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The middle ground of "Green"

The middle ground of "Green"

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I try to live lightly on the earth, minimizing my carbon footprint, and by extension that of my family.

 

Yes, I know, I'm kind of a zealot.  

 

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

As far back as I can remember, my mother always curled her hair. Way back, it was pin curls. Who remembers pin curls? Then she switched to rollers. Before she went anywhere, she had to "put her hair up." 

About 10 years ago, she decided she was tired of the hassle and proclaimed that she was no longer going to curl her hair. From then on, we'd have to get used to her with straight hair. We did, and she enjoyed all the extra time she suddenly had. Read more ...

Movies: "Short Term 12"

Movies: "Short Term 12"

Snuggled into the cineplex opposite such monster hits as “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” is this small slice of reality, written and directed by 30-year old filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“I Am Not a Hipster”).

See it if you can.

Cretton took a job at a center for troubled teenagers while in film school in California, and stayed on for two years.  That experience led to a short film that won big at Sundance in 2009, and is now a feature-length movie starring Brie Larson (Kate in “The United States of Tara”) and featuring a host of young actors from current or former TV series and movies.

 

Movies: "Captain Phillips"

Movies: "Captain Phillips"

 

British filmmaker Paul Greengrass brought a visceral documentary style to such powerhouse movies as “Bloody Sunday” (2002), “United 93” (2006) and the best of the Jason Bourne adventures (“The Bourne Ultimatum” and “The Bourne Supremacy”).  

 

Now he does it again with this exciting depiction of the actual hijack attempt of an American cargo vessel by a handful of young Somali pirates in 2009.  “There’s no Al-Qaeda here,” the pirate leader Muse (Barkhad Abdi) assures the captain of the Maersk Alabama (a grizzled Tom Hanks).  “This is just business.”

How Becky Sawtelle is Doing Eight Months After Weight Loss Surgery

How Becky Sawtelle is Doing Eight Months After Weight Loss Surgery

It's hard to believe that is was the beginning of the year when I first wrote about Becky Sawtelle's decision to have weight loss surgery. We haven't had an update on the blog since the end of May, but that doesn't mean she hasn't made progress — she's made incredible progress. She and her little dog Muffin also moved to Florida, so she's been dealing with a lot of changes. And, I think she spends a lot of time at the gym getting in shape.

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Look at the picture of this beautiful little girl. Her name is Emerson Brown, Eme for short. She's five-years-old and just started kindergarten.

Eme and her oldesr sister Finley were born only 11 months apart. That's why their mother Kim was so tuned into Eme's development. It wasn't happening the same way it did with Finley. Now, every child is different, and Kim certainly knew that, but by the time Eme was about a year old, she knew something wasn't quite as it should be. Read more ...