The Eternal Silver Screen

Picture Link This was my favorite chapter from Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou. It’s insightful and wise. I love how Angelou reflects on experience and her response to a situation that seems to honor her. So much of our past affects us in so many ways no matter how much we pretend it does not. Many years have passed since the American Film Institute gave a tribute to William Wyler, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and prestigious directors. I, as a member of the Board of Trustees, was asked to participate in the ceremony. I was to make a
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Letter to My Daughter – Book Review

I’m part of this book club with some church ladies, but I’ve never been. I’m probably the slackest member of that group as in they may not even know I exist. I have, however, looked at the book list and read a few of the books. The last book of the season is Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou. I don’t know what I expected, but it’s a quick, impressive read. I told Tyler he should read it, though he’s not a daughter, because it is so easy. The chapters are short and to the point, and an ADD reader
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Happier at Home – Book Review

So, here is the deal on Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. It cultivated a contemplative mentality about my attitude in life. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. I liked all of the active things she did. She would come up with specific, detailed directions to help her in her search for happiness, especially related to her home life. I think my favorite aspect was about possessions and time. I liked that she felt items should only be in a home if they are beautiful or useful. I need to follow this rule pronto. She also suggested that there
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What Alice Forgot – Book Review

Image from Goodreads It’s been a while since I’ve read a modern fiction story that hasn’t been cheapened by references to Facebook and internet drama. Well, this isn’t entirely true as I rarely read this type of fiction, but it is true I haven’t really adapted to techno-savvy literature. I prefer the ideal, pre-internet works that remind me of better days when life was real. However, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty refreshed my view of relatively new fiction, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story. While I’m describing the book, don’t be surprised if you think
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Bossypants Book Review

Dear Tina Fey, I couldn’t stop laughing. My dad is a southern version of yours. Sincerely,Melissa LaCross P.S. I’ve never actually watched 30 Rock, but I hope to if it’s on Netflix. Some favorite quotes from Bossypants: “What Turning Forty Means to Me: I need to take my pants off as soon as I get home. I didn’t used to have to do that. But now I do” (265). * “I searched the audience for him(dad) during the sixth-grade chorus concert and, seeing his stern expression, was convinced that he had seen me messing up the words to the Happy
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Lincoln – The Aftermath

We went and saw Lincoln, the movie, yesterday afternoon (Many thanks to the Vaughn family for hosting E while we were at the show). I’d heard mixed comments on the movie. Mostly everyone said it was fantastic and pretty historically accurate. However, most of my friends had not seen the movie, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved it. The lighting was spectacular and Spielberg’s use of windows, mirrors, and shrouded images were epic throughout. I reminded me of Jacques Lacan’s idea of the “Mirror Stage,” where we see images of ourselves outside of our inner beings in
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A Book Nerd’s Season

Guys, am I really trying to emulate my graduate school days? Look at this pile of books. I’m really trying to read them all at once. When I finally have a few moments to sit down, I think I spend more time deciding which book to read than the time I actually have to read the book. It’s getting a little out of hand over here. The truth is, I no longer go to bookstores anymore because I’m unable to say no to the printed word. I look at a book, smell the fresh inked pages, and desire to take it
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Geeking Out For A Moment

Rivendell I want to move to Middle Earth. I want to see the sights as they appear in Tolkien’s books and Peter Jackson’s movies. I know, I know. I could just visit New Zealand. However, I want the real Middle Earth experience. I’d like to live in the real imaginative world Tolkien created, at least for a little while. Middle Earth Map I know this sounds absolutely nerdy. That is fine with me. We’ve just been Middle Earthing it at our house recently. Tyler is reading The Hobbit in preparation for the movie release. This may be one of the first
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Let’s Be Honest – Hibernation

It’s October 9, and I already want to hibernate under the covers all day long. Hence, I didn’t post yesterday. Hence, it’s after 5 p.m. and I still haven’t posted today. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not just being lazy around here. I ran five miles today, watched some kids, went to a bible study, did some laundry, but all I want to do, and mostly what my heart thinks about, is crawl under the covers with a good book. Our house is less than 65 degrees. I can’t see the point in turning on the heat in October, but
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Let’s Be Honest

For the last ten or so years, I’ve been a snob. I’ve been prideful about never having read or seen a Harry Potter book or movie. I never got any of the witty jokes or references about Snape or Dumbledore and I was glad. But no longer. I admit it. I’m in the midst of reading the Harry Potter series (have yet to see a movie) and I love them. I even stayed up until after midnight last night. This was obviously a silly decision. I like to pretend that staying up late will not affect my attitude towards my
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