Monthly Archives: July 2014

Wish I Was Here – movie review

Wish I Was Here is an excellent movie about a man in his mid-thirties facing a series of crises in his life. Zach Braff stars as Aiden Bloom, a struggling actor who has not had a job since appearing in a dandruff commercial.

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The family is being supported by his wife Sarah, played by Kate Hudson. A number of people around Aiden, including his own father, take every opportunity to constantly remind him that in their opinion he is not taking care of his family properly.

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Aiden’s father then develops terminal cancer, and Aiden’s own brother (played by Josh Gad) refuses to help or even interact with the father due to a falling out  years ago.

The title “Wish I Was Here” is never explained in the film. We believe that it refers to the disconnection people can feel with their own lives as problems mount. It can get to the point that you are spending so much time handling day-to-day issues that you are not actually living your life.

As the movie progresses, Aiden  slowly comes to the realization that instead of continually focusing on everything he does not have, he needs to embrace what he does have. He realizes that he has a beautiful wife, two wonderful children, and a father and brother that do in fact love him and each other in their own odd ways. Once he decides to actually participate in his life instead of just reacting it, things begin to change for him.

Some reviewers have complained that the film is too disjointed. However, that is the way real life is. Things don’t happen in an orderly progression.  We are reminded of the old joke, “that’s the trouble with life. There’s no plot.”

Every actor in the film gives a magnificent performance, especially the two who play the children. Pierce Gagnon plays the young son Tucker and Joey King plays the daughter Grace who is entering sixth grade. We last saw her work with Braff where she played the porcelain doll girl in The Great and Powerful Oz.

We give this movie 4 Stars.    ****

 

 

The Gentle Woman’s Second Quiz

People enjoyed the first Gentle Woman’s Quiz so much that we have followed it up with a second:

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Question # 1:    Your rabbit throws up a mixture of Timothy Hay and pellets. This is a sign that:

  1. You have been feeding the rabbit too much hay and need to cut back.
  2. He may be developing Katz disease and needs to be checked by the vet.
  3. He just finished watching an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  4. It is a trick question. Rabbits cannot vomit.

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Question # 2 :  What is a rabbit’s normal body temperature?

  1. 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit the same as humans.
  2. 82.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Their fur coat insulated their core/
  3. Between 101-103 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Bunnies average 107 degrees Fahrenheit. This drops to 100 when they mature to full grown rabbits.

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Question # 3: What was the name of the Gentle Woman’s First bunny?

  1. Sally
  2. Alvin
  3. Mr. Binky
  4. Fluffy

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Question # 4: Who said, “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”

  1. George Carlin
  2. Mark Twain
  3. Paris Hilton
  4. George Bernard Shaw

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Question # 5: What was the name of the rabbit Alice followed in “Alice in Wonderland”?

  1. Timothy Hay.
  2. The Timekeeper.
  3. Mister Blue Coat.
  4. Known only as The White Rabbit.

We will publish the answers in a few days.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gentle Woman Visits Adoption Day

Today the Gentle Woman visited Adoption Day at the Community Animal Hospital in Morris Plains NJ. There were rabbits, dogs and cats all up for adoption.

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Our friends from Safe Haven Rabbit Rescue were there with some adorable rabbits.

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This fellow is a very friendly Mini-Lop named Taco, who has had a lot of bad luck. Taco has been adopted twice and returned twice. One couple returned him since they did not want his fur getting into their air-conditioning. Another woman returned Taco after she got pregnant.  She had the odd notion that the rabbit would somehow interfere with the health of her unborn child.

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This is Kelly, a Lionhead born on March 12, 2013. Her fur is unbelievably soft.

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There were also dogs galore. This is Ozzie, a 4 year old Bulldog/Boxer mix. Despite his fierce looks, is is very gentle. He is available for adoption through the Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter.

There were also adorable cats and kittens.

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There were many types of dogs available.

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This is Peanut, a happy little Chihuahua ready to go home with a lucky family.

Some people brought dogs just to visit.

There was a Labradoodle.

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And a very excited Irish Setter. He was so excited to see the other animals that this was the most clear shot we could get since he did not want to hold still.

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Two Shelties came in to say hello.

