Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This book shows the resolute courage of some of those pilots who remember still, the terrible cost of liberty.
Put this book on your July reading list.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Over the next few weeks, I plan to share just a few of my favorite American histories with you. I believe that we ought to know the history of our country and even (this is where I'm pathetic) the history of our world. We can't possibly know enough about our past. I think that more than any other learning, learning about our past as a nation and as a human race, can help us avoid terrible mistakes in the future. I love this quote by Edward Gibbon, an Englishman and historian who wrote one of the world's very important books, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past."
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
I wish that I had read the novel Middlemarch before I watched the film this week. A long film, by the way, six hours of film. However, the six hours are no burden at all because this movie is fascinating with its deep character analysis along with many twists and turns. I did a little reading to prepare for this post and I believe that I can say the film follows the novel pretty well.
I think that I read some George Eliot in college, but it must not have been memorable, and I didn't really know much about her life which was fascinatingly scandalous. The main point not being that she used the pen name of George Eliot so that her work would be taken more seriously in Victorian England (her real name was Mary Ann Evans), the real scandal was that she lived as the wife of the philosopher and critic George Henry Lewes when he was already married and had a wife and three children (he believed in "open marriage"). Yes, that kind of scandal... (raise one eyebrow).
I did know how she felt about many of her comtemporary female authors (she thought they were just silly). Subsequently, I prejudged her work thinking that it would be very cynical, but I found instead that while it was very critical of social injustice, it was very liberal with people.
Middlemarch shows that even the worst people are not all bad and that the best people are not perfect. If I get into this point and try and give some examples, (there are sooooo many characters) we could be here all day. So with my one critisism that often even very good films end far too abruptly, I will recommend this film to you without reservation feeling quite sure that you'll like it, and if you don't like it... it will make you think. And, speaking for my own case, I always find that a good thing.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Cary Grant's character and Constance Bennett, who plays his lovely but silly wife, become ghosts driving crazy in their crazy car. They are stuck haunting around because they haven't done a good deed.
This film has no substance whatever, but the costumes are beautiful and there are some witty lines. But, it's the total silliness I think that appeals to little c.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Almighty and eternal God, so draw my heart to you, so guide my mind, so fill my imagination... that I may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use me , I pray, as you will, and always to your glory, and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. ~ Source Unknown