Saturday, April 30, 2011

Six Word Saturday #3

My life in six words
Desperately needs an Ally McBeal marathon!



Episodes on the list:
1] Season Four: Episode 23 The Wedding
Malcolm Wyatt hires Ally to take his case. He's suing a girl for not going to the prom with him after she said yes in fall. The opposing lawyer is Larry Paul, and Ally is nervous about meeting him in court. But he never shows up, and his partner Coretta tells Ally he left for Detroit. Richard hires Jane Wilco as the office's new secretary, but after she gets the cold shoulder from some people, Richard wonders what ever happened to the friendly workplace he once built. Ally talks to Billy's ghost and decides to go to Malcolm's prom as his date and convinces him to sing solo and never stop believing in love.
"Experience tells me I will love again."

2] Season Two: Episode 1 The Real World
Feeling nervous that the firm is not making enough money, Fish and Cage decide to hire another associate, a "rainmaker" who can bring in lucrative clients. They hire Nelle Porter, an attractive, late 20's litigator from a respectable firm. On her first day, Nelle manages to irritate Ally, Georgia and Elaine, but Fish and Cage seem very pleased with her. Ally defends a woman in her late-30's accused of having sex with a minor. When the boy testifies, Ally finds herself attracted to him.
"It can't last forever, of course not. But who made up the rule that the best loves do?"

3] Season Two: Episode 15 Sideshow
When we last saw Ally she was in shock over her encounter with Billy. Ally realizes her life is in crisis and that everything she does from this moment on could mean a lifetime of happiness or bitter disappointment. That's when she makes a decision not to be passive and do something about her life.
"...Love is wasted on you, Ally, cause you'll always be unhappy. That's why I left!"

4] Season One: Episode 11 Silver Bells
Three intelligent, successful and motivated adults approach Judge Whipper Cone about the possibility of getting legal representation in their quest to have the courts approve a legal, binding, three-way marriage. Fish assigns Ally and Cage to the case, knowing Ally's incurable romanticism and Cage's legal acumen is a potent combination with Whipper assigned to the case. Ally is opposed, claiming the three-way relationship is morally repugnant, but Georgia, feeling punkish around the holidays, points out that the clients' triangle isn't very different from the one in which Ally, Georgia, and Billy find themselves. Georgia accuses Billy of being more relaxed and open in their marriage ever since Ally re-entered the picture. Whipper, herself experiencing an annual bout of Holiday Blues, causes Fish to propose marriage, even though both know he really doesn't want to.
" Relationships should be in twos, or at least even numbers!"

5] Season Two: Episode 23 I Know Him By Heart
Ally's heart is broken and not by Billy or Greg. It's just one big stress fracture. She's come to the realization that there isn't anyone out there for her. She has her image of the perfect man, but is beginning to believe that he does not exist. Surprisingly, a pep talk from Fish leads Ally to become more proactive about her love life. Working on the, "you have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding Prince Charming theory", Ally decides to go on a dating frenzy. She also decides to go for a total hair and fashion makeover. Nelle is starting to become annoyed with John Cage because he seems to be the only one in the firm who understands Ally's imaginary love life. Nelle is worried that John and Ally feed off each other and now that she and John are a couple, she would really prefer her man to face life head on.
"I don't condemn you for wanting somebody to love. I guess I just reject the notion that your life is empty without a man."
"It's only half-empty"


Sounds like a perfect Saturday, as long as The Husband doesn't wake up and ruin my plans with his sports watching and boring PBS man shows!



Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words. For more information, try clicking here. Feel free to explain or not explain. Add an image, a video, a song, nothing. The full list and linky can be found here. And, here's where I found it.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Five: TeeVee

I love doing surveys and questionnaires. I love reading peoples answers to surveys and questionnaires. They are a weakness of mine, and in looking for topics for my blog to make it easier for me to post everyday once school started...I found this. So, Fridays we're taking a break from talking about reading and books and words to answer silly surveys and questionnaires. Feel free to post your answers below, on your own blog, or both!!! Ideas from Friday5.org

