Recently, I’ve seen a few good movies. One that has stuck with me is “The Good Lie”.
It stars Reese Witherspoon and a cast of amazing actors aside her. The synopsis is as follows: After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Sudanese orphans Theo, his siblings and other survivors make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the group gets the chance to settle in the U.S. They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), who has been charged with finding them jobs. However, seeing how adrift they are in 20th-century America, Carrie endeavors to help them in rebuilding their shattered lives.
Rent it, it’s wonderful. It made me naturally think of the Sudanese orphans but left me thinking about my siblings. How we can grow so far apart, especially if you all live in different places. The love and affection between the Sudanese adult children is not something we are used to and it’s beautiful. It made me think about love and how we focus so much on romantic love, the desire for it, the holding on to it, that we ignore so much platonic love around us every day.
SERIAL: The Podcast
Yes, I’ve found another Podcast I love. It’s pretty well known, by now, but in case you don’t know of it. Listen to the first season: SERIAL
Especially in the wake of the murders in Paris this week, this series about Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, who disappears after school one day in Baltimore, MD back in 1999, is timely. Why? Because, six weeks later, detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed (a Muslim seventeen-year-old boy), for her murder by strangulation. He says he’s innocent but has been serving a life sentence for 16 years. I will let you glean from it what you will. I know what I think after listening to all the episodes. But whether you come through it thinking yeah, he’s guilty or hell no, this kid got a bum deal, it will make you think about the Muslim faith, its community or rather the ignorance of it. As a former reporter, I don’t say lightly this is the best investigative reporting I’ve seen in many, many years.
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, and is hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serialtells one story – a true story – over the course of an entire season. Each season, she follows the plot and characters wherever they take her. She is thorough, unbiased and fair. You can subscribe to the Serial podcast for free on iTunes and other audio platforms, and you can also listen to it on the site. Season One of Serial has wrapped, but all of the episodes are still available for free. Stay tuned for Season Two in 2015. I can’t wait!
I just bought the Forks over Knives AP for $4.99 on ITunes. It’s the highest rated Food AP on Itunes and is a regularly updated recipe site for a vegetable-based diet. It creates a shopping list for you as you choose recipes and the reviews are stellar. I’m really excited about this as I continue on my healthier life journey for 2015.