As part of my attempt to live a more balanced life in 2013, I have given myself the assignment to watch 2 movies and to read 2 books each month. Here is my July report minus 1 movie. Keep in mind that I get fidgety watching movies, so I consider it an accomplishment that I watched one movie during this hot month. Let’s just say that I owe you 1 movie and leave it at that.
2 Movies 1 Movie
Emma – Pretty + predictable. I chose this movie because in college I never read Emma by Jane Austen and because I knew that Clueless was based on it. Set in rural England in the early 1800s, Emma, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, is a single woman who lives with her widowed father. She believes herself to be a good matchmaker, but in reality she is not. Confusion ensues. For a costume drama this movie was well done– not too tedious, not too pompous. Recommended if you need a Jane Austen fix and there isn’t enough time in your life to read one of her books.
The Witch of Little Italy – Charming + unique. This novel, written by Suzanne Palmieri, is a perfect summer read. A college-aged girl, Eleanor, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and decides to go live with her grandmother & great aunts in the family home in the Bronx. While living there, Eleanor uncovers and solves decades-old family mysteries as well as going through her own personal transformation. The writing is smooth, the characters are well-rounded and the plot is more-or-less believable. Recommended if you want a bit of mystery + a tad of magic.
The Book of Tea – In this book, first published in 1906, Kakuzo Okakura explains the history of tea in Japan and the proper way to make it. He also expounds upon tea as a metaphor for life. I enjoyed this short book [treatise?] enough to read it twice. Recommended if you like Asian history, tea and philosophy. [Free on Kindle]
1 Clever Backside Of A Truck
Am I the last person to understand what is going on with these REFLECTING QUALITY stickers that are on the backside of many 18-wheel trucks? [Example photo here.] It came to me as we were driving down the interstate in my small coupe directly behind one of these trucks.
I realized that I could see myself & Zen-Den reflected in the mirror-like finish on the back of the truck. And it occurred to me that we were the quality that was being reflected. That the sticker had nothing to do with the items within the truck, instead it was telling me something nice about us. I find this all very clever now that I understand it.