The mind’s willing but the body isn’t …

Like my mother, I’m a film lover and have been since childhood. I was in my glory when I moved to Toronto and realized that, for 10 days every September, it was home to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival).

I’ve cancelled or delayed many a vacation in my time, but those 10 days were sacrosanct. I looked forward to the festival all year and I Continue reading

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Day 267. As Promised

Where were you in October of 1991?  More specifically, on October 11, 1991?  Do you remember?  Really, it’s a day no female, regardless of age, religion or race anitashould ever forget.  Or, for that matter, any man.

On October 11, 1991 Anita Hill was called to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee.

But before I tell you why, for those who don’t know, some background.  On July 1, 1991, President George H.W. Bush (father) nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court of the United States.

He would be replacing Thurgood Marshall, who was retiring.  His (Thomas’s) was a contentious nomination Continue reading

Day 238. Busy Busy

Can’t believe it’s April already.  But it is.  And I am going to be so crazy busy, this month is going to whiz by.  I’m tired just thinking about it.  I’m looking forward to Exhaustedeverything, but I have got a lot on the go.

On top of the usual work I do for him, one of my clients is having an event for his clients, this month.  A breakfast, with a guest speaker.  Preparations have already been keeping me busy, but there’s still a lot to do.  Plus I’m shooting some videos for another client.  Well, I’m not the one doing the actual shooting, but I am producing and creative directing them.

It’s work I really enjoy.  I produced fashion videos for years, back in Montreal, when I worked in the fashion industry.

Socially April’s nuts as well.  David Sedaris, the American humorist, comedian and author is coming to town.  Really, he’s a satirist, which I love.  He’s going to be reading from a lot of his books.  I’m going with a friend, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Another friend and I have split a 20-film pass to this year’s Hot Doc’s festival,  It runs from April 26 – May 5.   Continue reading

Day 196. Finally Returned

Saw another great movie this weekend.  It’s a documentary about an oil painting, done in 1912, by the Austrian artist, Egon Schiele.  It is a portrait of his mistress, wallyValerie “Wally” Neuzil.

The painting was owned by Lea Bondi Jaray.  Although she owned an art gallery this, particular, painting was part of her private collection; and hung in her home.  Which, of course, didn’t stop the Nazi’s.  Not only did they close down her gallery, she was also forced to give up her own art, as well.  She and her husband escaped to the U.S. and she never saw the portrait again.

In 1954, it was purchased by an obsessive collector, Rudolf Leopold, and became part of the collection at the Continue reading