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In To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean is the high school icon I wish I had growing up

In To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean is the high school icon I wish I had growing up

In <em>To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before</em>, Lara Jean is the high school icon I wish I had growing up

The Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before came out on August 17th, and I’ve already watched it three times. The movie (based on the YA series by Jenny Han) is charming and heartwarming. It leaves me with the sense of giddiness that all fantastic teenage rom-coms should. But beyond that, it’s a story built around a character I can actually identify with, fully: Lara Jean is a half-Korean, half-white teenager discovering the values of family, love, friendship, and honesty—with herself and with those around her.

I’ve never really felt like television, film, or even books told stories that were actually about me: a mixed-race, first generation Thai Brit living in America (and maybe we haven’t gotten quite that specific… yet).

Popular stories all seemed like fantasies, pieces of culture that I loved to engage with but that contained protagonists I could never fully embody. The young adult series that were trendy when I was growing up—books like Gossip Girl or The Clique series—zeroed in on the wealthy and white. Don’t get me wrong; I still read those stories and unabashedly followed the TV episodes, but I knew they weren’t written with a girl like me in mind.

With the emergence of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before—alongside the box-office hit, Crazy Rich Asians—I’m so heartened to say that I finally feel like that’s all beginning to the change. This is not to disregard the canon of Asian American literature and film that has paved way for this moment; books like America is in the Heart, The Joy Luck Club, and The Woman Warrior all taught me to think critically about my identity, family, and place in the United States. This continuation of Asian American media celebrates how far our stories have carried us.

Lara Jean

Watching Lara Jean (played so enchantingly by Lana Condor) makes me feel like I’m watching myself. Her handwritten love letters remind me of my own private declarations to my crushes, including a sonnet I wrote in the 9th grade (during a Shakespeare lesson) in which I compared my crush’s green eyes to stalks of celery. The opening scene, where Lara Jean fantasizes about being in a romance novel, is embarrassingly familiar to my teenage self and all the Sophie Kinsella novels I devoured.

Though Lara Jean is a biracial character tiptoeing across two cultures, the center of the story doesn’t focus on her racial identity or the traumas associated with being a person of color in America today.

The story allows typical teenager Lara Jean to be, well, a typical teenager.

A lot of Asian American literature and film from the past has clung to the narrative of fleeing and settlement, or the dichotomy of being American but not really feeling American. Asian American writers are often pigeonholed into writing about trauma, family, and identity without much wiggle room to discuss anything else. And although these stories are wholly necessary and have allowed for new stories to be told, I’m excited to consume culture that presents the realities a Korean American teenager might face without heavy explanations of her race.

Lara Jean is clever, quirky, and well-meaning. She has a messy room and a strong bond with her sisters. She drinks Yakult in the morning during my favorite scene—where love interest Peter Kavinsky (played by heartthrob Noah Centineo) delights in Yakult for the first time, exclaiming that the yogurt drink we’ve all been sipping since childhood is “really good.” All of this feels so refreshingly authentic thanks to author Jenny Han, director Susan Johnson, and screenwriter Sofia Alvarez.

Lara Jean

I wish I had Lara Jean to model myself after when I was in high school. I would have been able to see what it’s like to be unapologetically me.

It’s the tiny details that allow Lara Jean’s character to shine on screen—whether it be her uniquely vintage wardrobe complete with flatform sneakers, her obsession with Sixteen Candles, or her strength to confront the intersecting dramas within her life.

The phrase “representation matters” gets thrown around a lot, but it’s because it’s true—these stories, when written by and for us, impact us in entirely new ways. We’re able to identify with characters beyond the surface level. We can even envision ourselves filling their shoes. Looking at the screen and being able to say, “Hey, that’s me!” is a powerful reaction and a testament to the talents of the filmmakers and Jenny Han’s vision.

Jenny Han said it herself in her moving piece in the New York Times:

“What would it have meant for me back then to see a girl who looked like me star in a movie? Not as the sidekick or romantic interest, but as the lead? Not just once, but again and again? Everything. There is power in seeing a face that looks like yours do something, be someone. There is power in moving from the sidelines to the center… Because when you see someone who looks like you, it reveals what is possible. It’s not just maybe I could be an actress. It’s maybe I could be an astronaut, a fighter, a president. A writer. This is why it matters who is visible. It matters a lot. And for the girls of 2018, I want more. I want the whole world.”

I’m excited to see what the future of literature, movies, and television looks like with a generation that gets to grow up seeing diversity normalized across all storytelling mediums. It’s our turn to tell stories that matter to us, with characters that can understand and portray our truest selves.

And in the meantime, I’m excited to see a sequel to this intoxicatingly sweet rom com (did you guys see the credit scene?!).

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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Star Israel Broussard Outed for Racist, Homophobic Tweets and ‘Likes’


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix’s most successful attempt yet at the lost art of the romantic comedy, made a lot of people very happy. The adaptation of Jenny Han’s 2014 young-adult novel is funny, heart-hurting, and, most importantly, pure: from John Corbett’s teary-eyed, wine-sipping portrayal of a sensitive dad to protagonist Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) becoming the star of her very own romance.

To help Lara out of her journal and into the wild world of hot tub hookups and couples’ Instagram posts, Covey has two potential love interests: Josh Sanderson, her best friend who also happens to be her sister’s boyfriend, and Peter Kavinsky, a high school heartthrob with a lax bro exterior who really just wants to sit next to Lara Jean on the ski trip bus and open up to her about his deadbeat dad. While Peter Kavinsky is the highest quality crush this film has to offer—I present the following tweets, and rest my case—Lara Jean starts out pretty stuck on the emo boy next door, Josh Sanderson. It’s not outlandish; Israel Broussard (who plays Josh) and Noah Centineo (Peter) are both snacks. Plus, anyone who hasn’t mistook a collection of flannel shirts and severe mopey-ness for a personality has never been in high school.

Josh Sanderson and Peter Kavinsky are not real-life teens—they’re high school archetypes-turned-fantasies, and both the actors who portray them are in their early 20s. But To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a rare opportunity to suspend disbelief, put aside adult skepticism for a little while, and watch a smart, funny, Korean-American protagonist straddle her happy ending. So, how dare that Bon Iver wannabe Josh Sanderson—or, more accurately, the actor Israel Broussard—puncture the TATBILB bubble and make everything bad again.

