Monthly Archives: January 2012
Movies are a wonderful tool to teach story and character development. In my opinion, the good movies are the ones that make you feel. I Will Follow is that type of film.
I Will Follow is the story of Maye, played brilliantly by Sallie Richardson-Whitfield, as she deals with the death of her beloved aunt. The story is a glimpse into 24 hours of her life and the twelve people who help her heal and move on. See the trailer below:
This movie makes you feel something. Everyone has felt sadness, anger, regret, confusion, hope, acceptance and love. The characters are fully realized and by the end of the film I felt spent. These independent films are sometimes overlooked by the majority of moviegoers. The type of movie that stays with you long after the credits have rolled. If you love dramas, rent this movie.
This is what I strive for in my own work. Complete and developed characters. When the story ends, I want you to imagine them as real people and wonder if they will be okay.
Have you seen this film? Any other movie recommendations?
The husband announced he was going on his monthly golf trip with the guys. I was so excited that I could have literally jumped for joy. I had to play it cool. “That’s good,” I replied. “You deserve a getaway.” I was being sincere. He works hard and should have free time to do something he enjoys. But I was also considering my own moment. I would have the bed to myself!
If you have lived with someone long enough you learn cohabitation requires compromise. Somethings you may like to do but if it infringes on your significant other, you reach a happy medium. An example: I would love to sleep in the middle of the bed and watch DVDs or read until I get sleepy. The husband insists on sharing the sleep space so I stay on my side of the bed and leave the DVDs and books to daylight hours. With his overnight trip pending, I had a list of things I could enjoy having the room all to myself.
And enjoy it I did. I took my shower early and lounged around in pajamas. I fed the kids and left them with the big television in the great room and retreated to my space. I had two DVDs where nothing blows up and there aren’t any car chases, a book on standby and popped popcorn. I climbed in the center of the bed surrounded by pillows and remotes. Heaven.
Yes, I appreciated my alone time. Love had nothing to do with it. I believe all couples should have little breaks away from each other. Not only is it good to just be yourself for a moment but it makes you appreciate your relationship. I was happy to see my husband when he returned. He is my best friend and I enjoy his company. Until the next time he is away.
What say you? What things do you like to do when the spouse/significant other is away?
Am I a lame for being excited about this?
In last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy (Hope for the Hopeless), Christina and Owen had a major argument. For those people who do not watch the show, here is some background. Owen and Christina were married last season. Both are surgeons. Owen is the new Chief and Christina is a resident specializing in cardio. Christina’s character is ambitious, determined and focused on becoming the BEST cardiac surgeon. She does not want children. Everyone who knows her knows that she doesn’t want children. Owen is an excellent trauma surgeon but wants it all. That includes a family.
A major point contention for the couple came when Christina discovered she was pregnant. She didn’t want it. Owen did. Eventually, Owen agreed with Christina’s decision to terminate the pregnancy. He even accompanied her to have the procedure done.
Fast forward to this episode. Owen and Christina were arguing over Christina’s refusal to follow this direction at work. But like most arguments between couples, the conversation was really about something else. Then Owen dropped the abortion bomb. “You killed our baby!” he screamed. Every one of their colleagues heard this.
No matter if you are pro-choice or pro-life, my question is this: Once a decision has been made as a couple (even if one party isn’t entirely happy about it) can you ever throw it up in an argument? I think Owen was out-of-order and their marriage will probably end as a result.
What say you? Anyone care to share?
School is in full swing and this means kids are coming home with work. Hence, the name “homework”. This is not good. I am a firm believer that just like Vegas, school should stay at school.
I’ve read the studies that suggest too much homework makes kids hate learning. Other studies conclude homework does not measurably improve academic achievement. (That one came from Duke University, Harris Cooper.) These are all valid reasons to support my position. However, my reason is quite simple. I hate feeling stupid.
First some background. I graduated from high school some
twenty years time ago. I’ve even graduated from college. I’m not trying to impress anyone by writing this. I’m trying to reassure myself that I’m not an idiot.
Some of these homework assignments can make an adult question t heir own intelligence. Picture this: Diva is in middle school. Her Language Arts class gives weekly STEMS test. In case you are wondering, STEMS can best be described as parts of words. For example, archy = government, cede = go and ard = always. Whatever happened to good old-fashioned vocabulary words. We used to get a list of words and a dictionary. We wrote the list by ourselves. Now Diva has this weekly assignment and insists I take part in it. I’m her “study buddy” she says. Did I ask for this honor? No. But what can I do?
I think kids should focus on spelling. Remember the spelling bee? Now that’s something that should be brought back to the classroom. This “text first, talk never” generation could use a refresher. They abbreviate everything. I had to instruct my kids to write complete words when they text me.
I’m not even going to get started on the subject of math. I’ve been unable to help with that since elementary school. Good thing Princess is good in math or Diva would be in trouble.
To my kid’s school district, I’m begging. Stop with the homework. Think of the countless of parents who risk looking stupid in front of their kids. Let’s leave school work at school. Save the family.