Sunday, May 31, 2009

LOST shoes

I haven't blogged about LOST in awhile, but I've been watching it faithfully all season. The season 5 finale two-parter was as awesome as I've come to expect from LOST. Discussion board posts have gone at lightning speed, discussing religious symbolism, the meanings of books, existentialism, and lots of other recurring themes in the series. I have one to add that I haven't noticed that anyone mentioned: Shoes.


In the season 5 finale, Jacob visits James at James' parents' funeral. Young James is wearing shoes that are much too big for him. They almost look like they might be adult shoes. In season 1, Kate takes a pair of hiking shoes off a dead body. A quick search of Lostpedia shows that Christian was wearing white tennis shoes with his dark suit in his coffin, a white tennis shoe was hanging from a tree on the island, and Christian is often seen wearing one or both white tennis shoes. A man with red shoes was killed in "Flashes Before Your Eyes" in Season 3. Charlie hid his heroin in his shoes in the first season.

I'm probably missing some instances, since I'm not really a LOST fanatic, but I'm surprised I haven't seen the "shoe" discussion milling around. Do James' shoes have a special significance? Or is it just an indicator that as a poor kid, he might have had to borrow shoes for the funeral? The shoes are similar (plain black oxfords) to the pair that Jack got from his grandfather to take back to the island with him. Could they even be the same pair?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sleeveface

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photo: Mental Floss

Sleeveface offers a use for those old LP covers you have lying around.

Book review: The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini


I found the story of Amir and his history with his servant/friend Hassan to be surprisingly engaging. Hosseini weaves the history of turmoil in Afghanistan from 1964 to 2002 with the story of a young boy growing into a man and makes both accessible.

Amir tells the story in the first person, recounting his boyhood friendship with, and then betrayal of, Hassan with the shame and regret of an adult finally understanding the impact of his actions, but still with immediacy. The story eventually becomes one of repentence and redemption.

Even if you have no interest in Afghanistan, the story is still fulfilling.

The Watercolor Test



You Are Highly Inspiring



You believe that your life has a higher purpose, and you do all you can to achieve it.

You are wise, and a lot of your wisdom comes from self discipline.

You try to live as moderately and modestly as possible.

You make room for rational, small indulgences... while living as ethically as you can.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Michelangelo debate

Sculpture of Christ on the Cross (2 January 2009)
photo: BBC News

BBC reports there is a debate quietly raging in Italy over the sculptor of a crucifix statue currently attributed to Michelangelo. With no proof either way, the statue is displayed as a Michelangelo but there are legitimate arguments on both sides. I just think it's an extraordinary piece.

Link

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What type of transportation are you?



You Are Bicycling



You are an energetic, driven person. You try to live a good life.

You are industrious and determined. You happily and willingly do hard work.



You are deeply philosophical. You are concerned with doing things the best way.

You love freedom to explore and experiment. You don't like rules.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Landslide

Elementary School PS 22 in New York City has an impressive chorus of youngsters. Watch and listen as they perform Stevie Nicks' Landslide.



What does Stevie Nicks think? She invited the chorus to perform at her show at Madison Square Garden. Coolness.

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 330

  1. Lisa :: David and Lisa (movie)
  2. Hope :: springs eternal
  3. Irene :: Cara 
  4. Tony :: awards
  5. Anna :: and the King (movie)
  6. Dolly :: Parton
  7. Laura :: D. (a former coworker)
  8. Debbie :: D. (a friend)
  9. Wilson :: island (Wilson was the soccer ball in "Castaway")
  10. Paula :: Jones

see more mutterings here.

Ruby Tuesday

Red coat march

The Red Coats march to Yankee Doodle at Gaspee Days in Pawtuxet Village, RI. May 17, 2009.

Mellow Yellow Monday

tiny blossoms
Itty bitty flowers.

Drowsey Monkey hosts Mellow Yellow Monday. See more yellows here.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Peacock wedding dress


photo: Neatorama

A peacock feather wedding dress introduced at a Chinese wedding expo in March. Phenomenal.

Friday, May 22, 2009

What color purple are you?



You Are Iris



You are the perfect blend of entertainment and wisdom.

You make people think about themselves and their place in the world.

Although you make people think, at least they'll have fun doing it. You're like a laughter therapist.

You are a very enriching and entertaining friend.

What primary color are you?



You Are Yellow



You are bright, vibrant, and cheerful. Your energy can take over a room.

