Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter's A-Comin'

Lovin' the look of these eggs!

(Saw the image on Facebook, but can't seem to find the original source).

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Secrets: March 18, 2012

I haven't had a Sunday Secrets post in 10 months, so thought I'd break the cycle.

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. I find it to be an insightful sociological experiment.

I could relate to the following two secrets from today's post:

The back of this post card read:
"My faith is evolving."


We know.
Sometimes we act extra happy around you
just to watch  you squirm.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Book Review: I Want It NOW!

My overall impression?

Don't bother.

I Want it Now: A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is (co)written by Julie Dawn Cole, the gal who played the little brat Varuca Salt in the original Willy Wanka movie.

There's nothing really wrong with this book. There's just not a whole lot right. It's a fairly linear tale of how Julie won the role, what it was like on the set, and how it affected her life.

The photos are fun to see, but the captions nearly word-for-word follow the text they accompany -- they don't add more insight. Her impression of the other child actors is a little interesting. The lifelong connections she made at that critical time in her life are understandable.

The trouble with the book is that it's written as though this was the highlight of Julie's life -- at 13 years old. And that is just sad.

Oh, sure, she goes on to tell a bit more about her career in film and movies and voice-overs. But it's told only as an adjunct to the next time she sees her old cast members and other post-Wanka celeb meet-ups. So, it falls flat as a story of a child actor that was able to make the transition into the entertainment industry as an adult. There's no depth of description to the characters presented. There's too much name-dropping. There's nothing to sink your imagination into. There are no real lessons learned. It's the old adage: SHOW us, don't TELL us.

So ... eh.

I recommend spending your time reading a memoir that leaves you wanting more, rather than this tale you're glad is finally over.

2 stars


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Join the Campaign

Joseph Kony is one of the world’s worst war criminals and I support the international effort to arrest him, disarm the LRA and bring the child soldiers home.


KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012


My daughter Julie introduced me to this video. Entrancing.
Steam Powered Giraffe - Honeybee

I love the look of it. I love the harmonies.
I want to watch it over and over.

Monday, March 5, 2012

We Need to Talk About Injustice

Simply one of the best TED talks I've ever heard.

This incredibly articulate attorney talks about the inequities in our criminal justice system, and the role of identity in our ability to perceive injustices worth fighting.