Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Paul Rudd - Where isn't he?

Is it just me or is Paul Rudd everywhere? Check this out (and this is just a taste of his work. He's done so much more):

I Love you, Man
Knocked Up
Monsters vs. Aliens
Role Models
Little Britain USA
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Over Her Dead Body
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
The Ten
The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show
Robot Chicken
Veronica Mars 
Reno 911
Night at the Museum
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Friends (remember, he married Phoebe?)
The Shape of Things
Reaching Normal
Cider House Rules (seriously)

I like his work. You? What's your favorite Paul Rudd film?

(photo www.thecinemasource.com)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

When was the last time a show left you smiling? For me, it was 11 p.m. tonight. I watched the premiere of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" and was grinning from ear to ear. For lack of a better word, the show is sweet (not a term one usually associates with a program airing on HBO). It unfurls as one might expect a long, hot day to roll out across the beautiful Botswana landscape. Slow, leisurely and with a few unexpected interruptions for good measure. It's like a spa for your overly-stimulated, television-watching mind - relaxing, soothing and highly enjoyable. 

Jill Scott is a revelation as detective Precious Ramotswe and Anika Noni Rose delights as her "wrapped-a-bit-too-tightly" secretary, Grace. Honestly, there wasn't a weak link in the cast. 

I truly enjoyed it and think I may have found a new favorite show

Did you catch "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency? What did you think of it?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Your Next Career

If you were to change careers, what would you do? I think about this quite a bit and here's why: More and more people are working well into their 60s and 70s. We could, if we slogged away from college graduation until retirement at 70, be a cog in the machine better known as the "working world" for a good 45 to 50 years. Fifty Years! 

Did you think you'd work in one career for nearly 50 years? Egads. I studied communications in college and have had a great career in public relations and marketing for nearly 20 years now (though to be fair, I spent some years working as a freelance writer, went back to school for a bit, and waited tables here and there). 

But still, if I have another 20-plus years to work, do I want to keep on this career path? Maybe not. Change is good. Learning new skills is good. Challenging oneself and mixing things up is even better. 

So, here are some things I might want to do were I to do something different:

1. Fulfill a lifelong dream and host a television show (now you see why I have Six Minute Style). Oprah Winfrey is launching her new network and looking for content - anyone have a contact for me?!

2. Be a bike tour guide in a foreign country. I love to bike. I love to travel. I love the idea of a non-desk job that involves physical activity. 

3. Become an auto mechanic. I'd study new and emerging technologies -  hybrids, fuel cells, Flintstones - and be positioned to be on the forefront of the coming shift. My husband thinks I'm kidding whenever I tell him I want to do this, but I'm not. I'm actually quite intrigued. BTW - I just learned that my friend, Bruce, was once an auto mechanic. He's now my hero. Tell me you're a doctor, a lawyer, a pharmaceutical rep and I'll nod politely (while thinking, "man, I wish had your benefits"). Tell me you're a former mechanic now computer programmer and videographer and you've got my full attention.

4. Work with young girls -  here and in third-world countries - to ensure their access to education and healthcare. This one is gaining some serious traction on my "next career" list. Check out this video for more on the importance of education in a girl's life. 

So ... what's on your "Next Career" list? 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Short Story Goliath

Just learned that my favorite short story writer has a new collection set to hit book stands on March 24. Mary Gaitskill first wowed me with "Bad Behavior," a collection of stories so powerful, so raw, so honest, so ... the words fail me. Let me simply say she writes the way I would write if I could. I can't. So I devour her work whenever possible. 

If you don't know Gaitskill's writings, you should. She's brilliant. And bold. And daring. She has such a finely-tuned sense of women and women's lives that one suspects she's merely a journalist or documentarian collecting the true (and tried) lives of the down and out females who grace her pages. Oh to be that wonderful of a writer!

Let me be clear - Gaitskill goes where many writers fear to tread - into worlds of sexual obsession, odd predilections, drug use and, quite simply, bad behavior. Hope may well be a four-letter word in her world. 

If you've seen "Secretary," then you've seen Gaitskill at work (though to be fair, the movie was Hollywood polished and a bit watered down). The film (you know, the one where we fell absolutely, madly in love with Maggie Gyllenhaal via her brilliant and nuanced performance) was based on Gaitskill's short story. Up next was "Because They Wanted To," another collection of shorts that chronicles, quite eloquently, dysfunction, tension and strangeness. 

Gaitskill has managed to squeeze in a couple of novels, but it is in short-fiction where she really soars. "Don't Cry," is her latest gathering of words. I can't wait to pick up a copy.

Have you read Gaitskill? What are your thoughts on her work? 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Stem Cells

Just posted to Blogher on stem cell research. I know this is controversial territory and not the usual subject matter found on the Six Minute Style site and blog, but I'm one hundred percent okay with that. It's relevant, topical and critical. And while the SMS focus is mainly lifestyle, it's not the only thing that interests or concerns us. To assume that all our viewers care about is entertaining, traveling and green-cleaning, is to completely disregard women as multi-dimensional and complex beings. We bring to our lives myriad experiences, prejudices and beliefs that shape our opinions and expectations. I feel strongly that stem cell research is relevant and appropriate. You may not. Pro or con, I welcome your input. 

Monday, March 9, 2009

Enjoying the Simple Things

Picked up a bouquet of irises on Saturday and was thrilled at the speed at which they filled my home (not to mention my spirits) with a much-needed hint of carefree summer days, aimless barefoot (or at least flip-flopped) walks and flirty little skirts (sans wool socks, of course). Adding to the joviality, a friend brought me a bouquet of darling yellow daisies Saturday evening. We immediately added them to the vase housing the irises and Viola! A floral Om for the soul. It was as though the pale yellows and deep purples were whipped up in some faraway greenhouse with the sole purpose of coming together on a cold, gray winter day.  

It's wonderful that something so simple as a bouquet or two of flowers can bring so much joy. And to think, I paid all of $8.99 for the irises. Money well spent, I'd say. You?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Waking Up Monday

It's Sunday evening and all I'm thinking is, "I want a three-day weekend." It's not that this wasn't a fun and full two-plus days. It was. Two friends had art openings on Friday night, we hosted a dinner party on Saturday, then squeezed in a full day of "catch-up" on Sunday (bills, laundry, a week's worth of newspapers, loads of dishes and glassware, and some random/mindless television). So, why the need for an extra day?

I have a few thoughts - winter blues, time-change blahs, slight professional burnout. Given that I work for myself, I'm going to have to dig deep in the morning to fully embrace the work week (and perhaps brew a really strong pot of coffee). 

How are you feeling on a Sunday evening? How do you prepare for Monday morning? Anyone else staring down the winter blues?