Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Eve, peace, words

What if Christmas is gluttony and my generosity doesn't matter; guilt and Christmas are a little hand in hand; and then...

-- we're all waiting for Santa Claus to come or for little ones to fall asleep so that santa claus can come - and the family swishes around us like the ones we are glad we can see and the unknown ones still to follow.

Christmas is candles that fill rooms with the scent of vanilla melting. And food in the moments of coming in from outside back into the air where a roasted bird with a chest sewn full of seasoned bread melts into the vanilla melting like a burst of Christmas. And the little ones, so anxious for santa, or rather, the gifts under that tree. Ha. I love Christmas.

Peace and blessings to you all. 2014 approaches... bang it out . -- Loud.
Seasons Greetings. As in, Merry Christmas, yo.


Monday, December 16, 2013

12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave

Breathtaking, shocking stunning, amazing, horrifying, brilliant, riveting, how do you say? … Oscars, Oscars, Oscars!!!

Wow. Among other dazzlers on the cast set, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s  startling, yet not unexpectedly phenomenal performance as Solomon Northup  complements the high tide of talent including pristine producers, writer - John Ridley for screenplay and director – Steve McQueen.  Well done and Amen to, likely, the best picture of the year.

Knowing Plan B, Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner were involved in the film production of 12 Years a Slave, but NOT knowing Brad Pitt was on the cast, I was deliciously surprised and thrilled when he appeared as Bass with heroic, highly risky, anti-slavery talk of equality for all colors of skin. I am certain everyone watching this show applauded his bold human approach to the scenarios at hand.

Well done Brad and everyone who contributed to this outstanding film. Five out of five thumbs up.

Check out the Trailer: 
And then GO to THIS MOVIE!!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Audience of a Digital Format, by Hazel Hoyle
 hazel hoyle 
The world is changing.  

book cover About Phoenix StarTechnology has a device in the hands of every person aged 9 through 79 and we as a people depend on our devices to check the time and weather, to communicate with friends and business associates via telephone, text messaging, email, or social media; we access the internet, play video games, fiddle with endlessly available app after app, we check how far it is to the moon, we Google answers for our crossword puzzles, we follow our devices one metre or three feet at a time toward the red/green dot leading our GPS to the address we are searching for; we use our devices to book  a flight to Toronto, New York, Spain or Africa; we pay our bills and do our banking; we dance to YouTube, we watch movies, we watch television, we  listen to our ever-growing digital music libraries and among many, many more things, we use our devices to read a book.
ghosts of woodwards label About Phoenix Star is available for electronic use on Kindle and whichever e-book medium you prefer... But also in paperback for the people who, like myself, still enjoy the turning of a page: the portability of literature without a battery required, radiation, or the distractions from all those bleeping lights reminding us to check our email, text messages, voice mail, social media, etc, etc, etc...
With the quickly-changing and ever wanting something new, NOW! society we have become, a new format to enjoy storytellers’ crafts is in demand... READ MORE CLICK HERE

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Monday, November 18, 2013

EXTINCT - Rhinoceros No More...

I can't believe it. The Western Black Rhinoceros is no more.... Officially Extinct. This is sooo sad, what sort of world are we in that people treasure the value of an animal's tusks more than the preservation of the species itself ... Extinct is forever... RIP big fella

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chilean Merlot vs Wagon Wheels

Mmm. Chilean Merlot from Merlot… I mean from Chile. And Wagon Wheels, can you imagine. I usta eat these when I was a kid. Soooo good. But the Merlot is definitely more tastey…  Wagon Wheels and Merlot from South America. Gotta love it.  North America rocks!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thor: The Dark World

Just watched Thor: The Dark World at Silvercity Metrotown!!! Holy omg! Sooo good. Not sure who's hotter in this one - Thor or Loki!! Both sooo yummy!!!

What a great script! Great acting!! Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins to name a few... Such a good - Marvel Entertainment film! Alan Taylor nails it as director!

A must see in 3D at the theatre!! Do NOT wait for this one on home video...You will not regret...

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Aziz Ansari - Buried Alive

One of the funniest stand-up comedy performances I've seen in a really long time!! Aziz Ansari is hilarious - you will laugh your face off for 79 minutes straight! He is hilarious, original and full of cocky 2013 relevance. A must see!!

Aziz Ansari - Buried Alive - visit:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Vanilla Sky

Holy crap. That blew my mind! Dude, watch it again. If you haven’t seen it; watch it! Sooo fkng mind-blowing. Nice work. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Kurt Russell and a few other familiars. That script is amazing. I might be afraid to dream tonight. :)
Vanilla Sky (2001)

Autumn Trees

In Alberta, one gust of wind and its over. Not here...
Autumn trees from my balcony – looks like there’s still some time left!! Beautiful west coast autumn colors.

Photo credit: Hazel Hoyle

Leaves like snow on the ground

Still a few left!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gangs of New York

It’s like one of those shows that you wish wasn’t over yet; that you want to immediately watch again. Gangs of New York is an older movie (2002) that I only just watched today.  Martin Scorsese’s credit at the end was no surprise, what a director! What a talented cast! What a script! I am blown away. 

It makes me want to take an American History class, because I had no idea this sort of thing happened 150 years ago!! If you haven’t seen this DiCaprio, Day Lewis, Diaz A-list feature yet – do it. This is one of the best flicks I’ve seen in a long time. Wow. Four thumbs up!! Outstanding.