Tuesday, 29 November 2005

DERAILED



This thriller was much more than I could have expected. Given Jennifer Aniston's normal performance and her usual ditzy role I was quite pleasantly surprised by her performance in this suspenseful movie.
Derailed is a suspense thriller about a regular family man named Charles Schine who meets exciting and beautiful Lucinda. They become friends and then start an affair. During their first redevous at a local hotel they are burst in upon by a thief who takes not only their money but their identification as well. The robber then proceeds to terrorize them beyond what either of them could have imagined.
This movie left me on the edge of my seat, wondering what the next horrific move would be... contains quite a twist-one I would have never guessed at till it actually happens in the movie
Definitely recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good suspence thriller.
Performance by Brit Clive Owen was also very well done and I'm looking forward to seeing him as the next James Bond

Sunday, 20 November 2005

The Power of JDate



Another JDate success story wedding...ahhh the power of the internet!!! We attended another wedding powered by the highly successful JDate ...this site can be attributed to bringing together so many wonderfully happy couples-including my husband and I.
Shana and Randy met about a month before us and got married 11 months and 1 day after us...
anyway here is a pic of the happy couple and some friends

Wednesday, 16 November 2005

The Last Enemy

I have recently finished reading a wonderful book called The Last Enemy by Rhoda Kaellis. At first glance this book may seem like a childrens' or young adult book with light content and not that much substance. After reading through the first few chapters I began to realize this book is so much more than a narrative of a 12 year old child's experiences post WWII.
The story of Sarah Cardozo is told through her narrative. She describes her experiences dealing with her 11 year old cousin Lilly who has just come to live with Sarah and her family in New York after losing her parents in a concentration camp. Lilly was raised from the age of 5 in a Catholic orpahage as a means to save her from the Nazis.
Sarah first dreams of taking Lilly under her wing and teaching her all about Jewish life in America. She plans on having the sister she always wanted but never had. This dream is soon shattered when a "damaged" Lilly arrives from Belgium with dark hallow eyes and not a hint of life or happiness in her. Sarah has to deal with so much, from trying to communicate with the unresponsive Lilly to understanding why Lilly is so withdrawn.
Lilly has a lot of anger and pent up hatred towards her parents, her new family and Jews as she has been influenced by the nuns in the orphanage and her new Goyim friends.
Sarah tries to deal with Lilly and her issues on her own, scared to tell her parents of Lilly's odd behaviour and even more scared to tell them of Lilly's confession of a hatred of Jews.
This book left me thinking about how so many of us have no idea or understanding of what the survivors went through, they had so much to deal with on so many levels, from emotional, physical and psychological.

Thursday, 3 November 2005

Think Pink


I recently read an article in Macleans stating that the real epidemic is fear and often fear is what kills rather than a disease itself. Breast cancer is a very real fear for so many women. It is also a reality for many women as well. I pray daily that my genes do not prove to be my demise as both my grandmother and my aunt had cancer. My grandmother Dora (whom I am named after) had breast cancer which she detected quite late and did have a masectomy to remove her right breast, she later died of the disease. My aunt Frances did not have breast cancerbut she did have hodgkins disease and lukemia which was diagnosed at 18. She died at the young age of 42.
Breast cancer is a common disease, and the vast majority of breast cancers are not due to inherited (genetic) factors. For most women, increasing age is the greatest risk factor. However, in some cases breast cancer does run in families, and may be caused by a faulty gene.
Education is key in fighting and preventing breast cancer. Women must learn to do self exams at an early age and not rely on their medical professionals to detect problems. If you have any doubt or suspicion please talk to your doctor and arrange for a mamogram. Regardless of the extra monetary cost you might incur due to lack of coverage for such tests the peace of mind is well worth it. Although breast cancer is not common in younger women; that is women who have not yet reached the menopause. The vast majority of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, so being diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age can be a very isolating experience. It may come at a time when the thought of having cancer may never have crossed your mind, or it was something you thought happened to older people. It is very important to be aware of the possibility of breast cancer occuring in younger women.
Please take action and help us overcome this debilitating disease. Run, sponser, donate, learn or educate yourself and others and we shall overcome
http://www.cbcf.org/

Wednesday, 2 November 2005

Meet Brinkley

Brinkley is my parents' dog. He is such a cutie pie and we all love him so much, even if he chews up shoes and barks his head off at midnight for no apparent reason.
We have entered Brinkley in a cutest dog contest...please show your support and vote for him here Thanks in advance!!!
http://www.happydoggie.ca/IconContestants.htm