A MOVIE LOVER’S FAVORITES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PANDEMIC #16: Ishtar

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A MOVIE LOVER’S FAVORITES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PANDEMIC #10: Shaft

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A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the pandemic #10: Shaft (1971). I saw it with my family when I was eleven. What was Dad thinking? (We all had a great time.) The movie has one of the best opening sequences ever filmed and was wildly innovation its day. Theme from Shaft won Isaac Hays a well deserved Oscar. The movie is a standout of the Blaxploitation movement. It’s a little dated, but who cares? “Who is the man who would risk his life for his brother man” still resonates. Watch it on Pay-per-view and feel the groove.

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A MOVIE LOVERS’S FAVORITES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PANDEMIC #1: On the Waterfront

I became a crazy movie person when I was twelve, and I’ve seen at least one movie a week in theaters since I was fourteen. People always inquire about my favorite film. I have dozens of them, some well known, and others obscure. While everyone is sheltering in place at home I thought I’d share some of them with my readers. On the Waterfront (1954) is my number one favorite movie. It has a complex social history dating back to the 1930s, great writing, crisp directing, and a host of stunning performances. If you’ve never seen it now is the time to watch it.

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Tough Times

Running a therapy group on happiness is one of my favorite job responsibilities. There’s a huge industry focused on happiness. While doing research for the group, I learned that optimism boosts happiness, so we discuss this concept in the group. Like many of the things that make people happy, optimism may be innate, or we may have to mindfully develop the habits and skills that boost this attitude. Here’s my template for optimism: Be hopeful. Show up. Do your best. Let go. Repeat. Over the years, I’ve found it’s a winning formula.

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Brotherly Wisdom #6

In December 1981, I moved into an apartment in Mountain View, California, when Silicon Valley was in its nascent phase. My brother, Charles, and, Margaret, my future sister-in-law, who lived over an hour away in Berkeley, visited me several times, together and separately.tools-864983__480Sometime in the spring, Charles looked around my apartment and asked if I owned any tools. I didn’t—not a hammer, screwdriver, or pliers. This seemed to trigger some paternal impulse in him. He declared that I needed to own basic tools. At his insistence, we walked over to Sears, located few blocks away, and he bought me a hammer and screwdriver combo. I still use them almost forty years later. I am forever indebted to Charles for his fount of big-brother wisdom and care.