“Try and be a little more vivacious.” [Harold and Maude]

from Living a Beautiful Life

Living a Beautiful Life

Macabre, tender, funny and altogether weirdly wonderful, Harold and Maude would be in my Top 10 movies.  If I had such a list.  It’s beautifully written, not a word wasted.  The acting is spot-on and the direction is inspired.  Released in December 1971, I’m surprised I only discovered it a few years ago.

“Dinner at 8:00 Harold, and try to be a little more vivacious.”

Harold and Maude is based on an original screenplay by Colin Higgins (a Hollywood pool boy) and directed by Hal Ashby.  Ashby fought Paramount on edits.  He won some battles and lost others.  One swear word was omitted to avoid an R rating.  Is there any word that would result in an R rating today?

How did Harold and Maude flop at the box office?  Audiences preferred Carnal Knowledge, Clockwork Orange, Diamonds Are Forever, Dirty Harry, Fiddler on the Roof and The French Connection. …

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Please don’t, Please do.

from Bipolar Whispers

Bipolar Whispers

Please don’t underestimate me because of my illness.

Please don’t Judge me because of my illness.

Please don’t feel threatened by me because of my illness.

Please don’t leave me out because of my illness.

Please don’t forget the good times when the bad times of my illness rear its ugly head.

Please don’t confuse my indifference about activities with me not actually wanting to do them.

Please don’t use the name of my illness`as an adjective.

Please do stand by me when I need you.

Please do remember the good times.

Please do remember that I want to be better, I do not choose to be sick.

Please do have patience with me, because often I do not have any patience for myself.

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from Sheldon Kleeman

Sheldon Kleeman

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Stillness

Doesn’t mean quite

Grateful

Doesn’t mean peace of mind

I am climbing but I have

Stumbled

I’ve tested positive for “TB”

Tuberculosis

Now from what I understand

It’s complicated cause of

My psoriasis

More tests and a lot of patience

I just don’t know yet

it’s treatable,and it sucks

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