One of the many advantages of a) working from home and b) having HBO is being able to watch Oscar-nominated documentaries during lunch.
Today’s featured selection: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms.
I’ll admit that I had not heard of this film before I saw it listed on HBO OnDemand. If perchance you haven’t either, I strongly encourage you to invest the short 40 minutes required.
Director Lucy Walker chronicles the tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Survivors share their stories of loss, and work together to rebuild their communities — already making progress a mere month after the storm hit.
And what are the ‘cherry blossoms’ in the title, you ask? I’ll let you watch the film and find out.
It is a vital part of their history and culture, and one reason a tsunami could never break the Japanese people.
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I returned to New York City today.
I couldn’t wait to get home, but was frightened of what I would see.
The aerial view of the city, half blacked out and silent, haunted me. The news cameras had focused on flood, fires, that precarious shifting crane. My airport cab driver told similar tales.
But then he dropped me off at my door. Businesses are open. People wander the street, friends gather, dogs bark. My neighborhood looks much like I left it three days ago.
And just 50 blocks south lies destruction.
Tonight I am a very, very lucky girl.
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Life can get kinda stress-y.
Which is why, when you get a gift — like this scene from last week’s Parks and Recreation — you should watch it again and again.
I love you, Ben and Leslie.
And now back to my regularly scheduled stress…from that bitch Sandy.
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Definitives are dangerous. Absolutes? An abomination. And yet I sit here, prepared to name (key the reverb)…
The Ultimate Date Movie of All Time.
Why now? Because it was on TV while I was eating lunch today. And I watched it….yet again. And cried…yet again.
And did I mention it was a baseball movie?
My friends and family will not be surprised by my choice. I often champion For Love of the Game when movie debates take a male / female, he-said / she-said turn.
What other movie has it all? Such meaty relationship “stuff” for girls (and boys) who want to spend two hours pondering love and all its highs, lows, recoveries and gut-wrenching blows? Add the story of a baseball player, poised to pitch a perfect game and perhaps say good-bye to the sport that he has lived and loved for almost two decades?
Even if you don’t like the game, this movie will have you cheering each time he steps up to the mound. And if you don’t shed a tear or two, well –
No doubt you’re trying to look tough in front of your girlfriend.
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Do you C what I C?
Everything’s coming up C’s at the Curtsingers!
Congratulations Hope and Dustin! Best wishes on your wedding, your honeymoon, your life together…
…and all those monogrammed gifts!
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My nephew is getting married next week, which may explain why this item caught my eye.
Wedding rings that really leave a mark.
Colin Hart and his comedian wife Anna Ryan came up with the idea for the “I’m Married” rings last year for their own engagement. Now they’re selling on Cheeky.com — and they’re starting to get a lot of orders.
To get the best mark, you have to order the ring a size too small. The indentation only lasts about 15 minutes after you take the ring off, but Hart figures that’s long enough to dissuade that budding bar conversation.
Evil genius, that one.
And what an evil gift this would make for the nephew — nah, the dirty looks from my family would last way longer.
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Now, that’s a happy ending.
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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Sticky Egg!
Editor’s Note — If you’re not feeling it today, substitute heart of stone.
(It works both ways.)
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It’s in the singing of a street corner choir
It’s going home and getting warm by the fire
Wherever you find love
It feels like Christmas
A cup of kindness that we share with another
A sweet reunion with a friend or a brother
In all the places you find love
It feels like Christmas
It is…the season of the heart
A special time of caring
The ways of love made clear
It is…the season of the spirit
The message if we hear it
Is make it last all year
It’s in the giving of a gift to another
A pair of mittens that were made by your mother
It’s all the ways that we show love
That feel like Christmas
A part of childhood we’ll always remember
It is the summer of the soul in December
Yes, when you do your best for love
It feels like Christmas
It’s true, wherever you find love
It feels like Christmas.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
–”It Feels Like Christmas” from The Muppet Christmas Carol
by Paul Williams
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