Out With The Old!

It’s a NEW year and with that comes 365 days of fresh opportunities to do something INCREDIBLE and something AMAZING. To FIND love lost, to READ great books, to CREATE masterful pieces of art, to BUILD bridges, to SING songs (even if you can’t carry a tune); all those WONDERFUL things you’ve dreamt about doing, but didn’t.

I hope in the days to come your world opens up in a way like never before and you surprise yourself by stepping into the unknown, and BRAVELY (despite those knees knocking) and you make all those mistakes, those OUTRAGEOUSLY PHENOMENAL mistakes which you must, because believe it or not…they’re the ones that will actually push you, change you and teach you how intricately important we all are to each other and that little bit of KINDNESS you’ve been shoring up for that rainy day goes a long, long way—if you let it.

So there it is. My wish for you, for me, for all of us: COURAGE, HAPPINESS and above all else FULFILLMENT knowing that the life you have is the life you want.

 

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The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance: Birdman Review

Birdman

When my friend Marcelle had mentioned she was interested in seeing “Birdman” I admit I was unfamiliar with the movie other than Michael Keaton was nominated for a Golden Globe for it.  I’ve always been a fan of his.  Loved him in Beetlejuice, Jack Frost, Batman (still the best Batman…sorry Christian, sorry George and soon to be sorry Ben).  So with the movie choices out there somewhat slim-to-none (in my opinion), I found myself trolling over to watch a few trailers, then very much interested, searched for a theatre nearby.

Which was a challenge in itself.  Though the movie was released in October, it doesn’t have any action-packed scenes or hard-core sex, so as you can imagine I had to travel a bit if I really wanted to see it.

And I’m glad I did.

With a strong all-star cast flanking him: Ed Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Keaton at 63,  still quirky and handsome in some off-beat kind of way, delivers a superlative performance in this noir comedy playing the lead character, Riggan Thomson, a washed-up movie super-hero banking his last dollar on a comeback via Broadway.  A feat, many believe, equivalent to winning the Olympic gold!

As a New Yorker, I was immersed in how well the city landscape was captured on film.  So much so, I wanted to hop on the next plane and go back.  For a visit.  To catch a show, to stand at the top of the Empire State Building, get an eggroll, cannoli and slice of pizza.  All those things that stick to you no matter where you are.

This is a movie about reflection, about life, about missing the boat.  No, it isn’t for everyone. A few old ladies walked out in the middle (right after the vagina joke, I think).  The lines were at times morbid, farcical and even taboo.  But when served up properly, as I believe they were here, they’re funny and you can’t help but laugh.  Because as we all know, life is hard.   And if you don’t know how to stare it in the face and laugh at it by now, you never will.

Well, that’s my opinion anyway.  Check it out for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Photo credit:  Videogamedemons on Flickr

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On Being Thankful: The Giving and The Getting of Those Gifts We Sometimes Take For Granted

With yesterday Thanksgiving, it seemed a natural question for my friend to ask me what it was I was thankful for.  And right off the bat I suppose my responses mirrored everyone else’s: family, friends, health.  The big three.

But I know and you know that our lives are comprised of so much more than that.  All those wonderful silly things that break up the minutiae of the day-to-day and somehow makes everything feel worthwhile.  And these are mine.  Well some of them anyway and in no particular order.

peace

 

Allegro coffee beans and my coffee grinder

Parents who are still here, still married (to each other) and who I can now finally beat at Scrabble

Home Goods

Netflix

A daughter who buys me Cold Stone’s ice cream when I’m blue

Being surrounded by a few select people who love me, don’t judge me, want the best for me and when the moment strikes look at me like I’m a whack-job, brilliant or both

Foster Grant reading glasses

A good night’s sleep

Ibuprofen

Skype

Ear plugs

The ability to pursue my passions while I still feel passionately and while I still can

Facebook

Books which take me someplace else

Hot, hot showers

Scented diaper pails

Half and half

Microfiber cleaning cloths for my cellphone

A son who pretends he’s listening to me

Being able to paint what I see

Hot chocolate chip cookies

Those first few moments sitting in a movie theatre realizing this is going to be one terrific story and you buckle up

Getting down on the mat and having those old parts move where I will them

Fellow writers

Shopping online

The sun shining on my face

 

You get the gist.  It’s all about the little things.  And every now and again, it’s important for me to remember that.  That and how thankful I am to all of you for coming here and taking the time to cheer me on.

Thank you!

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