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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Seen and heard lately

Peeps, it’s been a long and tiring summer. In terms of news (which is bordering on ridiculous), and for me in terms of the visitors my family has had. Little children, am I right?

Summer’s been good, other wise, but it’s almost over :/ Kind of sorry to see it go, but… Autumn.

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-If you’ve haven’t been reading/hearing the news lately, perhaps you know about the upcoming solar eclipse. Wear special glasses while viewing! I for one, will not be watching. A) because I will not be in the right location to watch it happen, and B) I can’t be bothered.

-Lana Turner does her job… blindfolded. Obviously practiced, but I’m impressed never the less. (And now I’ve got a craving for a banana split sundae.)

-Game of Thrones. I don’t even watch it yet it is everywhere. For fudge’ sake people, calm down.

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Why yes, I would be delighted to skate with you Mr. Grant.

-Summer Under the Stars on TCM. I’ve been enjoying seeing a day dedicated to a particular actor. Like… Cary Grant.

Unpopular opinion: I like this version better than Bonnie Tyler’s.

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Seen and heard and read this month

Hot diggity, it’s already the end of June! Now, I usually can’t get over how quickly the month goes by, but this was lightening fast. So, what’s been happening? Let’s recap…

Seen:

-The Tony Awards. I’m not as familiar with the Tonys as I am the Oscars, but it was a fun watch.

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Taken on a visit to a local nursery

 

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Reading early 20th century headlines prove to be the best kind of headlines.

I found this oddly amusing.

Heard:

The Myst (remember that game??) OST. Despite not having any clue as to what I was doing, I loved playing it as a kid. My favourite track starts at around 6:30.

-Music from the Handmaid’s Tale series. I can’t say enough about the series, and the musical tracks they include just make it even better.

Read:

Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows. Man, she’s goooood. When I was reading its prequel Lady Midnight, I didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters (perhaps from being hung up on the other set in her previous books), but after reading this book I warmed to them more.

 

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Seen, heard, and read this month

Taking a slight detour from my movie-blogging marathon… Sort of.

Seen:

-Everything/anything about my favourite/least favourite movies. I’ll tell you, this challenge really got me thinking about my life choices.

-Creature feature movies on TCM Thursday nights. Think Godzilla, Them!, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Many of them hilariously awful.

-The Handmaid’s Tale series. I know I should probably have read the book first, but I couldn’t help it, with all the hype it’s gotten. It’s very good, and very eery.

A fun Star Wars take on the Moana song.

12 things to keep in mind when a terrorist attack happens.

Heard:

Read/reading:

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. Oh boy. If you write a WWII romance/mystery involving a hunky American pilot, and link it to present day through old letters, you have me hooked. It was kind of sad in some parts, but I liked it anyway.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Just barely into it, but I think it’s going to be a good read. I trust in Cassandra Clare.

Seen and heard this month

Seen:

-The spring season in its early glory in my neighbourhood. I’ve been taking pictures mostly from my phone these days, but I really have to break out my good camera if I want the more superb shots.

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Anne and Gilbert, those adorable little imps from the new tv adaptation. My feelings about the show? OH, I JUST LOVE THE WHOLE DAMN THING. Really, I think they’ve done practically everything right with this new adaptation, and it is perfect for today’s generation. And now that the season finale is coming up I won’t know what to do with myself. (Like I’ve said after many a tv show.)

-By fate or silly coincidence, I happened to turn on TCM last Easter weekend to this very scene from Godspell (the movie/musical). I have never seen it before, and have no idea what the hell heck is going on, but it sure is catchy. (Also… Um, hi Victor Garbor?!)

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Whoops, wrong end.

HOLY SPACE. Blows my mind every time we go somewhere no person has gone than before.

This artist is so, so good at conveying what we all feel and think of the life experience.

Heard:

-Before last week, I had no idea someone sang Respect before Aretha Franklin did. Well, now I know why: she owns it. (Figuratively, and probably literally.) And now I’ve got to listen to it again.

 

Seen, heard and read this month

SEEN:

Good movie! Makes me feel better about my own singing.

Mrs. Henderson Presents. The musical production, that is! Unfortunately, I thought it to be meh. I think I would have preferred watching Judi Dench in the title role.

-The latest Anne of Green Gables series! Gotta say, they’ve certainly added some new elements to it.

-A new hat…!!! (Slightly out of season now that the weather’s warming up, but ah well. Feminism!)

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Getting some major Ranger Camp flashbacks while going through old pictures

HEARD:

-A joke that English lit nerds will get:

Doctor: “Sir/madam, I’m afraid you have onomatopoeia.”

Patient: “Oh no! What is it??”

Doctor: “It’s exactly as it sounds.”

-Some groovy music.

A poem I heard over the radio On World Poetry Day.

READ:

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Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. Is love too strong a word to describe how I felt about this series? The old timey pictures first drew me in, and I’ve stuck with it since the beginning. I don’t think I’ve gone through a book so fast for quite some time. (IT WAS THE CHARACTERS.) Now it’s finished, I’m bummed, and what am I to read to next?

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Seen and heard and read this month

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It was so warm this past weekend I almost could have gone without a scarf. But didn’t.

SEEN:

  • What can the musical Cabaret teach us about today’s society? More than you might guess.
  •  It goes without saying: tissues upon tissues upon tissues. More so than usual.
  • Snow. And then, melting snow.
  • Jack Reacher: NEVER GO BACK. I’m not one for action movies, but I gotta say this was pretty good.
  • The sun! Finally!
  • Valentine’s Day…. Stuff.
  • The Trudeau-Trump meeting. Just… Yeeuugh.
  • Anything with Trump just… Yeeeeuuugh.

HEARD:

  • Whatever crap that comes out of the POTUS’ office, ho hum….
  • Stuff about the latest great new Netflix series. This time, it’s Riverdale based on the Archie comics. (AND I STILL DON’T HAVE NETFLIX.)
  • A particularly lovely story (first half) from Canada’s story-teller, Stuart McLean (of the Vinyl Cafe), who sadly passed away last week. I used to listen to his radio show when I was living away at university, and in the years afterward; his stories were always funny and touching, and a comfort to listen to.

READ/READING:

  • Finally half way finished with this book! After three years of stopping and re-reading. I’ve stopped again, but I’ll finish it sooner or later.
  • The English Patient. So far, it seems to be a good read, but I’m on the fence about whether I’m liking it or not.
  • A Dangerous Inheritance. Only a few chapters in, but I am most certainly intrigued.

 

Lastly, thinking about this quote:

“It’s funny these trips we take: to beaches and cottages, to mountains and lakes, and sometimes to the highways, to the place between places. We leave the things that we love, the things that are familiar to us, and trade them for the new and the different. City folks like me often head to the country; country folks are often city bound. We see things big and small, old and new and we collide with one another. We come together as strangers, and, if we’re lucky, learn over and over how much we are connected to one another; how even, in our differences, we are the same, and how, when we consider it, how safe the world usually is. Full of people, just like us who are trying their best to do the right thing, and be their best self.”

Stuart McLean, the Vinyl Cafe, September 2010