Seen, heard and read lately

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Well thank f***, it’s finally started feeling like fall. The leaves are finally changing (better late than never), the weather is turning gross, Halloween is looming…. And scary movies are on tv. What’s better than that??! (Just don’t say Christmas.)

Seen:

-The Alias Grace mini series. (See below.)

-Dracula films on Sunday nights this month starring Christopher Lee. Campy at times with tons of bright red (fake) blood, but they are awesome.

-A demonstration of how Medieval people walked. Sounds like a drag, but it’s actually quite interesting. Apparently humans (depending on the region, that is) have gotten lazy at walking properly  over the last Millenia.

The most beautiful thing to grace the Internet over the weekend. However, I did find out that this was created in August, so it’s been around for a bit. Also, I thought this was sung by Frank Sinatra, but nope! It’s actually sung by Matt Monro.

Heard:

-I’m still kind of on a Jesus Christ Superstar kick, so I’ve been coming back to this and this as of late. (And holy smokes, I never thought I’d be admiring how hot a singing voice Jesus has.)

-The Carpenters’ “We’ve only Just Begun”. It randomly popped up in my recommended videos on Youtube a while back, and then I heard it on the radio in the car.

Read:

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood. So good! I only wish I could write as compellingly as Atwood can. I thought it would be dark and depressing (which it was at times) like The Handmaid’s Tale, but it had its happy moments, and it ended on a good note. I was watching the tv series along with it, and I was not disappointed with it either. Now I am finished, and once again without a compelling book to read. Hmm.

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“… Illusions of someday, casting a golden light”

I can’t say that I was ever a fan of the Tragically Hip. Proud Canadian I am, but never one to listen to their music.

I’ve heard their songs on the radio for years, but they never fully resonated with me. At least, not until last year, through the tragic circumstances of Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis. But isn’t that always the case? Only through these kind of situations do we really start to understand a person. Once I started to learn more about Gord Downie and who he was, the more I could see how much of an influence and impact he had on Canadian culture. And with the incredible things he accomplished this past year on borrowed time, especially with his work on The Hidden Path (while bringing to light a dark subject about Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal children) it says a lot about who he was as a person. 

The song Ahead by a Century has a lot more meaning to me now for some reason. I don’t know if it’s because the lyrics strike a chord (so to speak) with me as a person today, or if it’s just because of Downie’s impact, but either way it’s something special. There’s a quote floating around somewhere that Downie was to have said, about creating music to bring people together.

This Choir Choir Choir! clip, although a few years old now, is a perfect example. (PS: No one can put together a musical tribute better than them.)

Thursday rambles

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Throw back to four years ago when I went on a photo assignment to Todmorden Mills as a journalism student
  • It actually and finally feels like October.
  • Gosh, I love this month.
  • What a glorious time of the year.
  • Minus the rain and gloom.
  • Which makes everything so much more colourful.
  • Lots of things happen in the fall.
  • Steeped in nostalgia.
  • Even more so than the summer.
  • Time to buy some candles.
  • Who am I kidding? I never buy candles.
  • But it’s tempting to start.
  • In other news, Twitter depresses me.
  • Why do I have it again?
  • Oh, to live tweet classic movies.
  • And to shake my head at whatever stupid thing POTUS is doing/saying next.
  • But mainly to tweet about classic movies.
  • About the only thing worth keeping Twitter for.
  • Almost.
  • Speaking of classic movies, I finally watched Cat People last night on TCM.
  • It’s got an excellent creep factor, and the camera shots are phenomenal.
  • Like this scene.
  • Which in turn, reminds me of this scene. (Totally different movie, by the way, but it’s great.)
  • I was, however, hoping for more… Cat people.
  • Also, I love the 1940s-ness about it.
  • But that comes as little surprise.
  • The more news I hear coming out of Hollywood, the more messed up I find it really to be.
  • It’s always been a messed up business, but ugh.
  • Nor is it shocking to hear about gross pervs using their privilege and power against actors.
  • Harvey Weinstein was one, and there are certainly more to follow.
  • I hope more women (and men) speak up about this.
  • Because the silence that once ensured these men protection and the preservation of their good name no longer exists.
  • I appreciate what Rose Marie had to say.

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  • Young Kurt Russell was a babe.
  • And he still is a babe.
  • Sorry, just taking a Pinterest break.
  • An excellent diversion, because I’m done thinking about this Weinstein crap.
  • Pinterest is a good escape from reality when youtube doesn’t cut it.
  • Ellen DeGeneres tickets.
  • 12 Days of Giveaways.
  • I always thought you had to get tickets waaaaay in advance, but apparently not?
  • I guess I know what I’ll be doing in the next few weeks.
  • Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
  • In other words, don’t let the bastards grind you down.
  • Thanks, Handmaid’s Tale.

28

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Beautiful birthday flowers

As of last week, I turned 28. It passed with little fanfare.

For one thing, it was on a Tuesday, and usually weekday birthdays aren’t that spectacular. (In my experience, anyway.) The second thing is that my sister and her tots were flying home to Australia after their three month long stay, so nothing was planned in advance because of the kerfuffle. The third thing: I’m a boring person.

