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Hand That Rocks A Cradle Must Also Keep Order

Hand That Rocks A Cradle Must Also Keep Order

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Late night TV comedians have turned their jabs on President Obama for getting Nobel Peace Prize. The comedians ought to fire their script writers for coming up with such poor stuff. Had they lambasted the Prize committee, that would have yielded something. Didn’t they award Henry Kissinger and few other warmongers for Peace Prize?


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It is possible to live to 100. But I don’t recommend it. Especially if you have to pay through nose to some health-fad guru who may not be there to refund if you have been conned.
Always remember what works for your guru doesn’t guarantee same results for you.
Whenever I am faced with such less- than- proven- diets I remember the anecdote about Winston Churchill. Montgomery of Al Amein crowed he was 100% fit because he kept away from smoking and spirits. Churchill who loved both cigar and his whisky retorted that these made him feel 200% fit.
Be that as it may there is no reason for you to throw to winds basic consideration that you owe your body to keep it from abuse.
There are lifestyle habits that age you most quickly

1. Poor diet
2. Lack of exercise
3. Stress and worry
4. Exhaustion
5. Unhappiness
6. Lack of love
7. Toxic overload
8. Blockages and congestion of the transportation highways within our bodies.

Healthy habits to live long
It takes 14 to 21 days of repetitive behavior to form a new pattern in your brain. Once the pattern is formed, it becomes an automatic behavioral response. As you develop new healthy habits, they will begin to replace bad habits. Here are some of the most transformative longevity habits:

1. Drink more water
Drink 8(?! There is no such magic number) glasses of fresh, filtered water every day. Water is very important for proper lymphatic drainage and hydrating the cells to prevent buildup of toxic waste products.
2. Eat like a centenarian
That is frugally and at regular times. Take time to enjoy every morsel of your food. Overeating merely gives your weakness a run and indigestion may be the result. A balanced diet is better than sticking to vegetables or meat as though your key to health is in avoiding the other. Fruits and nuts are also important.

• Eat fish and cut back on meat and poultry.

• Choose the right fats. Cut back on saturated fats like butter and avoid all trans fats. Instead, choose mono-saturated fats: olive, sesame, canola, flax, and fish oils.

• Avoid all refined sugars.

3. Restore with regular rest
Get 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep every night.

4. Take the stairs!
Take a walk. Go for a swim. Join the gym. Find an exercise activity that works for you and stick to it, practicing at least four times a week for thirty minutes a session. Regular exercise can strengthen your immune system, uplift your mood, maintain joint mobility, increase energy.
5. Manage your stress.
Stress is the way of life. If you haven’t set to make your life burn like a candle at both ends spend time to disengage with the reality of improvident fools. Big corporate worlds thrive on the mistaken notion work and stress go hand in hand. So longer hours  are demanded of you. And also stress of meeting their impossible goals. Work is a therapy when you are in control of  your goals including of your body.

Meditation is a powerful way to manage your stress level. For the best results, meditate every day. Start with five minutes and work your way up to fifteen or twenty minutes.
6. Detoxify your surroundings.
With environmental factors causing ever more damage to our well-being, it is important to live in a decent and natural environment. Check out for the chemicals that you breathe and handle,- paint, equipments that run on gas like refrigerator, air-conditioners or toys you buy for your toddlers etc.,
Lower your body’s toxic load by living close to nature.
I could wish you live long but live long and live happy is what you ought to strive for. Unless you are happy what have you some 100miserable years. Ptooey! Who wants to live like that?

Benny with a little help from Dr. Mao.

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rockets on moon

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(This is a reprint of a film appreciation posted in cinebuff.wordpress.com.b)

In one of the three Guy de Maupassant–derived stories of Ophuls’s Le plaisir (1952), the rejected model jumps out of a window and winds up in a wheelchair. The artist, now forcibly married to her, and with plenty of time to work, voices the bitter aphorism, “There’s no joy in happiness.” In the present film Danielle Darrieux invites unhappiness since it is the only way she can feel the pulse of her innermost universe where the heart rules. In Ophulsian universe, men and women occupy separate but equal spheres, and if the men have more power and agency in the world, the women are the conquistadors in the more important realm of the heart. They are the ‘militarists of love’ as Stendhal would call them. For the general’s wife in the Earrings of Madame de… a piece of jewelry serves as nicely as one marries above one’s rank to be reckoned as a woman of importance.  Louise is married and she has a lover. ‘Loss’ of  her earrings presented to her by her husband  could set in motion, events of such import as a kingdom lost at the throw of a dice. Such a personal article ( a trifle in itself) could as the kerchief of Desdemona lead to death in some cases or social disgrace.  Louisa belongs to the rank and file of the militarists of love who gamble with trouble, knowing tragedy is around the corner. Why do they still do it? I recall a passage where Stendhal (Red and the Black) quotes  the case of Margaret du Valois, the wife of Henri IV. She needed such dangers in order to feel her existence. Not having anxiety was as being in a limbo, out of the pale of social respectability her station and rank commanded.

