Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Living Life in the Slow Lane

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." - Psalm 90:12

You'll notice some changes to this blog. I've been praying for months for God to give me a specific theme, a purpose for this goal that goes beyond film and books. I love both of those things, and I'll still share about them sometimes, but I also feel the Lord wants me to share my observations about life from my perspective. The perspective of a homeschooled young woman in her thirties who has deliberately chosen to live a slow life and not get caught in the race to achieve. I hope you'll stick with me during this transition over to something that will bring me fulfillment and I hope will encourage others to slow down, take a deep breath, and just look at the glories of God that surround us every single day. I'm going to start sharing my heart on this blog because that's what God is asking of me.

I like my life. It's good that I can actually say that with conviction and sincerity. It doesn't mean I never have periods of melancholy because I haven't reached certain heights of expectation that I've set for myself. But those are always the moments when God is able to reach me with some new truth about myself.

Do you ever fool yourself into thinking you want something, but you actually want something entirely different?

Take the concept of employment. Women have been "liberated," whatever that is even supposed to mean, and so we're able to hold down jobs and be "independent," again another word I'm not entirely sure has a viable meaning. I'm not discounting women who work. I work full time and enjoy it. I love my coworkers and I love knowing that I'm making a difference because my fingers process money and set up accounts for the Lord. That money goes to release children from poverty in Jesus' name because I work at Compassion International. That's an incredible mission and one I stand behind wholeheartedly.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

What would you have me write?

I've done two things tonight: redesigned my blog template and moved almost all of my MBTI posts to draft.

Regarding the first, it was waaaaaaay past time for a change. I don't like keeping the same blog design forever, but for some reason I felt obligated to keep the last one because I spent money on it. This one only cost me my time, and I love it so I guess you could say the change was definitely worthwhile. I can also promise a Christmas layout as soon as December hits and then a winter theme once January rolls around!

Now, about the second change. I almost never study up on Myers-Briggs stuff anymore. I'm by no means an expert on the subject and I don't want to give people that impression any longer. Plus, I really tire of those being the only popular posts on my blog 90% of the time. So they're gone. Not deleted. I might someday feel differently and decide to republish them, but for now, I want them off my blog so I don't feel like I'm representing myself as something that I'm not.

In other news, I've actually read a collection of short stories by James Thurber over on my other blog Bookshelves & Daydreams. For those of you who are unaware, Thurber wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and since I just watched both movies for that fun blogathon a few weeks ago, I felt I should at least read the short story. Which I now realize is a short story. Try going into a collection of short stories thinking they're a novella. It's preeeeetttty confusing!

Really, you could say there's been some good things and some sad things in my life this past month. My Aunt Janet who I loved very much passed away a few weeks ago. Which is why I wasn't really blogging much this month. And why I didn't participate in the Hamlet read-along over at The Edge of the Precipice. Sorry, Rachel, I totally meant to read with you, but with my aunt's death I lost a lot of motivation to do anything. This set of short stories by Thurber is the first thing I've finished reading in nearly a month and even they took me a good week to finish. It's a good thing I wrote those entries on Walter Mitty and Little Miss Marker a week beforehand or they would have never gotten finished.

On a positive note, my department at Compassion International hired on 25 or so new employees, some temps, some permanent. It was an addition way past due, and I'm very, very happy to have them. Of course, I'm a tad worn out with all the socializing with new people, but so far they're all very nice and upbeat.

What I really mean to say is that life will continue on. I'll start blogging again, although I really would love it if you would give me some post ideas. What do you like hearing about from me? At the moment, giving me ideas is one of the most helpful things you can do. But it is nice to be back with everyone, and with a new blog template to boot!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

How many times can you remake Little Miss Marker?!

Please make sure to check out the They Remade What?! Blogathon.

