romance, love, sex, and marriage at sixty

That is the theme for the screenplay I am currently working on entitled “Monkabeans” (see earlier posts): romance, love, sex, and marriage….at sixty.

I’ve been doing my research!!! Won’t go into all the details of that, but am watching romance and romantic comedies like “Moulin Rouge”, “Lightness of Being” and many more (my favorite movie genre, really). I also attended Elizabeth Gilbert’s (Eat, Pray, Love) reading of her new book, “Committed”, but left a bit skeptical. How long has she been married exactly? Six months in this new one. Don’t get me wrong, I wish her the best. I also intend to take a look at her book in which she did some research on marriage, but try being in a marriage for over twenty-five years and then tell me what marriage is about.

Of course, I fully support her stand for same-sex marriage; and I touch on that in my screenplay. But as I said, my screenplay is about being married for a long, long time and sustaining a relationship of passion and romance, even as you discover and uncover some of the not so beautiful parts.

I have seen “On Golden Pond” but that was a long time ago, when it wasn’t so relevant to me.

There’s still plenty of other movies to see, I suspect, some books to read, some blogs to discover on the topic. The topic of same-sex marriage is, of course, sexier right now, as it should be. But I can’t help but wonder, what is this marriage thing people are fighting for? What are the promises of life-long companionship.

Any and all comments are welcome.


“Regarding Ducks and Universes” and Douglas Adams

An early spring thaw is in store for those of us who grieved the passing of Douglas Adams. Here comes his female reincarnation, to of all places, the Loft in Minneapolis of Universe A!

The Loft Presents: Neve Maslakovic
Thursday, March 17, 7:00pm – The Loft Literary Center at Open Book,
1011 Washington Avenue S, Minneapolis

Neve Maslakovic reads from her new book “Regarding Ducks and
Universes”. Felix Sayers wasn’t born when the Universe was split into
two dual realities: Universe A and Universe B. And so, for most of his
life in San Francisco A, he has had no reason to wonder about San
Francisco B and the other reality that’s just a portal trip away. He’s
content with his day job writing culinary instruction books and
nighttime dream of penning an Agatha Christie-style mystery. But then,
Felix discovers he’s a little older than he thought and that he has an
“alter” — his double, running around in Universe B — and everything

“An imaginative take on the theories of nature versus nurture…bright
and amusing.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Regarding Ducks and Universes” is Neve Maslakovic’s first novel.
Before that, she was crafting technical papers and finishing her PhD
in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University’s STARLab (Space,
Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory). She spent her early
years speaking Serbian in the city of Belgrade, in what was then
communist Yugoslavia. After stops along the way in London, New York,
and the San Francisco Bay Area, she has settled in the Twin Cities.


Preschool Teacher

By Mary Alterman
February 11, 2011

In the art room
Quietly working
On their own,
children’s voices are demanding
that they find a place to shine.

Present to
the power of speaking
Dreams and wishes,
Lies and more,
Fairy tales and puppets yearning
For a life they call their own.

testing, testing, testing

the new feature of word press, publicize now,which directly connects my blog to my Facebook and twitter account. I’m not seeing the magic button I push, which reminds me of the fairy tale, “The Magic Button.”

It begins as do all fairy tales, Once upon a time, in a kingdom covered in white, lived a princess, of course, but an unhappy princess. She was tired of white.

One day a prince rode up on his beautiful black stallion and popped a magic button in her mail box. The princess was watching him from the window of her castle. She wanted to run outside and pull the prince from the stallion and make him hers, but alas, it was damn cold outside and so the prince got away before the princess was able to get her coat, hat, mittens, snow pants, and uggs on. And so she had to be happy with the magic button she found in her mailbox. (she really thought she’d have preferred the male to the mail.)

She pushed the magic button and there, before her, stood Rumpelstilskin from a previous fairy tale. She recognized him immediately.

“I’m sorry, Rump,” she told him. “But I don’t weave anything. Straw, gold, threads, yarn, I don’t care what. I’m just not a weaver.”

“But you’ve already guessed my name. Isn’t that the whole point? So you don’t have to give me your first born. However, you also don’t get any gold. And the prince is gone, so I guess you’re not left with much,” said the wiley and mischievous Rumpel.

“That’s o.k.” said the princess. “I’m a liberated princess. I know the value of work for pay. You’ve reminded me of that. And now, it’s time for me to catch the commuter train into the city. You, on the other hand, need to return to the land of “once upon a time.” Maybe the prince will come back to get you. You’ll have to find some other princess to delude with your promises of easy, fast, wealth and happiness.”

And for the first time in many, many months, the princess smiled as she looked upon the land of white. Green, she knew, would come soon enough. For now, she loved the white.

The end.

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring (via Slow Family Online)

I am reblogging this for the significant poetry embedding therein….read on. Also, hearty Minnesotans be cheered, the ground hog didn’t see its shadow and that means what?????

Read on.

Also, it was on this day in 1921 that my grandparents took their holy vows of matrimony which, by the way, they kept, an awesome achievement in the light of today’s statistics.

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring Groundhog Day, February 2, has basically everything going for it that I love in a holiday — It marks a point in a season; it's full of folklore and wisdom, superstition, ceremony, civic charm, mystery, agrarian history, and weather — and it was featured in perhaps my all-time favorite movie of the same name, which itself is a study in acceptance and inner calm while being outright hilarious in nearly every frame. Altogether now: It's Groundhog … Read More

via Slow Family Online

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