Read Barbara Nicolosi's comments on the Oscar nominations to see an interesting take on the sin against the Holy Spirit. Makes me even more anxious to see Finding Neverland.
My friend Leslie Goldstein recommends that I see Vera Drake because she thinks it is remarkably even-handed and not as pro-abortion as I might think. I find myself not able to completely dismiss Leslie's opinion and not fully able to embrace Barbara's. But I won't see the movie. Leslie does not understand how completely tragic I find the thought of Vera Drake. I knew someone like her in real life, a caseworker at Woods-Haven Kruse juvenile correctional institute. She was a kind, soft-spoken, compassionate woman without arrogance or brashness. Probably the oldest of the caseworkers. She arranged an abortion for one of the girls in my building and thought that she was doing a truly good thing. The black staff thought that she had pressured Celeste into killing her baby and gave Miss H. so much grief that she left shortly afterwards. The photographs of Imelda Staunton as Vera Drake remind me of Miss H. No, I won't be seeing that movie.