1. Television…Debra Messing…She’s Protecting NYC Better Than The Best! Hey Brooklyn! One Of Your Daughters Has Returned!
The Mysteries Of Laura (NBC Wednesday at 8PM) features Brooklyn born Debra Messing. In this new program Debra (Laura Diamond), a homicide detective, is the mother of twins. She has to balance grueling police work with family. Both tasks cry trouble. And…all this is compounded by Laura’s ex-husband. Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon). He just happens to be her boss in the precinct station where she works. (Sorry Sister Bernadette for violating one of your primary rules for writing…I always wanted to start a sentence with the word And)!
Criticizing Debra Messing (local television critic reviews) for her new detective role on this show is like making fun of mom’s apple pie and meatloaf. Every police show without exception features the same themes:
- horrific and well disguised murders
- kidnappings and street violence
- terrorist plots, big city issues
- family, job, and school crisis and sickness
- sexism, racism, and chain of command
- conspiracies and intrigues at work and in local businesses
- the scourge of drugs, guns, and everything else illicit
- street crimes for fun and profit…money talks
- crimes on a local, national, and worldwide scale.Why would anyone think that the award winning actress who made us think, laugh, and cry on Will and Grace couldn’t handle minor and major issues in all the areas above and more. She did this in show one. She will do it in shows 2-13. Messing is on her way to again making Brooklyn as proud of her as they were of the Dodgers.
- Important Women’s Rights’ Issues…Violence Against Women!
The NFL Missed This One! So Did We!
This was a letter to the editor written by Alexis Repulski. It was sent in to a news line in South Carolina. One of our readers criticized us for putting this issue in the not “ready to talk about section” of our column last week. They included this letter with their criticism. We apologize and realize it is far more important than the issues we covered last week. Alexis eloquently brings the issue to light. Thank you Alexis!
Dear Janay Rice,
It’s confusing to me that I would even have to say this to you, but from woman to woman it is necessary. I may not know you personally, but as a black woman, we share an indirect bond with one another and with other black women out there. So when you hurt, I hurt. When you cry, I cry. To watch that video, and see what your “husband” did to you, breaks my heart. But it kills me even more to know that you have chosen to stand by him and his ugly decision.
To lay your frustrations and anger on the media is baffling! The media did not destroy your marriage; it didn’t destroy your husband as a man. Your husband’s choices destroyed himself when he raised his hand to strike you. You should be upset with him, but even more so yourself. You deserve better as a woman and a human being. No woman should have to live in fear of her spouse or even tolerate such actions from anyone!
No matter how mad he was that night, he had no reason to put his hands on you. Not only did he hit you in the face, this man thought it was okay to drag you out of the elevator like you were nothing. Why would you choose to marry someone like that? To treat you like you were an animal, and disrespect you. Do you not see what the problem is here? Just like the other countless domestic abuse victims, you went back. You’ve set an example for women out there for them to believe that it is okay to go back. That it is okay to return to the man that hit them, abused them, and disrespected them. That it is okay to deal with that. Whether you like it or not, you are an example for young women all over and set the domestic violence movement back so far.
Love isn’t painful, it doesn’t leave scars, nor does it scare you. Love is patient, kind, beautiful, affectionate, and most importantly it brings joy. Find someone who caters to you.
A disappointed black woman
- Movies I…Denzel Washington…The Equalizer!
Acting Skills To Emulate!
Is Denzel Washington at age 59 too old to play a love interest in stories? Is that the reason why he has resorted to shoot-them-ups in two of his last three movies? No! That was the resounding scream that left the mouths of two hundred women in the audience. They said, at the conclusion of his new movie, that they would gladly take Denzel home for dinner and a “pleasant after dinner discussion.”
The Transporter movie series with Jason Statham has been transferred to a television series with the same name. The Equalizer after two ‘as yet to be thought about’ sequels is a good bet to be next. The box office exceeded all expectations.
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington has sworn not to re-live his violent black ops’ past. Faking his death put him in a supermarket job in Boston. Shaking the past off is seemingly impossible for him to do….even as a check out counter clerk, violence is all around him. He (McCall) comes out of his self-imposed retirement to defend a brutalized call girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Teri cannot escape from the bondage of her Russian handlers. McCall can’t escape from the Russians and all the other problems he now begins to encounter. He can’t save everyone around him, but he is trying.