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Jim Cummings: the Voice Behind Pooh, Tigger and Every Character You Ever Loved

Jim Cummings voices the characters of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the upcoming Disney film Christopher Robin. He’s played the characters before, but when we got a chance to speak to Cummings for the film, he told us that this time around, it feels different.

Cummings has voiced pretty much every character you’ve ever loved. The Jungle Book’s King Louie and Kaa, for starters, as well as other Disney characters including Pete and Darkwing Duck, plus Bonkers, Fat Cat and Monterey Jack on Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, and Don Karnage on Tail Spin… and too many more to mention. He’s worked on films including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, Hook, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King… get where we’re going? During our chat, the Emmy and Annie Award nominee gave us a peek into his illustrious career, what it takes to voice Pooh and Tigger and why this film was so different for him.

Voicing Pooh and Tigger So Many Times

You might think that for an actor, variety is the spice of life — and that leaving a role to come back to it again later, and then again and again might prove a challenge — in particular, in terms of keeping it fresh. So, is jumping back into the roles of Pooh bear and the boisterous Tigger again difficult?

“It was terribly difficult,” Cummings begins. But he’s joking. “Oh, wait! No, it wasn’t! No, it was like yesterday. I think it’s in my DNA now. Pooh and Tigger are never far away for me. I live in the Hundred Acre Wood.”

Are these little guys his favorite, then? Most of the time, actors won’t admit to which roles they like the most, often comparing the question to choosing their favorite child.

“These guys are extremely special,” said Cummings. “Everyone says, ‘Well, you do a lot of characters, who is your favorite? Who is your all-time favorite?’ Well … if I had two, it would be Pooh and Tigger. They are in a different category. They’re on a different shelf. Everybody else isn’t.”

So, why are they his favorite? Cummings explained: “Well, you know, they’re not tied to a fad. They’re not necessarily on skateboards or hoverboards, There are not pogs involved. They’re not flipping a bottle. There’s nothing. They’re kind of evergreen. They came from literature, and the bedtime stories about Christopher Robin. They just have that timeless quality. It pulls you right back to your childhood. There’s no real fad involved in that type of thing. It’s timeless, I think, for everybody. You can be eight or 88, and it pulls you back to your childhood. It’s that sweet time.”

Why does Cummings return to these roles when other actors are cast in different versions of the other characters from the Hundred Acre Woods?

“Blackmail. I have the goods on everyone!” he laughed. “No, I guess [it’s the] luck of the draw. I’m certainly passionate for it. It matters to me a lot. Maybe that shows. I always say, gosh, 1939, Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind came out, and those could probably be released now and be pretty successful. You just have to care, and I do. I don’t take myself seriously, but I take the work seriously and, God willing, it shows. We all get to hang out and talk about it now.”

Why It’s Different for Christopher Robin

Pooh with Piglet in a still from Christopher Robin.

There were a few differences, this time around for Cummings.

“The way we approached it was, we recorded the whole movie upfront, and then they took that to the set to play live with Ewan [McGregor] and Hayley [Atwell] and the gang,” he explained. “It gave them something to act and react to, because acting is reacting. And then we got it back and changed it up all over again. It was kind of looping. A lot of people will see an actor looping before a soundstage, and there will be an animated character. Everyone thinks that that’s how every cartoon is made, but you can’t animate comedic timing, or computer-generated comedic timing, but once you hear it, then you can do it. The process is a little different.

“Poor Ewan, sitting there, talking to a grey lump of semi-doll-shaped Pooh, he was acting. He was earning his money. Just various puppeteers and 14 people standing around, pretending they’re not there. He had a bigger job than me! And then from there, it was just kind of matching the lip flap. Did we get that ‘hoo-hoo’ right? It was a bit challenging in that regard. It was the same characters, a little more pulled back, I think. Less bombastic because it’s not really animation —‘animation’ animation.”

Cummings voiced the Winnie the Pooh lines before the Tigger lines, and here’s why: “The way we do it now, I like to do all the Pooh stuff first, because Tigger is slightly more gruff… so I get Pooh out of the way first.”

Voicing All the Characters You Love

Jim Cummings' first movie was Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Cummings said that, even with the advent of digital recording, doing voiceovers is largely the same skill as it always was. He said that he misses doing recordings with the entire cast, which doesn’t seem to happen anymore. But the acclaimed voice actor has been with Disney for so many projects, you would imagine that his relationship with the Goliath of animation and beyond is pretty good. And it is.

“It’s great. I’m as happy as I can be,” he said. “The first job I got was Lionel Lion in Dumbo’s Circus in late 1985. The first movie I did was Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I don’t have my shirt anymore, but I have the picture of me with my Mouseketeer shirt on, waiting for Annette [Funicello from The Mickey Mouse Club]. I had my Zorro hat and I still have my Davy Crockett hat from the ’50s. I’ve often said all the ‘Disneyana,’ all the trivia, all the World of Disney and the world of America are woven together in the same fabric. That’s why love coming here to the lot.”

So what appeals to him about doing voiceovers?

“It’s the stuff that used to get me kicked out of class and now it’s pretty cool,” he said. “Doing dolphins sounds… it’s a lot of fun. I played Monopoly and entertained my family for years, doing crazy voices and everything. I remember thinking when I was maybe like four or five — Jack Benny had a show and Mel Blanc was on it. He was one of the regulars on his show. He did Bugs Bunny and Taz and stuff like that. Benny said, ‘You see this guy? He’s the guy who does the voices you hear on Saturday morning.’ I thought, well, he’s not getting into trouble. I’ll be him! Sorta.”

For Cummings, the most difficult character he’s ever voiced is Taz: it causes the most wear and tear on his voice.

“When we did the Taz-Mania show, we did, like, 90 or something episodes,” he said. “I was like, ‘Can we do these on Friday afternoon instead of Monday morning? Have the weekend off?’ [does the voice of Taz]. He’s the anti-Pooh!”

Christopher Robin stars Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell, and features the voices of Cummings, Brad Garrett, Peter Capaldi and Sophie Okonedo. It hits screens in the US on August 3, the UK on August 17 and Australia on September 13.

