About this Blog

Why now?  Why not.  Time has allowed us to process more than younger friends and family and we are experiencing the gift of perspective.  We have spent eight decades living, building lives, making mistakes, observing and learning.  Now the pieces of the big puzzle have begun to fit together.  It’s a great time to be alive.

We know well that no two humans look alike, but the disparity in wiring has been a surprise.  For years we have looked for partners, friends, teachers, and business associates who were compatible, who shared our value systems, our likes and dislikes.  But we have learned, or should have, that people are so different, each from the other in such profound ways that compatibility pales next to the necessity of getting along, working it out, and building around the differences.  It’s all about acceptance of the choices people make.  I ask the same thing of you as I ask of myself:  to remember that it’s all about acceptance, not dismissal.  It took me eighty years to learn that.  So if you do read on, perhaps you’ll be accepting even when you disagree; and I hope you will comment so we can build a dialogue.

You won’t read here about tales of adventure travel or high risk pleasure.  I’ve always been risk adverse.  I’ve skied Ajax Mountain, but not the Bugaboos.  I don’t love flying because it seems to me an unnatural act.  I have never wanted to hang glide or ride a roller coaster.  I don’t like to be thrilled on any level.  My pleasure unfolds when I am at peace.  I warn that my appetite for random information and experience is big.  There will be no theme here.  Last week I was upset about secrecy in government; last month I was mad at grocery stores; six decades ago I was upset about Joseph McCarthy.  As a professional movie critic, I’ll slip in a review from time to time.   I am an observer rather than a participant.  And these are the things I’ve noticed.

About Joan

Married at 19, worked at CIA for two years before becoming support system for my three children and a husband who was starting a company from scratch.  Nine grandchildren.  At 60 became a movie critic and writer with a big appetite for random information.  Education:  2 years public, 2 years private high school, B.A. Vassar College.

Joan Ellis                   fergle@aol.com                  movie website:  http://www.JoanEllis.com

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Your recollections made me relive parts of my first and last blizzard.You can Google it:
    The Cleveland Ohio Blizzard of 1950. It was huge, Impersonal. Larger than life: Two recollections, Us older teens pulling a sled 3 -4 up and back miles to the Lee Road market where we provisioned grandmother’s house with boxes of meat and vegetables. All Cleveland cars were snowed under or in. I also saw the Ohio Michigan game on TV (the neighbors had a Stromberg-Carlson(?) unit with a magnifying lid over the upward-facing black and white cathode ray tube. It was the most unforgettable Thanksgiving of my life.


    • Mary, I loved the link to the pictures and loved especially your memory of the storm and the details like watching the game on the Stromberg-Carlson. I hope you’re doing this with all your memories.


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