You look on the sunny side of life. You are able to avoid stress, anxiety, and burnout.

It's hard to get you down, and you've rarely been depressed in your life.

You tend to have a clear mind and an unburdened heart. You try to bring as much light as possible into your life.

How spiritual are you?



You Are Super Spiritual



You are in touch with the world around you, and you find peace in connecting with others.

You believe that every life is special and that every life has a purpose.

You value harmony and understanding. You try not to judge, bicker, and fight.

As simple as it sounds, you truly think it's important to make the world a better place.

Feel the Force Friday


My favorite sci-fi movie: from Unique Daily via Mental Floss.


Girl Walking AT-AT by Chiara Bautista via Neatorama

Darth Vader has the most misquoted movie line.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Book review: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck


Of Mice and Men is a classic tale, and it's unlikely I have anything to add that someone else hasn't said before. I haven't read it since Junior High, so I'm seeing themes and foreshadowing that I may have missed before.



Book review: An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England, Brock Clarke


Sam Pulsifer is a bumbler. Raised by academics, he's not particularly good at understanding himself or other people, and appears to have boundary issues. He doesn't pick up on social cues, and just doesn't "get" what's going on around him.

That doesn't impede his capacity for love, though. Or to understand betrayal, both his own and that of those he loves.

He spent ten years in prison for accidentally burning down the Emily Dickinson house and killing two people inside.

I found his slowness and stupidity to be frustrating at times, and it was hard to be sympathetic to his plight when he makes so many amazingly, glaringly stupid mistakes.

He leaves prison and tries to start over. He marries and has two children. He has a good job and things seem to be going pretty well...or at least pretty normally. But then copycat arsons start happening at other famous New England writers' homes. As Sam tries to figure out who's behind the fires, suspicion turns toward him. And Sam is a bumbler.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

Mother's Day carnations
Mother's Day Carnations


MaryT/theteach hosts Ruby Tuesdays. See more rubies here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Raindrop necklace


image: TYWKIWDBI

Minnesotastan at TYWKIWDBI discovered this adorable necklace. It looks like a pretty easy DIY, too.

Via Suddenly

Good news

CNN reports "The pastor of a non-denominational church in Argyle, Texas, passed around the collection plate to his congregants earlier this year -- and asked them to take money from it.

"Donations at the Cross Timbers Community Church had slumped because of the economic downturn. Pastor Toby Slough thought that his congregants had to be hurting, too.

"His gesture, instead, was met with an unexpected response: The church had its highest offering ever."


Sometimes I just love people.

Are you a show off?



You Are Not A Show Off



You're happy with who you are, and you don't need other people's affirmations to prove it.

You don't really like excess attention, and you prefer to blend in with the crowd.

You are modest and humble. You don't make a big fuss out of your accomplishments.

You prefer to fly under the radar. The people who matter most will like you no matter what.

What bathroom product are you?



You Are Conditioner



You are naturally nurturing and calming. You smooth things over.

You can have a neutralizing effect. You can deal with chaos well.

You are encouraging and supportive. You have a gentle touch.

You are generous and bighearted. You have a lot to give.

Much less TV for me

In a follow-up to my response to the Sunday Scribblings prompt, Follow:

It looks like my evenings will free up this fall. The official word from Ausiello:

Episode 100
The Unusuals: CANCELED. Phooey, but not surprising.


Episode generic
Samantha Who?: CANCELED. Now I don't have to make up my mind about it.


Harper's Island: CANCELED. It's only a 13-episode mega-mini-series, so I wonder if that means that it will be cut short.

Returning:
LOST
Castle
Brothers & Sisters
Bones

Mellow Yellow Monday

Salve - arnica and calendula
A shot I took for a friend's Web site. The yellow flowers are dried calendula.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Perspective

margaret hamilton
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Spock's Mom

winona ryder
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Unconscious Mutterings: Week 329

  1. Vex :: Irk
  2. Relapse :: Again
  3. Twinkle :: Eye
  4. Crawls :: baby
  5. Optimistic moment :: hope
  6. Cage :: Nicholas
  7. Superwoman :: Mom
  8. Personal :: Day
  9. Vapor :: Trail
  10. Grocery store :: Stop & Shop

See more mutterings here.

Book review: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath



The Bell Jar is the story of Esther's descent into mental illness, her treatment, and her theoretical recovery. 


