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/ "GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE ASALEM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900022 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1464483231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TRAILER <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jWp4i9S<BR>qqU <BR> <BR> In the Orthodox Jewish religion a woman can’t get a divorce without the husband’s permission and is given a gett in her hand from him that basically says “You are hereby permitted to all men.” This in effect says she is no longer a married woman and returns to the wife all the legal rights that a husband is responsible for in their ma... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:17:39 EST SHOULD KIDS WORK OR JUST ENJOY THEIR SHORT TIME AS A KID? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899395 <BR> <BR> There was recently a discussion on facebook about teenagers working part-time before or after school as a way for kids to learn how to deal with the ‘real world’, how to handle money and responsibilities but mainly to stay out of trouble. I don’t know if a job would do all those things plus I believe kids have more homework than their parents or grandparents had plus though I worked I still had time to get in trouble! <BR> <BR> My first job was at 12 or 13 when I worked at ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:21:44 EST DELETING MY PAST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898093 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l58136417.jpg"> <BR> After 14-15 years of blogging, on over 12 sites, I every once in awhile think of deleting blogs and I have, occasionally, done just that. I have also ’lost’ blogs from sites that have gone under. <BR> <BR> Currently I have close to 20, 000 DIFFERENT blogs on about 6 sites and once again I was thinking of deleting them but then I asked myself, “Why?” I’ve never written anything I’ve been ashamed of--I have bas... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:01:37 EST KINKY BOOTS AND CABARET! OH MY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897493 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890120506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> With only 3 more shows this season: Pippin, Anything Goes and Sister Act, I am already anticipating the 2015-2016 season! <BR> With my 20th Leap Year birthday in 2016 it will be just another way to celebrate. Here is the current line up for the 2015-2016 Broadway touring season at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR> Date ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:44:27 EST SEEDS ARE SPRINGING UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896960 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1026922292.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (THE BLACKBIRD IS WAITING!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It seems I am not able to go into the Dollar Tree without being ‘called’ by the seed packets! Each week I am walking out with new ones. <BR> <BR> Last week I walked out with packets of tomatoes, peppers, carrots and beets and got around to planting them yesterday. The latest video shows the new sunflower kit I planted last week and some of the see... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:39:11 EST "THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT"--FILM REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124516783.jpg"> <BR> The best words to describe “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”, the second in the movie series, is ‘too much of everything’. There are too many special effects, too loud and annoying a soundtrack, too many actors playing one not roles, though doing the most they can with them, too much gratuitous violence uncalled for, too much that doesn’t make sense unless you have seen the first film, not to forget 2-3 scenes... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:19:43 EST DEPRESSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895228 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1714457619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I started to leave a comment as a response to a friend who was writing about depression and the following paragraph was what I said before I realized that I was writing a post, having more to say, so here I am continuing what I wanted to say. <BR> <BR> I have worked very hard most of my life to remain positive whether I have been arrested for being gay or being discharged dishonorably after serving my count... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:06:50 EST CAFE VICO--LEAP YEAR IS COMING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893901 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695770307.jpg"> <BR> I have seen and gone by the Café Vico for years but it wasn’t until my 19th Leap Year birthday when I spent a week eating in restaurants I have always wanted to go to. I fell in love with the food and think I have had every dish on their menu plus most of their specials. <BR> <BR> During the summer they do a 2-4-1 luncheon special and we go every Thursday!! I have never had less than a good meal there and most are more ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:13:49 EST MOTHER NATURE DOES WHAT MOTHER NATURE WANTS TO DO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893299 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1226855210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have the craziest Christmas/Easter/ Leap Year cactus!! I don’t remember when I first bought the Christmas cactus plant but probably 7-8 years ago. It was already in bloom when I bought it that Christmas but stopped blooming after the buds dropped. It didn’t bloom the following Christmas and then all of a sudden there were blooms around Easter. Once again it didn’t bloom at Christmas time but all of a sudden 201... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:09:24 EST "WICKED"--A TOURING COMPANY REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892804 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1537754012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes in the theatre everything comes together and magic happens as it did with the opening of the touring company of “Wicked” at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami. From the green neon lighting to the green costumes on the set of the Emerald city to a sound system that allowed you to hear every word spoken and said and, even more important, an ensemble that are all in synch. Conducted by P. Ja... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:22:11 EST "CINDERELLA"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l834639677.jpg"> <BR> What do you say about a 79 year old man who has seen “Cinderella” as a ballet, as an animated film, on stage as a musical, heard the story as a kid, seen a couple versions as a film and in 2015 sits in a theatre looking at the latest film version and roots for Cinderella to find her prince and live happily after? And why does his heart beat a little bit faster when Cinderella dances with the prince for the first time at ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:41:43 EST OFF TO SEE THE WITCHES OF "WICKED" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891633 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183527899.jpg"> <BR> wicked title <BR> <BR> This evening I am going to the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center to see the touring company of Broadway’s “Wicked” which is still selling out in New York and each time the tour has come to South Florida. <BR> <BR> “Wicked” takes you behind the scenes and shows you had the good and bad witches became who they were before “The Wizard of Oz” and the particular friendship of Glinda, the good witc... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:48:12 EST NEGATIVE PEOPLE AND 'DRAMAS' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891236 Why do people NEED so much ‘drama’ in their lives and why do they have to share it with everyone? Why when things are pleasant do they have to 'stir the pot'? <BR> <BR> Since I moved into Gateway, which is devoted to old, poor people and since I have been on the Internet the agony, the negativity seems to flow from a certain type of person who can only, wants only, to share their negativity. Luckily there are a lot less of them than those who are positive about what life brings them no matte... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:40:55 EST "MR. KAPLAN"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890662 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480400030.jpg"> <BR> This afternoon, I went to see Uruguay’s contender for the best foreign film Oscar, called “Mr. Kaplan“. Jacob Kaplan is a 76 year old man who feels he hasn’t made his mark in the world. He has been married for 50 years and has two adult sons but he doesn’t feel that is enough. His parents got him out of Poland before they were wiped out and he remembers his father telling him to accomplish something remarkable. Jacob ha... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:08:16 EST EMPTYING A CROWDED MIND http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889818 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1339266853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Did you know that people who take a multitude of selfies are psychotic and narcissist? (hey, don’t look at me!) <BR> <BR> 2) Not many comments on my music posts but I enjoy doing them and listening to the ‘old’ times and songs. <BR> <BR> 3) Do you return to other people’s posts to see if they responded to you? <BR> <BR> 4) Regarding the movie “2 Days, 1 Night” would YOU give up a $1,000 bonus to save s... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:23:29 EST IF YOU LOVED ME YOU WOULD.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888655 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427225808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is not a secret that I am not good at love relationships. I had 4 exes before I woke up and realized that I was better off living alone and concentrate on just having friends. I made that decision in 1984 and have never regretted it. Oh sure it would be great at my age having someone around to ‘take care of me’ but it isn’t worth the price to me. Also the longer I live alone the more I don’t want to share my spa... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:48:38 EST "THE 2ND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL"--MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888292 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422840912.jpg"> <BR> Visiting “The 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is like spending time with old, emphasis on old, friends who can be annoying and irritating but are fun to be around. <BR> The star power shines brightly and it is sheer fun just to see the banter between the two Dames Dench and Smith, who can be cutting to each other but with an underlying tenderness. It is fun to watch Bill Nighy fumble, stammer and stutter in his pursuit o... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:05:41 EST WHERE THE BOYS ARE--STILL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953359543.jpg"> <BR> (YEAH THAT WAS ME BACK IN THE 1960S!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Many people heard of and saw Fort Lauderdale and Spring Break for the first time when they saw a film “Where The Boys Are” in 1960 and the title song sung by Connie Frances who at the time was one of the biggest American recording stars. In 2010 she came to Fort Lauderdale to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie appearing with 6 ‘hunks’ (who she didn’t know we... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:49:11 EST SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER--HANG IN THERE FOLKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1334985637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don’t care what the calendar says because as far as I am concerned it is SPRING!! This happens to me every year--I walk into the Dollar Tree in January and there are the displays of planters, bags of soil and hundreds and hundreds of seed packets selling 4 for a Dollar! I approach the rack telling myself I will only get 4 and I won‘t get vegetables because of the disaster the last year and the first thing I pick... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:19:40 EST SPRING IS COMING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141085998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In January I was reading about the snow falling on the northeast (and it still is!) but when I went to the Dollar Tree store they already had the shelves filled with planters, soil, garden gloves, packages of seeds 4 for a dollar from flowers, to herbs to veggies and fruits! Yep I started buying. <BR> <BR> For those of you who were here last year you might remember the disaster I had trying to grow ve... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:04:16 EST "6 DANCE LESSONS IN 6 WEEKS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886432 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1204559019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I went to see “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks” mainly to see Gena Rowlands and not expecting much of a movie. I figured it would be a second rate situation comedy with plenty of old people jokes and as it started it was just that. Rowlands, at 85, still has that luminous look she had 50 years ago, easily passing for 68, and delivers a first rate performance. Her co-star, 40 year old Cheyenne Jackson, proves ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:19:31 EST SWEET POTATO VINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1632181399.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576628041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's not Spring yet BUT... <BR> On January 1 I saw I had an extra sweet potato in the fridge and I decided it has been awhile that I have grown a sweet potato vine that I would. It is so easy makes a beautiful window sill plant. <BR> <BR> For those who haven’t done it before all you have to do is stick 3 toothpicks around ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:37:15 EST HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A SPELLING BEE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884177 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l336731348.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a one act musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin that opened on Broadway in 2005. It was nominated for 6 Tony Awards winning 2, 3 Drama Desk Awards and won 7 awards when it originally played off-Broadway. <BR> <BR> It is a simple story of 6 middle school kids vying to be the champion of the spelling bee, all with different ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:20:14 EST "FOCUS"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883887 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158092590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> “They don’t make them like they use” so it is said but “Focus” proves them wrong. It is a movie about the con artists trade and giving basic lessons in how to work the trade. The thing with con artists is that you don’t know if and/or when they are conning each other. <BR> <BR> Nicky (Will Smith) has 35 ‘employees’ who heist watches, wallets, money, credit cards, jewels, clothes, anything that you can take ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:35:56 EST NOT CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883076 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1923254794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a guy who doesn’t celebrate his birthday during non-Leap Years I am very busy NOT celebrating it! <BR> <BR> February 24 “Motown The Musical” Dinner at the Quarterdeck <BR> <BR> February 26 Lunch at Café Vico (to discuss my birthday dinner for Monday, February 29, 2016 when I will be 20!) <BR> <BR> February 27 Movie and dinner <BR> <BR> February 28 Dinner in the Abdo Room at the Broward Performing Art... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:08:28 EST LAS VEGAS CUBAN CUISINE RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882402 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l643405638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We mainly went for lunch here due to getting a groupon. I have eaten at this chain before but never go out of my way to come here though I really have no complaints but, by the same token, there is nothing outstanding to bring me back. <BR> <BR> We were greeted immediately when we entered, was seated right away and very quickly were brought the drinks we ordered and a basket of bread. <BR> <BR> Allen had th... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:25:08 EST GOING TO SEE "MOTOWN THE MUSICAL" TONIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881760 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1459887263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ScXWusn<BR>2AU (PREVIEW) <BR> <BR> In 1959 Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and started Hitsville U.S.A. which lead to what the whole world would know as the Motown sound. The hits and careers came on coming introducing all of us to Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight just part of a never ending list. <BR>... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:59:19 EST THE COLD SPELL IS OVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880438 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2034904580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now that the cold spell of the past week has passed and we are back in the higher 70s, lower 80s, I don’t care what any one says--I survived it! LOL <BR> <BR> We broke or equaled low temperature records in South Florida. I know a lot of you have no empathy and/or sympathy for us but what about the poor tourist who is from your town and is spending $600? Oh right, ‘At least it is warmer here than there.’ <B... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:51:50 EST MY OSCAR PICKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213828139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The show will be on ABC on Sunday, February 22, 2014 with a 2 hour pre- show then at 8:30 PM until who knows when Neil Patrick Harris will emcee the 87th Award show. <BR> <BR> I have seen all 8 of the Best Picture nominations and I find that easier a category to pick a winner than in categories where actors ‘compete’. I really think competition would be if each actor played the roles of the other 4 but this doesn... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:21:24 EST "McFARLAND, USA"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879569 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l682663108.jpg"> <BR> “McFarland, USA” is a film that should be busting records this weekend but will probably be lucky to even make it in the top 5 grossing films. Based on a true story, showing the real people at the end, the reel people do an excellent job holding your interest in what is a formula movie where you know it is heading, including who will ‘save the day’. <BR> <BR> Directed by Niki Caro and a story and screenplay by Christoph... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:14:01 EST 11 YEARS LATER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878721 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271621335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is hard to believe it has been 11 years. I know time ‘flies’ as you get older but it feels like February 2004 was just two years ago! <BR> <BR> I was getting ready to celebrate my 17th Leap Year birthday at the Mariott Hotel and Marina at an elegant, elaborate brunch buffet. Chuck was coming in from Memphis and on the schedule was to go see Bette Midler in person among other things. <BR> <BR> I had just ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:28:51 EST "MOMMY"--A FILM REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877606 CANADIAN OSCAR ENTRY FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1802859151.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing annoys me more than walking out of a movie annoyed at the director and screenwriter and here I am, three hours later, still annoyed at the director and screenwriter of “Mommy”, both being Xavier Dolan who also edited it. <BR> <BR> The basic story is interesting in that it deals with a mother whose son has been kicked out of a juvenile facility afte... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:09:57 EST SO MANY PERFECT DAYS IN MY LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876732 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362898852.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some days are just perfect and I have had quite a few. In fact there was just a report that South Florida usually reports higher temperatures than the rest of the USA 75 days a year including Winter. Today was such a day like right now at 6PM the temperature is 72 degrees with a 10-15 mile cool breeze off the ocean. (This was written a week ago before we got a ‘cold wave’ with a temperature of 48 degrees one morni... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:54:41 EST FOLLOW UP TO CAFE AT BOOKS & BOOKS POST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876154 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930237705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> In this day and age most of us will call, email or snail mail a complaint just to get it off our chests not really expecting a response or even satisfaction. After writing a review last week I thought that would be the end of it but to my surprise I received the following: <BR> <BR> Sharon C. of The Café at Books & Books <BR> Business Manager 2/5/2015 <BR> <BR> Hi Martin, <BR> <BR> We are so sorry you had... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:03:41 EST HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875630 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1289692455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a young lady of 75 who said she had never received a Valentine’s Day card. She was very happily married to a guy who, as she says, “……was not a candy and flowers type of guy,” He recently passed away and she is doing the best she can which appears to be pretty good. <BR> <BR> After reading her post I thought of the many people who, for whatever reason, don’t get a Valentine’s Day card and in my own... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:17:05 EST "THE KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875308 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1429609633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The best, and one of the very rare good, parts of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” are shown in the trailer with Colin Firth showing off his James Bond moves taking down 6 street thugs. <BR> <BR> The movie is not funny enough to be a comedy though it tries, certainly not enough satire to be a comic version of James Bond or Jason Bourne, with both being referred to as are old movies and so is “My F... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:57:53 EST THE CAFE AT BOOKS AND BOOKS OF MIAMI REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874479 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1844134797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> (If anyone thinks I am wrong at any point please feel free to tell me--nicely!) <BR> <BR> We go the Arsht Center about 14 times a year. I was raised on Miami Beach but very seldom went to Miami--let’s just say this was way before the 1960s. When we first started to come to the Center we tried a few restaurants on Biscayne Boulevard which we weren’t very pleased with and thought were a bit expensive so ate i... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:26:37 EST DO YOU HOWL AT A FULL MOON? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873809 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l867702587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A full moon February 3 2015 <BR> Most of my life is spent watching Mother Nature. She can be calm or destructive but even in her fury there is a beauty before the final results. She creates colors that no artist can truly duplicate because the colors are constantly changing. <BR> <BR> Her beauty and destruction can come together as when we have a full moon. The moon effects the tides and many times will floo... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:12:08 EST "DISNEY NEWSIES"--A TOURING PRODUCTION REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362725412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> At times is seems the ensemble dancers of “Disney Newsies” are defying gravity by flying through the air. The choreography by Christopher Gattelli is definitely the star of this show and the cast does him proud. <BR> <BR> Based loosely on a true events it is the story of newspaper boys, mostly orphans, who sold papers on the streets of New York who decide to go on strike when publisher Joseph Pulitzer raise... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:36:46 EST "JUPITER ASCENDING"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437416655.jpg"> <BR> Take a little of Cinderella, first seen cleaning toilets, add her prince or even better put in some DC Comics Superman who can’t fly--well he lost his wings--but does have floating boots that light up and help him skate all over the planetary system. Be sure to have a Lois Lane/Superman flying scene. Oh yes give this guy some pointed ears like Spock fro Star Trek and make sure he leads battle after battle after battle af... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 19:16:18 EST WHY CAN'T EVERYONE BE AS PERFECT AS ME? LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870015 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1039898419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why do people NEED so much ‘drama’ in their lives and why do they have to share it with everyone? <BR> <BR> Since I moved into Gateway which is devoted to old, poor people and since I have been on the Internet the agony, the negativity seems to flow from a certain type of person who can only, wants only, to share their negativity. Luckily there are a lot less of them than those who are positive about what l... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:25:41 EST "2 DAYS, 1 NIGHT"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868083 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1626417176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you know who Marion Cotillard is? Do you know she won an Oscar for Best Actress? Do you know what movie she won for?* In any case she deservedly won the Oscar and I have been waiting for her to make another picture worthy of her. <BR> <BR> In “2 Days, 1 Night” she plays Sandra a factory worker who recently fought her way back from a bout with depression only to find that her job no longer waited f... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:38:25 EST "BLACK OR WHITE"--A FILM REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866115 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940199177.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To cry in the first half hour of a film means you are looking ahead to a picture filled with emotion. “Black or White” starts with scene in the hospital where Eliot (Kevin Costner) just lost his wife Carole (Jennifer Ehle) in a car accident. They had been raising their biracial granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) after the death of their daughter during childbirth and the father Regie (Andre Holland), a drug ad... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:13:40 EST THE POINT FORT LAUDERDALE PART 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865176 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1373939747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don’t know how many dogs there are at Gateway where I live but I have about 50 different dog pictures! <BR> <BR> Every afternoon when the folks come to relax at THE POINT they will always bring a few dogs with them. You can always depend on Biscuit or Champagne and, if you are lucky, Kiki and/or her brother Meatball, just to name four of them. <BR> <BR> Though THE POINT is not officially a dog park, and ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:09:12 EST THE POINT FORT LAUDERDALE PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1236638890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I have mentioned THE POINT is sort of a meeting place but what I didn’t mention is that if you have ANYTHING wrong with you this is the place to come for information--forget google! <BR> <BR> Where I live at Gateway in Fort Lauderdale there are about 290 senior citizens. If you have any health problems this is the place to come and discuss it. You will hear all the good and bad about any procedure you ar... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:01:19 EST THE POINT FORT LAUDERDALE PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863729 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1364049316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Folks up in the NorthEast please don't hate us! <BR> <BR> First I have to apologize as I forgot to put my finger over the audio taking the video when I wasn’t speaking! Okay now on to The Point! <BR> <BR> The Point is at the east end of our residence property overlooking Karen Bay. It is the ‘backside’ of the pool and offers a place to sit, talk and relax. On the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve it is the p... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:47:38 EST 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