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So, whatever type  you like, there is sure to be a rescue animal just waiting for you to bring it home.

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The Purge: Anarchy – Movie Review

The Purge: Anarchy is the much anticipated sequel to the 2013 action thriller The Purge, which starred Ethan Hawke. 

However, you don’t have to have seen the original to enjoy the sequel. The movie takes place in 2025, when the American economy is strong and unemployment is low. The government attributes this success to the fact that for a 12 hour period once a year everyone is allowed to release their inner daemons through the Purge.

During the annual Purge  all crimes, including murder, are legal. People can use any type of weapons up to “class 4” (which is never specified). However class 1 through 3 weapons are plenty powerful, since they include knives, guns and machine guns.

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The process seems to work. People use the annual Purge to get all the evil hatred out of their  systems.  It is the time to act on every secret desire you have kept hidden. Time to take revenge on anyone who has wronged you.

The social theory, of course, is that people are basically evil and the only thing you can do is to limit that evil to as short a period as possible. People have an animal need to purge themselves so that for the rest of the year they can at least pretend to be civilized to each other.

If you saw the original The Purge in 2013, be prepared that The Purge Anarchy, although it takes place in the same world, is a completely different type of movie.

The Purge was more of a physiological drama. It was about a well-to-do White suburban family which tries to sit out the Purge in their secure home, knowing that the violence is happening in other people’s neighborhoods. Slowly as the film goes on, the violence comes closer to and eventually into what was they thought was their protected environment.

The Purge Anarchy, on the other hand, follows the “rules of sequels”.  It is a Hollywood tradition that a sequel has to have more action, more blood and a higher body count. The Purge Anarchy has all of these. Be prepared for the fact that this movie is extremely violent and has a huge body count.

In fact, the high body count is one of the main plot themes of the movie. Unlike the first movie, this takes place not in the White suburbs, but in the projects populated mostly  by poor African-American and Hispanic families. These groups cannot afford high-tech security systems, steel gates and private guards. Consequently a much greater percentage of them get killed each year on Purge night.

An underground radical group is preaching that the real reason for the annual purge is to simply kill as many poor and minority people as possible. It has nothing to do with psychological release, it is a pure matter of economics. The less money you have the more likely you are to get killed. If you are homeless and living on the street you don’t have a chance.

The movie is exciting and filled with action and tension. However the one problem with the movie is that it really does preach. All the wealthy white people are shown as uncaring evil monsters. On Purge night the wealthy actually purchase poor people so that they can kill them in the comfort of their suburban homes or at well-appointed supper clubs. At times you feel like shouting at the screen, “OK- we get it. Rich people bad. Poor people good.” It is as if somehow Occupy Wall Street  got a budget to make a movie.

However, despite its flaws the movie is still fun to watch. We give this movie 3 Stars. If you want to see a 4 Star movie rent the original The Purge.

 

 

 

 

The Dance Instructor

I had no interest in Ballroom Dancing, but I was very interested in the dance instructor’s daughter. Cindy, who I knew from King Low Heywood School, had the classic dancer’s body, long flowing black  hair, and piercing dark eyes. She was also very nice, and  not at all stuck up despite her looks. She was very easy to talk to and hinted that she was also interested in me . All of which was why I signed up for lessons at her father’s dance studio, where Cindy and and father were the two instructors. Despite his age, Cindy’s father was in great shape. Tall and thin, he seemed to glide around the floor making even the worst partner look good.

Three different groups came to the school. There were old retired couples, who always got very dressed up since this was their main social event of the week.  Then there were the kids who did not want to be there. These were the days of heavy metal bands, and that is what kids wanted to listen to. It was pure torture for them when their parents sent them to the Starlight  Dance Studio.

Then there was the group I really hated. These were the other young men who took lessons just to flirt with Cindy. Of course I was there for the same reason, but at least Cindy was interested in me. The other guys were crude and a little too “touchy” when they would dance with her. I wanted to intervene, but Cindy told me not to.

She actually did not need my help fending off unwanted advances. Years on the dance floor in revealing dresses had taught her how to take care of herself. She she was able to avoid a man’s hands with a quick spin or a slide backwards. Some guys would try to grab her during a dance, only to discover that her body had moved away long before his hand reached its intended destination. It actually became funny to watch.