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Caring For A Loved One With Diabetes

We all know at least one person with diabetes. It is not a secret that diabetes affects a lot of people in many different ways. Whether you are caring for someone who has it or you, yourself, were diagnosed, managing the disease can take over your life. There are strategies, however, you can use to help make the lifestyle adjustments that often become necessary as a result of diabetes much easier.

Here are a few recommendations from healthcare professionals and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). First, learn all that you can about the disease. There are great cookbooks, websites and resources, available to help you learn how to manage diabetes. Two, make it a family affair. If a loved one or family member has been diagnosed, the entire family can jump in and assist by adopting a better diet and active lifestyle. Three, set small, realistic goals. Making small changes over time can work much better than trying to make huge changes all at once. Four, find support. There are lots of support groups out there, and it’s always good to know that you’re not alone.

Diabetes Forecast magazine reports that couples with diabetes who work out together, attend management courses, and join support groups or communities have an easier time managing life with diabetes. Additionally, you can participate in fundraiser events like Tour de Cure, a national cycling event presented by the American Diabetes Association. Not only can you learn more about diabetes and sweat a little but also, you can support the research needed to find a cure.

If you are caring for someone with diabetes, you may also have to help them cope with depression or diabetes distress. Research shows one in four people who have been diagnosed with diabetes

will experience depression in his or her lifetime. According to a 2014 study published in Current Diabetes Reports, depression can arise in patients who miss medical appointments, have a poor diet and do not exercise, and pay less attention to medication and monitoring glucose levels. Researchers also noted that those who do not suffer from depression can experience diabetes burnout, which comes from feelings of frustration connected to long-term self-care.

If you, a friend, family member or significant other is diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to seek help, communicate, and find ways to maintain a positive attitude. The ADA suggests that focusing on one goal a day can help to elevate the pressure of managing this disease. So, remember to take your time and decide what is best for you

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All the July 2018 Magazine Covers We Loved and Hated

The July fashion magazine covers brought us a number of beautiful model shots, including Lexi Boling, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gisele Bündchen and Mayowa Nicholas. Of course, there was the inevitable Gigi Hadid cover and a few bland Hollywood starlet shots in the mix, but July proved an inspiring month for fashion glossies. That’s not to say there weren’t lots of covers to hate, like a model shot of Emily Ratajkowski, but mostly the good trumped the bad.

Read on to see a seriously inspiring green cat eye moment modeled by Boling and plenty of retro fashion and beauty looks in this month’s best (and worst) magazine covers.

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We loved your birthday party, sorry you’re not coming to ours


Laura Falin

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Confession: attending kids’ birthday parties isn’t my favorite.

I’m not alone in this. They’re loud and noisy and chaotic and sometimes I get bored. I’d rather be home gardening.

But I know this isn’t about me, and the kids have a blast. They get out of the house, often doing something active like bouncing on trampolines or running inflatable obstacle courses or swimming. Also, big, fun parties like that almost always include the entire class, and give the kids more time to make memories with friends and celebrate their buddies’ special occasions. I’m willing to endure a little boredom and even a headache for that.

But we’re not reciprocating.

I have four children. Most of them were born within two weeks of each other, all in the fall when we’re trying to get settled back into school and starting up sports and music and ten million other things. The last kid birthday of the year is right before Christmas. If I tried to do big birthday bashes where I invited the entire class and rented a bouncy house place, I would be 1) completely broke and 2) completely insane.

Even if we’d had fewer kids, or spaced them farther apart during the year, I think we’d be low-key birthday people. I’d rather my kids have a smaller party with some close friends, and actually open and appreciate all their presents (and play with them!) than a large party where they get overwhelmed and exhausted and get more toys than they’ll ever need.

So our kids’ birthday parties consist of a little group of friends. We started inviting the same number of friends as you are years old in preschool, we’ve never gone past five, and we do something simple at home. A tea party, or an outdoor obstacle course using things in our own backyard. A homemade cake and some juice. The whole thing lasts maybe an hour and a half and then everyone goes home.

I think you have to hit one of two extremes with parties. You can either invite just one or two friends from school, as long as it’s done away from the classroom and no one makes a big deal of it, or you can invite the entire class. You can’t go in between. But I do still feel guilty sometimes that a lot of the parties we attend are for kids who won’t be coming to ours.

I’ve heard of some families who pick one year — say, the year your child turns 10 — and they have one giant, all-out bash that year and keep it simple the rest of the time. That seems doable to me. In our family, we celebrate twelfth birthdays with either my husband or me taking a trip on an airplane with the birthday kid. For a long time, I didn’t think we’d ever fly together as a family because of the cost, and I wanted each kid to travel in a plane before they were an adult.

I hope my kids grow up realizing that there are many different ways to celebrate. Different families have different traditions for birthdays and everything else and we can enjoy them all. We don’t have to do everything the same way, and I hope they can find as much joy in small parties as big ones.

What do you think? Is it okay to attend birthday parties and not reciprocate?

Images by Laura Falin 

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Gabby Barrett Sang ‘Don’t Stop Believin” in Front of Journey’s Steve Perry — and He Loved It

Gabby Barrett sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in front of millions — but there was one unexpected (and legendary!) guest in the crowd that took her breath away.

During Sunday’s episode of American Idol, the Pittsburgh native took on the fan-favorite tune for her last performance of the night. Little did she know, she was singing in front of the iconic rock band’s former lead singer, Steve Perry.

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“That was insane,” Barrett, 18, told PEOPLE after the show. “I’m actually surprised I knew who it was at first because he’s older now, but I looked over and I knew his face. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I had no idea he was coming. That was such an honor.”

She added, “He said that my version was the best version that he ever heard. That’s so crazy. My dad would always play Journey in the car and I remember watching him perform on the television. I remember him wearing a yellow t-shirt and some tight skinny jeans and just seeing him here and being able to sing his song in front of him was such an honor. Holy monkeys!”

After Barrett completed her song for the evening, she noticed Perry standing near her parents and quickly said, “Oh my gosh, I know who that is!”

Instead of the judges critiquing her performance, Katy Perry suggested that Journey star do the honors.

“She was amazing, that’s my critique,” he said.

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Ryan Seacrest escorted a star-struck Barrett to Perry and the two embraced in a sweet hug.

