2016 was a weird year. Guess that sums it up. Torn between Dad in PA and life in TX. Had my foot surgery - that ate up time. Had another surgery this summer, so missed pool season. Watched tons of Netflix - "Stranger Things" and "The Crown" were highlights.
Political stuff - the gift that keeps on giving.....for comedy. I look forward to SNL's opening sketches for 2017.
Highlight of the year was my trip to Alaska with Ray. That can renew anyone's spirit. Beautiful, breathtaking, vast, and impressive. Put it on the bucket list if you haven't already.
I finished work Friday for the year, came home and put away Christmas, and now shall relax. Ray's off at his aunt's place - the deer lease. And oh boy, he did shoot some deer. (yes, my tone includes an eye roll). He's happy, guess that's what counts.
I'm seeing "La La Land" in the theater tomorrow. Then Sunday, shall catch up with friends at a pizza party. Laughter is the best medicine and a good way to kickoff 2017 (plus Cowboys play the Eagles).
Happy New Year Weekend!. I wish everyone health and laughter, enjoy friends and family, and enjoy some time on your own too - put down the phone or iPad, read a book, watch it snow, or take a walk.
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Moonlight is one of those films you will never
watch but be aware. It could show up at Oscar time. I saw it because I like to
support my local theater when they run that one artsy weird flick. I want them
to keep ‘em coming. Mahershala Ali as Juan is so darn good. You’ve seen
him in films (he’s in Netflix’s Luke Cage - Cottonmoth) and he’s a great
understated actor. He just shines in this film as the drug dealer who befriends
a kid in the hood who needs guidance.
The kid is the adult Chiron (Ashton Sanders), but before
that he’s Little ( Alex Hibbert) – a wide-eyed little boy who just seeks
escape. When he hides out in a room, Juan finds him and takes him home. His
wife, Teresa (Janelle Monae – yes, she can sing and act) feeds the kid and
doesn’t ask too many questions. Little aka Chiron ultimately always seeks
Juan and Teresa out as his rock. He can count on them to feed him, shelter him,
and not question.
His mother, Paula, played by a heartbreaking Naomie Harris,
is a druggie. Oh, she cares for her son but the drugs and that life suck her
in. Meanwhile, Chiron is a sensitive kid who’s gay but just won’t acknowledge
it. There’s an underlying need for love but he shoves that aside with a tough
Moonlight operates on many levels and it’s
really well acted and touching. It might not have themes that everyone cares
about, but ultimately it is about love and family and friendship and who you can
count on………..that means a lot in this day and age. I truly hope it sees
some Oscar nominations.
Edge of Seventeen is such a reminder of the
old 1980s John Hughes movies – edgy teens with “real” scenarios and great
soundtracks. Now it’s updated for 2016. For me, a bit too much of the “F” word,
but otherwise, this movie is on target and so true and totally made me laugh
(and cry on the inside) at the same time. I felt for Nadine (a
brilliant Hailee Steinfeld) – she’s an insecure high schooler who’s pretty but
doesn’t know it. She’s not comfortable in her skin and lets her motor mouth run
her façade. She’s smart, well read, and nerdy (and that’s okay but she
doesn’t know it). She resents her mother (Kyra Sedgewick – who can play
attractive but trying too hard and acting too young). She “hates” her brother
Darian ( a very solid Blake Jenner) who’s the star football god at high school.
She counts on her bestie, Krista ( Haley Lu Richardson) who cheats on her with
her brother – yep, Krista is moving on. And then there’s the smitten young
man (Hayden Szeto) that Nadine takes for granted and oh, he’s so right for her.
Seventeen?? Yep, tough age. And this movie
captures all of the horror, the good, the anxiety, and more.
Gotta love Woody Harrelson who’s the English teacher that
Nadine counts on. She’s always barging in on his lunch break and assumes he
really has no life. Ultimately when the chips are down and she counts on
this teacher, he goes the extra mile. He has a wife and a baby and Nadine
witnesses that her teacher is a real person. Oh, she has so much to
Edge of Seventeen is excellent. It truly
captures that age of uncertainty and potential. I am fifty-eight and
could feel seventeen again – that inner heartache and worry. You’ll laugh
and inner swoon. Huge thumbs up to a superb little film with a big
heart. Go see it
Ray has a Maker's Mark membership. It's all in good fun and they send him a holiday treat each year. I've featured some of the silliness before - a scarf, earmuffs, and a sweater - all adorn the bottles.
