All posts tagged: Love

Growing Into My Tallness

Once my greatest source of discomfort, my height is now my shield, my strength. In kindergarten I towered over my peers – both boys and girls. My shoe size grew every year, correlating with my age until middle school. Most women will never wear size ten or eleven shoes, let alone many prepubescent girls. By sixth grade I was nearly the height I am today – 5’11”. As a result of my height bracket, I never thought I was cute. My bigness made me feel void of femininity. Now I find great beauty in my stature, but as an adolescent all I wanted was to be smaller. To blend in. To be what boys at that time thought was pretty. It pains me to think of how much time, even as a young girl, I spent worrying about what others thought of me. Feeling too tall, too big, too uncommon. While I’ve grown to love my height, there are still days when my size feels daunting. Overpowering. Not pretty. Unfeminine. Almost eight years ago I …

Happy Holidays to You and Yours

Dear Readers, Happy Holidays! I hope you’re relaxing and making time to do the things you love. During this time of year it’s easy to get wrapped up in gifts (wrapped up, get it? Wow I’m cheesy!), financial woes, and a bit of family drama, so it’s important to step back and take a little time for yourself. As with Thanksgiving, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you’re thankful for. I’m thankful to be back in Tucson right now, spending the holiday season with friends and family. With moving and starting graduate school, this has been a whirlwind of a year, and I’m extremely fortunate to have a strong support system of loving people who have guided me every step of the way. It’s also been immensely therapeutic to have this blog and be able to share my thoughts and feelings on any given topic. I’m grateful to have such a space, and I’m certainly appreciative that people even want to read it! So thank you! As always, please be sure to send in feedback, submissions, or professional inquiries to catchallblog@gmail.com. …

Eternal Sunshine – The Two Shot

Today’s Video of the Day comes from Between Frames, a channel on Vimeo that describes its purpose as “looking deeper into the story, style & symbolism of popular cinema.” In their latest video they examine the use of the ‘two shot’ in Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which places the characters of Joel and Clementine together in the frame as their relationship comes together, falls apart, and is resurrected. The film’s cinematography is done artfully by Ellen Kuras. If you haven’t seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I recommend renting it as soon as possible. To this day it remains one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. And if you like this video, be sure to check out more from Between Frames.    

Bob Marley: Words of an Icon

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” “None but ourselves can free our minds.” “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” “The greatness of man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” “If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color: only society make rules where people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.” “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” “Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I …

My Top 5 Favorite Ryan Gosling Performances

5. Crazy, Stupid, Love Though Ryan Gosling is most well-known for his dramatic roles, he proves to be a great comedic actor in Crazy, Stupid, Love. As Jacob Palmer, Gosling perfectly portrays a shallow hunk who re-discovers his heart after falling in love with someone other than himself. His razor sharp attitude and quick-witted remarks make for a hilarious performance. And have you seen how good he looks in dress clothes? Wow. 4. Lars and the Real Girl Lars and the Real Girl is about a shy and depressed young man who develops an emotional relationship with a blow up doll. As Lars, Gosling is gentle and serene, keenly playing a hurt soul who finds acceptance in a doll who can neither judge nor desert him. Lars and the Real Girl is both heart warming and distinctly unique. 3. Half Nelson In Half Nelson Gosling plays Dan Dunne, a school teacher who’s hiding his crack addiction. Though he lights up in front of his class, behind closed doors Dan is troubled and lonely. Through a relationship he forms with one of his students (Drey played by Shareeka Epps) we …

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I love where I’m from. If I had to chose one thing that inspires me the most, it would have to be the spirit of Tucson. The people, landscapes, food, culture, art, music – everything. Some day soon I will move away, but my heart will always be here. What makes Tucson amazing is its imperfections. There are ugly parts of town and off-the-wall people who inhabit this city – but without the weirdness I don’t know if it would be as beautiful. There is a sense of community here that I’m not sure if I’ll find anywhere else. As a city we collectively respect our culture, our landscapes, and our history. Growing up in Southern Arizona will always be my greatest inspiration and I am so thankful to call the city of Tucson my home.

Don’t Have a Valentine? Don’t Fret

It took finally finding a Valentine for me to realize just how unimportant Valentine’s day is. Who needs to eat more chocolate anyways? And I’d like to think that no adult out there genuinely wants a new teddy bear – or at least, I hope. But don’t get me wrong – I think that you should take every chance you get to tell the person you love that you love them. As with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or birthdays, Valentine’s day is a time to appreciate your loved one. But no one, and I mean no one, should feel left out or unappreciated just because they happen to be single and it happens to be February 14th. If you’re single, then Valentine’s Day should be looked at as a day to love yourself. I can recall being bummed about V-Day as early as first grade. First grade! I was taller than all of the boys and had no chance of anyone ever having a crush on me (whatever crush really means at that age). I …

Splitscreen: A Love Story

I discovered Splitscreen: A Love Story about two years ago and never forgot it. Charming, simple, and creative, it’s a visual journey of love and exploration in which two people from separate sides of the globe meet. It was filmed entirely on the Nokia N8 cell phone and won the 2011 Nokia Shorts competition.

Spectacular Short Doc About Beauty & Perception: ‘There She Is’

Am I beautiful? It’s a question that each and every woman will ask herself at one point in her life (or more likely, several). Women are constantly being bombarded by images and advertisements that define beauty within the context of American perfectionism. These ads tell us what’s attractive, interesting, or even acceptable – making it nearly impossible to ignore these standards and love ourselves for who we are. What’s particularly disturbing is that the women in these ad campaigns don’t live up to such standards themselves. They must be covered in make-up from head to toe, lit perfectly, and photoshopped before they exemplify the very measures of beauty they were hired to represent. It’s a problem. Filmmakers Emily Sheskin and Veena Rao set out to examine the perception of women’s beauty in their short documentary, There She Is. The film follows best friends Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores as they compete in the 2011 American Beauties Plus Pageant, which is open to women sizes 14 and up. Short documentaries are such fascinating forms of storytelling because they require …

REVIEW: “Drinking Buddies”

Drinking Buddies, written and directed by Joe Swanberg, is a romantic comedy starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. The film examines the romantic lives of Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson), best friends and co-workers who seem to have more chemistry than a ‘Breaking Bad’ episode. The catch? They’re both in serious relationships with other people. And after a double-date weekend trip, things become even more complex when their significant others seem to have a little chemistry of their own. Laughter, tears, and complication ensue. Cleverness aside, I absolutely loved Drinking Buddies. I’ll admit that as a ‘New Girl’/Jake Johnson fan, I may be biased. He’s just too good at being the goofy guy who’s totally cute and secretly in love with a cool girl (that you mentally replace with yourself). But at its core, Drinking Buddies is a spectacularly simple movie about a not-so-simple topic: Love, lust, romance, and relationships. And what’s wonderful about Swanberg’s film is that it doesn’t fall victim to cliches or evolve as a stereo-typical rom-com. The viewer is left dangling, as unsure where …