Sunday, June 29, 2014

Amazing Friend #1

Have you ever noticed who you surround yourself with?  This is suppose to be an important key as to the person you are.  I guess that means you can exclude family because your stuck with them one way or another. I notice that the friends I choose or that choose me.......not sure how that works....all come from very interesting backgrounds. This makes me wonder if I have an innate affection for peoples background stories.  Knowing how people have grown up and what their lives were like before they became the person they are now probably has something to do with the fact that I love a good story.

Here's just a sample of what I mean:
One of my oldest friends that happens to be 84 years old grew up in Wisconsin during the depression and like most young woman she married at 21 and had 3 children.  During her marriage she was mainly a homemaker but upon request of the school principal she did some teaching during a severe shortage of teachers.  Her marriage ended in divorce......so what did she do?  She went back to college to become a psychologist at the ripe age of  50. Her internship took her to Tucson Arizona where she says,  "That  year was one of the best I have ever had, from the standpoint of learning, exploring a new area of the country, and fun."

When we met she was already in her early 60's and she told my daughter and I of a trip she was planning to take biking through Holland during tulip season.  As you can imagine we were amazed.  Not only was she the first person we knew to do this.  She was the first 63 year old we knew that was training herself to bike 15-30 miles a day on vacation!

From there she amazed us with continuing with her education on her many vacations she took through Backroads and Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel that specializes in vacations abroad that include classes in everything from cooking to history and of course biking thru far away countries.

Her career as a clinical psychologist spanned from 1986-1999. Once she retired she found herself bored (decorating her garage one day) and decided to push herself out of her comfort zone and do something new.  She became a certified Pilates Instructor at age of 72 and still teaches several classes a week.
After mastering that, she started taking ballroom dancing classes at age 75, which she now competes in regularly.

Joan is currently publishing a book she wrote titled, Keep on Dancing and other Attitudes, Platitudes, and Latitudes from the Ballroom Floor....to be released this fall.

I know your all dropping your jaw and maybe like me want to be just like Joan.  I'm wondering how I'm going to top this story and feel sorry for the person that has to follow her.  It's like a comedian you don't want to follow the best one of the night.
But, I have someone in mind.......

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oscar Time

Oh no! Here's a draft of last years Oscar nominees that never got posted)
Last years list is quite different from this years. Here's my take on the two (in case your that far behind)The list is long and some of the choices are very obscure like Life of Pi....Beast of The Southern Beast and Silver Lining Playbook but like years past this should not be a surprise.  The rest portray pivotal times in the history of the USA.

2013....I have see the following:
Zero Dark Thirty was a great movie of a big point in our own history.  The director puts you right in the movie where you feel a part of the action.  I enjoyed the movies point of view very much.  The intelligence community is as big a part of this movie as the brave Navy Seals and for a non-military person to be able to see what our armed forces risk for our sake was powerful.  Jessica Chastain performed a very convincing character.  I would give her an Oscar for this role.
Lincoln was another great history movie that obviously took place well before any of us watching it could have known the details this movie showed us.  As laden with history and politics as this was, it doesn't lose your interest.  Daniel Day-Lewis deserves an Oscar for this portrayal in my opinion.
Argo  was interesting enough to watch and amazing that the Americans pulled-off such a feat and didn't get to take credit for it!  It certainly reminds us of the recent attack in Benghazi, Libya which did not end well for our people. Again showing the great bravery of American people serving the USA in foreign countries.

2014 nominees:
Americans Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

My winner: #Philomena  By far of all the movies had the best acting and content. 12 Years a Slave was equally as compelling but certainly darker than even the Nuns that stole and sold babies in Ireland.

Well in retrospect 12 Years a Slave ran away with the awards and deservedly so.  I do wish #JudiDench had gotten more pub on this movie and urge you to rent this movie!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Indie Author Publishing Conference & #Pitchapalooza

This all day conference offered a completely different point-of-view than what you will hear at any number of publishing conferences due to the single idea of SELF PUBLISHING.  A big no-no in most authors eyes.  But in this day in age of e-books, social media & digital devices running amuck……it's time to talk about this option and know: what, how and why.

The information was well presented and the guest speakers were all very informative and passionate for  blazing your own trail.  With the conundrum of not being able to get a publisher if your not already published or have an agent makes this do-it-yourself option look very appealing for some genre more than others.  As a picture book author I know that the e-book market is very small. This is not to say that traditional publishing on my own is out of the question.  I know that it can and is done with success.  The trade off is spending your own time (lots of time) and money to get this done well.  I've seen self published books that were done well and some done terribly.  Thus, this type of conference is the place for a helping hand and bit of advice.

I enjoyed it very much and am now making the move to get a larger following or audience in the event that I publish or get published!

Monday, October 21, 2013

adaptation
-noun
1. the act of adapting
2. the state of being adapted; adjustment.
3. something produced by adapting: an adaptation of a play for television.

My blog as with everything is evolving to something new and exciting.  Please be patient as I start some serious research for it's new direction.

The premise is to show that there is news out there that we crave to read....it's not all about politics and shocking behavior of our kind. The stories will inspire you and show the goodness in people.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Best movies of 2013....so far.

Safe Haven was a pleasant surprise, not to be confused with Safe House.  I expected some predictable romance with it's share of ups and downs and got much more. There are twists and turns that will have you shaking your head!  I highly recommend this one and send my thanks out to Nicholas Sparks for a great tale.  It is out on DVD now so make sure you set up a date night.
5 out of 5 stars.

42
This was a great movie that gave homage to a strong young man Jackie Robinson and the team manager that put him on his team.  It also showed the darkest, ugliest side of our country and it's people.  I hope everyone will go see it and take their teenage boys and girls to show them exactly how we do or don't want to act.  There were great examples of people taking the high road (in most peoples mind back then) and I hope that our young people learn from them.  There will still be bullys among us but we do not have to follow their lead!
I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars for the acting, story telling and history.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New TV season 2012-2013.....
Private Practice, Mob Doctor, The Good Wife, Parenthood, Major Crimes, Revenge just to name a few favs are back and back with vigor.  So far each one has had a great season premiere that keeps us coming back.

The new shows:  Nashville, Mob Doctor, Vegas, Go On, all look intriguing.

I love Mob Doctor!  These TV shows that showcase strong woman as the main character are a great turn from the old school showing men as the main character and a woman just supporting them.
Trouble with the Curve

This baseball movie has more to the story than just a few scouting agents!  There is quite a dynamic to Amy Adams character and her relationships to her bosses, boyfriend and father played by Clint Eastwood.  Sprinkle in a little Justin Timberlake and John Goodman and you have quite the movie.

You have to love the character that Clint Eastwood portrays quite well as a grumpy, lovable and quite comical baseball scout that prefers to work by the "old school" methods.  Computer stats be damned!

The trailer gives away plenty about the romantic spark between Amy & Justin, also lets you know about the troubles Clint has with relationships, but there are a few surprises and the movie is worth seeing!