WBEZ | Rebecca Kavanagh http://www.wbez.org/tags/rebecca-kavanagh Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Inter Mission: Silver screen inspiration for our Valentines Day mission http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/inter-mission-silver-screen-inspiration-for-our-valentines-day-mission/14623 <p><p style="text-align: left; "><em>This week: MISSION Amy K.R. has a guest-blogger: Rebecca Kavanagh.</em></p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//happy_valentines_day.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-14641" title="happy_valentines_day" alt="" width="501" height="414" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//happy_valentines_day.jpg" /></a></p><p style="text-align: center; "><em>Happy Valentines Day (source: giftideas4lovedone.wordpress.com)</em></p><p style="text-align: left; ">How are your <a href="/blog/amykr">grand plans coming along</a>? Have you ordered the flock of doves? Do you think you've got enough helium for all those balloons? Are you dotting the i's and crossing the t's on that love poem? Shhhhhhh&quot; don't spoil the surprise. But do make it happen --  soon --  so we can share details with the universe on Friday.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Need a nudge? Take a break and listen to this week's music choices, which come from two '80s flicks that shaped the way a generation thinks about grand gestures.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><!--break--> <strong>Elevator Music</strong> is from <em>Ferris Bueller's Day Off </em> --  a comedy, yes, but a love story to its very core. It's hard to believe that Ferris would have gone to such great lengths were he not trying to impress the beautiful Sloane. Don't you imagine that if she had stayed in class, Ferris and Cameron would have ended up on the couch playing Atari?</p><p style="text-align: left; "><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//YouTube-Wayne-Newton-Danke-Schoen2.mp3">YouTube - Wayne Newton- Danke Schoen(2)</a></p><p style="text-align: left; "><strong>Elevating Music</strong> will flash you back to Lloyd Dobler, rocking the sweatpants and boombox-serenading Diane Court in Say Anything.&quot; This is what your girlfriend wants. Just do it.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="385" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-j379JbL-xM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-j379JbL-xM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>OK. Stop chair dancing and get busy to planning your own happily ever after. We'll see you back here on Friday for everyone's applause-worthy results.</p></p> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/inter-mission-silver-screen-inspiration-for-our-valentines-day-mission/14623 This week's mission: Make a Grand Gesture http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/this-weeks-mission-make-a-grand-gesture/14339 <p><em>This week we feature a guest-blogger while I am away on my book tour. Ladies and gentlemen, <strong>Rebecca Kavanagh</strong>.</em> Grand gestures were on my mind while driving to dinner yesterday. With a week to go before Valentine's Day, what could I do to show my husband how much I adore him? As we passed the airport, I toyed with the idea of hiring a skywriter. And then I saw this: <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//BellaBaby.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-14341" title="BellaBaby" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//BellaBaby.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" /></a> I wonder how this down-to-earth version of my idea went over? Did Bellababy notice the sign and smile all the way to work that morning? Or did Brad position it to delight her as she made her weary way home? Was it Bellababy's birthday? The couple's anniversary? Or was this, in fact, an early Valentine? In any event, it was a grand gesture. And I want all of us to follow suit.<!--break--> For this week's mission, think outside the chocolate box to find a fun and creative way to say "I love you, I appreciate you, I'm thankful for you." Grand gestures do not have to be razzle-dazzle. A grand gesture could be: <ul> <li>Having a handwritten love letter couriered to his cubicle.</li> <li>Running a hot bubble bath five minutes before she walks in the door.</li> <li>Quietly arranging a babysitter for a surprise night out.</li> <li>Standing outside her bedroom window with a boombox, ala John Cusack in "Say Anything"¦"</li> <li>Or it could be razzle-dazzle. That's fun too.</li> </ul> <strong>MISSION</strong><strong>: Make a grand gesture for love. </strong> <strong></strong><strong>SHARE: </strong>Tell us what you did, why you did it, and what the reaction was. Use the comment section below or email <a href="mailto:rakwordplay@att.net">rakwordplay@att.net</a> if you have pictures to share. We'll compile your grand gestures and share them on Friday, just in time for Valentine's Day. As Amy would say, off we go! Rebecca Kavanagh, guest blogger <strong>About the Author</strong>: Rebecca Kavanagh A<em>fter nodding enthusiastically and saying "me too!" all the way through Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Rebecca Kavanagh became a devoted AKR fan. She was delighted to be a member of the initial Beckoning of Lovely team and continues to support AKR's theatrical grand gesture. Rebecca is a freelance writer from Michigan whose favorite project is her weekly </em><em>Mom's the Word newspaper column about her kids.</em> <strong>MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:</strong> <a href="../amykr/2010/02/mission-accomplished-grand-gestures-galore/14870">Grand gestures here</a>.</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/this-weeks-mission-make-a-grand-gesture/14339