Montreal, Academy Awards and Cambridge!

I have been back in Cambridge for about a week, following a wonderful time in Montreal, with BK family and a very old friend Eric. Eric is one of the special people I feel very fortunate to have in my life!

Weather was -20, snow, but beautiful sunshine! I decided to walk to the park and sit in the sun until my nose started to feel frozen. Eric is a journalist with the CBC, so when the Quebec Mosque attack happened, he was very involved, but we had time for a lot of discussion about the world and where we fit, or not. We watched a movie, and a special jazz group at a club, (Montalvo Flamenco Jazz Quartette) that Eric has produced a TV spot for his show on French Canadian television.

This is the first year I have seen all the nominees for best picture for the Academy Awards, my comments are as follows;

Arrival – good story, inspiring!

Fences – brilliant, Denzel Washington gets my vote for best actor (powerhouse) I saw it twice!

Lion – shows India in a true, honest way, with the dirt and dust and beauty!

Hell and High Water – lovely, independent film, like watching the old cowboy movie, High Noon!!

Hacksaw Ridge – difficult to watch a movie Mel Gibson made, but well done and very, very gory!‎

Hidden Figures – happy piece of history, lovely story, important for young women to see!‎

Manchester by the Sea– powerful and touching piece of moviemaking‎!

La La Land– I am afraid I don’t get why it got so many nominations. I was very bored, if it wins I will question the awards decisions‎ (well, it just won best picture at the British Film Awards).

Moonlight – very powerful and strong movie! Brad Pitt is one of the Executive Producers (he has been involved in some very special projects and this is certainly one of them).

My vote would be Fences or Lion!

One movie I thought would be in the list was Silence, a Martin Scorsese movie; nearly 3 hours long, extremely intense and powerful movie. The day I saw the movie, I was supposed to meet friends at pub. I called and said I wanted to go home, climb into bed and pull the covers over my head, which is what I did. ‎I had the impression title meant it left the audience in silence.

Back in Cambridge, I had a chat with college medical personnel, one of the students had died, apparently 5 or 6 die every year. The term is just 8 weeks long at a time, but is so very intense, the pressure in school, and, family and community expectations back home can be very difficult to live with. I am told there isn’t any/enough time for fun or forming bonds with other students!  Just work, and more work. It is very important that they have staff etc to talk to. Every college has a Porters Lodge, these are the people that control the entrances to the colleges! I feel these Porters have very extremely important roles to play. They can be friends, mentors and counselors. I have even seen a Porter bring out a tool box and fix a student’s bike, dressed in their suit and tie of course!!‎


Beautiful, serene library at Pembroke College, if only I could join that library!


My grandson, Dawson, trying on his Bar Mitzvah suit, check out the socks‎!!


About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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2 Responses to Montreal, Academy Awards and Cambridge!

  1. richardgaudry says:

    Congrats to your handsome grandson. Rich and are are on a travelling spree too this winter. 2 weeks in California and Yuma. Then home for a week, then to Los Cabos, Mexico to an all inclusive resort for a week. On Wed we leave for a 15 day Princess cruise to Hawaii, and in April we are going in a 14 day river cruise from Prague to Paris. A little overkill, but you only turn 65 once! We never did hear from Miki and Doug, did you? Christine

  2. Barbara Leicht says:

    Dawson is very handsome Betty. Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah. I agree about the movies, but I enjoyed LaLa Land. It was different and charming and feel good to me. Good to catch up with you the other day. Enjoy and be safe. Barbara

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