Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Well, I did this backwards. I watched the movie first - it was interesting, and Jeff Bridges did a good job portraying Jon Katz, however, since it is only "based" on the book, there are a bunch of inaccurate scenes in the movie.
The book is one of the few Jon Katz books that I had not read, so as soon as I watched the movie, I placed a hold on the book at the library, plus the other 3 books of Jon's that I had not read.
According to the movie, Jon is having writer's block, not so in the book. Jeff Bridges is good to look at, Jon is attractive in his own way, however, Jon suffers from a leg problem - which is mentioned in the book ( A Dog Year) - when he takes Devon and Homer to the sheepherder's farm he has a brace on one leg- this is not even considered in the movie, which I think is a major negative point for the movie. The scene only involves Devon, another inaccuracy of the movie. This makes what Jon did in real life with Devon and Homer even more remarkable.
It took me about 3 hours to read the book, and when I am finished reading my current book, I shall take on the other 3 books of Jon's. His writing is enjoyable, and easy to get caught up in. I learned alot about Border Collies.
As an footnote, the day after I finished reading "A Dog Year", I was working at the circ desk, when a patron came in to return books. This was one of those "do-do-do-do" twilight zone theme moments. We started chatting, she mentioned that her family was considering a new dog, as they had to have their dog put down recently. Naturally, I asked her what kind, she stated "Border Collie", well having just read about Border Collies, I said that might not be a good choice unless you have lots of room and something for it to "herd", she told me that I was the third person to tell her that. We were discussing the book, when one of my co-workers brought up a book, she had found lying on a table, to place in the book drop -"BORDER COLLIES". The patron and I just looked at each other!
Well, I hope you will consider reading Jon Katz's books on all his dogs. They are really enjoyable.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Several years ago, while visiting our best friends in Hilo, Hawaii, we were introduced to the group Hapa.
Last Friday (8-5-11) Hapa appeared at the Lincoln Theater in Mt. Vernon, Washington, their second appearance in Mt. Vernon due to the Northwest Hawaii Ohana society in Bellingham, Washington. This was the third concert we have attended.
Sadly, we learned of Charles' death in July of this year (2011). Charles was a "Master Chanter" of the Hawaiian musical arena. We were fortunate to have been able to heard him. The world is a sadder place due to his passing. He had a great sense of humor.
Barry plays slack key guitar, an invention of Hawaiian musicians. Ron and Barry have a beautiful blend of voices.
Hope that you will investigate them on the net, possibly discover their music, also look up Charles Ka'upu.
Aloha, Charles, rest in peace.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Let's see, as usual I was listening to NPR - not once, not twice, but three times David McCullough was being interviewed on various programs about his new book "Greater Journey, Americans in Paris". Typically, this interested me greatly....... I have never read anything by Mr. Mccullough before, however, the subject of this book was absolutely fascinating..... Naturally, I couldn't wait for the library to purchase and be in the hold line for this one, "hot-footed" it right down to our local bookstore (Snowgoose) and purchased it. One of the best purchases this year.
James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F.B. Morse, good friends, also ventured to Paris, Cooper to further his writing and Morse to study art- he had hoped to become America's foremost artist, yet while he was there he observed something that brought forth his greatest feat - the telegraph and Morse code.
Mary Cassatt ventured to Paris with her family, and was the ONLY American to be "invited" into the impressionistic group of painters, only one of two women.
Elihu Washburne was appointed the "Minister" to Paris from America, his work helped saved countless lives during the Siege of Paris.
However, my very favorite story is that of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American born of a French father, and Irish mother, he was born to hard working immigrants. At the age of 13 his father announced that it was time for Augustus to go to work, and he was apprentice to Louis Avet, A French cameo carver. With this work under his belt, he went to Paris at the age of 19 to begin a new life in "carving", he turned his talents to sculpture. The piece that has most intrigued me from his story is the "Sherman Monument (with Victory)" it stands at the entrance to Central Park at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. I would love to go to NYC just to see this piece of work. There is a color photo in the book of this monument - General Sherman "sat" for Augustus several times for a bust, so the face is highly accurate.
Please consider this book. It reads like a novel, the people are fascinating, and all the history one will learn.