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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Good Old Paul ... They Broke the Mold

This is an old movie, but it is one I somehow missed. I ran across it, four stars and all, and recorded it today. We just watched it. What a powerful movie. 

John Cusack says in's  "My Favorite Scene"

 “It’s still a wide shot, and from the back a nurse comes in and says, ‘Sir, you can’t be in here.’ And then you cut in close on Paul Newman and Paul Newman says three words: He says ‘I’m her attorney.’ And in those three words, what washes over his face tells the entire story, and it tells as much as a novel could ever tell.”

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thank you, Dr. Seuss!
In the Christian Science Monitor, there is an article detailing all the progress made in 2012. More people than ever bought electric cars ... 50,000 jobs returned to the USA from overseas ... nearly 90 percent of all people globally now have access to clean water ... extreme poverty has dropped 50% since 1990 ... there were no major air crashes in the USA for the 11th year in a row ... the number of children infected with HIV has dropped by about 30% in the past two years ... more young people in the United States have high school and college degrees, including all segments of the population. Oh, and the world did not end .... now THAT is good news!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The God Energizes a Spiral Force

Wonder Dog

Rin Tin Tin
This dog was not the one on the television show, because he was long dead, but the legend and the icon lived on. Susan Orlean tells the story of Lee Duncan finding this puppy during World War I, bringing him back to the USA, training him, and eventually making him into a movie star. From there on the story has a lot of ins and outs. Who knew this would be so interesting!

Her book is titled simply, Rin Tin Tin, and it is an enjoyable read.

More Animation

Belleville Rendezvous

Renamed The Triplets of Belleville by some American who assumed no other Americans would know what a rendezvous is ... ? This is old, so you may all have seen it but me, but though I am late in viewing it, I loved it.

Merry Christmas!

2012 Advent Calendar My Cottage

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wonderful Quiet Film


One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Terribly brutal as well. Shot masterfully by Bergman (like he shot film any other way).

Moved the Goal Post ...

Recent photo
When I started on Weight Watchers, I did not know I had lipidema, which they say means I have fat on my legs that dieting and exercise will not remove. When I got the diagnosis, I decided to make my weight goal the very top of the healthy weight range set by WW. I have achieved that, and how much more I can lose is anybody's guess, but I am continuing to eat for weight loss. The holidays are challenging, but I am preparing for that. Now I have set my goal for what I would like to weigh, and when I get to that weight I may change the goal again, who knows? As long as I stay within the healthy weight range, it will be acceptable to Weight Watchers.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Second Lives as Toon Characters!

Dancin' Toons

Horrific Trolley Crash!

Osprey created these cartoon avatars using mesh, and she very generously gave me the black lab wearing red shorts.