Growing up, Breakfast At Tiffany’s was one of my favorite films. It is arguably one of the best romantic comedies; a true classic. I still have Truman Capote’s script in my room, along with the music and scene shots (can you tell I’m a fan?). I loved Audrey Hepburn's whimsical character Holly Golightly (ahh her fashion sense, zest for life, yet flawed/troubling life at times; cue Moon River)….More personally, there was something endearing about the way Audrey carried herself off screen.
My mom shared this with me today and I wanted to share it with all of the Audrey’s out there and the men who appreciate them! Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her 'beauty tips.'
It was read at her funeral years later.
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
Remind me to venture to the next Sundance Film Festival so I can get my fix of up and coming independent film directors artfully telling IMO more meaningful stories than your average mainstream movie with overblown special effects…. Living close to NYC, I’ve always enjoyed the Tribeca FF for the same reason and also because I thought the event’s intent to restore the vitality back to the Tribeca neighborhood following Sept 11thwas uplifting…. I know there are festivals like this worldwide and it’s on my list to visit them all! I’ll start with Sundance where I understand the documentary GasLand debuted and apparently caused great buzz. (Ok on to the topic)
I happened to see this film over the weekend and was drawn to the subject matter. Filmmaker Josh Fox shared his personal journey to explore how natural gas drilling may be harmfully affecting water wells in rural towns across America. He was curious when an oil and gas company expressed interest in his family’s land for drilling natural gas and the story took off from there. His film made some very compelling arguments throughout…I must say, the depiction of something called “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing)-- a means for natural gas extraction that includes drilling deep into the ground and injecting chemicals that make it easier for natural gas to flow /be collected more freely-- was alarming. Not only because of its potential impact to the environment , but also for its long-term affects on people.
Now I don’t know about you, but when someone can run water in their kitchen sink, hold a cigarette lighter to it and the water explodes on fire, I would say there’s problem. Dead animals showing up near streams in drilling red zones, people and kids getting sick with all kinds of ailments from constant headaches , cancer, to not being able to smell things or taste spices… Let alone the lack of regulatory control, corporate and gov’t shenanigans and global implications the film depicts.
This was one of those documentaries where I had to Google afterward to learn more. My parents live on the NJ/PA boarder, where fracking may be considered and it inspired me to take direct action…I visited Josh’s site for additional information, but wanted to also see the Gas and Oil company’s perspective (you know, cover all bases). I found a Debunking GasLand site, which partially refuted some of the main points made in the film (Things that make you go hmmmm). Now I’m stuck in that grey area between fact and fiction! Clearly at this point I need to do some further digging before I make up my mind about fracking. If parts of this documentary prove to be false, it’s a shame that someone would exploit people to make a political point in the name of “art” (I know, I know happens all the time right)….I like my documentaries entertaining, but most importantly, truthful… But if what Josh portrayed is right, this could transform into a serious health and environmental problem.
Anyone who may live in a “GasLand” state, I’d be curious to get your take on natural gas drilling. Or if anyone saw the film, let me know your opinion.
This is a follow up to Bill's excellent and personal account of what he saw when flying over the Gulf to describe the oil spill...
I heard on the news this morning that roughly 35,000 ideas have already been shared in trying to resolve this spill. Everything ranging from using James Cameron's specialized underwater cameras to using flat tires and then inflating them somehow to plug the hole. My fingers are crossed that the brightest minds have gathered to determine a viable solution. However, I'm frustrated by the daily images we've seen for 45 days and counting now. We've lost lives, workers trying to help with the spill are getting sick, wildlife species are threatened, local livelihoods have dwindled, and an entire region of our beautiful continent is compromised. I'm an now at what I call the "Come On!" stage. Let's get this done. Where is that ONE idea that will work so that the cleanup and healing can begin?......And if I hear the CEO of BP say "I want my life back," one more time during this crisis I will scream....
And to Obama..I know that you are historically a very reserved gentleman (at times showing very limited emotion.) If there were ever a time to display some heart, now would be the time....
So today I'm celebrating the 38th anniversary of my birth and thinking to myself, where the hell did the time go?
It continues to be a great ride and I feel blessed for the experiences I've had to date and the ones yet to come. I decided to give myself a full day of peace and not worry about any and every little thing. I feel this is the one day where it's OK to be a little selfish.
Hope anyone who reads this has a wonderful day. Please celebrate the day with me. I'm pretending that we all are raising glasses of strawberries and champagne!
April....The start of spring, chirping birds, flowers and for many of us, the time to work with our accountants (or TurboTax :) ) to file our taxes. Every year I file with due diligence, however I find the process annoying. Wasn't income tax historically something that was supposed to be a short-term directive? Please someone break down the history for me.