TeeVee
  1. What are your thoughts on late-night television talk shows?
  2. What television program is so bad you can’t believe anyone watches it?
  3. In what way have your television-viewing habits changed over the years?
  4. If you were in charge of the universe, what changes might you make to television?
  5. What is most likely the very next thing you will be watching on television?
Answers
  1. I am hardly awake for late-night television talk shows. I do so love Craig Ferguson (favorite interview), but have to watch him on YouTube and I don't watch Jay Leno on principle.
  2. I don't even know what bad shows exist, as I will even change channels to avoid watching their commericals...um...'Americas Got Talent', 'American Idol'??? I dunno, maybe that dancing show...any 'reality' TV.
  3. I fall asleep during 9/10p programming, whereas when I was younger I was too busy to watch those shows. When the CW (er...WB, at the time) first came out I loved every show on it, now a) all those shows are canceled or b) they suck BIG time.
  4. I'd put television in the hands of the viewer and not the corporations. Nobody would pay for viewing!
  5. Nothing. It'll be Friday night, Friday night programming is boring and for a generation older than I.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Booking Through Thursday (Coming Soon to a Theater Near You)













From Booking Through Thursday:

If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?
            Unfortunately, I'm going to have to dig deep for this one. It seems that EVERY book known to man is being TURNED into a movie, so much so in fact that books, (like Water For Elephants, for instance) read like screenplays. Now, don't get me wrong I enjoy a good screenplay (see post here), but when I'm reading a book I prefer to set the scene, I prefer to see the characters, I prefer to THINK.
            Most of the books I've read this year are either movies, going to be movies, or have had the movie rights sold...sigh...most of the books I love, I loved before they were movies and love still, even if the movie is a horrible adaptation or a good one (see list of top-notch adaptations here and fantasy cast for one of my favorite books EVER here).
           A book I've been thinking about lately (as the 150 year anniversary of the American Civil War just passed recently, more on that later) is The Last Silk Dress. It's about a Southern Belle who decides she's going to help the Confederacy by donating and encouraging others to donate their dresses for Confederate hot air balloons. As she does this, she not only learns more about her family and its past, but about herself. Oh, and there's a love interest too, *whispers* a Yankee! It's young adult fiction and I remember reading it when I was 14 and wondering if I could have done all that Susan did in the midst of war.
           The movie adaptation would have to be so close to the book though, otherwise, I would just be one sad lady.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen: A song that you hear often on the radio

          I assume this is talking about a song that I, not only hear on the radio, but one that I also enjoy. I hear this song every morning driving to work and every afternoon when I drive back home. And, I think that it is just a beautiful, wonderfully touching song. Sometimes something bad has to happen so you can save all the good...

For the 1st Time by The Script

She's all laid up in bed with a broken heart
While i'm drinking jack all alone in my local bar
And we don't know how we got into this mad situation
Only doing things out of frustration
Trying to make it work but man these times are hard

She needs me now but I can't seem to find a time
I've got a new job now in the unemployment line
And we don't know how, how we got into this mess it's a gods test
Someone help us cause we're doing our best

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we're gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Saying things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
We're smiling but we're close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time

She's in line at the door with her head held high
While I just lost my job but didn't lose my flight
But we both know how, how we're gonna make it work when it hurts
When you pick yourself up you get kicked in the dirt

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard
But we're gonna start by drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Sit talking up all night
Doing things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
We're smiling but we're close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time

Drinking old cheap bottles of wine
Saying things we haven't for a while, a while yeah
We're smiling but we're close to tears
Even after all these years
We just now got the feeling that we're meeting
For the first time
For the first time
Oh, for the first time
Yeah, for the first time

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby

Oh these times are hard
Yeah they're making us crazy
Don't give up on me baby

Feel free to join in by commenting below (I really do love comments, on fb or here), or doing this challenge on your own blog.

The 30 Day Song Challenge
Day 01 – Your favorite song
Day 02 -- Your least favorite song
Day 03 -- A song that makes you happy
Day 04 -- A song that makes you sad
Day 06 -- A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 -- A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 07 -- A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 -- A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 -- A song that you can dance to
Day 15 --A song that describes you
Day 16 --A song that you used to love but now hate

Monday, April 25, 2011

And, so it begins: Essay Reading Challenge 2011

This week I'm taking a break from reading (frankly, I'm not quite finished with Loving Frank, I'm still reading Vanity Fair and all three books, counting The Imperfectionists, have really left me in a melancholy funk).

I'm dipping into my essay challenge by reading 10 choice essays from The Conscious Reader 6th Edition. It is the book from which a) I developed my blog name and b) our AP Lang and Comp teacher teaches).

