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Hunger Games

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I must admit i read the first book in this series, which this movie is based on, four years ago when it first came out. I decided then that the major premise was so unpalatable that I would not and have not read any of the further books.
That said, we (DH,DD and two friends) did go to see the film. While many reviews compare the plot to to our present obsession with "reality" shows, I found an even more disturbing comparison.... that of greed and power vs. poverty and powerlessness with violence as the only possible relationship between the two. The story is compelling, the casting is great.... Stanley Tocci as the master of ceremonies of the Games is outstanding, the action sequences thrill and scare. Why am I reluctant to give this a good rating? The premise still is too gruesome for me. How could we as a society ever succumb to letting our children be taken as sacrifices...wait.... how old are those soldiers we are sending to war?
Sorry to be so melodramatic about it... but too many people are going to watch this film without questioning the premise in the same way the people of Capitol cheer on the Hunger Games.

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PATRICIAANN46 3/25/2012 10:16PM

  emoticon for your review. My niece has read all 3 books and intends to see the movie. She is a grade school Music teacher and a very upbeat, glass half-full person, so I was very surprised when she was recommending both books and movie to me. I cannot judge the books without having read them yet, but the premise of young people having to kill each other DOES NOT appeal to me. I really feel that our young people see way too much violence as it is. I also question why they are NOT allowed to see the movie on bullying, but the rating for Hunger Games is PG-13. I am a very open-minded person and WILL read the books and then make my decision re: the movie. I would really be interested in hearing from young people what it is that attracts them to the material.

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IAFARMERWIFE 3/25/2012 1:57PM

    It's a book the kids can't put down, we couldn't keep it on the shelf at the book store last summer. But it's a book I don't really care about reading. I don't anything about the movie, but it must be something else. Thanks for your opinion. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/25/2012 1:44PM

    I agree with Nancy--Ignorance is bliss. I don't even want to get started on the war. I already posted a blog on that. I still say there is something to these 2012 predictions.

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PETALIA 3/25/2012 9:17AM

    I think although this very grim situation of children killing children dictated by the few grown-ups in power (can anything be more horrible?) but then one brave young Joan of Arc starting a revolution against this horrible tyranny is so amazing and so empowering Yes the young are used by those in power (what's happened to public education and health? And what about how we treat our soldiers in these endless wars...Oh I can rant..) but they are not apathetic and narcissistic but active and engaged in creating a future with whatever state we give them this mightily messed-up world. The occupy Movement, the 99%, has given me such hope and happiness. I don't remember if our heroine starts a revolution in the first book or not but perhaps it's worth continuing to read the series. Plus, these terrifying books and now movie are oriented to the 'young adult'. And they love them. Is giving them a destroyed planet and a miserable start to life then shielding them from that reality fair to them? I'm sure like all people, the young feel injustices all around them, affecting them. I found the strongest message in the books that of fighting back in an awful dystopia so invigorating. I did rant after all.

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NANCYRUBIO 3/25/2012 1:19AM

    I don't know much of what is going on with Hunger Games and you have made be aware that I really don't want to know about them I--ignorance is bliss sometimes.

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TEALBERI 3/25/2012 12:36AM

    I haven't read the book or seen the movie, and honestly I don't watch enough TV to even know what this whole thing is about. But I do know I have several friends that have highly anticipated this movie, so maybe it's time I look into it. Hmm.

Have a great rest of the weekend :)

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Dear Daughter's friends delight us

Friday, March 23, 2012

We are spending a long weekend, Thursday through Sunday with DD friend's in a city convenient for all of us, but where only one friend lives. We stay in a nearby motel and the friends sleep at the two bedroom apartment that is party central.
They all love to cook and we had a delightful meal this evening with great food, great wine and much laughter. The age range around the dinner table was 24 to 68 and there was no generation gap at all.
I believe one of the greatest joys in life is becoming friends with your adult children. And now her delightful friends consider us adjunct parents... to the extent that they were miffed when we sent pictures from our recent trip to Panama only to our biological kids. They want to be included. We love them all and love enjoying life with them. We are blessed and I can only wish the same sort of blessing to everyone.

