Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Movie Review: "Blue Jasmine"

I have to be honest and say that I’ve been boycotting Woody Allen’s films since he married Soon-Yi.

But since his latest, “Blue Jasmine” was filmed partly in San Francisco, I had to lift my ban.

I’m happy that I did.  “Blue Jasmine” is an epic film.  An exploration into a world of lies, deceit, depression, sibling rivalry and so much more.

The entire cast delivered incredible performances.

Arguably, one of the best films of the year.
Don't miss it on the big screen.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stressed? Squeeze a Frog

I read today that a poll conducted by Monster.com showed that 60 percent of people in the world experience daily stress 18 to 20 times per month at work.

In the legal world, that’s a pretty good number.  I think I could double that number based on my own stress level.

What do you do to relieve stress at work? 
For me, music helps.  When I’m not doing a task that requires intense focus, like when I’m entering attorney time, I often put on a headset and listen to a few instrumental tunes.  Or, if I’m particularly stressed, I will stop and take a walk downstairs for a cup or coffee or tea.

When time permits, I’ll take a lunch-time walk to “walk it out.”

Whatever you need to “keep calm and carry on,” by all means, do it.

Many days, I’m just grateful for this little frog stress ball. 


It’s almost Friday!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Speak of the Devil" by Allison Leotta

The third time is a charm.  Not that the first two ("Law of Attraction" and "Discretion") weren't great, but Allison Leotta's latest novel, "Speak of the Devil" is a mystery lover's delight.  

I honestly could have read this book without putting it down, but I knew there would be a wait for her next novel, so I decided to stretch it out over four days.  

I think that Ms. Leotta's background as a sex crimes prosecutor is really the thing that makes her work so different.  And, if you're familiar with the legal field, it really will hold your interest because she gets all the little details.  

I love being a secretary by day and mystery solver by night - except I really didn't expect the twists and turns this book took - but I sure enjoyed the ride.

Although, I have to admit some of the scenes made me jump while reading!

Another great one from Simon and Schuster:


On the very night she gets engaged to the man she loves, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis’s professional life takes a shocking turn that threatens everything she holds dear.

While Anna is enjoying a romantic dinner capped off by a marriage proposal, a few miles away two separate groups are gearing up to raid a brothel. A vicious killer known as Diablo—the Devil—leads one group. A few minutes later, Anna’s own investigative team heads in to search the brothel, as part of the fight against human trafficking in D.C. Both groups are caught off guard, with deadly results.

As Anna investigates the bloody face-off, the boundaries between her work and home life begin to blur. Though eager to focus on her new fiancé, the chief homicide prosecutor Jack Bailey, and her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Olivia, this case and the search for Diablo are never far from her mind.

When Anna discovers a web of long-buried secrets and official lies leading straight to her doorstep, the truth about this case threatens to rob her of the happiness she seemed so close to securing. And everything Anna counted on becomes a question mark as Diablo moves in for yet another kill.

Allison Leotta draws on her experience as a D.C. sex-crimes prosecutor to take readers into the back rooms of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the hidden world of the Witness Protection Program, and the secret rituals of one of America’s most dangerous gangs. Universally praised by bestselling authors from Catherine Coulter and George Pelecanos to Lisa Scottoline and David Baldacci, Leotta weaves fact and fiction to create her best novel yet.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Making the World A Better Place - One Post-It (TM) At A Time

The Post-it Brand Wall kicks off the Post-it Brand Dreams for Good Campaign which asks everyone to share their plans for making the world a better place. To enter the Post-it Brand Dreams for Good contestgo to www.facebook.com/postit and submit a photo of your dream for good on a Post-it Note by September 15, 2013 for a chance to win a $25,000 Post-it Possibility Grant.