Anyway here are the essays:

1] "Who Do You Think You Are?" Garrison Keillor p74-78
Type Diction and Tone, Identification
Driving Question Is the distant future inscrutable for you?
Message "'I'm going to go to college,'" I stated. My sister laughed: 'Who d'ya think you are?' She was right, I didn't know."

Being from a small town, I totally understand how Keillor felt growing up. His anecdote about "Song of Myself" reminds me of the time we almost didn't sing "Imagine" because it says "Imagine no more Heaven" and people couldn't seem to see past that line to see the beauty of the song.
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2] "The Anger of a Child" Adrienne Rich p176-178
Type Analysis
Driving Question What might you think of as you recall an episode in your childhood in which you felt anger at your parents? 
Message "Soon I would begin to understand the full weight and burden of maternal guilt, that daily, nightly, hourly, Am I doing what is right? Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? The institution of motherhood finds all mothers more or less guilty of having failed their children..."

I do not think it is true that every mother "has known overwhelming, unacceptable anger at her children", but am beginning to understand the passion and the sacrifice every mother must make in raising her child and the burden society puts on mothers when their children fail.
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3] "The Angel in the House" Virginia Woolf p277-281
Type Argument and Persuasion
Driving Question In what ways may women still encounter obstacles to truth?
Message "It was she who used to come between me and my paper when I was writing reviews. It was she who bothered me and wasted my time and so tormented me that at last I killed her. You who come of a younger and happier generation may not have heard of her--you may not know what I mean by the Angel in the House. I will describe her as shortly as I can. She was intensely sympathetic. She was immensely charming. She was utterly unselfish. She excelled in the difficult arts of family life. She sacrificed herself daily. If there was chicken, she took the leg; if there was a draught she sat in it--in short she was so constituted that she never had a mind or a wish of her own, but preferred to sympathize always with the minds and wishes of others. Above all--I need not say it---she was pure."

I find it interesting that in somes way for a woman to become something more than 'a mother-woman', she must kill her Angel in the House. She is not allowed to be both, good at her profession and a loving and doting mother and wife. You would think that with all the advances the world has made that things would be better and the angel wouldn't have to die. but you only have to see how professional women have to give up some of their profession to assist their families or give up their families to break through the glass ceiling. This not only makes me sad, but it makes me angry, as well.
Stars

4] "Learning From Disney and Dickens" John Gardner p495-501
Type Personal Reminiscence
Driving Question Explain why Gardner lists Disney in the same breath as God and Dickens. How are Disney's cartoons related to art? 
Message "For me at that time Disney and Dickens were practically indistinguishable. Both created wonderful cartoon images, told stories as direct as fairy tales, knew the value of broad comedy spiced up with a little weeping."

If you think about it, while old Disney cartoons (the ones to which Gardner is referring to in his childhood) are full of violents, smoking and other 'inappropriate' behaviors and ideals, those of us who have had the honor of having family members who show us these lovely cartoons have paved the way for us to have open minds to learning and adventure. What a great idea to think that Disney cartoons help us to appreciate The Bible and classic works of literature.
Stars

5] "Science Fiction: Imaginary Worlds and Real-Life Questions" Noel Perrin p548-553
Type Argument and Persuasion, Diction and Tone
Driving Question Should science fiction be part of the curriculum of a given English department?
Message "In fact, science fiction has become the chief refuge for metaphysics. It is where you go in literature if you want to hear people openly and seriously talking about meaning, and especially meaning a world increasingly made and controlled by ourselves."

I teach a science fiction unit in my honors class, this essay sings of the reasons why, oh and I also added several books to my TBR pile.
Stars

6] "Talking Black" Henry Louis Gates, Jr. p999-1006
Type Diction and Tone
Driving Question Can we, as critics, escape a "mockingbird" posture?
Message "While it is true that we must, as Du Bois said so long ago, "know and test the power of the cabalistic letters of the white man," we must also know and test the dark secrets of a black discursive universe that awaits its disclosure through the black arts of interpretation. The future of our language and literature may prove black indeed"

Maybe I'm missing the point but I thought the whole idea was just to be American and in being American from the United States of America mustn't we have an ideology and interpretation of culture and text that's American, devoid of color? It seems that Gates would like us to take steps back in order to find our black voice and culture. I'm not sure I'm up for that deal.
Talking Black
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7] "Life Is Sacred: That's the Easy Part" Ronald Dworkin p1084-1087
Type Argumentation and Persuasion
Driving Question Is it true that "the crucial question is not whether to respect the sanctity of life, but which decision best respects it" in arguing for or against abortion and euthanasia?
Message "It is inevitable that free people who really do believe that human life is sacred will disagree about how to live and die in the light of that conviction, because free people will insist on making that profound and self-defining decision for themselves."

