Saturday, October 17, 2015


I just wanted to share some of my most recent good entertainment finds.

"All The Light We Cannot See" won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, and it's not wonder why it did. I just finished this book, and I loved it for so many reasons. But most of all, I loved it for how it taught me to recognize that there are so many wonderful things, in my life, that are filled with light, that I am not seeing. If you haven't read it, read it. You'll be a better person for it.

My hubby and I watched The Martian, and despite the swearing, we loved it for its wonderful message of determination to keep moving forward, even if' it's just for one day at a time.  We also loved it for how it showed what humans are capable of they put their minds to it.  A very fun movie!

I just reread "Fahrenheit 451" and I wanted to share some of my favorite lines.  They aren't necessarily awe inspiring, but they spoke to me of the power and beauty that can be found in words when they are crafted together perfectly.

"Her dress was white and whispered."

"Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine." (Bradbury quoting Jules Verne)

"He lay far across from her, on a winter island separated by an empty sea."

"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over." (Bradbury quoting James Boswell)

Aren't those just fabulous! I love good books.

In my Shakespeare class I've discovered that the history plays are some of my favorites.  I've especially fallen in love with Henry V.  Let me tell you why.

Henry V is a play about a man who finds himself a king, and desperately tries to figure out what makes him noble.  He has to leave off the frivolity of his youth to be noble, but he struggles with knowing when and how to be merciful and full of justice.  Although he questions what makes him worthy to be king, he gives glory to God at all times, ever acknowledging his weaknesses.  What an awesome historical figure.

And my love for awesome noble men leads me to my latest movie find.

Brock and I just watched Bridge of Spies.  It was such a fabulous show, and portrayed the true events of James Donovan representing a Russian spy, named Rudolf Abel.

What I loved most about this movie was the argument that Mr. Donovan made in favor of defending Mr. Abel.  When Donovan stood before the Supreme Court he said, "Mr. Abel has acted as a true Russian spy. He has not divulged any of his country's secrets.  He has been loyal to the war he is fighting for. Shouldn't the United States government be loyal to the war they are fighting for and honor what they stand for in believing that all people should be represented fairly, and give Mr. Abel a fair trial?" (You just witnessed a lot of paraphrasing)

Obviously standing up for a Russian's rights was a hard thing to do at the height of The Cold War, but I loved the message.  At one point in the show Tom Hanks, acting as James Donovan, says to a CIA agent trying to convince Mr. Donovan that there are no rules the government has to follow when it comes to espionage, "My heritage stems from Ireland, and your heritage stems from Germany, but we are both American.  And what makes us American's?  It's our belief in The Constitution that says there are rules Americans follow and believe in, especially when it comes to individual human rights."

I loved this. It's not always convenient to stand up for what it right, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't speak out.

So there you have it.  Thanks for letting me share some of my good entertainment finds.  See! We're surrounded by wonderful things filled with light.

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