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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Poll: Having now seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: I found this dance scene to be: Realistic

Poll: Having now seen the movie, I found this dance scene to be:

I voted that the scene was realistic - I thought it was one of the best scenes of the movie. Yet I didn't interpret it as romantic - and that's what made it so fascinating for me.

I noticed that Harry's line "She's like my sister" was not included in the scene after which Ron destroys the locket in the movie. I thought that was an interesting choice as well.

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone!

Christmas is in 6 days!

I cannot believe how quickly the holiday season and the year have flown by. So quickly that I haven't always taken a moment to appreciate the support and kindness given to me over this past year and always.

So, now before the Christmas rush is through, I channel Frank Capra and thank you all.

I have a wonderful family, supportive as always, and which has grown to include two new cousins born this year, friends that have proven to me that we'll be together for life, and coworkers who have welcomed me into the workplace with open arms. You know who you are.

Also this year, through this blog and the others I maintain, I have gotten to know others who share my loves of writing, entertainment and quirky, observational humor. You've chosen to listen to me ramble on about Glee, Seinfeld, Back to the Future, celebrities, Top 10 lists, coffee, social media and goodness knows what else. For this, I thank you. Family and friends who've listened to these conversations in person as well as online, thank you as well.

I leave you with the closing scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas. This seems like a fitting way to close out the year which included a series of Peanuts related posts. More importantly, it reflects the tone of this letter. Like Charlie Brown, I may feel and come across as jaded a lot of the time, but at the end of the day, I'm sentimental and cognizant of all of your support, without which I would be completely lost.

Merry Christmas to you and those you care about. I look forward to many more happy memories with you all.

Sarah

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lists of the Year

In keeping with my love of Year-in-Review/Best-of-All-Time retrospectives, I will continue to share interesting lists and links with you.

As many of these compilations speak for themselves and deserve to be seen as soon as possible, I will not always write an introductory comment at the time I post them.

As always, I will write back responses to comments you leave regarding these lists. Talking with you about our mutual interests is what I love best about maintaining this blog.

So, drumroll please...

The Huffington Post has created a slide-show of all computer-related winners of Time's Person/Machine of the Year.


I hope you enjoy looking back at the evolution of the computer and its impact on broader culture throughout the past 25+ years as much as I did.

Visit soon for more All-Time fun - Consider this site a database of my own favorite things.

It's a Magical Time of Year...

It's so hard to focus on anything with Christmastime, Year-in-Review Lists and Award-Show Nominations upon us!!

Congrats Mark Zuckerberg...For those who don't know by now, the day Time announces Person of the Year is one of my favorite days of the year.

What I would do to be part of that selection process ... or better yet, be Editor of my own retrospective that others looked forward to reading annually.

What I would do to be Person of the Year. It's definitely a dream of mine.

One day.

Enjoy all the magazine, newspaper and television specials! Thanks to everyone who puts them together!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hello.

My story hasn't ended because MY story hasn't ended. And frankly, that terrifies me.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Entertainers I Wish Were on Twitter

I'm not particularly interested in what Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan or Snooki have to say. Here are celebrities I would definitely follow if they signed up for Twitter:

Tina Fey
Jerry Seinfeld
Larry David
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - I actually met her uncle, which was very cool!
Steve Carell
Jenna Fischer - Although she does keep a great MySpace blog - and she's my friend!
Ryan Murphy - I want to know how his mind works, because I know he's got a CRAZY imagination. Also, some of his Glee decisions have been controversial with fans and critics and I'd be curious to see him comment on some of these choices.
Ian Brennan - Glee screenwriter alongside Murphy and Brad Falchuk, he is the voice behind Sue Sylvester - You know he could come up with some good tweets!
Heather Morris - One of my favorite things about Twitter is reading the Glee actors' responses to episodes after they air. I want Heather to comment on some of the lines she says in character!
George Lucas
Steven Spielberg
Robert Zemeckis
Bob Gale - Screenwriter of Back to the Future - Just because I love that movie and screenplay.
Michael J. Fox
Matthew Weiner - Mad Men creator. Like Murphy, brilliant yet has made some strange plot decisions.
Jon Hamm
Amy Adams
Meryl Streep

I've searched for some of these entertainers repeatedly, but have yet to find a credible account for any of them on Twitter, or else they have commented that they don't tweet.

I mostly would love for these celebrities to join Twitter so that I could send them messages about how brilliant they are - Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron would probably appreciate a break from me! (Although if they just responded once, I just *might* leave them alone for a while.)

Is it too much to ask for a 140 character message from someone famous saying that they enjoy my writing?

P.S. I wish these celebrities tweeted more often:
J.K. Rowling - Her last tweet said her priority was "pen and paper at the moment." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? It's been a year since she shared this news with us, I think another clue as to what's she's working on is in order!
Brad Falchuk - His pictures from the set are great, but they always inspire questions I want answered. Remember this one? (By the way, you can find out why that photo was taken if you watch the "Duets" episode of Glee.)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Calling All Multimedia Prodigies!

I'm looking for people to help me edit and format images and videos for this site.

This position would involve your helping me find video clips and photos and formatting them for time/space requirements. If you're interested, there are no commitments or deadlines involved ... help out whenever you can or want to!

We would correspond via email and social media.

I cannot pay you, as I do not get paid for this site myself, but it is a lot of fun and I like to think that I'm really nice!

I WOULD give you credit for all content you help me find and design.

Also, if anyone wants to submit original writing for the site, I would love that too! I'm sure MFT readers would love to get to know a new person's opinions. Fictional pieces would be great too!

And who knows? Maybe a multimedia corporation will buy the site one day if we do a really great job with it! That's my dream, at least. Help me make it a reality!

If you would like more information, please leave a comment or send me an email. Thank you!

Monday, November 29, 2010

What's Next: Cyber Monday and Beyond

First off, welcome back! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Cyber Monday is when I officially begin my Christmas season. So, Happy Holidays! (It feels a bit early to write "Merry Christmas.")

And Happy Cyber Monday!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

We're Here!

It is the Sunday before Thanksgiving, which means the following things are here:

Thanksgiving Week!!

Christmas Season!!

Best six weeks of the year!!!

Exclamation points are necessary.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Perfect Saturday

I'm home on a Saturday for the first time in a few weeks with NOWHERE to go.

I'm going to sprawl out on my bed with some magazines, newspapers, coffee, and my journal. I'm still wearing sweatpants.

I'll talk to you all later. You're the best!

Sarah

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Poll: If J.K. Rowling writes another book set in the Harry Potter universe, who should it be about?

Poll: If J.K. Rowling writes another book set in the Harry Potter universe, who should it be about?

I like the idea of J.K. Rowling possibly (!) writing more Wizarding World books from another character's perspective.

I voted in the poll (link above) that she should write them about Lily (Evans) and James Potter. When I read the earlier books in the series, I wanted to know more about Lily and James, especially their family life with Harry until he was one year old. As the stories continued, some of my favorite scenes were the flashbacks to James and Lily as children and Hogwarts students.

While I wait to hopefully read more about Harry's parents, I'll look forward to the two remaining movies - one of which opens this Friday!

By the way, whatever happened to the Dursleys?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads."

The McFly Family, November 12, 1955

Every once in a while people start talking about my favorite movie, Back to the Future, once again.

It's been 25 years since Marty McFly drove a DeLorean well above the speed limit and into his parents' past as well as cinematic history. That's cause for some celebration, unfolding appropriately to match the timeline (no pun intended) of the first film.