I believe in a woman's right to choose, although I believe morally and ethically that abortion is wrong mostly because of partial birth abortions and fetal reduction. To take morality out of this debate and see it as only a black and white 'when is human life sacred?' issue assumes that we (as humans) make informed decisions all of the time.
Stars

8] "You Have to Know What Your Values Are" Alan Alda p1081-1083
Type(s) Analysis, Definition
Driving Question How would you place your values in hierarchical order? How will they serve to give meaning to your life? 
Message "If we put a high value one decency, if we put a high value on excellence and on family, if we love the people we share our lives with--our wives and our husbands, our children--and if we don't shortchange them for a few bucks, if we can love the work we do and learn the skill of it, the art of it, if we can give full measure to the people who pay us for our work, if we try to not lie, try not to cheat, try to do good just by doing well whatever we do then we will have made a revolution."

If I'd heard this commencement speech, I would have stood up and taken notice. I'm taking notice now! I've never thought of writing down a list of what I think I value and measuring that against what I spend my time doing--brilliant!
Stars


9] "The Quiet Movement of American Men" Betty Friedan p317-328
Type Identification
Driving Question How do dependency and need affect men's attitudes toward women and women's feelings about men?
Message "The practical problems remain, emergin more clearly now from the fog of reaction and backlash. As men seek for themselves the liberation that began with the women's movement, both men and women have to confront the conflict between their human needs--for love, for family, for meaning in work and purpose in life--and the demands of the workplace as it is structured today."

I have enough arguments with husband to know that this lady, although this was written in 1981, isn't lying. Of course, that was 30 years ago and still men and women seem to be fighting the good fight.
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10] "Dearest Scottie" F. Scott Fitzgerald p179-181
Type Letter
Driving Question Is it true that the young can't believe in the youth of their fathers (or mothers)? 
Message "You have reached the age when one is of interest ot an adult only insofar as one seems to have a future. The mind of a little child is fascinating, for it looks on old things with new eyes--but at about twelve this changes. The adolescent offers nothing, say nothing that the adult cannot do better."
   
I think that Fitzgerald forgot that in admonishing your offspring you never EVER bad-mouth the other parent in the hopes that your child sees the light of day. He also seems to have forgotten his own short-comings and failures or atleast wants to blame them on everyone, but himself.
Stars

I will fill in information on the ten as I read them through-out the week, so stay tuned.
COMPLETED 5/1/2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!



What to do with all those left over Easter Eggs...
1] Thousand-Year-Old Eggs with Gomashio
2] Paula Deen's Deviled Eggs
3] Fancy Egg Salad (because we can all do the simple recipe)
4] and, if you like fancy, here's some more from Serious Eats
5] Ten Best Things from Fabulous Foods

Miscellaneous
Handy-Dandy Egg-vice from CafeMom
Buy Stuff at CafePress

The Story of Easter
Matthew 26
Matthew 27
Matthew 28

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Six Word Saturday #2

My life in six words
Celebrating All That Is William Shakespeare!
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Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words. For more information, try clicking here. Feel free to explain or not explain. Add an image, a video, a song, nothing. The full list and linky can be found here. And, here's where I found it.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Reading Questionnaire

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1. ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND NOW : in my book bag…reading in my Nook: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray and actual book Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

2. BOOK YOU'VE "FAKED" READING : um…for classes I’ve faked many books(The Sound and the Fury comes to mind), but for ‘real’ life I read all the books I chose, even if I read parts really fast so the book can just be OVER!!!.
3. BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR THE COVER : a book I have bought this year because of the cover is Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin




4. FAVORITE BOOK WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD - Please see the following post

5. BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE : (I’m just going off the cuff here) the first book that comes to mind…High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Evening by Susan Minot

6. FAVORITE LINE FROM A BOOK : "I don't make comparisons. I never think of myself in relation to anyone else. I just refuse to measure myself as part of anything." ~The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand 

7. TOP FIVE FAVORITE AUTHORS : Michael Ondaatje, Jane Austen, Ayn Rand, Susan Minot, Jane Smiley, Henry James

8. BOOKS YOU RECOMMEND AS REGENERATION WHEN PEOPLE SAY, "I'M BORED BY ALMOST ALL CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN WRITERS." : Here's a friggin' good list I didn't create, it just depends on who's talking to me about what AWESOME American novelist I recommend, but you'd be amazed at how many of my students I get interested in reading The Fountainhead and that's a pretty long book!

