Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Which is your favorite movie?

There have been many, many movies that I've enjoyed, and I enjoy all kinds.

I like movies that take me places I've never been. I hate to admit it, but I like movies that make me cry, but I don't like people seeing me cry, so I prefer to watch those alone. Which movies have made me cry? "Julie and Julia". (I think that's the way the title goes.) What made me cry? When Julia Childs receives the manuscript of her first book. I could feel the joy she felt. I loved it.  Another one: "Letters to Juliette". Yes, I'm a bit of a romantic. I love damsels who fall in love, think they've been jilted, then discover they haven't been (or something like that).

But I'm more serious than that at heart. My two favorite movies of all time are "Papillon" and the "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". Choosing the absolute best one, I think I have to go with "Papillon" because of the locale. When he is put on Devil's Island, it was like a mystery, an oasis; he was like a monk on a Greek island. And the escape was brilliant.

So, which is your favorite movie, and why?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Which is your favorite city in the world?

Choosing between Boston and Paris is a struggle, but Paris wins out. Paris is a labyrinth of memories. Not only those of millions of people over a thousand or more years, but also my own. The streets of Paris are a labyrinth that I've walked through and memorized without realizing it. The memories pour out of the buildings, the statues, the monuments, and the imagination. I remember Paris for many reasons, but perhaps the best is that it touched my soul.

Which is your favorite city in the world? (140 words or less, or thereabouts is good enough.)

Which is your favorite...?

I've decided to start a series called "Which is your favorite...?" I will tell you which my favorite is, and hope you will tell me which your favorite is and why.  The "...and why" is important too. I want to know what you feel and think and admire about your favorite. It can be a tall order, but it has to be expressed in 140 words or less (I believe that's the limit of characters for Twitter).You can also include photos and illustrations. I hope you'll play along.

I came up with this idea from reading a post by Valentina Hepburn in which we discussed London. It made me think about which is my favorite city in the world.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tanya, thank you

I've had the honor of receiving two awards from my blogging friend Tanya Reimer  Tanya and I have followed each other almost from the beginning and I've learned a lot from her about how to work the blog (like add these pictures, and add links). So any versitility and sweetness comes from her.

One of the conditions of accepting this award is that I have to link back to her blog, which I've done. Another condition is that I reveal seven things about myself. So, here goes (I'll leave the good stuff for my memoirs):
1. I've been married thirty-seven years.
2. I'm a slow reader.
3. I love blogging.
4. I wonder if I'll ever get my writing published in the traditional way.
5. Less than a year ago, I didn't even know what a blog was.
6. I have a Kindle.
7. I have three wonderful daughters and three wonderful grandchildren.

The final condition is that I pass these awards along to five other bloggers: Elizabeth Varadan is an outstanding book reviewer and writer of her travels in Spain. Juliana L. Brandt has an interesting take on life. R. C. Lewis is a star in the universe. Jolene Perry is an up-and-coming YA writer. Ann Best is the best memoirest.

And there you have it--a list of sweet and versatile bloggers.