While originally released as a 1985 summer blockbuster, (sadly I missed the opportunity to see the original release in theaters), I definitely associate BTTF with fall. It's a fantastic "high school movie," with a pivotal plot event being the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance (arguably Hill Valley High School's Homecoming Dance.) I always enjoy coming-of-age movies most during autumn, while I reflect on my own high school and college experiences. Further, the film takes place during the fall. On October 26th, 1985, Marty traveled back in time to November 5, 1955, when he stayed through November 12, 1955, the night when a bolt of lightening sent him "Back to the Future." Because the film takes place in late October/early November, I love to watch it at this time of year, preferably on a rainy Saturday night to match the one in the movie.

I hope to write a review of the movie and how it has impacted me, to be posted shortly. Until then, these are some of my favorite articles commemorating the film's 25th anniversary:

Interview with Bob Gale, who wrote one of the funniest, most clever and most heartfelt screenplays of all time.

Interview with Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, which is the feature story of Entertainment Weekly's 20th Anniversary Issue.

Also, remember that the Back to the Future trilogy will be released on Blu-ray on October 26th, 2010: 25 years to the date that Marty's journey began!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Love This.



Peanuts Inspired Concert Poster from Norah Jones /via The Sly Oyster

I would love to see Ben Folds as a Peanuts Character. Wouldn't he fit right in with the gang?

Bret - Your influence over MFT continues.

Friday, October 8, 2010

This Week on the Web: I Join Two More Blogs

Snoopy photo, as per the request of Slightly Disappointing.

So this week I spread myself even thinner by joining two more blogs. I already have this site, a Twitter, and a Tumblr, along with a plethora of work blogs, sites and social media accounts to which I contribute. One would question my sanity in committing to even more online time, but I'm an addict and these opportunities were too good to pass up.

First, I was delighted that Jim Furbush, who edits one of my favorite sites The Sly Oyster, offered me the opportunity to guest blog on his site. Jim shares my love of witty commentary on pop culture, so writing for the Sly Oyster is great exposure for me given our similar audiences. You may read my Sly Oyster columns here.

I discovered the second site via one of my favorite tweeters @classicbookmags, who had posted a forum link discussing "Do you have a favorite classic novel?" on 20 Something Bloggers. Intrigued by the topic as well as the site, I could not resist joining. (By the way, my favorite classics are Catcher in the Rye, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451 and 1984.)

I've only been a member of 20 Something Bloggers for two days, but have had a great experience with it so far, and recommend it to anyone interested in connecting with other writers. The site reminds me a bit of MySpace without the ads, and every member genuinely wants to be a part of the writing community. I look forward to befriending others who share my love of writing and can provide me with feedback on my work. I've actually gotten some great comments already, including advice that I include the Snoopy picture you see above.

Here's the link to my 20sb profile should it be of interest: http://www.20sb.net/profile/SarahNoonan.

I'm not quite sure which platform will become dominant in archiving most of my work, but I hope that you find at least one site of interest. Please let me know!

Us bloggers are all overachievers, right?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

You're Not Alone

My writing tends toward light-heartedness in tone and subject matter. Yet I realize that if I really want to make a difference through writing, I need to tackle more serious issues when appropriate.

I am saddened and angered that bullying has resulted in several teen suicides over the past few weeks. While I have felt insecure and lonely at various times throughout my life, most strongly in my adolescence, I know these feelings are minor compared to those experienced by victims of bullying. While I couldn't be more moved if my writing can help those struggling in the smallest way, my dream is for these issues to be overcome completely.

I've written two previous posts about a group of bloggers who act out the Glee storyline with meticulous accuracy, and how much fun I've had reading their posts. Yet it was it was a post from the Rachel Berry ghostwriter addressing the issue of bullying that blew me away. Her message included a link to another writer's story of how her family was affected by bullying, whom I also commend for speaking up, and links to resources for those who may be struggling. I also mention that several of the other ghostwriters shared a link to the post. I think of how many people are fans of Glee that could be inspired and helped by this group's efforts, and am so impressed with them and other individuals and organizations speaking out against bullying.

