Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Way Way Back Movie

Incredible...just incredible !   And not just because of Sam Rockwell ;p

Liam James (Duncan) is so understated but he does so much with this role. The writing is great, imo. I was so impressed when I found out Nat Faxon (Ben of Ben&Kate) and Jim Rash (Dean on Community) wrote this. Both do amazing jobs with their supporting roles. The last scene made me cry, and I wasn't even a fan of Pam's characterization throughout the movie (you're supposed to be upset with her for kind of abandoning Duncan). She comes into her own after seeing how Duncan has managed to re-define himself this summer, right under her nose.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

President Obama just issued a statement today about the jury's decision on the Trayvon Martin case:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that's a job for all of us. That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

After Zimmerman verdict, we don't have any right to talk about equality in this country

They should make jurors take a stupid test before a trial starts... Anybody who has studied law even a little bit knows that the fact that Zimmerman did not testify means his OWN LAWYERS thought he would hurt his case if he took the stand.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Overheard today on NPR's 'Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me...'

Peter Sagal:   You were on Oprah a lot!

Dr. Deepak Chopra:   If Oprah married me, she'd be
                                     Oprah Chopra.

PS:   Or, you could be Deepak Winfrey...but, that wouldn't
        be as funny.

DC:   No, that would not be funny at all.



PS:   Do you object to the term 'New Age guru'?

DC:   Spell 'guru.'

PS:   G...U...ooh!                                                                                                                        

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ZeFrank: "Thinks like me"

"It makes me think that the thoughts that i have in my head that make me feel the most lonely, because I don't think anyone else thinks them, are also the thoughts that have the potential to make me feel connected." 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

so i live under a rock...

I just spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to find the name of a song I heard on the radio earlier this week.  All I knew was a man was singing it, and the chorus was: "Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ah ah."

Just so you know, that description fits about a hundred songs from the last 30 years! In my case, the brother figure knew it when I finally gave up and called to sing it to him: "Some nights, by Fun," he said, laughing. "You should check out 'We Are Young', too."

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"The Secret Life of Pronouns"

Not as crazy as I thought I would be about "The Secret Life of Pronouns" (which I should have read sooner...)

Having a little trouble with the primary thesis about the importance of function words. Not to mention when Pennebaker asserts that individuals who use the words 'aforementioned' or 'condescending' have low self esteem-- that's a little too Freudian for me.

I do appreciate his early nod to Steve Pinker. If you want to read about language from a social psychology perspective, Pinker is still where you must begin. Snowdon's even done fascinating work in speech/ sentence complexity.

However, I've been attempting to use some of Pennebaker's EW strategies with an MH consumer of mine, who has self-expressive deficits. Some of the explanations early in the book have already added much to my understanding of EW. I plan to put that new information to use as soon as possible.

I hope to have time to complete Pennebaker's book soon, with a goal of preparing something on semantics and communication in the PSR field (for  practitioners to communicate more meaningfully with consumers). School takes precedence, though! And, on that note, Pennebaker's website expands on his research and offers current experimental paradigms. Check it out!

Next up will be the book Choke, by Sian Bielock.

"There are few people who won't be disarmed by a genuine smile"

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sensory Integration Disorder

--- a hypothesized disorder that was 'discovered' by Anna Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist.

Very interesting! Watch Raising Adam Lanza on PBS' Frontline webpage

they grow up soo fast!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

how did no one tell me about maddie?

I just read on ratemyprofessor
that my sister is an excellent teacher,
but 'she's too obsessed with her dogs'-ha!

Ack- check !!