Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Fight November

I realized a few years ago that when the time changed in the November it began a four-month battle for me. Well, I should say seven weeks, really.  Once December 22 hits and the days lengthen, I start to improve.  But the lack of light in November is really a problem.


Get up earlier so you have maximum daylight.

Pack all your activity in before 6:00. 

Exercise.  Be careful about eating because your body wants carbs. 

Tell yourself this is natural and that there is nothing wrong with you. 

What I learned from Casablanca

My husband and I saw Casablanca on the big screen Sunday night.  What I learned:

1.  Only in movie land would a woman like Ingrid Bergman prefer to go with Humphrey Bogart rather than Paul Henreid.  What was the appeal of Bogart in comparison?

2.  The only thing that has really aged in the movie is that she calls Dooley Wilson "that boy at the piano."  What were they thinking?

3.  It pays to see the whole movie.  I had never watched it from beginning to end without getting up for the backroom or being distracted.  I saw how brilliant it is and how tight the story (even with #1).

4.  The French can outsing Germans.

5. I think Claude Rains steals the show when he's on screen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Roy Moore debacle

The thing I dislike the most about this is his attempts to get Christians (who should know better) involved in his sin and drama by saying it's a spiritual battle.  It may be, but it's yours with your own flesh, not mine, bro. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Witch Hunts?

The play The Crucible is an interesting study in group hysteria.  I was rather late coming to appreciate the play (largely because I was told I had to love it and I am contrary), but once I really studied it, I saw its brilliance.

The House Unamerican Activities Committee in the early 1950s is supposed to be the impetus for the play; perhaps.  I have posted recently on that period after watching an interesting documentary on it.  There were problems on both sides; witch hunt or not, civil rights were violated.  At the same time, I have to wonder why any American who benefited from capitalism and the constitution would defend the Soviet Union then or now

So we come to the last two months:  Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louie C.K. (whom I don't find all that funny, but whatever; he's not Seinfeld, and apparently Seinfeld kept the zipper up).  Seemingly, ad infinitum. And now Judge Roy Moore, whom I have never quite understood and don't think would be a good Senator because it's all about him.  For him, I hope it's untrue; yes, the stories have some credibility but the timing is suspect. He's been a public figure for years and this has never come out--why not?  If he is guilty, yuck.  Just plain yuck.  He should repent instead of just saying it's untrue.

As a member of my Life Group said this morning, when is it going to stop?  And at what point in our thinking about victimhood and responsibility will it stop?  As a witch hunt, could it get more and more into our personal lives?  And as a Christian who is forgiven of the wickedness in my heart which I may not have acted on but know was and is there, how judgmental can we be?  Isn't anyone susceptible to accusations from 30 years ago? Why do we have to believe someone who calls himself or herself a victim?  Is every "victim" who makes an accusation "brave?"  We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but in the court of public opinion a pubic figure is never innocent.

Is victimhood now a virtue?  Yes, the real victims need justice; most of these men sound like real abusers and deserve punishment.  Some just sound insensitive and too strong a believer in their own charm.

We owe the victims a hearing.  We must never minimize or trivialize their pain.  That is evil.  At the same time, the human heart can be deceptive, even to itself; we do cry wolf for various reasons.

I fear that the term "victim" will become meaningless if every woman who was ever hit on is now a victim. Especially when "hit on" is so ambiguous.  The real victims will get lost.

Teachers have to be especially careful; students can make up stories to cover their trails about grades. And some teachers do abuse their power and position.  Some ministers do.  The vast majority do not, but the hysteria can take over, as in Arthur Miller's Salem, and anyone at the end of a finger point can be destroyed overnight for a mistake 25 years ago.

That said, the systems are designed to protect.  The systems are supposed to work; they didn't work in the case of churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, TX.  

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

These young whippersnappers

I tried to explain to a 23-year-old intern at the church I attend that many older people in the church do not have access to apps, downloads, and email attachments.  He didn't understand.  I found an adult and got help with my problem.

I think this shows the inherent problem:  the young millennials or generation Z-ers lack the empathy to understand a generation that has adapted to technology or has been unable to (and perhaps can't even afford it). 

One Year Later

A year ago tonight I stayed up to watch the train wreck  It was fascinating and conflicting to say the least.  I had railed against Trump as the representative of the party I thought I sort of belonged to (I'm enlightened now), I was appalled by his behavior, and I was mortified that Christians fell for him and put aside the belief that a leader should be moral.  Millions of so-called evangelicals who wouldn't vote for Mitt Romney because he was a Mormon decided to vote for a con man and sexual harasser (and much worse).

But. . .

Hillary lost, and I was so mesmerized by this turn of events from what we had been told was inevitable that I just couldn't help it.  I think I finally went to bed at 3:00, making for a problematic day at work, since I was tired but keyed up and everyone was in despair, which I actually thought was a little funny.  I still do, although I put a sign on my door that said, "I did not vote for Trump.  Don't assume," which others thought strange.  All these people who thought he would push the nuclear button codes on January 21 were wrong.  Nothing horrible has happened yet, except that hysterical Democrats have gone even crazier.  Yes, there have been terrible things this year--Houston, fires in California, Puerto Rico, two horrible shootings--but those have nothing to do with Trump and actually he has done better than I would ever have expected. 

But  . . .

I still am appalled by him as a person and depressed about conservatism's future and want to throw things at Congress and can't believe how crazy the resistance is.  What are they resisting?  It seems like half the country are 14-year-old girls throw a temper tantrum at their mothers because they didn't get their way.  And as Trump tweets, SAD!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Stranger Things Too

Interesting how the English language has this play on words, 2 and too.  So that explains my title.

I finished watching the second season tonight.  It took me a week; I can't binge watch (well, more than 3 episodes).  I liked it; I'm not going to freak over it.  I confess to not understanding all of it, and getting my son to explain it. I even succumbed to reading a fan site or two about it.  Fans have theories.  Well, I say just watch the show and let the creators do what they do.  Fans think they know more about film making than the film makers nowadays.

The best part was seeing Sean Astin.  The worst part was Sean Astin.  Samwise deserved better. His whole character comes off like a plot device rather than a person, which normally the show does well.

The second best part is that Hopper is getting to be healed from his grief. Equally good to see a conflicted but strong manly man character in a show.

The third best part is Steve as leader (not babysitter). Very smart writing to have Steve turn good and not just to pine for his old girlfriend.

Fourth best part was Billy getting beat up by his dad.  Man, I hated that character.
Second worst part (and cliched) was teenagers having sex because some old coot put them up to it.

Third worst part was the scene between Mrs. Wheeler and that scumbag Billy.  That was just gross.

Fourth worst part was the slime and blood.

Fifth was the language.  Everything but the f- and c- word.  No need to blaspheme God, people.   

One funny part was Max telling Lucas, after he tells her the whole story of Season 1, "It's kind of derivative." Funny because she is mocking the critics. 

Episode 7 didn't bother me like it did the others.  I think it did have a point--Eleven deciding what she really wanted. But it's sci-fi, so you have to buy some of it anyway.  It was a little bit of an X-men rip-off, and I am hardly the expert on that stuff.

The monsters were scary.  The music from the '80s was cool (especially in the last episode).  The theme of friendship endured.

Now I can get on with my life and my own writing.       

How to Fight November

I realized a few years ago that when the time changed in the November it began a four-month battle for me. Well, I should say seven weeks, r...