“It was the most amazing version I’ve ever heard,” Perry — who reunited with Journey for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2017 — told the crowd. “Swear, it was just beautiful!”

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How Nice! Young M.A. Hosts a Mother’s Day Celebration for Families Who Lost Loved Ones to Street Violence

Young M.A. organized a pre-Mother’s Day brunch for residents who lost loved ones to street violence in the East New York neighborhood where she grew up.

The event is the first for her KWEENZ foundation.

via NYDN

The hip-hop star lost her 20-year-old brother Kenneth in 2009, when he was fatally stabbed in the back by a friend. Her mom, Latasha Blackmon, recalled the dark times that followed his slaying.

“My whole world changed,” she told the audience of about 50 people. “I had PTSD, I had depression, anxiety. It hasn’t been easy, every day is a struggle for us. But we have had many blessings along the way.” 

Young M.A., whose real name is Katorah Kasanova Marrero, said events like this allow people to share their pain with others who faced the same crushing anguish.

“This is our way of keeping him alive,” the 26-year-old rapper said of her brother. “Reaching back to families who are going through the same situation … and letting them know that they’re not alone.

“When you’re going through it, it feels like you’re the only one.”

Helium-filled balloons marked “Happy Mother’s Day” floated above the tables where the families assembled inside the 3 Black Cats Cafe in Brooklyn.

In addition to mimosas, the guests sipped sangria while enjoying a spread of sugar-dusted waffles, shrimp and chicken.

Hip-hop music played in the background as the guests bonded by sharing their stories.

Young M.A. was joined by her mom and her grandmom to hear attendees like Dominique Harrell, 17, share the story of a friend killed by gang violence in the summer of 2016.

Harell made a lifelong pal in Nashaun Plummer when the pair met in a middle school bereavement class. Dominique lost her mom and Nashaun lost his older brother in a shooting.

Several years later, at the age of 15, Nashuan was gunned down about three blocks from the site of his brother’s gang murder.

“He was funny, outgoing,” recalled Harrell, a student at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville. “Whenever he smiled, you smiled.”

Halchervene Bobbit, 42, recalled the shooting death of her cousin on a Brooklyn rooftop back in April 2004.

“I don’t know if I’m entirely over it,” said Bobbit, who spent the last 14 years avoiding the building where the gun violence occurred.

“I haven’t been back (there) since,” she said.

The foundation’s name combines the royal titles of king and queen. The rapper hopes her group can not only help heal the bereaved, but offer assistance to low-income families and single mothers.

“Having my platform, I just really wanted to reach out to my community and do something right,” she said.

On a personal note, she hoped the event would introduce her mother to other moms dealing with the same issues.

“This is something for her to get into and give her a little relief, and meet other mothers who have been in this situation so they’re not alone,” said Young M.A.

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If You Loved the Witcher Games, You Have to Read the Books

Not many in the English-speaking world had heard of Andrzej’s Sapkowski’s Witcher series until the first game came to PC. The Witcher books were not published in English until 2007 and only then slowly. As of this writing, one novel is still not officially translated (it will release in May). Meanwhile, as the Witcher books trickled out of Poland, CD Projekt Red’s games became mega hits. Since 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold 25 million copies worldwide. This is one of the reasons that, outside of Poland, Geralt of Rivia is mainly a video game character. The games overshadowed the books. But having read these books myself now, I think we need to fix this.

CD Projekt Red didn’t merely borrow the Witcher characters, they wanted to write their own Witcher novels in game form. They are massive fans who set out to make playable what they had read in Sapkowski’s stories. The games directly imitate his tone, plots, and themes. You’re missing a key part of the games’ intent if you haven’t read the source material. You’re also missing out on Geralt’s exploits in these incredible fantasy novels.

English covers for ‘The Last Wish,’ ‘Blood of Elves,’ and ‘The Time of Contempt,’ all using Geralt’s design from the video games.

Short Stories to Epic Saga

Andrzej Sapkowski created Geralt of Rivia in a series of short stories beginning in 1986. Those short stories would be collected into two volumes, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, which cover the early part of Geralt’s witcher career. In the ’90s, Sapkowski took his characters and created the Witcher Saga, a series of five novels. The series brought Geralt and his adopted daughter Ciri into a massive struggle between empires, evil wizards, and inter-dimensional elves. It begins with stand-alone episodes which then evolve into a five-part war epic as complicated as Game of Thrones.

But what about The Witcher is so impressive that they stoked the creative fires of CD Projekt Red?

A witcher in his element.

Power Fantasies Subverted


The Velen battlefield from ‘Witcher 3’, a playable interpretation of the bloody wars in the novels.

Geralt of Rivia is, on the surface, a power fantasy. That’s why he fits so well into the role of a video game hero. Witchers are mutant monster hunters who travel the world having adventures. Geralt is the perfect combination of badass warrior and dark loner that makes for a sexy protagonist. He even has a habit of falling into bed with beautiful sorceresses. Yet Geralt is bitter. His world is subverted so that classical heroes can never simply fight evil. There’s always some tough moral choice.

Sapkowski’s style plays on your expectations. The early Witcher stories are satires of folktales and legends but with realistic complications based on gritty medieval history. In one story, Geralt stumbles upon some local knights out to bravely slay a dragon that attacked a village. However, we soon learn that the knights are corrupt, the villagers are evil (and murdered the dragon’s mother), and the dragons are actually quite friendly. Geralt is a cynic, but this is a world where the cynic is usually right. Yet, no matter how gray things get, he keeps acting like a black and white hero. He knows no other way to be.

Grim Darkness or Black Comedy?


Geralt taking in Ciri. This is from a ‘Witcher 3’ flashback to a book scene.

There are dozens of characters in these books, from great kings to small thieves, who all contribute something to the snarl of betrayals that drive the plot. Beyond the mess of would-be Littlefingers, Sapkowski writes in themes of racism, colonialism, and climate change. (The Witcher, for ’90s fantasy, was ahead of its time.) Humans are invaders on this continent, dwarves are forced into ghettos, and the planet is doomed to freeze over in centuries. Geralt’s life is action-packed. But everything he does only adds up to “pissing into a hurricane,” as one villain puts it.

