Feverfew…a migraine miracle?

  In one of my recent blog posts, I listed several of the many blessings I experienced in 2016 (see Happy New Year (and belated Merry Christmas)!). One of them was in reference to the reduced amount of migraines I have been having, thanks to a little herb called Feverfew.

I didn’t want to write a blog post about Feverfew right away, even though I have been taking this particular herb for several months now. Sometimes, a supplement will work for me at the beginning, then it’s effectiveness is reduced over time. Also, the results I saw at the beginning seemed so fantastic, I was wary regarding whether or not it would actually continue to work.

Now, several months into taking this herb, I am ready to share my news!

 

  First, a little history…
  At age 13, I began experiencing a headache…that never, ever, EVER went away. Then, the one headache decided it wasn’t doing enough damage, so several other headaches decided to join in on the fun. The headaches were my first symptom of chronic Lyme disease (which I discovered 10 years after first experiencing the never-ending headache). During those 10 years of searching for a reason/cure, I had an average of 5 headaches daily and would often have a migraine on top of those 5 “regular” headaches. Life was not much fun.
  After my diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease, I began working on serious treatment…and am still continuing to work on treating the Lyme. After 17 years of fighting this horrible disease (that in many ways, is worse than cancer), I still have not beaten Lyme disease. However, I have found several supplements/treatments/medications that help keep the symptoms under control.
  For the headaches, I’ve tried so many things…so many things. My doctors have given me several prescriptions over the years that have helped to curb the pain, but I am always seeking alternative treatments versus prescription medication. I had researched and tried this particular herb called “Feverfew” but it had never done much for me…the instructions indicated I should take it at the onset of a migraine, and that is what I tried. Even so, the migraine always persisted.

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A few months ago, after experiencing over 10 migraines within 30 days (the kind of migraines that make you want to just throw your hands up and die), I began researching anew and found this forum about Feverfew. After reading several comments, I found one from a mother who said that she gave her daughter Feverfew EVERY DAY as a preventative to migraines, and that it was working for her daughter. I had never thought about/read about taking Feverfew as a preventative, but I figured, why not try?

Here are some basics on Feverfew:

  • Feverfew is a traditional medicinal herb called tanacetum parthenium, and is plant based

  • Feverfew has been used as an herbal treatment to reduce fevers, treat headaches, treat arthritis, and treat tummy issues

  • Trial studies have not proven to be 100% effective in reducing headaches for the participants (out of 5 trials during a 2004 study, 3 were effective, 2 were not)

  • Feverfew can be taken in capsule or tablet form, in a tincture or tea, or, it can be home-grown and harvested

  • Feverfew is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding

 

While many people have found relief from headaches with this herb, it is not always effective. I still keep over-the-counter and prescription drugs ready, in case of a serious migraine.

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Since starting Feverfew several months ago, I have noticed a serious decrease in migraines. I mean, SERIOUS!

I was experiencing, on average, two migraines per week. Those migraines would last 24-48 hours each, despite medication, and would often bring difficult side effects with them (such as blacking out/getting seriously nauseous). It would take a minimum of three days to recover from one migraine.

Now, for the past three months, I have experienced a total of three migraines. For those of you who have difficulty with math, that is one migraine per month.

 

One migraine per month, versus two migraines per week, is an amazing result for me. After the first month I was holding my breath, fearful that it was simply a fluke. But low and behold, the next two months were the same (even with the holidays!).

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Needless to say, I am EXCITED to share my news with you!!! Currently, I am taking Feverfew in capsule form, once in the morning. In each capsule, there is 700mg of actual Feverfew (a high dose – many bottles have 200-300mg in each pill, in which case they often prescribe 2 pills/day).

 

  If you are interested in trying Feverfew for yourself, I would recommend you research the following sites (just type in Feverfew in the search section):

http://www.themigrainetrust.org

http://www.botanical.com

http://www.herbwisdom.com

 

Also, do a search online to find forums/personal reviews of others who have tried this herb. Everyone’s experience is different.  My experience of taking Feverfew as a preventative is too good NOT to share however, and I sincerely hope that results are similar for those of you who try it.

