Shoplifters: I’m Intrigued

The Japanese film Shoplifters has one the Palme d’Or at Cannes. I can’t wait to see it.


Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Inspired by Colline, I’m trying out a new blogging challenge, Weekend Coffee Share. It’s a simple writing prompt asking participants to share a few experiences or thoughts from the past week.

This week my mom had knee replacement surgery and it went well. We were impressed with the level of care and hospital facilities. (Still whenever I’m in a nice hospital, I can’t help but compare to other countries’ nice hospitals that manage to give good care less expensively. A lot less expensively.)

If we were having coffee this weekend it would have to be on Saturday afternoon since my morning, starting at 3:30 am was dedicated to watching the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I’m a sucker for the elegance and beauty of a royal wedding.

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It’s a nice break from the ordinary. It’s a rare occasion that brings people together. The bride was stunning in her elegant dress and the groom so dapper in his military regalia. Oh, and those adorable children who served as bridesmaids and page boys. American bride, Meghan got to put her imprint on the ceremony by having an American clergyman give an impassioned sermon on the power of love and by choosing to walk partially up the aisle on her own before her new father-in-law took her arm.  The guest list included people who’ve started and run charities rather than heads of state. A gospel choir performed “Stand By Me.”

I heard back from a good theater near me that they’re interested in reading the full script of the lay I’ve just finished. It takes them about six months to make a decision and it’s a long shot, but I’s an exciting opportunity.

I had a job interview for a Learning Design job. I liked the peopleI met. The work nicely relates to what I’ve done before. I’ll find out next week.


No One Has to Watch

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As I enjoy the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, I’ve seen some posts on Facebook criticizing the event’s popularity. I grant you it may not be your cup of tea, just as the Superbowl isn’t mine, but remember no one is making you watch. Yes, it’s been broadcast on many networks, but still it’s not on every channel.

One person on Facebook said that since Harry was a playboy and had poor judgment in his past and because Meghan was divorced, she was boycotting the Royal Wedding. That is her choice, but I believe Harry probably has learned from his errors and if the divorce were an impediment, someone in the hierarchy would have brought that issue up. I know nothing of her life when she was married and am in no position to judge. The minister at the service did ask if there were any reasons the two should not wed and no one spoke up so who are we to say?

Another person posted that since there was a shooting in Texas yesterday this was no time to watch a Royal Wedding. Hmmm. I’m more inclined to say that it’s because of the violence in our society that we should watch ceremonies that focus on optimism, love and hope. No one should be forced to watch a wedding, but if we only dwell on the negative, can we really address evil? I’m inclined to say no because we need to be strong to solve society’s problems and watching a celebration of love, even the love of two flawed people, (since that’s the only kind of people who live) can renew and strengthen us so we can heal the hurt and change society for the better.