This sounds bleak, but these books are actually very funny. The power struggles are more absurd than dark. Nobody really knows what’s going on. All the schemes of emperors or witches add up to blind luck in the end. The big battle in the last book is won by a tiny mistake. One individual scout gets too scared to check over a hill, which leads his army into an ambush. The black comedy, however, stops being very funny once Sapkowski takes you on the ground. The bloodbath is a very realistic nightmare.

Human Center

Geralt and Ciri in the Witcher 3
Ciri keeps Geralt grounded.

However, when it comes to the human relationships, Sapkowski plays it straight. Geralt’s life is anchored by his relationship with two women, his girlfriend Yennefer and his daughter Ciri. The Ciri connection is more important and is the centerpiece of the Witcher Saga. The two are tied together by destiny thanks to a fairy tale rule called “the Law of Surprise.” At first, Geralt stays his sour loner self and avoids this destiny. But at the end of Sword of Destiny, when Ciri’s kingdom, Cintra has been destroyed, Geralt takes off his cynical armor and takes her in.

Ciri is a princess by birth, the heir to powerful elven magic, and eventually a deadly witcher in her own right. That would make her a Mary Sue in most stories, but not here. Instead, she is the target of half a dozen conspiracies. Ciri’s life is a series of horrors and scars. As the Saga continues, Ciri is separated from Geralt, leaving her to fend for herself in a brutal world. She becomes an active protagonist and a hero equal to her father. The Witcher Saga is not Geralt’s story alone, but Ciri’s too.

Something Familiar

Geralt from The Witcher 3

When CD Projekt Red took on the Witcher series, they imitated what made Andrzej Sapkowski’s work great. They adapted the books’ fighting scenes into a Dark Souls-esque combat system. They kept the complicated storylines and multitudes of characters. There’s even that same winking satire of fairy tales. The Witcher 3’s main plot is a replay of the Saga novels. The war repeats, Geralt travels the world again, and Ciri is a secondary playable character. Many of the sidequests feel like the short stories — only, the player is making the moral choices now.

I read these books after playing the games and found that I was already familiar with the words on the page. The Witcher games are not just great on their own terms, they’re excellent adaptations of an already great fantasy world. Netflix recently announced they, too, would take on Sapkowski’s series. Hopefully, their upcoming TV series will also replicate the comedy, drama, and humanity that made the Witcher books such a joy to read.

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Better Ergonomics at the Office: What Products Have You Tried and Loved?

better ergonomics at the officeWe’ve talked before about ergonomics at work — as well as ergonomics for petites — but it’s been a while, so let’s discuss today, ladies! Have you tried to have better ergonomics at the office? What have you bought; what products did you like/not get annoyed by, and what actually made you feel better/good? (Plus, do tell: what did you get reimbursed?) What resources were the most helpful for you in your hunt? 

For my $ .02: I feel like I am forever buying, trying, and discarding various things to try to make my office better ergonomically. I’m typing this very post on a new split keyboard (recommended by Wirecutter as one of their top choices), and trying to relearn how to type because the numbers along the top are split (1-5 are on one keyboard, 6-0 on another), and other keyboard features that I use frequently are in a different place than my old keyboard. Over the years, I’ve bought a huge number of those lower back pillows designed to improve your posture — and about every ten years I seem to need to try a kneeling desk chair one more time. (I bought one last year and think I’m set for this decade… nope, still don’t like them.) Ergonomic products I have bought and liked:

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  • monitor risers (I have double monitors so I have one for each; I like them!)
  • this is the split keyboard I bought a few weeks ago — I like the mechanical keys (very clicky clacky) and the squishy wrist rest, but we’ll see if I can get past the weird Ctrl button and lack of a number pad. If you’re out and about frequently, I still like my Bluetooth keyboard also so I can avoid trying to type long things on my phone (a friend was just telling me she was diagnosed with “texting thumb,” which might also explain hand pain I’ve had for a while now…)
  • I got this $ 30 lumbar pillow during my second pregnancy and must say I like it much more than all the other desk chair pillows/posture adjusters that I’ve had over the years (check out our recentish post on how to improve your posture, as well – lots of great suggestions from readers in the comments)
  • I feel guilty saying it’s an “ergonomic” pick but it was recommended by Wirecutter as their “budget” pick — I have the Ikea Markus chair for my main desk chair. It’s ugly as sin but for $ 200 I’ll take it.
  • Over the years I’ve also had apps installed on my computer to reduce eye strain, including one years ago that reminded me to blink regularly (I can’t find it now, but here’s a more recent article from Lifehack with free apps to help you with eye strain)
  • I don’t regularly have problems with carpal tunnel syndrome, but during my first pregnancy I did for some reason — I remember loving the arm brace from my local drugstore and thinking it really helped the pain (I slept in it, I think, instead of using it during the day)…
  • I need to get a nice big crate or banker’s box to put under my desk — I’ve tried and discarded a few nicer “stands” and stools over the years and just like the basic banker’s box!

How about you, readers? What products have you tried seeking better ergonomics at the office? What are your biggest complaints (wrist? neck? back? eyes? other?)

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Oprah Winfrey Is ‘Loved’ On The March Cover Of InStyle Magazine

It looks like 2018 is off to a fiery start! TV Mogul Oprah Winfrey is gracing the cover of InStyle magazine’s March issue and we can’t stop looking at it.

With her Golden Globes speech still lighting up social media, Oprah seems to be breaking the mold with her latest magazine cover, showing a push for diversity. She’s sporting a black Gucci jacket with red and blue flower design and the word “LOVED” stitched across her back.

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Chatting with the magazine about her mind-blowing speech and thoughts about a Presidential run, she confirms her stance to the disappointment of many, who thought they would see her in the 2020 campaign. “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me [running for President]. I don’t have the DNA for it,”

At least she’s being honest! In the meantime, we’ll continue to appreciate her for her classy appeal and definitive style.

Check out this behind the scenes peek at the stylish jacket and more below!

