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Expectation and the Unexpected


Pop culture is where many of us get our ideas about how life should be, but many of the best-loved stories are based in the unexpected. Stacy and Malayna will take a look at the TV shows, films, and songs that informed their expectations, and some of the places they look for when those expectations seem frustrated. How can we prepare ourselves to expect the unexpected, when by definition, it can’t be done? Just remember, “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!”

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NOTES for further contemplation!
Monty Python – On several occasions throughout the above mentioned sketch, an English townsman says “I didn’t expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition” in retort to a woman’s incessant questioning, which would prompt a group of men dressed in Spanish Catholic robes to storm into the house and proclaim “Nobody expects a Spanish Inquisition!
The movie Sliding Doors (Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, 1998) – references it – and that whole movie is about the expected versus the unexpected!
Unexpected Plot Twists in Film:
•    Planet of the Apes
•    Sixth Sense
•    Shawshank Redemption
•    Primal Fear – Ed Norton & Richard Gere
•    Psycho
•    Arlington Road – Tim Robbins Joan Cusack
•    Se7en – David Fincher (Gone Girl)
•    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Luke, I am your father!10 Ways Friends Gave You Unrealistic Expectations for Your Twenties

Check out this book and these authors!

Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life ©2014 by Christine Hassler. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent to pursue a life she could be passionate about. For over a decade she has been sharing her passion as a speaker, retreat facilitator and life coach specializing in relationships, career & life purpose, and fulfillment. Visit her online at www.ChristineHassler.com

Co-wrote a book called Choosing Me before We – with Christine Arylo who will be our guest on April 13 with Amy Ahlers, with whom she wrote Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself.

And be sure to watch Unlikely Animal Friends on Nat Geo WILD!

Friends Share Comedy and Music

Original air date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Maggie Wheeler visits Pop Conscious!

Maggie Wheeler visits Pop Conscious!

Our special guest this week is Maggie Wheeler, the actress best known for her comedic recurring character of Janice (Oh. My. God!) on the long-running TV show, Friends.

But as a singer/songwriter, choir director, and vocal workshop facilitator for the past 20 years, she also knows the power of global music to create community and friendships.

We’ll find many happy reasons to sincerely say, “Oh. My. God!”

And while my co-host, Stacy Macris Ros, is away at Uniteen Camp, our guest and I talked about the lifelong impact of Summer Camp, travel, singing, comedy, and friends. Here we are under an oak tree at Unity of the Oaks!

Listen to this show NOW in our Pop Conscious archives at Unity Online Radio! 

Coming Up!



We couldn’t get enough of Charles Holt, so he’ll be back on June 16th, when we’ll also be talking to International Youth of Unity Representative and Global Citizen, Bennett Quintard!

Then on June 23rd, tune in to hear us talk with Actress Maggie Wheeler! (Check out her imdb by clicking here.)