Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Anne Frank

In seventh grade, I read the diary of Anne Frank and just as Anne wrote in her diary longing for true friends, I too, craved the same thing.
At times I felt my only friends were characters I found in words of books or movies.
So here's to Anne, one of my first friends.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy 200th Lizzie Bennet!

Congratulations to Jane Austen for writing, notably, one of the greatest stories ever, Pride and Prejudice 200 years ago.
Mind you, I have seen just about every adaptation of Jane Austen's work but I just have to bring up a new recent discovery called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It is a modern, online only, adaptation of Jane Austen's famous work turned into an e-diary or vlog.
It is absolutely clever and so worth watching. I love it! Lizzie, in the modern light, is a grad student studying communications (sounds like me) and is creating these videos for her thesis. Following her journey, you find the familiar characters step into the light and a familiar, yet seemingly different, story unfold before you in each 4-5 minute episode.

If I haven't aroused your curiosity yet, then I must INSIST you try at least one episode here.

For more information you can visit Lizzie Bennet's website.

Until then, I'd like to remember a very special Jane Austen and here's to many more years.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Never Interrupt Someone

Today in 1935, "Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California. Although this transoceanic flight had been attempted by many others... her trailblazing flight had been mainly routine, with no mechanical breakdowns. In her final hours, she even relaxed and listened to a 'the broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera from New York.'" -- Wikipedia

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