I almost didn’t see Lion.
From the trailer, I could tell the movie had the dreaded Disney structure:
Child has a beloved family.
Child is ripped from his beloved family within the first five minutes.
Child spends the rest of the movie looking for his beloved family.
Let’s face it — that story line is hard enough to watch when little cartoon characters are involved; I wasn’t sure I could stomach it with real people.
And I wasn’t altogether wrong.
But this true story — and the actors who portray it — are so compelling, I couldn’t have looked way if I had wanted to. It is heartbreaking and life-affirming, all at the same time.
And I hope, in the course of my life, I can be one-tenth as brave as that little boy.
Posted in Academy Awards, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Movies
Tagged Academy Awards, beloved family, brave, cartoon character, Disney, entertainment, lion, Lion movie, movie trailer, Movies, Oscars
December 29, 2016 in Family, Friends, Humor, Love, quotes, Relationships
Tagged change your life, family, fight, friends, friendship, love, quote, Relationships
If you’ve seen a trailer for Manchester by the Sea or read any reviews, you may be hesitant to see it.
Now. During the holidays. A time of good cheer.
Because this not a feel-good classic or a comedy about a drunken holiday party gone awry. It’s a family tragedy and how one family struggles to survive.
But I would argue that this is the perfect time to see it.
Not only will you appreciate a nuanced, Oscar-worthy performance by Casey Affleck and his supporting cast, but you will walk away feeling lucky…grateful for each day and every friend and family member in your life. Because they are a gift.
And this movie, while tragic, is a beautiful reminder of that.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Family, Friends, Movies, Relationships
Tagged commentary, entertainment, family, friends, holidays, Manchester by the Sea, Movies, review, survival, tragedy
Like so many of you, I was in an airport on Thanksgiving eve. And since it was raining in both my departure and arrival cities, I ended up sitting on the tarmac…
Luckily, it was only a little over an hour. And I had the forethought to bring snacks. THE snack of the Thanksgiving holiday — Bugles corn chips.
Sure, we’ve all put them on our fingers at one time or another to look witchy, but on Turkey Day, they are the perfect little cornucopia of salty goodness.
I expect someone to make these for me.
Posted in Airplanes, Entertainment, Family, Food, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged airplanes, airport, Bugles, cornucopia, family, friends, Humor, rain, snack food, Thanksgiving, Travel, travel delay
My mother’s china has been packed in a box for 27 years.
I have taken it with me from city to city, to nine different homes, but have never had the cabinet space to display it.
Well, today it sees the light!
Isn’t it beautiful?
After all those moves, I unwrapped each piece with some trepidation, but only one was broken.
It somehow seems fitting.
Posted in decor, Design, Family, History, Home, Humor, Love, Travel
Tagged china, decor, design, family, history, home, love, mother, moving, packing, Travel
I handed over the keys for my New York City apartment to my broker on Thursday and flew off to Chicago.
My new place won’t be ‘mine’ until Tuesday, so until then, business trips — and generous cousins in a nearby burb — are providing shelter.
I’m used to living out of a suitcase, so this vagabond period doesn’t really bother me. But it is somewhat disconcerting to not have keys to anything.
We spend so much time looking for our keys, carrying them, losing them, finding them…and now, I got nuthin.
My cousins, on the other hand….
They’re just showing off.
Posted in Family, Home, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged apartments, business trip, Chicago, cousins, family, hone, Humor, keys, life, living out of a suitcase, moving, New York City, suburbs, travrl