“Donated produce, whether it was grown in a home garden or public garden, has an important role to play in this,” Doiron said. “Many of these giving-garden projects, such as church gardens or community gardens, offer other societal benefits, such as safe community garden spaces and healthy forms of recreation.”
“It takes three to four weeks to make a bedspread, from getting the yarn, to weaving, finishing and washing,” said Bianca Cloutier, 29, vice president of sales and marketing for Maine Heritage Weavers. “We get emails to this day from couples who’ve had their Bates bedspread since the ’50s, when they got married. A woman told me, ‘My bedspread lasted longer than my marriage.'”
“It used to be one of the most stolen signs in the state of Florida,” said Marcus Pender, whose grandfather owned a gas station and general store where trading eggs for goods led to the town name. “I even got a couple myself in the day.”
“People like to be distracted,” he says. “They like to do what makes their mind feel rewarded immediately.”
This recipe can easily be multiplied.
Gosling and Crowe do have chemistry, and an obvious sense of humor which gets them far. They’d have gotten farther, though, if the movie, while at times hilarious, didn’t have such an uneven feel, particularly a nasty edge that simply clashes with the desired jocular tone. Yes, there’s such a thing as dark comedy, but this is a comedy that occasionally just makes you feel queasy. There were moments I knew I was supposed to be laughing but found myself scribbling in my notes: “hmm, funny but not?”
Those yuks are plentiful enough to ensure a reasonable box-office return. But viewers prone to worries about Hollywood’s treatment of women — a fair chunk of whom are young students this film wants to attract — may be laughing less loudly than those around them.
“Why are you letting me film this?”
Director James Bobin’s (“The Muppets”) film trudges on through the lushly designed world answering questions we never asked, like, “What was the Mad Hatter’s childhood like?” And, “why does the Red Queen have such a large head?” In other words, it’s an Underland origin story.