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 interview! I read that bloggers should interview someone important. I have chosen to interview John Olson, a retired parole agent. John has thirty-six years experience as a peace office. His experience includes working as a state parole officer. If someone violated their parole, John would arrest them and return them to prison.
Due to his experience arresting parole violators, I feel he is qualified to voice an opinion on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both recently got renewed attention (did it ever stop?) when two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Weinjian Liu, were gunned down in their patrol car. The motive was apparently retaliation for police mistreatment of minority suspects which the press has blamed for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. (For a full recap of the deaths of Officers Ramos and Liu, see Minimalist’s Guide to Understanding Protests in New York http://wp.me/p5jxvv-ba.) My seventh grade class even weighed in on the situation. (How to Know If Eric Garner and Michael Brown were Victims of Racism http://wp.me/p5jxvv-5H.) [Read more…]
In October a friend and former neighbor of mine published a book called HOW TO BE THE PERFECT PARENT. Other than minor jealousy, after all, I too was a writer about to embark on a potential blogging career, I asked myself what qualified her to be the perfect parent. Thus began a two-month journey in which I examined the truth behind parenting, or at least the truth according to Janice (that’s me, the author of Reflections). [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…]
Yesterday I wrote “How to End Communication Problems Once and For All–Part I. Due to the overwhelming response, I bring you “How to End Communication Problems Once and For All–Part II.” Okay, the truth is five people wrote me. However, the five comments I received were not only filled with gratitude for my suggestions, but insightful ideas of their own.
Are you frustrated? Tired of arguing? Afraid the exhausting verbal battles will be a life-long problem (or at least until the kids move out of the house)? Then, please click the link and read the first three strategies for successful communication http://wp.me/p5jxvv-ap, and the reasons I believe I am qualified to offer them. [Read more…]