my mind along with the day’s charge. Though equally displeased with the sitter, my hubby (who is by nature easy- going & patient) told me that though my anger was totally justifiable I should just let it go. He explained that though people may behave badly with us and we definitely would like to just cut them off, we need not convey that to them since we never know when we may need them again. So I took his advice, swallowed my anger, prayed about it and said goodbye to the babysitter with a peace & grace that actually amazed both her and me ! Little did I know how prophetic my husband’s words would turn out!

That happened a few months later when my new babysitter had to change location due to her husband’s transfer and so there I was again in need of a babysitter. Boy was I glad I had followed my husband’s wise counsel that day! This time when I met with her, I noticed a marked difference in her. She seemed extremely considerate and took such good care of my son that I was literally surprised. When I spoke about the rates because my timings had now changed, she said in a slightly embarrassed tone that it didn’t really matter and she even gave me a very good discount! That day I saw firsthand evidence of “GOOD OVERCOME EVIL”.That incident taught me the power of believing the best about people and being kind enough to overlook an offense even when treated badly.Many times it may not be easy and sometimes to walk away in silence is all that we can do but whatever we do,we must do it from the heart.

Friend, I just want to encourage you today.All of us go through tough times in life and people often behave thoughtlessly or in an unkind manner, maybe even hurting us unknowingly, repay them by sowing a seed of kindness.Shame them with genuine love.Though change may not be as quick/dramatic as it was in the story above, it will surely come. I truly believe in the Law of Sowing & Reaping. [Some call it Karma] “As you sow, so you reap.”  If you sow love, you will reap love.  Results may not come as soon as we expect it or even in the way we expect it, but take my word for it, it will come in such abundance that it will leave you in open mouthed wonder!

Click here to watch this amazing Movie: CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR

Nugget of Life: “If what you have is not what you need, it’s not your harvest it is your seed!”No good deed is ever wasted.Sow a seed today and reap a harvest tomorrow.”

Have a wonder – filled week! 😉

PS: Travelling next week and so the post is early!


Sparky Laurie


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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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Nugget # 11 Life is like a Mirror

“Life is like a mirror. If you frown at it, it frowns back. If you smile at it, it returns the greeting.” – Herbert Samuels

 If Life is like a mirror and we should smile at it if we want a smile back, let me ask you a question, who is the first person you see in the mirror? Yes, the answer is YOU. Now another qsn : How often do you truly smile at yourself in a genuine, warm way? I’m definitely not talking about narcissism here, just an honest self appreciation of our very person-hood.

If you are like the vast majority of us are, we very often forget to smile at ourselves. Let’s just take a peek into what really happens during our busy days : When our bodies are tired and screaming for rest, we quickly gulp down some black coffee and try to meet deadlines. When our stomach growls reminding us to eat, we just ask it to wait and we continue the task at hand. When our mind tells us that we are reaching our limit and need a vacation, instead of taking a break we shut ourselves up by looking at the pending items on our ‘To Do List’-  Let alone smiling …aren’t we honestly being downright cruel to ourselves?

To put it simply “Don’t we just take ourselves for granted sometimes? We would never treat another person in a similar manner,then why do we do this to ourselves? To quote Elizabeth Kubler Ross : The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”

 As our title quote suggests, have we through our self negligent actions unknowingly been frowning at our person in the mirror ; at ourselves? Is there anyone else to blame for the frowns we get back? The frowns which come in the form of –aches and pains / ulcers and tumors /burn out and stress/ anger, frustration and hurt? Is it any reason that overwhelmed in life we sometimes go out into the world unknowingly bearing a grimace and wonder where are  all the friendly faces?And yet when we are kinder to ourselves- by taking good care of our health and nutrition/when we get sufficient rest & recreation/when we create opportunities to pursue our interests, aren’t we actually smiling at our person in the mirror ; at ourselves?And then doesn’t the world seem a much better place?

It all starts with us learning to love ourselves and listening to what the man in the mirror is telling us. Give him your keen attention, listen to what he is trying to tell you and you will have a wonderful best friend for life. Ignore, abuse or frown at him and he will become your worst enemy forever.

A smile is the lighting system of the face; cooling system of the heart and boosting system of the mind….so keep smiling!


NUGGET OF LIFE:  Smile and the world smiles with you but always remember to reserve your very best smile for the man in the mirror, as  he is the one who deserves it the most !



Sparky Laurie

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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