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Musing #11: Torn (or The Blue and The Dorian Gray)

Musing #11: Torn (or The Blue and The Dorian Gray)

Aug 30, 2013

Remember that Natalie Imbruglia song from 1997? Cool. Now forget it. ‘Cause it’s lame. Turn your thoughts instead to this hilarity: This is the 2006 mugshot of the man with the greatest stage name of all time: Rip Torn. (It’s not the one from when he tried to armed-rob a bank, wasted. That was 2010.) I have been giggling about Rip Torn (née Elmore Rual Torn, Jr.) since 1986, when Civil War mini-series THE BLUE AND THE GRAY [1982] was re-aired on TV. He played General Grant, and he was great. But the sight of his name in the opening credits launched me into hysterics. I turned to my dad and exclaimed, “He’s both past and present!” (Yes, I cracked a grammatical joke at age seven. ‘Cause I’m nerdy and all about language. And, yes, I was already fascinated by the Civil War in 1986.) “Where could you possibly be going with this?” you ask. To paraphrase the immortal words of one J. Thaddeus Toad: I’m merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily on my way to nowhere in particular. That’s the problem. The classics-crazed snob in me feels like she’s drowning in this bizarre new medium; struggling with her own struggle-themed blog. Looking back over my first ten posts, I cringe at the picture I’ve painted of myself…because it’s an accurate portrait. And it ain’t pretty. I like to think of myself as Leia Organa; tiny princess with an attitude, sans bra. But I know in my mostly-black heart that I’m really Darth Vader. Either way, the Force runs strong in my family. (Tee-hee!) Though ghostly pale of complexion, I’m a very dark person. Always have been, and probably always will be. I’m not sure why that is, but I’m damn sure it’s NOT the way I want to be perceived. I want my dark truth to be a dark secret. Unfortunately, I naturally secrete the truth of my darkness through my very pores, despite my best intentions. It has always been very obvious to those who truly know me, and I’m sure it’s just as obvious to all my readers. There’s actually a chick on the fringes of my life who refers to me as “Resting Bitch-Face.” Lovely lady, in the LES MIZ sense. (Figuratively, of course.) I can’t help being the person...

Syria

Syria

Aug 29, 2013

Having a connection to politics and the current events of our community, often contributes to a sense of “larger purpose.” If our work doesn’t provide us with meaning and fulfillment, we can engage ourselves in the world around us.  Mo Mo Politics  is a weekly op-ed article designed to get  you thinking.  Mo’s always open for thoughtful discussion too! Get connected. Now that it has been indisputable proven that the Al-Assad regime has used chemical weapons on it’s own people, what is to be done about it? I have had very conflicted feelings on the subject. On one hand I’m tired of the United States always having to be the enforcer in the world, but on the other hand, the Syrian children. The innocents. We have never been a people, a nation to shy away from offering aid and protection to those in need. We are a mighty power, but we are, more importantly, a compassionate caring people. We need to join in with the world community that has also expressed outrage at the use of chemical weapons in Syria, against civilians. We are not the only people sickened by the actions of Al-Assad. We do have to take the lead, because we are leaders, but we do not have to act alone, and should not act alone. Those are my thoughts on Syria, what are your thoughts? I Have A Dream I cannot let this posting be published without a word about the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, I Have A Dream speech and the march on Washington. I remember those times. I remember seeing news footage of police using fire hoses on protesters in the south, and my mother’s outrage and desire to go to the south to support the marchers. She never went, my father prevailed, but her heart was with them, and I learned a valuable lesson from her. As I said earlier today, we were so fortunate to have such an intelligent, peaceful man, take center stage in our nation when we needed him the most. Thanks for stopping by to read my post, see yas’ next week, for Mo Mo Politics. Mo Breden Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

