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Nov 29th, 2016 - 09:30 pm - Good Will
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Good evening Lj readers,

how are things? Here they have been organized.

Here are today's naps :

* From the desk of Geoff

Things have been well here. We have been fortunate the past few days to have nice temperate weather - earlier on today I even biked! Quite a feat for late November.
Due to the variances in my work schedule, I had off two days after Thanksgiving this year (although indeed, like Easter Thanksgiving is a flexible-date celebration). I visited my parents in the Dayton area. We had a lovely dinner and set up the Christmas tree! Nicely, a neighbor boy a few houses down was looking to do some volunteer work for school, and helped bring up some boxes of decorations from the basement as part of it earlier (thus saving us some trips).

* Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (part 1 of 3)

Recently, courtesy my friend Scott's Netflix account, I watched this movie (one of two 'blind' choices I made - that is, seeing movies without doing much 'research' beforehand. The other movie was a well-meaning but not-quite-as-interesting one called Take Me to the River).
Having seen 22 other films so far in 2016, this was one of the best ones I have seen this year. When one sees meaningful pieces of art (or, for example hears meaningful songs - such as One Republic's Kids, which was on the radio for 2.5) it restores one's faith there are still stories worth telling, and character arcs which can move you.

* Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (part 2 of 3)



Pastor's son Henry, as played by actor Cole Doman.

* Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (part 3 of 3)

A summary of the plot will sound Lifetime movie-ish : young Henry, the son in a religious family, is turning 17 and slowly figuring out he might be gay. Director Stephen Cone casts the narrative wider, and we meet various friends, family and church folk coming by for his summertime pool party. This event serves as a platform for the various 'short stories' occurring around him, simultaneously.
Many scenes are amazing : the light shining in through the curtains, the mother's quiet conversation with her daughter in their car, the absolutely realistic interactions and casual glances the young people have with other. It is so rare to see a 'religious' movie which is about actual day-to-day spiritual people rather than broad sentiments which offer no hope of solution or even change. The last scene, which will provoke a wide range of emotions, will stay with you.
Movies like this tend to be lost in the shuffle (despite this winning rave reviews from people, and 2 awards @ the Sidewalk Moving Picture festival), so I will champion this as a good one :)

* Misc. other

Some other small things, for which I am thankful : an updated Tracfone. the variety of interesting Rebecca Atwood hand soaps @ Target. being able to try birch water. website eRewards expanding their rewards offered (free movie tickets, woo!). seeing my friend Tim on Facebook.

Okay. Have a good night!

Take care,
* Geoff
Nov 24th, 2016 - 12:00 pm - My tweets
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Nov 11th, 2016 - 12:00 pm - My tweets
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  • Thu, 22:25: "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." - #LeonardCohen
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  • Fri, 20:38: door flyer reminding me I can vote early. Handwritten "Geoff, you can vote early here". Signed, Hillary. I'm assuming it's Haley & I misread
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