GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GREATMARTIN GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A NEW CAMERA AND A NEW VIDEO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862954 <BR> I had bought myself a new pocket digital camera last month and taking a walk on Sunday, January 18, 2015, I decided to test it out by making a new video. <BR> <BR> There is a canal behind my building and across the way are million dollar+ homes--though the first one you see in the video doesn’t look it! <BR> <BR> It was a perfect Sunday with a blue sky and a few wisps of clouds. The sun was shining bright, it was about 76-77 degrees with a light breeze. <BR> <BR> I realized right awa... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:22:08 EST THE DAY I SAID "NO MORE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862186 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386744867.jpg"> <BR> (The picture has nothing to do with the post though I did gain a few pounds when I stopped. It was taken at the Oaski Steakhouse where Allen and I had lunch this past Thursday. :O) <BR> <BR> It is hard for me to believe that I haven’t had any alcohol touch me lips for 34 years now. I won’t take cough medicine or eat coq au vine because it is made with wine. While some people check labels for salt or sugar contents I ch... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:42:26 EST "CAKE"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861131 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1398348962.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jennifer Aniston gives an excellent performance as a woman suffering both physical and mental pain. The hair is stringy, the face scarred, the body constantly in pain as she seeks relief with Percocet and alcohol. Her husband, Chris Messina, has left to fight his own demons, she has been thrown out of a support group and aside from a loveless interlude now and then with her gardener, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, her main ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:21:01 EST SPRING 2, TOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860211 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1456183072.jpg"> <BR> 4 FOR A DOLLAR! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people who know me know that Mother Nature constantly takes me by surprise. I was over at John’s apartment and when I left I decided to visit the garden his neighbor Bill had planted and which people had added items. <BR> <BR> I walked over to mainly take some pictures of the blooming hibiscus plant. When I go there I saw a movement in the bush and it took a minute or two for... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:56:15 EST IT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING IN LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859487 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l968657462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> January 9, 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> The body is a marvelous thing but it certainly can betray you when you least expect it! <BR> <BR> Through the years I have been unable to sleep in cars, planes, trains, buses, watching a movie or a television show but put me in bed by myself and I can sleep through anything! I have slept through tornadoes and hurricanes, maintenance and exterminators coming in to do their job witho... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:02:22 EST IS IT SPRING ALREADY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1411680802.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Is it Spring already? I know the calendar says January 20, 2015, but we are suppose to be in the 80s by Thursday! Everywhere I look outside I see flowers blooming from the cactus to the Cuban flower. <BR> <BR> I walked into the Dollar Tree last week and aside from them having decorations for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter they also have their Spring planting products on sale from 4 packets of... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:18:41 EST BEARD OR NO BEARD? AYE OR NAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857836 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1059527858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have always fooled around with the hair on my head and face. I had long hair, short, hair, no hair, beards of all sizes and shapes, no beards, mutton chops, mustaches, no mustaches and (DO NOT LAUGH AT THE FIRST PICTURE ON THE SLIDESHOW! It was the 1970s and it was the ’in’ fad!) <BR> <BR> When I was younger I couldn’t wait to get gray hair! I really wanted it all white like Richard Gere’s is now. I... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:05:24 EST "AMERICAN SNIPER"--FILM REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855976 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20748131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> “American Sniper” separates itself in three ways from the typical Hollywood war epic combined with ’based on a true story’. The performance by Brad Cooper is exceptional, the story, written by Jason Hall, revolving a man who became a ‘legend’ in his own time offers a strong focus and the direction by Clint Eastwood is clear cut. <BR> <BR> Navy Seal Chris Kyle does 4 tours of duty in Iraq and as a sniper reco... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:48:24 EST BEING OLD AND RETIRED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1391215523.jpg"> <BR> (My first selfie of 2015!) <BR> <BR> Before anyone thinks I am being negative I have written many blogs about how glad I am to be old and I am plus add retired to the mix and it is great! One of the many good things about it is if I have something planned and it doesn’t work out I can always do it tomorrow plus I don’t worry about tomorrow. <BR> <BR> For an example I had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday and I depend ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:02:08 EST AUDRA MCDONALD AND SETH RUDETSKY IN PERSON--A REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851840 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691178051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Audra McDonald walks on stage in a tight brown and gold gown showing off a figure to die for and when she opens her mouth to sing, even if you never heard her before, you hear glorious tones.Seth Rudetsky, the host and pianist, mentions a few times her record winning 6 Tony awards in the 4 major acting categories, and 3 Emmy nominations, validating her abilities as an actor. What you may not know, and I discovered,... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:02:34 EST "DISNEY'S THE LION KING" TOURING COMPANY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120931294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (Jelani Remy as Simba, and the ensemble, from the National touring company <BR> in “He Lives In You”. Photo by Joan Marcus. Permission to post here from PR & PA) <BR> <BR> From the time the curtain goes up until the the final cast bow you are in the world of Julie Taymor who directed, wrote additional lyrics and music (with Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer), did the costume ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:36:36 EST "SELMA"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851081 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l766034880.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the film “Selma” David Oylowo jumps ahead of the pack of actors definitely in the race for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Though this is not a biography of Martin Luther King, the role he plays, it does show the man with all his strengths and many of his weaknesses. King did not plan or organize the marches the film centers on but took the lead when they happened. <BR> <BR> The film centers around 3... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:23:15 EST THE LION ROARS TONIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850277 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZTlUhDxdr<BR>s&list=UUAQ3njsOErTpGEZoGbWoaBQ <BR> <BR> Big day/night today--Friday--with a full schedule. Will be going to see “Selma” in the afternoon then a late light lunch bite before we are off to see “The Lion King” at the Broward Performing Arts Center. <BR> <BR> This show based on the animated film has been playing on Broadway since 1997 and after more than 6,000 plus performances is still playing to full houses and has been touring all over the worl... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:39:12 EST MY BEST OF 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l566707145.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (MY FIRST SELFIE OF 2015!) <BR> <BR> I find it very hard to pick THE best in any topic except maybe theatre and “A Chorus Line” tops that but how do you compare it to “A Streetcar Named Desire” or “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?” In any case here are lists of my favorites of 2014 not in any particular order within each category. <BR> <BR> Television Shows Scandal, Nashville, Bates Motel, The Affair, Homeland, S... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:53:06 EST AUDRA & SETH--I AM SO EXCITED! :o) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848577 I have seen Audra McDonald on television on such shows as “Private Practice”, “Law & Order”, the television versions of “Annie”, “Sound of Music Live”, “Wit”, and at Lincoln Center and various concerts on PBS. Each time I saw her I would wish that I could some day see her in person. And that will be happening tomorrow evening at The Parker Playhouse here in Fort Lauderdale. <BR> <BR> For those who may not know Audra McDonald made Tony Award history last year when she won her 6th Tony award a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:27:15 EST DON'T TALK ABOUT IT--JUST DO IT! PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845571 I am just throwing out these ideas to help you get rid of weight. Did you see that difference? <BR> <BR> 1) When you lose something you look for it--don’t lose weight--get rid of it! Say I got rid of 2 pounds not I lost 2 pounds. Silly? It’s all in the head but unfortunately the fat is on the body. <BR> <BR> 2) Keep a food chart. Write down EVERYTHING you eat not ‘some nuts’ but exactly how many. <BR> <BR> 3) Regarding above get a good book to help you keep count such as “Food Counts” sold... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:55:52 EST DON'T TALK ABOUT IT--JUST DO IT! PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844683 <BR> <BR> First a little background--I have been dieting all my life--I lost 100+ pounds in 1967--kept it off until 2009 when slowly, but surely, regained 30 pounds which I have been fighting since. I was involved with Weight Watchers for 8 years and then owned Our Weigh for 5 years. There isn’t a diet you can name that I haven’t been on and, yes, lost weight, including the ice cream diet. Losing weight is the easy part, keeping the weight off is the real hard part. <BR> <BR> Folks I know ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:58:16 EST "BIG EYES"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844219 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1132533551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just as a good actor can raise a picture to be better a good actor without being reigned back can make a so-so picture worse and that is what happens in “Big Eyes”, the story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) who painted the best selling painters of waifs with huge eyes while her husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), claimed to be the painter. Waltz has shown that he is an excellent actor and while Walter was char... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:28:21 EST "DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"--TOURING COMPANY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843689 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l348467156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In 1756 Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont wrote and published a fairy tale titled “Beauty and the Beast”. After that the tale was retold in print, on the radio, in movies and television each making slight changes. In 1991 the Disney studio made an animated film version and in 1994 the Disney film was adapted for the Broadway stage by Linda Woolverton and Alan Menken, who had worked on the film with 7 ne... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:28:20 EST 2014--IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842754 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2081589762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anyone, in their 79th year, who wakes up on the first day of a new year, gets out of bed and goes on with their day has to put the previous year in the positive box and so 2014 goes there for me. <BR> <BR> Health wise I had a few setbacks such as having more stents put in my leg, being diagnosed with diabetes2, going to the hospital for bleeding in my stomach, cracking the big toe on my left foot that still hasn’... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:38:46 EST NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS AGAIN?!?!?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841942 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1633163031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Is it that time already? Again? Well we are thinking about it now. Go on a diet. Walk a couple of miles a day. Exercise. No more sweets. Cut back on bread. Cut up the charge cards. Write more often. Call. Do this and that. Don’t do this and that. <BR> <BR> Yes that tradition known as New Year’s resolutions. Almost the same as that tradition of breaking New Year’s resolutions. <BR> <BR> When I w... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:56:13 EST FORK & BALLS A RESTAURANT REVIEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839838 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940079497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For a restaurant that has been opened 6 months it has a smooth operation, excellent service and a manager who listens. That's the good part and the bad part is that what we had wasn't THAT good. <BR> <BR> I did want to try the 4 different kind of meatballs they had on the menu but the closest they could come would be ordering sliders with 3 different balls and that's not a main course to me. I made a mistake by w... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:29:29 EST "THE IMITATION GAME"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838945 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1136764207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “The Imitation Game” is that rarity, an almost perfect film. The technical and scientific aspect will be satisfying to nerds and not so detailed to go over the heads of the rest of the audience. The acting is natural, believable and gets you involved with the lives of all the individual. Though it covers many serious subjects there are quite a few laugh out loud lines and scenes spring from the natural aspects of ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:52:58 EST THE DAY AFTER CHIRSTMAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838773 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l715331394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s all over! Well until next year! For some people it isn’t over until Monday January 5 when they take the tree down but for all practical purposes Christmas is done. It would be nice if the feelings lasted and were shared all year but that isn’t the way it works. The attitude of the salesperson who will handle the gift you brought back to exchange will be completely different then when she sold it! <BR> <BR> Fo... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:24:43 EST "INTO THE WOODS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973805366.jpg"> <BR> On December 25, 2002, I went to see the movie musical “Chicago” and during the two weeks after that I went back to see it 4 times. On December 25, 2006, I went to see the movie musical “Dreamgirls”, fell in love with Jennifer Hudson and the movie, went back to see it 6 times and bought the DVD. In 2009, on December 25, I went to see the movie musical “Nine” and have never seen it again. In 2012, December 25, I went to th... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:24:31 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838353 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768581521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s all been said, the gifts are unwrapped with the wrapping paper and ribbons all over. Christmas dinner/supper has been served and the dishes, pots and pans are ready to be washed and dry. <BR> <BR> You went to a theatre to see a movie or you are watching one at home, the latter probably a Christmas movie. You are full, content and have a smile on your face. <BR> <BR> For those who believe in Santa like I do,... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:21:33 EST CHRISTMAS IN FLORIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837880 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1500875293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> December 25, 1982, was the worse Christmas I ever had and it has basically affected every Christmas I have had since then with just seeing houses, apartments, malls, streets, parks and Santa in his multitude of settings that got the feeling of the holiday back to me. My beloved Flo died that day and I still feel the pain I felt that day. Flo was my aunt by definition but more of a mother than my own. She sho... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:53:24 EST CHRISTMAS IN COVINGTON, TENNESSEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837469 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302042407.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (ONE OF MY 2 CHRISTMAS TREES) <BR> <BR> The only family events I remember as a child was the Sundays we spent going to my mother’s parents who lived on the lower east side of Manhattan. They were poor and worked hard to support and feed their 7 children. I don’t remember if it was a certain Sunday of the month but all sisters and brothers would bring their spouses and children to my grandparents who lived in a 6 ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:26:06 EST CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836831 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745183041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Herb and I did all the New York things <BR> that tourists do. We walked down 5th Avenue stopping to look at Tiffany’s windows and then went to see the Saks-5th Avenue, Lord and Taylor’s windows eventually walking down to Macy’s just looking in the windows. (57th Street to 34th Street? OMG! 23 blocks there and 23 blocks back. No way could I do that today!) <BR> <BR> Over the next few days we walked to Times Square ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:14:23 EST CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869876236.jpg"> <BR> I have lost my diaries from the mid 1970s so most of this is from memory and a few things may be wrong but one thing I am certain of is that it was the most perfect ten days of my life. <BR> <BR> It started off as a disaster because I knew that since the personal relationship with Bernie was over the business relationship was going to sink also and I didn’t know what I was going to do. I needed to get away and I wanted... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:36:50 EST "FOXCATCHER" A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835562 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416352848.