That being said, I still got a red velvet birthday cake!  I don’t often go for red velvet, but this one was a surprising delight.

27 was an interesting year. I learned a lot, read lots, wrote… Some. (But still need to write more.) And of course, it goes without saying that I danced plenty. I had a few successes, along with a few failures. I learned to push myself harder in my dancing, but not enough. Those kinds of times aren’t always easy to deal with, but I’ve come to discover (yet again) nothing good comes without hard work involved. Or making mistakes, for that matter.

The nice thing about getting older–believe it or not, there are some nice things–is being able to come away with more wisdom than you had the year before. I like the fact that I’m getting better at things that I wasn’t so great at before, and that I’m constantly evolving and learning more about myself.

I’m not worried about getting closer to 30; I don’t know if it’s because 30 is considered the new 20 (probably not) or whether it’s a general shift in perception, but the idea is almost liberating. The thought of being free from the tangled fishing line that was my 20s certainly is appealing. (Probably given the fact that I like to imagine I will be a fully independent person by that point. Hopefully.)

Anyhow, that’s still two years off. In the mean time, I’m continuing to improve myself, and push myself a little further outside my comfort zone. So maybe…. Just maybe… By the time I turn 30, I’ll have an exciting birthday planned.

 

I included this song because I’ve been really diggin’ it lately.

Thoughts on an autumn equinox Friday

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I only wish the weather matched this picture.
  • I celebrate this first day of fall by drinking–not a pumpkin spiced-coffee drink as one might think–but an Ice Cappuccino.
  • It’s almost 30 degrees outside, and I’m appalled.
  • But at the same time, still being able to wear shorts is glorious.
  • But I’m ready for cooler weather.
  • Like, really.
  • Now my Ice Cap has made me feel chilled.
  • And you know what other season it’s almost time for?
  • Sweater weather.
  • No.
  • Well yes, but not that.
  • Libra season!!!
  • The next best thing after Valentine’s Day.
  • Good thing Valentine’s Day isn’t in the fall.
  • Librans would go love-crazy.
  • And in turn make everyone else crazy.
  • But it would be beautiful, no?
  • “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.”
  • Thank you, fellow Libra John Lennon.
  • We live in uncertain and scary times, but at the very least, there still is love.
  • And kindness.
  • You don’t often hear or see it in the news, but it’s there.
  • There’s no easy way of stepping around the current events happening in the world, but as Mr. Rogers said, look for the helpers.
  • Thinking about this makes me feel better about humans.
  • We may be wreaking havoc on the planet, but at the very least there are people trying to change things.
  • Did you know spiders have tiny, fuzzy lil paws?
  • I bet you wish you didn’t know now.
  • Sorry, arachnophobes.
  • But oh my, they could almost be considered cute.
  • I must sign off here, because I have to make dinner.
  • Something with chicken, if you must know.
  • I leave you with my theme for September, courtesy of Donavan.

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Seen, heard, and read lately

Seen

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Enjoying the last of the summer’s hydrangeas

It’s fall, y’all! Well, almost. It doesn’t feel like it at present, because it’s still hanging in the mid-twenties (very summer-like), but we shall get there! It can’t come soon enough, because I want the weather to be cool so I can switch up my wardrobe lineup.

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-Sometimes those “On this day” flashbacks on Facebook can be not-always-so-pleasant reminders of things we said and felt at the time… Because, youth. This one, however, is not one of them. I remember this fondly and is one of my favourite statuses I put up, because the umbrella incident itself was so comical. (Also, I miss living university life in Halifax. In some ways more than others.) If you’ve ever lived in Halifax, or any coastal/windy city, you tend to go through an obscene number of umbrellas.

-Jane Goodall thinks we still have time to save the planet, and I therefore believe in Jane Goodall.

-Pumpkin spice… It’s baaaaack. (Martha Stewart, however, thinks it’s for basic bitches.)

As for this Drunk History clip… I just found it really funny.

Heard

A Long Walk, by Jill Scott. Some of the best songs you hear are while you’re driving in the car, as I did with this song.

Never forget you, The Noisettes

Read/reading

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. Never read it as a kid, but I’m interested in seeing the movie, so I figured why not? (But the movie’s not out til next year!!!) I think it would have had a greater effect on me if I had read it earlier on, but still it’s a good read.

Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood. Oooh, I’m in for a page turner. May have to check out the tv adaptation. (also, speaking of Margaret Atwood, I had a weird Handmaid’s Tale-like dream last night???)

A Vindication of the Right’s of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft. I studied a passage or two from this in university, but I saw this at the same time I found Alias Grace, so I picked it up as well. While it’s a good item to have to read and include on my bookshelf and has some good points in it, I also realize that it was written by a white English woman for white women at the time. Wollstonecraft’s feminist viewpoint comes from a very privileged position, given that black women and other women of colour at the time were not allowed the opportunity to express their own views on the subject. Which leads me to this statement: Intersectional. Feminism. Matters! Having said that, I think her work is still something we can learn from today.

And that’s a wrap, good people! Until next time…

Blessings be upon you with this image of Oprah from A Wrinkle in Time.

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