https://pixabay.com/illustrations/censored-censored-seal-web-speech-1680266/ I am always intrigued when I see people stridently advocating censorship, particularly even before they have watched or read the work in question. You may have seen the online controversy over Cuties, the new film distributed by BAC Films in France and by Netflix in the rest of the world. To give an oversimplified … Continue reading Wading into Controversy: “Cuties” (2020)
Home again. I was greeted by the dog, who seems to only love me for the treats I give. He runs to get in front of me, herding me, hoping for something, anything. My younger son tells me that we need to do something ASAP about the wifi in his room and that he has … Continue reading The Escape: Home, Books, Movies, Etc.
You may remember how disappointed I was when I couldn't get my hands on a ticket to see P!nk for her May 2018 concert. Tickets went on sale in October 2017, with a "verified fan" service that was supposed to make it impossible for scalpers to get ahead of ordinary people. Instead, immediately at the … Continue reading I Finally Saw P!nk!
Today at work we had a party with lots of purple and a fabulous cake. The organizers showed this video with the song "Bread & Roses", with a folk duo singing. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XdDXqoxljTI As a finale to the day, I am taking myself out to see "The Favourite" to enjoy the reportedly fine female performances. Happy … Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day!
I stumbled across a newish musical group that I really like. I'm with Her has been called a folk supergroup, with three female singer-songwriter-instrumentalists getting together in gorgeous harmony with bluegrass and roots stylings. (They remind me a bit of the more bluegrassy Dixie Chicks songs.) Before you ask, I'm with Her had their name … Continue reading Stress Relief – A Concert – I’m with Her
Last week, my son's school year was finally done and I had a one-evening reprieve from my killer workload. A group of 7 female colleagues from my office went to its first movie night (of many, I hope), choosing to see Ocean's 8. We tried for a group of 8 in the spirit of the movie, but … Continue reading Group of 7 Watch Ocean’s 8
When I was a girl, my mother always told me, "You can do anything you set your mind to." Although that's not quite true -- I could never become a professional dancer, for example -- it certainly set me on a path to pursue my interests. Back in the '60's and '70's, when it maybe … Continue reading Musings on Being a Professional Woman
There I was last week, minding my own business in a Winners store, when suddenly I heard the siren song of the shoe section. I wasn't looking for shoes... really! And yet finding that for once they had a great selection in my size, I just had to try them on! And you have to … Continue reading ”In Her Shoes” (2005) and Wanting to Be in My New Shoes
Here is more evidence that my viewing choices are not mainstream... Above is the "crowd" just before the same-day "as live" broadcast of Yaël Farber's Salomé, part of the National Theatre Live project. In fact several of the people who did show up to see it walked out before it was over and I can't say I blame … Continue reading Theatre at the Movies – Salomé
In the spirit of Mental Health Week, I'd like to share a couple of interesting books on the subject of women and mental health/mental illness. The first week in May is earmarked by the Canadian Mental Health Association to raise awareness of mental illness, offer practical ways to maintain and improve mental health, and support recovery from mental … Continue reading Books and Mental Health Week