I found the narrative to be detached, and perhaps that was deliberate. The narrator was looking back at the experience and trying to relate it without sliding back and feeling those feelings again. Even so, ofen throughout the book I found myself wondering "why are you telling me this?" It was like meeting a stranger on a bus and having them tell you their life story.

Not recommended.

Record-breaking beauty

The BBC reports the rare blue diamond that last month was expected to fetch $5.8M at auction in fact sold for $9.5M. Glad to see someone's got some cash to spend.

Social Media Blues



lol! via Neatorama

Saturday, May 16, 2009

What element were you born into?



You Were Born into the Wood Element



You are compassionate person who values harmony. You are quite generous toward others.

You are able to adapt to almost any situation. You are very independent.

You have to watch out for your temper. Your emotions can get the best of you at times.

You are truly passionate about life. You are always embracing the world and learning from it.

Round Robin Photo Challenge: Floating

Fire juggler Waterfire 5/2/09

A fire juggler floats on the Providence River Basin during the May 2 lighting of "Waterfire."

More floating at the Round Robin Photo Challenge.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Feel the Force Friday

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Hello Kitty Darth Vader...makes my head hurt

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shades of Blue Wednesday



Shoshanna hosts "Shades of Blue Wednesday," a weekly photo meme.

Roger Williams and the State House
This is one of my favorite shots of Providence. The statue of Providence founder Roger Williams looks out toward the State House (click for a larger view).

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Are you rain or snow?



You Are Snow



You are peaceful and calm. You are able to enjoy each moment.

You have a pure, gentle spirit. People automatically trust you.

You have a playful, adventurous spirit. You still feel like a kid.

You are able to find the joy in any situation. You are blissful.

What taste are you?



You Are Bitter



You aren't bitter at the world, even though you have a strong personality.

Instead, you are sophisticated and cultured. You appreciate acquired tastes.

You are very powerful. You have the ability to change a room's energy.

While some may find you disagreeable, your points of view are intelligent and interesting.

Teaser Tuesday: The Last Witch of Langenburg


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme by MizB17.

Here's how it works: 
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"The court then followed up, inquiring about her gloomy prophecies on her fate. Again she wavered."
The Last Witch of Langenburg by Thomas Robisheaux, p. 210.

I finally picked this book up again after weeks of letting it sit. I had to return it to the library and reserve it again. I really do intend to get through it this time. It's on my list of books to read for my 101 Things in 1001 Days.

The book is an in-depth look at one of the last witch trials in Germany in the 1600s. So far, it's not at all what I expected. To say more would be to spoil what I consider to be one of the most interesting aspects of the story.

New recipe: Beef Stroganoff

Probably not new to anyone else in the world, but I made my first official stab at Beef Stroganoff. It turned out pretty well. Both the Bear and I liked it. It's a keeper.


Found the recipe via a food.com search. It comes from The Book of Great Breakfasts and Brunches
by Terence Janericco. 

Ruby Tuesday

New England Antiques Mall
New England Antiques Mall

The Bear and I stopped here on our trip to New Hampshire.

Ruby Tuesday is a weekly photo meme by MaryT/theteach. See more rubies here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hey, I'm famous!

Found one of my photos on a local interest site today, which is fun: http://www.gcpvd.org/2009/05/11/more-flickr-finds/

Mellow Yellow Monday

yellow brick
Yellow brick embellishment on a building somewhere in Chicago.

Mellow Yellow Monday is a weekly photo meme hosted by Drowsy Monkey. See more yellows here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day surprise

The Bear and I were on our way to Coventry when I got a call from Eldest. 


"So...what're you doing?"
"We're driving to Coventry. It's on my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days, and I figured I might as well," I answered.
Silence.
"Why?"
More silence.
"Are you on your way to visit?" (they live three hours away)
"Actually...we're here."
"Here...at my house?"
"Yeah."

We turned around and went home to find not only Eldest, but First Son, too. The four of us went for lunch, went to a carnival, went for ice cream and had a nice time visiting. I hadn't seen Eldest Son since Christmas, so this was really special. It was a great Mother's Day.

As an added bonus, our landlord/neighbor gifted me with some lilacs cut from the tree in the back yard. It was a lovely way to start the morning.

I didn't cross Coventry off my list, but I have One Good Thing to add instead.

Playing for change

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 328

  1. Again :: Here we go
  2. Shower :: in the
  3. Flirting :: men
  4. Moving on :: moving out
  5. Rachel :: Elizabeth
  6. Chips :: poker
  7. Texting :: messages
  8. Feel better :: get well card
  9. Cashmere :: sweater
  10. Sucked :: (NSFW)

see more mutterings here.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Rhode Island's Independent Spirit


The Independent Man
Originally uploaded by boliyou.

