Book cover blurb sums it up Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Mary Oliver has described her work as loving the world. With Felicity she examines what it means to love another person. She opens our eyes to the territory within our own hearts, to the wild and to the quiet.
This book is filled with joy. Economy of words, simple phrases - they all paint a wise picture of life and love.
Here are the opening lines to I Don't Want to Lose I don't want to lose a single thread from the intricate brocade of this happiness I want to remember everything
Seek out Mary Oliver's poetry. It will give you a sense of peace and calm.
A soothing balm after a stress-filled day.
Crimson Peak is not normally my kind of movie
genre – gothic romance/horror. However, the cast list is stellar and it is directed by Guillermo del Toro, who is a genius. Indeed, the film is lush and
the settings are fabulous. The creepy house is worthy of an Oscar as it looms
over a sparse countryside. Inside is another story – things go bump in the
night and very dark misty ghosts haunt the corridor. Let’s just say, “Don’t
drink the tea that’s served in the house.” (spoiler alert – how much
poison will kill you?)
So, Mia Wasikowska (a stellar young actress) falls hard for
dreamy Tom Hiddleston’s Baron. Her father frowns and has a private
investigator check into some shady dealings. It’s the late 1800’s and basically
the father calls Thomas out at a ball. Well, alas, the dad ends up dead at his
private club, Mia is an heiress, and she’s able to marry and move to the
estate. Hoorah for true love. Boo for Dad’s death. Hoorah for true love. Boo
for the creepy sister (a very severe Jessica Chastain) who comes with the
house. Oh Mia – so naïve, so young, so eager to be friends with the sister and
asks for a set of keys to all rooms. What? You dare to think you
can roam this house freely and uncover its secrets?
Where money is involved, trouble follows, and Mia slowly
figures out she’s a pawn in an evil game. The creepy factor is high and Crimson
Peak offers a good scary ride in time for Halloween. Is it a tad
predictable? Yes. However, I knew what I was in for when I paid my cheap
matinee price. I was scared just right and came home to put on all the lights
in the house. Rattle a key or two and explore the basement. You never know what
bones will turn up.
Take the time today to ask a question. Actually listen and engage
Here's my story - was picking up shirts at the dry cleaners and the usual woman took care of me. We do general chitchat and I commented on the nice weather. She said, "Oh, I just got back from where it was rather cold."
"Where did you go? Vacation?"
She beamed. "Went to Nashville. My mother turned 80 and me and my four sisters hung out at my oldest sister's place. It's fabulous. She had matching pajamas for us, manicures set up, food, movies, etc."
Her enthusiasm made my day. I said, "Wow. That sounds great. Keep that vacation glow going."
You could tell she was still happy and also glad to talk about her fun.
So, wherever you are today, ask that one extra question.
The Intern is a Nancy Meyer film, and that
means it’s glossy and pretty with great sets and a heartwarming story. The cool
place to be is Brooklyn, and that’s where Jules (Anne Hathaway) has her nifty
e-commerce fashion company – in a refurbed warehouse where no one has an
office, she rides her bike to meetings, and everyone is young and
dedicated. Well, almost everyone is young. Robert De Niro (no longer a
Godfather, he’s in grandfather roles with a crinkly smile) as Ben Whitaker
needs a purpose to his life and applies for the senior intern program. Nattily
dressed, complete with briefcase, he’s assigned to Jules. She’s ‘difficult and
picky” and rolls her eyes at the thought of using this old dude to help her.
Well, of course, he’s wonderful. Everyone in the company
looks to him for common sense wisdom, and finally Jules realizes he’s a good
friend who’s looking out for her best interests. He can mend a broken marriage,
and help the bottom line. The Intern is frothy fun with a nice
story. It oozes charm and is New York eye candy. Anne and Robert are pleasant
with a good rapport. I saw this movie at a cheap matinee price and was
entertained. It’s a good rental or streamer date night. No need to think much.
Just clock out, pour a glass of wine, and relax.
The Martian gets a huge thumbs up from me, and
Matt Damon is excellent. We first meet our NASA team on Mars as they do their
research jobs and live. Concern arises when ground control announces the
arrival of a wicked dust storm. The crew is told to get situated and leave the
mission a tad early. Jessica Chastain is the leader and it’s her call to
lift-off after seeing Matt Damon (Mark) get hit by debris and knocked out. They
assume he is dead, based on the situation. She did what she could and the team
agrees, saddened by his passing.
