{October 30, 2008}   Nicole Kidman is lovely, but …

Much, much less respect for her after these comments in PARADE magazine:

As a new mother to daughter Sunday Rose, Nicole Kidman has reacted intensely with “whatever that primal thing is, the need and desire to keep her very protected,” she says. “People say, ‘Oh, it would be so much easier if you’d just let them get a photo of her.’ And I can’t. I’m like, ‘I don’t want to. I want her to stay out of that.’ Maybe that will wane as she gets bigger, and I’ll be easier with it. But for now, I’m still keeping her in a bubble.” Her eyes turn red and moist. “I’m raw and emotional,” Kidman admits. “I cry even thinking of her. But they are tears of joy. Because I suppose I never thought I would get to have it. To have been given it so late in lifeβ€”I’m so ready for it. And I think giving birth to a child, as a woman, is what we’re born to do. I don’t mean that to sound sexist, because many women don’t get to do it, and I thought I was one of them. But at the same time, if you are given that gift, it’s an extraordinary thing.”

As someone who cannot have children of my own, might I ask Ms. Kidman then, what *I* was put on this earth to do? She is a shame and a blight to all adoptive mothers – no, MOTHERS, period – who consider the little boys and girls they raise to be every bit the blessing birth children would be – moreso, as for us “mere mortals” outside the Hollywood Bubble, it is so much more of a struggle and an achievement to adopt than to give birth. After all – one road to parenting involves being carefully observed and interviewed and considered as a parent; the other can be as simple as some drunken mistake.

I can say with confidence that given she obviously never dealt with the emotional baggage she attached to her fertility, nor, apparently, did she allow herself to bond with her adoptive children or protect them now from comments that surely must be hurtful (no WONDER they call their father’s new wife, Katie Holmes, “Mom”, and Nicole, “Nicole”), that no adoption worker or child welfare agency in the world would have allowed Nicole Kidman to adopt with those issues left un-dealt with if she were not rich and famous.

I emphathize with the infertility struggle, and I emphathize with her marrying, adopting children, and divorcing all at a relatively young age, and I’m sure she’s a wonderful person – but that does not make her a wonderful adoptive mother, and I feel very much for her children right now.

{October 28, 2008}   An Update

So – I hate that my postings in the last bit haven’t been particularly personal or update-ful; life HAS been busy, and I shared a bit of the more fun stuff with you guys – the Halloween Party, movies and dancing this weekend, for example, were some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time; I’m holding auditions this week for the play I mentioned I was directing, which is cool, and next weekend is shaping up to be fun too as we’re going to Canada’s Wonderland and “Twelve Angry Men”, a play being produced here in town. But most of the WEEKDAY busy-ness is either not especially interesting (who wants a blow by blow of someone else’s work day?), or can’t really be spoken of in any particular detail just yet (although I’m sure lines can be read between). Hopefully, as some of those things happen and come together (auditions, the play we’re going to check out, etc.) I’ll have more to write about. Meanwhile though, I’m tired, still a bit sick, and grumpy, so to lift my spirits, and hopefully yours – I thought I’d share this. πŸ™‚ Enjoy.

{October 26, 2008}   Great Weekend

Saw High School Musical 3 – better than it should have been. Recommend it to people who like movies to be distractions, and light, fun fare.

Went to an incredibly fun party last night as Tracy from Hairspray – yes, I LURVES me some musicals. It was a fun night with some super-nice couples whose company I enjoy VERY much. It served as a warning, however, that I MUST brush up on my Wii skills lol.

And tonight – dinner and dancing with the in-laws for FIL’s aforementioned birthday, before the last week at my teaching placement, and Halloween, and all that stuff coming up. I’ve enjoyed the weekend and am looking forward to the remainder of it. How about you all? πŸ™‚

{October 24, 2008}   Photostory Friday

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

This is my Father in Law. It is his birthday today. Happy birthday FIL! πŸ™‚ It is a photo of him with a donkey; I chose this photo in particular to express my hopes and wishes for what a not-too-far-off-November day will bring my American in-laws, and the rest of the world.