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Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia: A Guide for Family Caregivers

When you are a caregiver for a family member with dementia, the holidays are a mixture of many things: practical organizing and preparations, as well as a jumble of feelings and emotions. It is not uncommon for family caregivers to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or sad, as they look forward to the days ahead. Old traditions may not feel the same. Holiday planning may feel like another chore to get done. We may be faced with the decisions regarding how to include our loved one with dementia in our holiday plans. While we attend to our day-to-day duties it is important to attend to ourselves. This can be annoying advice to hear – maybe you’ve been told this several times already by friends or family. But I think we need continual reminders to do so. Especially since the times we need self-care the most are also the times we find ourselves least able to step away, relax, and take a deep breath. Because the holidays evoke strong feelings and emotions we need reminders and encouragement that it is okay to embrace the days ahead in a manner that is in alignment with our true feelings, experiences, and needs. The following is a guide to the holidays for caregivers that focuses on self-care, as well as finding meaning in new routines adapted to meet the needs of a family member with dementia.

Be kind to yourself.

Don’t judge yourself or set expectations too high. It’s okay to amend holiday rituals or shift how celebrations take place with your family member with dementia. Be compassionate with yourself as you encounter anxiety or painful thoughts and feelings associated with disappointments, grief, or family disagreement. Self-compassion in caregiving is essential year-round and especially during emotionally-fraught holidays. Often caregivers experience feelings of loss with the holidays as it marks the changes in their family member with dementia and ways rituals are carried out. Let your holiday grief be what it is. Only do what you can manage and give yourself permission to be okay with that. In short, again, be kind to yourself. I believe it’s the single most important thing we can do for ourselves as caregivers.

Savor the moment.

If you keep yourself too busy during the holidays, you may leave no time to work on the critical need to allow yourself to be present with new rituals and family gatherings in whatever form that now takes. Don’t over schedule and don’t try to “keep busy” simply to avoid anxiety, pain, or preoccupation with making everything perfect for everyone else but yourself.

Also, one of the biggest lessons one can learn while being with our family member with dementia is to truly be present. Because the present is all we have with a person with memory loss – and actually, everyone in our lives – centering ourselves and truly being with our family members endows meaning and spirit to the role of caregiving. It can foster opportunities to learn a tremendous amount about ourselves, our preoccupations, expectations, and the changing relationships we have with the people we love. Concentrate on what is going on around you right now. Sit with your mother, father or partner, hold hands, and listen to an old holiday hymn or watch a holiday film together. Sing together. Read from a religious text or poem that highlights the holiday spirit or themes from the winter season. Ask your loved one with dementia what their holiday rituals were like when they were children. What food did they eat? Who did the cooking? What presents were received? Be mindful to be with the person in the moment while asking these questions. And avoid asking too many questions in rapid succession. The goal is to intend a connection, not merely retrieve information or test memory. Often, it’s not what we talk about; it’s the manner and spirit of how we interact with the person with dementia that makes all the difference. Be curious and engaged.

You can also look at familiar objects, together, such as an old ornament, menorah, or stockings. You can take time together to savor a favorite holiday treat. These moments offer opportunities for connection and demonstrate that important holiday rituals can still take place. It may be different but no less loving and meaningful.

Receive ongoing support from others.

When friends and family reach out to you during the holidays, accept their support. Let them spend time with you and take some of the responsibilities of preparing for the holidays or caregiving. Don’t feel ashamed by your dependence on others. Instead, revel in the knowledge that others care about you and want to help. If you do not have close friends or family members, write out a list of people or support communities that you can count on; neighbors, people at your place of worship, a caregiver support group or counselor. Seek out people who you can count on for practical assistance with holiday tasks or emotional support.

Let go of the need to stay strong during the holidays.

You do not have to plan a perfect holiday gathering or contain your sadness if you are mourning the loss of tradition or relationship as it had been before your loved one’s diagnosis or further decline. During the holidays it can be very important to express your feelings, happy and sad. Our society teaches us that emotional pain is to be avoided, not embraced. Yet it is only in moving toward our pain, discomfort, or grief and feeling our genuine emotions, that we can truly heal and be present in our lives.

Instead of cooking the entire holiday meal as maybe you’ve done in the past, have a potluck, have the meal catered, or order in. You don’t need to do all the holiday cooking or keep up with your 20 + guest list. Perhaps it makes sense to spread out holiday guests to just a few visiting at a time to reduce the impact of too much stimulation on the person with dementia.

Communicate your wishes.

Gather the strength and courage to tell the people in your life what your wishes are for the holidays.  If you’d like their company but prefer to gather somewhere differently, say so. If you’d like to skip some celebrations, that’s okay. If you’re feeling ambivalent or unsure how to celebrate the holidays, tell them this too. If your family member with dementia has experienced considerable declines or an increase in distressed behavior feel free to communicate this. The more family and friends are able to understand your current situation and feelings, the more likely they may be able to offer support. Your friends and family want to help but may not be sure how they can. You can guide them by being direct. Call or send an email expressing how you would like to see the holiday plans unfold.

Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia

Plan for some alone time.

Even if it’s for only 15 minutes. Take a long walk, meditate, pray – do what ever helps to nurture your spirit. Especially if you are grieving the loss of old traditions, roles and relationships, take some time to mourn. Express feelings in a diary or light a candle to mark and honor the changes, gains, and losses in your life. They become the small rituals that nurture and heal.

Be still. Take time out of the holiday hustle and bustle and caregiving role for stillness. Again, even if that’s only for 10 minutes. Meditate.  Allow your body and mind to be still. Concentrate on your breathing- in and out. When your mind begins to wander, return to here and now. If you need help, find a meditation audio recording and use it as a guide.

Focus on Relationships.

It might be helpful to instead of concentrating on everything that you have to do during the holidays, concentrate on for whom you are doing it for. Do you need to make 15 dozen cookies? Perhaps pare down to one special recipe or purchase a favorite pie at a local café. Similarly, do you need to buy piles of gifts for multiple family members? Ask yourself “Who do you care about and what would truly be meaningful to them?” Instead of going overboard with gift buying and decorating your home, top to bottom, make a meaningful toast. Prepare a few words before a holiday meal begins. Express your feelings and recollections about the last year. As a caregiver, you invest in and value the importance of relationships and family. Talk about this. Write thoughts down if it helps you feel more comfortable. These are the moments people remember.

Bottom line, focus on the people, not the production of it all. Focus on the relationship with your family member with dementia as it is now while mourning past relationships and roles. There is room for both.

Schedule something that gives you pleasure each day.

