Tuesday, November 9, 2010
My children wanted to see the Disney movie Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. I was thinking, great another remake of Aladdin. I was pleasantly surprised.
The graphics were excellent. My oldest son insisted the movie was based on a video game which explained some aspects to the movie. Heavy on the action, I still felt the story was strong enough to carry all the action.
There was one section that both I and my youngest son struggled with frustration. Either give us more clues or tell us already.
Families with older children (rated PG-13) could sit down and have a family movie night. I would caution families with children under ten. I'm not sure they would understand the mystical scifi storyline.
There was also one scene in the beginning in which some sexual humor occurred. See Internet Movie DataBase for Parental Guidelines: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473075/parentalguide .
I loved the overall theme of this movie, fight for your family. Brothers taking care of each other even when appearances tell you otherwise regardless if family connections are biological or adopted.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
On my eighteen birthday, I watched a U.S. Presidential inaugration live on TV. Even though I was now an adult, I would have no say over the surpreme commander of our nation for four more years. What's the big deal?
My grandmother always said, "If you don't vote, you don't get to bitch." I agree. If you don't participate in the process, then you are part of the problem. Your voice didn't get heard.
Two years later for mid term elections, I had moved in with my grandparents in the big city. My parents had taken us for civic lessons in our very, very small elementary school voting location. Now, I was expected to vote in a very large public school in the bad part of a big city. My grandmother quite literally took me under her wing. I voted. I had a voice.
I have never regretted voting. Sometimes, I've been on the winning side and sometimes, I've been on the losing side. Still no regrets! I made the best decision with the information I had available at the time.
When your time comes, will you stand up and let your voice be heard? Your voice matters. Don't be afraid. People in other countries risk death for a chance to be heard. It matters that much! (Even if I use cartoons to illustrate my point.)