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Reading Choices January 2, 2017

Filed under: Book stores,Books,Films,Reading — Janet @ 8:40 pm

I’m forever working through my pile of unread books.  The pile of unreads grows faster than the pile of reads.  Makes me think of the Walt Disney  film Fantasia back in the 1940’s.  One of the first films I ever saw – probably in the University Theater in Harvard Square.    The water kept coming despite Mickey Mouse frantically trying to keep ahead of the deluge.



img_2138  Here’s a book for the New Year 2017.  Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch.  An interesting fictional take on Seattle’s history since the World’s Fair in 1962.   I found this book 2nd hand at Eagle Harbor Books over on Bainbridge Island. It had lurked near the bottom of my unreads pile for about a year.


Women’s History March 10, 2016

In special recognition of significant women in history, I want to nominate Gertrude Bell, explorer extraordinaire among many other achievements.    I have read a number of her books and am now reading a biography of her – Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell.

BellK_218_Gertrude_Bell_in_Iraq_in_1909_age_41  Gertrude Bell, age 41  (image from Wikipedia)


A film about Gertrude Bell was released in 2015.  Titled Queen of the Desert and starring Nicole Kidman.  I look forward to viewing it.       QOTD_poster

p.s. Gertrude was friendly with Lawrence of Arabia. Almost 50 years ago I saw the film about T. E. Lawrence at the White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri Kenya.  My boy friend (not yet my husband) and I drove up to Nyeri from Nairobi (a 2 1/2 hour drive) to see the film.  A spontaneous trip after I had played in a mixed doubles tennis match with someone else.  What a lark.  The film was LONG.  The seats uncomfortable.  Peter O’Toole was memorable as Ross.  The drive back to Nairobi late in the evening was even longer.  The things one did when one was young and fancy free.





Choosing A Movie For Family Movie Night January 31, 2016

Filed under: Family,Films — Janet @ 1:12 am

Ping Pong  This film, Ping Pong,  was a winner – at least for some members of the family.  The Ping Pong World Championships for the over 80’s!  Held in Inner Mongolia.


Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence January 12, 2016

Filed under: David Bowie,Films,World War II — Janet @ 2:25 pm

I along with millions of others feel saddened by the death of David Bowie.  A rare talent.  When I first heard the news, I thought of the film Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.  Not a film I saw – too painful a subject.  But I have read the Laurens Van Der Post books on which the film was based.   Now I have learned so much more about this multi-talented rock icon.




Family Movie Night January 9, 2016

Filed under: Family,Films — Janet @ 6:45 pm

Friday night is dinner and family movie night.  Each week we have dinner and a film suitable for the whole family ranging in age from 5 to 80 plus.  Dinner is always good.  But sometimes we end up with a film that few, if any, family members really like.  That’s what happens when family members widely differ.  The teenagers wander off and disappear.  The 5 year old falls asleep.  The 6 year old reads an Archie comic in the dark.  The 4 adults wonder why they are there watching _______ when they would really want to be watching ________.

Recently we watched The Long Green Line.  Ever heard of it?  It’s about cross country running and a fabulous coach in Elmhurst Illinois.  Have you ever heard of Elmhurst??  Well I have but not for more than 50  years!  That’s where I went for my first real job interview upon completion of my Master’s Degree in Geography at Northwestern.  I’m not quite sure why I went – maybe more out of curiosity than anything else.  But I was ready to give it a shot if I got positive vibes.  No such thing – by the time I got there via the train to downtown Chicago and then another train to Elmhurst, I’m afraid that I was not feeling disposed to receive positive vibes if indeed there were any.  All the people  I met were very nice and courteous etc and Elmhurst was a nice looking town…..but a small suburb of Chicago was not for me at that point in my life.

The Long Green Line was inspirational.  A good choice for 3 of the 4 adults at least.

the long green line 2008





Birthdays of Note June 4, 2015

Filed under: Actresses,Birthdays,Films — Janet @ 3:39 pm

Angelina turns 40 today.          Angelina Jolie wallpapers (33447)

Angelina Jolie


Angelina Jolie is an American actress, film director, screenwriter, and author. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood’s… wikipedia.org


Book and Film Recommendation October 12, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Films,Riddles — Janet @ 5:21 am

It is rare for me to read a particular book and also see the film.  This was particularly special because one of my granddaughters has reached an age where we can  enjoy sharing our reading and viewing choices.  She and her mom recommended both the book and the film – so I read the book and then five of us watched the film  together (husbands and grandfather were included). *

200px-The_Fault_in_Our_Stars  This is the book and Wikipedia has the following to say about it.

The Fault in Our Stars is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The title is inspired from Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” A feature film adaptation of the novel directed by Josh Boone and starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff was released on June 6, 2014.[

Fault_in_our_stars filmHere is a photo from the film.


I enjoyed both the book and the film and they both received critical acclaim. Five stars to both from me.


“This makes me think of a riddle which my father used to pose – “This man’s father is my father’s son but brothers and sisters I have none.  Who is speaking?  I must ask my sisters for the answer to see if I am remembering this correctly.