Frankie and Alice Worth Watching

First published 08.16.14
It's Saturday and I just finished watching a RedBox matinee of #Halle Berry's recently released movie: #Frankie and Alice. Okay, therapy is my calling and anything 'mental' usually gets and keeps my attention. Given the dinero there is a Ph.D. waiting in me to be born. But, not to digress. This movie was a very good characterization of what happens in the life of a schizophrenic and things in life that can cause one's personality to split. All through the movie I kept saying let's buy a Besche wig. I tend to have to catch myself when watching tv with others at home. Talk...talk...talk. But again, not to digress. The movie was excellent. I always say Phylicia Rashad gets typecast roles; but, then realize that what makes her a star is her ability to draw you in to her role, which is always substantial. You know you're good when the audience forgets its a movie. Grey's Anatomy Chandra Wilson was also good. But, the main character, played by Halle Berry was nod-worthy. It wasn't her proving her ability to act as much as the script and her ability to seize the moments that made this movie strong. I was glad to see at the end that it was based on a true story; and, offers a genuine hope for #mental-health patients worldwide when they have genuinely caring health professionals to help in the healing. Sadly, in today's society the answer to what ails you emotionally is in an SSRI more than let's talk, talk, and talk some more til we stamp out the root of the problem.
It's too early in the a.m, 2:29, to start a discussion on such a rhetorical dilemma. If you're looking for a good movie to rent or even own, Frankie and Alice is worth the dinero.  

Rioting For Some is an Excuse to Loot; Remembering the Man with the Twinkle in His Eye: Robin Williams; Farewell to Lauren Bacall; & We Are All Infidels

First published 08.13.14
Sometimes I have to stop and pull up to the desk and put my words on paper so I will quit writing my thoughts in my head. If you too, mentally write your thoughts I suggest you give in and start writing. Anyhoo, it's just a few unrelated topics that I have to purge and be done with. I woke up today with an inexplicable blah; a blue-funk as some might call it. Writing is my therapy, so here goes. 

                                     Ferguson Video Should Make 'Rioters' go "OOPS!"
First, the #riots in Ferguson, Missouri are symbolic of the fact that if people want an excuse to steal, what better way than to use an injustice as the reason. I don't care how wrong either party in last Saturday's shooting was, tearing up something that you did not build is wrong. Who suffers? The community. Who wins? Big business because they have the insurance funds to pack their business up and move to a better place, or rebuild and charge the community higher prices for the 'injustices' they experienced. Now, to the bottom line: Mothers, no correction; parents, because fathers play the biggest role in the behaviors of their sons and daughters where discipline is concerned: Teach your children to respect authority. I turned the radio off when listening to the 'friend' tell his side of the story. The scenario would have probably played a lot differently, and his friend would be racking up some serious student-loan debt today, if he had just stepped onto the sidewalk as he was told. That's all. No use putting up your hands if the situation has escalated to the point of rough-housing with a cop, and the bullet has already left the barrel. I'm presuming this cop was riding solo. If so, he was scared for his life, as when the fight ensued, it became a case of two against one in his mind. Was he right to shoot? I don't know. I wasn't there. This isn't about that. This is about parents teaching their children the protocol for arrest, should that ever occur. The need to run, especially in broad daylight should not be a necessity. Failing to do as ordered, when ordered, is. People, young and old alike, the dark rap music is not going to fair well with you in real-life situations. So, it's clear, the Rodney King devastation didn't teach much in the way of doing the right and honorable thing when confronted. Boasting about your right to do this and that, and progressing on in your way is not amongst those things.
                                                    Remembering Robin Williams

Second thing, that got me to the computer is #Robin Williams' untimely and bittersweet end. I will use this tragedy as my defense that licenses do not guarantee efficacy when helping clients. As a Christian counselor, I will glean from Williams' poignant remark in an NPR interview that psychoanalysis works, only if the client is willing to do the work.This was his way of saying it was easier to do the least productive work for his mental health than change his behavior. I can not, and will not make excuses for this truly hilarious guy. He, as my old 'friend' #Capote-actor Hoffman, will always be remembered as genius in his work. But, my response on learning late Monday night was, “All the money in the world will not make you feel or be successful, if you lack the ability to process and make peace within the mind.” He was very wealthy financially, and had every opportunity to live the life others only dream of; but, money can't cure what ails you for long. The rich joke that it helps; but, sometimes I wonder how true that is. For all who are scraping two dimes together to survive, and are still able to find true joy in life, count your blessings. I learned this morning that one of my favorite actresses, the beautiful #Lauren Bacall passed away at the decades'-rich age of 89. Godspeed to all.  

