Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Gift of Fear

Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence...from a professional in a position to know.

Gavin De Becker's personal back story is harrowing. His career as a protector of the rich and famous is legendary. In The Gift of Fear he makes a contribution to the survival, safety, and well-being of average people - especially our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters - that is difficult to overestimate. I'm more than a little embarrassed that I, a security practitioner, haven't read his book until now.  If you haven't read this book, whether you ply the security trade or not, you should.

Get Low

Robert Duvall continues to deliver...

Linda and I just got back from watching Get Low which stars Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black. I liked it better than Roger Ebert did, who liked it enough that we went to see it.  Pitched as though it's a whimsical docudrama, if not a comedy, as the story unfolds it becomes more nuanced, darker, and more engaging.  In the end it's about love, death, secrets, guilt, exile, remorse, repentance, and a simple sort of redemption.  My kind of movie, I guess.