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  If you do try, or if you have tried in the past, what was your experience with Feverfew? Would you recommend it to others?

 

Check out other blog posts on my fight with Lyme disease:

Lyme Disease Facts, in pictures

Stress, Anxiety and Life

Weight and Lymies

Weight and Lyme Disease, Pt 2

A Day In My Life

 

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100 Movies Update 3

Despite the craziness of the holidays and my home life recently (see blog post Happy New Year (and belated Merry Christmas)!), I have another update on my movie challenge for my dear readers! (See blog posts 100 Movies for my 30th Year! 100 Movies: Update and 100 Movies Update 2) Over the past few weeks I was able to watch and review Schindler’s List, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and From Here to Eternity.

Check out my thoughts…

 

Schindler’s List

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This incredible film is well worthy of being named one of the best American films ever made for several reasons: 1, the style of filming, 2, the actors involved and 3, the way the characters (based on real events) are so personalized. The way this film starts in color, fades to black and white, then employs the use of color again later in the film is nothing short of genius. Just through filming, the audience is fully aware of the emotions behind the script. The way the camera stays so close to the actors faces puzzled me at first, until I realized it was being shot in a documentary style (even though this is most assuredly a big budget film). A risky move, but one that pays off thanks to the acting genius of Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley. Not only does the script dive into uncomfortable history, it portrays how human souls change because of the horrors they see, both for the good and the bad.

Notice these tidbits…

  • Ralph Fiennes put on several pounds to play the role of Amon Goethe by drinking beer

  • Steven Spielburg had to the option to cast a well-known actor (including Harrison Ford) in the main role of Oskar Schindler, but chose Liam Neeson (a then little-known actor) so the film would not be overshadowed by star power

  • This is the most expensive black and white film made, to date

  • A large percentage of the film was shot using a hand held camera

  • The film won 7 Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Score

  • Based on the book, Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

  • The girl in the red coat was based on a real girl, Roma Ligocka, a survivor of the Krakow ghetto, who was known for wearing a red winter coat. She later wrote a book called The Girl in the Red Coat

 

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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I went into this film expecting certain things, thinking it was a typical Hollywood Western. Not true. This movie shines above others because of the truly incredible, and I do mean incredible, script. Every single line was chosen with care. Words are not minced and if you, as the audience, miss a line, you miss a great deal. Seldom do you see such superb writing, or such chemistry between two male actors  (Robert Redford and Paul Newman). The character of Butch (Newman) is played with looseness and affability, while the Kid (Redford) is more serious and stoic. The cinematography adapts a less-is-more attitude and interrupts the minimalist style with scenes consisting only of yellowed photographs, while giving several scenes more character simply because the audience does not expect the excess (for example, the scene of the bicycle crashing to the ground on its own). All in all, this movie is a must-see.

Notice these tidbits…

  • Screenwriter William Goldman (who won an Academy Award for this film) also wrote the well-known novel, The Princess Bride

  • Steve McQueen, Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando were considered for the role of the Kid, but Robert Redford eventually won the role

  • The President of 20th Century Fox, Richard Zanuck, paid $400,000.00 for the screenplay – more than anyone had ever paid for a screenplay before

  • Paul Newman did his own bicycle stunts

 

From Here to Eternity

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Although I had never watch the full version of this film before, I had seen the classic scene with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster on the beach many times. At times the filming and acting came across as choppy to me, perhaps because Montgomery Clift (who played Robert E. Lee Prewitt) was pioneering a new type of acting (method) and therefore, his style seemed almost out of place (although exceptionally more natural). The lone but hard working soldier, the unhappy girl, and the hard-nosed officers lent inspiration to future films such as An Officer and A Gentleman, The Guardian, and Annapolis.. The casting of Donna Reed as a well, let’s face it, hooker, was a genius move, considering she had been typecast as the “girl next door” in previous roles. The role of Maggio was played by Frank Sinatra, an interesting choice but one that brought comic relief to an otherwise dramatic film.  This film was certainly an interesting fictional take on the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the people whose lives were changed by that event.

