Homeward Angle: Don Draper redeemed ... Million Dollar Arm

I'm turning my column this month over to my kid Roy "Inky" Sexton (www.reelroyreviews.com).

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I was so taken by the message in this review he did of a movie I absolutely loved - Million Dollar Arm - that I wanted to share it with you. The concepts of appreciation and of kindness, of living in the moment and of acknowledging the contributions of others are so crucial, no matter your background or philosophy. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did! ... and I am Don Draper's and Jerry Van Dyke's love child, I figured out!

You can read his original post here.

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Here's an excerpt: "No one can play an admirable cad quite like Hamm, and, as noted above, he is subtle perfection, no easy feat in a Disney summer blockbuster. His transformation from a machine who views his fellow man as 'investments' to someone who appreciates the heart and soul, fears and hopes intrinsic in us all is more inspiring than any slow-mo, symphonic-scored baseball-pitching at the film’s conclusion."

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For those of you in the Fort Wayne, Indiana-area, save the date as I have filmed an episode of the "Patty's Page" talk show with wonderful Patty Hunter. The show will air Saturday, June 7, 5:30 pm and Sunday, June 8, 9:30 am on 55 (comcast) and 25 (frontier).

For those not in Northeast Indiana, the show will also be posted by Patty on YouTube shortly following the broadcast.

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thanks for this feedback!

Alice Rivera: "What a great family you are. I can feel the love you have through the computer. God has blessed you both so much already, with the love money couldn't ever buy."

Roberta Limoli Barufaldi: "Love to see this movie."

Kirk DeHayes: "I just read the latest issue of your newspaper and notice the article on 'Carol and Corkie wherever they may be.' Well my stepmom is Carol Bennett and I thought I would let you know in case you wanted to talk to her. She is doing well and staying very busy. Just let me know."

Anne Giles: "As you are aware, my posts are totally random, and this time is no different. I'm going back to a time of (mostly) innocence...back to a young girl's fun-loving, safe, lightning bug catching, playing with cutouts on a blanket in the shade in the hot summer in Columbia City, Ind. (that used to be our state's abbrev.)! This is to Susie Sexton and her darling book 'Secrets of an Old Typewriter'! Love it! I've laughed and been moved to tears during the first two chapters...I did NOT like PE either, but I sure loved living in a small town! Thanks for sharing! If you're from CC too, back when most pics were in b&w, you'd love the book! Did you roller skate on the sidewalk...read in the summer reading program...swim at Burnworth Pool? Ahhhhh, those were the days. Thanks for making me smile!"

WOW, Anne, you just made my day, my week, my month of June, etc! Your description there says to me that YOU need to join me in writing up memories because LIFE truly was grand in those days...we are not making that up! Love this and your endorsement means everything to me, and thanks to Bonnie and Judy (Judy Manago, we sat on a checkered tablecloth in your backyard or Judy Brallier's and played canasta until either the sun set or the cards blew away via the summer breeze...I bet Anne remembers that as well!) Thanks to the three of you...! Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are precious to me still! I love you all!

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Secrets of an Old Typewriter Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl by Susie Duncan Sexton

More Secrets of an Old Typewriter Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels by Susie Duncan Sexton

Read about movies and nostalgia, animal issues and sociopolitical concerns all discussed in my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter and its follow-up Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels - print and ebook versions of both are available on Amazon (click the title).

The books are also carried by these fine retailers: Ann Arbor's Bookbound and Common Language; Columbia City's Memory Lane, North Side Grille and Whitley County Historical Museum; and Fort Wayne's The Bookmark.

And you can download from iTunes.

Meet other like-minded souls at my facebook fan page

Visit my author website at www.susieduncansexton.com

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message 1: by J.B. (new)

J.B. Bernstein It means a lot to hear a review like this. This was a very personal story, and to know that I was able to reach even one person with our message it was worth all the work


message 2: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton J.B. wrote: "It means a lot to hear a review like this. This was a very personal story, and to know that I was able to reach even one person with our message it was worth all the work"

and it means the world to us that you took the time to comment! I visited my parents this weekend, and we continued to talk about the film a couple of weeks after viewing. it is a wonderful story that inspires in its clear-eyed, open-hearted humanity. thanks for being the subject and inspiration of this fabulous film! Roy


message 3: by Susie (new)

Susie Sexton to be honest, I am a jon hamm "groupie" and would follow him off the ends of the earth...guess what? I am NOW a "MILLION DOLLAR ARM" groupie...the entire production rated 10 stars and an A+ from this viewer. delighted to read your response, J. B. you are an amazing gentleman!


message 4: by Roy (new)

Roy Sexton Susie wrote: "to be honest, I am a jon hamm "groupie" and would follow him off the ends of the earth...guess what? I am NOW a "MILLION DOLLAR ARM" groupie...the entire production rated 10 stars and an A+ from t..."

beautifully put!!


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