Happy to Be Hooping: Hula Hoop Fitness

Happy to Be Hooping: Hula Hoop Fitness

Aug 28, 2013

Hula hoops are no longer just a child’s toy of years gone by. It is a great way to have fun while working out. Most people that begin hula hooping for exercise stick with it because it is enjoyable and not seen as a task. Using adult sized hoops, you can get a great calorie burning cardio workout while developing muscle tone. A study by ACE shows that working out with a hula hoop burns about as many calories as step aerobics, cardio kickboxing, or boot camp. An average of 7 calories are burned for each minute of hooping, or about 210 calories burned in a half-hour class. “The findings from our commissioned study indicate that hooping delivers a total-body workout that can improve flexibility and balance while strengthening the back, abdominal, arm, and leg muscles,” says Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, chief scientific officer of ACE. Bryant also stated that “Not only can hooping workouts result in improved cardiovascular health, muscle conditioning, flexibility and balance, but hoopers may also enjoy a fun, relaxing and potentially meditative effect due to the activity’s rhythmic nature.” Michelle, from Happy2BHooping LLC, has a love of hooping that grew out of a desire to find a fun way to exercise. She has been hooping since 2008, and started taking hoop classes in 2009. When she started taking classes and practicing regularly, the weight that she had been carrying for years finally started to drop off. Now, 35 pounds lighter and a lot happier, Michelle has opened a studio to assist others in their journey of hoop joy. You will rarely see Michelle without a hoop, even on vacation. She loves to share her enthusiasm of hula hooping with others and help them to find the joy in the dance. She has a background in belly dancing which shows in her performance style. Always looking for new ways to improve herself, she has also begun pole dance fitness in the last two years with her studio partner Buttercup Pole Dance. HoolaFit combines cutting-edge hoop dance techniques with a variety of efficient drills and concepts to promote maximum health and wellness benefits. The program encourages students to progress at their own pace,...

The Snowball Effect of Change

The Snowball Effect of Change

Aug 27, 2013

The Chinese Zodiac says that 2013 is the year of the snake.  Instead, it is the year of “the stuck.” Many of us are stuck in a job that no longer serves us, stuck in a body we can’t seem to change, and stuck in a home we have grown out of or can’t afford.  Some of us are stuck in unemployment, stuck in an unhealthy relationship, or stuck in a hairstyle that won’t seem to grow…Hello, bangs.  How do we remove these blocks in order to move forward? One step at a time… It can be overwhelming to look at all the things that need to change in your life, and when we feel overwhelmed we hesitate to make any change at all.  Start with just one thing. Make one change and let the change snowball across your life.   I started by ending my addiction to cigarettes.  This was just one thing in a life full of things that needed to change for me.  I still have that “last pack”—you know the one that you will chain smoke before quitting for real this time.  It’s a reminder to me that I made a choice. I don’t need them anymore.   Instead of thinking, “I can’t smoke, I shouldn’t smoke, or I quit smoking” I have embraced the phraseology—“I don’t smoke.”  The pack has no power over me.  It is irrelevant. My last cigarette was in April of this year.  I’m surprised because it wasn’t something I intended.  It was a complete accident.  Changing just that one thing about me has snowballed into changing other things.  I feel encouraged by my ability to let go of a 15 year habit.  I feel healthier, which helps me choose healthier activities for myself and my family.  There are still areas where I feel stuck.  The change snowball will keep rolling, however, and I’m curious to see what it will open up as it barrels through my life. What is one thing you can really, genuinely change?  If breaking a long term habit is daunting—seriously, I did it on accident—try something smaller: doing 10 min. of stretching when you wake up, reading a few pages of a...

MOVIE BAD GIRL OF THE WEEK: NOMI MALONE

MOVIE BAD GIRL OF THE WEEK: NOMI MALONE

Aug 26, 2013

Embrace your inner bad girl with Movie Bad Girl of the Week!     In 1995 Paul Verhoeven made a movie that promised to take you where no other motion picture ever had before. It was going to cross the line into a new kind of eroticism in film. It was going to be dramatic, sexy, fun and was going to set a new standard for movie fans. The movie was of course “Showgirls.” The movie was a hell of a lot of fun not because of it’s dramatic impact but rather the fact that it was flashy, beautifully shot and much to the studio’s chagrin, campy and over the top. The movie should have curled up and died. Instead it quickly gained a cult following and to this day 18 years later it still has a life all it’s own.  I have chosen Nomi Malone (the main character in this movie) as my Bad Girl of the Week. For those of you that have not seen “Showgirls” here is a very brief synopsis. Nomi Malone, a girl in her late teens, hitchhikes her way to Las Vegas so she can fulfill her desire to be a dancer in a Vegas hotel show.  She encounters two strangers on this day. One who steals from her and one who helps her.Nomi ends up with a job as an exotic dancer at the Cheetah Club. Her new found friend Molly is the wardrobe mistress for a Vegas show called “Goddess”. Because of Molly she gets to see the show and meet the star, a diva named Cristal Conners. Nomi sees the world that she hungers for. What she does not know is that a power struggle between Cristal and herself is about to begin. Cristal sees something in Nomi that reminds her of her younger self. Something she admires and on some level something she fears. Cristal arranges for Nomi to be invited for an audition and she gets the coveted spot as a dancer. Cristal and Nomi’s rivalry heats up as she enters a world that is corrupt and where people use and manipulate one another to achieve their own goals. No one is to be trusted and no...

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