Notice these tidbits…

  • Montgomery Clift, in true method acting style, learned to play the bugle for his role (even though he knew he would dubbed) and studied boxing (although he was dubbed by a real boxer in key scenes)

  • The kiss between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr on the beach was deamed “too erotic” by the MPAA

  • Aloha shirts became much more popular after this film was released

  • Based on the book From Here to Eternity, by James Jones

 

 

See my other movie reviews in the following blog posts:

100 Movies: Update

100 Movies Update 2

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Happy New Year (and belated Merry Christmas)!

Life Updates!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Ah, My Life

Happy New Year (and belated Merry Christmas)!

It’s 2017! I always say “this past year has gone by so fast” but really, I think time has stayed the same, despite the craziness of my every day life. 

2016 could have ended on a very bad note for me regarding the love of my life, my fur-baby Bella. However as I ring in the new year, I am filled with hope for her. On Christmas day, I took Bella to the ER vet. We had made two trips to her regular vet in the 24 hours before Christmas, but Bella was still in a tremendous amount of pain. Her vet and I suspected her bad back as being the culprit, but I had never, EVER seen my baby go through that kind of pain. 

After an examination, the ER vet told me that Bella has disc disease. She gave Bella an injection full of pain medicine and recommended I get acupuncture/cold laser treatment/combination of both as a way to treat the disease. Since Christmas, Bella has had several treatments of acupuncture/cold laser/massage,and I am so grateful to be able to report improvement in her condition. After several weeks of these healing treatments my plan is to begin aquatherapy at home, to build up Bella’s strength. Because she is 7 1/2 pounds and full of personality, I cannot keep her from doing some damage to her back (by jumping/running), but by doing constant exercises, her body should be able to handle the stress without having to endure this kind of pain. 


Bella is, quite frankly, my reason for living. To be without her would be like being without my heart and soul. Because of her, I have survived an addiction, break ups, loss of jobs and independence, and years of being bedridden due to Lyme disease. While I fully understand that she will not live forever, I need others to understand that with every breath I take, I am loving Bella, missing Bella, talking to Bella, thinking about Bella. She is my miracle. And if I never experience another miracle in life, I will know that I could not have appreciated or loved this little miracle any more than I have.
Thankfully, a new year is here,bringing new thoughts of hope. While I do have goals for the upcoming year, I would prefer to list the goals I accomplished/good things that happened to me in 2016. This past year certainly wasn’t perfect, but I’m still grateful for the following:

I survived (with chronic Lyme disease, surviving is a constant struggle)

-I stuck to the Palio diet and improved my gut, Candida, muscle/joint pain, and fatigue by doing so

-I discovered that my migraines would significantly decrease by simply supplementing my pill regimen with Feverfew on a daily basis (more on this later)

-I continued to collaborate with my doctor on ways to fight the Lyme in my body

-I learned much more about cooking/baking in 365 days then I had in my previous 20+ years, and was able to continually cook for family, friends and myself (a trait that for the most part, everyone else greatly appreciated)

-I joined the workforce again after several years of being too sick to work…and haven’t been fired yet! 