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Foxcatcher” will probably go down in my book of 2014 as the most disappointing movie of the year. There has been so much positive talk of the film, particularly of Steve Carell’s playing of John du Pont that seems will change the direction of his career, that I found that to be the jaw dropping aspect of the whole movie. He is not playing funny but he is playing monotone, no smile, seriousness. M... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:05:56 EST TO ALL MY FRIENDS--JEWISH OR NOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341219156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hannukkah, Hanukkah, Chanukah or Chanukkah are all acceptable spellings of the holiday celebrated by Jewish people sometime between late November and mid December, all according to the Jewish calendar and when the 25th eve of the Jewish month Kislev comes about this year starting at sundown Tuesday, December 16th and ending sundown Wednesday December 24th . <BR> <BR> It is basically to celebrate the Jews re... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:58:43 EST FORT LAUDERDALE WINTER FEST BOAT PARADE 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833371 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789859600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the Grand Marshal rapper Flo Rida led the 43rd Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale on the New River. Known as ‘the greatest show on H2O it is the most watched boat parade. Starting at the downtown riverfront and going for 12 miles decorated boat after boat--this year the theme being TV shows--each boat tries to outdo each other for all the grand prizes. <BR> <BR> There was a disruption by demonstra... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:48:39 EST "EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS" A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832124 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1176968365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> IF you HAVE to see EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS see it in 3D or don’t bother seeing it. The only reason for seeing this film is for the special effects. I sat there wishing Anne Baxter or Yul Brynner would come on screen and start chewing the scenery! I never thought I would think of Charleton Heston as a great actor but I did watching this. If you don’t know what I am talking about please see THE TEN COMMANDMENT... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:55:15 EST "THE BOOK OF MORMON"--TOURING COMPANY REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829611 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1215931691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> November 26, 2013, I went see “The Book of Mormon” touring company in the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale and wondered how this show could command and get $500 for a premium seat. Last night I went to the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami and a year later, with a new cast, I saw why the show has now been running on Broadway for 3 1/2 years to sell out crowds. <BR> <BR> The story is ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:43:03 EST "THE HOMESMAN"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828288 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549234762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s 1951 with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in a film called THE AFRICAN QUEEN directed by John Houston taking place in 1914 only now it stars Hillary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, co-written by Tommy Lee Jones and co-produced by Tommy Lee Jones. It takes place in the 1850s in Middle America where the East is considered Iowa and the film is called THE HOMESMAN and though similar t... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:10:27 EST "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824395 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1523827612.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Walking into The Theory of Everything I knew very little about Stephen Hawking. I knew he was some sort of genius and that he was severely handicap who was incapable of normal speaking. I had seen him in a walk on in The Big Bang Theory. Two hours and three minutes later I knew a lot more about Hawking and will share only a little with you so that if you know as little as I did you can make the discov... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:43:24 EST "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" NEW TOURING COMPANY--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823329 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l457116239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In 1991 the Broward Performing Arts Center opened in Fort Lauderdale with the first touring company of Phantom of the Opera and last night, 23 years later, 28 years after it opened in London, 26 years after it opened on Broadway, and still running in both cities, the touring company has returned to the Arts Center in a somewhat reimagined production. <BR> <BR> The main changes are in th... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:49:09 EST "EVIL DEAD--THE MUSICAL"--TOURING COMPANY REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822255 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1190642604.jpg"> <BR> "EVIL DEAD-THE MUSICAL" TOURING COMPANY REVIEW <BR> Horror scenes? Check. Vulgar language? Check. Sexual things? Check. Sexual innuendos? Check. Blood? Check? Violence? Check. Irrational actions? Check. Welcome to the world of movie horror fans, male teenagers, young male adults and their dates. <BR> <BR> Evil Dead-The Musical is a take off, pure camp mixed with satire, of the Evil Dead movie franchise with a little R... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:08:45 EST "THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1" MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821116 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239947050.jpg"> <BR> Not having read “The Hunger Games” trilogy but having seen the first two movies I feel the last book was made into two parts just to make another billion dollars. You can skip “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” without missing anything. <BR> <BR> It seems the main story behind Part 1 is to make Katniss a ‘product’ to sell the idea of overthrowing President Snow to the remaining citizens of District 13 and making her... