Monday, March 14, 2016

IMDB Top 250 Movies of All Time (2015) #6 - 9

#6 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

My mother always said, if you can't say anything nice you should say nothing at all.  I have nothing to say.

#7 12 Angry Men

Now, on this movie I could write a lot.  But I don't want to give it all away.  This is the 1957 version . . . the original . . . filmed back in the day when movies actually told a story that relied solely on the abilities of the cast and crew.  12 Angry Men is the story of one not guilty vote at a murder trial and the drama and suspense that follow.  Watch this movie . . . on the edge of your seat.

8.  Schindler's List

9.  The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King

100 Novels that Make You Proud to be Canadian - #4 - 5

#4 A Season in the Life of Emmanuel by Marie-Claire Blais

I am still searching for a copy of this book.  Any ideas?

#5 A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche

This novel centres around Bernard Valcourt, a Canadian journalist who came to Rwanda to establish a television network for education purposes. While he waits for all the red tape to clear, he spends much of his time sitting at the pool at the Mille-Collines hotel. The context of this love story (for that is how I see it) is during the Rwanda genocide and AIDS crisis. The story is brutal and often difficult to read. But we never lose hope that his love for Gentille will overcome the evil and ugliness around them. I'm not going to tell you how it ends. Read the book.

Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

Vanity Fair is #14 on the The Guardian's list of 100 best English novels and #1 on my list of favourite novels.

I was actually sad when I reached the last page because I wanted more.  I posted this short review a few years ago:

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies

I think this may be the first book I've read by Robertson Davies. 

The Cunning Man tells the story of Dr. Hullah and the remarkably eccentric denizens of St. Aiden's Parish in Toronto.  

 I liked it.  It wasn't an easy read, full of big words and mysteries and satire.  But I do think it is worth the read.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Scraps: Adventures in Scrapbooking by Wendy Bagley

I read this little gem quite a while ago and I have no idea why I never reviewed it here.  It is silly, funny and a little bit insightful as well.  I really did enjoy it.

Bagley definitely enjoys sharing her discoveries on the lighter side of the whole scapbooking/cropping culture. 

Don't expect to learn anything new . . . but I bet you will laugh out loud at least once.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Psychopath Inside by James Fallon

I participate in a local book club called Books & Brews.  We meet the last Thursday of each month at the Roadhouse here in St. Thomas ON.  I really enjoy it.  I was thinking about taking another step out into my world by finding a second book club to participate in..  The local library has a nonfiction book club.  I love reading nonfiction.  So I picked up this month's book, Psychopath Inside by James Fallon.

It is the true story of a neuroscientist who finds out that his brain scan shares the distinct neurological pattern of psychopaths.  This shocking revelation leads Fallon to look deeper.  I was really enjoying the book which was mostly about growing up and influences in his life.  But then the book took a very serious scientific turn, even including diagrams.  My eyes started to glaze over and soon all my mind perceived was . . . 

I don't think I will be attending that particular book club . . . at least not this month.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Craft Room Organization Challenge #10

Annual Organization Challenge Week #10


Many of us have fallen victim to the lure of scrapbook swaps among local and online groups. All the hours, material, creativity, and postage costs make these items difficult to purge. But let's face it...not everything is YOUR style, you are NEVER going to use some of them. It's time to make S.P.A.C.E.

SORT: Keep only what you love.  If the colour or style do not make you smile, it must go.  Keep only what is significant to you - don't keep the soccer page swap items if your kids are into hockey and dance.  Sort into: KEEP, TRASH, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Pack up the DONATE pile and give it to a beginner scrapbook who might appreciate these items.  Throw out the TRASH pile.  Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL items and put them directly into the garage sale box.

ASSIGN: sort your KEEP items into categories, theme, holiday, colour, whatever makes sense to you.  

CONTAINERIZE: Store your keepers in page protectors by theme in binders, or get them into giant ziplocs to create page kits for your next cropping session.

EQUALIZE: next time a swap arrives in the mail, take a few minutes to toss or give away what you know you'll never use, create a page kit for your next cropping session, or put in a page protector in your swap binder for storage.