The Earrings of Madame de . . . is based on a 1951 novel by Louise de Vilmorin simply called Madame de, who, in pawning the earrings given her by her husband, sets off a chain of circumstances that, when she falls desperately in love, tightens around her and destroys her. It’s like a brooch, small in scope but filigreed and chiseled masterly as the works of Ophuls often are. The film has a special sheen brought out by incisive wit, irony and understanding. His films are all a treat to watch. It is all on the surface like light caught and the many facets of the stone keep you attentive to what goes on beneath. ”Madame de…” is one and  his  ”La Ronde” (1950) and ”Lola Montes” (1955) are similarly masterly. Take for instance the scene where he makes Baron Fabrizio Donati  writing his lover  day after day, with no letter back. Of course Louise frail in health and unable to stay in Paris tears up his letters and throw them out of her train carriage all the more despondent. She must play her part as demanded of her. In her thoughts,-her  tears and unhappiness on reading them were as good as replies to them. ‘ I’ve answered all your letters my love,”says she. She lacked the courage to reply in any other manner. Louise is married to a general. Their marriage has style but no substance. In fact as the general observes it is superficially superficial. In the same context he sententiously adds, – it is his way of serious conversation, ‘our conjugal bliss is a reflection of ourselves’.

The way she views her earrings is a clear indication of her feelings with regards to marriage. The diamonds, a gift of her husband she doesn’t mind selling since her debts that necessited it, are part of household expenses. She has run up debts in keeping her station in the society while the gift coming from Baron Donati is  from desire. She makes it clear in her tryst in his carriage that she will always keeps them by her bedside. That is what love means to her. In the end when she presents the gift to the Church its significance cannot be lost on the viewer.

The diamond earrings like RL Stevenson’s Bottle Imp turns up often to expose their shallowness as a couple and it echoes Renoir’s La Regle du Jeu: marriage as an institution in the pre WWI France meant for the privileged precious little no more than parading their good breeding and privileges. In this film also disaster follows the woman who makes a false step. Louise will lie to cover the absence of her earrings that makes her lover take offense first and then lead to a duel between two persons who mean most to her. All this will make the viewer agree with the general who quotes Napoleon,”The only victory in love is to flee”.

‘The Earrings of Madame de…,’ directed in 1953 by Max Ophuls, is one of the most mannered and contrived love movies ever filmed. It glitters and dazzles, and beneath the artifice it creates a heart, and breaks it. The film is famous for its elaborate camera movements, its graceful style, its sets, its costumes and of course its jewelry. It stars Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer and Vittorio De Sica, who effortlessly embody elegance. It could have been a mannered trifle. We sit in admiration of Ophuls’ visual display, so fluid and intricate. Then to our surprise we find ourselves caring’.( Roger Ebert-2001)
ack: Press Notes: Ophuls, A Pleasure Indeed, Criterion-Sep. 19, 2008

Comtesse Louise de    Danielle Darrieux
Générale André de    Charles Boyer
Baron Fabrizio Donati    Vittorio De Sica
Monsieur Rémy    Jean Debucourt
Monsieur de Bernac    Jean Galland
Lola    Lia Di Leo

Director    Max Ophuls
Based on the novel by    Louise de Vilmorin
Adaptation by    Marcel Achard, Max Ophuls and Annette Wademant
Cinematography:    Christian Matras
Music    : Oscar Straus and Georges van Parys
Costumes:    Georges Annenkov and Rosine Delamare
Sound    : Antoine Petitjean

Editing:    Borys Lewin
* Run Time: 105 minutes
* Filmed In: B&W

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Number of Jobs I blew Away

The first was for the male lead In Tarzan, the Son of A Gun. I came into the walk in interview. I came walking all right but my bowlegs somehow didn’t make it to the screen test room.


There was a vacancy I could have filled in nicely. The job required a keen eye and attention to detail. So I sent a resume in which I mentioned all those accomplishments that the employers could not have verified.

For instance:

“I am the most talented employee my company has ever had before it went into liquifaction.

“I am the best and most awesome employee in Pudukottai. “

* “My least client called me allmost perfect emplyee.” Unfortunately they could pick out the typos and mistakes.

There were more to come.

Now my only chance to land a job depends on the criterion:’Who has the most experience in being refused?” In that department my resume shall beat the rest, no doubt.


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