No – I did not die of the CCP Virus/COVID-19. Yes – I realize I missed too many weeks to count. (Mr. Spock tells me it’s been eleven weeks – thank you, Mr. Spock, what would I do without you?) And I cannot express how sorry I am to have missed interacting with you all as well as my Darling Project. Suffice it to say it’s been a rough several months and I found myself in an unforeseen yet extended writing (and unfortunately, reading) slump. But, lo and behold! I’m out of the mire and back for good. I shall send a Very Grateful Thank You to all of you – who have been and are so gracious and forgiving and encouraging and taking the time to read this. Take all the virtual coffee/tea/Oreo cookies/barbecue chips/pizza/Insert-Your-Favorite-Food you want.
Lessons From The Mire:
- DUNE is literally the most difficult book I’ve tried to review (note the word tried). After trying to cover all my rather undetermined thoughts on it I decided to take a long break.
- I personally experienced an Astonishing (to me) Act of Kindness when an anonymous man gave me and my co-workers $50 each in an envelope labelled “From Jesus” in red next to a cross. Take note that this person did not dress especially “upper-end.” My thoughts: “he must have worked hard for this money,” “why did he gave us a total of $150?” “mental note to self – do this for someone someday” “How I wish I could have gave it back to him and let him know I really don’t need it but perhaps he can give it to someone else who does?”
- Needless to say, it was a First for me.
- Musicals are amazing. I’m forever indebted to The Story Sponge for her recommendations and introducing me to them.
- Music is amazing in general. And singing makes the heart soar. Vocal training is difficult and it’s not pretty while in process, but I’m working on it, after five plus years of dropping it. I thank the YouTube channel New York Vocal Coaching and Justin Stoney for his short/accessible/brilliantly done online videos – go check it out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcxo5COqhVc84JYS_bRdLyg
- Gene Kelly is THE GUY when it comes to dancing. I saw Singin’ in the Rain – everyone was great in it of course, but I was speechless at Kelly’s ability, and I died laughing while watching Donald O’Connor’s “Make ‘Em Laugh.” I think I like Kelly more than Fred Astair’s in Holliday Inn.
- I have it on my list to watch more MGM and R&H musicals.
My favorites are towards the top. This is currently just a bare bones list since I’m short on time. I intend to insert more information next week. 🙂
Gold List – Here Be the Best
- John Adams
- Johnny Tremain
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- The Patriot
- And I can’t resist – Captain America: The First Avenger
These almost made it to the top, but not quite simply because I had to make a cut-off point.
- America – Imagine The World Without Her
- Band of Brothers
- Sergeant York
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Saving Private Ryan
- Gods and Generals and Gettysburg
The following are in no particular order.
Group A of Honorable Mentions
- Red Dawn (the 2012 version starring Chris Hemsworth please, thank you)
- Top Gun
- Pearl Harbor
- Air Force One
- Independence Day (the original only – I disown the “sequel”)
- Forrest Gump
Group B of Honorable Mentions
I have not yet watched these but wish to someday.
- Hamilton the Musical (I’m not really very sold out on this one yet, but thought I’d mention it)
- National Treasure
- Yankee Doodle Dandy
- The Music Man
- Zero Dark Thirty
Happy Independence Day!