Posted tagged ‘small moves’


January 30, 2010

I used to have a Sniglets Desk Calendar that gave me a chuckle each morning.    According to Wikipedia, Sniglets are made-up words defined as “any word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary, but should”.    The term was created by writer/actor/comedian Rich Hall, who first created a series of Sniglets while he was a performer on the 1980s HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News. One of my favorite examples of a Sniglet is an Expresshole, defined as someone who uses the Ten-Items-or-Less Express Lane at the market with more than ten items in their cart.    Another is Ignisecond, which is the interval of time between closing the car door and thinking, Oh, %$#$^, the keys are in the car. (more…)

Monday Smiles – 10/19

October 19, 2009

Yesterday morning, I slept in until 8:30 which is fairly unusual for me.   I’m a morning person but having the grandkids here all week wore me out (no matter how much I love them … or maybe because of how much) so I guess I needed to catch up.    I’d decided overnight to go on the South Beach diet (again!) so I made myself an omelet and headed for the park.    (more…)

Small Moves

July 23, 2009

Contact, the science fiction movie based on Carl Sagan’s book, isn’t on my favorite movies list yet when it shows  up on TV as I’m channel surfing late at night, the odds are about 3:1 that I’ll leave it on.    I know I’ll be disappointed in the heavy handed portrayal of people who believe in God and that in the end the closest Eleanor Arroway (Jodie Foster) can come to understanding faith is to believe she actually visited an alien presence during the instant that the capsule was falling.   But I’m a sucker for films about alien contact and time travel, and besides, Contact has moments I love.  My favorite is early in the film when Ted Alloway (David Morse) is teaching his young daughter Ellie to use the ham radio.    Watching her fumble with the tuning dial as she tries to bring in a signal from a distant transmitter, her father tells her, Small moves, Ellie, small moves.  Turning the dial slowly and carefully, Ellie picks up the signal she seeks, learning the patience that serves her well in her life as a radioastronomer searching for the presence of life in space.   It’s a nice metaphor for life. (more…)