“You ever been in a chickie-run?”*

by chuckofish

The Star of the Month for November on TCM is Natalie Wood. Every Friday this month they will be showing her movies, including a few favorites of mine.


Rebel Without a Cause (1955) with James Dean


Love With the Proper Stranger (1963) with Steve McQueen


The Searchers (1956) with Jeffrey Hunter

Natalie’s career was a little uneven, but she was in some great movies, both as a child (Miracle on 39th Street) and as a teenager and an adult. It was a sad day indeed when she drowned at age 43 in 1981.

I am happy to toast her tonight and watch a movie with one of her dreamy co-stars.

And this news made me very happy:


For those of us who have trouble sleeping at night, here are some no-brainer suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Practice yoga, meditation or deep breathing before bed, to help you feel more relaxed.
  • Avoid TV or computers before bed, These devices can stimulate your brain and make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  • Enjoy a soothing mug of chamomile tea.
  • Take a shower or bath.
  • Perform leg exercises, such as squats, to promote blood flow to the legs.
  • Count sheep or breathe deeply. Or imagine yourself already asleep.
  • Earlier in the day, make time to exercise.
  • If there’s something you’re worried about it, think through it during the day.

I particularly like that last one. I mean seriously. Thanks.

Have a good weekend! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night!


*Buzz Gunderson in Rebel Without a Cause