“Gotta love Neal and his hat”

Previews of Season 3 Summer Finale. I can’t get over how awesome the entire season is! Great, great story and perfect cast! Can’t wait for the next season to begin!

 

 

And here’s a good review from EW.com:

‘White Collar’ summer finale: Some of the best acting you might not be watching


White-Collar

Network TV has a reputation for being forgettable during the summer months, but ever sinceSex and the City debuted in the summer of 1998, cable has been the perfect cure for the summertime blues. Shows likeThe WireSix Feet UnderMad Men, and Damages have all rescued viewers during the dreaded dog days. This year, I can add White Collar, which closed out its summer run last night, to that list of impeccably acted dramas.

Beau Bridges guested as a federal agent in an episode that found Peter closer than ever to discovering that Neal stole the treasure, as the feds tracked the Degas painting that Mozzie had recently unloaded. But Bridges’ appearance in the episode is not my reason for bringing up the fine acting on this show — although, he certainly does help my case.

The scene that stood out to me the most from last night was the final one, where Peter, after receiving a threatening call from returning baddie, Keller, rushes home to find police swarming his apartment. Elizabeth was kidnapped.

The icy stares between Peter and Neal were spot on (as it usually is), but Tim DeKay’s expression in this final scene killed me. He looked simultaneously haunted, dazed, and like he was going to be sick — all expressions that I imagine even the steeliest of FBI agents would have if their wife was in danger. It was out of character, but in the perfect way.

Now, we know nothing is going to happen to Elizabeth. We’ll return from the summer, Peter will kick some ass, Neal will help, and she’ll be returned safely. But until then we’re left with the image of tortured Peter — and of an underappreciated actor.

That’s not to say people aren’t watching the show. In fact, it’s holding its own, topping out at over 4 million viewers at some points so far this season. But it’s a shame there’s often still a “nothing to watch” attitude about summer. Because it’s there, folks. And it’s really good!

Agree? Disagree?

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ON LOVE

When love beckons to you, follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword  hidden among his pinions may wound you.

And when he speaks to you believe in him,

Though his voice  may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He threshes you to make you naked.

He sifts you  to free you from your husks.

He grinds you until you are pliant;

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge becomes the fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace  and love’s pleasure,

Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out love’s threshing floor,

Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not  all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;

For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you shall not say, “God is in my heart, ” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”

And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; 

To rest at noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

– The Prophet,  Kahlil Gibran

The Benefits of Sauna

From the Master Cleanse Guide (via mastercleansesecrets.com)

For an average person, a 15 minute sauna session can remove the same amount of impurities that would take your kidneys 24 hours to remove.

Weight Loss – During a 10-15 minute sauna session, your heart rate increases by 50-75%. This provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise.

Relaxation – Lactic acid which causes soreness and muscle fatigue is also released through sweating. This makes a trip to the sauna especially desirable for anyone who works out, or engages in rigorous physical activity.

Increased Circulation – Spending time in a sauna will expand blood vessels and help circulation.