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Lawyer | Romantic Suspense Author | Speaker | TV Junkie | Foodie | Sweet Wine Addict | Savvy Shopper You can visit my website at www.authordeelawrence.com to learn more about my romantic suspense novel, Gotta Let It Go, which is set in Baltimore. You can also connect with me online @ thewritepen (Twitter and Facebook). Thanks for visiting with me today!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Avatar

Well, I've finally seen the "MOVIE" that has Oscar buzz written all over it. This is another James Cameron blockbuster that has many movie goers spellbound while they eat popcorn, drink large sodas and watched through their 3D glasses.

I must say that I enjoyed watching the actions scenes which were simply fantastic, thrilling and exciting. It was great to see Sigourney Weaver, awesome actress. I also loved how realistic the facial expressions of these 10 foot tall blue creatures were - it drew me into the movie right away. Zoe Saldana (Neytiri) and Sam Worthington (Jake Sully) will now be hot commodities due to their roles as blue creatures, aka Na'vi "savages."

The storyline was very typical - big bad corporation wants to beat up on the less sophisticated people in this case "blue savages" for a commodity (grey rock) which, let me see...hmmm, belongs on their turf. But because the "grey rock" is worth $20M a kilo and the corporation MUST have it, it's time to destroy everything standing in their way. BUT when the tables are turned and Jake Sully takes side fighting as an Avatar - everyone from near and far including the creatures came to battle the corporate tyrant soldiers. The final showdown was a great fight scene!

Two thumbs up!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Daily Motivator - What You've Always Wanted

I received this daily motivator today....enjoy!

THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Monday, February 22, 2010

What you've always wanted
+++++++++++++++++++

You attempted something and it did not work. But that doesn't
mean it will always fail to work.

When you truly desire to find a way, there is a way. Go back
and remind yourself why you wanted to do it in the first
place.

The obstacles you encounter do not prevent you from getting
it done. Those obstacles enable you to get it done in a more
creative, effective, realistic and sustainable way.

Right now you are more knowledgeable and experienced than
you've ever been. Give it another go, and discover how much
more effective you've become.

Don't fret about the opportunities you've missed. Instead,
discover how those opportunities have now evolved.

The pathway may look different now, yet it is indeed still
there. Confidently take that first step, and begin to do
what you've always wanted to do.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Celebrating Black History Month

Today, my mentoring program partnered with Kappa Alpha Psi and presented a program on Black History month. The speakers highlighted the achievements of black inventors as well as the importance of an education. At the end of the program, the mentors, mentees and one member of the Kappas formed three groups and played a game to guess the name of African Americans who made significant contributions to society and it was interesting that some of us didn't know who these individuals were even when given clues. This signaled to me how important it is that we keep abreast of our history not only for the month of February but all year around.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Double Dippin'

Well, today was a very full day for me. To the point where I was accused of double dippin' in a good way. First, I attended another Baltimore Resurrectionists Club event - this time to see the movie, "The Wolfman" at Cinemark at Arundel Mills. While Benecio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins didn't disappoint me, the traffic exiting the mall did. BUT, as they say patience is a virtue.

As soon as I made my way back home, I had to get ready to see a play, "Let There Be Love," by Kwame Kwei-Armah with Avery Brooks (Spencer: For Hire, A Man Called Hawk) at Centerstage in Baltimore. This play was definitely worth the price of admission: solid writing, great performances by all, standing ovation.

Thus, double dippin' meaning that I share my time with good friends to have a good time was all worth it!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Is Civility Dead?

As a child, I was taught to say thanks, please, sir, ma'am, good morning, respect my elders, etc. I was always proud that as an adult, these lessons followed me through college and into the workplace, where so many people forget to even say "Good morning!" for fear that saying these two words would somehow cause them harm.

Lately, it seems that having manners have been lost on many people due to stress, or for whatever reasons. The other day, I held the elevator which closes rather quickly and five people jumped on. To my surprise, not even one people bothered to say "thanks." I tried not to let it bother me until a few minutes later, I held the office door for a fellow co-worker who went right through without saying "thanks." Now at this point, I was heated. I asked another co-worker why don't people have any manners anymore and is civility dead? Their response to me was "Not everyone is like you." This response threw me for a loop and all I could say was "What do you mean? Having manners is basic!" But was I wrong?

It just seems that no one cares any more, they'd run you off the street, cut you off while driving, cut in front of you in the grocery line, rush you off a machine at the gym, bump into you without saying "excuse me," frown when you get to the checkout line as if you're bothering them, etc. Now I could get angry and become like them but since I was taught the "basics" as a child and since it has molded me into the woman that I am today, I'll still take the higher road no matter how frustrating. To those without manners, I'd say "It's your loss, because you can catch a lot of bees with honey than you can with vinegar!"

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