It’s hard to look forward to each day when you anticipate anxiety, stress, or feelings of loss with upcoming holidays. Counterbalance the demands of the holiday and caregiving by planning something you enjoy each day. It can be simple. Read, go for a walk, have lunch with a friend – whatever relaxes and brings you comfort and joy.

Don’t take hurtful advice or criticism to heart.

The holidays are a time of family gathering. This can also be a time when well-meaning but unhelpful friends or family members attempt to counsel us about our decisions and roles as caregivers. The effect can sometimes leave us feeling hurt, criticized, and unsupported. This can be additionally upsetting if you are dedicating your time, energy, and love to a family member in the best way you know how. Often people are uncomfortable with aging and dementia and offer advice or suggestions without recognizing the complexity inherent in our roles as caregivers making decisions. Guilt is already a common feeling caregivers struggle with. It can be additionally painful when a family member asks why, for instance, mom couldn’t attend the Christmas Eve present opening. Or alternatively, why you haven’t “just put mom in a nursing home.” Often the most sensitive and thoughtful caregivers are also those most impacted by hurtful suggestions and lack of understanding. Remember that you are doing your best and success cannot be measured based on perfection or lack of issues or problems. Find people who you can count on, who support you, and understand the challenges that arise.

Don’t cancel holiday traditions all together.

Traditions are important because they endure for generations, through good times and bad times. Adapt and alter holiday traditions as life changes instead of cutting them out entirely. Without these meaningful rituals the losses experienced due to dementia will feel even more severe. If your family member cannot attend a holiday event, have a small gathering at their long-term care facility. Rent a family room or simply sit next to them and hold their hand and sing a favorite holiday song. Find out the holiday event schedule at the care facility. You can recreate the essence of the holidays anywhere, at any capacity, when you engage whole-heartedly with the people you love.

Find your hope.

Caregivers can feel overwhelmed, anxious, and whipsawed by the uncertainties that chronic illness brings. This can lead to depression and, in some cases, despair and loss of hope. The holidays may magnify these feelings and if you find yourself in despair, fight to find your hope. Hope is an expectation of a good that is yet to be – that healing can occur, that generative purpose and meaning can be felt and carried out. Spend time in the company of people who truly listen and validate your feelings, happy and sad, and at the same time offer space for you to explore future possibilities and goals even if they can’t be pursued right at this moment.

If you are feeling despair, make a list of things you still look forward to in your life. Make a list of people who are present and who you care about. Make a list of everything that gives you joy. For some people spirituality is a source of meaning and hope, for others art, music, and literature can engage the complexities of life, including, joy, loss, and tragedy, as well as, resilience.

You may find that you are growing emotionally and/or spirituality as a result of your experience as a caregiver. What have you learned in your caregiving role and how has this provided strength or promoted wisdom or resilience? Has your vulnerability or the vulnerability of your family member made you more compassionate? Has it encouraged you to be more comfortable with uncertainty? These questions can function to help recognize how your role now impacts your life and offers growth – even if under the surface and not always recognized. This revelation from French writer Albert Camus offers insight, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invisible summer.” Recognize your growth and ways painful times have impacted you in profound ways, times when on the surface there appeared no hope – just loss or sacrifice. I think we often perceive that dementia “robs a person” and leaves them “empty shells.” A caregiver once told me, “Alzheimer’s disease impacts the brain, not the heart.” Remember that. A person on the surface may appear to have lost so much but their essential humanness and need and ability to connect is still there in even the most advanced stages. There is hope in this understanding. Keep centering yourself, remain present, let go of expectations and see what happens. And again, the holidays remind us of the joy that can be found in the depths of a barren winter, a time of apparent deprivation. It teaches us to look under the surface and find the beauty that may be hidden but is profoundly still there. When we experience the holidays as an opportunity to take time out to nurture ourselves and engage the values we carry out everyday, it can do wonders to affirm our purpose and the skills, time and attention we give to others.

What you do truly is exceptional.

Celebrate this.


First published: Nov 28, 2016




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Jeanne Moreau and I got off to a rocky start. Who knew it would last a lifetime. It was always one-sided, of course, with her up there on the screen, and me in the dark, watching. Nevertheless, I persisted.

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How This Mom Is Reminding Women They Are Loved

A Kentucky mom and blogger wants to remind mothers that they are deeply loved and valued. 

Ashley Glass is the creator of “Beloved,” a project focused on empowering moms through photography, interviews and inspirational products.

“I want to take women from every walk of life and show how loved they are by those around them,” Glass told The Huffington Post. “My dream is for these posts to inspire women to see their own worth, their own beauty, and truly know how beloved they are!”

Glass reaches out to women she’s come across in her local community or even on social media platforms like Instagram. She asks if they’d like to appear on her website and then conducts an interview and photo shoot at their homes. 

“I love for them to be in their element, doing the things that they love. The shoots are casual, laid back, and as care-free as possible,” Glass said, adding, “All of them so far have been excited to be a part of this movement.”

The mom said she hopes to interview and photograph one or two women each month and has even traveled to Nashville to meet with a few subjects. So far, she’s featured four different women on her site. 

Glass lives in Louisville with her husband, 4-year-old son Pierson, and 3-year-old daughter Reese. She came up with the the idea for “Beloved” after writing a viral blog post about body shaming as a “skinny” mom. Glass said many women emailed her after that blog post to share their experiences. 

“There was a common thread among them all and it was that they appreciated the post and were very much so trying to love the woman that they are, regardless of their body,” she recalled. “I am a photographer and have shot quite a few boudoir sessions over the last year. It dawned on me that what I saw was beautiful in them, they did NOT, and all day, we could go back and forth comparing one another, wishing we were more curvy or skinnier, or had longer hair or less wrinkles ― but what resonates with me is this: When are we going to love ourselves?”

Thus, she decided to focus on celebrating women and making them understand how many people truly love them ― from their partners and children to their co-workers and friends.  

“I want women ― especially moms! ― to feel and know that they are beloved,” Glass said. “It is no small feat to be a woman. Our bodies go through SO many trials, so many unique challenges; some of us work hard to get pregnant, others don’t necessarily have to try so hard. But something we all have in common no matter HOW many babies we’ve had: We are a different woman. Our hair is different, our skin, our emotions, the way that we look at ourselves.”