Well this year they get their own mistletoe.
It's a week until Christmas. Go be merry and bright....and chuckle!
Arrival is sorta science fiction but in a good
way (in my opinion). It’s more about human emotions and is a thinking type
movie. Let’s just say I came out saying, “Wow, hmm.”. My husband came out
saying, “Hmm, what just happened? Oh, okay, I get it now.” He was a tad
confused but then okay with the movie. I liked it more than him, that’s for
sure. I won’t give away the punchline, but there is a timing question to the
movie, a certain sequence and order. Keep that in mind and you’ll enjoy
Twelve alien objects arrive – they hover close to the ground
and do not appear to be threatening. BUT…what do they want? Linguist
Louise Banks (played by the superb Amy Adams) is called upon to try to “talk”
to these aliens. Do they have a language? What are they seeking? Jeremy
Renner plays her partner, a physicist, and Forest Whitaker is the military
colonel in charge of the operation. Each approach the “problem” with a
different viewpoint, and that’s what makes the movie interesting and very
viable to today.
Approach in peace? Or assume the worst and prepare for
war? That’s the dilemma for today’s world. Naturally Amy’s
character has the right touch. She gets out of her space suit and communicates
hands on with the beings – inkblot looking creatures. Are they advanced
or primitive? I won’t give away more but this movie is excellent on so
many levels. In this day of instant reaction and eagerness to battle, Arrival
asks for patience –a worthy trait to consider.
Communication is key…..don’t be hasty. Oh, if only the
world would listen and appreciate this story. Go see it and ponder life,
time, and what would you do “if”……
Tana French knows how to engage her reader. She just writes
like blokes in Dublin would talk at a police station. You feel you are in on
the interrogations and confessions. And you are hearing the internal dialogue
of Antoinette Conway. She’s a detective on Murder Squad, her dream job. Her
partner, Stephen Moran, is awesome and they are a team. BUT. The rest of the
working crew are giving her the “shite” jobs and harassing her. Oh, it’s
subtle, but it’s wearing her psyche and maybe she’s ready to break.
The Trespasser is the latest book in a series
of excellent crime fiction. I discovered French with In the Woods
and have followed her ever since. So, the new case looks like a
lover’s quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine,
and dead in her pretty living room. There’s nothing unusual about her – except
that Antoinette has seen her somewhere before. (cover blurb)
Looks easy, but this case turns messy with a lot of twists
and turns. Other detectives are pushing for a quick solve, but why? And of
course, there’s more to the victim than what is seen on the surface.
Conway is feeling paranoid, fights with her partner, and is
ready to quit. But you will root for her to see this through. You want
her to get resolution with Stephen – he’s a good guy. And poor Aislinn deserves
to be buried with dignity. We need to know who killed her and why. Tana
French will throw you some red herrings and clues. Stick with her to the end
and you’ll say – whoa! I knew it wasn’t easy but Conway pulled it together.
(that’s the only bone I’ll throw you) Check it out and solve this crime.
Allied is a very old fashioned movie and
that’s a good thing. It’s a war movie/ love story/ mystery/ thriller. The
characters are beautiful – hot, smoldering with simmering emotions. The times
are fraught with danger. The backdrop is slinky hot and classy. Everything
builds slowly and you have to watch and invest your time and emotions.
It’s 1942 North Africa. Who emerges in the desert but Brad
Pitt as Max Vatan. He’s driven into Casablanca with a new identity and a
shiny wedding band. Shades of the movie Casablanca, he walks into a bar
dressed to the nines and meets his new “wife” Marianne Beausejour (played by
the stunning Marion Cottillard) . They are matched for a mission and oh the
sparks slowly fly. This is a movie with repartee, slow burning glances,
and hot steamy nights. They do manage to blow up some Nazis (no I’m not
giving away the movie), and then high tail it back to London.
Are they in love? Do they marry? Is she a German
Oops – well, are two out of three okay?
