Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Random Tuesday stuff - Sailing Off on the Good Ship Lollipop


This is one of my stream of consciousness posts....

Shirley Temple has died at age 85. 



Probably the most famous child star of all-time, she was washed up at 12, but went on to have a successful diplomatic career.  Years ago, I read her autobiography, Child Star, and while I found it an interesting read, it lacked some excitement, save the fact that her parents frittered away her considerable fortune.

She was credited by FDR as raising the US's morale during The Great Depression and of this I have no doubt.  It made me think of who got us through the 2008 economic downturn.  The top-grossing film of 2008 was The Dark Knight, which means that Heath Ledger got us through.  Decidedly darker, but I can live with that.


Whenever I think of Shirley I think of my beloved Aunt Betty, who was three years older than Shirley and had an original Shirley Temple doll. 

When I was very young, I loved Shirley's movies, precocious tyke that I was.  Though not, I think, true at all to the original book, I loved her in Heidi.  But then, I loved anything Heidi and even as I write this I think I need to get me to Switzerland ASAP!



Thank you Shirley for entertaining so many of us so well.  I imagine you like Frodo, slipping off on the Good Ship Lollipop.....

I finally saw The Dallas Buyers Club on the weekend.

It was amazing as were Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. 




But it was unsettling how scary thin these two men made themselves to play this role.



This is method acting in the extreme and you would think with all the special effects in their arsenal Hollywood could figure this one out...  I read an interview with Tom Hanks, whose doctors blame his yoyo dieting for various parts as partially responsible for his Type II diabetes. 

Olympics

I am in Olympics fever and watching every night and usually around lunch time when the finals are on.  After many years of doing poorly, Canada has finally begun to invest in its fine athletes and we are doing really well and it is nicer to do really well than really poorly I have to say.

My favourite moment thus far?  Our golden boy Alex Bilodeau, who won gold yesterday in moguls, just like he did in 2010 in Vancouver, embracing his brother Frederic, who has Cerebral Palsy!




I watched the interview with Alex last night where he said he always felt he needed to push himself harder, because Frederic, who is physically, not cognitively, disabled, can never do those kind of things.  Whenever he feels tired or overwhelmed he reminds himself how much Frederic would give to have the same opportunities.  I'm not going to lie - I had a couple of tears going down my face at that one!

And have just woken up to more gold.  Go Team Canada!!!!

Have a great day and stay safe out there!


 

27 comments:

  1. I adored Shirley growing up - who could not like her?

    I have not watched a lick of the olympics - i need to catch up as I love the skating and the mogul skiing. As I am not particularly patriotic especially when it comes to winter olympics - Go Team Canada! :) ( PS World cup is a different matter however.)

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    1. Too funny about World Cup, but understand completely!

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  2. Those brothers are getting a lot of ice press here as the most touching story of the Olympics so far. Very sweet!

    I need to call mother as she was very fond of ST who was a beacon of hope and cheer during the Depression; I think at 89 she is used to loss, though.

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    1. Yes, my parents would be very sad if they were alive. She was around the same age as my dad and they kind of grew up together. Kind of like I feel about Rob Lowe - I've been watching him since we were both teenagers!

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  3. Hi Wendy, I got this news from you, very sad. I used to love watching her films on TV, black and white on a Sunday afternoon. What a great life she had, to go on and do all those wonderful things after the film career ended.

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    1. I know Patricia! I was always so happy that she didn't end up some drug-addled mess. Her mother may not have been a great money manager, but she obviously helped Shirley stay grounded!

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  4. I love the Olympics! I too cried watching the story of the Bilodeau brothers. What a loving family.

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  5. Unfortunately, the US media did a great disservice to the Olympics months, weeks before it started. Instead of the focus being on the athletes and competition, it was on Russia, terrorism, etc. I think they are hoping something terrible does happen. I have watched only Sunday but am familiar with Bilodeau and his brother...so glad he won.

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    1. BB - we got a lot of that too, and I had almost forgotten what a joy they are to watch!

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  6. My children reprimanded me last night for cheering on Bilodeau over the American athlete-ah, well. So glad for his win! Must confess that I blubber throughout the Olympics-when athletes triumph, fail, falter, etc, whatever the case, I find myself sniffling. The Bilodeau family warms my heart.

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    1. Wendy I am right there with you! My favourite moment of the opening ceremony wasn't the Canadians coming in but that one athlete from Venezuela (I think) who was the only athlete and danced in with an enthusiasm that warmed my heart!

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  7. My mother in law loved Shirley Temple... She loved to watch her movies Sunday afternoons during winter...
    I have not watch anything related to Olympics and must admit ashamed, that I even have not read anything related to the Games!

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  8. Hi WMM,
    My late mother in law Betty also loved Shirley Temple. And, I too, loved Heidi. We must have had the same library. I love the winter Olympics(more than the summer- I don't know know why- maybe the sweaters!) and could watch them day and night. I am elated that I finally have a break in my workload and can watch the games, look at fashion week photos, and read some blogs. At least for the next few days. I finally posted on my fashion blog, but haven't had time to update the one I should- the knitting blog... I am just letting you know so when the"On Trend Orchids" icon moves up in your "I want to go there" list, you are not too startled! However, I am happy that I can FINALLY take the time time to read your published work. Am off to do that now!
    Best!
    Knityarns

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    1. Wendy,
      I am so glad that I finally got to read your essay. Gorgeous and authentic. You really have a wonderful ability to convey your thoughts with clarity and feeling. I can't wait to read your next work. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks, that means so much coming from you!

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  9. That was a great movie wasn't it?. I guess in some ways to get into the character you have to be as thin as the people actually were. Honestly though both of them must have eaten carrots only for months to get that thin.

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    1. I know! I kept thinking the same thing - carrots and lettuce!

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  10. I loved Shirley Temple as the little movie star and remember how she'd always get the loudest ovations at the Oscar Anniversary galas. What a treasure she was.

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  11. Poor old Shirley - I remember that song when I was growing up.
    Those two actors are very thin, although a lot of my yoga buddies have that type of physique, and they eat a lot - I guess it just comes down to genetics sometimes.
    I'm living an Olympic-free life. Not intentionally, just no time for watching!

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    1. I think neither of them ate for months, so I don't think it was genetics sadly...

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  12. I could never be a method actor unless I was playing a woman who likes croissants. Canada is doing well this year, which is always lovely!

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