At the end of the night, when everyone else had gone home, I would stay and help Cindy and her father clean up the studio. Then Cindy’s father would pour a glass of wine for each of us and we would sit and listen to one of his war stories.

It was hard to reconcile the old man dance instructor  with the young man he described in his stories. You see; he had been part of a B-17 crew in World War II and his stories were always about that.

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He has been one of the waist gunners. They were stationed in England and flew the long and dangerous bombing missions to Germany.  But he never spoke about the danger or the combat. Like a lot of men who had been in the war, he spoke about everything but the actual war.

He liked to tell Cindy and I about the funny parts of his war experience. Like the fact that there was a guy in his outfit they all called “Frenchie”.  Every night “Frenchie” would talk in his sleep. It was always in perfectly fluent French. In the morning they would tell Frenchie about it and he would swear that he had no idea how to speak French.

He also told us about how the Army Air Corps encouraged them to drink. Many of the men were so young they had never even tasted alcohol before the war. After a bombing mission, the returning crews were all marched into the Mess Hall. Lined up on the tables were shot glasses full of whiskey.  The young men were ordered, that’s right ordered to drink at least one shot each. The  senior officers somehow believed that this was the best way for the men to reduce the tension after a mission.

His longest story was about the time his own plane was hit by flak. The flak  was the anti-aircraft shells the Germans fired at the planes. In the front of each B-17 is a glass bubble where the Bombardier sits.  The Bombardier was a happy and talkative guy named Mike.

After dropping the payload on its target, the plane was hit by flak, right in the position where Mike was. The shell did not blow up since flak shells are designed to explode at a certain altitude, not when they impact with an object. The shell whet right through the glass bubble and continued up another two hundred feet until it explored.

The pilot got on the intercom to call Mike but got no reply. The rest of the crew could not check on him since the hatch to his compartment was jammed shut.  The rest of the trip back to the base in England the crew was silent, not wanting to see what Mike’s mangled body would look like when they got back.

When they landed, the ground mechanics swarmed the plane and pulled Mike out.  They could not believe their eyes. He was uninjured. The flak shell has passed through the plane inches from where Mike sat and had not touched him.

The rest of the crew surrounded Mike to ask him about it but he wouldn’t talk. He would not speak at all. They went into the mess hall and Mike had two shots of whiskey, but did not say a word. Then they all had chow. He ate, but still did not say a thing.

The crew took Mike to see the base doctor. The doctor advised them to see if they could get Mike to sleep, and if he did not then they  should stay up with him to watch him.

It was a very long night. Mike sat on the edge of his bunk just staring off into nothing. No one could get through to him.  Hours and hours went by and he did not say a word. Then as the light was beginning to break on a new day, Mike suddenly looked up and said, “That was close.” Then Mike was back to his old laughing self and his crew cheered.

Cindy and I laughed and she told her father to stop telling silly stories and help lock up for the night.

I often wondered if the war stories were true. Then one evening while couples were dancing I happened to notice Cindy’s father sitting off to the side by himself.  He did not look at all the way he looked when he knew people were watching him.

He looked like someone who had the weight of the world on his shoulders and had seen things no person should ever have to see. I realized he had never told us the other war stories. The ones about the guys who never made it back to have a drink of whiskey. The ones about the planes where the flak hit and did explode.

Then the music stopped and he got up with a big smile clapped. He told everyone how well they danced and how beautiful they all looked tonight. Then he put on more music, and Cindy and I went out to the dance floor, while her father smiled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers to the Gentle Woman’s Bunny Quiz

Dear Readers;

Below are the answers to the Gentle Woman’s Bunny Quiz.

  • Question # 2 – The Answer is # 3. Pancakes lives in Florida.
  • Question # 3 – The Answer is #2. Beatrix Potter wrote the Peter Rabbit stories.
  • Question # 4 – The Answer is #3. The bunny pictured is a Lionhead.
  • Question # 5. – The Answer is #1. The bunny is a Mini-Lop
  • Question # 6 – The Answer is # 3. Judge Doom framed Roger Rabbit.
  • Question # 7 – The answer is # 2. The jump is called a Binky

We hope you enjoyed the quiz.  Keep reading the website and look for more quizzes in the future.

