Do You Have Gumption?

*** Either you have it, or you don’t. Either you find it, or you won’t. Gumption comes from way deep down, and sometimes it’s tough to identify. Sometimes, you have to do a little soul searching to find it. Take, for example, Iris in “The Holiday.” Iris had been in love with the same man, Jasper, for…

Go Ahead—Call Me Corny

* * * Last night I snuggled in and turned on the television, which is something I don’t normally do. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but during the months of November and December, I tell my husband to clear some room on the DVR because I record every Hallmark movie so I can…

Farewell, Eli Wallach

This hopeless romantic was very sad to learn of the death of actor Eli Wallach this morning. At 98, Mr. Wallach left this world, leaving behind a host of films for us all to enjoy. One of my favorite romantic comedies of all-time is “The Holiday,” and this scene is one of my favorites. He…

The Top 7 Best Lines from Holiday Movies

Steph’s Scribe has chosen these seven as the best lines from Christmas Movies. Care to agree or disagree? 7. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” — Santa from A Christmas Story 6. “The only people who grow old were born old to begin with.” — The Bishop’s Wife 5. “…And suddenly there was with the…

Dreaming of A Writing Cottage

Ever since I saw the piece on “60 Minutes” about writer David McCullough, his process and his writing shed, I’ve been dreaming of a writing cottage of my own. I know it’s asking a lot. My office at home is fine; it’s got a chandelier, beautiful blue walls, pink curtains, and it does the job…

Lessons from “The Holiday” and James Cameron: Find Some Gumption

I could watch “The Holiday” over and over, and it’s not just to see charming Jude Law in action. Nancy Meyers’s adorable flick became a rom-com favorite of mine because I especially love the relationship between Arthur Abbott (Eli Wallach), a retired Hollywood screenwriter, and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet), a British journalist on holiday in…