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PATRICIAANN46 3/24/2012 4:11PM

  I know exactly what you mean. Some of our favorite memories are of time spent with our son's friends. It is so refreshing to be with young people. It is one of the things I miss most about teaching.

Please let me know what you think of Hunger Games.

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SBNORMAL 3/24/2012 6:09AM

  That does sound wonderful! Nice that you had a good weekend.

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Are you concentrating on how far you have to go?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Great quote I just ran into today:
“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.” ~Unknown
The article didn't have anything to do with health, weight control, etc. However, it reminded me of so many blogs and posts I have read and written. We seem so ready to beat ourselves up instead of unclenching our fists, opening our hands and patting ourselves on the back.
My goal for the rest of this month is to mentally and emotionally pat myself on the back at least three times each day for something I have accomplished or something I haven't done that would have been disastrous or maybe just a step in the wrong direction.

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MRS_TOAD 3/24/2012 9:03AM

    What a great quote and applicable in so many areas of our lives!

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OMMAMA7 3/24/2012 12:19AM

    Thank you! I've heard that before, I know it, but don't practice it enough. I also needed that right now! :)

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BETTERBYDESIGN 3/23/2012 11:15PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I really needed the reminder to focus on how far I've come instead of how far I have to go.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 3/22/2012 12:08AM

    Sounds good to me! Thanks for sharing!


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PUNCHILOUIE 3/21/2012 7:26PM

    Interesting perspective! Like it! emoticon

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Is it true, is it kind, is it necessary?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I recently read a wonderful article on line titled me talk pretty. The article in full fascinated me, but the three questions in the title of this blog really stood out.
Whenever I think I have something I need to say, I plan to mentally ask myself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? and then decide if I need to say it.
I wonder what would happen if politicians, teachers, students, business people, diplomats, if everyone asked those questions before they spoke?

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MUSHCAT 3/21/2012 5:40PM

    I have been trying to put that into practice with my marital communications. I find it has been helping a lot.

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SHEILA1505 3/21/2012 12:44PM

    That would probably silence most conversations / confrontations. Great!

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MRS_TOAD 3/21/2012 11:30AM

    What a different world we would live in if everyone thought about these questions before they spoke! Thanks for the reminder to think before I speak.

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KAILYNSTAR 3/21/2012 11:09AM

    If everyone thought that way...that would be kind.

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FLAMENM 3/20/2012 10:14PM

    Those are fundamental questions that can change the world.

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Great Yoga Workshop

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Went to a workshop yesterday titled:From Child Posture to Corpse Pose
Your Practice as a Metaphor for Embracing Change, Encountering Challenge, and Learning to Live Your Best Life
The teacher used the metaphor of child's pose as birth, the poses in between as the process of developing boides that can walk and be healthy and strong and then corpse pose as the end of life... or the death of practice on the mat. However, he than took these ansanas and used them to demonstrate how we face challenges of fear, compassion for ourselves, ambition, trust and limitations. He made the excellent point that what we do on the yoga mat is a reflections of how we meet those same challenges in our daily life and that what we learn on the mat we can take into our life.
I love yoga because, to me, is so much more than a physical activity that makes me feel good. It challenges and rewards me every time I come to my mat.

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MRS_TOAD 3/13/2012 9:42AM

    What a great workshop! It sounds like it was time well spent. emoticon

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NIXY72 3/12/2012 9:07AM

    Sounds like a fabulous workshop! I need to get on the mat again. Haven't had a solid personal practice for ages.

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    Sounds like it was a GREAT workshop! You are learning and sharing so much from your yoga experience. THANK YOU for passing along this information to us. It helps us, too!


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PETALIA 3/11/2012 3:44PM

    I just googled the definition of 'yoga' and found this:

The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualized beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with the greater whole.

Wow. If that isn't what wellness is all about...

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