 

 

Deliver Us From Evil – movie review

Deliver Us From Evil  is a combination cop drama and exorcism horror movie. This sounds weird but the combination actually works. It stars Eric Bana as Bronx police detective Ralph Sarchie.

Detective Sarchie is a tough as nails policeman who has seen a lot of strange and violent things in his career in the Bronx. Then certain events happen which seem beyond the realm of normal experience. A series of bizarre and violent crimes happen which at first he just assume were committed by people who are n drugs or insane or both.

Then Detective Sarchie meets a Jesuit Priest, Father Mendoza who gradually convinces him that the supernatural is involved. Father Ramirez is excellently portrayed by Edgar Ramirez.  The two of them begin to work together to plan an exorcism and rid the world of the demon that possesses the people committing the crimes.

The detective’s wife is excellently played by Olivia Munn, who prior to this was known as as a comedy actress. She does a great Bronx accent despite the fact that she grew up in Oklahoma.

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This is supposedly a true story, and the real Detective Sarchie quit the force and now  works with Father Mendoza.

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Whether you believe it is true or not this is still a good movie that is worthe the price of admission.

We rate this as 3 stars ***

 

 

The Wife Lost in Time

The doctors said it was the most interesting case they had ever seen. To Gerard it was not an interesting case, but the loss  of his wife. Physically Karen was still there, but she no longer occupied the same point in time that he did.

The doctors disagreed as to what was wrong. Some insisted it was early Alzheimer’s disease. Others said it was the effect of a series of minor strokes.   A few said it was something entirely new.  The doctors at Columbia Presbyterian hospital were writing papers about it and trying experimental medication, but nothing worked.

Karen had moved back in time 25 years. She did not understand why she was in New York, did not recognize Gerard; did not know her own home. She told the doctors she lived in   Durham North Carolina in a small apartment with her husband Jerry. She thought Gerard was one of the doctors. She did not remember that he had stopped calling himself Jerry and started using the more formal “Gerard” years ago when he had become an Executive Vice President at the company in New York.

Gerard was not looking forward to today’s meeting with the physicians. They called him into a large conference  room, where five doctors sat around a polished oak table. At the head of the table was the Chief of Neurology, Dr. Karpyshyn, looking very serious.

“Please be seated Mr. Hillerman,” the doctor said to Gerard. “We have the results of the tests on your wife.  The scans show definite damage in the parts of the brain impacting  memory. The damage appears to have come from some sort of virus rather than from trauma or any type of stroke. There are some slight similarities to certain other cases.  There have been instances of people getting a related type of virus after eating contaminated shellfish. Those people see significant reduction in their ability to form short term memories.”

“Why do you say slight similarities doctor,” answered Gerard. “It sounds like exactly the same.  As you know this all started about a week after Karen and I went to that new seafood place on 56th street. She had the mussels and I had trout.  Six other people also got sick from the mussels. It was in the news.”

‘Yes, we are aware of all of that Mr. Hillerman. We have also examined all the other people who got ill. Some developed severe headaches or nausea but none have the memory loss your wife exhibits. All of them, including your wife, have some new mutation of virus in their system, but somehow your wife was more sensitive to the effects.”

“But if there have been similar cases in the past, then there must be some sort of treatment”, said Gerard hopefully.

“Well Mister Hillerman, your wife has much different symptoms than other people who experienced viruses that affected their memory. The usual symptoms are damage to the part of the brain that forms short term memory. The person impacted remembers perfectly everything up to the point of getting the virus, then from that point forward finds it very difficult to form new memories. Your wife, on the other hand has no problem forming new memories, but has lost a large section of her long term memory. She appears to be simply missing  25 years of her past.”

“So what’s next?” asked Gerard solemnly. “Will she regain those memories?”

“The truth sir is that we do not know. We do know that the virus has caused visible physical damage to your wife’s brain. Unlike many other types of cells in the body, brain cells do not regenerate.  We will continue to study your wife and try various treatments, but you should prepare yourself for the fact that the most likely scenario is  the memories your wife has lost will never return.”

