February 28, 2004

The Passion Of The Christ

When this is all over, the first thing we are going to do is go somewhere where no one can ever find me. You know where that is? I'm going to pitch my tent right next to the weapons of mass destruction.
Mel Gibson (1956 - )
Primetime Interview on The Passion Of The Christ

Yesterday I went out and saw Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ. I was expecting to cry going into it and I was right. Without a doubt, I'd have to say it was the most violent and gory movie I have ever seen. The violence was extremely well played out and I think probably accurate.
I felt that the acting was all very well done, especially after adding the language burden onto the actors. (The film was done in Aramaic and Latin.) I thought the one extreme standout performance was given by Maia Morgenstern in the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She showed the strength of her character well while still letting her character's despair come through.
The scene that I felt was the best done was a combination of flashback and "real time." I guess that is my maternal instinct speaking out. Mary runs out to her son falling with his cross exactly as she had in his childhood for smaller hurts.
I highly, highly recommend this film for everyone, Christian or not.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 2:58 PM | Comments (6)

February 24, 2004

Cleaning Spree

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
George Burns (1896 - 1996)

Well, spring break has begun, which means I'm back in State College.
When I headed back to Seton Hill after Christmas break, I left my room as it was, a mess. Three days before I head back home my house gets turned over for the sack of new carpet. Since there was no one in my room, well, stuff got dumped there. As you can imagine, my room wasn't exactly sparkling clean when I had my homecoming. So when my Penn State buddies headed back to class yesterday, I took on the task of cleaning up.
This was an all day effort. So this morning I spent some time figuring out how to prevent this from being a burden again (or at least for awhile.)
Allabouthome.com - This one just listed a bunch of different cleaning tips once you get up the motivation to actually take on the task of cleaning.
The Queen of Clean - A plethora of cleaning advice, she is the queen, so I guess she knows what she’s talking about.
Cleaning Chemistry - I just thought this one interesting, the chemistry of all those different cleaning supplies.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 12:02 PM | Comments (2)

February 6, 2004

Essay Writing

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

I'm in creative writing, and I love it. But there are times when writing a simple essay can be a huge pain. When this happens its easy to fall into the typical "I have to write three pages and I don't really have anything to say so why bother" attitude. So people plagiarize, and that isn't cool at all.
According to the Slackers intro: We have a lot of respect for teachers who encourage students to think and use their mind. We have no respect for teachers who fill up a student’s precious hours with busy-work.
So, question, is there a way to get motivated for these oh-so-boring essays that all of us at one point or another have to write?
Answer: I don't have a clue. So I looked into things a little closer. I came to the conclusion that, no, nothing really works for everybody, go figure!

Posted by Diana Geleskie at 1:50 PM | Comments (4)