Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I really enjoyed this movie!  I never read the book. Starrng Cate Blanchette and Billy Crudup, this focuses on Bernadette (Blanchette), an architect who rose to great acclaim and the checked out for the last 20 years. This is fun, serious, quirky and heart warming, and studded with a lot of great actors. Give it […]

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The Current War

Late 1800’s electrical war between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, respectively. I enjoyed this but I thought with such a great cast it could have been better. It does give you a perspective of perceived history not typically shown. Also, enter Tesla into the story, a visionary with […]

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Ford v Ferrari

Powerful movie directed by James Mangold. With Christian Bale (Ken Miles) and Matt Damon (Carroll Shelby) take on Ferrari by building a car with Ford to race in the Le Mans. Even if you’re not into cars or racing this is a beautifully acted and directed movie. Bale is at his best in this one.  […]

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Dark Waters

This movie was a real eye opener for me.   Mark Ruffalo does a great job as actor and producer telling this story. The story is true and it’s how DuPont lied and witheld critical information on the toxicity of its product, Teflon. You just have to watch this movie as it brings to light […]

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Rhododendron

These flowers are starting to bloom now. They always make me think of my mom.  She was a big gardener and we always had many of these in our yard. They are happy flowers to me.  You don’t pick them, they live there until they’re done.  Like us.  

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Heard This Week

I was having a conversation with someone this week, a customer at work.  During the conversation he said, “you remember it better than I do and you weren’t even there.” For some reason I found that really interesting and told him, what you just said sounds like the start of a book. Alas, I don’t […]

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Knives Out

Knives Out is a crazy ride who-dun-it.  Kind of a mix of Hitchcock vs. murder mystery. The cast is great.  From virtually unknown lead to big star power.  Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette and Don Johnson to name a few. Christopher Plummer is the patriarch of the family who may or […]

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It’s the Little Things

I have to say that today is one of the best days I’ve had in weeks. I went grocery shopping this morning and one of my favorite cashiers was back to work after testing positive for COVID-19.  MILD case but still I saw her and felt good and had hope. Coming back from walking to […]

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Jaws

It’s been more than 40 years since I first saw this move at the drive-in theater.  Scared the crap out of me. But since being in isolation, I saw this for sale at the drug store for $4.99 so I picked it up. For the most part this movie holds up for a re-watch.  If […]

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How Will it Be

How will it be when we are on  the other side of this virus? I observe people now in the grocery store.  Less smiling, so much caution. I’m working from home, thankfully. So many customers are longing to speak and tell their stories right now.  They are isolated and need to talk. So how will […]

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Vicious Circle

I’m getting real tired of the isolating. I keep thinking I should write more, alas I’m lacking inspiration.  I don’t have an Algonquin Roundtable of punsters to banter with.  In the 1920’s literary folks in New York met for lunch.  First deemed the Vicious Circle, they came to be known as the Algonquin Roundtable meeting […]

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Yummy Indian-style Chicken

So this is what I had to work with – nothing fancy cooking for sure. 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs 1 Cup Jasmine rice 1 jar Indian simmer sauce, Goan Coconut Cook thighs on medium heat until no pink In same pot add 1 cup water and simmer sauce.  Bring to a boil. Add uncooked […]

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Joker

I must say that this is much different than I thought it would be.  Stylized photography, and exceptional acting.Joker is quite the crazy ride. A depressing look into a mentally ill person turned villain. I was really impressed with Joaquin Phoenix’ performance and the despair shown. Not a happy ending type movie but great nonetheless. […]

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My Snow Globe

Whenever my life is a bit of a mess, I say, “my snow globe has been shook up.” To me it explains how I’m feeling. That’s how I’m feeling now in the midst of our COVI-19 pandemic. Nothing seems normal because it’s not. Working from home, thankfully.  Some have it much worse. The little things […]

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Distancing

I’ve been distancing my entire life. Shy very young. More of a choice later. Unspoken thoughts. Don’t get too close. Safer for me over here. Physical distancing now forced upon me. Connections are awkward. Everyone sheltered away protecting themselves. Emotional protection shouldn’t make you heartless. The heart is all you have to share. While locked […]

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1917

This is an amazing movie.  Directed by Sam Mendes, it tells a story in war-time France of two British soldiers. Based on true stories from Mendes’ great grandfather and others, we watch these two young men carry urgent orders across no-man’s land and the German front lines. The way they shot the film is impressive.  […]

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Beyond a Crappy Virus

Not making light of this. I live in Washington state in the U.S. where we have been “ground zero”. My work is just two miles from the senior living center that has had many casualties due to COVID-19 virus. I’m not hoarding toilet paper. I’m washing my hands a lot. Distancing. I’d like to believe […]

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

Loved this movie. It’s a great example of people with so-called disabilities shine with their abilities and heart. Jake has downs syndrome and escapes his living conditions on an adventure to find a wrestling school. Odd premise but it is so heart-warming to watch how he overcomes and finds friends along the way. Just watch […]

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Red Sparrow

Directed by Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games series), and based on the novel, so I was expecting much better. Even with top stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons, I thought it was too long at 2 hours and 19 minutes. Edgerton has too little to do and Lawrence drops her Russian accent too […]

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Juliet, Naked

This was a great little find. Basically a British comedic drama made in 2018. OK, so it has Ethan Hawke in it and I will watch just about any movie he’s in. I think Ethan prefers the theater stage but he still will act in movies. Ever since his role in The Dead Poets Society….big […]

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Beef, Rice & Beans

Easy meal to make. Brown 3/4 pound of ground beef Cook 1 Cup dry of Jasmin rice (I always make more than I need. This will yield about 2 cups cooked rice) When beef is cooked add: 1 can pinto beans 15 oz 1 can black beans 15 oz 1 can RoTel Diced Tomatoes and […]

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Judy

Renee Zellweiger just won an Academy Award for portraying Judy Garland in this film. Well deserved. Troubling at times to watch as this follows Judy Garland from her early days and the last few years of her life. I had no idea that as a very young woman, film makers were giving her amphetamines to […]

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tarantino strikes again. I’m always surprised by how different his movies are. This one is certainly different. Late 1960’s television actor, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his stunt double, played by Brad Pitt, struggle to keep working in Hollywood as they age. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, there’s long dialog scenes intercut with action, […]

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Country-style Pork Ribs

The grocery store had BOGO on packages of pork ribs so that determined dinner tonight. Super easy, I just want to eat, preparation. 2 pork ribs 1/2 Cup barbeque sauce Place ribs in pan Pour sauce on top (I prefer a tangy but not so sweet sauce) About 1/4 Cup water in bottom of pan […]

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