What's on the Tube - Gentle Years

The only movie that I've seen recently is Mamma Mia! and it was awesome.  My sister and I went with her daughter's college roommate and her son's French girlfriend.  I didn't know all the music was from Abba, so it was a great surprise-I still remember the words to all their songs.  (Yeah, we sang all the way home)  "Fernando" remains my favorite, but it's almost a tie now that I've seen Julie Walters sing "Take a Chance on Me".  She really is great in everything she does.

All that has been on the tube this week is the Democratic National Convention.  All that will be on it next week is the Republican National Convention.  I missed the others if they've already happened-eight years ago I watched five-DNC, RNC, Green, Reformed, and Libertarian.  This time I'll only get the two in.  You can pretty much scramble most of the speeches up, reassign them to another party, and not tell the difference, but every now and then there is one that sounds like a real person talking honestly to you and making sense.  I did only catch speeches during commercials last night, since Wednesday is my t.v. night and if I have to choose between my fashion/art/beauty shows or politics, fashion and art will ALWAYS win-after all, they have vision, they are uplifting, and they endure-unlike politicians.

Now, on to my new book.  I first looked at it because the author's name is Wroblewski and one of my best friends growing up was named Grablewski, a sweet Lithuanian/Irish girl who introduced me to salami (yum) and marmalade (not so yum) and liverwurst (yuck).  The book is called Edgar Sawtelle and if it is as good as it looks, I'm buying a copy for my fifth brother.  It is a novel about a boy and his dogs and survival, set in the woods of Wisconsin.  I took it out to read just after shutting myself and my chow into the bathroom for an hour to work on his dred locks and get the burdocks out of his tail and rump that he apparently sat in or rubbed up against.  I absolutely love that dog, so it made me want to read the book right away.

When I am finished with that, I think I'm going to re-read the Sacketts-all of them-by Louis L'Amour.  I haven't read them in about 20 years so it is time to revisit the family-the brothers, cousins, etc.

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    G & Me

    G loves to read history of the American West and loves to watch movies that are western, action, intrigue, comedy.  He doesn't have favorites.  He does not like anything that is musical (though he loves music), romantic, or related to aviation.  His favorite time period is from the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century.

    I am eclectic in my reading but do not like science fiction or police stories.  In movies I like drama best, but also like some of the same things that G does, and I like both romantic movies and those that relate to aviation.  My favorite time periods are probably the 1830s and 1840s, the post-Reconstruction era to the eve of WWI, WWII, and the late 1950s-forward.  My favorite books are Gone With the Wind, My Antonia, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Lantern in Her Hand, and Nigger by Dick Gregory.  My favorite movies are The Memphis Belle, Return to Me, Since You Went Away, Steel Magnolias, Nicholas &  Alexandra, Sometimes in April, and  The Winds of War (there are just so many that this is incomplete) .


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