Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday Moments - Fort Worth Art Adventure

I enjoyed an art Sunday over Labor Day weekend. The Kimbell offered an exhibit from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd collection of Asian Art.   Seventy works entitled Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon. Fabulous work from India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand. The history, the beauty, and the complexity of cultures embraced in the art was wondrous. I love this museum. 
Big contrast over at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth. Sean Scully - the Shape of Ideas proved colorful and interesting.  The stripes proved rather hypnotic. 

I really liked the colors in this piece

 The ebb and flow and the inserts added a neat dimension.  Modern art is not necessarily an instant like. And stripes - we all paint those in kindergarten. But on a huge scale, and reading words like "juxtaposition" - Sean Scully experimented and succeeded in some powerful pieces. 

I had fun and enjoyed a tasty quiche at the Kimbell cafe.  Explore your backyard folks - arts, museums, expand the mind.   (And everyone wore masks - thoughtful patrons!)

Friday, September 17, 2021

Friday Book Club - Billy Summers by Stephen King (not horror, my friends)

 No horror.  Billy Summers is a bad guy (but he's really in his heart good with some morals) - he is a professional killer who will only kill someone he considers a truly bad person. 

He's the best. His time in the military - Iraq war vet sniper. He can vanish without a trace. 

What could go wrong when he's hired to kill a man who killed a bad guy? Everything. 

Billy Summers by Stephen King is excellent. We learn a lot about Billy when he's hired by Nick to kill Josh Allen. Oh, there's so much backstory and Billy figures he's getting double crossed when the final payment does not get wired. He digs deep and he's going to find the man behind the man behind the man. Who's the power broker who's not paying up on Billy's retirement party.

Plus there's a young woman who gets involved. Billy saves her, she saves him.  cover blurb - This book is about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption. I really enjoyed this book. Stephen King is excellent at character development and his writing is tight. You root for Billy and until the last page, you, the reader, are all in and then drained from emotion. Good stuff. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Movie Review Madness - Free Guy

 I had put off seeing Free Guy.  I thought the previews looked funny, but maybe a bit too silly. I figured we were seeing the best lines as teasers. 

Well, all I can say is go see this movie NOW.  Ray and I cracked up. It's clever, original, witty, silly in a good way, poignant, and ultimately does have an old fashioned love story at the core. Ryan Reynolds as Guy is so sweet, innocent, and just funny as hell.  Jodie Comer is sharp, interesting, funny, and sweet too. 

I'm not going to discuss the plot within the plot but it's well done as you move from corporate world to on-line gaming world. The writing works. 

Free Guy is a hoot. It's entertaining and so fresh. I could easily watch it again and, no doubt, pick up on more references and laugh all over again. That is high praise from me. Enjoy!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Monday Moment

 Margaret Atwood's writing was scary prescient. 

This meme is clever and cuts way too close.    

Nervous chuckle

Inner cry


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Twenty Years Later - 9/11

 Ray and I were in New York City in 2001.  We had a fabulous week full of theater, sports, museums, history, and food - so much food. We had walked around the World Trade Center area, waving at window washers, craning our necks to look up, up, up......  We flew back to Texas on 9/1. 

September 11, 2001 dawned with a lovely Tuesday morning. I was driving to work in Dallas when KISS FM (mostly pop talk and fun radio) announced a news bulletin - a plane, maybe, had flown into the World Trade Center tower.  Say what?

Got to work and a few others dragged a very small television out to turn on the news. We watched in horror as the morning unfolded. And when those towers crashed down, down, down, we were all shaken. 

No cell phones. On the regular work landline, I called Ray at his work. He said, "Wow, this is just crazy. We were just there." 

 And yes, I tried to explain to fellow workers, how big these buildings were, how many people could be affected. It was beyond fathom. 

It is still beyond words.  Twenty years later and I remember 9/11 2001 like yesterday. 

Now, a guy at my workplace is only 21 years old. He has no clue, no earthly idea of the enormity of that day.  The world changed. History turned a huge page and we have never been the same. 

Like many pivotal times, the stories are still being written, the salutes are done, and yet it's never enough. 

We must remember and learn and reflect. 


Friday, September 10, 2021

Friday Frivolous Read - China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

 China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan is a frothy ridiculous braindead book. Perfect patio poolside read for me. It is over the top snarky fun. The writing is good, the characters are rich in money and rich in ulterior motives, and the pacing is as fast as the jets these folks use from Singapore to Shanghai to Paris. Just zoom along with them and  don't ask questions. 

We met Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians. She's a professor, has a down to earth single mother, and is getting ready to marry Nick (an extraordinarily rich fellow with an amazing Singapore lineage.) But he loved Rachel enough to move to California with her and forego a lot of the family fortune (don't worry, he's still rich, and he does work). 

back blurb - Then a chance accident reveals an identity and Rachel is drawn into the dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world of penthouses, exotic cars, and where people aren't just crazy rich...they're China rich.

This book is a sheer hoot. Perfect to end the summer - sip some bubbly and enjoy. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Book Review - The Film Club by David Gilmour

 This little book I picked up for one dollar at our Bedford Library book sale. It proved to be quite interesting. It's a memoir of a year in a father/son's life. The fifteen year was flunking everything in school, bored, and lacking motivation. David Gilmour threw out an offer - drop out, not work, not pay rent, but his son had to watch three movies a week with his father. The boy accepted. Hence The Film Club. 

cover blurb - The films  (ex. True Romance, A Hard Day's Night, Rosemary's Baby, and more) got them talking - about girls, music, heartbreak, work, drugs, love, friendship - and opened doors to a teenager's interior life at a time when a parent is normally shut out. Ultimately, at the end of the year, the young man made a decision that surprised even his father. 

I found this book to be quite a revelation. Obviously, the young man was intelligent, caring, and did not have a slacker soul. Oh, he screwed up during the year, and the father/author is very honest in his writing about disappointments, worry, and a bit of "what the heck am I doing?" thrown into the mix. But, it also revealed a different version of education and poked into corners beyond the norm. 

The Film Club reminded me of movies I need to watch again, and some I need to discover. The book was worth way more than a dollar.