Friday, February 22, 2013

Historical Fiction ---?? What is it?

Historical Fiction is popular both in novels and in movies. This year we have such films nominated for
Academy Awards in several categories including Best Picture. Zero Dark Thirty is up for best Orignial Screen Play and Lincoln and Argo up for best Adapted Screen Play.
We all approach Historical Fiction in different ways. The gullible believe it all. The sceptical believe very little.

My approach is to look at the Director and/or writer and see if I trust their research and how they have merged journalism and storytelling. Needless to say, if it is going to be a good and particularly a great film it has to have a good story that is told dramatically.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Waiting.....for the Operating Room.

Waiting since Dec. 26 for my hip replacement. Should have had it a year ago. Lots of snow birds come to Az. for their hips and knee. Why not? They can recover in the sun shine. No fear of slipping on ice or having to get those snow boots on.  Lots of physical therapist. Lots of pools for water walking. However it does make our Doctor appointments full and O.R. time more scarce.  If anyone reading this is even thinking of having hip or knee surgery do it now. The pain only gets worse.

I am reminded of a poem I wrote last year while waiting late in the day to talk with the surgeon after a loved ones surgery.

The Waiting Room

a real intergenerational room
teens text
babies whimper
grandmas sit and stare

inter-racial too
all colors of skin
from pale to dark brown to black

some leave
some come back
some leave again

But I stay
times passes
sent to another waiting room

people in scrubs
walk in
walk out
walk in again
take people away

I wait...
the last one

the day is long
but the news is good