Jim’s WebLetter for 12/19-15

Hi-ya!

This week my wife and I saw the movie, In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard, which is a recounting of the sinking of the whaling ship, The Essex by a giant whale in 1820. This accounting by the sole survivor inspired writing the great novel, Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

The movie gives us a glimpse into the time when whaling was an important industry in northeast America, but was fraught with danger on the high seas to catch these huge creatures and clean them to extract oil. In short, it was a hard life.  

What Ron Howard did in this movie was to show the importance of whaling, not only to America, but to European countries because lighting the streets of London and Paris with whale oil helped to lower the crime rates of those metropolitan cities. And it also gave us a glimpse into the relationships these men had over their years at sea. In his interview with Marlo Thomas, Ron tells us what brought him to make the movie … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/12/17/ron-howards-in-the-heart-of-the-sea_n_8830590.html

During the movie with some of the very dramatic action taking place, all I could think of was, “and they also show this in 3-D”. I already felt like I was on the ship being tossed and turned, thoroughly drenched by the storm. Finding a huge pod of whales and how the largest one attacked them. Then being stranded in the small boats for days. This was a movie that really made me believe in the struggle to survive.

While everyone will be standing in line to see the latest installment of Star Wars, look for the reenactment of a true story that became a best selling book. Get details, watch the trailer and get tickets on the official movie website … http://www.intheheartoftheseamovie.com

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Also this week, I found an article in Entrepreneur Magazine that is important to Boomers like myself. But is really something everyone of all ages should read. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affect thousands each year and scientists are working to help us ward off the effects. In this article, we are presented with 6 habits that improve memory and promote a healthy brain. While some of the habits involve getting good sleep and exercise, keeping focused on one thing at a time may be more difficult to commit to, given the lifestyle and work habits we’ve adopted. See what you think after reading the article, and make a resolution to develop good habits for a healthier brain. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/252911

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That’s it this week. Have a Merry Christmas and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim

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