-I was able to spend quality time with dear and trusted friends, including days learning to can with T, and a trip to DC with A (I also enjoyed going to the movie theatre only once in 2016, to see The Secret Life of Pets with K)

-I was blessed to spend many quiet hours reading or watching TV, while curled up with Bella, and discovered the genius of Agatha Christie, E.M. Forster, and other modern classic authors

-I found a new hair color that suited me (after many ill attempts with various dye jobs) and am now comfortable using and recommending henna hair dye

-I saved a tremendous amount of money by making most of my own beauty products

-I attempted joining an exercise program (which I thoroughly enjoyed but had to quit due to a chronic infection…however, it is a new year! )

-I watched many classic films after beginning my challenge to see all 100 of the best American movies ever made (so far, favorites include Some Like It Hot,  Schindler’s List, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

-I endured my car breaking down on the side of the road for the first time ever

-I went to the beach with my sister, her husband and my nephew

-I turned 30 years old and finally feel like I’m beginning to act as a true adult would

-and many other blessings, too numerous to name

  • My New Year’s wish for you:

May 2017 be filled with hope and healing for each and every one of you. No matter your goals starting out, I pray when this year comes to an end, you will be able to look back and see the blessings that occurred and the battles you survived. 

100 Movies Update 2

If you have been keeping up with my blog, you know that I have been doing a movie challenge (see post 100 Movies for my 30th Year!).  This is my second update on the movies that I have checked off the list, including the films Bonnie and Clyde, The Wizard of Oz, and Some Like It Hot.

I must say, I am enjoying this challenge! There are still quite a few movies to see and unfortunately, many of them look like they will be incredibly depressing, so I’m trying to pace how many “downers” I watch in a week. Life can be difficult enough!

 

Bonnie and Clyde

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This was Faye Dunaway’s first major role and it was entertaining to see her so young. Even though the filming was grainy and out of focus at times, Ms. Dunaway is still incredibly beautiful and puts all of her body into her role’s particular language, a talent that proves uncomfortable at times but still relays how dedicated she is as an actress.  Based on true events in the lives of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the producers certainly did not shy away from violence or sex.  The ending death scene was, considering when this film was made, incredibly graphic although interestingly enough, some of the filming seems patterned after comical slap-stick scenes.

Notice these tidbits:

  • Based on real life events of gangsters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker

  • Bonnie’s mother was played by Mabel Cavitt, a local schoolteacher in Texas where the movie was filmed

  • Shirley Maclaine was considered for the role of Bonnie until her real-life brother, Warren Beatty, decided to play Clyde

  • Before deciding to play Clyde, Warren Beatty wanted musician Bob Dylan in the role

  • Cinematographer Burnett Guffey shot in a somewhat radical style, with some scenes being out of focus to give a hazy, nostalgic sense

 

The Wizard of Oz

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What a delightful film! Truly, no matter your age, a movie that will make you feel young at heart.  While Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, is memorable, it is the supporting cast (including Toto) that truly show their acting chops in this film in regards to singing, dancing and portraying multiple roles.   Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, the movie was disappointing in the box office when first released but has since become one of the most-watched films of all time. Aesthetically, the fantasy wonderland (including the poppy field) truly shined in the Technicolor style. Who can suppress a smile whenever the song, “Over the Rainbow” is sung? Also, those famous ruby slippers, interestingly enough, are now housed in the Smithsonian museum for all to see!

Notice these tidbits:

  • Over the Rainbow won Best Original Song, but the nomination for Best Picture was given that year to Gone With The Wind

  • W.C. Fields was originally chosen for the role of the Wizard, but it went to Frank Morgan instead

  • The costume for the Cowardly Lion (played by Bert Lahr) weighed nearly 100 pounds

  • Shirley Temple was considered for the role of Dorothy

  • The oil used on the Tin Man was actually chocolate sauce

 

Some Like it Hot

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Oh my goodness…if you haven’t yet seen this film, you need to! I laughed and laughed and laughed some more. Filmed in black and white, actors Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play cross-dressing musicians fleeing the mob, who are both attracted to Marilyn Monroe’s character (who, it should be noted, wears some incredibly fabulous dresses during this film).  The Roman Catholic Legion of Decency gave this movie a “condemned” rating, because it plays with the idea of homosexuality during an era when such ideas were taboo. However, whatever your personal beliefs may be, this film is intended to be funny and no one can deny the comedic talents of Lemmon and Curtis.  My hat is off to costume designer Orry-Kelly, who did such a fabulous job dressing two men as (mostly) convincing females.