Please help eliminate this problem once and for all, most importantly by treating everyone you meet with respect and being there for those you care about. Thank you.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Banned Books Week!

In honor of Banned Books Week this week, The New York Times explains "10 Ways to Celebrate."

The American Library Association website offers an extensive database of articles about frequently banned and challenged books, and the reasons behind the bans.

As you probably know, many of the books most frequently challenged are also those most acclaimed, such as The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984 and Animal Farm. Furthermore, the most frequently challenged books of the past decade have been the Harry Potter volumes.

These and countless other controversial books have changed my life, shaping the person I am today arguably for the better (I hope you agree). I remember vividly how I felt reading each novel for the first time, and there's no question each literary contribution has inspired my dreams to become a writer who may also one day shape our public discourse.

I hope you will continue the dialogue about these books and the social questions they pose. You just may learn something about yourself in the process and have fun while doing so.

Glee Season 2 Opener



The opening scene from the second season of Glee is not only hilarious, but is a great way for new viewers to catch up on what happened last season.

I enjoy the storyline of Jacob's blog about New Directions and think a fictional blog told from Jacob's point of view would be a great way to tell the Glee storyline from a different perspective, so I did a bit of research.

During the hiatus I wrote about some of my favorite fictional blogs, including http://www.gleetwitter.webs.com. This site features fictional Twitter accounts for all of the Glee characters, including those not appearing in every episode, such as Jacob, and a link to Jacob's infamous blog. He's only written one post so far, but hopefully there will be more to come!

If you'd rather read articles filled with acclaim for New Directions, you should know by now to look no further than Mug for Thought!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Photos from the Glee Season 2 Premiere!

I thought readers would enjoy this album because it has photos of the entire cast, including new and promoted actors. It should get you excited for what's coming in 3 days!

Glee Season 2 Premiere Photos (via facebook.com/glee)

The Glee Facebook page is one of my favorites, with links to online and video interviews with cast members, trivia and more!

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's the Fall Entertainment Season!

Autumn. While I love summer blockbusters, I'm so happy it's that time to curl up with a hot beverage and watch new episodes of my favorite shows or catch a movie on a chilly day.

Most fall television premieres start this week; here's what I'll be watching:

Sunday: Mad Men (10 PM, AMC): Season 4 is already half over, but it's never too late to start watching this acclaimed series!

Tuesday: Glee (8 PM, Fox, second season premieres this week, Sept. 21): Of course I will be watching.

Thursday: NBC Comedies 30 Rock (8:30 PM) and The Office (9 PM): Both premiere this Thursday, Sept. 23. It is the 5th Season for the 30 Rock and the 7th for The Office. Sadly, it is also the final season for Steve Carell on The Office.

I'd also recommend checking out How I Met Your Mother (Mondays, 8 PM, CBS), Modern Family (Wednesdays, 9 PM, ABC), The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays, 8 PM, CBS) and Community (Thursdays, 8 PM, NBC).

Of course, you'll need a DVR to watch both The Big Bang Theory and Community, and sadly, mine is out of commission until further notice. Bear me strength.

I suggest visiting Entertainment Weekly for more information about your favorite shows. Happy viewing!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

This Week: I Catch up on my Must Lists

Entertainment Weekly features a Must List in every issue of the Top Ten pop-culture products readers should enjoy that week. My personal Must List is infinite, in fact, my Must List of Must Lists is infinite.

When I see a link to an article/video that interests me on Twitter, I add the tweet to my favorites to read/view in my spare time. The complete list: http://twitter.com/SarNoon/favorites

I must be the only person who uses this Twitter feature, at least to this extent. In addition to my Twitter favorites, I also have a list of starred items in my Google Reader.

I'm working through each list, not to mention the stack of magazines, newspapers and books in my room waiting to be read.



Yes, I am a packrat, and I can't wait until I have a house with a den for all of my media, like one of these nooks. That way, I could immerse myself in pop culture whenever I wanted, shuffle articles and books around, and leave them that way for further perusing.