It's a bit of a shock when you agree to something and then find out after the fact that your library only has 1 in 4 films. Not such a good thing. So I tracked down films 1, 2, and 3 on Amazon for a decent prize, made even more decent with rewards bucks through my credit card. One might call me obsessive and say I could have backed out of this topic, but I really didn't want to, and honestly, I was quite curious about Tony Curtis' film and Shirley Temple's. I only saw Shirley's movie once a long time back, and didn't care for it, so my memories were really sketchy, and my experience with Tony Curtis had been limited to his role in Walter Matthau's Little Miss Marker. How crazy is that, that the dude would get a role in the same movie twice!?

Anyway, I tracked all 4 films down, and did get them all watched, much to my relief and no small amount of pride.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, let's start there.

Sorrowful Jones is a bookie, meaning he takes illegal bets on racehorses. On top of that, Sorrowful is a tightwad if ever there was one. Matthau's film even has the Tony Curtis character telling him that he knows Sorrowful still has the first dime he ever made, which might actually be true. One day, a desperate man walks into his establishment, wanting to place a bet with a marker, meaning a little slip of paper meaning he's good for the money. Sorowful doesn't take markers, but for whatever reason, in some he has a soft heart, in others he has an ulterior motive involving the winning horse, Sorrowful agrees to take the guy's marker. In this case, the marker is his little girl, whose name ranges all over the place. Sorrowful now has the little girl, daddy doesn't come back with the money, and Sorrowful is stuck with her. Softening of heart, protective fatherly instincts, and all of that, kick in, along with all sorts of emotional connection to the female lead, whose name also ranges all over the place.

The only really major variance in plot is the Tony Curtis film, 40 Pounds of Trouble, from 1962. This one is about a casino manager in Las Vegas named Steve McCluskey who's slightly on the lam from California so he can avoid paying alimony to his ex-wife. A guy in the casino loses a bundle, heads back to California to get it, never comes back, and good, old Steve realizes that the guy's daughter has been left behind.

Such are the plot main points.

Now, to examine the films under individual topics: Sorrowful Jones, The Kid/Doll/Marky/whatever, thoughts on the plot, and then my final thoughts.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Danny Kaye or Ben Stiller? - A Duel of Walter Mitty!

Danny Kaye has been a favorite actor of mine since the first time I saw White Christmas when I was somewhere around 5-years-old. I love this man for his absolute skill at being slapstick silly and being so absurdly adorable while doing it.

So I leaped at the opportunity to write a comparison post for Danny's version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty from 1947 and the Ben Stiller version of 2013 for the "They Remade What?!" Blogathon.

Being objective, however, is going to be a struggle since I've not even seen the remake yet, and love the original. Ben Stiller and I are not buddies. I've seen, oh, maybe 4 of his movies throughout my life and been unimpressed by all of them, mainly because he's in them. But I don't want to be unfair to him and so I am giving him a sporting chance to impress me with his remake of a well-loved classic film. So I'm going to write about the original film first, which I just watched, and then give the remake a shot in the 2nd half of this post (watching it for the very first time!).

Instead, let's begin with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the 1947 version. Danny Kaye's Mitty works for Pierce Publishing in New York City as a proof reader and spends the better part of his days imaging himself in various scenarios. He's the captain of a ship carrying Indian spices who's in danger of going down in a whopper of a storm. He's a riverboat gambler in the Deep South, or a World War II flying ace for England, or a western gunslinger set out to save his lady love, or even a world-renowned surgeon. You name it, he's imagined it, and always with the same beautiful blonde by his side.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Magical Realism in Femnista (Sept/Oct 2015)

I can hardly believe it's time for Femnista again. This particular issue is a delightful rendering of all things dealing with Magical Realism. What is magical realism? You'll just have to read this issue and find out!

My favorite article is by far the one by Elora Shore entitled Cowardly and Courageous, a moving tribute to Dustfinger, one of my favorite literary characters created by Cornelia Funke. Hats off to Elora for such an excellent article.

Article topics are: A Snicker of Magic, Teen Wolf, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Fisher King, Mithermage, Severus Snape, Winter’s Tale, Dustfinger, The Vampire Diarie

May you enjoy reading it and please share it with your friends! Self-publication only works if people support your efforts!

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