Notice these tidbits:

  • Generally considered by critics to be the greatest comedy ever made

  • Marilyn Monroe’s personal life and problems interfered with the filming to such a degree, she was not invited to the wrap party. She often had 40 or more takes to get a single line correct

  • The famous closing line, “Nobody’s perfect,” was never intended to be left in the film; the writers simply kept it in the script while they tried to think up something better

  • Tony Curtis intentionally imitates Cary Grant when he pretends to be a millionaire named Junior

 

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Life Updates!

Car Problems

100 Movies: Update

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

My 30th Birthday

The Issue with MOLD

Mommy, What’s a Toxin?

 

Life Updates!

FUNDRAISER

A few weeks ago, I started a youcaring.com fundraiser to raise money to cover the costs of my car repairs (see blog post Car Problems).  I worked out a payment plan and have been able to cover over half of the total! To keep up with my fundraiser, see this site: https://www.youcaring.com/shelbynutz-703341

  I still need to raise more money.  I understand it’s a busy season but if you are able to pitch in even a few dollars, I would be extremely grateful. Thank you for taking the time to check out my fundraiser and see why my car is so important to me!

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CHRISTMAS

Also,’ tis the Christmas season! This year I am making most of my Christmas gifts for friends and family and greatly enjoying it.  I’ll reveal WHAT exactly I’m making, AFTER the gifts have been given!

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100 MOVIES

I’m continuing my Movie Challenge.  Keep posted for an update on my list soon! See blog posts 100 Movies for my 30th Year! and 100 Movies: Update

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Check out other recent blog posts:

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

My 30th Birthday

The Issue with MOLD

Mommy, What’s a Toxin?

Car Problems

I hate car trouble.  Like, really hate it.  But I have been exceptionally blessed with my car: it has given me 8 years of faithful service so far with few problems.

Until yesterday morning that is, when it started making a truly horrific noise before breaking down on the side of the road! It picked a good spot though –  literally two minutes from my mechanics.  After my wonderful father came and picked me up, my mechanic determined that the AC compressor was at fault and needed to be fixed right away.

If the problem had continued, much more serious issues would have occurred.  I’m grateful for my blessings, but this unexpected cost is throwing me a bit…the mechanic spent the entire morning working on my car and it is drivable now, but the cost is equaling around $600.  I brought them cookies this morning to thank them for taking such good care of me, but I also decided to start a youcaring.com fundraiser to help raise the needed amount.

Life never ceases to be interesting! Keep up with my fundraiser here: https://www.youcaring.com/shelbynutz-703341

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My Honda Civic, bedazzled with awesome bumper stickers

100 Movies: Update

Since writing my last blog post entitled, 100 Movies for my 30th Year, I have checked several of the “must-see” titles off my list. Thankfully my library has supplied several of the older titles while Netflix streaming actually has a fairly good variety of classic films. I thought it would be fun to review the films as I watch them, so keep reading for my reviews of North by Northwest, Jaws and Psycho!

 

North by Northwest

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While not usually a fan of Cary Grant, I enjoyed this film! Alfred Hitchcock was a master in his craft, and this suspense/spy thriller has provided keynotes for filmmakers who followed.  Seeing the actors in iconic places such as the United Nations, Grand Central Station and Mount Rushmore provided plenty of enjoyment.

If you watch this movie, notice the following:

– Eva Marie Saint’s hair was cut short as directed by Hitchcock, and adds vulnerability to her otherwise strong character

– Although a thriller, most of the movie is filmed in bright sunlight

– The title is never fully referenced in the film and is left up to the audience to decipher why Hitchcock chose to call it North by Northwest

 

Jaws

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I confess, after seeing this film, I was puzzled why it was included on the 100 Best Films list according to the AFI. Then I realized: much of the movie was a nod to the classic book, Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.  The search for the creature lurking under the water, ready to strike at the most innocent…the veteran Quinn (played by Robert Shaw)  who, like Captain Ahab, is obsessed with hunting and killing this great creature…the three main characters searching for the shark on the Orca boat, named after the predatory killer whale.