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:40:11 EST "BEYOND THE LIGHTS" A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275191639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On May 16, 2014, I saw and wrote a review of a movie called “Belle” and ended it with “THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE AND YOU MUST SEE GUGU MBATHA-RAW!” <BR> <BR> And it is still on my list of 5 of the best movies of the about 50 I have seen this year! <BR> <BR> Today, 6 months later, I saw “Beyond The Lights” and the bottom line is THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE AND YOU MUST SEE GUGU MBATHA-RAW! (Also Nate Parke... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:50:27 EST "OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES" THEATRE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814934 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1282676520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “His girlfriend looks at his tattooed penis and tells him ‘Don’t put words into my mouth.’ <BR> “Italian and Jewish mothers are the same only Italian mothers know how to cook.” <BR> “A Hasidic Jews walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. ‘Where did you get him?’ asks a man. ‘Brooklyn, ‘ says the parrot. ‘They’ve got thousands of them.’ <BR> <BR> Welcome to “Old Jews Tell Jokes” at the Stage Door Theatre i... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:17:39 EST "INTERSTELLAR"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813195 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2014343813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don’t know at what point I stopped caring about the main characters in “Interstellar” but it must have been upon losing all interest as to whether they ’make it’ or don’t. Or it may have been at the one point a crew member is lost and the reaction was, “So what?” <BR> <BR> The film is long, at 169 minutes, with a lot of forgettable science verbiage that is forgotten by most of the audience before the cred... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:32:32 EST "DIAVOLO: ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION DANCE COMPANY REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812523 <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBin9R-Y<BR>M4s&list=UUAQ3njsOErTpGEZoGbWoaBQ <BR> <BR> <BR> The complete trademark title of the dance company is Diavolo: Architecture in Motion they certainly are in motion, many times in jaw dropping motion. The dancers are also acrobats and athletes of the highest order. Sometimes watching their feats (and feet) on stage you momentarily wonder how many injuries they suffer during rehearsals and performances. <BR> <BR> The 10 dancers in alphabetical... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:52:28 EST "WHIPLASH"--A MOVIE REVIEW--A WINNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810640 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1399505826.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Whiplash” is a winner in every aspect. You know when you want to go up to the screen and punch the bully or wrap the bloody fingers of the one being bullied that some strong acting is going on in the film. <BR> <BR> The film starts with a drum solo and ends with one while in between you will be mesmerized by J. K. Simmons as musical conductor/teacher Terence Fletcher and a student of his, played by M... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:59:45 EST PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365144228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back for doing a job well done? I am not talking about a job where you are an employee though you certainly deserve a pat on the back for that. I am talking about every day things that many others may take for granted, that even you make take for granted. <BR> <BR> Running a house is not easy and just think of the thousands, maybe even millions of things you d... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:27:56 EST "BIRDMAN"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808342 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774778816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Without fail 1-2 times a year I get suckered in by a PR campaign and this year it is “Birdman The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance” being the full title but being known as “Birdman”. The film is being herald as a movie making technical feat, acting at its best, plus definite Oscar nominations for Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in some of the lesser media oversell. I bought in to it! <BR> <BR> Keaton is a on... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:31:02 EST "CINDERELLA"--A TOURING COMPANY REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807531 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1990986246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Cinderella”, at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, continues the magic that only musical theatre can bring to the stage. There is the magic of women, three times, changing from rags into beautiful ball gowns right before your eyes just by twirling around. There is the magic seeing a pumpkin turned into a carriage with mice turned into horses to a fox and raccoon turned into human acrobatic dancers. <... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:54:32 EST I BELIEVE IN MAGIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807124 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134251264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I do not want to know what’s behind the magic on the stage of the theatre. I do not want to meet the actors off stage out of their roles. I want to believe it is all real, it is all happening. <BR> <BR> In the new slide show below the second photo shows Cinderella (Paige Faure) in rags and in the sixth slide we see her and the Fairy Godmother (Kecia Lewis) who just a minute before was Marie, a beggar, also dresse... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:29:06 EST GROWING A SALAD IN THE KITCHEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805802 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912828554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don’t remember the first time I ever grew a sweet potato vine but I seem to recall it as an experiment in the early years of public school. I have done it many times since as they grow beautiful vines and all you have to do is stick three toothpicks on the top part and put it in a glass of water. <BR> <BR> About 10 years ago I took an avocado pit, basically did the same thing and just awhile later I plant... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:25:10 EST