Monthly Archives: September 2020

Beautifully Stark: Last Night’s Sunset

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When Bonnie Met Clyde, a Legend was Reborn

Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) I must confess to a certain fascination for this couple. Although I have no intention of glamorizing violence, they do seem like Robin Hood and Maid Marian reborn into the 20th century. Their … Continue reading

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The Man Behind the Villains We Love to Hate

Alan Rickman (February 21, 1946 – January 14, 2016) There is no direct route of my thinking that brought me to this post. While reading Hello From Heaven, I thought back to the film “Truly, Madly, Deeply” from 1990. In … Continue reading

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Obviously, Someone Didn’t Get the Memo

This image was taken more than a week ago. In the meantime, Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic District School Board has mandated that their students will no longer have an option to leave the school for lunch. In fact, they have to eat … Continue reading

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American Goldfinch: Swaying in the Breeze

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Alone, Again, Naturally

Enola Holmes (2020) It’s been quite a long time since I’ve seen a film within the first week of its release. This one is about the sixteen-year-old younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes in 1884. (The actress playing her … Continue reading

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Bestselling Women: 19th and 20th Centuries

Jane Austen and Shirley MacLaine Oh, this is one that came at me from left field. What if Shirley MacLaine is Jane Austen reborn? Now, think about it… Doesn’t that make perfect sense? I know, I know: both charts are … Continue reading

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Virginia Creeper: Night and Day (day and night)

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Heaven and…Hell-o!

Hello from Heaven! (1995) Have you ever had a spontaneous encounter with the other side? They’re being called after-death communications (ADC) in order to differentiate them from near death experiences (NDE) and medium messages. They are not because someone is … Continue reading

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Was Fanny Price Jane Austen’s Stand-in?

Mansfield Park (1999) It’s common knowledge that Jane Austen lived her life vicariously through the heroines of her stories. That’s to be expected, of course: they gave her a voice on the world stage. But there’s something about Fanny Price‘s … Continue reading

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