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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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May 17, 2006



Hi Gigi. Am watching the movie in an hour (and yes, the screening is free) Will get back to you;) I thought the book is overrated so I don't know how watching the movie will make a difference.


My husband and I will be watching it. Don't know when though but we're not waiting for the DVD. I read the book and made my hubby read it too. We both like it.

I haven't been to a Catholic church a while. But even after reading this book and bearing in mind all the reasons why I stopped going to church, I still consider myself a Catholic girl. If I ever decide to go back going to church agian, it would still be to a Catholic church.

All these hoopla about banning the movie is only giving it more publicity. And we all know what they say in Hollywood, "bad publicity is publicity". :)


Both Michael and I read the book - my book club had it as a selection when it first came out. I really don't take much stock in it. As you said my religion is based on faith, so I basically believe what the bible tells me --- not Dan Brown! I mean I'll equate the book to "The Bourne Identity" type of action story(entertaining, but not anything that will be keeping me up at night). The theory behind the churches getting all wound up about this book and movie is that they are worried that non-believers or those who have strayed from their faith will suddenly fall pray to believe this story and overturning thousands of years of teachings. Please... if anyone is that gullible....


Sorry, I meant "prey"...


Hi Gigi... I asked my friend at work who is quite religious, if she was going to watch the movie, and she said no, because she was not sure if her faith was strong enough to withstand whatever doubts the movie may cast. I said to her, "if the basis of Christianity was on the divinity and teachings of Jesus, would it really make a difference if you found out now that he was married with kids?" She said she didn't know, which is why she isn't watching.


read the book sunday night (for lack of anything better to do). it was ok overall. i found many parts of it personally interesting. not the best book i've ever read, though.

haven't seen the movie. i suspect the phrase, "the book is better than the movie." applies here. and because i've read the book, i am now having difficulty picturing tom hanks in the male lead. audrey tautou as a cryptologist: after seeing her in amelie, that'd be a tough sell. it would be too challenging to suspend disbelief. so, notwithstanding your rebellious urge to see the film, you (we) might be better served waiting for the dvd or watching it as a MOW.

as for MI3...

btw: hi gigi!!


Yup, it takes much more than a work of fiction to shake my faith. If it will lead people out of their spiritual complacency to investigate Christ's claims and decide where they really stand then I have no problem with that. It's better than people being indifferent to it, I think. I read the book sometime ago. It was okay, some parts were slow, some a bit farout, but it was entertaining overall. I still don't know if I'm going to watch it because of the reviews it got. I'm so cheap that I will only pay theatre price to watch movies that are great to see on theatre screens, matinee price preferably! :) If it's a movie that's not big on special effects, then I just rent the DVD to watch at home. Heheh...


Ajay - So what did you think of the movie??? The news folks did exit "interviews" today and apparently word on the street was much kinder than critic reactions at Cannes.

Dex - So true! I'm sure the movie would have still done well at the Box Office because of the sheer number of the book's fans...but all this hooey over the movie brought in even more viewers, people (like me) who probably haven't or don't plan to read Brown's book.

Sandra - People will always believe what they want to, for their own reasons.It's the main reason I don't normally bother trying to argue with someone whose opinions differ from my own.

And as far as trying to prove whether or not Jesus was married, etc...I have a really simple take on this. I figure if nowadays people can't seem to figure out what REALLY happened with, say, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen -- and their lives are lived practically on-camera 24/7 -- then how can we really know what happened thousands of years ago, when there is a dearth of, or even no, evidence to prove one thing or another?

So if I were still Catholic/Christian, I would take all of this as a personal challenge to get past the historical details and focus on the messages and teachings instead (which, after all, is the heart of religion). I remember when I was younger (and still religious), what inspired me most of all was the way of life that Christianity taught -- of love and forgiveness, of acceptance and tolerance. It's still what I cling to, it's formed the foundation of my personal beliefs. OK, just went on a tangent here -- but I know you understand what I'm saying. :)

Bambit - Interesting story there...hmmm. I wonder what your friend is really afraid of (and I don't mean this in a malicious or sarcastic way; I'm really just curious)?

My opinion is we know what we believe is true especially after this belief/faith has been tested and has been strengthened. Like we know who our real friends are, not because we've never fought or disagreed with each other, but precisely because we have -- and we've determined the friendship was worth getting past just what our differences were.

Hi BlueEagle!!! (And I can't wait for "X-Men". Still on the fence about "Superman" because of what Kevin Smith said in his college tour DVD :) )

MadMuse - Geez, with movies going for $10 a pop -- and popcorn, etc. costing about the same -- I usually prefer to sit on my own couch, with my own snacks, and watch it for much less (Netflix or On-Demand cable service usually). Unless the movie just screams for a big screen with all the bells and whistles, of course. :)) Then I watch it during matinee screenings, too, just like you! Some may call us cheap, I prefer to think we're being sensible. :)


Chris and I saw it. She fell asleep during parts of it. There was no chemistry between Audrey and Tom. But then I started thinking of the old movie Dogma ( where it was a similar theme. At least I was laughing the whole time.

So what was the difference? Maybe people are taking The Da Vinci Code seriously and not Dogma. Well maybe that is not such a stretch.


Hi Gar! I was just listening to the movie's box office take. Isn't it insane how much money it made this past weekend? I can't imagine Chris sleeping through anything, quite frankly...I guess that says a lot (or rather, very little) about the film eh?


hi gigi,

it's been made official, in anc anyway - your dad has been proclaimed national artist of the republic. congratulations.

forgive me if i had all this mixed up with what i saw in anc.but has he been officially proclaimed before pa or now lang?


Thanks Kulas! Yes, he was proclaimed originally in April along with the other five original ones.

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