This movie kept me guessing until the end and I won’t give
it away. I enjoyed the buildup and anticipation a lot. Despite
being a war movie, this is not a big bang ‘em up showy mess. Instead it’s a
slow burn and Brad and Marion are a worthy pair. Give yourself some time
in a day and enjoy Allied.
Where's Ray? Well, he's in San Saba at his deer lease. And he's happy with his early $20 Christmas present. Oh, the man is easy. He asked for camo sheets..... not to sleep on. He wanted cheap ones to hang in his deer blind for backdrop
It works. Guess the deer can't see him. I must admit, he blends in pretty well. If he's having fun, more power to my hubby. Love you dear as you avoid the deer.............
I'm glad I'm home watching Netflix.........who's with me??
Poet Laureate Billy Collins writes accessible poetry. It's subtle and real and human. I love his writing and his work seems so easy and off the cuff. I know it's not and I'm sure he agonized over every line. However, his words flow and just tell a story of normal life. Or his everyday observations could have been mine, except way better.
(back cover blurb) Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry.
Here's one stanza from "Madmen" They say you can jinx a poem if you talk about it before it is done If you let it out too early, they warn, your poem will fly away and this time they are absolutely right
Or from "Snow Day" Today we woke up to a revolution of snow, its white flag waving over everything the landscape vanished not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness, and beyond these windows
He epitomizes the word sublime.....
Monet : The Early Years is a splendid new
exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. It runs through January 29,
2017 and is worth a trip. I shall probably go see it again, as there’s much to
see and enjoy. Over sixty paintings cover Claude Monet from his debut in
1858 until his move to Argenteuil on the River Seine in 1872. He showed genius
from the beginning and his early career (all in his 20s) assured him of a place
in the art world. He transformed influences and challenged his fellow painters
– Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Sisley – along the way.
The above picture On the Bank of the Seine
illustrates his skills. Water, sky, clouds – he became a master impressionist.
You will be astounded at his skills at such an early age. And he stayed a
student of art through his whole life. He studied light – one picture with
reflections in water just glistens. Gossamer clouds in the sky. Fleeting pinks
and purples enhance a delicate palette. He often returned to places over
seasons and captured the different aspects of nature. His time in Holland
proved enlightening and you can see the difference in the colors and how he
interpreted life there.
I highly recommend a trip to theKimbell.
Monet: The Early Years is a feast for the eyes and the
soul. (and then I recommend lunch at the museum café – tres bien!)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in
theaters now and it’s worth seeing on the big screen. J.K. Rowling is back with
a prequel, so to speak, to Harry Potter world. Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander
shows up in 1926 New York City from London with a rather magical bag. He’s a
magizoologist and thus the adventure begins. The wizard world vs the Muggles in
the UK or the No-maji (as known in the US) is in flux and more trouble is not
needed. But his encounters with a “normal” guy played by a funny Dan Fogler
involves switched bags, an escaped creature or two, a hatching egg, some lovely
sisters, and more.
Eddie, with his mop of hair, dusting of freckles, and
wistful smile, is perfect as the shy magizoologist who’s trying to save
creatures and keep the magic alive. He wants no trouble. But Colin Farrell and
his gang are seeking “troublemakers” and a host of explosions and destruction
in NYC is causing an uprising. The theme of who’s “different” and how to get
along is subtle. Fogler falls for one of the sisters and Katherine Waterston
works with Newt to corral his creatures, erase Dan’s mind, and make
peace. I won’t give away the surprise at the end as far as the serious trouble and evil spirit. It’s all cleverly done.
This is a big movie with lots of special effects and a
worthy lead up to Potter World backstory. I would have edited the movie a bit –
it ran a tad long. However I was entranced and intrigued by the premise.
Rowling knows how to fill in characters and create a world. I liked Eddie a
lot. So if you are looking to escape with a big tub of popcorn, Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them is worth seeking at your nearest
I did not participate in National Novel Writing Month this year. However, for those who did it's crunch time. Either you are sitting back, smug, eating Christmas cookies, or you are panic writing nonsense. Or you have given up and shall do all of your shopping this Cyber Monday.
