a mother’s love

I just finished watching “The Bridges of Madison County” for the first time. It happened to be on the TV while I was doing some work in my apartment, and I ended up watching closely the second half of the movie.

For me, this movie told the story of a mom’s love for her children. My grandfather was right about moms. Moms are almost not human in that they selflessly live for their children. They so deeply love their offspring that they sacrifice, and would sacrifice, their own life and happiness for the sake of their children. My mother has always been like this.

Sure parents get under the skin, but I cannot describe the love I have for my own mom. The best way to understand how much I love her, is my own willingness to make sacrifices for her sake. I am motivated to work hard, so that I can one day be successful enough to take good care of her. Lord knows she deserves it. Thanks grandpa for teaching me this important lesson!

More information about “The Bridges of Madison County” : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112579.


Use Redfin.com to find bargain home prices:

  • Use the Redfin search window to find a neighborhood by name or ZIP code. On the “Overview of homes for sale” page that appears, click “reduced listings” to show a list of price-reduced homes in the area.
  • On Redfin, at the bottom of each home’s listing page, see “listing price history,” showing the dates and amounts of any price reductions.
  • Farther down the same page, you’ll find a bar graph labeled “Should I wait for a price reduction?” This tells you how long homes are staying on the market in the neighborhood and at what point sellers are dropping their prices. You can get an idea if the time is right, given local trends, to make a lower bid. (Read more about this tool here.)

In Treatment

I watch this HBO original series and am consistently impressed by how well written it is, and how great a job all the actors do, making the characters seem real.   Beyond the quality of the writing and acting, however, I like how the show puts on center stage many societal and cultural changes that are occurring here in the U.S.   Also packed into each episode are behavioral psychology lessons.

Check out the show’s website at http://www.hbo.com/intreatment.

Apartment For Peggy

Apartment For Peggy is a movie I stumbled upon.  It happened to be on the TV–about half way through to the end–when I turned it on today, and I sure am glad it was.  I watched the entire last half of it, because it was so well written and articulate.    Perhaps I read into movies too much, but I think the movie is great, and perfectly fitting for a young leader.  I think the movie does a good job of illustrating a number of lessons.  In addition, the movie was surprisingly watchable for being so old.  Some of these lessons include:

  • focusing on money, makes you short-sided,and unable to see the forest among the trees
  • a tree takes a long time grow big and tall, but it is beautiful once it has
  • don’t raise peoples hopes prematurely
  • philosophy means the love of wisdom
  • leadership may naturally follow passion
  • a positive attitude is infectious
  • the wise continue learning all through out their lives
  • anything worth doing, isn’t easy
  • times sure have changed (women are treated much differently nowadays)


Watch the movie, and maybe post some lessons you took from the movie as comments to this post!  I would love to read them.

dumb question?

If there is no such thing as a “dumb question,” why is there apparently such thing as a “great question” or an “an interesting question”? Over and over, I hear really smart people say things like “that is a great question”, and I think this must mean that the speaker is judging a question on a scale of quality. My question is thus do “dumb questions” really exist, and can they be identified as that question which is not followed by “that’s a great question”?