Gerard left the hospital in a state of shock. When he got back to his apartment, he searched through the closets and pulled out the boxes containing the photos  and other mementos of their life together.  He and Karen had kept meaning to scan the old photos and upload them to the computer, but somehow had never gotten around to it.

Gerard sat in the middle of the living room floor. Around him were scattered all the pictures taken over the last 25 years. Gerard spent hours looking at them and thought of their life together.

He picked up one picture that had been taken on a vacation to the Outer Banks with some friends. Karen and Gerard were standing together smiling on the beach. Karen was beautiful in her mini-bikini, and Gerard in his bathing suit was showing off his massive muscles and washboard stomach.  His brown hair was long in the style of the time.

“No wonder she doesn’t recognize me” Gerard said out loud to himself. “Karen still looks great but I  have really let myself go.” He got up and walked over to the mirror. What he saw looking back at him was an overweight flabby middle- aged man with grey hair and glasses.

When he had first met Karen in North Carolina, he was a truck driver and she was a secretary at the trucking company. They fell in love immediately. Jerry was always ambitions and Karen said he was the hardest working person she had even known. He took every  chance to work overtime, and even helped unload the truck himself, although the rules said he did not have to.

When they were first married they lived in a little apartment with an ugly shag carpet and bean bag chairs. They spent  nothing on luxuries. They saved so that they could buy their  own truck, and  start their own company. They both worked ridiculously long hours, and Karen even took a job as a  waitress on the weekends. When they had enough money for the minimum down payment on a truck, they started “K&J Trucking”. They got fancy letterhead and a phone number and pretended they were a big company. In reality, there was one truck and the office of K&J Trucking was a section of the cramped apartment where Karen manned the phone, negotiated the rates and sent out the invoices. They had never worked so hard or been so happy.

A few years later, K&J Trucking had two trucks, then three then five. Jerry picked up a picture showing Karen and Jerry standing in front of the new offices of K&J in an industrial park with all the employees around them. He looked closely at the photo and noticed that Karen still looked great but that he had started to put on a little weight and get a touch of grey in his hair.

K&J Trucking grew and grew until one day they got a phone call that  would change their lives. A New York based company wanted to purchase K&J. It also wanted the two of them to move to New York and work for the company. Karen was not sure about it but all their friends told them to do it. Their friends said they would be crazy to turn down that much money.

So here they were all these years later. A successful “power couple” living in a luxury condominium in New York. They had even been mentioned in New York Magazine  on several occasions.  Everything was great right up until they decided to try the new seafood place.

The next day, Gerard gathered some of the photographs and went to the hospital. The idea was that the photos would bring back her memory just like what always happened in movies and T.V. shows.

It did not go like he planned. At first the pictures seemed to cheer her up; but then then she just got  more and more confused.

“That’s a picture of Jerry and me at the beach, ” Karen said with a smile. Then she became agitated. “Why do you have that photograph doctor? Where is Jerry? Why am I in a hospital? Was there an accident? Was Jerry injured! What is it you are not telling me!”

Soon Karen was screaming at the top of her lungs. She jumped out of bed and was trying to find her street clothing so that she could leave the hospital and go home to North Carolina. It did not stop until a doctor rushed in and injected her with a sedative so powerful she fell asleep.

That was the last time Gerard went to the hospital to see Karen. The doctors advised him that his visits were only confusing and upsetting Karen, especially when he tried explain to her that he was her husband.

” With your permission, we will be moving her to a psychiatric facility,” said Dr. Karpyshyn. “There is nothing more we can do for her here. She will need therapy to accept what has happened to her. My recommendation is that you do not visit her until the psychiatrists believe she is ready.”

So Karen was moved to a  psychiatric institute in New Jersey and Gerard lived alone in Manhattan. He went to work every day, but people there started to gossip about him.  They whispered that he was planning  on quietly divorcing Karen and finding a new woman.  Some said he already had a girl on the side.  All the signs of a romantic interest were there. First he got contact lenses instead of his glasses. Then he started having salads for lunch and working out at a gym after work. The more the pounds dropped off him the more his co-workers whispered that he must be having an affair. Then one Monday he came to work with his hair a luxurious brown instead of the grey it had been on Friday. It was hard for people not to burst out laughing.

