Thursday, February 28, 2008

Judy Blume's Belated B'day - Thursday Thirteen

I got the bright idea to blog about one of my earliest writing sheroes - the fabulous Judy Blume - since I discovered it was the anniversary of her birth on Tuesday, February 12th. (Did I mention that procrastination was one of the things that I'm still working on?) My only consolation about having procrastinated for two weeks and two days is that today - the day I am finally blogging about Judy Blume - is perfect for this subject because I am going to do it in a Thursday Thirteen format.

So, the following is my Ode to Judy Blume - a fantastic writer, a courageous woman, and one of my earliest inspirations for wanting to be a writer:

Looking in the Mirror

Don't you hate when horoscopes and those blog quizzy things hit it directly on the head? We never mind the wonderful things they says about us - "you're beautiful and fantastic and people are falling at your feet." But when we get called on the carpet by a faceless blog quiz, well that's just wrong. :-)

If we are smart we'll use this opportunity for reflection to inspire us to take the action necessary to change our path. Not because a faceless, for-entertainment-purposes-only quiz told us so, but because we always knew that it was true. And because we are now ready to take control of our own futures.

Here is the quiz I ran across while visiting Tempest's blog:

Your Life Path Number is 3

Your purpose in life is to express your unique self.

You are a creative and artistic person with an interesting view on life.

Witty and outgoing, you enjoy sharing your crazy ideas with anyone who will listen.

A total social butterfly, you're the life of any party.

In love, you inspire and enchant your partner. You are often an object of fantasy and desire.

While you are very talented, you sometimes lack the ambition to put your talents in play.

And while your wit carries you a long way, you occasionally use it to mask your true feelings.

Your natural abilities can bring you all the success in the world ... if you let them

Friday, February 22, 2008

Recommended Viewing: Shoot 'Em Up

I am an admitted action movie junkie. The Transporter, The Italian Job, Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, and anything James Bond are among my favorites. I've added a new one to the list... Shoot 'Em Up. Without a doubt this is one of the most insane, yet wildly entertaining films I've seen in a while.

First of all, let's just agree that there is no connection with reality in this flick, in terms of the unbelievable stunts the movie's hero, Smith, performs. But, that is true of just about any action flick. So, realism aside, this flick was an awful lot of fun. It is definitely not for the kiddies, as there is an insane body count and a pretty raucous sex scene. And I guarantee you that there will be several utterances of "He did not just do that! That is completely insane!" But, you'll have a lot of fun along the way.

Clive Owen, increasingly sexy, is quickly moving up the food chain of my favorite male actors. I thought he was great in Children of Men, Closer, and Derailed. Paul Giamatti is a deliciously wicked vilain that you'll love to hate.

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thirteen Year Old Austistic Girl Finds Voice Through Computer

This story is simply amazing. A 13-year-old girl with severe autism that was unable to speak discovers her voice through a chance encounter with her father's laptop. She sat and typed HELP HURT TEETH. Her parents couldn't believe it. She couldn't speak so they had no idea that she could spell. It turns out that this young lady is quite intelligent, eloquent, and locquacious.

She's been a non-stop chatterbox - via computer - ever since. She wants to know when she'll be able to go on a date. LOL. In fact, you can ask her questions about living with autism, etc. online and she will respond. See and hear the story here.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Moti-VOTE-tion: Yes We Can

This is a very cool video that was made by of the Black Eyed Peas. I found it posted over on Chi-Chi's blog. It is a collaboration of some of my favorite actors and singers and a powerful reminder to each of us that we can make a difference.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Navigating the Autism Spectrum

Having a child of my own on the spectrum, I am fascinated by the Kirton Family of Utah. They have six children ranging in ages from 3 to 14. The children have various forms of autism. They are currently being studied to help researchers learn more about genes and autism.

The Kirton Family's website, Autism Bites, has some great t-shirts with clever sayings like:

AUTISTIC today, genius tomorrow.

I'm AUTISTIC and I think you're weird, too.

Plus they offer a unique look at their family and lots of support and resources. They were featured on ABC News. Watch the clip below:

A Remarkable Family with Six Children on the Austism Spectrum: