5 Christmas Movie Scenes I Frickin’ Love

by Rebecca A. Watson on December 18, 2014

in holidays, movie clip Monday, Solstice

I’m getting ready to fly to San Francisco (yay for Mexican food and the ocean!!) and I have been working like mad, which means my hands are hurting. (Boo for carpal tunnel!!)

So since I’ve been getting pretty serious lately, writing about race relations and depression, I decided to give us all a break.

Here are some of my favorite clips from movies I love, and in many cases have watched again and again.

1. Jamie proposes to Aurelia, Love Actually – I don’t care how cheesy this scene might appear, it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. If you haven’t, for some insane reason not seen this movie, do it now.

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MMP: New Year’s Optimism

by Rebecca A. Watson on December 15, 2014

in Monday Morning Pages, optimism

I am an Aries through and through. This means that I love a fresh start. Not only do I love a fresh start, I am almost always optimistic about it. It’s probably what got me through two divorces, although I’m sure it’s also caused me a bit of trouble now and then too.

Aires: The Ram

Aries, The Ram: Yep, I might have some of the qualities of that animal.

As we draw close to the end of the year, I look back through my journals and see this excitement in me rising. In 2012:

Happy Winter Solstice! Wheeee! So excited. Oh, and it’s also the planetary alignment, hence the “end of the world” for so many people. Well, frankly I’m looking forward to it.”

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About half a year ago there were two trends on Twitter that got a lot of attention: #YesAllWomen and #NotAllMen. Without getting into it too much, it had a lot to do with women getting harassed, raped and killed and how not all men were like that.

I read an excellent article about how arguing “Not all men are like that” actually derails the conversation about women’s issues. It was fascinating, well-written and penned by a man, Phil Plait.

While I was falling asleep last night I had a nagging feeling that this article could be extrapolated to what people are saying today when they’re talking about racial tension and police brutality.

“Not all police officers are like that.”

“Not all white people are like that.”

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MMP: Don’t Doom the Season

December 8, 2014

“It’s just a rough time of year for me,” I said in my therapist’s office last week. “I think it’s a rough time of year for everyone.” “You can’t possibly believe that. You told me what a nice time you had decorating your house last week,” she replied back. “Don’t doom the whole season just […]

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White Silence: I’m Afraid to Be Called Racist

December 5, 2014

If you’re an American (or anyone in the world who pays attention to the news) you’ve probably heard about the stories in Ferguson and Staten Island. I can’t even recount them without bursting into tears. I have felt more helpless than I have in a long time. Even Googling “Staten Island” to make sure I’m […]

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MMP: Expat Holidays–Can a Girl Get A Christmas Card?

December 2, 2014

I put a 9 kilogram (19 pound) turkey in my German oven this weekend. It fit. Barely. And I have what is considered a full size oven here. It was also the most delicious turkey I’ve ever made, which is great considering a bunch of folks I was serving had never even seen a full […]

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Ich Bin Dankbur … American Thanksgiving auf Deutsch!

November 27, 2014

Happy happy happy Thanksgiving y’all! This is easily one of my favorite days of the year — the BEST American holiday if you ask me. Although we’ve got a big party planned for Saturday (20 people-ish?), I am missing the four-day weekend and the warmth of pecan pie, coffee and turkey leftovers. So I decided […]

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MMP: 18 Tips for Not Drinking On Thanksgiving or Holiday Dinners

November 24, 2014

This is a special Monday Morning Pages. Usually I just look back to 2012, but I’ve got a couple of gems for you throughout the years, and they all have to do with the morning after celebrating a big event. From 2012 after Thanksgiving: I’m actually having a little anxiety. Part of me wants to be […]

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Trauma, Addiction & Post-Traumatic Growth

November 20, 2014

So Sante and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary this week by sitting at home sick on the couch together. While I hate being sick, like we’ve said to eachother today, there’s no one I’d rather be stuck on the couch with for a week. So instead of a long post today, I’m taking […]

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I’m Casting a Money Spell on Saturday. Want In?

November 17, 2014

I’m taking a break this week from my Monday Morning Pages because I have something important I want to share with you. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming next week. This Saturday is a new moon. For me that means sowing seeds (prayers, spells, whatever you want to call them) that I’d like to […]

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