Mojo: (noun) magical power; charm
Apparently of W. African origin, akin to Gullah moco (witchcraft), Fula moco’o (medicine man). Fula is a West African language. Early documented use in English: 1926.
I have often thought I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out Richard Armitage has some sort of magical powers. The way he can completely captivate one’s attention. The way his eyes can absolutely mesmerize and his smile turn one’s legs positively wobbly.
The way he can make a heart beat faster, a mouth go dry, a strange fluttery sensation flow through one’s body–the healing properties, too, of the sound and sight of him.
For it’s definitely “white magic,” benign, benevolent, beneficent. When we ache and doubt and grieve and worry, there’s the wonderful manner in which he can somehow make it all better.
Richard Armitage–you and your chaRActers have got the mojo. Long may you all work it, my darling.
I am not very good at keeping my New Year’s resolutions. But I thought of some I’d like to tackle. Richard and his ChaRActers helped me out with the illustrations. Some are very tongue-in-cheek and others more serious. Here are some of them:
(And I’d like to hear him say that word, too.)
Balsamaceous: (adjective): Possessing healing or restorative properties.
The word derives from the Latin balsamum, “resin of the balm tree.” The substance is historically celebrated for its aroma and healing properties.
Dr. Track is a healer by profession, and with his steadfast dedication and delightful bedside manner, he certainly makes us feel better.
And whilst John Porter is a tough soldier by trade with kickass skills, his gentleness and compassion helped Katie through the trauma of her captivity even as he worked to free her. This balsamaceous hero is tops in our books.
Our Victorian hero, Mr. Thornton, restores our belief in foolish passion and sweet romance. Surely he’s been a balm to many a troubled spirit.
Dear Harry Kennedy. His sweet, sunny, nurturing nature–perhaps a reflection of his CReAtor’s own lovely character?–cannot fail to bring a smile to our faces and a warm tug on our hearts.
Just a few examples of Mr. A’s balsamaceous characters. But of course, the most balsamaceous of them all is the man himself.
Lovely, funny, brilliant, modest, insightful, endearing, charismatic . . . how you touch our hearts, minds and souls, Richard Armitage.
There’s a chill in the air here and a jacket and shoes do not go amiss when you venture outside. You step out onto the balcony and drink in the morning beauty, always amazed at the ever-changing seascape before you. A couple walks slowly down the beach, pausing to watch a bird skipping across the water’s surface as it does a bit of fishing for its breakfast.
The view from the balcony in Orange Beach between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Monday. As Benny said, you get this great ombre effect between the sky and the sea.
Even as I enjoy all the splendid beauty of Mother Nature on this Monday morning, I am reminded that many people are facing a difficult day that may bring more than inconvenience and frustration. This storm could wreak significant havoc on life and property. Remember you are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope these images will lift your spirits, along with the knowledge that people who may live far away from you still care.
I made this video last year after a series of deadly tornadoes took a devastating toll on Alabama and other states in what was called “April’s Fury.” I share it again now as a reminder we all need to encourage and support one another in times like this. No man (or woman) is an island . . .
catholicon: (noun) universal remedy; panacea.
Dr. Alex Track, Richard’s character in The Golden Hour, is the caring, determined, dedicated physician who soars high in the sky in a heli as part of the emergency medical air service. He’s just the doctor you’d want to come to your rescue, to be at your bedside, to give you a reassuring hug, to smile into your eyes as you awaken from a deep sleep.
Surely Dr. Track is an excellent catholicon, good for whatever may ail you. And when I am feeling low, I like to imagine Dr. Track bringing his medical kit to my side. Such thoughts are quite the panacea, let me tell you. I should also mention he’s quite gorgeous and looks a treat in bright orange coveralls, no mean feat.
Of course, the same thing could be said of Mr. A himself–he is certainly capable of cheering up an awful lot of us and somehow making everything much better, isn’t he??
I guess I am in a Motown mood of late–hmmm, could it have anything to do with Mr. A’s proximity to the Motor City as he films Black Sky?
Whatever the case may be, I put together this little fanvid last night and uploaded it this morning for your Monday viewing pleasure. The song is a bit of a nostalgia trip because I remember my older sister (she of the elegant long pianist’s fingers) playing the memorable chorus on the little chord organ at the farmhouse. “DUN-dun-dun-dunnn-dunn-nah-nah . . .” And now I confess to needing a nap. Yes, I know it is still morning here, but I’ve been up a lon-n-n-g time . . .
I’ve been playing with the artistic effects on the BeFunky site and thought I would share some of the results with you. These were using the Impressionist, Inkify and Watercolor effects.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t feel terribly motivated today. My knee is doing that wierd twingy thing it does in advance of bad weather, I’m having allergy attacks for some inexplicable reason, and my disjointed night of sleep is catching up with me.
Never let it be said such matters stand in the way of sharing the glories of Mr. A and his ChaRActers, however.
Yeah, I know a few aren’t listed and/or pictured, but you get the idea.
Some sweet Lucas Blue Eyes . . .
Huggable Harry is in the pink of things . . .
At least dear Laurie had success watching it and she’s on this side of the pond. It should only be blocked in Germany. Swapped songs for a Three Dog Night classic and made a few other tweaks. Hope it brings some smiles and some celebratory spirit!
Word Press is being stroppy tonight here at Chez Fedoralady. Just doesn’t want to let me add any more artwork. Anyway, here’s more of those lovely smiles from Mr. A–Lucas, on a charm offensive (and he’s an ace at it) and Mr. Thornton taking a break from looking stern and rather grim to captivate us with a sweet, sweet smile, crinkles and eyelashes and all.
More writing done–a good start on the “new” Chapter 3. Time is still scrambled up for me somehow. Sleep is erratic. This afternoon, a heavy thundershower but no nearby lightning strikes or loss of power, thank heavens. Just messes with my FMS.
However, looking into the face of Dr. Track–kind blue eyes, crinkled brow and that sweet smile–allows me to answer his question in the affirmative. Hope it does the same for you.