The Saturday Post: Get Happy edition

As much as I love movies and pay attention to new ones coming out, I somehow missed the documentary Happy. Then I read about it on Cynthia's Blog and immediately added it to my Netflix queue.

Jim and I watched Happy Thursday night and found it quite interesting and inspirational. I think you will, too.

Here's the trailer:

Here's a closer look at one of the folks featured in the film:


And here's Ellen interviewing the producer (this one may not be visible to those reading on their phone):

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Get Happy! It's on Netflix streaming. It'll make you smile, I promise. Plus, you can get more Happy on The Happy Movie website.

Today's question:

What has made you happy today?

The Saturday Post: The Grand flash(light) mob edition

In celebration of Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday February 2, MTA Arts for Transit invited Improv Everywhere to perform the following human-powered light show—a magical treat for the travelers.

Visit the Improv Everywhere site for a behind-the-scenes look that's just as fascinating as the show itself.

Cheers to the weekend! Those of you dealing with the unprecedented snow: Best wishes for continued safety, warmth and power.

The Saturday Post: Scared silly edition

Jim and I are thinking about going to see a scary movie today. A really scary movie. One that when I first saw the creepy trailer, I told him I could never, ever watch it because it's just too creepy.

Then I realized it stars Jessica Chastain. I love Jessica Chastain. So does Jim. So we're now thinking of going. Maybe.

The movie is Mama and it's from super freaky Guillermo del Toro. I thought about sharing the trailer with you today, but as many of you don't like horror flicks, I decided instead to share the following video. It's about people getting scared—scared silly, that is, by super silly Ellen DeGeneres.

If you're one of those folks who does like horror movies and you'd like to see the Mama trailer I didn't share here today, you can find it right here.

Today's question:

Other than scary movies, what scares you?

The Saturday Post: Is Facebook changing our identity edition

The other day I was having trouble getting on Facebook, and it seemed the problem was with Facebook, not with me or my computer. I started thinking about how much I and nearly every single person and business I know has come to depend on Facebook.

Then I wondered what we would all do if Facebook crashed. For good. Or just plain shut down. For good. For whatever reason.

What would we do?

Because of that thought, I thought you'd find this PBS video interesting. I certainly did.

Watch Is Facebook Changing Our Identity? on PBS. See more from Idea Channel.

Today's question:

How often do you get on Facebook?

The Saturday Post: 'Magical Journey' edition

Our kids may have moved out and on, yet there's still plenty for us to do and be and grow into. Katrina Kenison's words, excerpted from Magical Journey, beautifully and gracefully underscores that as she moves into a phase of life many of us already know, may still be coming to terms with.


I posted a similar yet quite different video from Katrina Kenison in the past, a recitation from her book, The Gift of an Ordinary Day. If you  missed it, check it out here.

Today's question:

Which was/is more challenging for you: young kids at home or older kids who've moved out?

The Saturday Post: A personal call from Santa edition

This is not a sponsored post. This is not a review. This is, though, a post about Send Santa Calls, a holiday service offering personalized recorded phone calls from Santa to a child for $4.99 (a portion of which benefits Salvation Army). It's a pretty cool thing to share with a kid who still believes in the big guy.

I received a promo code for a free call to each of my grandsons—a no-obligation perk shared by Vibrant Nation, of which I'm member. After dinner Thursday night, I made use of one of those codes, arranging for Santa to check in on Bubby.

Here's how the unexpected call went down:


It's a little hard to hear over Mac and his dancing and such, so here is the transcript of Santa's call to Bubby:

Ho Ho Ho...Merry Christmas, <Bubby>. This is Santa Claus, and I'm calling you all the way from the North Pole. I was busy trying to make my list but I needed help trying to figure out who's been naughty or nice this year. So I decided to call your mom and dad. They told me that you've been at the top of their nice list all year long. Now I had my elves check the list again, because we do check it twice, and they found out not only have you been good all year, but you've been the best kid in <his state>. I even had the elves tell all the reindeer about how good you've been, and that we were coming to stop and visit your house first. You may not know this, but my elves stay busy all year long making toys for all the good boys and girls around the world. Now I had the elves bring me your list, and I see you want Legos <toy personalization chosen from a drop-down list>. Now I won't say you'll find everything you want under your Christmas Tree, but if you're extra special good, I'll see what I can do, ok? Oh my the time sure does fly, and I do have a lot of other little boys and girls on my list to check on. But I just wanted to give you a special call to let you know that Mrs. Claus and I are so proud of you for being such a good boy. Now don't forget to leave me some milk and cookies, and you have a Merry Merry Christmas...and remember, Santa's always watching.

Bubby received the "Merry Christmas" version of the Santa call. There is a second option, the "Be Good" option in which the person arranging the call can choose from a list of infractions (fighting with one's brother, not doing homework, fighting with Mom, and so forth) for which Santa can gently admonish the little one to shape up as "Santa's watching."

It's a cute and inexpensive way to share some holiday magic—something we all could use a little more of, especially today.

The Saturday Post: Everlasting Christmas Movie Montage edition

If you're in the mood for a holiday movie—and who isn't?—take your pick from one of these. Or just enjoy the montage, for it's pretty well done.

My only complaint? Where's the hilarious and sweet Nativity!? That's okay, though, since I already have that one—a new seasonal must-see—on my agenda for this weekend.

Merry movie watching!

Today's question:

What's your go-to, must-see, it's-not-Christmas-without-at-least-one-viewing movie or holiday special?