Two Thumbs Up: Hell or High Water

Tonight we saw the new movie starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster called Hell or High Water. This was shot in New Mexico, but the setting is West Texas. I don’t want to say much about the film in case you see it, which I would highly recommend. Superb acting and a story…

Bad Luck and A Little Bit of Good

Well, I am not a real believer in the “Mercury in Retrograde” phenomenon, but I have had a run of bad luck over the past week or so. Not only did I manage to pull that gas nozzle right off the gas tank, but I also received a red-light notification in the mail (meaning there…

“Old Ladyhood”

I have officially entered “Old Ladyhood.” A few days back when I pulled into a 76 gas station with a Del Taco inside, I said to Ray, “You start pumping the gas and then go inside to order. I’ll finish up right after I wrap up this text I’m writing.” Ray nodded, and headed over…

Movie Review: Love and Friendship

We just came back from seeing the film Love and Friendship, which is based on Jane Austen’s unpublished novella, Lady Susan. This movie has an unbelieveable critics’ rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 99% audience rating. (These numbers are the highest I’ve ever seen for a film.) Needless to say, I was curious…

2001: A Space Odyssey at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood

I have just returned from what can only be described as a singular experience. I went to the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood and saw 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Cinerama Dome has a huge curved screen which can accommodate 70 millimeter films, which is what 2001 is. In fact, back in 1968 the film was…

No Spoiler Here: Just Go See 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Ray and I just returned from seeing the film 10 Cloverfield Lane, and I must say that it was worth the money we paid to see it. John Goodman carries the film with his strong performance with fine supporting performances by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher, Jr. I am not going to even give…

Beginner’s Mind at Barnsdall Art Center

Tonight began my foray into the art of stained glass making. Ray, Liz and I are taking a stained glass course at Barnsdall Art Center. Since Ray is in Texas, Liz’s boyfriend Ron joined us this evening for the class. He will go next week, too, because Ray and I have a prior commitment. But…

Brooklyn: The Film

We just returned from seeing the movie, Brooklyn. This is a definite must-see for anyone who values strong storytelling, engaging characters, and compelling acting. The story, about a young woman who moves to the United States in the early ’50’s from Ireland, demonstrates how strong the Irish community was in Brooklyn in the late 40’s…

An Update on Frankie – Our New Rescue

My day with our new doggie was eventful. I have gone on three walks. This is up from none. Yes, I know this is a good thing. Frankie practically prances when she walks she is so happy. It makes me happy just to see her spirits so high. Besides, it’s the only sure way to…

Talking to Luna about Death

We introduced our new dog, Frankie, to our granddaughter Luna today. This was not as easy as it might sound since Luna knew our dog Sammie (recently deceased) had been sick and since her mother, Sarah, is pregnant and often sick, then this has created some confusion about what exactly “sick” means. We have been…