November 25, 2009
This is a really good movie - Mickey Rourke is fantastic. It is however a depressive movie - so do not watch it on a down day. It is too bad that Marisa Tomei does not seem to get real roles in movies. She is such a good actor.
2. My Sister's Keeper
Loved the book. Loved the movie. Keep a box of tissues handy.
3. The Reader
Did not finish the book - it simply did not hold my attention when I read it many moons ago. Loved the movie. Kate Winslet is fantastic - as usual.
November 24, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 19, 2009
November 18, 2009
Do you have first page jitters? How do you get past them?
November 17, 2009
November 16, 2009
- I'm loving the series Craft in America on PBS. I know that the industrial revolution was beneficial in so many ways, but I abhor the way almost everything is now made cheaply - not just in term of cost - in China. I miss the seeing the work of artisans in stores. I heartily endorse the hand made movement - it just feels so much more personal and intimate in this world of mass production and consumption. If you'd like to see the shows, click here.
- I think there is something deliciously ironic about an atheist meeting held on Sunday mornings.
- Am so excited - my sister is coming to town for a visit. Love spending time with her.
- Been having fun playing with art supplies. It simply soothes my soul.
November 14, 2009
My second Fannie Flagg book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is good, the characters fun, the setting travels back and forth over several decades. An example of a good read that is not painful and dark, and leaves you feeling better about the world than you did when you started the book.
2. The Lost Symbol
Ok, I was braced for this not being a great read, so was not disappointed. The story line is interesting, but Brown spends way too much time pontificating in my opinion, as opposed to telling the story. I did learn interesting things about the Masons, and this book does for DC what his other books did for Paris and Rome. Makes me want to visit DC again.
November 13, 2009
1. Gran Torino
Clint Eastwood movies have been such a part of my life, and I love the movies he directs. Watched his latest one last night and loved it. A deceptively simple movie about life, family, loss, relationships. Loved everything about it.
Oh my gosh! Meryl Streep continues to blow me away. Loved this movie. The things we know. The things we think we know. The trade-offs we make - for just a little while. Amazingly well done.
3. Seven Pounds
You gotta like Will Smith. He continues to step out of the box. This is an interesting movie about regrets and atonement.
November 12, 2009
1. I Want to Be Somebody New!
2. If You Listen
3. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
4. The Lion and the Mouse
Jonah read (with lots of help):
1. There Was An old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
2. Big Egg
3. The Lion and the Mouse
And together we read:
1. Sam and the Firefly
2. Room on the Broom
All these books were read and discussed in less than 24 hours! And that does not take into account sleeping, eating, playing outside, journal time, making a fire, etc. Amazing what a motivated kid can do!
November 10, 2009
November 8, 2009
by Conor McPherson
Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, this hilarious and chilling tale of the sea, Ireland and redemption brings old friends together on Christmas Eve for an all night, liquor-soaked game of poker with damningly high stakes. Steeped in Irish myth, the play is both darkly funny and surprisingly uplifting. (Contains Strong Adult Language, Estimated Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes with one 15-minute intermission).
November 6, 2009
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November 3, 2009
I have really loved books by this author, but this was not one of them. It is an okay read. I did enjoy learning about OI, but think the writing has gotten rather formulaic. It is the story of a family in crisis - 2 sisters, one of whom is born with a genetic disorder the other has issues of a non-genetic kind. Add into the mix stressed parents and a lawyer and you've got a medicine/family/law drama - very similar to My Sister's Keeper - but not half as good. The book does a nice job of telling the story from different characters points of view - but on the whole was not a book I loved. And the ending - was that really necessary?
2. Hope for the Flowers
My sister loves this book and the first time I read it was in her home many moons ago. Re-read it this past week while in Vegas - love it. A reminder to ask ourselves why we do what we do. Just because everyone else does something does not make it a good thing to do. It is a book for kids but the topics sure are about the larger topics of life.
3. Map of Bones
You know how you read a book, and while reading it you realize that you've read it before but cannot recall the story? Well, this was one of those for me. It is not great literature, but a fun airport read, and I did learn a couple of things that I'm going to research further. I've read loads about the Vatican's history and how Constantine created the Bible as we know it today. But why is the story about Doubting Thomas in only one of the Gospels? Was it really to smear Thomas - the gnostic - the one who spread Christianity to India? Makes you wonder no?