Item No. 1
I'm sitting here minding my own business and flipping through a magazine that arrived just two days before. It's the November/December 2008 issue of the MENSA Bulletin. I don't often read it, but I always skim. So, I'm turning pages, and I see a title that looks familiar, "I Write Like a Child...but So Did John Bunyan." What the...? Then I see my name at the top of the page and discover an article I submitted a couple of months ago based on a blog post I did that you can find here. Because the editor didn't respond when I emailed the story, I had no idea it had been accepted. Yee-Ha! Just the other day I was exchanging emails with Lynn who was encouraging me to submit articles to local magazines in order to get my name out there.
Item No. 2
I have a few films to suggest. First is The Visitor with Richard Jenkins as a sad widower who is going through the motions as a college professor and author. Through a series of events, he becomes connected with a Syrian immigrant and his girlfriend from Senegal. Both are illegals, and while he does what he can for them, they help him to do more than go through the motions. There are no predictable outcomes here, and no neatly tied up resolutions.
Second is War, Inc. with John Cusack. You have to stick with this one because it seems inanely silly at times. To quote imdb.com—"A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President." I was struck by the final few lines delivered by Dan Ayckroyd who plays the former VP. I wouldn't call this film brilliant, but it's certainly provocative.
Third is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It's a French film with English subtitles and is based on the true story of a well-known French editor who has a severe stroke that leaves him paralyzed but for his left eye-lid. He struggles to communicate by blinking and manages to tell his story. This is no after-school special. Now this film I would definitely call brilliant.
Item No. 3
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