Not just books I love, but books that helped make me.
Well dig the internet, you can download a .pdf right here
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
I had to read this in a Contemporary Lit class when I was at Ottawa University. I loved it instantly.
Possession - AS Byatt
I bought this book based solely on it's cover. Lucky me.
Animal Farm - George Orwell
To Paint is to Love Again - Henry Miller
Antigone - Jean Anouihl
This is a play, so I'm not sure it counts, but it does. It's a story made out of words that is beautiful and touched me and changed my life and I still think of it all the time when things happened. You can download a .pdf of it here to read, and you should.
Other Lists from 50
The Orsay - Paris, France
British Museum - London, England
The Met - New York, NY
The Louvre - Paris, France
The Nelson - Kansas City, MO
Almost on the list:
National Gallery - London, England
Museum of Modern Art
Andy Warhol Museum - (this is a link to a post i made about it)
Museum of London
Natural History Museum, NYC
PS. I took all these pictures myself a long time ago with either a Nikon Coolpix or a cell phone.
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The first time I saw this movie when it came out in 1981, I knew it would be my favorite forever. It's the story of a real life writer named Jack Reed, an idealistic journalist who covered the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. There's so much more to it but every time I try to tell the story it turns into an essay. So let's just go with that.
One thing that makes this movie especially charming to me are the interviews with real life "witnesses" throughout the movie. One of them is Henry Miller. He's my super hero now, but I had no idea who he was when the movie came out, or for years after.
Oh- there’s also an annoying romance in this movie which really just distracts from the good parts, and Jack Nicholson plays a super creepy Eugene O’Neil. Maureen Stapleton plays an incredible Emma Goldman. It's not for everyone, for sure, but it's a really great movie if you like stories about freedom and the role of the press and history and adventure. It has a great cast, and won some Academy Awards.
"After the Revolution, I will buy you a new hat."
This is probably the best love story ever told. Definitely Wesley is the perfect boyfriend. The way he keeps Buttercup from worrying in the Fireswamp could not be better. And “As you wish"? Perfect.
There are characters to love and hate. There are battles and schemes. There is true love. There is so much funny. I'll never be tired of this movie.
Life is pain, highness. Anyone who tells you differently is trying to sell you something.
This movie is literally just two guys talking over dinner for nearly 2 hours.
One of my favorite things about this movie is that when I was young and first loved it, I clearly sided with one guy. Now that I’m grown, I’m completely with the other. Also interesting - two of my top five movies have Wallace Shawn.
Yeah, but I mean, I would never give up my electric blanket
Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out, is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.
Only burners like you get high.
It’s inevitable; when you grow up your heart dies.
Two British boys go on holiday by mistake in 1969 and have to think about life. Brilliant, subtle, unique and hilarious. It’s also kinda sad, so be warned. The closing monologue might break your heart.
I want something's flesh!
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I've had a lot of birthdays. There are pictures from most of them, and I thought I'd throwback Thursday you a little bit with a few.
I started out as a baby, like most of you. My mom was around a lot to help me out at the beginning.
After being a baby, then a toddler, I turned into a kid for a while.
By the time I hit double digits I had the birthday thing down.
And then I was grown up, or at least I thought I was. But I always loved my birthday!!
And yes, that is Paul Williams in the picture above, just before he kissed me on my 10th birthday. It's ok to be jealous.
And yes I'm in Times Square in that one.
And yes, I do still have that shirt and that camera, but not all those bracelets anymore.
I have the same shirt on in the bottom left, 4 years ago. It's still hanging in my closet and I try to wear it at least once every year around my birthday.
The quality of these is not good, I know. I was trying to do them in a free collage making app. I tried it twice and the images still looked bad, but I'm tired so this will have to do.
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I don't watch that much TV. I find it mostly full of shows I don't want to watch. But when I find a show I love, I love it hard, and forever. I am always in the mood to watch an episode of these shows.
HBO made 2 seasons of this show, from 2005 to 2007. Then they ran out of money for it. Of course I loved it but I'm not the only one. If you like period shows, you might love this show. The sets were beyond my imagination. The wardrobe, the hair, the everything. And then a not too fictionalized story about Julius Caesar- it's like it was made for me. The second season goes downhill a bit, but it's excellent tv.
