Monday, June 18, 2018

Movie review: Set It Up with Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell

Who says the romantic comedy genre is dead? Ok, I probably have said that many times. There has not been a good one in a very long time. Which brings us to “Set It Up”...a Netflix Original romantic comedy written by Katie Silberman and directed by Claire Scanlon. This movie is basically a cross between two classics: “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Parent Trap.”

The movie follows two assistants (Zoey Deutch  and Glen Powell) who are overworked and underpaid. The assistants are wasting their lives away working for a-hole bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) who treat them like dirt and work them around the clock. The two assistants meet up and realize that their personal lives are suffering because their bosses are miserable and are taking out their misery on their assistants. How to solve this dilemma? Oh yeah, lets set the two a-holes up! Of course, romance ensues.

This movie is hilarious. In one scene, an obese delivery man begins stripping, then urinating, while on a stalled elevator car. There were many other LOL moments. The two bosses are way over the top which is kind of silly but "Set It Up" is the best romantic comedy in a long time.

Go see this immediately!

This movie will appeal to you if:

  1. you like romantic comedies
  2. you thought Glen Powell was hilarious in "Everybody Wants Some!"
  3. you thought Zoey Deutch was adorable in "Everybody Wants Some!"
  4. aren't easily offended by words

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. you do not like romantic comedies
  2. you want a movie based on something that might actually happen
  3. you are not ok with some possibly offensive jokes

Wisdom: If A Dog Were Your Teacher

If A Dog Were Your Teacher

Author Unknown

If a dog were your teacher
These are some of the lessons you might learn...

  1. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
  2. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
  3. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
  4. When it's in your best interest practice obedience
  5. Let others know when they've invaded your territory
  6. Take naps and stretch before rising
  7. Run romp and play daily
  8. Thrive on attention and let people touch you
  9. Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do
  10. On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass
  11. On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
  12. When you're happy dance around and wag your entire body
  13. No matter how often you're scolded don't buy into the guilt thing and pout run right back and make friends
  14. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
  15. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
  16. Stop when you have had enough
  17. Be loyal
  18. Never pretend to be something you're not
  19. If what you want lies buried dig until you find it
  20. When someone is having a bad day be silent ........sit close by and nuzzle them gently..

Monday, June 11, 2018

Wisdom: Steps To Happiness

Steps To Happiness  
Author Unknown  

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Inspirational stories: The Simple Penny

The Simple Penny
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the water-way, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment. Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him.

There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure.

How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Lesson from the Penny
Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She causally mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says."

She read the words "United States of America."

"No, not that; read further."

"One cent?"

"No, keep reading some more."

"In God we Trust?"



"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by?

When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change.
I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to smile. Yes, God, I get the message.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Inspirational stories: I wanted to change the world

I wanted to change the world

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.

Author: unknown monk around 1100 AD

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Inspirational stories: That Is Enough

That Is Enough 
Author Unknown  

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room with his tail wagging and an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside... He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough."

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