I’m not a Bill O’Reilly fan. In fact, if I had paid attention and realized that this was written by him, it might have influenced my decision to read the book. Instead, I saw the book on a ‘best of 2013′ list and thought it was intriguing (plus I’m on a biography kick right now) so I added it to my library list. And I’m glad I wasn’t biased by the author’s name over the title.
To be fair, I don’t know how much was O’Reilly written and how much was the coauthor Dugard. But from the first chapters of the book, written during the time when my native city of Richmond was being overtaken by Grant, forcing Lee on his way west toward Appomattox, I was intrigued at the way the story unfolded. Lincoln’s involvement in the last days of the war, what Booth Continue reading →
So back to that Huffington Post article that I saw at work. It was a link to a letter written by a man in a state that is debating the legal definition of marriage. Currently, he happens to fall outside of that definition. And he presented a very eloquent argument as to why the thought of 13 strangers debating his future without knowing anything about him, or anything about his life, or anything about his marriage was one of the more discriminatory actions he has faced. You can go here and read the full letter–I encourage you to do so. At a time when people debate this topic so forcefully yet I know several of my friends do not know a gay man or a lesbian woman, much less one in a committed relationship, it is a fantastic accounting of what a day in his life is like. And it’s just that–a day. A day when two people who are married to each other wake up in the morning and go through their day. Go to work, eat meals, do laundry, watch a movie. A day like the day you have, or the day like I have.
I don’t know why the letter resonated with me so strongly, but it did. So I did something I think I’ve never done (unless it’s writing to my imagined BFF at USAToday, the Pop Culture Maven Whitney Mathison) and wrote to the guy that penned the original letter.
So here’s a bit of back story. A few days ago I was procrastinating at work and scrolling through my Facebook feed. Lately I seem to be clicking on a lot of Huffington Post articles, and they had one that caught my interest so I center clicked on it and opened it up in a second tab. And then forgot about it for the next few hours. It caught my attention as many headlines do–because it was on an issue that I carry an opinion that I do not often discuss.
I made a promise to myself that I would change that. That I would not hide my opinion any more. I don’t feel that I was hiding it to begin with, but I certainly wasn’t speaking up. Well, not any more than I normally do to friends. But not loudly, and not often.
In my life, I have had the privilege of working in the theater, in the restaurant world, and in the corporate office of a men’s clothing company. In each of these industries, I have had the opportunity to work with people who have a lifestyle that is quite different from the one that I live. Continue reading →
I started this blog umpteen years ago (okay, six) with the thought that it would be a bunch of ramblings from my busy brain. And at times it has been. I have gone through blogging challenges where you have to blog something every day for forty days. I have had months where I haven’t posted much of anything. I discovered the world of linkups last year (how had I not found those before???) and figured that posting three days a week, even if it was mundane facts and thoughts, at least had me writing.
But lately that hasn’t been enough. I would like to get away from the superficial, list facts about yourself posts and get back to the meatier posts of substance that I used to do. Not that I don’t like the linkups–I love them. Sunday Social, the Monday Listicles, the now-defunct Tuesday Topics (which was probably my favorite), and the Wednesday Hodgepodge. I did them for a majority of last year, but then they started to feel like a chore or something that I was obligated to do and not something I enjoyed doing.
I’ve done it for two years, so why not keep it up for three. . . .
Did I support the Facist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2013? Yep. As often as possible. Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2013. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters. A surprisingly short list this year, but not surprising given the problems my mother has had and my attempts to study for the Series 7. And for the most part, many of the movies that I wanted to see were only playing in my hometown for about a week. Essentially, if it wasn’t a zombie movie or something that had a superhero overtone, it didn’t play for long here. This also explains why the list of films that I still want to see is extensive for 2013. So here are the ones I paid money for:
Silver Linings Playbook
Star Trek: Into Darkness (twice!)
Oz the Great and Powerful
Man of Steel
Movies released in 2012 that I still want to see:
Pitch Perfect I finally saw this over the fourth of July weekend. Hole.ee.cow. I think I watched parts of it daily for weeks. What a fantastic movie. Might be this decade’s Legally Blonde as the mindless fun! And it seems to play just as often–every time I turn on the TV it’s on again.
Life of Pi On my Tivo, yet to watch it
The Hobbit Really have no desire to see this, come to think of it. Nor do I want to see the sequel.
Magic Mike Made it through 20 minutes of it, that was plenty. Eye candy alone was not enough to make this movie bearable.
Men in Black 3 Caught it on HBO a few weeks ago. Surprisingly enjoyable. And I’m sorry, but Josh Brolin? PERFECT casting for the younger Tommy Lee Jones.
Snow White and the Huntsman Also on my Tivo.
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Movies from 2013 that I’m late viewing but still would like to see:
I have truly missed blogging lately. Too much time spent trying to ‘do everything’, and not enough time spent on things I care about. I even got out of the habit of weekly link ups, and they were the only thing keeping the blogging habit going for awhile! So here I am, a day late but hopefully not a dollar short, with this week’s entry for: