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Musing #41: Why It’s a Great Time for TWELVE ANGRY [MEN] in NYC, and What It Means to Me (Part I)

Musing #41: Why It’s a Great Time for TWELVE ANGRY [MEN] in NYC, and What It Means to Me (Part I)

Jan 30, 2015

Juror #8: Are you his executioner? Juror #3: I’m one of ’em! TWELVE ANGRY MEN [1957] *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * Welcome to the first SSS&C of 2015! And welcome, WLBPA.org (along with our esteemed Director, Jennette Cronk), to the capital of the world. That’s right, this publication is now based in Manhattan! Big-time. Bad-ass. [NOTE: I am not making an elitist New Yorker judgment call above, despite being 100% an unabashed elitist, judgmental New Yorker. I am quoting NYC.gov, which has a link that is literally titled, “New York City Is the Capital of the World.” Hilarious.] And now, dearest readers, let’s talk civic duty… *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   * I make a point of refraining from (much) political commentary online, despite my real-life loud-and-proud elitist New Yorker leftist inclinations. I’ve already got far enough people who (absurdly) dislike me over my 75%-distaste for the medium of musical theater/re. Moreover, I was raised in the largely-conservative American south and still have many friends there…with whom I respectfully disagree. (We can do that in this country.) No reason for me to fully “go there” publicly, as it were. [At least, that is, not until my (educated) opinion has any real influence. ;)] Ne me lancez pas sur le massacre atroce à Paris. Parlez librement pour toujours, CHARLIE HEBDO! Liberté, égalité, fraternité!!! [TRANSLATION: Do not get me started on the atrocious massacre in Paris. Speak freely forever, CHARLIE WEEKLY! Liberty, equality, fraternity!!! (The French got that from us. And we got it with their help.)] That said, you’ve probably noticed — unless you’ve been living under a virtual rock; in which case, particularly if you’re an American citizen, shame on you — that the 21st-century United States is still mired (from the New York islands, to the Redwood Forest, with a very deliberate pit stop in Ferguson, MO) in the self-same fundamental racial issues debated by the Second Continental Congress that “birthed” this still-great (Yes, says I.) nation in 1776. In New York City, specifically, the Eric Garner/our-police-force-hates-our-mayor-and-that’s-dysfunctional-and-scary-whatever-your-politics /grand jury situation — terrible though it may be — shines a much-needed light on the imperative of the average citizen in a democracy to heed...

“The Boy Next Door” should have stayed home.

“The Boy Next Door” should have stayed home.

Jan 27, 2015

Jennifer Lopez stars as Claire Peterson, a high school teacher who is separated from husband Garrett (John Corbett) due to his infidelity with an out of town acquaintance. She and Garrett are still very much involved in each other’s lives because they have a teenage son Kevin (Ian Nelson). Her best friend and co-worker is Vicky Lansing (Kristen Chenoweth) who spends much of her time trying to set Claire up with new men. Claire however, is still entertaining the idea of trying to work things out with Garrett. One weekend while trying to get her garage door to work properly Claire and Kevin meet teenager Noah Sandborn (Ryan Guzman). He is moving in next door with his elderly grand-uncle Mr. Sandborn (Jack Wallace). Mr. Sandborn is having surgery and needs someone to help him while he recovers. His grand-nephew lost his parents a couple of years earlier in an auto accident and is getting a fresh start by moving in. This move will give Noah a place to stay and allow him to go back and complete high school. He dropped out when his parents died. About a week before school Garrett invites Claire to go camping with him and Kevin. Claire, still not entirely over the hurt of his affair, declines the invitation. That weekend while her son is gone with his father she makes an error in judgement. Noah is home alone. His grand uncle in the hospital for his surgical procedure. Noah has tried defrosting a chicken in the microwave and part of it is cooked and part of it is still raw. He calls Claire to ask if it is safe to eat the cooked portion. She ends up going over to help the boy cook it so he can have a decent dinner. There has been flirtation between Noah and Claire. She has always thought of it as harmless  flirtation. Noah has other ideas. Before she can leave he tries to seduce her. Claire denies the advances but eventually lets her sexual feelings override logic and the two have sex. The next morning Claire is shocked by her actions of the previous night and tells Noah that as an...