9. BOOKS YOU CAN'T BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS NOT READ AND LOVED : The Joy Luck Club, The English Patient

10. BOOK YOU ARE AN "EVANGELIST" FOR: The Hours by Michael Cunningham...if you haven't read it and you are a woman whose life is simple, but passionately yours read it now...heck, if you are a breathing human read it. Cunningham brilliantly weaves the stories of Virginia Woolf writing Mrs. Dalloway, a modern day Clarissa throwing a party for her brilliant writer friend and a 50s housewife who wants to be more into one beautiful story about what it means to live your life for yourself, even if it isn't grand you've made it yours.

11. BOOK YOU MOST WANT TO READ AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME: The Catcher in the Rye. I read it for a Summer read at Missouri Scholars Academy and when we were discussing it our instructor talked about the fact that you need to read that book 3 times. Once at the age we were (which was 15), once after we got out of college (around the age of 25 he said) and once after we had children and he said that we would see Holden  differently each time. I haven't read it after having a child, but I did read it when I was 25 and definitely saw Holden as a whiny teenager with no follow through, whereas when we were 15 I thought he hung the moon.

I found this questionnaire at Jen's Book Thoughts

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Booking Through Thursday (Cover)

 
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CAN you judge a book by its cover?

             Um...yes, I can! My reasons are quite simple; time and money. Time and money say the following all the time (no pun intended):

1] sure that book's only [insert reasonable price here], but you could buy two of [insert disposable product...think coffee, think scones] and be happy.
2] well, don't you want to read [insert classic, grown-up title here], do you really have time to be reading [insert fluffy title here].
3] sure, you really want that book right now, but can't you wait until you can find it at a used bookstore on the cheap...buying a relatively new book at the used bookstore is, most of the time, cheaper than downloading the book on my Nook. See more on used bookstores
here and more on the Nook here.
4] especially if it's hardcover, will you read that book as soon as you get home forsaking all other books? if so...
5] well, do you have time in the next [insert weeks or days] to read all of the books in that series, right now, if so...(for more on why I must read whole series click
here)


             What do you think time and money are telling me about the two books above? I'm really tempted to share, but think it will be wayyyyy more fun if you guess...you know just based on the covers *snicker*.





Wednesday, April 20, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen: A song that you used to love but now hate
          "Hotel California"...
          I have fond memories of this song...at night sitting on the sand and rocks by the river the radio from someone's pick-up blasting the song, dancing to the song with a really tall guy who smelled like Tide during Junior/Senior Prom, singing the song on a road trip to Memphis...truly, all of my memories are good ones.
          And, yet...I can't stand this song. Why, you ask? Too much radio play, too many teenage boys and girls belting it out on the school bus and, besides, the song lost all of its allure once I understood what it was all about.
         Do you have songs that make you feel like that...songs that you have fond memories of, and yet...???
          
Feel free to join in by commenting below (I really do love comments, on fb or here), or doing this challenge on your own blog.

The 30 Day Song Challenge
Day 01 – Your favorite song
Day 02 -- Your least favorite song
Day 03 -- A song that makes you happy
Day 04 -- A song that makes you sad
Day 06 -- A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 -- A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 07 -- A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 -- A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 -- A song that you can dance to

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Word of the Week: Iconoclasm and Weekly 100 Words


Here are my 100 words from Loving Frank by Nancy Horan p77:

          I write with some trepidation, given our last conversation. It counts heavily against me that you haven't written, yet I believe your feelings for me have not disappeared. Words were left unspoken when we last met, and my hope now is to clear up any misunderstandings.
         I've been so consumed with untangling myself here that it may appear I haven't taken into full account your situation and the high standards of your own intellect and spirit. The fact is, I never thought of you as "following" me to Europe. It is not my intent to seduce you into "breaking free." ...
This meme is hosted by Ruthi at Ruthi Reads!  The object is simple:  share exactly 100 words from the book you are currently reading, and no spoilers!  Be sure to include your book's title, author, and page number in your post.  Head over to Ruthi's site and add your link to your book!  Happy Reading!

