Friday, July 3, 2009

7 Quick Takes

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Please whisper a prayer for a very sweet 18 year old girl named Lauren. She was in a horrific head-on-head collision and has very serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury, several broken ribs which punctured her left lung, blood & fluid in the thoracic cavity, lacerated spleen & liver, bruised kidneys, 7 pelvic fractures and pelvic bleeding, crushed left hip, and broken left and right femurs.  She has a very long road ahead of her with probably months in the hospital and rehab after that.

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Elizabeth continues her eat-sleep-eat-sleep rhythm and has little interest in anything else. She even barely opens her eyes only squinting occasionally. Cecilia is very anxious to know the color of Elizabeth's eyes. I even had to stop her from getting a flashlight.


Elizabeth has also, happily, regained her birth weight.


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Since I finished Wilde's book, I'm picking up something else to read. But I made a mistake while reading The Picture of Dorian Gray as it was the only book I was reading, so if I wasn't in the mood for it, I didn't have anything else to read. So, I'm starting a new rule: I have to be always reading 1 Fiction book, 1 Nonfiction book and 1 Religious/Spiritual/Inspirational book. So here is my new reading list:


Mother Teresa's Secret Fire by Joseph Langford: I am already in part II and enjoying this book immensely. In fact, I find myself not wanting to put it down. I've read books by and about Mother Teresa before but, while I had nothing against them, I can't say as I really got into them. This one though is about so much more than an amazing woman helping the poor. Langford delves much deeper into Mother Teresa's work and message to what made her the way she was, what her spiritual life was like and how her life pertains to all of us. I'm only about 115 pages in but, so far, I'd have to recommend this one.


The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio: I am still near the beginning of this one but fascinated by it's potential. I've read several books on exorcism and exorcists, the best being by Fr. Gabriel Amorth, but this one has a new direction. It follows a young American priest in his formation to become an exorcist.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: There are so many classics I haven't read yet and this is one of them. I've read all of Austen's novels and would like a good romance.


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I watched the 1945 movie The Picture of Dorian Gray with Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury and Donna Reed. I think George Sanders and the dialogue Wilde wrote for him tend to steal the film. I was not surprised the book is better than the film. I was just disapppointed how much they changed from the book. Read the book. It is much better.


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Another new film we watched this week is called Whisper of the Heart, from Ghibli Studios who also made Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle. Whisper, though, is not directed by Miyazaki but rather by Yoshifumi Kondo. It was his first film and his only film he directed as he died from a brain anuerism shortly after it was completed. It is an animated love story that Cecilia was a bit young to appreciate. I found it noteworthy though. The characters are heartfelt yet chaste in what unfolds to be a beautiful courtship in which they seek not to try to impress one another but rather are inspired by each other. Three years old is a bit too young to appreciate this one, but I will have to remember it 5-7 years from now.


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Is anyone besides me sick of hearing about Michael Jackson?


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I hope everyone has a wonderful July 4th!


Hope

1 comment:

  1. #3 - I am jealous that you get to experience it for the first time. I hope you enjoy it. I love that book!

    #6 - SOOO much!!

    #7 - Ditto!

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