Sunday, September 17, 2017

Movie Review: ****^Star Wars: A New Hope


This movie introduced a new universe.  It is the first of the Star Wars movies made.  It was exciting and full of new creatures and worlds and lots of fun.  I know it has been redone, to add more special effects, but the original version is good enough for me.  What is better than a group of young people saving the rebellion.  Lots of fun.
We were also introduced for the most part to a series of new actors:

Mark Hamill...
Harrison Ford...
Carrie Fisher...
Peter Cushing...
Alec Guinness...
Anthony Daniels...
Kenny Baker...
Peter Mayhew...
David Prowse...

My Poetry: Ode to Sheri

Ode to Sheri

I have felt the fire of you inner flame,
Burning me, as I snuggle close to you in bed.

And I have heard the rumbling of you inner core, 
The cavernous echoing of each snore.

I have touched the satin of your skin
It's texture a playground for my fingers.

My hand has brushed your sating hair,
Played with it, curled it, twirled in upon my fingers.

I have looked into your eyes,
And there, seen a spark of heaven.

I am yours.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Picture Book Review: Madeline

Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans, The Viking Press, New York, 1939
This is a cute story about a little girl who lives at a convent school, and ends up at the hospital to get her appendix out.  I love the "two strait lines, and the youngest was Madeline."  This is a book for reading aloud.

Book Review: Mitch and Amy by Beverly Cleary

Mitch and Amy by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Tracy Dockray, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1967.
I love this book.  The characters in Beverly Clery books are very interesting.  This book is no exception..  In this book, Mitch and Amy are twins.  As twins will, they do not see everything the same.  In fact, they often butt heads.  Amy struggles with math, and Mitch with reading.  At the same time, a local bully, Alan torments them both.  Bernadette, is new in town, and she has a crush on Mitch.  These characters make for some interesting reading as they struggle with school, bullies and getting along. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Picture Book Review: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Viking Press, New York, 1982.
Barbara Cooney is known more as an illustrator, but she wrote and illustrated this book for which she won the National Book Award for picture books.  This book has delightful pictures of the sea and the Northeast.  The girl in the story has three goals, to travel, to live by the sea, and to make the world more beautiful.  Miss Rumphius travels, but eventually her body gets tired; So she settles in a home by the sea.  She loves the Lupine flowers, and takes it upon herself to plant their seeds everywhere.  In this way she completes her third goal.  As she grew old, she would tell her great nieces and nephews that they should have the same goals.  This book reminds me that we all have parenting roles, whether as a father or mother or aunt or uncle.  We all play a part in rearing children.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Movie Review: ****^Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

I really enjoyed this movie, and in my opinion it is one of the better movies of the summer.  The interaction between Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) really makes this film go.  Then there is the bad guy, Vulture (Michael Keaton) who just happens to be the father of Peter Parker's date to the prom, Liz (Laura Harrier).  Keaton is into dealing arms which were left behind by the aliens when they were defeated by the Avengers.  However, as the government controls a larger and larger share of these items, Vulture and his mean have to resort to stealing.  Spider-man comes upon their plot defending New York.  In the meantime Stark Enterprises downplays the reports from Spider-Man and his ability to help as a teen.  However he is the only person who can save the world from Vulture.
There was a time when Spider-Man was in the good graces of Stark Enterprises, who provided him with a fancy outfit with computer enhancement.  However after a bungle they take this away, and Spider-Man is left to his homemade suit.
Side-kick  Ned is played by Jacob Batalon and Spider-Man's aunt is played by Marisa Tomei.
I love Michael Keaton in the movies.  In this case he makes an excellent villain.  Combine that with the Stark/Avengers angle this movie is very good.

Booklet: Fun Around the Campfire, Boy Scouts of America

Fun Around the Campfire, Boy Scouts of America, New Brunswick, NJ, 1952.
This is a very old booklet, but has lots of relevant ideas for having fun around the campfire.  It is written from the perspective of a campfire program for a scouting event.  I starts with the attitude of the master of ceremonies and the song leader.  It has ideas for songs, ideas for skits, how to make a fire, including a fancy fire-starter.  There is even an idea of what to add to the fire to make different colors of flame.  It has ideas about seating, and where to place the fire or fires, and all that fun stuff.  It says the program should follow the fire, rousing stuff when the fire is flaming hot, but then calming with the fire to more spiritual and meditative items towards the end of the program.