Monthly Archives: May 2014

Beth’s quote for the day!

my way

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When you tell someone “it’s my way or the highway,” please do not be surprised when they decide to take the highway.

Mary Stewart obituary | Books | The Guardian

Mary Stewart obituary | Books | The Guardian.

I’m saddened to hear the news that novelist Mary Stewart has died at the age of 97.

But I’m so grateful for her books, which kept me entertained and delighted for many years.

RIP, Mary Stewart! Thanks for your wonderful books (especially the Merlin books).

Festival 2014 | SIFF

Festival 2014 | SIFF.

SIFF (The Seattle International Film Festival) starts May 15, and runs until June 8.

I cannot wait!

SIFF showcases foreign and independent films, with lots of short films and documentaries.

SIFF is a PNW treasure, and lots of fun (also good cheap popcorn).

Expect to see more on this blog about the SIFF movies I’m seeing this year.

How ABC’s Resurrection lost me as a viewer last night

2014 ABC ‘Resurrection’ TV Show Spoilers: Omar Epps Finale Bomb; Season 2 Renewed Despite Falling Ratings? : Offbeat : Classicalite.

A few spoilers!

I’ve been watching Resurrection every week, either via On Demand or live.

Last night, Resurrection lost me as a viewer because it didn’t give me enough to keep my interest. I quit watching after 24 minutes, because I was bored. I switched to Game of Thrones.

I will admit that storytelling is a tough job sometimes all the time.

First of all, you need to entice me to keep watching, by dangling information in front of my nose and yanking it away quickly, before I see too much. I did not get enough last night to keep me watching.

Next, if you are going to take a character down a dark and winding path, you need to make me give a shit about him as a character. I need to feel some sympathy for him as a character, as a human being. I know what the sheriff’s motivation is (the guy’s heart is torn to pieces), but I don’t care about him. Well developed characters pull at your heart strings, make you want to weep or kick their asses when they go bad. I want to see the sheriff’s guts churn, and I do not blame the actor playing the sheriff–Matt Craven is a solid character actor. The storytellers need to up their writing game and craft a better story.

I tried watching the finale again tonight and gave up.

Whether I will try again is anyone’s guess.

I had many hopes for this series, and I hope the writers can pull this story out of the slush pile.

The story referenced above was written by Shane Jordan at Classicalite.

Changes, and taking chances

So in 55 days I will leave the job that I have worked for a total of 12.5 years; I took almost one year off from 2006-2007, after the death of my beloved mother.

It’s scary, exciting, and well, just plain old terrifying at times.

Embracing change has always been hard for me, because I’ve tended to obsess about what might happen if I take a new path.

I’ve not been happy in my job for some time, and I’m not interested in playing the blame game. The job is what it is, and the job will get done when I’m not there.

It’s just time for me to pack up my toys and move on.

So what’s in the future for me?

I’m calling it semi-retirement, because I plan to go into private practice with at least one colleague. I’m going to take the summer off to prepare for a move back to the Bellevue/Redmond area, take a few small trips around this beautiful part of the country, spend some time at the beach, etc.

I need to take some time for myself, to just be, and not have to remind myself to breathe deeply and express my gratitude for all of the blessings in my life.

I got a text from my friend Liz this morning; she was at my side last night when I received some bad news about a family member. Liz texted me to see how I was doing, and to let me know that she is there if I need to talk. Liz and her partner Stevan have become such good friends of mine, and I am so grateful to have them in my life. I’m glad I told Liz how much she means to me, and was so happy to hear that she loves me also.

As I have gotten older, I have realized that having loving people around me is necessary to living well. I do not want to end my life being closed off from others; I want my life filled with love, laughter, and purpose.

So here I am, 55 days until I switch paths again, into the exciting and terrifying unknown.

And I’m going to share my journey on this blog: The good, the bad, and the ugly (joke).

I hope you take some time to read about my new journey.

two roads

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