Friday, January 30, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
They fell asleep in each other’s arms, waking up just before dawn to make love again, this time slowly but not less thoroughly; their mouths and bodies locked in heated delight.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
I just had to write a few words on this. What happened in France recently was a terrible tragedy and as I continue reading the news posts on the Net and following it on T.V; I keep thinking how it could've been avoided.
Journalists are known to take risks, they do anything to get a story, they protect their sources and live up to the ‘Free Speech Act’ and the ‘Freedom of the Press thing’; that’s no news. But surely there has to be a time when they do not cross the line and put their lives at risk. I am not defending what those terrorists did. In every religion, you will find the fanatics and extremists who think they are fighting for a right cause and then proceed to take things too far by “killing in the name of God.” The cartoon depicting the Prophet was a slap on the face of Islam; and they had no right to use ‘Freedom of Speech’ to insult the Muslim faith.
But Islam deploys violence and is definitely notaffiliated with terrorism. The magazine insulted the Muslim faith via that published cartoon but the loss of life WAS NOT JUSTIFIED. Will the Prophet (Peace be unto him) be happy at such a blatant disregard of human life? No! Would God approve of this terrible attack? NO!!!
This is not the first time the Prophet was depicted in a drawing and the cartoonist behind it had to go in hiding after the death threats behind. One would think from then on, ‘publications’ like that would be avoided completely. Freedom of Speech is one thing but maintaining peace is another. What exactly where they trying to prove by publishing it in the first place, if their intention was not provocation? And how does killing the Charlie Hebdo staff make things right, except further blacken the name of Islam, Muslims accused of being terrorists and the families of the slain staff suffering under a great loss.
I am very sad and heartsick about the whole matter. When will it all end; news about terrorist’s attacks, shootings, bombings where lives are taken and people left to grieve and speculate by asking that one question… why?
God help us all.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Compared to my current phone which has the usual smart phone features, my first mobile phone looks like a mere toy on sight. It was a Siemens A35 and I remember the day I got it clearly. My preference at the time was actually the Nokia 3310 but the Siemens was what was within the price range. I loved that phone, mostly because it was my very own and in those days, you get excited at the idea of having a phone you can carry around in your pocket or purse, choose your ringtone and phone settings, you can store your numbers in it without the hassle of looking them up from a little book and best of all… the novelty of “texting” if you don’t have enough money to make a call. Back then, a phone was simply a handy gadget one used to make calls and send texts and with some of the old models play games in; for example the Nokia 3310 had the classic ‘snake’ game.
My A35 didn’t have games, which pissed me off a bit but I was too excited at finally owning a cell that it didn’t bother me… at least until I came across the Siemens C-35 some time later; which not only had games in it but also a model you could compose ringtones, with it I was able to compose Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” and Missy Elliot’s “Git Ya Freak On”. What made the next model different in those days was the size, the games in it and being able to compose your own ringtone using what you can get from “ringtone” websites. Camera phones were yet to happen, at least in the mind of the unsuspecting public. Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson however… they had other ideas of course.
Several phones later, I now use a second hand Samsung Duos; camera, music player, e-book reader, Bluetooth, radio, video player- you name it. Smart phones have out sat the features phones and as more models are brought into the market, the more the older ones are cast aside.
My little Siemens A35 is still with me, and will stay with me for a long time- God Willing. Every time I see it, I look back at the day I first held it in my hand and feeling so proud I was finally a cell phone owner. And it reminds me of simpler times; when the only thing we had to worry about is having enough phone credit to make calls and keeping the battery full.
Before he even got Melanie’s forwarded email, Bo had felt a sense of dread and anxiety about Carly but assumed it was because he’d left town without seeing her. The last attempt had brought forth bottled bitterness and pain and he’d found himself unable to ever face her again. He never imagined the next time he would, she would be lying in a hospital bed.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Best Drama: Boyhood
Summary- A coming of age tale of a little boy, from childhood to the beginning of his college year.
Best Comedy: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Summary: After he’s framed for murder, a concierge teams up with one of his employees to help prove his innocence.
Best Director: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Known for: Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004)
Best Actress in a Drama: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Known for: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992), Hannibal (2001)
Summary: A woman’s life and that of her family is changed forever after she’s diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Best Actor in a Drama: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Known for: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Les Miserables (2012)
Summary: a biopic about Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking.
Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Michael Keaton for Birdman
Known for: Beetle Juice (1988), Batman (1989), Batman Returns(1992)
Summary: A faded star prepares for a big comeback.
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy : Amy Adams for Big Eyes
Known for: Catch Me If You Can (2002), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Summary: Story of American artist Margaret Keane and the bitter legal battle between her and her husband who wrongfully took credit for her paintings.
Best Supporting Actress : Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Known for: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Fast Food Nation (2006)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
Known for: Hidalgo (2004) The Spiderman trilogy, voiced Tenzin in The Legend of Korra (2012-14)
Summary: A young drummer falls under the tutelage of a strict mentor.
Best Foreign Language Film: Leviathan
Summary: A man battles a corrupt mayor who wants to take his land.
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Summary: An ice cave full of new dragons is discovered.
Best Original Song : Gloryfrom Selma by John Legend and Common
Summary: a look at Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal voting rights by a march through Selma to Montgomery, Alabama; 1965.
Best TV Comedy or Musical: Transparent
Summary: The lives of a Los Angeles family following the patriarch’s sexual identifying as a woman.
Best TV Drama: The Affair
Summary: The effects of an affair between a couple married to different people
Best Actress in a TV Drama: Ruth Wilson for The Affair
Known for: Jane Eyre (2006 mini-series), Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Best Actor in a TV Drama: Kevin Spacey for House of Cards
Known for: American Beauty (1999), Superman Returns(2006)
Summary: a ruthless politician does all he can to reach the top of the political ladder, with the help of his equally scheming wife.
Best Actress in a TV Comedy: Gina Rodriguez for Jane the Virgin
Known for: The Bold and The Beautiful, Filly Brown(2012)
Summary: The life of a young Latina woman after she is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine checkup.
Best Actor in a TV Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent
Known for: … And Justice For All (1979), Arrested Development
Best Miniseries or TV Movie: Fargo
Summary: Anthology series
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Honorable Woman
Known for: Secretary (2002), The Dark Knight (2008)
Summary: An Anglo- Israeli business woman is appointed a life peer.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Billy Bob Thornton for Fargo
Known for: Armageddon(1998), Monster’s Ball (2001)
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie: Joanne Froggatt for Downton Abbey
Known for: Coronation Street, Bad Girls.
Summary: Series about the Crawley family during pre-World War I.
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie: Matt Bomer for The Normal Heart
Known for: Guiding Light, White Collar
Summary: Ned Weeks, a gay activist, works to spread AIDS/HIV awareness during the 1980s.
Best Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo for Birdman
The Theory of Everything
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Ciara Brady felt her heart skip at the sight of their baby sister nestled in the incubator, falling in love with her immediately. ‘Oh…’ she whispered, unable to stop staring at her. ‘She’s so cute and pretty!’