Sunday, February 15, 2015

In the NY Times this Weekend - February 15, 2015

Greetings from bright and bitter cold Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY. Went out earlier for coffee and didn't think it was too bad out there until I turned the corner at 5th Avenue and the wind hit me. Ouch. Got my coffee and hustled back home. Been watching a documentary on James Brown and lost track of the time. So quickly now...

Arts & Leisure
I must confess that I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, but I've certainly heard a lot about it since the book first took off. Sounds like "book clubs" around the world have read it. There's certainly been quite a bit of discussion around the subject matter, especially now with the movie coming out soon. People seem torn between being turned on by the story of a dominant/submissive relationship and turned off by the woman playing the submissive role. Again. The Times speaks with the Director of the movie today. What's your take on this whole thing? I have a "whatever floats your boat" attitude whenever it comes to anything happening between two consenting adults. So long as no one is doing anything against his/her will, I say get your groove on anyway you choose. I don't have to understand or share anyone's proclivities. No one's been forced to read the book, or go see the movie. If you don't like the messages or characters, the best protest is to not buy the book or a ticket. Or start your own blog and speak out. Agree?

Sunday Styles
It saddens me deeply that some things I've written in this blog - and others over the years - have caused me to lose friends. Literally.  I'm sure you can tell by now that I have strong opinions on issues and sometimes I let that intensity cloud my judgement. I've written things that I regret and I've hurt people in the process. There were times when I was trying to be funny and it came across the wrong way. Other times when I thought what I had to say was legitimate and reasonable, but with the benefit of hindsight, it would have been better if I kept those thoughts and opinions to myself. Or waited until I'd calmed down before stating those opinions publicly. Blogs like this one are risky. You never know who will read them, and it's easy to misinterpret the written word without having the benefit of seeing the person expressing them. With all those thoughts in mind, I read this article with great interest. I think it's valuable food for thought.

Sunday Review
Turns out Anna North, NY Times reporter, has been thinking about the topic above, too. She writes about the way people act online and how it differs from how we express ourselves face to face. Researchers are also digging into this topic to learn what it says bout the "commenters." I like to think that my online persona matches what I'm like offline - for better or worse - but I'm also guilty of being a bit harsher and less tolerant online. Part of that is due to where I live and my profession. In both of those situations, it's better for me to tone it down and try my best to remain neutral. One means not getting into heated arguments with friends, the other not doing or saying anything to put my job or my employer's reputation at risk.

That's all for this weekend. Apologies for the skimpy content this weekend. Will try to post more next time around. Until then, I hope today's update finds you in good health and fine spirits.

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