It’s been a while since I’ve done a list.
Movie: “The Farewell”
Main character Billi’s Nai Nai (Grandmother on father’s side) is not told that she has terminal lung cancer. The relatives hold a party, a pretend party during which her grandson gets married, but it’s really a final party for Nai Nai.
The movie is based on a true story. Because of the belief that the fear of cancer kills and not the cancer itself, some Chinese families don’t tell their loved ones that they have the disease. It’s an excellent examination of the difference in Chinese and North American values.
Awkwafina won a Golden Globe for Best Actress-Musical or Comedy.
Memoir: “Birds, Art, Life” by Kyo Maclear
I have always loved Kyo Maclear’s children’s books, and I have mentioned a few in previous blog posts.
So I decided that I would read her memoir called “Birds, Art, Life”. I immediately fell in love with this book. Once in a while a book really speaks to you, and this is one of them. I felt that the author understood me in so many ways, which doesn’t happen to me often.
This memoir won the Trillium Book Award.
Music: “5 Rhythms: Endless Wave”
One thing I love about the Sark book “Succulent Wild Woman” that I blogged about here is the wide variety of music the author introduced to me. One of my particular favourites is “5 Rhythms: Endless Wave” by Gabrielle Roth. I wasn’t aware that it was part of the ecstatic dance movement when I first heard it. I just know that when I listened to it I had this strange compulsion to move my body.
I recommend this Anne Lamott article on brainpickings.org titled “The Definitive Manifesto for Handling Haters: Anne Lamott on Priorities and How We Keep Ourselves Small by People-Pleasing”
I shuddered when I read this quote: “…do you have any idea what it’s like to get 500-plus negative attacks, on my character, from truly bizarre strangers.”
I know that a lot of people love podcasts, but I have yet to catch the podcast bug. Once in a while though I tune into one that has been recommended to me. In this one, “Bewildered”, Martha Beck and Rowan Mangan talk about how to be wilder. This episode is about creativity and self-doubt.
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