3 H’s…Hurricane Sandy, Hoda Kotb, and Hamptons Film Fest Movie Reviews?!

Hello again!  It’s been quite a while since our last blog post, but we’re back and have lots to share with you.  First of all, we sincerely hope you are all safe and recovering from Hurricane Sandy’s wrath.  Being based on Long Island, we here at Society-In-Focus and T.H.E. Fitzgerald Photography have seen the damage experienced the power outage first hand and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost so much from this terrible storm.

During my power outage, I, like many others, quickly became bored with the lack of technology that I am so used to surrounding myself with and actually decided maybe now would be a good time to read something that was printed on actual paper!  I caught up on my subscription to Popular Photography Magazine and then moved on to Better Homes and Gardens because you know, sometimes I wonder how I could decorate my (non-existent) dining room table with gourds and berries that I could dry myself (seriously, people have time for that stuff?!)  Anyway, it wasn’t long before I got bored of the magazines, so I figured maybe I should read a book (gasp!) I made my way over to my bookshelf and scanned the shelves…text book…text book…travel guide…cupcake recipe book…text book…novel I already read…complete works of Edgar Allan Poe…Hoda Kotb‘s autobiography “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee” that I received in a swag bag from the HEAT benefit two years ago!  Sure, why not?  I had met Hoda Kotb at the benefit and she seemed so nice, but I didn’t know much about her other than the fact I had seen her on TV a few times but usually changed the channel because she was on with Kathie Lee who I’m not a big fan of LOL.  So I opened the blinds all the way up to let as much sunlight into my room as I could, climbed under my puffy down comforter, and started reading.  The next thing I knew, I was closing the blinds, lighting candles, and finishing the last paragraph of Ms. Kotb’s book!  I think that is the first time I have ever read an entire 269 page book cover to cover in less than one day.  Sure, I was bored, but this book was a wonderful read!  I laughed, I cried, I smiled and I was inspired.  I won’t go into the details, but I realized I have recently shared many of Hoda’s life speed bumps and she was able to make me look at them in a more positive light.  I’m sure she’ll never read this blog, but at a time when my electricity was both literally and figuratively out, reading her book brought a little light to my life and so I thank her and I’m happy I reached for her book that day.

Now that I still had no power and was tired of reading books, I decided to power up my laptop and use some of that precious battery life to catch up on a couple of the movie screeners I was given during the Hamptons International Film Festival.  First up was “Simon and the Oaks” and then “American Masters Inventing David Geffen.”  I’ll create separate blog entries for each of these films as they both deserve their own attention, but I will say here that they’re both worth watching if you’ve got a couple of hours to kill.

Anyway, I know this wasn’t my typical photo-filled blog entry, but I just felt like writing today and figured this might be a good transition back to some normalcy after a crazy storm and some time away from my computer.  Once again, I hope this finds you all safe and sound and ready to jump into the holiday photo season with us!

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