From our house to yours - Happy Thanksgiving weekend
Health and happiness. Family joy and laughs
Sunshine, blue skies, and some leaves to rake (if I was in PA)
Cowboy football for Ray
I dedicate a turkey sandwich to my mother - she loved leftovers
I thank my sister - she's picking up my Dad, taking him to DE for her thanksgiving meal, and then driving him back. She'll stay overnight and Friday's her birthday - Happy Birthday, Lori - the "baby" of the family.
No need to comment on this post. I just hope everyone steps away from the computer, puts down the phone, and just hangs out.
I'll be back to regularly scheduled reviews, etc. next week.
Take care and be kind.
"When we stop and rest properly, we're not paying a tax on creativity. We're investing in it."
As we begin a Monday slog, let's contemplate a new book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang - "Why You Get More Done When You Work Less". This is from a book review in the latest Time magazine. The theory is that maximum productivity requires four hours a day of focused work. To get the most out of the rest of the day one should walk, nap, read, and contemplate life.
Sounds good to me. When I really think about my work day - indeed, the quality of my work is best in the morning from eight to noon. After lunch - nah, I'm watching the clock and hammering through tasks. I'm working for the pay check - this is not enrichment.
What about you?
At least this is a short week - countdown to Thanksgiving, for which I am grateful!!!
The cake came out great from Wal-Mart. The scanned icing photos made it a hit. Chocolate goodness
I have to brag that renting tables and chairs was brilliant - we could fit 21 adults easily into the room. It was nice having everyone together to participate. Kids were tucked into the kitchen
I don't have a picture of the tasty Tex-Mex from Miguelitos - it's all gone!!!
Fun banner to greet the birthday boy
Saturday November 12th was a success as it heralded in Ray's Dad's birthday. Here are his mom, niece, and father. He's still recovering from some surgery that slowed him down a bit. But he's on the mend and hopefully his health improves for many birthdays to come.
I loved the book The Girl on the Train by
Paula Hawkins, and to me, the movie does an excellent job of bringing the book
to life. Emily Blunt is superb as Rachel, a boozy unreliable narrator.
She rides the train every day but is she really going to work. She can see out
over her ex-house that her ex-husband (a creepy Justin Theroux) has with his
new wife (Rebecca Ferguson – always good) and baby girl. Then there are the
neighbors – the perfect couple that Rachel fantasize about. Meagan (new
hot It Girl Haley Bennett) ends up dead. Say what? How, why, and
did Rachel see something?
It’s a convoluted puzzle with Allyson Janney as the
detective who questions Rachel’s integrity, report, and reliability.
Throw in a therapist for Meagan – was she having an affair with him?
Cheating, hot babysitter, and so much more. The book was intense
and gave an added layer to the story. It could convey the confusion. The film
does a very good job of giving us a back and forth thread – it bounces between
characters and Rachel’s drunken interpretation of events.
All in all, Emily Blunt is the key to The Girl on the
Train. She’s a fine actress who truly embodied the character and keeps
us both hating and rooting for her. She adds a vulnerability to the written
character. I don’t think the switch from London to New York was
necessary, but it worked okay. I liked this film and I do recommend reading the
book too. Cover all bases
Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon in Inferno.
Tom is good, Inferno is so-so, but I’ll still give it a C rating
due to the running around Italy part. Such an awesome backdrop. I
can forgive huge plot holes, the Dan Brown book, and even more plot
holes. Italy and Florence in particular are just freaking awesome.
I paid $5 for this movie, so you I can forgive me. You, my readers,
can wait for streaming. You don’t have to fork out money. But this movie is
harmless and entertaining in a ‘I’m sorta half asleep kinda way”. Nothing
wrong with that. No need to think folks – the art, symbolism mumbo jumbo is just
that – all crazy talk.
I go to the movies to be entertained and this sufficed for
the afternoon I wanted to enjoy. I like Tom Hanks and he was fine enough – he’s
sincere and can project concern over a virus that could kill the world. Only he
must solve the crazy puzzle to save us all. What better hands to be in than Tom
Hanks? Seriously. I’m not going to discuss the plot or the reason
to run around Italy. Just go with it.
Felicity Jones is pretty, a good actress, and had me
convinced until a plot twist. Apparently, the box office disagrees. Where
the Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s first big book to movie succeeded,
Inferno has totally tanked. Hey, life moves on.
