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Film: Boyhood

July 26, 2014
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Film: Boyhood

Boyhood | Director Richard Linklater | Score: 8.0 We first meet young Mason Jr. (Eller Coltrane) lying on the grass, staring up at the clouds shifting in the sky, a six-year-old, given to staring out the window in his classroom with a strange early sense of self-possession. It is a significant snapshot — beyond the fact that is the very image used for the film’s promotional materials — because this fleeting moment of seeing him, young, unadorned, curious but as yet mostly unlived, is subject to massive — oft harrowing — change over the course of the next 12 years.…

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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: “Not Now!”

July 23, 2014
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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: “Not Now!”

Giving Yourself Permission to say, “Not now.” Right now I am wanting more than anything to zone out. But, there’s quite a bit of work I should try to get to today, because tomorrow is going to be very full. But, truth be told, all I…

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Thinking Yourself Happy: Nobody’s Perfect!

July 21, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Happy: Nobody’s Perfect!

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Harry wanted the perfect wife, the perfect job, and the perfect home.  At age thirty-nine he was still unmarried, unemployed, and living in a tenement.  His quest for perfection had made it virtually impossible for Harry to be satisfied with…

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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Doing the Best that You Can?

July 16, 2014
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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Doing the Best that You Can?

Doing the best that you can? Try Believing Others Are Too. Sometimes hanging out with cats helps to remind me that everybody is just doing the best that they can. People, like cats, are just busy being themselves 24/7; rarely does that include thinking about irritating…

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Thinking Yourself Healthy: The Dangers of Faulty Positive Thinking

July 14, 2014
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Thinking Yourself Healthy: The Dangers of Faulty Positive Thinking

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Isaac suffered from what could be called “blinding optimism.”  He focused exclusively on the bright side of life, on all the good events.  By sweeping harsh realities under the rug, he was often taken by surprise when unmistakably negative circumstances arose. …

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Black Bean Brownies; Healthy, Moist, and Delicious!

July 11, 2014
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Black Bean Brownies; Healthy, Moist, and Delicious!

A while ago a friend of mine told me about making brownies with black beans.  I was skeptical and thought that the idea was gross.  But I am game for anything, generally, so I figured I would look around on the Internet and verify that…

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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Hey, How is Your Day Going!?

July 9, 2014
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It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: Hey, How is Your Day Going!?

Today was great! Just like Yesterday! Just like tomorrow!  Just sitting here trying to think of what to write. What? What? What?  can’t take my bath until I post a blog (I’m very bossy with myself). It’s been such a wonderful day. How do I put…

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A Quote for You

I came to understand that is was all right to do things for people as long as I did it for the sake of doing it... the value being more in the act than in the result.

- Joanna Field