50 States 150 Very Strange Laws Part 1

50 States 150 Very Strange Laws Part 1

Jan 26, 2015

We live in a country where laws were set in place to maintain orderly behavior. If you break the law you can be cited with a fine or worse, spend time in jail. As we progress as a country, laws progress…most of the time. For some reason some laws stayed in the books and I can only imagine how others got on the books.  I can only wonder what you would have to be thinking to break some of these laws. Some of what follows are state laws and some belong to particular counties or cities.  Sit back, get ready to smile and enjoy these bizarre laws that are on the books. Alabama It is illegal to sell peanuts after sundown on Wednesday. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle. It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church. (What about bad outfits?) Alaska While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. It is illegal to push a moose out of a moving airplane From Anchorage, Alaska: It is illegal to tie your pet dog to the roof of a car…ya think? Arizona It is illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine. You may not have more than two dildos in a house. Hunting camels is prohibited…because you know how pesky those wild camels are that run loose in Arizona. Arkansas A man can legally beat his wife…but not more than once a month. (Can she kill him once a month?) From Little Rock, Arkansas: It is illegal to honk your car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 pm. also from Little Rock: Dog’s may not bark after 6pm California It is illegal for a vehicle without a driver to exceed a speed of 60 miles per hour. It is a misdemeanor to shoot any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless you are shooting a whale. It is illegal for a woman to drive while wearing a housecoat. Colorado from Boulder, Colorado: It is legal to challenge a police officer…but only until he or she asks you to stop. from Cripple Creek, Colorado: It is illegal...

How it all began.

How it all began.

Jan 20, 2015

This week I have decided to take a walk down memory lane and re-run the very first column I wrote for WLBPA. This column has come a long way. My first subject was Kathleen Turner in her performance as Joanna Crane aka China Blue in Ken Russell’s “Crimes of Passion” and like a good campfire tale this is how it all began… Joanna Crane aka China Blue Who do we see in the media? Snooki, Lindsay Lohan, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Lots of people say they are bad girls. I disagree. They are bad role models. The only thing they offer is showing people how to be spoiled and bitchy, and unless you have their money this probably will not work for you. I love bad girls in film. These are the characters I find myself watching with rapt attention whether I love them or love to hate them. Face it…these characters are the most fun to watch! What is a bad girl? A bad girl is a character in a movie that may be based on an actual person or could be completely fictional. Using the term “Bad Girl” doesn’t mean the character is actually bad or an evil villain.The common factor in movie bad girls is this: They all have some quality or trait that makes them strong. These ladies possess a sense of self-empowerment, something we could all use. We are going to explore a different bad girl every week and I am going to point out how being a little like her can be a positive thing in your home and/or work life. I hope you enjoy this…it is going to be a wild ride. Crimes of Passion is a very twisted, dark comedy where Kathleen Turner plays Joanna Crane, a woman who leads a double life. During the day Joanna is a fashion designer who excels at her job. She has a tidy page-boy and dresses in professional attire. She works very long hours and is 100% dedicated to her craft. When Joanna punches out for the day a different woman appears. Joanna dons a blonde wig and a shiny blue dress and hits the street as...

Digestion, Health and Life

Digestion, Health and Life

Jan 15, 2015

A lot of work I do in my private practice involves switching mindset focus from weight change, to health change. We’ve swallowed a big fat pill from the media, and each other, that intentionally changing your weight equals healthier, wherever you are headed with that equals happiness, and many people find themselves anxious, depressed, and in a constant state of self-criticism about the numbers on the scale and the pants’ size they wear. In reality, when we have enough nutrients to meet our bodies’ needs, and underlying conditions and imbalances are appropriately resolved or managed, weight often normalizes on its own, or with less effort and intervention. When an underlying state of wellness is created, the aspects of our life that revolve around food work like a well oiled machine. I am not saying you can’t be zaftig and healthy, or thin and happy. But I am saying you can’t revolve your life and self-esteem around your size, and be happy.  It’s a rabbit hole with no end. When we take a look at the overall functioning of the body, the system that comes up as fundamental to repair for optimum health is digestion. Our digestive tract is where we break down and assimilate nutrients: nutrients that are the building blocks of our hormones, our neurotransmitters, and literally all of our physiologic processes and functioning. When I put it that way, it’s easy to see that if digestion isn’t working and those building blocks aren’t being absorbed, or they aren’t being fed into the system to begin with due to extreme dieting or inappropriate (for you) food choices, we’ve got a problem. Add to the picture that inflammation in the gut equals inflammation in the brain, and the vicious parallel and cycle of food and mood dysfunction, and it’s no wonder it’s hard to tell which end is up in the food/mood/weight/health ballgame. So maybe you’re reading this article and you’re thinking wait, could that be me? Something’s landing with you in the pit of your stomach and you’re starting to wonder, well how do I get off this roller coaster ride? Perhaps you feel unwell a lot, or maybe not but you are perennially unhappy with...

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