Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down

This section of devoted to tips about our world that we can share with each other. Recently we sent out an announcement shared by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention about the upcoming movie Happenings and cautioned those of us who live with and work with Violent Death about it’s disturbing stories. Happenings were given a Thumbs Down. We want to invite you to send us examples of areas that you, and we know it is each of our own ideas, to share with each other. After violent death, moving in the world is different and helping support experiences that may help or hinder the emotional mine field supports our belief that “ Together we can…” learn to live with what has happened better. Feel free to send us your ideas for our consideration to post for others. Although posts are completely the ownership of the author, we reserve the right to post or not and to edit all suggestions.

Movie: Sweeny Todd-Thumbs Down

I love many movies that Johnnie Depp has starred in. So, when this movie musical, Sweeny Todd, was considered award worthy, I rented it. It wasn’t long into the movie before I stopped it and knew it wasn’t something I could enjoy. Too many bloody murderous scenes for me. So I give Sweeny Todd a Thumbs Down. C. Saindon

Movie: Winged Migration– Thumbs Up

This movie documentary has amazing photography and wonderful music with very little narration. It invites us to live the life of birds and shows how amazing they are. The movie is a study of the life of migrating birds, some that travel up to 3,000 miles twice a year. As with life, there are some tragic moments but the predominate time is spent in awe with these birds and how capable they are. So I give Winged Migration a Thumbs Up. C. Saindon

Book: Apples and Oranges– Thumbs Up

Written by Marie Brenner about her life with her brother, two only children in the same family. She writes about the distance and discord between them intertwined with moments only of joy. A writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, her attempts to write other things didn’t work. She realized that she needed to write about the story of her and her brother after he committed suicide. New York Times Critic, Michiko Kakutani, gives the book an unqualified rave: “ Ms. Brenner uses the prism of her love and grief for her brother –and her bewilderment too- to create a haunting portrait.” This book gets my Thumbs Up.

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