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And so this is Christmas

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.


I’ve got a boo-boo.

I took a header on a train platform last night and totaled both knees and the palm of one hand.

It hurt like hell, and there was blood.  But perhaps it’s the adult in me who immediately had more pressing concerns.

— Did anyone see me fall?  (Luckily, no.)

— Is my Palm Pre okay?  (It went sailing through the air when I fell and the battery popped out, but it seems fine.)

I was headed to a restaurant for a meeting and had myself pulled together by the time I got there, so I just had to tell the story to the waiters setting up my room.  I mean, come on — the video would have made money if someone had caught it on camera.

Only 20 minutes had passed, and it had already gone from tragedy to comedy.  Ya gotta love that about life.

It reminded me of a childhood fight that my sister and I had over who was going to feed our parakeet Chipper.  We disagreed on whose turn it was, and in the scuffle that followed, I got kicked on the side of the knee.  The amazing technicolor bruise that appeared looked a lot worse than it felt, and I showed it to everyone.

The story of that bruise was so worth the pain.  The jury is out on this new one.

(It still hurts.)