Memosaic

Thursday, September 16, 2021

At River's Edge


AT RIVER’s EDGE

 

It’s River’s Edge, the place to go

for hair and nails to make you glow.

 

Ann and Shelly, call them by name.

Beautification is their game.

 

The artistry for work they do

seems magical and fun to view.

 

Relax at River’s Edge each week.

Leave with the elegance you seek!

 

 *****

 

(I dedicate the poem above to Shelly Alghareeb and Ann Lott, two artists extraordinaire. For more information about River's Edge in Pueblo, Colorado, check out the salon's Facebook page.) 

 


Saturday, September 04, 2021

Cinderella Herstory

 

Another Cinderella? Yes!

But I love it, I must confess.

A musical with lots of fun.

Any complaints? No, I have none.

 

Our leading lady needs no Prince.

Basement life doesn’t make her wince.

She makes dresses and wants to sell.

A business woman time will tell.

 

But, oh that handsome Prince is nice!

He loves her never mind the price.

What can they do to work things out?

They have to, fans, so we can shout.    

 

Magic and music through it all.

And don’t worry, there’s quite a ball.

Colorful costumes fill the screen

    Plus robust dancing is so keen.     .

 

Stand-out performances you’ll see.

It’s Cinderella herstory.




         

 

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Whose Poetry Is This?

 My dear husband Larry Tucker made me do this poem just for fun.

Plagiarism Poetry

 

I think that I shall never see

a poem as lovely as a tree.

So come with me and be my love

and we will all these treasures trove.

 

Mona Lisa with her sweet smile.

How does she keep up all that guile?

And fogs brought in by tiny cats

or penguins dancing without hats.

 

Or tiger, tiger burning bright

to help us see a starry night.

This world contains such wondrous things.

We two should be happy as kings!

With apologies to Joyce Kilmer, Christopher Marlowe, Leonardo Da Vinci, Carl Sandburg, George Miller, William Blake, Vincent Van Gogh, and William Shakespeare.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Jerry Lewis, The Total FilmMaker

Way back in the 1950s and 60s, I was an avid Jerry Lewis fan. I enjoyed watching his silly characters doing nonsensical things in movies like “The Delicate Delinquent,” “The Nutty Professor” and “Cinderfella.” It was great fun to see his slapstick comedy and to cheer him on. Ever since then, I’ve thought of Lewis as a comedy actor who became a big star.

Little did I know he was a total filmmaker behind the scenes. A “total” filmmaker does -- or knows about -- everything connected with the film he’s involved in. And thanks to Lewis’ wonderful book, The Total FilmMaker, now I know the breadth and depth of his commitment to every movie he made. He even invented a Video Assist which is attached to a camera in order for the director to see if everything looks right as the filming is being done.   

Thanks also to Lewis for sticking to comedies. Below is my favorite Lewis quote.

“Comedy, humor, call it what you may is often the difference between sanity and insanity, survival and disaster, even death. It’s man’s emotional safety valve.”  

 

Jerry Lewis loved filmmaking.

He taught a course without faking.

In every aspect you could name,

He gained respect and also fame.

 

His comedies made laughter roar.

Would Oscar folks open the door?

This book explains how he became

 TOTAL FilmMaker in the game.

 

While reading it, I thought I heard

Lewis himself in every word.

More than a star, he knew each part

of movie making and its art.    

 

With film lovers he shares all this

in a book you must not miss. 

 

The first edition of Lewis’ book was published in 1971. It included his lectures for a course at the University of Southern California Film School in 1966. This new edition adds remembrances from students, family members and movie folks like cinematographer Caleb Deschanel.  

Wannabe filmmakers will find expert tips and advice in all areas related to movie making. These areas are covered in three parts: Production, Post-Production and Comedy. People who love movies will discover fascinating information about Lewis’ ideas concerning actors, directing, writing, producing, editing, and much more. They should also enjoy the eleven pages showing Jerry Lewis as a total filmmaker!   

In his letter “To the Reader,” Jerry Lewis closes with the following paragraph.

“I think I love films and those that love them better than just about everything else in the world---and I hope when you read this book you will become a part of the already overwhelming number of film-loving people.”

As a confirmed movie addict, I highly recommend The Total FilmMaker for any Jerry Lewis fan, film buff, or film student. 

(Foreword by Leonard Maltin, published by Published by Michael Wiese Productions, and available on Amazon.com.)


Monday, August 02, 2021

"Resort to Love" Film Poem

 Resort to Love, Netflix’s PG romantic comedy starring Christina Milian, motivated me to write the film poem below.

Trying to mend a broken heart,

Erica wants to make new start.

Island beaches and cool clean air

help her get rid of this despair.

 

Seeing her ex disrupts her plan.  

Sing for his wedding? “No sir, man!”

But it’s her job. She cannot shirk.

Erica needs this kind of work.

 

We cheer for Erica’s song choice.

And for her lovely mature voice.

“Resort to Love,” a sweet rom-com,

seems short on com --  but oozes rom.

     


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

An Endearing Short Film

 My husband and I want to thank filmmaker Vohn Regensburger (Last of the Romantics) for the wonderful e-mail message below about CAKE: A LOVE STORY, the award-winning short film based on IT HAD TO BE US, a romantic memoir we wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence.

 A producer friend of mine and I watched your short movie, CAKE: A Love Story and we just loved it! The story was very endearing and heart-wrenching as it unfolded. The two lead actors, Debra Lord Cooke and Richard Vernon were marvelous playing you two and were so relatable, funny and heart-felt in their roles. I just thought all along, “Isn’t this just like love: blue sunny skies and summertime… until it isn’t!”

I felt by the end of the film I was good friends with you as a couple and had known you both forever. I believe that piece is so hard to accomplish in a film, let alone a short. I’m so glad you stayed with it and were able to get this released and shared with the world.

Please let filmmakers Misha Zubarev and Vera Zubarev know a job well-done, as well!

 “CAKE: A Love Story” is now available on YouTube free of charge at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aSnvZf2rIQ 

“It Had To Be Us,” First Place winner in the E-book category at the Hollywood Book Festival, is available on Amazon.com.  

 


Friday, July 02, 2021

Miami Lullaby

 The recent collapse of a Miami condo motivated me to write the sad poem below. 

Miami Lullaby

 

Snug in their beds, they’re all asleep.

 

Some dream light dreams. Others dream deep.

 

Suddenly, they spin through the dark.

 

Shadows follow without a spark.

 

 

Where are they now? We want to know.

 

Worries and doubts begin to grow.

 

Rescuers work from night to dawn.

 

Afraid that many will be gone.

 

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This tragedy has touched our hearts

 

Oh, humanity! Not just charts.

 

We bless the victims come what may.

 

    No one should face this kind of day.