Yes We Can …

{October 23, 2008}   Movie review – "W".

Wow – so Ari and I saw this movie this week. It was excellent. It wasn’t what I expected, on the one hand, but I didn’t expect what I would usually expect, on the other, because most reviews said it wasn’t what you’d think.

What it was was very strong – it did, in true Oliver Stone fashion, portray the stereotypes of the players – a calm and statesmanlike Colin Powell, a creepy Dick Cheney (played to perfection by Richard Dreyfuss, to whom I’ve always said the Veep bears a resemblance), a rat-like Karl Rove, a kindhearted but cold, patrician (think Queen Elizabeth) George Bush Sr., a patient and long-suffering Laura Bush, a shrill and iron-maidenly Barbara Bush, and of course the unintellectual frat boy, George Jr. However, it played out the most sensational perceptions and stereotypes of these players and their lives and times in a perfectly believable fashion – provocative without being sensationalistic, controversial without being scandalous, Stone walks a great line between humour and tragedy, sensationalism and true depth. Due to a decent script and a very strong cast, he succeeds.

My only complaint – and it is one that couldn’t be avoided – is that some stuff was left out in order to fit this film into an already-tightly-crammed 2 hrs. 10 mins. We see the improbable rise of Dubbya from shiftless, aimless partier to born-again Christian politician to President of the United States, without seeing the true effects of the unravelling – given that it led to the Iraq War which was the ultimate climax and endpoint chronologically to this movie, there was little-to-no attention paid to Sept. 11/01, and given that it fits into the ‘frat boy wins the lottery’ mystique of Bush’s rise to power, they gave little attention to the controversies surrounding his 2000 acquisition of (I refuse to say ‘election to’) the presidency. I feel we could have seen one or two parties fewer, one or two failed jobs fewer, to flesh out that transition.

That said – as someone who truly detests George Bush as a president, and everything he stands for – this movie earned him my sympathy, which may or may not have been Mr. Stone’s goal. While I stand by that this man should never in a million years have become POTUS, I have at least come to see him as a badly misguided, unintellectual, uninformed man with a good heart who wanted to do good – to impress his family, and to improve his reputation. He is a boob and a nincompoop who will indisputably go down in the history books as the worst President in US history, but perhaps it is the American people, or the American electoral system, or this man’s all-too-cunning and greedy base which are to blame for that – not this poor buffoon himself.

Which by the way, marks a 360 return to my stance of 2001. I went from believing this was a stupid and impressionable man surrounded by evil, to evil himself, and much smarter than we gave him credit for – this movie has managed to convince me that by and large, no; he was a dolt after all. Still, as I said, Stone did nothing to change my perception of this man’s legacy, whatever the cause, nor do I think he meant to. I will still be breathing huge sighs of relief come January. Exit stage left – er – right, Dubbya – 3 more months all! πŸ˜€ Quack … wheeze, limp … quack …

{October 21, 2008}   Ugh

Home sick today …
The cold won. πŸ˜›

But in the meantime
I wanted to take the time
To thank A
For having me out
For a visit last night –
I was tired and lonely;
Company is nice. πŸ™‚
Hope the kids
And D are feeling better
(you too for that matter).

Hope I recover soon too.
At least Ari had the day off today
So I have some company.

OK … back to bed … or couch.

{October 18, 2008}   That’s so … what?

{October 18, 2008}   Introducing – Photostory Friday

So I’ve decided to start w/this new game introduced to me by Alex.

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Basically, I put up a photo every Fri. and explain what it is. Here’s the first photo.

This is a photo of myself w/Ari at a friend’s wedding this past summer. Why such an ‘old’ photo? Because Ari and I have been the King and Queen of forgetting our camera pretty much since this trip for any important events. This is one of the most recent photos ‘we’ took of ourselves. It is also one of the last photos of us as a family of two … πŸ˜‰

{October 14, 2008}   It’s election day in Canada

Remember to …

{October 13, 2008}   Happy Canadian Turkey Day

wishing everyone much to be thankful for
as we celebrate this holiday
and head into The Season
we are all so blessed
Thank You

et cetera