Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The house of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord MA

The house of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord MA
Originally uploaded by pablo.sanchez

Emerson lived in this house from 1835 to 1882 and here is a quote of his that I like.

"We do not live an equal life, but one of contrast and patchwork; now a little joy, then a little sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action."
When I was a child my uncle gave me some old editions of books written by Emerson and I have admired his writing and his character ever since. Emerson lived from 1803 to 1882.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Favorite Movies

Just for fun let's share our favorite movies.
I think you can build a bit of a picture of someone by knowing their favorite movies, tv shows, or books.
Here is a list of my favs.

The Way  Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
The Passion Mel Gibson
Silver Linings Playbook
The Mighty Wind, also Best in Show, great ensemble cast and director
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Midnight in Paris
Sea Biscuit
African Queen
Blind Side
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Thin Man, the whole series with Nick and Nora Charles and dog
Bringing Up Baby
Lost Boys
Never Ending Story
Master and Commander

Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis
and thanks to Laurie's comment, I am adding Christmas Story (the young boy wanted a Red Rider rifle). I also add The King's Speech.

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Happy List Part One

On June 11 Lavender Dreamer posted her Happy List, and I like the idea. See her list here
Of course, my list is potentially so long I could do a happy list for very many posts, ha ha, so that's why I call this part one.

You could probably guess that any pretty flower is on my list, and also any fragrant flower. The flowers in the vase are Canterbury Bells I grew. They typically have flowers the second year so we learn patience as we wait. This blue color is my favorite, they also come in white and pale pink.

Delicious veggies that grow in my garden.

Any of thousands of books and authors. I recently bought and read Rhys Bowen's "Her Royal Spyness" which has an upbeat heroine, Georgie, 34th in line to the British throne.

Horses. They are so graceful and often are so kind. The book "Horse Heaven" conveys a horse's thoughts quite well, I think.

Let me know if you decide to post a Happy List so I will be sure to visit and read it.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Abraham Lincoln and Happy Birthday America

July 4 2010 Chapel Hill Fireworks (52)
Originally uploaded by tommaync

Thinking about July 4 here is Abraham Lincoln, from his First Inaugural Address.
“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.” – Abraham Lincoln
My husband and I watched "Lincoln", starring Daniel Day-Lewis in a tour de force performance, which is what he often does, and I give this movie a 10 out of 10. I listened to each word, it was that engrossing. It also reminded me that all the political dysfunction today by our President, Congressmen and Senators was occurring then too, so maybe there is hope after all.