She sang her heart out with peerless ringing tones and mixed with the ensemble as if she had often performed with them. At the conclusion, she received a standing ovation which lasted for all of five minutes from the normally jaded audience. A triumph, indeed.
Look at the history of the award for Best Picture. It is littered with bad choices that get more and more glaring over time as the titles that lost rise in popularity and prominence over those that won.
Newspapers aren't even going the way of airlines, nickel and diming us for what we came to expect. They've simply eliminated a lot of the content from what we're paying for or making us spend time hunting online for stuff which was once right in front of us.
President Obama has proposed new legislation that would provide a path to citizenship and further secure the boarders, but, critically, it would also crack down on companies that lure undocumented workers into the country by illegally hiring them.
Journalist Barrett Tryon posted a Los Angeles Times story -- about how the newspaper that he worked for was being sold -- on his personal Facebook page. His employer asked him to take it down and after refusing to do so, he was put on unpaid leave.
But in today's highly politicized world the newspapers can't win: If they publish, they're called anti-American defeatists, yet if they don't publish they're complicit in a cover-up and tools of the Pentagon.
Friends of mine, a lovely talented couple who teach Angelinos to paint, say that anyone can learn to paint... and it will provide a deep, satisfying emotional release which will flow over into your everyday life.