Gerard continued to check in with the doctors at the institute but there had been no change. Karen was physically fine and was capable of intelligent conversations, but kept asking when she could go back to North Carolina and where here husband was. Any attempt to tell her that 25 years had passed made her hysterical to the point that medication was required.  They told Gerard that the most likely scenario was that Karen would be institutionalized for the rest of her life. Of course, they would need his permission for this. They asked him to sign the commitment papers.

Instead, Gerard told them about the Time Machine he had built and how all their help would be required to get the machine to work.  If Karen needed to live 25 years ago to re-join the real world, then his Time Machine would bring her there. The doctors fought him at first but finally agreed that a Time Machine may be the only hope for the woman.

Karen was in her room at the institute, sitting in a chair and staring out at the long well-kept lawn like she did most days.  She turned sadly and looked at Dr. Epstein as he entered her room with  a large assistant named Joseph.

“Mrs. Hillerman we have been able to locate your husband,” said Dr. Epstein. “He was apparently on a long-haul trucking run and was unaware that you had gotten ill.”

“Is he coming here?” asked Karen eagerly. “When can I see him?”

“It is better than that” said the doctor, with what he hoped looked like a genuine smile. We are going to drive you back to your apartment in North Carolina. We have the van all ready. I was going to go to a conference at Duke anyway so it will be on the way. We should start immediately. You can sleep in the van.

As they went to the van, Karen was so excited she could hardly keep still. “It’s  a long drive from here, but I don’t think I will dose off.”

Big Joseph  came along and his job was  to make sure that Karen did fall asleep.  When their long drive finally got into North Carolina, he offered her a soda. One  which Dr. Epstein had carefully prepared. Karen fell asleep shortly after finishing it. The doctor and Joseph took turns driving so that they could go through non-stop while Karen slept.

When they arrived in Durham they followed carefully the directions Gerard had given them to the apartment building. Karen was still sleeping and they carefully lifted her out of the van and carried her into the apartment where Gerard was waiting. They lay the sleeping Karen on the couch and Dr. Epstein shook hands with Gerard.

“Is she alright?” asked Gerard.

“She is fine. We gave her a very safe medication. When you are ready I will administer an injection and she will wake up gently after that. Let me know when you want to start.”

Gerard was visibly nervous. “You know the idea seemed great at the time but now I am not so sure. I have been working on this for months.  This apartment looks almost exactly like the one we used to live in. I got bean bag chairs. I even found shag carpet. God was that hard to find. It is so ugly no wonder they stopped making them. I have been working out and trying to make myself look as much as possible the way I did when Karen and I first met. But you know, there really is no such thing as a Time Machine.” Then Gerard realized that he was babbling so he stopped talking.

Dr. Epstein patted him on the shoulder and said gently, “You have done all that you can.  You should leave the apartment now and I will give her the injection.  Wait about 20 minutes and then come back in. If this works, she will recognize you as her husband.”

“And if not?” asked Gerard.

“Then sir I am afraid that she may never accept that you are really her husband.”

Gerard left the apartment and Dr. Epstein injected Karen. He and Joseph made coffee, and sat in the bean bag chairs. “Remember,” the doctor told Joseph. “Lots of small talk. If she asks about the trip just say she fell asleep and we were making such good time we decided to drive straight through.”

Karen opened her eyes and mumbled, “how much longer until we..” Then she sat up. She stood up and silently walked around the apartment. She examined each of the pictures on the walls individually and did not say a word. Joseph and Doctor Epstein exchanged worried glances. They put down their coffee in case they had to get up quickly to restrain her.

“Why we’re here already.  You all let me sleep right through the best part of the trip.” Her voice quavered slightly like she realized things were not exactly right.  “Where is Jerry? Where is my husband?”

“He called and said he would be here soon. You know Mrs. Hillerman, you have been at the hospital for a long time. Everything may not be exactly the same as before you got sick.”

Karen was about to answer when the apartment door opened and Gerard came in. Karen looked at him intently. A full two minutes passed in absolute silence. There were four people in the apartment and not one made a sound.

