Saturday, August 2, 2014

Paul Muni Day on TCM - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Paul Muni (born Frederich Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund; September 22, 1895 – August 25, 1967) was an Austrian-born American stage and film actor who grew up in Chicago. 

6:00 am   The World Changes (1933)

7:45 am   Hi, Nelli (1934)

9:00 am   Bordertown (1935)

11:00 am  The Good Earth (1937) *

1:30 pm   Juarez (1939)

4:00 pm   Angel on my Shoulder (1946)

6:00 pm   The Last Angry Man (1959)

8:00 pm   I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) *

9:30 pm   Scarface (1932) *

11:15 pm  Black Fury (1935)

1:00 am   Dr. Socrates (1935)

2:30 am  The Story of Luis Pasteur (1936) *

4:00 am   The Life of Emilie Zola (1937)

I haven't seen all of these and I am very glad that they are showing them all in one day.  The four of these I've seen (*) were very very good. I recommend them.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ulysses by James Joyce

I understand what Joyce was attempting here. I got all the refrences to the Odyssey and Hamlet and all that. I just didn't care for it. Didn't enjoy the stream of consciousness, didn't enjoy the artistic approach at all. I believe I'm the type of person who likes books that are less experimental. 

To be honest, if my professor wasn't so adept at teaching I wouldn't have gotten nearly as much out of it. If I read this on my own, it would have been abandoned. I'm glad I read other things, because this is the type of book that would turn me off of reading for good.

I know there are those who rave about this and its unique quality. It just wasn't for me. For anyone who hasn't read Joyce and wants to, go for Dubliners or A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man , and leave this one alone.

My professor is going to kill me if he reads this, but it is nothing on him. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it and make my own decision

I utilized 3 formats in order to get through this book.  Paperback, ebook and audiobook.
★ out of ★★★★★

Monday, July 21, 2014

Angel Dreams by Doreen Virtue & Melissa Virtue - Book Review

Rating:  ✰✰✰✰

Angel Dreams: Healing and Guidance From Your Dreams by Doreen Virtue & Melissa Virtue is a short book that is packed with tons of targeted information.

I have been interested in dream interpretation for over 20 years, and I've come across many books that delve into how to interpret them.  This book gets right to the heart of the matter.  Although our dreams are different, there are a lot of symbolism that is universal.  This book gives the basic dream symbols as well as their interpretation.

As with all dreams, we must decipher them ourselves; however, this book leads in the right direction.

I was particularly interested in Angels appearing to us in dreams and I am glad that this book talks about this aspect of our dream life.

There are several dreams from others featured in this book. I found them interesting and enlightening.  I have read several books by Doreen Virtue, this is one I will reference in the future.

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 13 2014 - A Day in Photos

One Photo Every Hour (or so).

8:07 am:  My first task after rolling out of bed is taking care of some airline ticket issue.

9:15 am:  Shopping.  I love looking at the gluten free frozen food section.  Although it doesn't change much. But at least it is well stocked today.

10:21 am:  Time for church.

11:31 am:  Church let out.  These pretty flowers are all around the church.

12:09 pm:  Took a walk.  A nearby courtyard from the inside.

1:05 pm:  Relaxing and watching TV.

2:07 pm:  Afternoon snack to cool off and Robocop on the TV.

3:06 pm:  Nap Time.

4:23 pm:   Just woke up from my nap.  It is kind of iffy outside.

5:13 pm:  Taking a peeking!

This is where I stopped.  9 hours is a pretty good run.  I will try this again, but on a day I know I will be out of the house more.  The weather was just so iffy.  I managed to get some good shots between the rain drops.  Sunday's are a pretty low-key day for me anyway. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Day in The Life

I have not taken many pictures this year. School really takes up a lot of my time. I have decided to do a photo challenge. One picture an hour (or so) all day. I will only do it in my waking hours, I will not wake up to do it in the middle of the night.

I have no plans tomorrow, and my daughter will not be home for most of the day, so she probably won't be in any of them. In order to make this easy, I will use the same camera for all the pictures, and it will be my P&S one, not my Canon. I will post these on flicker, I don't want to muck up my blogger with all of them, there could be 12 or more. However, I may post some of the more interesting ones, I haven't decided yet.

Here is the exersise:   Click it up a Notch

Sunday, June 29, 2014


I am currently in the middle of my summer session.  I'm on the last James Joyce book Ulysses. I was told it was difficult, but it is very difficult, and I'm not enjoying it. There is supposed to be a story there, but I cannot follow the thread.  However, this hasn't stopped my reading of other books.

I just finished Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.  Not at the top of the list of favorites.  The story seemed to drag until the end.  Not sure this type of thriller/suspense is his thing.  I understand this is the first part of a trilogy.  Not sure where this would go from here.  But the prolific Mr. King will keep writing stories for us to enjoy or not.  All we need to do is sit back and wait.

I am currently reading  Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

I didn't cry. I cry at everything, but this book didn't make me cry. Perhaps because it was predictable and I knew the twist was coming. Nevertheless, this was an entertaining, well written, quick read. Is it simplistic? Yes. It is a YA novel. Is it cheesy? At times. I still enjoyed it. I read a wide range of books, but I’m not a book snob. If I like a book, I will admit to it.

The movie has not debuted yet, and I’m not sure how much of this book will make it in to the film, but I think it is a good idea to read the book first if you can, or afterwards. 

I enjoyed the character of Augustus Waters. I felt he was a kid who lived on his own terms and had a unique way of thinking. Hazel was your typical “teenager” young lady who was not overly annoying.
Overall, an enjoyable read.