Composer John Williams won an Oscar for his original score and it is completely understandable why. His use of two notes has, in my opinion, never been rivaled and makes this movie unforgettable.  The acting is strange at times however, and although Richard Dreyfuss fully embraced his role he takes it over the top on several occasions.  Many of the supporting characters are rather forgettable but perhaps that was intentional, so that the audience concentrates on the killer shark that strikes at young and old alike.

  If you watch the movie, notice the following:

  • Charlton Heston was considered for the role of Chief Brody, played by Roy Sheider

  • The film editing is incredible. Verna Fields was the editor; this was her last film before she passed away

  • Most of the shark footage was done with mechanical sharks, although the superb editing makes them look much more real

 

Psycho

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It’s true, I had never seen this classic thriller, although the shower scene was referenced in school studies on many occasions. The theme is complex and dark, holding your attention because of its psychological intensity. The acting was absolutely superb and even though Janet Leigh’s character is killed off, she is completely memorable.  The true acting genius of the film is Anthony Perkins, who plays child-like but complex Norman.  At first, you want to hug him, then you grow suspicious, but still want to give him the benefit of the doubt, then your eyes widen in shock when his “true” character is revealed. The musical score, especially the screeching violins that accompany the shower scene, sets the tone for the whole film. The screenplay itself is a work of art.

  If you watch this film, notice the following:

  • Hitchcock decided to film this in black and white instead of Technicolor, adding to the depth of the plot’s complexity

  • The film’s screenplay was adapted from a novel of the same name, based on a real-life character (a psychotic killer in Wisconsin)

  • Stuffed birds and reflecting mirrors are ever-present, showing layered symbolic imagery in its finest

  • The horizontal and vertical lines that streak across the screen during opening credits are a nod to the split and schizophrenic personality of the character of Norman

 

Check out the movie challenge I am completing during my 30th year in this blog post, 100 Movies for my 30th Year!

 

Other recent posts from me:

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Ah, My Life

My 30th Birthday

The Issue with MOLD

Mommy, What’s a Toxin?

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

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My list of gratitude this year is rather endless, but here are the major bullet points:

 

I’m thankful for

YOU, my dear and wonderful readers, for helping to make this blog what it is

my family, who love and support me despite this ridiculous illness

-my dog Bella, without whom I would not still be alive

-my Lyme wifey, who makes my life complete in so many ways

-my friends, who show time and again how loving and understanding friendship can be

-my LLMD, who has helped to give me my life back

-the Lyme community, who help me time and again with understanding and accepting my disease

 

I’ve included some Thanksgiving humor as well.  Have a wonderful Turkey Day everyone!

 

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100 Movies for my 30th Year!

After I turned 30 years old I wondered, what is the best way to truly celebrate this milestone birthday?

The thought occurred to me: watch the 100 greatest American films ever made!

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Excitedly, I read through the “100 Best Films” according to the American Film Institute (many lists exist categorizing the best films ever, but this particular directory is presented by a nonprofit educational arts organization dedicated to preserving American film).  To my surprise, there were only a few greats that I could check off as “already seen,” films  such as The Sound of MusicThe Godfather and Gone With The Wind.  The rest are films now on my “to-see” list:

Citizen Kane (1941)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
 Star Wars (1977)
The African Queen (1951)
Psycho (1960)
Chinatown (1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Raging Bull (1980)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
North By Northwest (1959)
King Kong (1933)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Jaws (1975)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Amadeus (1984)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
M*A*S*H (1970)
 The Third Man (1949)
Vertigo (1958)
Stagecoach (1939)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Network (1976)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Shane (1953)
The French Connection (1971)
The Gold Rush (1925)
City Lights (1931)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Modern Times (1936)
Giant (1956)
Platoon (1986)
Fargo (1996)
Duck Soup (1933)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Frankenstein (1931)
Easy Rider (1969)
Patton (1970)
The Jazz Singer (1927)