Then Karen ran over and threw her arms around her husband and said. “Jerry! Jerry! I missed you so much. I’ve been very sick and I couldn’t find you anywhere, but here you are.” Tears streamed down her face, and Jerry was crying too.

Jerry held her in his arms and said, “Don’t worry. I’ll always be here for you. Always.”

Dr. Epstein and Josephs got up quietly and slipped out the apartment door.

When the got back in to the van Dr. Epstein admitted. “You know I never thought it would actually work.  It was just a way to keep Mr. Hillerman busy while his mind got reconciled to the fact that his wife would be institutionalized permanently.  I never really though I would live to see an actual Time Machine.”

“What happens next?” asked Joseph.

“I have no idea. She might accept this new reality, or she might realize that something is wrong and have that trigger a psychotic episode. A colleague of mine from Duke Medical school is going to monitor the situation.”

Back in apartment Gerard Hillerman knew it would never last.  As he hugged his wife, he knew it was only a matter of time before she knew it was a fraud. It didn’t matter how much he worked out, he was not the same man from 25 years ago. When Karen stepped out the door she would see that Durham was not the same town from a quarter century before, but now a large city.

What would happen then, Gerard did not know. All he knew was that right now right here he had successfully brought them back in time and the only woman he had ever loved was once again safe in his arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gentle Woman’s Bunny Quiz

Test your bunny knowledge! Take the quiz below. In a few days we will publish the answers.

Question # 1

GREG PICTURES 006Summer, the bunny shown above is a:

  1. Mixed breed Domestic.
  2.  New Zealand Albino Dwarf.
  3. A Netherlands Dwarf
  4. A Mini Lop

Question # 2

10405491_10202353916866202_8674453966035016723_aPancakes, the rabbit shown above lives in:

  1.  New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Florida
  4. Pennsylvania

Question #3

Peter Rabbit

The stories about Peter Rabbit and his family were written by:

  1. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  2. Beatrix Potter.
  3. Kim Kardashian
  4. LLoyd Miller

Question #4

LIONHEADThis adorable fellow is a type of rabbit know as:

  1. Dutch
  2. Rex
  3. Lionhead
  4. Toy

Question #5

MINI LOP

This is a

  1. Mini-Lop
  2. Brown Lop
  3. Long fur fuzzball
  4. Dwarf Dutch

Question # 6

roger-rabbit-photos-149Who actually did frame Roger Rabbit?

  1. His wife Jessica Rabbit.
  2. The detective Eddie Valiant.
  3. Judge Doom.
  4. No one framed him. He was guilty.

Question #7

Sunshine 003Sunshine likes to jump high in the air and kick his feet while is does so. Sometimes he even spins around while in the air. When a rabbit does this it is called:

  1. A Kicker-Bounce.
  2. A Binky.
  3. An Air Stretch.
  4. Pretending to be a cat.

 

 

 

 

 

All Is Lost – movie review

All Is Lost staring Robert Redford is film about a man sailing around the world solo, when a series of disasters strike his ship. The movie begins when Redford wakes up to find that during the night a huge metal cargo container has drifted and smashed a hole in the side of his fiberglass boat.

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It is a great movie to watch, but you need to be in the right mood. Be warned ahead of time that there is no dialogue in the entire film except for maybe 2 minutes of Redford talking to himself. In addition, it is a one-man show, with no one but Redford appearing in the film and no flashbacks.

It is a film of survival and how sometimes no matter what you do or how smart you are there are events that you cannot overcome. In some ways it is like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

Tom HanksHowever, unlike Tom Hanks who was stranded on an island with nothing, Robert Redford has many tool to work with. In fact one of the things you will get from this movie is just how ingeniously design modern sailing ships are. The small space of the sailing vessel is packed tightly with  every kind of modern implement imaginable. There are radios, canned food, knives, tools, flares, matches, repair kits, etc.

When watching Castaway, the audience often felt the frustration  that if Hanks had just had access to a certain modern convince such as a lighter the problem would be solved. All is Lost, shows that nature is so powerful and the ocean so vast that all our modern inventions are still nothing in comparison.

This movie is now available on video and is well worth seeing.

We give it 4 Stars.