My Dream Home, Room 1

My Dream Home, Room 2

My Dream Home, Room 3

I'd post a list of my Internet Explorer favorites as well if I could provide a link, but I think you have enough to look through for now.

I'm even working on a Must List page for MFT, which I hope to post soon.

The good and bad outcome of trying to catch up on articles and videos is that each one begets another pop culture reference or hyperlink to research, and I'm so curious, I may never check off every item on my Must-List. And that, my friends, is one of life's largest ironies.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Glee Rocks this Year's Emmys

Several Glee cast members, Emmys host Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Betty White, and Jon Hamm were just some of the stars who came together to kick-off the 2010 Emmys with their awesome cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." I'm convinced the award-show writers assembled this TV dream-team specifically with me in mind. Many of my favorite TV shows were represented, including Glee of course.
The show that once reminded viewers to "Don't Stop Believin'" arrived at the 2010 Emmys after a whirlwind first season which included a live tour and performances at the World Series and the White House. The Emmy opening performance demonstrated the impact one-time underdog Glee has had on television and popular culture in just one year.

I couldn't imagine a more perfect way for the Glee cast and crew to complete that year than to share the Emmy stage and accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. While that honor ultimately went to Modern Family, the Academy recognized Glee with awards for Ryan Murphy, the show's wunderkind creator and director, and Jane Lynch, who portrays the glee club's zany antagonist Sue Sylvester. The Glee team celebrated these accolades as their own, demonstrating the grace and heart central to their success.

Visit Emmys.com for complete coverage of the awards.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

This Week on the Web: Time Lists Including "Top 10 Craziest Fans!"

You all know about my affection for lists. I recently discovered this wonderful RSS Feed from Time, entirely dedicated to Bests and Worsts! The site contains something to interest everyone and I highly recommend it. I particularly enjoyed their list of Offbeat Fan Followings, but then again, I'm quirkier than anyone the list describes!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Other Songs I'm Thinking About

"Can't read my, can't read my, no you can't read my poker face, she's got to love nobody." - Lady Gaga

"I woke up in a car, I traced away the fog so I could see the Mississippi on her knees,
I've never been so lost, I've never felt so much at home, please call my folks and throw away my keys." - Something Corporate

"Don't you remember you told me you loved me baby?" - The Carpenters

"As I'm swimming through the stereo I'm writing you a symphony of sound, it's like I wrote every note with my own fingers." - Jack's Mannequin

The Playlist:
1. "Rainy Days on Mondays" by the Carpenters
2. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
3. "I Woke Up in A Car" by Something Corporate
4. "Superstar" by the Carpenters
5. "The Mixed Tape" by Jack's Mannequin
6. "The World is Not Enough" by Garbage
7. "Somebody to Love" by the Glee cast: Music die-hards may scoff at the idea that I have picked this cover rather than the original version by Queen. I chose this cover because I think it better captures what it's like to feel alone in "this prison cell" at times, at least for myself.

Sorry for all of the 20-something angst today, but thinking about these songs actually makes me happy.

Rainy Days and Mondays

I love the Carpenters and this song fits today.

"Rainy days and Mondays always get me down."

The week can only look up, right?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This Week on the Web: Fictional Character Blogs

I've been doing a lot of research lately on what are called Alternate Reality Characters (ARCs). As I can best describe it, an alternate reality character is a fictional character who "interacts" with real people on social media platforms. I discovered the term when I was browsing online for information about - what else? - Glee, and read it on the discussion board for Quinn's Facebook page.

This page, specifically created by Fox to promote the show (It's linked to Glee's official Facebook page, as are the other characters' pages) depicts what the characters would say and think based on the storylines of the show. Other television favorites of mine, such as The Office and 30 Rock, have similar accounts both on Facebook and Twitter.

