The next Story Time Celebration is almost here! This special Milk + Bookies event brings together children of all ages to support reading and giving in a most fun, delightful way. The next Story Time Celebration is this Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 11 to 2 pm in Culver City, California. For more information, and to get tickets, visit milkandbookies.org. Have fun supporting this most worthy cause. My friend and neighbor Meredith and her family do a great job with this organization, and of course I'll be there, too!
I was very saddened and shocked to hear that Scott Pruitt was confirmed today as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. This man has no business running an agency he has threatened to dismantle. I was very upset, but emotions are not going to solve this problem. Even though I actually started crying, I soon realized there are three things we need to do now to overcome this problem and protect our environment.
One: Don't despair, and don't give up. It's just politics, and as you can see from the immigration issue, often the Justice Department or some other force interferes in even the most difficult problem to help resolve things.
Two: Donate, fight, call, write your representatives, keep up the fight. This is not over yet.
Three: Take care of yourself. Getting depressed will not help. Eat right and keep your spirits up. This will be a long haul to fight everything that is going wrong in the political realm right now, and it is going to take all our strength, prayers, guts, head and heart to prevail, but prevail we will. We must.
Jonathan is another high-quality film being released today, 2/7/17 by Wolfe Video. It’s an award-winning German drama about a complicated family set in the beautiful rural farm area of Germany.
Jonathan (wonderfully acted by Jannis Niewohner -- a handsome, gifted young actor) at 23 years old, is dutifully taking care of his ailing father on the family farm. He is nearly overwhelmed when a kind and lovely young aide named Anka arrives to help. Soon they start to fall in love, even as the father continues to decline. Then a mysterious stranger appears.
With Bergman-like overtones, and artfully photographed, this film is an honest and unflinching look at the complexities of modern family life and how relationships, past and present, impact a family.
The dialogue is spare but well written, the music is subtle and evocative; overall an engaging, well-crafted film well worth your time. Written and directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski, this film has won numerous awards at various film festivals. Releasing today 2/7/17 on DVD/Video on Demand via Wolfe Video, and available through iTunes and major retailers, and at wolfeondemand.com.
I just posted this article on my contributor's page at the Huffington Post about Trump's disastrous nominee for the EPA Scott Pruitt, who must be stopped immediately: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reject-scott-pruitt-as-head-of-the-epa_us_58817f95e4b0d96b98c1da6f
Feel free to share, send to your representatives, tell your mother, and anyone who will listen. We can do this if everyone cries foul loudly enough.
Arguably one of the most influential film festivals ever, the Sundance Film Festival starts today in Park City, Utah. In case you can't get there, visit www.sundance.org for lots of info., videos, and background. And you can stay nice and warm and cozy at home!
Also, season two of a terrific TV show on FX starts tonight at 10 pm: Baskets. It is Zach Galifianakis at his finest, playing a down on his luck professional clown, and it's amazing. Sad, funny, unusual -- just perfect.