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Movies: "The Family"

Movies: "The Family"

 

French filmmaker Luc Besson has made some terrific action movies, including “La Femme Nikita,””Leon: The Professional” and “Ronin.”  

 

While it does have its moments, “The Family” is not one of his best.

 

The problem is that Besson has dusted off almost all the old Hollywood Mafia tropes and transported them into the present -- and off to France.  As if to reinforce that backward look, he’s cast Mafia movie veteran Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer (who cut her teeth in such gangster classics as “Married to the Mob” and, of course, “Scarface”).  In one

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Ten Things You Should Know About Head Lice

Head lice. Ugh. Been there, done that. Twice. The first time: The school sent home instructions to check our kids for lice because they were going around. Sure enough, after searching and searching my husband found one. One is enough to start the purge.

My Late Start: Going Back to College to Get an Art Degree

My Late Start: Going Back to College to Get an Art Degree

My moment of enlightenment came during a painting class I took several years ago through the Continuing Studies program at Maine College of Art (MECA). It was called Painting for the True Blue Beginner and was taught by artist Patsea Cobb.

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine
WILL AN APPLE A DAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY?

Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon. Read more ... 

 

A Small Maine Cancer Prayer and Support Group Becomes a Ministry - More at: http://dianeatwood.com

A Small Maine Cancer Prayer and Support Group Becomes a Ministry - More at: http:/dianeatwood.com

It all began in Gorham, Maine
Den Morton, from Gorham, Maine, knows all about cancer. “I still remember the phone call from my surgeon,” he shares. “It was election night in 2004, and he called to let me know the tumor on my neck contained atypical cells and it appeared I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He went on to explain what would take place over the next weeks but all I could remember was the date of my next appointment and that I had cancer.” Read more ...

Movies: "The Spectacular Now"

Movies: "The Spectacular Now"

 

It’s back to school time, and just to remind us older folks what that was like, there have been a spate of recent, serious movies about high school age kids.  You know, first loves, sex, real or imagined, partying and -- occasionally -- studying for class.

 

So far, this is the best of the lot.

 

Sore Throat Remedies

Sore Throat Remedies

I woke up the other morning with a slight sore throat. Determined not to let it get any worse, I asked my Catching Health Facebook friends if they could recommend any home remedies. Several obliged and I decided not to keep their suggestions all to myself! Read more ...