I could spend hours reading the blogs and tweets of my favorite fictional characters. In addition to those created by a show's writing and/or marketing departments, fans worldwide create thousands of "unofficial" accounts (called RP accounts). I enjoy reading how they interpret fictional characters as well. In my opinion, the best accounts make you feel like an insider in the fictional world. Some of my favorites include:

AMC's Mad Men - on Twitter Mad Men's fourth season just started, and this site compiles the best tweets about the show, including fictional character accounts, the official MadMen_AMC account, and fan commentary.

This link is good also: http://guestofaguest.com/television/ask-a-mad-man-theyll-answer-on-twitter/

Gleeks should look at this database of Glee Fictional Character Accounts: http://www.gleetwitter.webs.com/. If you'd prefer to follow the actors themselves, @GLEEonFox has a list of them as well as official fictional character accounts written by the Glee writers:
http://twitter.com/GLEEonFOX/glee-cast-crew
http://twitter.com/GLEEonFOX/glee-characters

Monday, August 2, 2010

Imagining My Dream Home, Part 1: Bookshelves

I love looking at interior design photos, particularly those involving bookshelves, desks, and entertainment centers. I'll post links to my favorite photos and blogs on MFT. For today:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/inside-out-a-bookish-mix/

http://www.lookshelves.com/ A photo blog of real-life bookshelves and the people behind them.

http://bookshelfporn.com/ G-Rated photos of books, I promise! In the editors' words: "A photoblog collection of all the best bookshelf photos for people who *heart* bookshelves." People who fit this description will understand the blog title exactly once they view the photos.

Prepare for wonder.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Ideas for Glee Stories, Songs, etc.

This post outlines some songs and stories I'd love to see on Glee! These songs and stories reflect the show's themes of achieving milestones, growing up and friendship and would be great showcases for the group’s musical and theatrical range:

Group Numbers:

“Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds epitomizes the high school experience. During the scene in “Journey” when the characters talk about who they were before glee club, I was reminded of the closing speech from The Breakfast Club (the movies for which the Simple Minds classic is the theme song). The two speeches are about kids from all high school cliques finding out they can relate to one another and sharing a common experience. In my post written just before the Back Nine aired, I referred to the characters collectively as a “millenial Breakfast Club.”

“Seasons of Love” from Rent is the perfect group number. Rent draws upon Broadway and rock music just as Glee does; further, both shows are uplifting, poignant, witty and at times tear-jerking. “Seasons of Love” is a song about a group of friends reflecting on the times they’ve had together and offers incredible opportunities for solos and harmonies.

“On My Way” by Rusted Root

“Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

“How to Save a Life” by the Fray

“Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve

“Champagne Supernova” by Oasis

“This Used to Be My Playground” (from A League of their Own) and “I’ll Remember” would both be great songs for a second Madonna episode. The group covered most of Madonna’s major hits in their first tribute episode and for the rumored second tribute I’d like to hear the club’s interpretations of some of her more reflective songs. On that note, I would love to hear Lea Michele cover “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “Live to Tell” - she has the vocal range for both. "This Used to Be My Playground" would also tie in well with a sports-related storyline.

“Walk On” and “With or Without You” by U2. U2 is my favorite band and my first choice for another tribute episode. I would love for the club to sing both songs at Nationals, because we know they’ll make it! The songs are both beautifully moving, and if Finn and Rachel sang “With or Without You,” I know it would be in the same league as their “Faithfully” duet.

I hope we see some of these songs performed on the show as the characters evolve. For story lines, some key milestones that would give the the cast and writers strong material to work with include prom and graduation - not that I want them leaving William McKinley anytime soon! And for that sad day when the series must ultimately come to an end, nothing would be better than the cast reuniting and singing at Will and Emma’s wedding.