With Maine's governor signing the gay marriage bill into law, Rhode Island is the only remaining state in New England not to either allow or recognize gay marriage.

Rhode Island has a long-standing history of going its own way and stubborn independence. The statue atop the State House is known as the Independent Man. It was the last state to ratify the constitution, and the first to fire on the British.

There have been opposing bills introduced into the legislature, and the fact that every other state in New England has passed gay marriage measures is no guarantee that Lil Rhody will follow suit.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Feel the Force Friday

carrie fisher, princess leia, r2d2



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New t-shirt design from Glennz Tees, via /Film

Star Wars Weekends
Disney's Star Wars Weekend posters, via /film

kirk leia
Trek Wars mash-up. It looks both so wrong and somehow so right.

Boba Fett
Amazing paintings by Christian Waggoner via /film

The 2nd 101

This time I'm not going to erase the ones I change my mind about, or that circumstances make me unable to do. Instead I'll strike them out and put something else on that line.

  1. add one decorating tip from the "RI House" tag
  2. attend church 70 times (1, 2, 3, 4)
  3. attend Gaspee Days DONE
  4. attend one Christmas Eve midnight service DONE
  5. attend one Easter Sunrise Service
  6. become conversant in Spanish  watch every episode of the original Twilight Zone
  7. become conversant in Irish Gaelic visit the Bamn! Automat in NYC
  8. blog 50 "good things": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
  9. bring my lunch to work every day for two weeks DONE
  10. build something out of wood (doesn't matter what.)
  11. buy a new(er) car DONE
  12. create a new weekly photochallenge DONE
  13. check Bear's homework every day 
  14. decoupage the movie towers
  15. eat one homemade salad per week for dinner and lunch for one month
  16. frame more photos to hang in the house DONE
  17. get a canoe DONE
  18. get a hammock DONE
  19. get a new job DONE
  20. get health insurance DONE
  21. get my degree start a new chain community: i {heart} rhody DONE
  22. go canoeing 6 times (7/25/09, 8/7/2010)
  23. go for a 100 mile drive to nowhere, then turn around and come back. Take pictures and write about it
  24. go hiking in the woods
  25. go horseback riding with bear
  26. go meatless for one week
  27. go out on six dates (1, 2, 3)
  28. go to the beach 20 times (6/14/09; 7/11/09; 7/25/09; 8/23/09, 1/1/10)
  29. go to the movies in the theater 5 times: 1-saw Up; 2-saw Inglorious Basterds; 3-saw 2012; 4-saw The Lightning Thief; 5-saw True Grit  DONE
  30. grow and harvest our Halloween pumpkin
  31. grow some type of vegetable that we can harvest and eat DONE (snap peas)
  32. have company over for dinner that I cook myself
  33. have dinner with all five of my children at the same time
  34. learn how to take nighttime photographs
  35. learn the tarot
  36. listen to 100 different works of classical music
  37. lose 30 pounds
  38. make a list of my own Top 100 Movies
  39. make a living will
  40. make a will
  41. make three new friends DONE
  42. memorize the Gettysburg Address
  43. no dirty dishes in the sink for 30 days
  44. no fast food for one month
  45. paint the doors and frames
  46. paint the kitchen
  47. paint the window frame in the bathroom DONE
  48. pay off all my credit cards: Visa1, Visa2, MasterCard, Shell, Monro
  49. pay 25% of my big loan ($3,000)
  50. perform 50 random acts of kindness (1, 2, 3, )
  51. photograph the Unisphere in New York   DONE
  52. pray daily for 1 month pray 100 times (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  53. prepare an emergency kit
  54. put together a good toolbox DONE
  55. quit smoking (again) DONE
  56. read 22 books
  57. read a book outdoors
  58. renew Flickr Pro account  DONE
  59. save $1,000
  60. see a live music concert  DONE
  61. see a live play  DONE
  62. see Boston at Christmastime
  63. see Hamlet live on stage
  64. see the "elephant walk" when the circus comes to town
  65. set up a daily schedule and follow it for 1 month
  66. sell 2 more photos DONE
  67. spend a day with my sisters
  68. start couponing DONE
  69. start "green section" in local library
  70. swap the futon for a day bed  DONE
  71. take 5 days off just for me (you just gotta do this on a regular basis)
  72. take a nap outdoors
  73. take Bear to Boston for a photojourney
  74. take Bear fishing
  75. take part in one political activity
  76. take photographs of churches in Providence
  77. take my grandchildren for a ponyride - or at least to a carousel DONE
  78. take my grandchildren for a weekend DONE
  79. try 6 new recipes: 1, 2,
  80. try one food I’ve decided I won’t like without even tasting it
  81. visit Annapolis
  82. visit Coventry
  83. visit grandchildren in Pennsylvania two times (1,)
  84. visit my grandmother DONE
  85. visit Newport DONE
  86. visit Plymouth
  87. visit Roger Williams Park in all four seasons and take photos
  88. visit the Ames Shovel Shops in Easton, Mass. (now on "most endangered historic sites" list)
  89. visit Mystic, Conn.
  90. visit the Kids Kove playground in Barrington 6 times
  91. volunteer 100 hours (3, 6)
  92. watch 10 sunrises (2 on a beach)
  93. watch all the available film versions of Hamlet
  94. watch both the 1959 and 1925 versions of Ben-Hur back-to-back DONE
  95. watch the movies on the AFI list of greatest movie quotes (I don't have to re-watch movies I saw on my first 101 list unless I want to)
  96. watch Time's 100 best movies (I don't have to re-watch movies I saw on the first list of 101 unless I want to) visit Concord, Mass., the Alcott house and Walden Pond
  97. write 350 pages of collab. book
  98. write a minimum 100 words a day for 2 weeks straight (try for every day)
  99. write on the beach
  100. try a new hairstyle DONE
  101. see the boat burning at Halloween on Long Island

