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Giri Haji

Recently watched this Netflix series Giri/Haji about two brothers, one is a Japanese police detective and the other a hit man for the Japanese mob. It is set in Tokyo and London. I don’t particularly like violent films but this is not only about murder and mayhem. The cast is great and the characters are developed really well. Although I said I don’t like violence, I think I was in the mood for some shoot outs because of all the crappy news lately and I know this is fiction. One scene has a gang of Albanian mobsters getting ready to make a hit on a London gangster, Connor Abbot, and his crew. A policeman on his beat notices the Albanians pulling up outside a restaurant where Abbot is located. He calls in to headquarters to report ‘ a possible incident with numerous males outside a Spanish restaurant.’ As he watches them pull out heavy duty fire power, he yells into his phone, ‘ Oh shit! Guns, guns, guns!’ I found this very satisfying.

Violence in stories, unless it’s just gore for shock value, seem to satisfy the need for the black and white resolution of wrong doing. Seems to fulfill a need for wrong to be set right even though I know in reality things can’t be made right so easily with a fight. Or maybe we just like to see people fight with fists or guns.

The title of this film refers to duty (giri) to family and shame (haji) for all the bad stuff people do often to help their loved ones. Makes you wonder how far you would go to protect your family. Really liked the screenplay and the filming with some split screens, flashbacks, and some anime too.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “movie title.” Take the title of the last movie you watched (just the title, not the premise of the movie), and base your post on that title.

Featured image of a gangster by Péter Kadlec via

Oh Yeah Yeah

Oh, yeah, yeah it’s been quite a week. A big start to a new year. ‘Fasten your seatbelts’ or duck under your desk kind of times. I want to forget about much of it already. It’s just that I get obsessed watching You Tube videos of what news people are saying about it all. War and Impeachment, and all in the first 2 weeks. Looking for things that distract me or that I enjoy. So retail therapy, looking for bathmats. I am into bathmats lately. And I bought 2 new mystery books. I opened one to get the first 3 words for this post. I have a new computer. Nothing encourages buying a new computer like being told your operating system is no longer being updated. All the talk about Window 10 being bad and I wondered if I would have a hard time adjusting, but so far it has been fine. The face recognition feature is pretty cute. I have one on my cell phone too. I have to take off my glasses so it will recognize me. Now I’m in the system so I could be paranoid about the government having my image. I hope we don’t have those kind of surveillance systems but they could be on the horizon. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is to “Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. 2. Open it to a random page. 3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page. 4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post, then take it from there–write whatever comes to mind. ”

Featured image is ‘Facial Recognition’ by Mike MacKenzie on

What Now

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings” -Lewis Carroll

My daughter and I toasted the New Year with a Prosecco and pomegranate juice cocktail. Prosecco is dry and very refreshing. The pomegranate juice added the right amount of sweetness. I feel like I need several glasses to forget about what is in the news today. My anxiety level is definitely elevated. I would like to have it all explained to us before we get into a war, not after.  This is not the time for nonsensical phrases or keeping secrets. Feels like we’ve stepped through the looking glass and are now in a world where everything is strange and foreboding.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is use an ‘ow’ word in the post.

Happy New Year

This year has flown by so fast. Makes me want to pledge to be more mindful of each new day no matter what distractions may come. Wishing all a bright New Year filled with hope, health, and happiness!

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘year.’

Featured image of beautiful ‘California Coast’ via

Happy Holidays

“Oh, by gosh, by jingle

it’s time for carols and Kris Kringle…”

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘ingle’. Find a word that contains “ingle” and use it any way you’d like in your post.

Featured image of vintage Christmas card via

Song lyrics from ‘Mistletoe and Holly’ by Faith Evans

Oath Of Integrity

There had been much rancor and raised voices on the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives. As the chairman of the committee opened the debate on the Articles of Impeachment, he told the members that they could each have five minutes to make an opening statement. Many of the Democrats chose to speak about how they felt compelled to do their duty to uphold their oath of office, to defend the Constitution of the United States and preserve our democracy.  One Congressman talked about the story of Esther in the bible standing up to the king, others related that they were doing this for their grandchildren or for all the girls and boys in the country. One Congresswoman said she wanted children to know that it was important when you take an oath to follow it. Many of the members talked about growing up poor or coming to this country as immigrants and how honored and proud they were to be citizens of the the United States and elected to Congress. Congresswoman Lucy McBath shared her life story of wanting so much to be a mother and finally having a son. She dreamed of her son growing up and having a happy life. He was in a car with his friends when a man drove up, said their music was too loud, and fired 10 shots into the car killing her only child. She had come to Congress to work for gun control and other issues important to her community.  Listening to these men and women, some of my representatives, renewed my faith. They are some of the best of us.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is to use a word that means ‘loud.’

Featured image Photo by Carol Highsmith of detail of mural ‘Government’ by Elihu Vedder via

The Key To Happiness

‘Robin’ by ianpreston on

“It was something like a ring of rusty iron or brass and when the robin flew up into a tree nearby she put out her hand and picked the ring up. It was more than a ring, however; it was an old key which looked as if it had been buried a long time.”-The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Still one of my favorite books, ‘The Secret Garden.’ It would be so magical to find the key to my own secret garden. I would spend hours there enjoying nature hidden away from the troubles of the world.

Wooden door in garden wall photo by Acabashi on

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘key.’