My friend and colleague Morry Alter did a very nice holiday story on a non-profit health care center in Charlotte, NC, that provides free or low cost health care to those who could not afford it otherwise. Nice to hear something positive these days.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Johnson & Johnson facility in East London, South Africa. They've instituted a program, run by their health center, to provide information and counseling to those employees and their familes affected by HIV/AIDS. I talked to both employees, some HIV positive, and personnel in the health center about the effect this disease has had on their lives.
My wife, who is a social worker and adamant Democratic supporter, recently made this observation in light of the contentious debate around health care reform. When facing obstacles and frustrations, the Democrats and Liberals tend to wring their hands, blame each other and blame themselves. The Republicans tend to lash out, blame those with whom they disagree,and speak in one voice, right or wrong. Do they really believe that Obama wants to euthanize seniors?Do they really believe that government run health care is an anathema, in the face of the relative efficiency of Medicare, which seniors are loathe to have changed, and the VA health plan? Andis he really a Muslim foreigner who wants to turn the U.S. into a socialist republic? Prior to the election I met an otherwise intelligent woman on a plane who was utterly convinced that Obama, if elected, would insist on swearing in on the Koran, not the Bible. Really! In psychological terms, according to my wife, the Democrats suffer from neurosis, whereas the Republicans have a personality disorder. A neurotic blames himself when things go wrong, and is subject to second-guessing and self-recrimination. Someone with a personality disorder sees nothing wrong with himself, lacks introspection, and thinks any problem is caused by "the other guy". Perhaps both parties should undergo some psychotherapy to work out some of these issues, although it's unclear whether that would be covered under the present health care system.
Since 1986, the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey (EFNJ) has been providing quality family support services to people affected by an assortment of disabilities and needs. In 2004, the Trenton, N.J.-based EFNJ launched the Family Resource Network (FRN) a comprehensive, family-focused human service organization devoted to serving a broad spectrum of disabilities by meeting individualized needs.
I work as a Director of Corporate Video Communication at Johnson & Johnson. Previously, I worked at CBS and WCBS-TV in New York. The views and content published on this blog reflect my own personal perspective and do not represent the views, opinions or policies of Johnson & Johnson or any of its affiliate companies.
Just ok. Very well done technically - an actual silent film, but I was expecting something a little more dramatic.
A very strange film which some people hated. But I thought it was fascinating. A great performance by Kirsten Dunst, unlike anything she's ever done. An element of science fiction, a planet called Melancholia on a collision course with earth, underlies the story. It's an obvious allusion to the mental state of the main character, but as far as I'm concerned, the director pulled it off. Much better, I thought, than Tree of Life, which also had metaphysical intimations, but was simply boring and pedantic.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Based on John Le Carre's novel. Excellent, great acting, but demanding plot.
Great country music and performance by Jeff Bridges. The story was as tired as some of the worn out dives where his character, a washed out country singer, performs, but still worth seeing. Maggie Gillynhall as a love interest was grossly miscast.
UP IN THE AIR
A surprisingly wonderful performance by George Clooney. The film is timely and has an edge in this tough economic and emotional climate.
Spectacular!! See in IMAX, 3D
Indie film rented from Netfix. VERY quirky, don't expect a Hollywood blockbuster! German woman stranded in the dessert meets up with an odd assortment of characters, including a Hollywood set painter played by Jack Palance!