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My Trusty iPad

I was given a little iPad and I use it all the time

It’s protected in a case that’s the colour of ruby wineiPad

I use it to play Scrabble and that other Word game

And check my many messages time and time again

I also update and download the latest offer of apps

They range from daily reminders to altered global maps

I can’t be behind the times, oh shudder, or perish the thought

Otherwise my efforts might as well be all for nought

I read the hourly news or tune into the trio “Il Voloil_volo_eurofestival-750x387

And can watch one-day cricket, or even water polo

Shazam is a dream if I need the title of a song

And the elusive artist’s name appears in under a minute long

I can explore the movie offers and buy my tickets online

Or Google questions that are puzzling or check out where to dine

My photos can be synced to albums and my tours can be planned

From a quick ferry trip to Manly or fly overseas to Japancherryblossomjapan

I can even talk to friends here or to family overseas

Everything’s on offer, it’s easy and such a breeze

Is there anything my iPad can’t do, I wonder in a daze

It’s all there, it’s magical and I’m happy and amazed

If only it could iron, wash and cook or even clean

My life would be a fairy tale, it would certainly be a dream

In fact, if it did all that and also gave birth too

I would stop in a heartbeat and happily say “I do!”

(c) Wendy Robinson January 2016

It is not what technology does to us, it is what we do to technology. Get smart with technology, choose wisely and use it in a way that benefits both you and those around you.                 ~ headspace.com

Disclaimer: The above photos have been garnered from the internet. My thanks go to the various photographers.

I had fun with this poem! If you enjoyed it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

 

Review on the movie JOY

The adage, ‘what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger’ is an apt summation of Joy the movie! According to director David O. Russell, who co-wrote the script with Annie Mumolo, Joy is based on quite a number of women who have overcome continuous and almost insurmountable obstacles in their lives. Although he insists the story is not a biography of Joy Mangano, the real-life inventor of the Miracle Mop, she herself laughingly states, ‘I severely inspired it.’

Russell did however, in an interview, talk about a unique aspect of Joy Mangano’s character. ‘Every family has someone like that. You know, that person who is an old soul! No matter their age, there’s something unflappable and tolerant and patient about them. Joy has that! She could persist no matter how many times people try to take something away.’

The talented Jennifer Lawrence clones Russell’s idea of Joy in the movie, in that she is the stalwart of the family and manages to move from crisis to crisis with the utmost patience and perseverance. Adults around Joy turn to her when things fall apart, and despite her young age, they lean on her to solve the daily problems of life.

In shouldering the responsibilities, Joy loses the creative aspect of her character and is in danger of losing herself in the process. Her grandmother Mimi, played by Diane Ladd, has anDiane-Ladd-Joy-726x400 abiding belief in Joy and encourages her to explore her creative side and to unearth her latent talent.

Joy’s eventual determination to chase her dream and to launch her invention of a super-mop, gives the viewer an idea of the difficulties that would-be entrepreneurs face in the business world. An untried, almost naïve, typical, suburban, divorced, working mother of two, is understandably at a loss of where to start in creating a prototype and launching her invention. Advice from family and friends appear feasible, but Joy has to learn the hard way, that their advice has no basis in experience or lawful, business expertise.

Lawrence gives a convincing performance as the endlessly, patient Joy, while Robert De Niro plays her, loving but vocally-opinionated father. De Niro, who has changed tack from heavyweight characters, to take on more comedic roles, appears suited to the role of Rudy, the owner of an automobile garage. In an angst-filled scene with his ex-wife Terry, however, Rudy sarcastically states, ‘You know what you are? You’re a gas leak. We don’t see you, we don’t smell you, and you’re silently killing us all.’

joy-101Bradley-JL-RudysCC_rgb_0Isabella Rossellini, daughter of screen legend Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini, plays the part of Rudy’s wealthy but recently widowed, girlfriend Trudy. The dimpled and handsome Bradley Cooper takes on the role of the savvy, executive of a promotion channel, where Joy is hoping to launch her invention. Dascha Polanco acts as Joy’s childhood friend (Jackie) and a steadfast and supportive ally, while Edgar Ramirez portrays the ex-husband (Tony) who is still in love with her. Virginia Madsen’s role as Joy’s soap drama-addicted mother, Terry, expands when she meets Jamaican plumber Toussaint (Jimmy Jean-Louis), and appears taken with him.

Twin sisters Aundrea Gadsby and Gia Gadsby share the role of playing Joy’s five year old daughter Christie while another set of twins, Tomas Elizondo and Zeke Elizondo, take on the role of Joy’s son, three year old Tommy. Elizabeth Rohm’s part as Joy’s half-sister Peggy, adds to the family dynamics but also fuels the stress-load that Joy deals with. All in all, they are a joy-2015-movie-clips-and-imagesfamily that rely heavily on working-mother Joy, to keep the household running as smoothly as possible.

A line in the movie is particularly memorable when Joy advises young Christie, ‘Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing.’

Joy goes through numerous obstacles and setbacks, so much so that it can be wearying. There are many people in life who, akin to the biblical character of Job, and to Joy, keep facing difficulty after difficulty and end up wondering when the struggles will end.

Joy however, develops in strength when she emphatically stresses to Rudy and in particular her half-sister Peggy, ‘Never speak on my behalf, about my business, again.’