Back on Earth, Jeff Daniels is the NASA head who has to
announce the death of an astronaut. Meanwhile, back on Mars, the dust storm
leaves and we hear a gasp and see movement as Mark regains consciousness. He’s
injured, but alive. He manages to get back to their base, sew himself up, and
assess his situation. He counts food bags, works on communications, and as a
botanist he proclaims he needs to “Science the crap out of everything.” He’s
rather matter of fact about the chance for death, but he plans to live as best
he can for as long as he can. He has rover transportation, and figures out how
to plant and grow potatoes to extend his nutrition.
Will he make contact with Earth? What happens then with
NASA? Can he be rescued? What about his team who are flying home from Mars? Can
they turn around? What about the Jet Propulsion Lab and math geniuses? Does the
math work in regards to fuel and time calculations? And really….what could go
wrong? (other than the only music Mark has is disco music left from Jessica)
The Martian does a great job with depicting
the astronaut challenges for living. Matt Damon brings such a nice manner
to his role – he’s smart, funny, and very believable. He’s human and gives us
the full range of emotions. The movie was a tad long – they could have
tightened up some of the earth segments. But when Matt Damon is on screen, he
holds our attention.
Let's take a Monday morning stroll. This is around the block from my Dad's house. Big trees, lots of shade. I've logged a lot of miles by foot or bike on these streets.
Notice I actually posted a picture. My Friday crisis was just a question of browsers. With one click, Ray (my IT guru) got things rolling again. So, yes I can continue sharing my brilliance on blogger.
I know I've been so serious with my Dad. I'm back in TX now. Yes, I escaped. He's in good hands with my brother and sister-in-law. Only 5 radiation treatments left. Then some disc surgery ahead.
But let me share a funny story. My dad is a clothes horse. Every closet, drawer, and possible space (under the bed) is filled with clothes. He shopped as therapy after my mom passed over twenty years ago.
So, we are headed to a radiation appointment. He's decided he needs a heavier jacket.
"The upstairs closet in the computer room - on the right - I need the light blue coat"
I run upstairs because the rule of thumb in a northeast home - no matter what you want, it's not on the floor where you stand. So upstairs, downstairs, and basement are fair game.
I open the closet door to find six variations of blue. I choose a very nice Nautica jacket and bound downstairs.
"That wasn't the one I meant"
"Too late. We need to go."
I clip the tag and have him put it on. It looks darn spiffy, even if he's pouting.
Gotta go, gotta go.
"I need a different hat." Ten zillion ball caps later, he picks the proper shade of blue.
It's been an eye opening week at my Dad's in PA. His world is a lot smaller in a very short period of time due to some health issues. Now we are working to improve this situation, but I think with the two steps back that he's taken, it shall be only one step forward. A new plateau.
This is tough for a very very active senior. You can slide downhill fast.
The uphill climb is a lot harder
I will be exploring this more once I'm back in TX.
Meanwhile, head up, laugh, and go take a walk around the block.
Enjoy your weekend and do stuff you really want to do
Here's a review I never posted. Now this is out on DVD,etc. Enjoy
CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is the brains
behind Bradley Fine (Jude Law). She’s in his ear as he covers the globe in
daring spy adventures. Unfortunately, Fine’s been killed (??) by Bulgarian arms
dealer (Rose Byrne) and it’s time for Susan to get out in the field and track
her. No one knows Susan, so she’s the best CIA option. From the James Bond-like
opening credits of Spy to the closing credits, this movie is a
hilarious romp. It’s a hoot.
McCarthy is funny physically and verbally. She’s believable
as a spy who’s making it up as she goes along and ends up “befriending” Rayna
while saving her life. Byrne’s Rayna is over the top funny with a ridiculous
hair-do and accent. As they criss-cross Europe together pulling together funds
and making contacts, the laughs (and bodies) pile up. Who’s on to whom? What
crazy scheme will Cooper pull now? She has her CIA boss, Allison Janney at
wit’s end with assorted shenanigans. Meanwhile, Cooper’s British co-worker
joins her and she’s hilarious. Jason Statham has gone CIA rogue and he’s a help
and hindrance in the plot twists.
I can’t explain more. I liked Spy a lot for
its silliness and for Melissa McCarthy’s performance. She carried this flick
and is worthy of good comedic scripts. Get your passport stamped and your
stomach ready for belly laughs.
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.