                  Freedom to Worship God as One Chooses is a Strong-Suit of Democracy

And lastly, a few words about the Middle East. Honestly, I am so glad to live in a country where we have the freedom to worship God as He is defined in the spirit. Who am I, a Christian, to judge? After all, #Jesus said in Him there is no Jew, no Greek, no slave, or gentile. We can carry that a bit further and trust that means all other peoples as well. To Him we are all one. Anybody who can't believe that, might themselves be the infidels. In truth, walking around in these earthly bodies, I dare anyone to say on some level they have never been guilty of this carnal role. Go ahead. Show me one innocent, and I'll check their pulse.
Whew! I feel much better now. Perhaps I will get around to publishing this soon.

TV-Talk Beats World Affairs Any Day

First published 08.03.14
It's been a minute. I'm writing in Comic Sans Script because well that best replicates the antithesis of things going on in my life right now. I am officially retreating from writing about the various wars around the world, realizing there are enough 'battles' in my own radius of perspective to attend to, and literally all I can genuinely do for people who are in the crossfire is pray for them. And I genuinely do, often throughout the day. I have come to accept that people get paid big bucks to find “solutions” to the problems of the world. The only reward I get for writing this blog is the opportunity to offer 'Mytu Sense.' So, as I recommend in life, keep it simple.
This is supposed to be a weekly blog; however, in the age of internet sniping I learned that some '?????' tried, and actually hacked into my webpage, and probably my computer. It is very clear that working on an old XP is not a very wise thing to do, in a world where '>>>>>' find 'purpose' in infiltrating the works of others, instead of doing something good for the universe and creating their own work. After a bit of research, I learned that at about 4:33 on a given morning someone a few miles up the road, was trying to 'access' my page. Ho...Hum...Yawn...Most people, self included, were enjoying the luxury of a peaceful sleep at that wee hour; however, I am learning by the 24-7 activity of my neighbors that some people don't sleep. No matter what hour I am awake, they are awake. How do I know? Let's just say, I hear them. But, far too much time wasted on the nothingness of life, so let's move on.
Since I have chosen to pray for the people going through crises around the world, I don't have to watch the news, or listen for very long to know that the people caught in the middle are everyday people, like you and me who live in places where they have zero control over when the bombs will start flying, or who will get the next life-threatening virus. My own nation has troubles of her own, as do I, so I'll try to keep the focus on things I can do something about.
To digress, I have begun watching ease-my-mind tv a couple hours in the evening. This summer I have really been enjoying #Master Chef so much that I watch both Friday and Monday nights. Francis L.'s red-beet pasta was obviously a tad bit worse than Big Willie's dessert-Italian entree (LOL...It just came to me...) Gotta love him; but, I'm afraid he's not the Master Chef, and his off-the script dishes are kinda showing that he knows. It's almost a passive-aggressive quitting. Cutter is showing he's got skills; but if I have to guess it's probably going to go to one of the top two ladies, considering top management skills have to meet top culinary skills to win.
Another show I have thoroughly enjoyed this summer is #Extant, with Halle Berry. It's sci-fi enough to keep my attention; however, this last episode was a bit 'fluffed.' By that I mean it seemed to have a going nowhere plot; and I hope that's not a sign of no direction. Admittedly, I missed the last ten minutes; having to run out to the store, but, the last scene I saw was Halle lifting her 'son'...so I will hopefully be able to piece things together when I tune in next time.
Another show I enjoy is #Extreme Weight Loss Makeover, simply because I like to see the results of what hard work, healthy lifestyle- choices, and exercise can do to transform an individual. Also, on my list of tv faves is Top Chef, where everyday chefs try to outcook the pros.
I like to watch #NCIS Miami on the weekend, and #Blood Brothers has its level of interest, probably because of my being a Tom Selleck fan from back when. Occasionally, I watch #Dateline, and the last one I watched really held my attention, as it was a perfect case study for what happens when generational behaviors repeat themselves without someone drawing a line in the sand and saying the '#####' stops here. It was the case of the twin daughters murdering their mother and covering it up for four years. They each received a 30-year sentence; but, it's likely they'll be out by their mid-30s because of extenuating circumstances (i.e.) stellar behavior going the way of the dogs at a high-hormonal time of life. Of course, there is no real 'excuse' for what they did; but, built-up anger turns into rage when all parties have tons and tons of pent-up anger. The mother lived the life the twins were living with the great-grandmother, and well...history sorta repeated itself. Let me say, while the g-gm may not have been the best parent figure in the world, she did keep the girls in school with high grades. Tragic is the only word I can use to define their story. Mothers with teen daughters, be careful what you do and say around them; because, you may find them being a mirror-image of you some day.
Well, enough said. I'm going to return to the real world and the concerns of the day. Tally ho; and Godspeed. Btw, if you're the extant trying to dally in my affairs behind the scene, via this deceptive contraption, have fun...and remember the seeds you sow, you must someday harvest.