AFI's top 100 quotes movies

See if you can guess the most popular quotes, based off the movies they came from.


2001: A Space Odyssey
42nd Street
A Few Good Men
A League of Their Own
A Streetcar Named Desire
Airplane!
All About Eve
Animal Crackers
Annie Hall
Apocalypse Now
Apollo 13
Auntie Mame
Beyond the Forest
Bonnie and Clyde
Caddyshack
Casablanca
Chinatown
Citizen Kane
Cool Hand Luke
Dead Poets Society
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Harry
Dog Day Afternoon
Dr. No
Dr. Strangelove
Dracula
E.T. the Extraterrestrial
Field of Dreams
Forrest Gump
Frankenstein
Funny Girl
Goldfinger
Gone with the Wind
Grand Hotel
In the Heat of the Night
Jaws
Jerry Maguire
King Kong
Knute Rockne: All American
Little Caesar
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Love Story
Marathon Man
Midnight Cowboy
Mommie Dearest
Moonstruck
National Lampoon's Animal House
Network
Now, Voyager
On Golden Pond
On the Waterfront
Planet of the Apes
Poltergeist
Psycho
Rocky
Scarface
Shane
She Done Him Wrong
Some Like It Hot
Sons of the Desert
Soylent Green
Star Wars
Sudden Impact
Sunset Boulevard
Taxi Driver
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Godfather
The Godfather II
The Graduate
The Jazz Singer
The Maltese Falcon
The Naughty Nineties
The Pride of the Yankees
The Shining
The Silence of the Lambs
The Sixth Sense
The Terminator
The Wizard of Oz
Titanic
To Have and Have Not
Top Gun
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Wall Street
When Harry Met Sally
White Heat
Yankee Doodle Dandy


To read the full list with all the quotes, log onto AFI.com. Since I'm going to be watching the movies, I just pulled out all the duplicates and put them in alphabetical order, which left me with only 87 movies instead of 100.

The second book list

Another 22 books in 1001 days... that's one every 6 weeks, which is a manageable goal. Subject to change.

  1. Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews
  2. The Guinea Pig Diaries, A. J. Jacobs
  3. The last witch of Langenburg : murder in a German village, Thomas Robisheaux
  4. Sleeping Naked is Green, Vanessa Farquharson
  5. An Arsonist's Guide to the Writers' Homes of New England, Brock Clarke
  6. The Annotated Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
  7. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  8. The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx, Stan Kanfer
  9. The Ghost in Love: A Novel, Jonathan Carroll
  10. Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them), Bart D. Ehrman
  11. Salvation in Death, J.D. Robb
  12. Banquo's Ghosts, Richard Lowry
  13. Wondrous Strange, Livingston
  14. The Divine Comedy, Dante
  15. Vision In White, Nora Roberts
  16. Two for the Dough, Janet Evanovich
  17. Drood: A Novel, Dan Simmons
  18. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, A.J. Jacobs
  19. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  20. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe
  21. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  22. The Sheriff of Nottingham, Richard Kluger

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Rhode Island State Building


Rhode Island State Building
Originally uploaded by The Field Museum Library.