The office vote is in for best Denzel Washington movies following our weekly sharing structure. The winners for this topic were Philadelphia, The Pelican Brief (saving Julia Roberts), and Man On Fire (saving Dakota Fanning). This column features everything Philadelphia, so the first choice was expected, but the second two choices?
Young and old people should never be put in the same room for opinion sharing. This vote is an example of that mistake. If you haven’t seen the movie Philadelphia (1993), it is the first mainstream movie that discoursed AIDS and Gay Rights.
Office votes are conducted as follows:
- You must see or experience any topic that includes a vote
- Your favorite or opinion in an area enters a mini-discussion
- The best five presentations are then voted on by all
- Five points for the best in your opinion and then backward in votes from there.
- Votes are totaled to determine what is to be featured on the column
- Veto power is not given to anyone on the staff
- Books…Lisa Scottoline…Accused…A Child Needs DiNunzio’s Help! Philadelphia’s Favorite Author (20 Novels) Triumphs Again!
Scottoline Presents The Streets Of Philadelphia As We Live Them!
Lisa Scottoline’s second book Final Appeal (1994) won the 1995 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Mystery. She beat out a world of great thriller and mystery writers with her look at the workings of a newly formed all-woman law firm (Rosato and Associates) in Philadelphia. Twenty years, twenty multi-themed novels, and many awards later, Ms. Scottoline continues to feature the streets of Philadelphia in her law and crime stories.
Rosato and Associates champion the underrepresented and the underdog. The leader pages on all these stories (nine in the series) will emphasize this fact. In Accused, the underdog is a thirteen-year-old child who believes the imprisoned murderer of her sister is innocent. Her family, one of the richest in Philadelphia, does not want to bring back six year-old memories of their loss and victory in the battle for justice. Allegra Gardiner recruits Mary DiNunzio of Rosato and Associates to wage a new battle with unexpected twists, turns, and consequences.
Lisa’s Scottoline’s homepage will allow you to read the first chapter of her books before you decide which form you will purchase for reading…kindle, CD, iBooks, or Google play. The link that follows will take you to the first chapter in her award winning Final Appeal. Final Appeal is an excellent start to a new chapter in your reading for pleasure library. (http://scottoline.com/Books/final.html). Lisa Scottoline, also, teaches courses at the University of Pennsylvania. What a great way to delve further into the creative mind and ideas of an author that will soon become one of your favorites!
When not writing books and taking care of her pets, Lisa and her daughter Francesca Serritella author a Sunday column called Chick Wit. It appears in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Arts and Leisure section. Weekly column pieces of wit and mother-daughter insights will soon be made into a book….Better yet they should have a television show called Chick Wit! Betrayed, another Rosato and Associates story, will be released in November of this year.
- Music…Ingrid Michaelson…A Lights Out Album
We are now lending money to people who cannot afford our weekly musical suggestions. Ingrid Michaelson, this week’s suggestion, is a lyrical delicacy. The albums Lights Out and Be OK are the best of the six Ingrid has recorded so far. Office members, naturally, greatly differ on these choices. These five songs from Ingrid Michaelson’s songbook are our best picks and good starters for the musical explorer within you:
- Girls Chase Boys (Gives girls permission to chase boys)
- Home (Music can be someone’s home when things go wrong)
- Afterlife (How to handle a difficult world and be okay)
- You And I (Broke but happily in love)
- The Way I Am (Lucky to have someone who takes you as you are)
Winter Storm with Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles is a pleasurable musical treat. It was performed for President Obama and his staff in an outdoor winter concert setting on the White House lawn. The theme of this song was perfect for the event. The song’s lines introduce that losing a loved one is like a winter storm. The lyrics “peeking out of the storm to see if love was still alive” is classic story telling imagery.
We previously featured Sara Bareilles for her release of King Of Anything, Brave, and a bunch of other soft rock suggestions. Her duet with Sugarland of Come On Eileen from their ‘Incredible Machine Tour’ was a must listen suggestion, too. There is a very different side to her, though. If you don’t mind dirty words…Little Lion Man (a Mumford And Sons cover) and Gonna Get Over You show her with an audience of ten thousand singing these songs with her poor but hysterical word choices.