These suggestions may sound cliche, but it is the show’s clever interpretations of archetypal themes that make it great.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lady Gaga Tweets I Love: My Take

"In a Pub in England, ruining bar napkins with lyrics and memories. Dreams are never weak like we are, drunk or sober." - 05/26/10

I don't agree with all of the choices Lady Gaga has made, but I love the idea of and quotes about following your dreams, and this quote's vulnerability resonated with me. I replied to Lady Gaga: "That tweet itself is worthy of incorporation into one of your songs."

These is another favorite:

"I have dreamt a lifetime to get on this flight to New York. I don't care if its summer. Leather, high heels, and a bad attitude. Here I come." - 06/5/10

Again, like Gaga's music, these quotes capture a longing to be accepted and make a difference in the world, something idealists like me dream about. Maybe I'm stretching her messages a bit, but that's why they resonate with me. I like to think that someone as confident with who she is and what she thinks as Lady Gaga could have the same anxieties as a quiet, nerdy girl like myself. I hope my writing allows my best self to come through...I'm working on it!

Follow Lady Gaga on Twitter! @ladygaga

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Meticulous Whimsy

When I write, I jump from journal to journal, building on previous entries and scratching down what movies I want to see this weekend, what I need to bring to work tomorrow, and my philosophical insights all together into a multiple volume memoir that still lacks a definite conclusion. After all, I write about my life, and at 23, I don't know if I've lived long enough to come up with any definite conclusions. But I'm coming to realize that may not be such a bad thing.

Writing is a free association escape that supplements the coherence I need in my daily life to stay sane. It is my meticulous whimsy.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I Miss...

My college friends, dog, and spending lazy, rainy afternoons listening to music in my room while drinking Chai and writing in my journal.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Giddy with Glee!

I'm counting down the days until Tuesday, when my newest TV favorite, Glee, returns!

I'm sure you've heard all the hype about the show, but here's a quick summary: It follows a millenial Breakfast Club of sorts as they navigate their tumultous suburban high school experience by singing in their glee club, New Directions. The show's title captures not only its central premise, but how you feel when you watch it. It's a classic underdog, coming-of-age journey set to your best friend's iPod.

The cast performs multiple numbers in every episode depicting the theme of that week whether it be overcoming obstacles, unrequited love, finding yourself, and every other adolescent experience. Talented cannot begin to describe the glee club, as they provide a fresh interpretation of every Top 40, classic rock, and Broadway song you could think of. Their teacher, Will Schuester, acts as the understanding mentor you wish you had in high school who can carry a tune of his own.

Bringing the show full circle is the way the cast seems genuine and earnest, as in recent interviews by Oprah, Rolling Stone, and the like.

One of their many excellent performances, here is New Directions performing in their final competition thus far:



This performance (even better when seen in the episode) captures the heart of the show: Life may not be perfect, but when you're doing what you love, in the company that you care about most, it can be pretty great.

New episodes of Glee begin this Tuesday, April 13th, at 9:28 PM Eastern on FOX.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I Keep Tweeting my Way Back to You, Web

Have you ever stared at your computer or phone waiting for something to happen?

Sometimes I worry that social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are giving me a false sense of achievement and belonging. When I'm lonely, bored, or stressed, the compulsion to visit these sites and write about my life at its most mundane is imminent. Sometimes this writing develops into a conversation with friends, or a new career contact, but most often, it disappears into cyberspace, along with the hours I spent on the site.

Still, when it does occur, there is nothing like the joy of receiving a wall post or tweet from a friend. While time spent with friends in person is much more satisfying, there is something special about having messages from friends organized into a continuous database that can be revisited anytime. When I read these notes, it reminds me of the friendships I have made throughout my life. And I often reread my own status updates to reminisce upon good times. I see nothing wrong with doing so, as long I don't let it interfere with opportunities to live life to the fullest.

On that note, enough musing for today. Sarah is returning to work and real-life interaction.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

"Bliss" Indeed


Happy Easter! I hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather.

Harry Bliss perfectly captures my ideal day in this cartoon.

Sunday, January 10, 2010