Affection, Friendship, Love

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Brené Brown

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”

― Brené BrownThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Jane Austen

“Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.”

― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice

W.H. Auden

“If equal affection cannot be,

Let the more loving one be me.”

― W.H. Auden

Vera Nazarian

“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:1. Acceptance
2. Understanding
3. Appreciation

Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.

Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?

So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Gretchen Rubin

“Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity…When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”
― Gretchen RubinThe Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Drew Barrymore

“Oh, I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug 10 people at a time!”

― Drew Barrymore

Affection, Friendship, Love

Television Viewing Pleasure

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Television Viewing Pleasure

One of my favorite sayings is, “Simple minds have simple pleasures”. Saturday night or otherwise, here is my list of limited antenae TV viewing:

  1. Saturday Nite Live (if I am awake to see)

  2. Have Gun–Will Travel (& the 5 hours of Westerns on METV Sat. mornings)

  3. General Hospital (just because)

  4. NBC Nightly News (current events are important)

  5. Smallville (Superman’s version of a soap opera)

  6. The Chew (from a kitchen junkie)

  7. JEOPARDY! (from a former qualifier)

  8. Katie (I’m running out of ideas)

  9. Local TV News (did I mention that current events are important?)


Sad but true confessions from a cableless co-dependant (off the top of my head).

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Top 10 Saturday Night Live Hosts


Hosting Saturday Night Live is a pretty thankless job. Hosts, who  often having little or no comedy training, are expected to come in on a Monday  and be hilarious by Saturday. Add to that that the show often has no idea what  to do with the guests hosts besides some lame sketch that capitalizes on  whatever show or movie they’re on, and it’s no wonder that the hosting position  is often the weakest link in the show. Still, despite the odds being stacked  against them, some guest hosts turn in amazing performances and even outshine  the regular cast members. These are the Top Ten Saturday Night Live  Hosts. In the interest of fairness, we’ve decided to exclude former cast members from consideration. If they can’t be good,  nobody can.

10. Buck Henry

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He hasn’t been on the show in years and there’s a good chance most people  under the age of 30 have no idea who he is, but writer and comedian Buck Henry  was one of the best SNL hosts of the 70s. Back in the glory days, Henry was the  host of each of the show’s first four season finales, and he was an indelible  part of the early show’s success. Like Steve Martin, he was involved in some of  the greatest sketches of the era, and is often mistaken as a cast member. His  work opposite John Belushi in the classic Samurai sketches is a master  class in playing it straight and by itself merits his inclusion on this list. He  also had a ton of other great characters and set the bar high for what a person  could do in the hosting role.

Best Sketches: Various Samurai Customers, Uncle Roy

9. Drew Barrymore


Way back on November 20th, 1982, a seven year old Drew Barrymore  became the youngest person to ever host Saturday Night Live, a record she still  holds to this day. Take that Macauly Culkin! Barrymore has gone on to host the  show more than any other woman (6 times so far) and is one of only two ladies in  the super-exclusive Five Timers Club, Candace Bergen being the other. Comedy in  general is a man’s world, but every time Barrymore shows up on the SNL set, you  know she’s going to be funny. Even if she isn’t (or the writers give her  stinkers) she always charming and fun to watch. She’s also, like the people on  this list, one of the few hosts who can carry a sketch, rather than just stand  in the corner and say a line or two.

Best Sketches: The Welshly Arms Hotel Lovers, Disturbed Job  Applicant

8. Paul Simon


If you don’t include his musical appearances, Paul Simon hasn’t appeared all  that much on SNL. But when he does, he always turns in very funny and  surprisingly sweet performances. Unlike other singers who shined on the show  like Justin Timberlake, Simon has never really pursued a career as an actor, but  from the awesome work he’s done on SNL, he certainly could have. Add to that his  long list of knockout performances including a reunion with Art Garfunkel, an  amazing duet with George Harrison, and the moving first episode after 911, and  you have one entertainer that will always be welcome on the show.

Best Sketches: Desert Island Christmas, Still Crazy After All  these Years in Turkey Costume

7. Christopher Walken

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It’s always the ones you least expect. Before he made his first appearance on  SNL, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Christopher Walken wasn’t a  particularly funny guy. Intense? Yeah. Creepy? Sure. But hilarious in a live  comedy setting? Probably not. But he was. Playing against his well established  type, Walken is always totally fearless and totally funny when he comes to host  SNL. Trading on his image and deadpan voice, he’s the perfect straight man, and  if they let him cut loose, he can turn in a performance that’s edgy, weird ,and  most importantly of all, very funny. SNL is frequently called out for playing it  safe, but whenever Christopher Walken makes an appearance, you’re guaranteed the  comedy will be a little on the bizarre  side. And that’s why we love him.

