A couple of days ago, I stopped into our local financial institution to do a bit of banking, and since there were no other customers waiting in line, I took a little extra time to chat with the friendly teller. The course of our discussion took us down the path of musing about change and how open to it people are. About 35 years my junior, I was surprised when Sam told me she did not like change at all. “I like to know what I’m doing when, where I’ll be tomorrow,” she remarked. I remember being her age, and being very open to change. Don’t get me wrong. There is something comforting about the steadfast day-to-day goings-on, but change can open whole new worlds to a person, give one the chance to explore the previously unknown frontier. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but that didn’t stop me from smiling to myself as I left the bank, shaking my head pondering what Sam could be missing by wanting to keep her feet firmly planted in her own yard.
Have you ever found yourself in a particular place or situation, going about your business, and suddenly pulled yourself up short, coming to the conclusion that you have experienced that exact place or situation before – knowing as sure as you’re standing there that you never have been in that place or situation? I have found myself in such situations – more often than I care to admit – and, at the very least, I find them unsettling. An eerie feeling comes over me, and while I do my best to shake off such unwelcome sensations, I can’t help but consider George Lucas was on to something when he worked Force dreams into the Jedi’s abilities. Dreams – they’re pretty powerful stuff!
“I call everyone ‘Darling’, because I can’t remember their names.”
-Zsa Zsa Gabor
What’s in a name?
They’re just a bunch of letters that form words, right? Actually, names are so incredibly powerful, that the concept of “naming” has been an integral part of every culture, religion and belief system around the world. Among everything: from objects to people…pets to phenomena, names are as influential as they are immortal.
If you’ve been a faithful reader of my blogs (and I hope you have been), you may be thinking that this subject sounds familiar to you. You’re correct: I spoke about this topic in one of my very first blog entries for Coffee With Kenobi. However, because I’m so enamored with the psyche, power, and philosophy of names in general, I wanted to revisit some new ideas and personal revelations I’ve had since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as some other personal a-ha moments, as represented at various points in the Star Wars saga.
For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship. – Yoda to Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
As Star Wars evolves and takes on new directions, I’m forced (pun intended) to revisit the known and to look at it anew – you must unlearn what you have learned. That’s the genius in what makes Star Wars so great and what gives it that ability to live on beyond or despite some other’s expectations; an ambiguity like no other. That said, Star Wars has roots and they were planted deep – a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Each new addition or key element just adds another extension to the saga as a whole, branching out and laying seedlings, growing, connecting the puzzle, one parsec at a time. Read more
Jay’s Galactic Espressions
Once upon a time, the Expanded Universe (EU) of Star Wars opened up an outlet for me that helped sate my unyielding desire for all things in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. I consider myself a relative newbie to the now-titled Legends category of knowledge and stories, having only come into it about 10 years ago, but I have nonetheless become an intense follower. I have read – and own – countless novels, and have invested myself emotionally and mentally in its lore. When the announcement came in April of 2014, rendering the EU as basically a defunct sector of the Star Wars timeline, I was absolutely heartbroken. First, the cancellation of the Clone Wars series and now, this?! I didn’t know how much more my fangirl heart and soul could take!
January is a month of Obi-Wan and Anakin stories, with views of both men in widely different parts of their lives.
Marvel starts the month with the first issue of its Obi-Wan & Anakin five-issue mini-series, the first one dedicated to events between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. In the Charles Soule-written and Marco Checchetto story, Obi-Wan and a 13-year-old Anakin find themselves pushed to the limit of their abilities, and their relationship, as they answer a call for help on a remote world. The 32-page issue goes on sale Jan. 6 for $3.99. Read more
I’m going to let you in on a secret — on Saturday mornings, my husband Tom dons some clothes over his pajamas, gets in his car to drive to the nearby bakery, and comes home with a small tray of donuts for us to enjoy with our morning coffee. While we “dine” on our morning fare, we tune in to our Saturday morning television fare — westerns. It is something we have enjoyed doing since early on in our marriage. (We recently celebrated 34 years of wedded bliss … just to give you a taste of how long we’ve indulged in this, er, pastime. 😉 ) By the way, Tom strips out of his “outside” clothes upon his return home to relax as we watch old-time favorites like “The Rifleman” and “Cheyenne”.
Call me silly [you wouldn’t be alone in doing so 😉 ], but I’ve always been … entranced … by Alfred Hitchcock’s decision to make a cameo appearance in his films. They always are unobtrusive roles — an every-day man riding the bus [that’s “Hitch” sitting next to Cary Grant on the bus in “To Catch A Thief”], a customer leaving a pet shop [in “The Birds”], a passenger lugging a double bass trying to board the train [in “Strangers On A Train”]. In some instances, the director had to be rather creative to “appear” in one of his films. In “Lifeboat”, Hitchcock’s image appears in a newspaper ad one of the survivors is reading. It is just as much fun to locate his recognizable visage in the crowd as it is to watch one of his masterful cinematic efforts.
To say I’ve been walking around feeling like a giddy schoolgirl is … well, an understatement. 🙂 With just a tad bit more than 100 days to go [see this blog’s end for the exact number] until “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuts in theaters around the country, that is exactly how I feel! 🙂 And why not? All of us were under the impression that “Revenge of the Sith” would be the last feature film to be released that centered on the galaxy far, far away. It wasn’t all that long ago that we learned that wasn’t to be the case, and now we have something tangible to which to look forward! 🙂 New characters. New environments. New multi-layered stories. I can’t wait!
This post contains a spoiler for Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader #2.
We gather together quite often to play in the Star Wars sandbox because it is familiar and comfortable to many of us. With the changing tides and seasons of our lives, there is a constant in these stories we love so much. Even though new stories are created and fresh characters come along, there is something that is always the same and familiar. We return again and again as younglings enthralled by the stories of those who have travelled the stars weaving their glorious tales.