The Apartment 
(1960)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
GoodFellas 
(1990)
The Searchers (1956)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Unforgiven (1992)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

 

To be honest, I’m not exactly sure how I will accomplish this particular goal.  My local library has a good selection of films, considering its size, but it certainly does not carry all of these.  A few of these are available on Netflix or Amazon streaming, but the older films (films made before the 1930’s) are difficult to find.

Several of these titles are movies I have never heard of before, so this challenge will be a fascinating study into American film through the years.  While watching, I am paying particular attention to scriptacting talentfilm scores, and camera angles.

 

 I will be updating you, my readers, as I check these films off of my list! Keep your eyes posted for articles with the words, “100 Movies: Update” included.

  Have you seen any of these films? What are your favorites from this list?

 

Ah, My Life

 

WORK, WORK, WORK

The other day, my boss scheduled a store meeting.  As I prepared to drive to work that morning, I wondered just how this meeting would go, considering the personality differences encountered in the few months I have worked there.

 

At the start, my boss “suggested” we take notes, to make sure we remembered everything.  Here are a few notes I took:

  • Store is too neat.
  • Store needs to be more clean.
  • When writing on a piece of paper, use every line.
  • When putting storage boxes back under tables, be sure to line them up exactly with the edges of the table.
  • When handling storage boxes, be gentle. They are showing signs of wear.
  • If using Windex and paper towels to clean the windows, don’t let the paper towel become too wet. It can leave streaks.
  • Don’t line up the coffee mugs. Place them randomly on the display.
  • Don’t tell her (boss) about things she already knows about (no one knew she already knew about those items) but communication needs to improve.
  • Go slowly when ringing up a customer.
  • Don’t go too slowly when ringing up a customer.
  • Count correctly.
  • Check that you counted correctly.
  • Do it right the first time and there won’t be any problems (even if no instructions are given on how to do it right the first time).
  • Ask more questions (at which point a co-worker asks a question; the response was a rather dismal attempt at enduring the fact that questions were asked)

 

  Having just turned 30, it made me feel like I was fulfilling my purpose in life, listening to an hour and a half of instructions such as these. 

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‘TIS THE COLD/FLU/FEEL LIKE CRAP SEASON

  In the past 7 weeks, I have been ill.  Normally, I deal with numerous symptoms each day from Lyme disease, but in the past weeks symptoms such as runny nose, inability to breathe, inability to sleep, and headaches due to the massive amount of sinus issues have been added to the list.

Finally in desperation, I called my doctor.  To counter the cold/flu-like symptoms, I did things such as:

  • Make Elderberry syrup (great for fighting infections) multiple times
  • Make bone broth soup
  • Double up on Vitamin D
  • Triple up on probiotic
  • Quadruple up on Vitamin C
  • To name a few…

After hearing my list of attempts I have made on my own, my doctor decided to put me on antibiotics. Ugh.

 

Although some would tell me to “suck it up,” that “everyone gets the flu,” my story is a bit different. I’ve dealt with Lyme for nearly 17 years. In the past 6 months I have bottomed out my adrenals at least once, messed up my hormonal balance (which affects everything), endured multiple migraines that lasted up to a week each, and now, dealt with a “cold” for almost 2 months.

 

I’d really like a break.

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For selfish reasons, mostly.  I’d like to find a new job.  Something that doesn’t make me feel like an idiot…something that allows me to make a difference in others lives.  I would like to go back to school.  Education is important when thinking about a career.  And yes, I’d like to pursue a career.

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So in asking for a break in life, I’m really asking for a chance.  A chance to prove that my life means something, something other than defeating the daily challenges that come with Lyme disease.

 

  Ah, my life.

The life of a Lymie.