Best Sketches: Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult, The  Continental

6. Alec Baldwin

alec baldwin

With the second highest number of hosting appearances, Alec Baldwin was  another one of those people who surprised everybody by being amazingly funny  right from the start. It seems hard to believe now, but Baldwin made his name in  Hollywood as a serious actor and romantic lead. It wasn’t until he appeared on  SNL that people even knew he could do comedy. These days, he recognized as one  of the funniest comedic actors of his generation, and a lot of that has to do  with the incredible stuff he did on SNL. Which of course led to him being cast  on 30 Rock, where he continues to rack up the comedy accolades and awards. In a  way, SNL allowed him to make the transition from dramatic lead to hilarious  character actor. Well, that and his expanding waistline.

Best Sketches: Canteen Boy, Schwetty Balls

5. John Goodman

John Goodman

John Goodman got his start playing Roseanne Barr’s husband on Roseanne, so it  shouldn’t come as surprise that he thrived in the comedic atmosphere of Saturday  Night Live. During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, he practically became a regular  cast member, returning week after week to portray whistle-blower Linda Tripp.  Goodman has hosted the show a record 11 straight seasons in a row and is third  overall in most appearances. SNL even joked about his incredible amount of  appearances and included him as a potential cast member in one sketch. Goodman  even helped replace John Belushi as one of the Blues Brothers, making him one of  the few guest hosts to actually start in an SNL movie. Even if it was one as  terrible as Blues Brothers 2000.

Best Sketches: Da Bears, various appearances as Linda Tripp

4. Justin Timberlake

justin timberlake

Justin Timberlake is one of those great SNL hosts who comes on with low  expectations and surprises everyone. When he first appeared in 2003, most people  watching were expecting him to embarrassingly mug his way through a couple  sketches, and hopefully not humiliate himself too badly in between his musical  numbers. Instead, Timberlake knocked it out of the park. Not only was he game  and gave it his all, he was actually as funny as the rest of the cast. He  continues to appear on the show- often uncredited in the Lonely Island guys’ digital song parodies, and an episode with him hosting is usually a guarantee of  a funny show that week. And these days, those are few amnd far between.

Best sketches: Dick in a Box, MotherLover

3. Jon Hamm

jon hamm

A relative newcomer to the SNL hosting game, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm has  instantly become a show favourite. And can you blame them for loving this guy?  He’s handsome, he’s funny, and he seems to have as much talent for dumb comedy  as he does for searing drama. Not bad considering his signature role is a  hard-drinking womanizer who’s life is always one step away from total collapse. SNL (never one to let a good thing go to waste) realized how well Hamm  fit into the proceedings, and have had him back once a season since he first  hosted back in 2008. His episodes have been among the highest rated in recent  years and tend to be the funniest ones all year. Here’s to many, many more.

Best Sketches: Hamm and Buble, Don Draper at the  Apollo

2. Tom Hanks

tom hanks

There are few Hollywood stars who are able to move from comedy to drama as  easily as Tom Hanks. He started his career playing lovable idiots, moved on to  playing idiots with sensitive hearts, and then out of nowhere became one of the  best actors of his generation. On his many Saturday Night Live appearances over  the years, he fits in like he’s always been there. He’s created memorable  recurring characters, poked fun at himself like a pro, and generally looks like  he was having a great time. How much more could you ask for from a guy who’s  basically there to plug a movie?

Best Sketches : Two Lonely Guys, Mr. Short-term Memory

1. Steve Martin

steve martin

Steve Martin was such a huge part of the early success of SNL that it’s hard  not to think of him as a regular cast member. One of the show’s first break-out  sketches was the Martin led “King Tut.” It was a profoundly silly sketch, but  Martin’s performance in it as well as one of the Two Wild and Crazy Guys, helped  turn SNL into an overnight sensation. Martin would go one to host dozens of  episodes over the course of the show’s long history (most recently in 2009) and  has become such a huge part of the mythology of SNL that he may as well be a  cast member. At the very least, he deserves the same amount of credit for  turning in funny performance after funny performance and helping to establish  the show as the preeminent American comedy institution.

Best Sketches: King Tut, A Christmas Wish

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