Friday, November 25, 2016

Quote of the day------Goodreads

Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card.

Marc Brown

Marc Brown (born November 25, 1946) created the bestselling children’s book series Arthur, which follows the adventures of an eight-year-old anthropomorphic aardvark and his friends. An Emmy-winning animated TV series has been just as successful, with celebrity voices by Neil Gaiman, Yo-Yo Ma, Larry King, and more. 

Happy Birthday, and thank you Marc, for promoting library cards!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Genius, a film

Genius, a film starring Colin Firth as Maxwell Perkins, and Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe.

Set during the 1920's - so there was NO bad language in this film, how refreshing.

Jude portrays Thomas very well indeed, as did Colin as the world renowned editor Max, who "discovered" both Ernest Hemingway, and F.Scott Fitzgerald.

Thomas Wolfe had been turned down by numerous publishing houses, until his 5,000 manuscript is read by Max.  Over the course of this film Max and Thomas become "friends". Max is a thorough editor, and Thomas is a good "student" in learning how to self edit.  

Thomas wrote only 2 books.

Well worth watching,

Friday, November 18, 2016

Froma Harrop editorial 11-18-16

Froma's editorial concerning Facebook, or not, 11-18-16, is very thoughtful, and is exactly why I do not use Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg has created a monster, or perhaps, it is just that those who are addicted to Facebook lack common sense about what they say.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Poetic Justice Indeed!

Patriots' fans are bemoaning the fact that their game was lost in the same way that our Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl in 2014 to the Patriots.

Duh, do you think that the coach and Brady were in some sort of haze?

Seattle Seahawks Victory over New England Patriots!!!!!!!!!!

GOOD Win Seahawks!!!!!! Those poor Patriots didn't know what they were up against!!!!!!

Good Job Sherman!!!!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Do We need a New National Anthem?

Some of my co-workers have suggested that maybe our country needs a New National Anthem, hmmmm perhaps Abba's
        Money, Money, Money 

The other suggestion was Benny Hill's theme song

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Aaron Sorkin's letter to his daughters

Aaron Sorkin’s defiant letter to his daughter on Trump's win goes viral

Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning script-writer for shows like “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom,” wrote an extremely personal message to the women in his life on Wednesday, following Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Sorkin penned a letter to his 15-year-old daughter, Roxy, and her mother, Julia, which he shared with Vanity Fair.
He began the message by acknowledging the presidential election results, saying, “Well, the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it -- this is truly horrible.”
  • He went on to call the president-elect “a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn.”
Sorkin also made note of Trump’s outspoken followers, writing, “The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic deleted  everywhere.”
“We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world,” he continued.
But then the dad addressed ways to move forward both on a personal level and as a nation.
“First of all, we remember that we’re not alone. A hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do,” he wrote. “Second, we get out of bed. The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, ‘coastal elites,’ educated, socially progressive, Hollywood...) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you. Here’s what we’ll do... we’ll deleted. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless.”
He went on to acknowledge his own privilege and noted that he plans to use it to help others.
“Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency, so we fight for the families that aren’t,” he wrote. “We fight for a woman to keep her right to choose. We fight for the First Amendment and we fight mostly for equality -- not for a guarantee of equal outcomes but for equal opportunities. We stand up.”

Sorkin concluded, “America didn’t stop being America last night, and we didn’t stop being American. And here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always -- always -- been followed by our finest hours.”
The note ended with one last message to his daughter, saying, “Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.”

Quote of the Day-----Goodreads

It is my belief that books are living things.... And as living things, they need to be protected.

Holly Black

Holly Black (born November 10, 1971) is a bestselling author of fantasy fiction for children and teens, including the Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, and the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi). In 2008, the Spiderwick Chronicles was adapted into a film.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Quote of the Day---Goodreads

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan (born November 9, 1934) popularized science—especially astronomy—for millions of people through his writing and his PBS series, Cosmos. His book of the same name was a bestseller, while his sci-fi novel Contact was adapted into a successful film. His nonfiction work on the evolution of human intelligence, The Dragons of Eden, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Quote of the Day------Goodreads Happy Election Day 11-8-16

Once a president gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

It's Election Day! Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, with bestselling biographies that illuminate the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Lyndon Johnson, and others. At age 24 she served as a White House Fellow, working directly with Johnson. Presidential politics run in the family: She’s married to Richard N. Goodwin, a former political adviser and White House speechwriter. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Eve of Destruction

Listening to a great "Oldies" station, and the song from the past
        "Eve Of Destruction" 
played......   Listening to the lyrics, it struck me that if Trashmouth wins, we just may be on the Eve of Destruction!!!!!!!

Quote of the Day-----Goodreads

Claim your space. Draw a circle of light around it. Push back against the dark. Don't just survive. Celebrate.

Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier (born November 4, 1950) is the bestselling author of Nightwoods, Thirteen Moons, and Cold Mountain—the last not only won a National Book Award but was adapted into a 2003 film starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and RenĂ©e Zelwegger (who won an Oscar for her role). Frazier's native North Carolina has served as inspiration for his historical novels; in fact, the story goes that his wife persuaded him to quit his teaching job at North Carolina State University to write full-time, which resulted in the publication of Cold Mountain.