A Million Ways to Die in the West – movie review

There is no type of movie worse than a bad comedy. Unfortunately A Million Ways to Die in the West, falls into that category. A bad drama is still watchable. A bad horror movie can actually end up being fun. But a bad comedy is unwatchable.

It is especially disappointing since the movie has real potential. It stars and was written and directed by Seth McFarlane, the creator of Family Guy. 

The basic story could be  interesting. Seth’s character, Albert Stark, is a very likable and intelligent  reasonable man who is a sheep farmer in the old west.  However, the old west is no place for intelligent reasonable people.  It is a very good premise for a comedy and the movie starts off well.

There are two main problems. The first is that the movie trailer, (which was repeated endlessly in theaters and commercials)  showed every good joke in the entire film. By the time you see the movie all the good jokes have already been given away. It would be as if the commercials for Jaws had shown the shark over and over until it was not the lest bit scary anymore.

The second problem is that the humor is crude to the maximum. Of course, you know  that anything from the creator of Family Guy and Ted is going to use crude humor. However, crude is not always the same thing as funny.  For example there is a five minute scene of one of the characters having diarrhea in the middle of the street.

It is unfortunate that McFarlane chose to go crude to the max, since the movie did not need it. The cast is made up of excellent characters. The love interest is the beautiful Charlize Theron.  There is real on-screen chemistry between Theron and McFarlane and in off-screen interviews the two seem to genuinely like each other very much

CHARLIZE

Charlize plays the wife of the bad guy Liam Neeson. He finds out that someone has been seeing his wife and of course wants kill the man. Neeson plays a great bad guy and this time did it with his full blown North Ireland accent.

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The set up was great, the characters are interesting and it could have been an excellent comedy. If McFarlane had just toned down the crudeness and let the comedy come naturally to the story it would have worked. Instead the laughs are forced and the movie comes across more like a series of comedy skits than a feature-length film.

It was good try for Mcfarlane and we hope that he will take a lesson from the problems of this movie and go on to make the great work of which we are sure he is capable.

Unfortunately we can only this movie 1 Star, which is our lowest rating.

 

The Gentle Woman to visit Adoption Day at Community Animal Hospital July 20th

Readers keep asking about how the Gentle Woman’s new bunny (Sunshine) is doing.  So here is his latest picture.

ANIMALS 002 Sunshine and Lubby are fascinated with whatever is outside the screen door. Most people think that rabbits and cats cannot co-exist in the same house, but the Gentle Woman has found that as long as you show the cat that the bunny is also a member of the family, they can get along just fine.

ANIMALS 003Sunshine is always fascinated with whatever the cat is doing.

The Gentle Woman is so good with animals that people in the neighborhood often ask her to watch over other creatures while they are away.

ANIMALS 007This is Oakley, a very young Golder Retriever who lives in the neighborhood. In case you are wondering; don’t worry. Oakley is never allowed near the rabbit or the cat.

ANIMALS 017Oakley relaxing on a hot afternoon. Golden Retrievers are one of the friendliest breeds of dog.   However if you are going to get one, don’t forget that they are big and extremely strong and need lots of room to run and exercise. Also, if you have a pool or live anywhere near one, you will find that they are true “water dogs.” They will dive into any body of water they can find. That includes pools, lakes and  mud puddles. If you get a Golden Retriever make sure you also buy  a leash and a big towel.

ANIMALS 013This is Hailey Girl an 11 year old Mountain Cur. This breed of dogs were originally guard dogs. They are friendly to the people who own them, but are very distrustful of others. They are about 2/3 the size of a Golden Retriever.  The one drawback to this breed is that Mountain Curs love to bark. It seems to be their main joy in life.

If you love animals, then come to Adoption Day at Community Animal Hospital in Morris Plains NJ on July 20th. Our friends from Safe Haven Rabbit Rescue will be there, as well as the Gentle Woman herself.

There will be food and fun and lots of animals in need of a good loving home. East Coast Stories will be covering the event and posting pictures of it. See you there!

 

Details are:

  • Sunday July 20th 11am-3pm
  • 921 Rt 53 Morris Plains, NJ
  • Info: Telephone (973)-267-4220