Until the second half of this football game, I was only in it for the commercials. But then, wham, what a comeback by the Patriots...
Anyway, this is the only time of year worth watching television commercials. I always hope to see something new, creative, and exciting, especially when they spend a gazillion for a commercial. Usually, most of the commercials disappoint--maybe because the expectations are too high?
I noticed that this year that the commercials were less about cute babies and puppies and more about celebrities. More about cars and phones; less about Doritos and beer. And what happened to the Clydesdale horses?? Did I simply miss them this year?
Here are my top 3:
1) Cam Newton. I thought his commercial was hilarious. He was selling Buicks. I think...
2) Skittles. I thought that one was funny and clever and kind of gross at the same time. But I laughed.
3) Melissa McCarthy and the tree-hugging. Hilarious. I think she too was trying to sell a car in the end.
Over the Christmas holidays, I read a ton of books on the gorgeous beaches of Turks & Caicos (shared some pics on my Facebook page!). Two were outstanding and I wanted to share those with you.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Loved, loved this story. Ove is a curmudgeon and you're all prepared to hate the guy but as the story progresses and you see how his life intersects with his neighbors, you're pretty much cheering for him at the end. This story is set in Sweden and it is translated into English and my hats off to the translator. The translation is excellent as well. I don't want to give too much away--just read it. You'll love it.
Next is a non-fiction selection called Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. This was recommended to me by a friend. I recommend it now to anyone who has
an elderly parent/relative. It talks candidly about end of life situations and the disconnect between the medical field and the aging patients and their families. It's the kind of book I wished I'd read about five years ago. A very worthwhile read. While it did not necessarily teach me anything ground-breakingly new, it reinforced some of what I was thinking before (and after) my own parents passed away and, in a weird way, gave me some comfort. Highly, highly recommend.
What did you read over the holidays? Hey, by the way, Happy New Year!
Poetry lovers: I wanted to share a recently published collection of beautiful poetry from my dear friend, Robert Meyers-Lussier. It's called CRYSTALLIZED REMNANTS and I am honored to have been asked to write the Foreword for this special book.
I met Robert--or, Bob, as I call him--several years ago during a memorable but grueling 10-mile hike down into Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon. We became fast friends and immediately bonded over hiking, words, photography, and weird senses of humor. You can really get to know people when you strip away all the creature comforts. Plus, throw in an out-of-nowhere monsoon and 100-degree temperatures and you've got the makings of a solid friendship.
Anyway, each of Bob's poems in his collection are a little bit different but each one has a tendency to press an emotional button. One of my favorites is this one. Enjoy!:
Surreptitiously I spotted an Indifference Camouflaged in a suit and tie amongst a crowd on my way to work Much to my dismay it followed me to work only to become My new boss
It's been a hot one out here, although what else is new. I live in the desert, after all. It only makes Fall (and the months that follow) that much sweeter. I can FINALLY open my doors and windows in the morning. In a few more weeks, they'll be open All The Time.
I've been doing some painting, some writing, some volunteering, and a lot of reading over the summer. My next blog post will probably be a reading roundup. What've you been up to?