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Leaves you thinking

Family members were looking forward to the fourth and final “Hunger Games” film, and for the most part, their appetite for a fitting conclusion was satisfied at an area movie theater last weekend after seeing “Mockingjay - Part 2.”

Throughout the movie series, the improbable story about teens being expected to fight to the death in an arena, was made almost believable by the extraordinary acting of Jennifer Lawrence.  The entire fictional city of Panem becomes an arena and a fight to the death in “Mockingjay 2.”  Miraculously surviving a gauntlet of booby traps and potential lethal danger from a few of her closest allies, the character portrayed by Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen, exudes phenomenal courage as she maintains a steely focus of her goal.  She is single-mindedly determined to finally be rid of the evil dictator, Coriolanus Snow, and his diabolical Hunger Games.  She will not tolerate it from anyone.

The extent of her resoluteness is borderline maniacally ruthless.  But who can blame her?  Anyone else who had been through what she experienced would have either died or gone insane in movie two or movie three.

So, we can probably forgive her grim choice on the thin line between good and evil.  But we are left with our own uncertainty about her final act.  That’s what good movies often do.  They leave us thinking and wondering about what we might do in similar circumstances.


Troy, never mind

Thanks to Troy, who was mentioned in last week’s column, the loss to the Packers was easier to take.


Dubious weather recap

Close to 2.5 inches of rain fell on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16 and 17, and then colder weather brought a trace of snow.  The highs last week were: 59, 52, 53, 56, 34, 29, and 27.  The lows were: 37, 47, 48, 35, 28, 22, and 15.


Thanks for the tip

Thanks, Angela Guse, for telling about a relatively new birth option called a natural C-section.  Learn about it on the feature page.