Archive for December, 2012

As another year comes to a close I wish you all peace, love, happiness, joy and many blessings in the New year.

In 2013 think about letting go of anything that does not bring you to your greater good.  I leave you with two quotes, both by Iyanla Vanzant:

“Anything you attempt to control – CONTROLS YOU!”

“What other people think of you is none of your business!”

HAVE A SAFE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!

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Being born in the late 50s and raised in the 60s I often find myself having conversations with other baby boomers (people born during the demographic post-World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964) about simpler times. All baby boomers will agree, much has changed since then. I’ve always felt that the digital age has ruined children. It amazes me on Christmas day that we don’t see more young people out and about riding new bicycles, skateboards and the like. When I was a child my siblings and I couldn’t wait to get outside to play.  We might stop in for a brief bologna sandwich but we were right back outside playing, and we wouldn’t come in until it was dinner time or the street lights came on, whichever came first. I credit the childhood obesity problem to this new digital platform. Game Boys, Xbox, Nintendo, IPads and flat screen TVs in their bedrooms.

This Ecard made me laugh because it’s true. “When I was 10 – Outside was the best thing for play.” So here’s to all of you who remember the good ole days when outside was all you had to play with. Our children have no clue how wonderful that really was.

DJANGO UNCHAINED – A GOOD OPPORTUNITY BLOWN
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Anyone who has ever seen a Quentin Tarantino movie expects lots of blood. That’s a given. With his latest movie, Django Unchained he doesn’t let the audience down. There is a lot of blood and a lot of shooting/killing.

After watching an early morning showing of the movie today, I’d be interested in knowing how much money was spent on marketing. I saw all of the interviews from Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington. I watched the TV-One interview with Quentin and Jamie and was really stoked to see this movie.  Judging by the packed theatre at 9:45 a.m. others were as stoked as I was.

I knew I shouldn’t have too many expectations, but sadly, I did.  After all, they were hailing this movie as an untold portion of slavery history with a spaghetti western theme.  The movie should have been called a comedy.  Quentin, as usual, was all over the place.  The movie is two hours and forty-five minutes long. (2:45)  It could have been 1:30 as there were several unneeded scenes that Quentin could have left out.

I adore Jamie Foxx. I enjoy his acting, comedy and singing but as a slave it didn’t work for me.  I JamieFoxx-marksmantend to be a little critical but the movie is set in 1858 before the civil war which began April 12, 1861.  Django’s dialogue as a slave was much too precise to be believable.  Christoph Waltz, who plays a Bounty Hunter (Dr. King Schultz) purchases Django rather unscrupulously, and turns him into a Bounty Hunter.  The audience is left clueless as to why Django is chosen, other than the fact that he was a slave on the plantation of the three men Dr. Schultz is hunting.  The killing starts almost immediately after the opening credits.

Django, who as a slave has never handled a gun or a shotgun turns into a marksman.  Django who in 1859 doesn’t read or write learns to read and for me, he does it too well.  Again, it wasn’t believable.  Once the three hunted men are taken care of Schultz/Django decide to stay together and become Bounty Hunters in the south.  Django’s goal is to find his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) who he was separated from years earlier in a slave sale.

jamie-horseWe see Django transformed into a cowboy, complete with a horse, a shotgun and John Lennon sunglasses.  Sunglasses in 1858-1859? Really?  Sam Foster of Foster Grant fame produced the first sunglasses in 1929.  I know they did it to make Jamie Foxx look like a cool cowboy but my critical eye caught it.

Django Unchained was heavily marketed as an untold part of slavery when in actuality it isn’t. It’s a comical western set in the mid 1800’s that is so over the top Quentin Tarantino.  For a moment during the middle of the film I almost fell asleep.  Sam Jackson, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio are not seen until the third act.

Don’t take it too seriously folks. It’s definitely not Roots. It could have been a spectacular story but instead, its Quentin Tarantino unplugged.

Laughing at the Klan should have been my first hint I was heading for a let-down.   Upon leaving the theatre a guy in front of me told his friend, “It’s the best movie I’ve seen in five years.”   I can’t wait to see the final numbers.  If you’re a Tarantino fan you’ll enjoy it.  It has its moments but overall I’d give it a 7 out of 10 rating.

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Please know that I don’t take your stopping by my little blog for granted. I appreciate the support very much.

In all the excitement, fun and fellowship that you’re about to enjoy over the next few days, please take a moment of silence or prayer for all families impacted by tragedy, separation and death.  I understand firsthand how difficult the holidays can be without those we love and hold so close to our hearts.

I woke up this morning thinking about the parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and shed a tear. My heart aches for any parent who has to bury a child. The pain is endless. There’s a huge whole in your heart that takes a long time to close, if ever.

I thought of the thousands of military personnel who long to be home with their loved ones for Christmas and can’t because they’re protecting our freedoms.  God bless each and everyone of them.

Lastly, may God bless you and yours real-real good!  Merry Christmas!

With the world mourning the tragic events of Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago, I was proud as a mother of a murdered child by gun violence, to listen to fellow American Coach Pat Kelsey on the MSNBC program “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.  If you haven’t yet seen this video I urge you to take the 7:50 to watch it.  Fellow Coach Boeheim and Pat Kelsey used their postgame press conference following a highly publicized game to talk about the issues of guns in this country.  Mr. Kelsey’s words have gone viral.

During the press conference, Mr. Kelsey spoke passionately about the need for people to “stand up” and keep the United States the greatest country ever.

Coach Boeheim said in his postgame press conference:

“If we cannot get the people who represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society.  If one person in this world, the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots — this is our fault if we don’t go out there and do something about this. If we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have.”

Vice President Joe Biden will head a task force to address the issues of sensible gun laws.  We should not let this issue die.  The time for change is right now.

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Being a woman has its challenges. Any woman reading this will agree with me. For centuries, it’s just the way it is. We are mothers, fathers, employees, cooks, housekeepers, taxi-drivers, and many of us balance our household budgets attempting to avoid falling off our own fiscal cliffs.  We give and give until there is absolutely nothing left. There always seems to be one more thing to do.  In short, we’re tired as hell!

In 2013 I’ve made a conscious decision (not a resolution) to take some time for myself. I want to do something every single day that I can say is “just for me.”  It could be stealing 20 minutes to read a chapter in a book, or going for a walk in the neighborhood.  At this point I’d appreciate simply sitting still for 30 minutes with my eyes closed.

Steal a little time for yourself in the upcoming year.

 In 2013 – BE THE QUEEN!  Happy Holidays!

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The world mourns for the tragedy that occurred on Friday in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While complete details are widespread and confusing, due to each media outlet attempting to be first to broadcast, the one thing we know for sure is that 20 children and 6 adults have senselessly died.

The debates going on over the internet about gun control/laws have gotten heated with each person passionate about their position.  No matter what side you stand on the issues of guns in this country, 26 PEOPLE ARE DEAD and 20 of them between the ages of 5 and 10.  My heart aches for all of the victims and their families.

There are two distinct issues involved in this tragedy:  Gun laws and mental illness. 

Is our country doing enough for either?  That’s the discussion that needs to happen. In the meantime, we mourn. We hug our children a little tighter and we pray for those who died and even more for those who were left behind to pick up the pieces.  Every life is valuable.