I chose some misty Alaska glacier pics to represent our future. I write this on Election Day 2016. I have no clue as to the finish, no projections yet, no winner. Will there be a winner? Are we winning or losing? Ah, that's beyond me
I do know that on Wednesday, I shall get up, eat breakfast, and still drive my hour to work - as will most of America. Then we watch the clock for lunchtime. Then we count down to going home. In the middle - paper is shuffled.
There has to be a future because Ray and I are hosting a party for his father on Saturday 11/12. The man shall be turning 80 and deserves a bit of a to-do. I've got Tex-Mex ordered along with a chocolate cake. We expect 20 people plus kids.
So, post election day, the American flag shall still wave. Folks work, eat, and muddle along. Has anything changed?
The key to me is family, love, respect, work, and life...........truly the Nike slogan "Just Do It" applies.
What say you? I have blog friends from all states and a variety of countries. Can we all agree - life goes on and we do our best?
Doctor Strange, the latest Marvel product, is
a head trip. Fun, trippy special effects and a crazy plot about time and mind
over matter makes this rather cerebral. Brains over brawn. As
Entertainment Weekly points out “it wouldn’t work as well as it does without
Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton – two actors who in addition to being
intelligent, top-shelf stars both project a slightly alien, otherworldly
air.” So true. They are clever and seductive, giving their
characters a lot of depth.
Cumberbatch, as Dr. Stephen Strange is an ego surgeon who’s
a charming jerk. Rachel McAdams has the thankless job of fellow doctor/former
love interest. After a horrible car accident, his hands are ruined so he
looks for a cure in Nepal. Word has it that there is An Ancient One who can
teach one mind control and more. Let the brain do the healing. Swinton is
perfect as the mystic. Her right hand man, Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is the day
to day trainer. Soon Strange is moving beyond logic – dimensional portals,
teleportation, and more, plus weird facial hair. Meanwhile the dark forces of
Kaecilius seeks to destroy the Ancient One, but Doctor Strange, now in his
levitation cloak seems to have the upper hand.
Doctor Strange is just bizarre fun – high IQ
wit and just wicked special effects raise the bar. Again as, EW says,
“it’s eye candy and brain candy.” Perfect afternoon at the theater.
and P.S. stay for the final, final, final credits and see that Marvel tidbit more
Blue skies and high 80s last Saturday at the Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie, Texas.
Only an hour drive to a bustling town. The center of it all is the Ellis County Courthouse (pictured above) - a fine example of gingerbread architecture. The whole town square is well maintained with plenty of cutesy shops and good restaurants. We ate lunch at the Dove's Nest - a tea room in an antique store.
It was an easy fun jaunt, a chance to stretch the legs, and mix and mingle among arts and crafts (and a fine selection of homemade jams and jellies)
Venture out into your neck of the woods - you might be surprised at what you find.
Bryan Cranston A Life in Parts is not a
celebrity biography. Yes, he hit it “big” with Breaking Bad, but
the man paid his dues, worked hard, and has a life to discuss in his memoir.
He’s a fine thoughtful writer and this book is excellent. This is a man
you’d like to meet and have dinner with knowing there would be engaging
conversation and a real person give and take. He acted at age seven in a United
Way commercial with his father and had the bug. His dad was an actor, but the
man disappeared and Bryan had to figure out life as a man on his own. He shared
a lot with his older brother and younger sister, and dealt with a mother who
became an alcoholic.
But no excuses. Cranston shares his “zigzag journey as an
abandoned son to beloved star by recalling the many odd parts he played in his
real life – paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder
suspect, dock loader, lover, husband, father.” (cover blurb). He does not shy
away from any aspect of his life that led him to where he is today. As an
observer of life, he honed his craft with hard work and truly studied and
worked at the idea of “craft”.
After years in the business, he created the bumbling dad
character of Malcolm in the Middle. Cherished years and a lot of improv
joy on set. Then because of a brief role on the X-Files and his
time with Vince Gaffigan, he managed to become Walter White on Breaking Bad.
Extensive chapters are spent on this special alchemy. It’s quite interesting
and you’ll be an even bigger fan when you read his thoughts on the part.