Critics have panned the ending as an anticlimactic one and given that Russell co-wrote the screenplay, he could have come up with a more-upbeat finish. Perhaps he wanted to avoid a Hollywood-type finale and instead elected for a more-realistic, down-to-earth completion of Joy’s journey.

Jennifer Lawrence, in her inimitable style, gives a convincing and unpretentious performance as Joy and has just received the Golden Globe for her role in the movie.

© Wendy Robinson January 2016

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. ~ Washington Irving

Disclaimer: All the above images are from the internet.

Hey, Hey – The Liebster Award!

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Big drum roll folks! Yes, yours truly has been nominated for the Liebster Award! It is my second award and my thanks go to Art by Robert Goldstein for his nomination. Rob is so very generous and encouraging and often tweets my posts to his numerous (and I mean ‘numerous’) followers.

liebster3What exactly is the Liebster Award you ask? Good question Watson! I had no idea, although, I must confess I was thrilled to be nominated for anything.

So, I put my trusty sleuth cap on and went on an investigative spree. First and foremost, I committed a faux pas by misspelling the award – Leibster instead of Liebster and then had to confess to my family and friends that I knew nothing else about this award.

Here is what I’ve learnt on my research via other blogs. This purely online award is given by peer or fellow bloggers to other new or near-new bloggers. In other words, it is encouraging writers, particularly the established bloggers who enjoy reading the works of other writers, to take the next step by showing their appreciation and recognition of the entertaining or informative, written work of fellow bloggers, by nominating them. Hope that made sense!

The word ‘Liebster’ is German in origin and generally means: nice, kind, beloved, my love, sweetheart, dear one, loved one, cute, sweet and/or words of endearment. My understanding is that a blogger is spreading the ‘love’ of your written work by promoting it to others.

We are under no obligation to accept the award but if we do, we ‘pay it forward’ by nomination five or more fellow writers for the award. That done, we then follow the Rules!

THE RULES:

  1. Ensure you thank the blogger who nominated you. (check)
  2. Explain the rules (check)
  3. Nominate (5 or up to 11) other bloggers, especially up-coming or new bloggers
  4. Answer the questions posed by your nominator
  5. Be creative and direct your own questions (5 or up to 11) to your nominees
  6. Display the award on your blog (oh yes!) by copying and pasting the award on your blog post
  7. Ensure you notify the bloggers you’ve nominated and hyper-link their blog titles on your post

Here are Robert’s five questions to me (and some are quite-serious ones), followed by my responses.

  1. Q. What was the most difficult moment of the past year?
  1. I had a health scare and had to go for some pretty painful checks/tests. Fortunately, after a few suspenseful weeks, I received the all-clear.
  1. Q. Re-blogging: how do you decide what to re-blog and when?
  1. I have not re-blogged any posts ‘yet.’ I imagine I will when I find a post I feel is imperative to spread to others.
  1. Q. How is adulthood different from what you imagined it as a child?
  1. I must confess I was an avid reader and also a day-dreamer as a child. I pictured life as a beautiful fairy-tale with touches of magical moments. Although life is anything but magical, I think I’ve taken the good and the not-so-good quite well in my stride. I’ve often wondered on hind-sight, how I managed to cope with the set-backs, disappointments and shocks and I think (generally-speaking and fortunately) a positive outlook often helps me to spring back to equilibrium. I adhere to the adage that what has happened, like the proverbial ‘spilt-milk’, can’t be undone but I can certainly move-on by focussing on making the best of the situation, improving myself or learning from it, or helping others to cope and supporting them.
  • Q. I saw this question asked on Facebook: Would you give up social networking to save a relationship?
  • I can honestly say that my life is too busy to spend hours on networking and days can go by without my looking or checking on my Facebook, Twitter or Linked-In sites. So hopefully, there is no relationship to be saved from a ‘social networking-addiction’ standpoint.

 

  1. Q. What is your greatest hope as we enter 2016?
  1. While I want the best for my family and also pray for the continued haven of safety that our country and democracy provides, my underlying wish is that the issue of human and sex-trafficking becomes, like polio (for want of a better example), a thing of the past. Children must be protected, loved and cared for by every person that comes into their lives. Women and young girls are the vessels for the future of mankind and must be treated with respect and be cherished as such. And men also need protection from trafficking abuse. I hope the politicians we vote for will endeavour to uphold the wellbeing of all men, women and children, irrespective of whether they are citizens or not and will do their best to influence other nations to care for the welfare of their own citizens instead of mistreating and abusing them. This sounds like ‘a pie-in-the-sky’ hope/wish but as Lao Tsu said, ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step,’ and we can, each of us, do our best to promote goodwill towards others.

 

My five nominees are:liebster

  1. A Life Worth Living For (https://www.facebook.com/alifeworthlivingfor/)
  2. Tribe 53 (Afrika Bohemian)
  3. Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth (https://rockandrollsupermom.wordpress.com/)
  4. Weaver Grace (http://weavergrace.com/)
  5.  Big Red Carpet Nursing (http://bigredcarpetnursing.com/)

My Questions to my five nominees:

  1. What is your strength – talking or writing?
  2. If you were granted a wish, what would it be?
  3. Who is your mentor and why?
  4. Which do you prefer, savoury or sweets?
  5. Name your favourite book (or author) and tell me why you like it.

I received the Liebster Award nomination just as the New Year began so it was a great start to 2016 for me. Thank you Rob for nominating me!

© Wendy Robinson January 2016

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer

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