Definition of last week’s word: oxymoron: [òksee máw ròn] Plural: Ox-y-mo-ra
Noun 1. Expression with contradictory words: a phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, e.g. “wise fool” or “legal murder.”
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Gonna Be a Bear
In this life I'm a woman. In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear. When you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid, I could deal with that. When you are a girl bear, you birth you're children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping, and wake to partially grown, cute cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that. If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that. If you're a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yep, gonna be a bear
MOVIE REVIEW: It’s Complicated
We loved this movie. It made us laugh out loud and who can argue with that? To those who will say it is frivolous and insults the talent of Meryl Streep, I say this … who cares? It was a romantic comedy for heaven’s sake … hardly War and Peace! Don’t you suppose she sometimes like to lighten up as well? IMHO, Alec Baldwin is a greasy, middleaged womanizer so he fit his part in this movie to a T but of course, he was just being himself (Gee, can you tell I don’t like him?). Steve Martin did a nice job of playing Mr. Nice Guy and added his own touch of slap stick humor but played it down for the most part. I have not ever smoked marijuana but have to admit, (whether realistic or not) the silly scenes pertaining to it were hilarious. Meryl Streep is just the most believable, versatile and entertaining acress regardless of what role she chooses to do. The characters were a bit out of focus (successful restaurant owners usually work 12-14 hour days—she was there once I think in the whole movie), her extraordinary garden (large and lush) outside her home would require two full time gardeners to tend to it and her impressive home certainly didn’t need remodeling in my opinion but it WAS just a movie and we enjoyed the scenery.
Recommendation: Go see it in the theater … the food scenes are scrumptious!
BOOK REVIEW: Every once in awhile I want something easy, fast moving and predictable to read. In that regard, in 2009, I picked up a book by an author well-known for her happy endings. It was Sandra Brown’s Smoke Screen (published 2008). The book jacket synopsis sounded interesting and as it turned out, I really enjoyed it. My next Brown read, Ricochet (published in 2006) was both entertaining and puzzling and I could not figure out the fast paced mystery until the end. That said, after just finishing my third Sandra Brown novel, The Devil’s Own (published in 1987) this quick read was okay but it points out how far the author has come since starting out as a fledgling writer. The story line in this book is barely believeable and the sex scenes were a bit explicit for my taste but I am happy to report, since then her skills as a writer have greatly improved. Mrs. Brown published her first novel in 1981 and since then has written over sixty books. With over fifty million copies of her books in print, since 1990 she has been consistently on the New York Times bestseller list.
Rating: Smoke Screen …7; Ricochet … 8; The Devil’s Own … 5
Receipt Scanner Saga: Stay tuned … honest! I’m working on it.
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