This & That: December 23, 2016

Dec 23, 2016

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Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Arriving on my doorstep just a few days ago was the book Rest, and it will be my holiday reading. Released earlier this month, the premise resides in the idea of balance in order to maintain creativity and a quality way of life. I am in. Are you?

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative by Danielle Krysa

For the artists, this book offers exercises, words from fellow creatives and a playful approach to silencing the voice that may fight with your confidence. Perhaps for you, or maybe a friend, each of whom has talent galore waiting to be tapped.


Hidden Figures

The theaters are bursting with worthwhile films this time of year, and Hidden Figures is one of them. Critics are raving about the untold story that is brought to the silver screen depicting the female African American physicist, mathematician and space scientists who calculated the flight trajectories for the Apollo 11 (yes, that one – the first landing on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) and Project Mercury. Starring Taraji P. Henson as well as Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons, have a look at the trailer below. The film is released in limited theaters the 25th and nationwide on January 6th.

—La La Land

Already garnering a handful of Golden Globe awards, the Hollywood musical returns to the big screen starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land. Directed by the young, but clearly talented 31 year old Damien Chazelle, the story shares the tale of the love affair between Stone and Gosling characters as they both chase their dreams. Will their love hold or is it too fragile to remain? Critics again are loving this film, maybe you will as well. In theaters now.

Manchester by the Sea

Yet another raved about film by critics, already receiving five Golden Globe awards, Manchester by the Sea is the story of a Boston man who receives word of his only brother’s sudden heart attack and death resulting in his being the guardian of his 16-year-old nephew. Manchester-by-the-Sea, a small town in Massachusetts, is where Lee Chandler (played by Casey Affleck), delivers the solemn news of his brother’s death to his son. The custody results in Chandler returning to an old wound caused by his previous problems with alcohol. The story is dramatic, heart-wrenching and moving. Have a look at the trailer below. In theaters now.

Francophile Find

My Stylish French Box by Sharon Santoni

Favorite French blogger, Sharon Santoniis now offering fellow Francophiles the opportunity to receive a touch of France on a regular basis no matter where they may call home. Available by subscription, My Stylish French Box was just announced, and makes available a seasonal gift to arrive via mail with  carefully curated items from France. “Each box brings you a selection of authentically French and perfectly stylish items for you and your home.” Give as a gift or gift one a subscription to yourself. Have a look at the subscription options here.


Neil Diamond: Acoustic Christmas 

If you are a fan of the liquid voice of Neil Diamond, and wish to bring him into your holiday celebrations, you are in luck. Released just this past October, Neil Diamond’s Acoustic Christmas is full of classic renditions. Listen to his interview on NPR here where he talks about his inspiration and the gift that is his voice.


—Sherlock, Season 4 Premiere, on Masterpiece

Finally, Holmes & Watson return to PBS! The fourth season of Sherlock returns on Sunday January 1st to Masterpiece on PBS. With three new episodes, tune in to be entertained, mystified and engaged with the plots that one can only imagine will keep us guessing until the end. Have a look at the trailer below.

~recipe for Ricotta-Lime Tarts with Walnut Crust~

The last week of the year is just around the bend. How are you doing? How has 2016 gone for you?

While I shared 10 of the lessons I learned over the course of the past year on this week’s episode of the podcast, I will admit that I am eager for 2017, but there were some momentous and life changing events that happened in 2016 that I will forever be grateful for. I hope you can same the same as well.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for an additional holiday post, and then next week the annual TOP 5 posts in each category are shared as an opportunity to see what TSLL readers loved and enjoyed over the past 12 months.

Today, I’ve gathered up a few articles you might enjoy. Have a lovely start to the holiday weekend, and until tomorrow, bonne journèe!

~Who doesn’t want to be unstoppable? . . . 30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

~Who knew? . . . How to Open Milk and Answer a Simple Yes or No the French Way

~12 Places to Put on Your Must-See List When on a Road Trip in France

~Social Etiquette at the Office: Handshake or Hug?

~16 Steps to a Long, Happy and Passionate Relationship

~Switzerland Brought Perspective to this Writer About What Could be Improved in the States

~What to Eat to Live to 100

~Discover the answer to this fascinating question . . . What is French Beauty?


6 thoughts on “This & That: December 23, 2016

  1. Read Hidden Figures & enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the movie. La La Land also looks good. I do like good dancing…maybe because I can’t. Merry Christmas!

    1. I just happened to have heard an interview with the author Margot Lee Shetterly and the book sounds like a treat to read. Full of more depth and a reminder that ordinary people truly do extraordinary things. Thank you for your comment and Merry Christmas!

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