Finally, he’s never finished growing and exploring. He
conquers the stage with a Tony award winning performance in All the Way
as LBJ – a larger than life figure. Bryan Cranston continues to grow as a
person. When I finished his book, I was ready to read more – to see where his
life takes him and I look forward to more deep characters and great acting to
come. A Life in Parts – oh, so many more parts to choose
from and enjoy. Just a darn cool man.
Kevin Hart, the hardest working comedian on the planet, has
a concert film out in theaters. What Now? Is an enjoyable
frenetic experience. Basically Kevin asks “What Now?” because as he
conquers arenas, stages, movies, and more, people are asking for more and he
asks himself for more. The man never quits. This film covers his record
breaking sold out show at Lincoln Financial Field in his home town of
Philadelphia. This is a football stadium filled to the brim with adoring fans
screaming for more.
Kevin knows what his audience wants and he gives it to them.
He’s a bundle of energy ready to talk about his height challenge, his kids, his
upcoming marriage, and the general craziness of the world. He is not political,
not topical. He leans toward more general observations of life type of humor
and the crowd eggs him on. He does capture the slice of life in a manic way.
He’s not as observational as Jerry Seinfeld, but he does niggle on the minutiae
of life, and he’s funny.
Oh, the language can be a tad rough – not appropriate for
kids – this is R. And the ninety minute film was plenty long enough. I
was amused and then done. But I will concede that the man works hard and truly
gives it his all. He’s not coasting. He wants to be mega-successful and he is
accomplishing this. He sets a very good example in this regard – there
are no excuses in this world. Get out there and strive for the best you can be.
And then ask What Now??
The Accountant is not a sequel to anything.
This is awesome news. It’s a fresh independent movie starring Ben Affleck, Anna
Kendrick, John Lithgow, and J.K. Simmons. All of these actors are spot on in
Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a math savant who’s a small
town accountant. But behind the scenes, he’s fully armed and dangerous. Video
shows him meeting with “bad guys” – he’s the accountant to terrorist stars and
J.K. Simmons, a Treasury Department agent about to retire is ready for his last
big hurrah. He’s going to catch this guy, get his list, and take them all down.
Meanwhile Christian is called into a robotics company run by John Lithgow
(always good at being earnest sleazy) . Anna Kendrick was the little whistle
blower – saying something wasn’t quite right with the books. (and she’s
very relatable as a “real” employee who’s a bit of a nerd herself)
Lots of math is discussed. Christian, in record time,
locates a problem. Anna wonders “Who is this guy?” when she discovers all of
his guns and his art work (he has a Jackson Pollock on a ceiling). The cat and
mouse game is amusing to watch – Affleck, Simmons, and Lithgow.
You have to suspend some belief and just go with the flow in
this film. I’m not going to explain more, and indeed the film can be a tad
talkie. But the premise is intriguing and Affleck pulls off a unique character.
He’s managed to learn to work in the real world, and yet he has to keep his own
boundaries to make that work.
The Accountant has action, intrigue, and
math. Somehow they all add up to a worthy flick for adults.
Daniel Silva’s The Black Widow is one of the
best, I think, in his Gabriel Allon series. From start to finish it will keep
you turning pages and also marveling at the author’s skill in capturing our
dangerous world today. It’s almost ripped from the headlines authentic or will
be soon. Silva definitely does his research and must talk to folks in high
places. Very impressive.
Gabriel Allon is an art restorer by trade, but also a
legendary spy for “The Office”, Israel’s premier group. As Allon is about to
become the new chief, he’s back into the field for an operation. ISIS detonated
a bomb in Paris, and one man’s name keeps appearing – Saladin. How to find him?
How to get into the network? Gabriel taps an extraordinary woman – a doctor, a
Jew, and a woman willing to take the risk to don the clothes and persona of a
“black widow” – females willing to work for the caliphate, willing to die for
As the mission crosses borders into dangerous territory,
Natalie must maintain her poise and conviction to fool Saladin and lead Allon
and crew to a fateful night. This is tick-tock watch the clock on your bomb
vest nerves on edge writing. Forget your nightly news. Delve into The Black
Widow as an alternative. The world is scary. We have to root and
support the good guys. Enjoy a gutsy read.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.