REVIEW: free Amazon Prime movie: The Last Word (2017)

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“Please don’t have a nice day.

Have a day that matters. Have a day that’s true.

Have a day that’s direct. Have a day that’s honest.

A nice day? Mmm, you’ll be miserable.

Have a day that means something.”


You can watch the trailer here.

Click here to watch movie on Amazon.

This is not exactly a review.  Just a few thoughts after watching the movie.

Rated R for language, but please don’t let that keep you from enjoying the beautiful story this film has to tell.


It will make you laugh. It might make you cry.

It will remind you of people who have been important in your life.

It will inspire you t‎o be that person for others.

Harriet Lauler (played by Shirley MacLaine) decides to write the ending of her life’s story, with the help of a young obituary writer (played by Amanda Seyfried). In a way, Harriet fabricates Scrooge’s Christmas morning transformation. She wants people to think well of her when she’s gone. Although she makes some changes in her last days, remarkably, she makes the most impact when she simply continues to be her authentic self.

There’s a lesson in there for all of us.

When we stay true to who we are and why we’re here, the rest will follow.

It may not look the way we expected – success, family, love, contribution to society – but just by being and doing, ripples will go out into the world.

Live your life fully. Not only for yourself, but for others as well.

And yes, I was pointing at my reflection in the mirror as I wrote that.


Until next time.



“Fall on your face. Fail. Fail spectacularly.

Because when you fail, you learn. When you fail, you live.”


“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking



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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)  is an inspiration to me for several reasons.  Obviously, his work has been a great contribution to the world.  More than that, he has been a stellar example of how to live a full life in spite of limiting circumstances.

He will not be forgotten.

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Children are listening. What are they being taught?

I have remained silent for a while now.  Not for lack of, but rather

Too many thoughts; too many things to say.

Too many things happening inside me and in the world around me.


It is highly likely that I will have more to say at a later date.

But for now, just this:


Love your neighbor.  Love your enemies.  Love one another.

Do justice.  Love mercy.  Walk humbly with your God.

If you must hate something, hate injustice in all its forms.


Children will listen to our words and observe our actions.

Carefully consider what they may be learning.



medley of “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” (from South Pacific)

and “Children Will Listen” (from Into the Woods)

sung by Mandy Patinkin


Until next time.

~~ EJ