The Field Museum has joined Flickr's partners in archiving some 400+ of their photographs online.

This is the Rhode Island State Building from the World Columbian Exhibition.

In memoriam: Dom DeLuise

domhat-500.jpg
photo: DomDeLuise.com

DeLuise was a familiar face, appearing in several Mel Brooks movies, including Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, History of the World Part 1, Silent Movie and others. He worked frequently with Burt Reynolds in Canonball Run and the All Dogs Go to Heaven franchise. According to IMDB, he had a cameo in Horrorween, which is still filming. In recent years he'd made cameos in numerous tv series and movies. He was also a foodie, and wrote cookbooks and hosted cooking shows. He was 75.

What room of the house are you?




You Are the Living Room



You are laid back and casual. You can have fun in almost any situation.

You believe in being easy going. Life's hard enough, and you're not going to make it any harder.

You are sociable and friendly. You welcome almost anyone into your life.

You are completely unpretentious. You prefer living in a comfortable home to living in a showy home.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 327

  1. Avoid :: a hassle
  2. Castle :: Nathan Fillion (he has a new series on ABC called "Castle" that's pretty fun)
  3. Episode :: Five - the best of the Star Wars Episodes
  4. Limited :: edition
  5. Nail polish :: remover
  6. Dip :: pool
  7. Share :: and share alike
  8. Damage :: property
  9. Improper :: advance
  10. Handle :: Tune (as in, he couldn't carry a tune if it had a handle)
see more mutterings here.

Book review: The Last Wife of Henry VIII, Carolly Erickson



I listened to this on CD over the last week. It's hard to say whether the writing is melodramatic, or if that's the reader's style. Even so, it was an intriguing listen. I think Catherine Parr may be the least known of Henry's six wives. She survived Henry and went on to marry Thomas Seymour, a relative of wife #5. For all that happened to her, and the fact that she had a total of four husbands, Catherine's life was short. She died at 37.

This story is written as an autobiography, in the first person, and calling upon recollections. It would be interesting to know which of the details in the story are fabrication or supposition and which are fact.

The author, Carolly Erickson, has several other books out, and I liked this one well enough that I may look for another.

Happy Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you!

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher
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Mellow Yellow Monday 17

effervescent yellow

I shot this in a field a few years ago. I just love the way it looks like bubbles in a green soda bottle. I just wished I'd saved it in a larger file size.

Mellow Yellow Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Drowsy Monkey. Click here to see more yellows.

Ruby Tuesday

pink and red

pink white and red
I'm not sure what kind of bush this is, but I was fascinated to see that it has red, white and pink flowers on it. These are all on the same branch. Crazy.


MaryT/theteach hosts Ruby Tuesdays. See more rubies here.

Mellow Yellow Monday

forsythia
Forsythia blooming on my way to work.

You may have to click on the picture to view the whole thing.

Drowsy Monkey hosts Mellow Yellow Monday. See more yellows here.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Waterfire

Something the Bear and I had been meaning to do is see Providence's Waterfire. We finally did on Friday night. It was quite nice, and interesting. Not a thrill ride, more of a quiet community event.

Waterfire 5/2/09

Waterfire is an art installation. A series of braziers float in the Providence River. These are lighted, all or in part, along with music and other entertainments along the riverfront at various times during the season. 


This time there was classical music and a fire juggler. It was interesting to watch, and took us to a part of the city we've never visited before: the Basin.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge: See the Music

Big Band at Swansea Mall
a swing band plays at the Swansea Mall, Massachusetts, last Christmas

Friday, May 01, 2009

Feel the Force Friday


The Panapet is just one of the six things Miss Cellania thinks looks like the Death Star. I had a blue one when I was a kid.

Oh Noes!
Originally uploaded by powerpig.




Stephen Colbert eats an Ewok.

What color rose are you?



You Believe that Love is Private



When you think of love, you think of building your own little world with someone

In love, you see things as they are. You accept and love your partner's faults.

If you are in love, you want the whole world to know it. You don't hold back with letting people know.

You are somewhat patient in love. You can wait for the right person, but once you have found the right one, you're very impatient.