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Stone, Streep, Scorsese….and Litondo? A Tale of Four Standing Ovations

Posted on 02/7/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThere were four standing ovations at the 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in Beverly Hills last night: 1) For Sharon Stone, accepting our Lifetime Achievement Award. 2) For Martin Scorsese, receiving the Breakthrough Achievement Award for his mind-boggling 3-D masterpiece, Hugo. 3) For Meryl Streep, accepting our Best Grownup Love Story award on behalf of The Iron Lady. So far, so good, and so expected. Stone, Scorsese, and Streep are Hollywood royalty, and it’s no surprise that the …

It’s Never Too Late To Learn New Things

Posted on 05/6/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeMy friend, knowing that I work for AARP, sent me a link to a story of a man who learned how to read at the tender age of 84. I watched the trailer (which I included below) and honestly, I can’t wait to see this film. It opens next week. It truly is a story of overcoming challenges and fulfilling dreams. Here’s a little background: In a remote, primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children jostle for a …