Defiance – The Movie


Had a chance to see the movie ‘Defiance’ over the weekend with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber.  I thought it was very well done.  It is the true story of three Jewish brothers who escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest.  They join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber were fantastic as the Bielski brothers and how they came to help over 1200 Jews escape the Nazis.  It was wonderful to see Daniel Craig in a real gritty role that didn’t have all the special effects of a Bond movie.  He is a fantastic actor, as is Liev Schreiber, who first came to my attention in the movie The Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington.  This true story truly is a great epic.

Also had a chance to see ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ over the weekend with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.  I really enjoyed that one as well.  Scarlett Johansson captures the film and shines throughout the entire movie.  I usually am not a huge fan of history pieces, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Hope you all had a great weekend as well.


Marley & Me!

Marley & Me (2008) PosterLife & Love with the World’s Worst Dog

I loved it!  Both the book and the movie.  I bought the book just before Christmas at the airport, and from the first page I was hooked.   I felt a part of this wonderful family through the eyes of both the dog and the family.  John Grogan has done a splendid job of inviting us into his home and family life which included this force of nature, called Marley.  I was almost nervous to watch the movie.  I had enjoyed the book so much, and many times have been disappointed in the past when a book is made into a movie.

However, I thought both Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson did a superb job of playing John and Jennifer Grogan.  The movie captured the funny, the sad and all the heartwarming moments the book gave us first. 

A two-thumbs up on both the book and movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  Bring it on John Grogan!

Enjoy the weekend.


Dream Big… It Costs the Same!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them!”  Walt Disney

It is said whether you dream big or dream small, the cost is the same.   As kids, we believe anything is possible.   However, as we grow older we are told to ‘stop day-dreaming’ and ‘grow up’.   Do you think anyone told Walt Disney to ‘stop day-dreaming’?  Probably!  Wouldn’t it be a shame if he had listened?

Sometimes I think its easier to work hard at something, than it is to take that leap of faith and have the courage to dream big!   Did you know that most people are not afraid of failure, they are afraid of people telling them ‘You’re Crazy!”  Now that’s crazy!

The motivational speaker Les Brown says if we are going to fall, we should land on our backs.  If we can look up, we can get up.  This is a guy that says some people die at the age of 21, but they dont’ get buried until they are 75.  Not the way I want to live my life! 

Most people on their deathbed rarely regret things they did, most regret the things they never did.  You’ll never wish you spent more time at the office.  I do not want to be one of those people who have regrets like that on my death bed. 

I had the privilege of attending an ‘Energy Empowerment’ Workshop this weekend with Dr. Gabrielle Woerner out of Montreal.  I found it interesting that our physical body, mental body, emotional body and spiritual body are all connected.  I liked how this lady encouraged us to dream,,, dream big,,, dream whatever we like,,, but enjoy the journey.  Savor the moments we are in.   Take time to enjoy and be grateful for today!  Now that’s good advice.

Enjoy your week!  Dream Big!


Tigger Turns 13!


Hi Everyone!

I am experimenting with my posts, adding pictures, links etc.  I am so new to this!

I have decided to call this Post “Tigger Turns 13” .  You have probably figured by now I have a cat… I adopted him 12 1/2 years ago from the SPCA at the age of 5 months, and recently he turned 13.  You’ve probably also guessed his name is Tigger.  It was a longshot, but I just knew you would figure it out.

Tigger has lived in 4 provinces in Canada, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.   He was abandoned on the side of the highway in Alberta, before being bought to a local SPCA.  I did some volunteer work there, and the first time I picked Tigger up, he wouldn’t let go.  I really had no choice but to adopt,,, he seriously wouldn’t let go of me.

A pet is instant stress relief!  Great company and animals seem to be able to read your mood, and will lift your spirit automatically.  Did you know people who own pets live longer?  I believe it… you can’t stay stressed in the company of a pet.  

If you are considering adopting an animal, they will become part of your family.  I urge you to do your research before adopting or buying an animal.  Make sure the animal fits your lifestyle, as Tigger does mine.  I will have a dog once I retire, but living out side the city, and being gone about 11 hours at a time, just wouldn’t be fair to a dog at this point in my life.  Remember, if you are considering adopting or buying, make the decision for the long haul.  They could be part of your family for a long time, and that time will include vet bills including vaccinations, getting spade and getting sick.  It’s all a part of it.

But the richness Tigger brings to my life.  I wish that richness on each and everyone of you.

Have a great day

Darlene and Tigger

One Hell Of A Ride!

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I have been doing a fair bit of reading during this Christmas break, and one of the most fascinating books I have read, ‘One Hell Of a Ride’ – How Craig Dobbin Built The World’s Largest Helicopter Company In the World” by John L. Reynolds.

This is the story of how Newfoundlander Craig L Dobbin, who came from a working class Irish beginnings in St. John’s Newfoundland, and rose to auspicious heights of success.  Now although these rags to riches stories are quite common, I guarantee you none of them has pulled the stunts this man has pulled.  It is entertaining, inspiring and jaw-dropping in places. 

Imagine being broke and wanting to buy another company.  When people told him he was broke, he replied ‘that’s your problem, make it happen’.   I remember reading this book and thinking the word ‘risk-taker’ is used alot, but this man’s picture should be next to the word in the dictionary.  When he was in risk of losing some of his planes to re-possession, he flew them around Newfoundland to avoid the people trying to take back the planes.

This is a great book.  I realize I too am a Newfoundlander and have met many of the people in the book, but I guarantee you will enjoy this book.    His friends included former U.S. President George Bush Senior who is interviewed for the book, as well as Canadian businessman Harry Steele.  One Hell of a Ride is One Hell of a Read!