Reflecting on her own sense of self-worth, she added, “It’s been three years since I’ve birthed a baby, and I’m still learning to love the ‘new me.’”

In addition to photographing and interviewing women, Glass also developed a line of motivational quote prints, shirts and other products with her friend Chelcey Tate.

The line includes a 12-month calendar filled with Glass’ photography. They also selected quotes for each month, which appear in Tate’s lettering on the images.

“One of my very favorite quotes is, ‘You are esteemed, chosen, valued, pursued, loved,’” Glass said. It’s one I really hold near and dear to my heart. It really does hurt my heart the many insecurities we all have … and I pray this is something we as a generation can somehow improve and overcome.”

Since sharing her interviews, photo shoots and products, the mom says she’s received a lot of emails from mothers thanking her for starting the “Beloved” project. She hopes her series will impact more women in the year to come.

Ultimately, Glass wants viewers and participants to know that wanting to feel celebrated does not indicate self-absorption.

“You were born, you are talented, you are unique, and you deserve to be celebrated and empowered, no matter who you are.”

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Crazy outfits, neon, and a definite excess of exposed skin are staples of the 3-day electronic music rager down in Miami.

It’s the 17th year of the Ultra Music Festival which has attracted the high profile talents of Tiesto, Avicii, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Paul Van Dyk, Bassnectar, David Guetta, and Skrillex. Up-and-comers like Goldfish, Kygo, and Klingade are set to take over the scene and hypnotize the crowd with their melodic beats and cascading sounds of pianos, saxophones and xylophones.

The entire gamet of the electronic dance music genre is covered, from trance to dubstep, tropical house to deep house, trap to techno. With such an impressive lineup and range of artists, EDM and festival fans flock to Miami’s Bayfront Park for the 3-day festival that attracts over 150,000 people with crunchy beats, mind-numbing light shows and non-stop dancing.

Fashion standards for the weekend include crazy wigs and edible jewelry, and attracts more neon than a 711 sign does to a fly. Some of our favorites include the iconic Nintendo characters of Mario & Luigi, a cat on a moped, and lots of national pride.

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Coping With Loss of Loved Ones Through Theratainment

The holidays can come loaded with affect for those who’ve had someone close to them die. More upsetting can be a recent loss, one which occurred around the holidays, or the first anniversary with a glaring non-attendance.

To begin with, it’s glaringly obvious that their space at the table is vacated, a recipe is lost, or traditions have changed. The goal is for the void to become a less painful footnote to your history over time. However many years pass, though, people are not replaceable, and the empty space can be tangible.

Seemingly innocent comments such as “She’s in a better place now,” or “I know how you feel,” can be counter-productive. Whatever the circumstances were, the company of someone once cherished is still desired. If there were conflicted emotions and fragmented relationships in life, the holidays can be further complicated by death.

Consider options to reduce or eliminate stressful shopping outings or have someone else host instead of entertaining. Set good limits by practicing saying no to whatever is unhelpful or uncomfortable. Keep true-blue support systems close.

The deceased can be a beloved presence in their absence in your heart and memories. It’s okay to mention and acknowledge vulnerability around not having them physically present. A donation can be provided to honor their life, or plant a tree or small garden in their name, or volunteer at their favorite charity.

Putting together and going through a memory box with cards and pictures commemorates the departed and keeps them ever-present. Lisa will wear the Icelandic booties her late mother-in-law knit to keep her close. Tara is wearing her grandmother’s gloves this winter.

To illustrate the ideas we’ve been talking about, let’s turn to film, television, and books with topics of grief and loss at their core.

Terms of Endearment, 1983

Debra Winger plays a young dying mother and Shirley MacLaine, her mother. This gut-wrenching and heart-warming movie portrays a free-falling fractured family crumble. They ultimately rise above old hurts and wounds by pulling together for each other, and the children left behind.

Steel Magnolias, 1989

A stoic Sally Fields plays a mother grieving the death of her adult daughter, played by Julia Roberts. Being rescued from grief means to work through pain rather than suppressing it by shutting down or going numb. Fields’ character finally allows herself, through the scaffolding of her friendships, to feel every crazy-making emotion that grief can bring as a way to heal.

The Lion King, 1994

Simba, a lion cub voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, experiences the death of his father. Instead of facing his father’s death, he runs away as if it were a geographical problem. Maturing into adolescence, he realizes the importance of facing his pain, to move forward and recreate normalcy.

The Descendents, 2011

George Clooney is a grieving husband, father and go-to patriarch who navigates choppy emotional waters to hold his nuclear and extended family unit together. A remarkable depiction of the variable emotions during grieving, it’s a skillful representation of how families mourn and support one another collectively.

Glee, 2013

Initially, the show does a nice job exhibiting individual self-expression along with groups suffering loss together and shoring up one another. Jane Lynch’s character slips by suggesting the best tribute would be to not make “a self-serving spectacle of our own sadness.”

Unfortunately orders like this can cause grieving individuals to believe their sadness is wrong. To pretend that everything is okay, or to suppress feelings and “move on” prematurely, isn’t realistic or recommended. When appropriate grieving is short-circuited the risk increases that what manifests later on is worse — angry outbursts, often with depressive features, such as panic attacks, and/or physical symptoms such as pain that can’t be explained by other medical reasons.

In conclusion, managing the finality of death is a personal journey. Surrendering to the process to make meaning of the experience is not a cookie-cutter affair. One size does not fit all.

Author Joan Didion writes about this territory in two fine memoirs: the first, The Year of Magical Thinking (2005), about her husband’s passing and Blue Nights (2011), her daughter’s. She spoke eloquently with interviewer Michael Silverblatt about these twin occurrences, which struck Didion in less than two years’ time.

The same month Didion turned 69, her only child, an adult daughter, was in a coma, and her husband of 40 years, writer, John Gregory Dunne (whom she collaborated with at times) died of a sudden heart attack at their dinner table. Her daughter died two years later, while Didion was on a book tour about surviving Dunne’s death. Didion described her grief as coming in “waves,” meaningless — a sense of incomprehension or incoherence — took over, and how hard healing can come.

Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1903 classic, Letters to a Young Poet, offers comfort that applies well to mourning:

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

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