Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

Nights In Rodanthe

A few days ago I watched "Nights in Rodanthe" On Demand. Time Warner was having a $.01 special for some of their On Demand movies. That's right, I only paid a penny. I've been wanting to see "Nights in Rodanthe" for a while. I was seduced by the steamy trailer. Richard Gere and Diane Lane--this has to be good right?

Gere plays Paul, a surgeon who is facing the consequences of putting career first and familiy second. As for Lane's charachter Adrienne, life has not been kind. Her cheating husband wants her back and she's dealing with the recent death of her father. All this while raising two children. Paul and Adrienne go to a secluded beach inn to process life, but love intervenes.

Good plot, great actors but I have to give "Nights in Rodanthe" a BOOTLEG rating. The film needs more passion, more fire. When I say passion, I don't mean intercourse, but intimacy. In all fairness the movie is based on Nicholas Sparks' best selling novel and maybe the writers were following the book's tone. However, if my husband left me for another woman, and I'm in a remote beach inn with a hot doctor that looks like Richard Gere AND I don't have the kids for the know what I'm saying? Seriously, the movie is just okay. The idea of the plot is good but there aren't enough scenes that show why these people are in love. The film seems more fit for the Lifetime channel, not the big screen. That's not a diss to Lifetime movies because I watch those too.

There are some positive things about "Nights in Rodanthe". Viola Davis' funny character Jean spices up the screen the few times she appears. The scenery is beautiful and I did have an interest in the characters. But that wasn't enough for me.

"Nights in Rodanthe" is on DVD so there's no need for your bootlegger to look in his car trunk for this flick (luckily I got a good deal On Demand). Save your Netflix money and wait until HBO airs it.