“I am happy when I eat fresh fruit, when I burst out laughing, when I discover a new song, when I finish a good book, when I wake up and feel relaxed. I’m glad to have friends, family, a home, food when I’m hungry, hot water when I shower. I love being able to live and see the seasons change, to have gifts at Christmas and at my birthday, to travel sometimes, to have a good education and a great access to culture. I’m flattered when people compliment me, when peole smile at me, when people are polite to me. There are so many things that make life so simple and easy and I will always think about them more than all the bad things that will happen to me. I do not have time to be sad every day and ungrateful; I have every reason in the world to be happy.”

- A few reasons why I’ll always prefer living by elsablt   (via cardioconfidence)

So great, especially for adolescents.

The Universe Said No

I bought a keychain laser pointer at the 99 cents store planning to use it in my teaching. It worked great and I put it right on my keys. The set looked so bulky at that point. I had 4 rings from separate keys and a car alarm interlocked and all that was hanging from a lanierd from 2007. I decided it was time to lighten the thing up. I got rid of all the rings (except a cool hiking carabiner that is useful for belt loops) and put the remaining few keys on my car alarm ring. I stopped using the lanierd, after all these years it has shown no real purpose and I think it looks obtrusive. Did I mention I like to travel light through this world?

At any rate, once I got the keys set up minimal like I wanted, I attached the metallic laser pointer. It looked awesome, just the way I wanted. It was set up except for one thing. I had removed an ugly blue plastic whistle that I have used at work for years. It was marred and dirty. It looked too cheap. Of course the laser pointer looks cheap but at least it’s metallic and new. That’s when I got the idea to get a silver metal ref whistle at Dick’s Sporting goods. I share my mission with my son and then sped down there to get the mystic whistle. I got into the store, found the perfect one, got rang up by the employee and received my total. That was when I realized I had left my wallet at home. “Not now,” I heard the universe whistle as the wind blew.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Will Says What?

article-2699905-1FD809D800000578-581_634x505Recently, trending and somewhat scandalous stories report that the late Philip Seymour Hoffman refused to create a trust fund for his three children who are all very young. What did he do with his reported 36 million dollar fortune and estate? Get ready for this folks: He gave it to their mother to raise them with! He also included a firm request that his son be raised in Manhattan. Oh, the inhumanity.

While that sounds a bit odd as a wish for a child, it must be noted there is nothing strange or selfish about not leaving his money to his kids in a trust fund. This is just another case of a hack reporter grasping at a headline, a name that will push her/his story to a trending status and assure them a pat on the head by her/his editor. Carry on! What do you make of this trending story? Should it be trending? Do you find it interesting?

Great Relationship Movies Aren’t Always Romantic

CyrusCyrus is a lot like the film Step Brothers except that it’s serious and the protagonist and antagonist are not family. It’s a simple little story about power and step-parenting. As I say that, please know that the character played by Jonah Hill is no child, he’s 22 years old. John C. Reilly’s character is the interloper. He begins dating a woman almost instantly after meeting her and he finds out he got more than he bargained for with Cyrus. There are indications that he and his mother, played by the beautiful and wondrous Marissa Tomei, are close in an almost unhealthy way. There is no incest but you can tell Cyrus controls his mom. Like many children in single parent situations, he doesn’t want to let her date. The intensity of Reilly and Hill is incredible. It’s not a family movie and when the issues of power are performed on screen, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or shake your head in ridicule. You can see Cyrus is frightened of losing his mom but the fear is just as evident in his mom and the new suitor. Cyrus is not a typical Hollywood comedy, it’s a look at people we know, or people like them anyway. At the parties and weddings, we are participants among the dialog. There is some romance here and it is a good film for date night but I romance is not the backbone. It is simply part of the backdrop. And there is the question of whether the romance is healthy.

Cyrus is entertaining because it starts with a simple premise and develops an amazing script through brilliant, talented actors. It’s not a “la la la” blockbuster film because it is different and simpler than those. I liked it though and I give it a perfect 5/5 because of the raw simple reasons I have stated. It delivers and fulfills what it aims to be: a people study. It’s one of the best movies I’ve watched this Summer. There are no expensive props or CGI. If you’re in the mood for some incredible acting that holds your interest to the credits, watch Cyrus.