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In My Top 10 All Time


Chocolate raspberry… Shhhh… #donuts ##pandamoniumdonuts #tasty #breakfastofchampions

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10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – The Farewell

Family. Distance. Ruse. Connection. Funny. Sweet. Heartfelt. Performances. Food. Yes.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Robin Hood

Tired. Stylized. Slick. Cast. Foxx. Fighting. Feeble. Miss. Hipster. No.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Vice

Cheney. Politics. History. Shrewd. Bale. Adams. Winning. Snappy. Power. Yes.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Chinatown

Writing. Nose. Tone. Light. Nicholson. Dunaway. Water. Noir. Mystery. Yes.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood

Writing. Cast. Style. Hollywood. Feel. Smart. Direction. Mood. Clips. Yes.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – On The Waterfront

Plodding. Brando. Contender. Malden. Pigeons. Classic. Character. Direction. Unions. Yes.


Morning #sunrise #pixel #illinois

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Angel Has Fallen

Mixed. Action. Expected. Same. Uninteresting. Nolte. Perabo. Freeman. Unsurprising. No.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Hustlers

Lopez. Desperation. Money. Strippers. Scam. Tragic. Moments. Sad. Vapid. No.

Words Written

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

10 Word Review · Opinion · TV

10 Word Review – Watchmen

Stylish. Funky. Strange. Squids. King. Masks. Writing. Clones. Compelling. Yes.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Sunset Boulevard

Dramatic. Moody. Overacted. Miserable. Sparring. Swanson. Close. Obsession. Madness. Yes.

Music · Video

Highlight Songs from the 2019 List


2019 in Music

I have been known to make a playlist or two. Every year, as has been my habit for a number of years, I make a playlist of songs I found in that particular year. They may be newly released that year, or just something or someone I discovered that I hadn’t known about before. These playlists have been condensed and made into CDs for friends every year, until last year, when I decided to just put the “playlist” here via Youtube videos of songs I’d added. This year I’m taking a different approach as I made the playlist on Spotify. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – The Sisters Brothers

Silly. Forgettable. Disappointing. Violent. Unnecessary. Spider. Bear. Ridiculous. Unending. No.


AFI Top 100 (and the 400 Nominees)

I decided, since I’m a film lover and also a total nerd, to visit the AFI Top 100 Films from the U.S. to see which I’d seen and which ones I still need to see. I’ve seen 74 out of 100 and found some glaring gaps in my film repertoire, things that were missing that shouldn’t be. In the interest of continuing my movie education and also to see some great films I’ve not seen, I’m working my way through them. The first, going down the list from 1 to 100, was The Graduate. I watched it yesterday. I couldn’t believe I’d never seen it, but feel that way about a lot of the films on the list I haven’t seen yet. The next… On The Waterfront. I’m looking forward to this adventure.

Next on the list, after finishing the top 100 will be to look at the 400 nominees for that list and start knocking those off. I’ve seen some of those as well, but defintely not all. There is some good movie watching in my future!

10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – The Graduate

Visual. Music. Quiet. Angst. Ennui. Drifting. Direction. Light. Bancroft. Hoffman. Yes.

Photography · Words Written

Quote of the Day

Do not doubt your own basic goodness. In spite of all confusion and fear, you are born with a heart that knows what is just, loving, and beautiful.
Essays · LiFe

Changes Afoot

Hello all…

I’m going to jump right in… I’ve been restless with the blog.  Not sure how I’ve felt about it for a while now.  Do I get rid of it?  Keep going?  Change platforms?  Change the look?  Change?  Stop?  Change?  It’s a sort of weird mantra.  This annoying question.

I created a page at three other sites hoping to freshen things up, to give it a new feel, a new look, but not lose the content.  I failed three times.  The sites didn’t work like I wanted, the content wouldn’t transfer easily, or would, but then didn’t work when I followed the procedure.  A bunch of glitches.  A bunch of minor frustration, because let’s face it blogging isn’t rocket science or something that will change the world in any way.

In the end, I did what I’ve done in the past.  I started playing around here at WordPress with themes and style.  I trimmed some stuff here and there around the blog.  Extraneous crap, to be honest.  I mean, is anyone really looking at that stuff anyway?  And even deeper, is anyone really even reading this blog?  I’ve been blogging for 15 years.  Yep, you heard that right, 15.  I started at LiveJournal, moved to Blogger, and then came over to WordPress where I’ve been for ages.

Anyway… I wax on.  I ended up, once again, staying here because the content is all here.  I didn’t want to lose any of it.  But, I pruned and simplified.

It’s not for anyone else anyway, it’s for me.  And I couldn’t get rid of it.  I couldn’t get rid of those long-ago essays about my grandma and life and other deaths in my life, I couldn’t get rid of all the photos and travel posts and reviews, couldn’t get rid of my journey when I was sick, or of the myriad of little posts of poetry and art and the other quirky and strange stuff that sometimes catches my attention.

I’ve been in a social media trimming phase over the last several months.  I got rid of a bunch of sites I never used but was a part of.  I’m down to the big ones – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  I never tweet.  I will probably be getting rid of that as well.  Who knows.  It’s the same process we took with our finances at home – going over everything to see what works, what doesn’t and needs to go.  It’s a good process.  A spring cleaning of sorts.  It’s liberating.

So here I am.  Same old blog, same hosting site, but a new look, a new feel, a new “me”.  We’ll see how it goes.





We might be a household.of sick people, but we still know how to eat… #tacowednesday #tacosarewhatsfordinner #eattacos

10 Word Review

Visiting Old Things

I’m going to revisit some of my old photography and posts. January is going to be a month of reflection. The previous post was one of those. Something I took a few years back.

10 Word Review
Natural History – London