Monday, April 18, 2011

50 Books in a Year: Book #18 Loving Frank

          Before researching a little bit about this book, I can honestly say that I knew little about Frank Lloyd Wright other than that he was an architect who created liveable works of art sooooo beautiful and breath-taking that I remember even as a teenager wanting to live in one of his famous houses, mostly because I had this naive teenage fascination with all things Ayn Rand. (Note: some links contain spoilers)
          I was surprised by what I found when I searched the title, Taliesin, Frank and Mamah. One reviewer, from The New York Times, sums it up best when she says, "And beyond its shock value, the outcome would have ramifications not only for two ruptured families but also for architects, feminists, criminologists and armchair moralists of every stripe."
          And, that's just it, everybody has something to say about the love affair, and yes, it was an affair, of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney that I'm not sure that we don't miss the point of the reason why we read about it. The point is simple, what does it mean to truly live and what does it mean to truly love someone? Not just like the look of someone, not just what the person says or does, but to find somebody that is so much like you that they become part of the foundation of you. And, what do you do when you find that person after you are married and have children? For some, that have better moral fortitude than I, the answer is simple stay in your marriage, suffer for the children, be altruistic and selfless. For some, such as I, the marriage you are trying desperately to leave would never have happened to begin with because it takes more than like and social conventions to make any marriage work. It seems that both Cheney and Wright (horrible fate aside, and some would say they both deserved it) realized what Edna and Nora did, and were able to do in real life what others could only do in fiction. They loved without conventional limitations, and, Ayn Rand would be proud, thought only of themselves.
          Many, it seems, feel that Frank Lloyd Wright didn't love Mamah Borthwick in this manner and they attribute his silence after Taliesin to cold indifference...I, however, like to be a hopeless romantic and think that when something is that painful the very idea of it breaks your heart and if you talked about it, even to a diary or God, you'd shatter into a million katrillion little pieces and couldn't do anything, not even breath.
         But, no matter how you look at it, I guess, deep down, Wright wasn't any different than most celebrities...not demi-god, only human, which is why I'm enjoying the book so much. Told through the eyes of Mamah, we learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright the person, not the architect.
         I have a long list of Frank Lloyd Wright reading ahead of me...The Women is on my Summer TBR, most definitely and his autobiography and a book about what happened at Taliesin. I'm glad I'm starting with this book, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday 2011

          Ever since I was a little Southern Baptist girl I have had this deep interest in the major stories of the Bible, but none more so than Palm Sunday. My reason is simple: I have never understood (other than knowing that it was God's will) how one group of people could shower a person with accolades (I mean they let Jesus' donkey walk all over their garments while, in my mind, fanning him with palm leaves) and then another group of people (or is it the same group of people? I guess people are still discussing this) allow themselves to be manipulated into crucifying that same person less than a week later.
          Palm Sunday exist lest we (lest I) forget how fickle humans are (just watch one 30 minute segment of news to see how easy it is for us to love a celebrity/politican/professional athlete and then allow ourselves to be swayed into modern day crucifictions of said celebrity/politican/professional athlete), how easily we can be swayed and manipulated, and, in contrast, how patient, kind and forgiving the Lord is to all of us all of the time.

The Story of Psalm Sunday can be found here
"Different Words, Same Message" an interesting sermon about Palm Sunday
Devotional for Palm Sunday

"Hosanna!"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Six Word Saturday #1

My life in six words
"And, now my heart is full!"
~Now My Heart is Full, Morissey






Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words. For more information, try clicking here. Feel free to explain or not explain. Add an image, a video, a song, nothing. The full list and linky can be found here. And, here's where I found it.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Poem in my Pocket: "Making a Fist"

More about this lovely poet
and other poem here
*Contrite expression*

          Yesterday was Poem in my Pocket Day and I was so excited about book drops and bookshelves that I forgot to carry around and give my poem away.
          So, I'm doing it today (for those of you who also forgot...wanna do it with me?).
          Here's my poem:

Making A Fist
Naomi Shihab Nye

For the first time, on the road north of Tampico,
I felt the life sliding out of me,
a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear.
I was seven, I lay in the car
watching palm trees swirl a sickening pattern past the glass.
My stomach was a melon split wide inside my skin.

"How do you know if you are going to die?"
I begged my mother.
We had been traveling for days.
With strange confidence she answered,
"When you can no longer make a fist."

Years later I smile to think of that journey,
the borders we must cross separately,
stamped with our unanswerable woes.
I who did not die, who am still living,
still lying in the backseat behind all my questions,
clenching and opening one small hand.

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