Sorry Carrie Underwood fans. Her Cowboy Casanova was a buoyant breakout song, but not good enough to be highlighted in this issue. We watched Underwood’s All-American Girl video ten times to make up for this slight. Eleven-year old Chloe Channell’s version of All-America Girl is a You Tube classic. Channel’s original What Is It That Makes You Cry is similarly special.
- Social Media I…Humor In The Computer World!
A staffer found this tidbit on the Internet this week. We ran an office challenge to see what passwords the brilliant in our office might suggest in a similarly humorous manner. Here is the initial story followed by our office best five. Our selections do not approach the password creativity in the story that we are featuring below:
A mother is telling her daughter how she solved the age-old problem of always forgetting her computer password. The daughter asked her mother what this new password was. Mom said the word was incorrect. The daughter said that this word is just as easy to forget as any other word. Mom said this isn’t true. Every time she types the wrong password in…the computer reminds her ‘your password is incorrect’.
Here are five office suggestions:
(Your Name In Caps) Is My Computer Password.
The suggested messages below when typed in as a password would not have any spaces.
- I don’t remember it.
- What is my password?
- Password My Password
- My What!A good password contains upper and lower case letters, numbers, and computer symbols. The problem is no one can remember all this.
- Social Media II…Humor On Your Lawn And In Your Home!
There are lawn signs and then there are lawn signs. We can’t figure out if this sign will dissuade someone from approaching your house or encourage them to pay your recently harvested crop a visit?
….Our Marijuana And Guns Are For Medicinal Uses Only…
The laughter generated by an office search of funny lawn signs stopped work for an hour. We have spaced some of our favorites throughout the column. Do you have a “lawn sign” addition we can include next week?
- Movies II…Phillip Seymour Hoffman…A Most Wanted Man!
Great Actor, Great Disappointment In His Death
Even though the movie Most Wanted Man was the last time Philip Seymour Hoffman starred in a movie before his death from drugs overdose, we will see him two more times this year and next in sequels of The Hunger Games.
John le Carre wrote Most Wanted Man. It is a terrorist-espionage-crime fighter battle of wits, wanton slaughter, and politics. Hoffman is a Secret Service investigator for German intelligence. His group is off the books and Seymour is off his rocker trying to capture an Arab terrorist responsible for bombings in Berlin. Hoffman creates this complicated plan of falling and connecting dominoes to do this. No one understands his quest nor agrees it is the ultimate answer to crushing terrorism in Germany as he does.
Bring in a great supporting cast of Rachel McAdams (lawyer), Willem Dafoe (terrorism banker/backer), Robin Wright (CIA equal), and the semi-good and bad guys Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Bruhl, and Nina Hoss and confusion reigns.
Just as Phillip Seymour Hoffman asks “why” at the end of the movie, audiences will do the same. Great actor, great problems in life and in this movie’s terrorist search!
- Movies III…The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby!
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Viola Davis star in the most anticipated movie of the fall movie session. The movie outtakes and multiple trailers say…see this one. The theme of trying to regain a past love is a powerful one. The movie is told from a women’s perspective and provides multiple thinking challenges for those trying to find or regain a lost love or someone evaluating life’s decisions in love and other areas.
Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) were once married. Tragedy destroyed them and seems to haunt them as they try to rekindle their past love and delight for/in each other. The story is about a married couple trying to reconnect. It, also, encourages audience members to search for their loves of 1, 5, 10, or 20 years ago…if they are free to do so. What is the cut-off for this search in years? What if we told you the story of the high school sweetheart that reached out 72 years later to his now 90 year-old friend.
9. This Week’s Suggested Themes That Did Not Make The Cut!
Topics that weren’t developed this week are, often, just as interesting as the topics that were covered. In many cases, we just didn’t have all the information or our research results were spotty. Case in point is the ongoing NFL debacle. The leagues cover-up of domestic violence cases against woman and children was atrocious.
We list these “not covered” topics each week to encourage readers to do their own research and get back to us with their points of view or creative ammunition they now can contribute for this column.
- Derek Jeter And An Unmatched Yankee Stadium Ending!
- The State Fair Phenomenon
- Chicago Fire And Chicago PD Star Kill-off!
- Tea Leoni As Madam Secretary Scores Again In Week Two!
- Can Big Cities Really Go Green!
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