I personally would like a year off from taxes... I remember speaking with a gentleman friend of mine who recommended a no taxes for a year plan. I quite like the idea. Not only would we be spared the laborious process, but we could keep our hard earned money for use however we like. With more money we could spend and really stimulate the economy! I'm sure there are pros and cons to taxes, but would the world end if we got a year break?
It was winter in Manhattan, falling snow flakes filled the air, The streets were covered with a film of ice, But a little simple magic that I learned about somewhere, Changed the weather all around, just within a thrice. I bought you violets for your furs and it was spring for a while, remember? I bought you violets for your furs and there was April in that December.
I was listening to Frank Sinatra tonight and discovered a beautiful love song called Violets For Your Furs. Above was a little taste of the lyrics. As a kid and even now, I have always been drawn to Sinatra's soothing voice and the stories he shared in his songs. To me it was one of the best forms of escapism to light some candles, dim the lights, and play Old Blue eyes so I could take a journey through swinging jazz and classic romance. My Funny Valentine, I Get A Kick Out Of You, My Way, Taking A Chance On Love, Sunday, Wrap Your Troubles In Your Dreams... Who could not love these songs??!
It seemed like things were so much simpler then. How did the world get so complicated? I'm sure many of you have theories on this.
If you are a Sinatra fan, please share some of your personal favorites. Also, who do you think is the modern day Sinatra?
I am in SERIOUS need of a vacation. I'm talking no Blackberry, laptop, not even a hint of technology. I hate to admit that my last real vacation was almost 8 years ago. I travel for work and lived abroad for a few months last year, but have not really had any type of relaxing downtime.
OK MMers.. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to recommend your favorite vacation destination. Inspire me with your visual tales of your most memorable trip(s). By the end of May I'm off for some R&R and could really use some advice.
Today I heard about an interesting trend...Apparently, some people are now paying a French company $1200 for a designer abduction. Yes ladies and gentleman, for this fee you too can be "kidnapped," bound and gagged for up to 11 hours just for the fun of it.
Now I like a good thrill every now and then, but really? Is this something you would pay for? So my question to all of you MMers out there, how far are you willing to go to be entertained?
What ever happened to things like skiing, horror movies or bungee jumping? Is old-fashioned fun outdated? I know I'm asking many questions but am fascinated by this abduction concept...
Current mood: Intrigued and happy it's the weekend!
How has everyone found the Live Chat feature on here? On some sites, I'm used to chat rooms. A chat community if you will. Can you imagine all of us chatting from time to time instead of in blog/forum form? Lol I could see many entertaining nights.
Is the LC feature setup the way it is on purpose? I'm guessing for ultra privacy reasons? So we basically see little cartoon-like features to tell us how many men and women are online, but we can't chat together in a room. We just have to IM each other individually and upon interest? I guess it's ok.
Since we're not allowed to post links, I encourage all of you to research a story about a man who lost his life after calling 911 10 times over two days.
The man lives in Pittsburgh, PA where the city was under 2 feet of snow. The ambulances (yes plural) got stuck at the bridge and wanted the man to walk down to them. The gentleman was in so much pain he couldn't move. Now I ask you, how is someone in need supposed to walk to the ambulance? Shouldn't they have gone to him? This is wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels.
The city officials said the death will result in a change in policy, but it seems to me this shouldn't have had to happen at all. Granted there are 2 sides to every story. So please see if you can find this news and share your thoughts upon reading the facts.....
"I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out." --Roger Ebert
I love this excerpt from Roger Ebert's interview in Esquire magazine...
It begs the question, how do we "pay it forward?" Is it giving a homeless person $10 so they can enjoy a hot meal amid a cold winter? Taking the time to talk to friend in need when you're on the way out the door? Helping aging parents enjoy the remaining time in their life? When I look at the way I lived my life, I have always tried to be the loving daughter, good sister, best friend, helpful co-worker, concerned citizen. Operative word being "tried." I am by NO means perfect. I have been selfish at times and often felt guilty as a result. However each day you have a choice. You can either be satisfied that you've given your best to the people around you. Or you can not care. Some days the not caring may win the battles, but it hopefully doesn't win the war!
How do you make people around you happy? By happy, I'm looking for the simple things; the little things that could make an incredible difference in someone's life.
A dear friend of mine posted this on my page and I thought it was fitting to share:
Life is too short to wake up with regrets. ♥ So love the people who treat you right. ♥ Forget about the one's who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it....
For some reason I feel very energized by this. Thoughts?
Is it just me or did this year's Super Bowl commercials lack wit and entertainment? Granted there were a few exceptions. But good lord, I was really surprised what $3 mil for a 30 second spot buys now a days. Come on advertising people, we have to do better!
While I'm sad that the Colts lost, congrats to the Saints for having an incredible and story book year.