Almost as good with it's strength as a period show, this story is so rich and layered and fascinating. I mean there are millions of words in several books to snuggle yourself in. Not to mention hours of podcasts every week. I'm very in love with it - not just the show but the whole story. I hope it will all end in a satisfying way.
Yes I know this is not a good show but I can't help but love it. How many things have been a part of my life since I was in single digits? I have often said I was done watching it but I've always gone back. If I didn't stop when Luke left, I'll never stop. I'll watch this show until they stop making it, and maybe after that I'll keep it going with my own fan fiction.
This show was a little too dark and creepy, but I will always be a fan of ancient secret societies whose job it is to keep humanity safe. Roosters Vs Crows was my favorite episode. Terry O'Quinn in two other shows I loved a lot (but ended too horribly for me to remain a fan of); Alias and Lost.
The Doctor, especially in the past, is the greatest hero of all time. Not only does he save people and planets and universes, he makes everybody want to be a better person. What's better than that.
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As a way to help me reminisce, I made a bunch of lists.
I started with my favorite songs of life, so that's what I'm sharing first.
Notes before you read the list:
+ There's no Broadway on this list on purpose.
+ I had to leave off a bunch of Todd songs or a quarter of these would be Todd.
+ I tried not repeat any artist, but sometimes it was necessary. On the other hand, just because an artist's song is on this list doesn't mean I even know another song they've ever recorded.
+ I had written some bits about some of the songs, but truly I have stuff to say about each of them. This post is long enough with just a list. It would be something good to come back to and expand upon.
+ There is absolutely no order to this.
+ As soon as I finished, I wanted to go back and make changes. I didn't. So don't take it too seriously.
1 Me and my arrow - Harry Nilson
2 Hey jude - The Beatles
3 This is how we do it - Montel Jordan
4 Your eyes - Peter Gabriel
5 Solsbury hill - Peter Gabriel
6 Compassion - Todd Rundgren
7 Hawking - Todd Rundgren
8 Get into the groove - Madonna
9 Head over feet - Alanis Morisette
10 Jane says - Jane’s Addiction
11 Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
12 Carolina in my mind - James Taylor
13 You don't own me - Leslie Gore
14 Tennessee - Arrested Development
15 Papa was a rolling stone - The Temptations
16 Send me on my way - Rusted Root
17 Don't cry - Seal
18 Billy Don’t be a hero - Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
19 Wherever whenever whatever - Maxwell
20 Crimson and clover - Tommy James and the Shondells
21 If you want to sing out sing out - Cat Stevens
22 Que Sera, Sera - Doris Day
23 David watts - The Kinks
24 Honky Tonk Blues - Hank Williams
25 Cold beverages - G Love and the special sauce
26 Good Life - One Republic
27 Me and Mrs Jones - Billy Paul
28 One on one - Hall and Oates
31 Roll Out - Ludacris
32 James - Huffamoose
33 Major Tom - David Bowie
34 Box of Rain - Grateful Dead
35 Man with the Child in His Eyes - Kate Bush
37 Fly like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band
38 A Rose for Emily - Little Saints
39 Vienna - Billy Joel
40 Blame it on Cain - Elvis Costello
41 St Louise is Listening - Soul Coughing
42 Love is the answer - Todd Rundgren
43 Shoop - Salt N Pepa
44 Uncle Alvarez - Liz Phair
45 Balla - Chingy
46 I will not take these things for granted - Toad the Wet Sprocket
47 Two Sisters - The Kinks
48 Even Now - Barry Manilow
49 If - Janet Jackson
50 I am woman - Helen Reddy
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I’ve been 50 for a week now.
I’ve been busy celebrating, and the entire world has lost it’s mind so it’s kind of difficult to tell how it feels yet. I’ll let you know.
I’m hoping today will be a close to “normal” day. The celebrating and the crazy world are starting to wear me out. Tomorrow H and I are going to see Beauty and the Beast at Starlight. This weekend I’m going to lunch with a friend, and to Worlds of Fun with another. But today I’m going to do the most boring things I can think of. I’m going to clean, plan and organize and pay bills. Hannah and I are going to talk about some work choices she’s making. I'm probably going to take my newly broken iPad to the iPad fixing place, which isn’t boring but is tragic and needs to be fixed.
In honor of turning 50, I’ve made some lists I’d like to share with you. They’re of 5 or 50 things. Favorite songs get 50, favorite museums get 5. The best songs is coming up first.
Lists from 50
Tomorrow I'm having a party day with my mom, sisters #1 and 2, and 3 baby nieces.
Sister #1 let me pick what she'll make for dinner AND she's making me a jello cake!!
I can not even wait.
When the 5 year old niece was littler she was in love with some videos on YouTube. I shared her love for one called "Party Day" and requested it as the theme for our party. I hope all the girls will sing along with me.
I knew you'd want to see it --
Hey guys. Guess what. I am 50 now.
So far it feels a lot like 49, except more fun.
On the first I celebrated that it was July. Just by myself in my house, but it was fun just knowing. I love July. It’s the most fun month. On the second I had a necessary day of watching YouTube and playing Sim City. Sometimes after I’ve been busy my brain needs time to air out and rev up. (Rev doesn’t seem like it should be a word all on it’s own, but it is).
On the 3rd I decided I wanted to clean everything. I discovered the food saver machine (my most beloved kitchen gadget) also works as a tablet stand for watching things while working. I also sent this text to one of my favorite friends with the caption “Spreading my life too thin.” Absolutely tell me if you know what I’m talking about.
The 4th was Independence Day. I went to my auntie’s farm for birthday celebrations, and a cookout, and pretty cool fireworks. Sister #1 and sister #3 were there with their kids and I had the best time just relaxing and talking with them. I also had some chill time with some of my cousins and the aunt who owns the farm and was once again reminded how much I love them and how much they make me feel loved. The fireworks were impressive! Even to a girl who lived at Disney World and considers Wishes and sacred experience. I also got to stand in the mostly dark and beautiful evening while one of my cousins and his new fiance told me the story of how he recently proposed.
These are the things that make life beautiful despite all the tragic ugliness that goes on all around us.
On the 5th I stood back and was just the helper as Hannah made tacos. On the 6th I started setting up my gopro outside to catch some bird action. The 7th was full of errands and on the 8th I spent an hour and a half waiting to get my driver’s license renewed.
I started Saturday morning at the farmer’s market. My favorite band was there, the flowers at my favorite flower stand were gorgeous (and still some peonies) and I bought a lot of tomatoes. That afternoon around lunchtime I thought an adventure to Don Chilitos in Kansas City would be a good idea, so I rounded up Danny and Alan and we went. Don Chilitos is an experience. It’s like destination dining. We all loved it.
Sunday was the actual day of my birth. I did a bunch of silly stuff I wanted to do at home and when I felt ready Alan drove me to the Nelson to check out the special exhibit called “Luxury; The Treasures of the Roman Empire”. They had some jewelry and dinner ware from around the BC/AD changeover in the ancient Roman Empire. Which pretty much means all over Europe. There were some impressive silver cups from a town in France, and a perfume bottle from my boyfriend Julius Caesar’s day in Rome. We checked out our other favorites even though a bunch of stuff is out on load right now.
Dinner was at The Cheesecake Factory (it’s become a tradition) on the Plaza and then back home to get my free Starbucks before my birthday was over!
Over the weekend I managed to watch a little bit of all my favorite TV shows, which is brilliant. Of course! I love my favorite TV shows. We watched several episodes of the HBO show Rome. I picked the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. I picked the first episode of the 10th Doctor and the Unicorn and The Wasp ( which I often call ‘the last happy episode’). And of course there was some vintage General Hospital! Circa 1979 Luke and Laura stuff. Thank you YouTube.
Yesterday was Monday. I cleaned up a lot of mess in the day, but at night I drove in to have Hibachi dinner with 11 of my cousins. How fun was that?! Way fun. I love them all so much. They always make me feel lucky.
Today was relax and refill all day long. Expect when I was shredding 3 years of papers and cleaning the kitchen and tending the plants… When Danny got home, and H got back from hunting Pokemon we went out to dinner at a new to us Mexican restaurant. Afterwards I got to open a couple of presents from Danny. The presents were fun and the wrapping was perfect!
Tomorrow is mostly playing taxi to Hannah, although we are going to try a new Indian place for lunch so that’s exciting. Thursday has some appointments for me but looks to be mostly nice, and Friday I drive to my mom’s where I’ll celebrate with my mom and sisters and nieces. I am super looking forward to that. We’re going to have a party day Friday!
Plenty of things are coming up after that and I’m looking forward to those as well. July is living up to its reputation and I am loving 50. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I am positive they helped.