a.k.a. Golden Globe Nominations Part III
When I wrote Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations-Comedy, a reader wrote and commented, There has got to be more nominations. Although I’d written in Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations-Drama that I was attempting to respond to the choices of nominees with very little knowledge of any of them (a personal challenge), the reader still felt there was a deficit of information. Now that I have more knowledge of the nominated films, I am writing What You Should Do With the Kids When They are Home From School since I am recommending a family friendly film. [Read more…]
Welcome to my first ever sensory blog post! I always felt fall was my favorite season of the year. However, winter is upon us, and I realize all that I ever loved about fall is still applicable. If I am to be a true advice blogger, I’d better give some advice and not just write about me. Here is my advice: get out of the house, and here is why you should. [Read more…]
a.k.a. How to Understand Angelina Jolie
TIME and PEOPLE Magazines have come out with their year-end issues, so it must be December. For coverage of what was chosen as stories of the year by TIME MAGAZINE, see How You Know 2014 was a Good Year http://wp.me/p5jxvv-6v. Angelina Jolie was chosen as Woman of the Year in People Magazine‘s Year-End Issue. Before I explain why I agree with PEOPLE’s choice, some background information on Jolie is needed. Angelina Jolie is the ex-wife of actor Billy Bob Thornton, the current wife of actor Brad Pitt, and the sometimes estranged daughter of actor Jon Voight who won fame for his film “Midnight Cowboy”. [Read more…]
Please consider this post an update to my update on the racial tensions that have been brewing since Michael Brown’s killer Darren Wilson was exonerated. Tensions have not only been building in our country, they have been brewing in the world. December 16 I published “How to Get Rid of Racist Cops” http://wp.me/p5jxvv-8Q. The post wasn’t so much how I felt cops were racist but how other people felt they were and what they were doing about the situation. I now have clarity, and I want my readers to as well. I have modified my opinion on the situation, and by writing this I hope to affect a change in my readers’ views, so that the current situation of protests and the violence that has emerged from it can stop. [Read more…]
On Thanksgiving evening, while waiting for dinner to be served, I struck up a conversation with my son-in-law who explained the tenets of Buddhism. As a student of Buddhism and someone proud to be called a Buddhist, David explained the concept of karma. As a teacher of the origin and spread of the religion, I already knew. Thus began a fascinating conversation about the religion that arose in ancient India long ago and the concept of karma that its followers believe. Little did I know that I would be viewing a film about the very topic just one night later.
Don’t get me wrong. “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is not a documentary. On the contrary, on the surface it’s a love story. The late author Paul Torday wrote the novel, loosely based on a true story, in 1997. [Read more…]
It was always America’s policy not to negotiate with terrorists. Then, starting this past spring, the policy seemed to waiver. Now, one week before Christmas, not only are we negotiating with terrorists, we are meeting their demands. We, as Americans, and the rest of the world as well, need clarity regarding America’s current foreign policy. I maintain it has changed, and drastically, this year due to President Obama’s prisoner swaps and Sony Pictures pulling their movie, “The Interview”.
Few of us have time to apprise ourselves with America’s policies, foreign or otherwise. Even if we did, if the stakes change, it’s enough to make our patriotic heads spin. Knowing how busy people can be, especially now, at the holiday season, it is my hope to save them the time knowledge takes to get and bring clarity to what otherwise has been a very confusing year. That clarity may prove useful while President Obama is in office and afterward. [Read more…]
Yesterday was a horrific day, horrific. I don’t mean it lightly. I don’t use that word lightly. Over 100 primary school children were murdered in Peshawar, Pakistan in an apparent revenge plot against their parents. In addition, the Russian ruble fell to about half of what it was worth, and people saw their life savings vanish.
This post is designed to remind readers that there is also joy in the world in addition to horror, in addition to evil. While music doesn’t even remotely make up for unmitigated terror, music brings a joy that exists in the world along with terror. [Read more…]
Please consider this an update to my posts about police violence toward African-Americans. One hundred and nine people commented on Ferguson: Right or Wrong, (http://mycurrentnewsblog.com/2014/11/25/ferguson-decision-right-or-wrong/) the post I’d written when Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown. In this, one of my most heavily trafficked blogs, I insisted Officer Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown was racially motivated, and virtually all my commenters disagreed with me. This is the stuff great blogs are made of and exactly the dialogue I was looking for. [Read more…]
Also Known As
The Fine Art of Gift Giving
Today I had an epiphany. After twenty-six posts, I finally honed in on what it is we do here, and I changed Reflections tag line. I offer solutions for saving time and solving problems, and you offer your opinions on the merit of my ideas and hopefully make better suggestions if you have them. Today I offer advice on the philosophy of gift giving. Whether your receiver is aware or unaware of the impending gift could make or break your holidays. It certainly has in my family. [Read more…]