Archive for September, 2010

LAS VEGAS — Tony Curtis, the Bronx tailor’s son who became a 1950s movie heartthrob and then a respected actor with such films as “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Defiant Ones” and “Some Like It Hot,” has died. He was 85.

The actor died at 9:25 p.m. MDT Wednesday at his Las Vegas area home of a cardiac arrest, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Thursday.

How I hate to write posts when it’s about the death of a fine, fine, actor.

I was a lucky one though.. I got to meet the man not that long ago at one of the autograph shows before I moved to Florida…  But before that ..waaaaaay before that, I wrote to him and received this autograph in the mail.

and then at that show I mentioned I had his book American Prince. a Memoir autographed and snapped a few shots of him..


(below. talking with Tippi Hedren)

Life is so short.  We loose loved ones and Celebrities alike, faster than we realize.

If anyone has not seen Tony Curtis in movies, do yourself a favor and rent Some Like it Hot… and enjoy his talent along with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe.

As long as I can remember seeing movies Tony Curtis was there.. he’ll be missed.  I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet him.


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I’ve Got to Stop!

I’ve got to stop going to thrift shops!  Sheesh.  Three of the 5 books below were thrift shop books and paid a total of only 2.00 for “Space”, The Return of Sherlock Holmes ” and “Garden of good and Evil”.. The Little Stranger and Notes of a Cowardly Lion I got as used books on Amazon .  Sigh… I’ve got to stop!


.. I have so many in my TBR list that 5 more books is not what I need!  Gosh knows when I will get to them!!!  I’m upset with myself.. my tbr pile is back up to 103 books!! I had it under 100!!  My goal is to get it below 90!!! (for now) But I have a few books being released soon that I get because they are a part of a series.. *groan*.

I am so out of room for more books!  I have a pile of 37 YA books in a closet that I’d love to find a used book store to buy them for 3.00 each as they are like new, read once by me.  But no such stores are near me that I can find.  *sigh* If I weren’t so hard up I’d just give them away.  I’ve given some away but obviously the bulk is still in my closet !

Help me! I’m drowning in books! lol lol

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How To Make an October Photo…

October is nearly here and so I decided to make an “October-ish” photo.  (see above. heh)

I used this old photo of me from 2 yrs ago taken in a cemetery in New Jersey….  (wow! I was thinner and had  hair!)

and layered it over a photo of the moon that I took just the other day….  (old and new woohoo!)

…then I went into paint shop pro and added some “colored smoke” and a boarder and lastly a Dracula quote.  Easy Peasy!  (yes, I know I am reading the Historian in the photo lol)

I guess since I am on my 4th book for the RIP Challenge it wants me to be in the October Mood.. which is not easy here in southern Florida!  But I do try!

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Around the Pond

The new guy on the block.  He’s a Heron of some sort I am just lazy enough not to look it up at the moment. (I know I will eventually because I have to know! lol)

…if he’s trying to hide among the ducks it isn’t working!

(below) no matter what Deadeye is doing I just think he’s beautiful.  (just don’t stand downwind when he’s doing his armpits!  j/k)

… a cow egret admiring his reflection!

… and Ibis waiting for food!

…and then there’s always the Egret on the island..

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So.. I hear it is now Fall but in Southern Florida there is no Fall.. it goes from hot and humid to “cold snaps” and back to hot and humid!

One of the rare signs of fall around her is that the Live Oak trees get acorns! (thusly, the return of the squirrels!)

Then when “winter” is here the trees will loose their leaves.. and that’s all there is to fall and winter in southern Florida!

But I do try to feel “fallish” with the RIP theme that Carl has going for Halloween/ Fall.. I have this statue ..

… it’s a Monk reading a book.  (now why would I keep that? hmmm, I should get “Name of the Rose to read)

I kept looking for signs of Fall around the house and found AG Bear with the Pumpkin Debi made and sent me last year!

..then I took Mr Pumpkin to my book shelf and added my TY Bat and some spider webs to make a Halloween like Picture in front of some “dark” books.

Not exactly scary!  But since moving to Florida I no longer  have the creepy basement, nor some things that were around the house there.  Oh well… I don’t need a “real bat ” or a “pumpkin head” killer laying around the house anyway!

Happy Fall to those fortunate enough to get it!!

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The Child Thief

The Child Thief by Brom

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Eos; Reprint (August 17, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061671347

(my 3rd read for RIP. and no, it was not on my original list)

From Publishers Weekly

Chesley-winning illustrator Brom (The Plucker) weaves together gloomy prose and horrifying adventures in this macabre fairy tale inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Born of faerie blood, Peter hunts abandoned children, runaways and the hopeless, recruiting for his Devils in Avalon and promising them a place where you never have to grow up. He conveniently fails to mention that Avalon’s monsters are very real, and the Devils must practice their war games or risk being tortured to death, eaten or worse. While early chapters are promising, this gothic fantasy stumbles on its own darkness. The devilishly amusing flashbacks to Peter’s origins don’t make up for the heavy-handed bloodshed, rampant violence and two-dimensional characters. It’s all fiendish monsters and desperate battles in this twisted, dark Neverland; the Disney Peter’s mirth and good humor are nowhere to be found.

This is a perfect read for RIP… and nothing (nothing!) that you’d read to small children ready for bed!

Having read the first 50 pages I thought to myself.. ummm nope, this isn’t for me.  First off I don’t like “retold fairytales” , secondly I don’t like books written in “now time”.. I want to escape to somewhere else!

But there was something that made me keep reading. (This certainly is not the Peter Pan that I knew about!) I think I kept expecting some big change to happen.. It didn’t.  But it did get bloody and the “F” word was in “overkill”..but the story… the story was keeping me hooked. The lost boys were lost in more ways than one. I wondered where this story was to go?  Boy did I ever find out!  Not only was I hooked on this book, but it kept me reading every minute that my butt was in the chair!

I can see where many people would even enjoy this more than I did. The the whole book, to me, was a “love/ hate” relationship.  But it did win out in the end.  The book is a keeper for the art alone, but to be honest I have to say I know Brom was trying to stay faithful to modern day “gangs” with the language.  I just had a hard time because I left hearing that in “real life” not that long ago and had already had my fill. 

It was a definite.. right book.. for RIP!!  It was DARK.  It was Gruesome. It was NOT a dream come true!  But it was a read I never expected to enjoy… but I did, yes indeed I did!

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Even when I don’t try I find a book to send for one comes up right in front of my face!  ARGH!!!!

In the same 1969 Life magazine with the astronauts I saw this:

..A Book Review.. Gah!… In a 1969 Magazine!  Gimme a break!…right to Amazon and the used books I went!  Sent for a hardback copy in “very good” condition for 1.05 plus 3.99 shipping! 

I realize that other than the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz many people don’t know who the heck Bert Lahr is, but I do.. and I hope that “Notes on a Cowardly Lion” by John Lahr is enjoyable… I am betting it will be.

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The Somnambulist

 The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes.  (RIP # 2)

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks;(January 6, 2009)
ISBN-10: 006137539X

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Set in Victorian London, this superb debut from British author Barnes raises the bar for historical thrillers, starting with its curious opening line: Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever. A page-turner, it’s full of peculiar characters, notably Edward Moon, a highly unorthodox detective, and Moon’s bizarre sidekick, known only as the Somnambulist. Moon, a conjuror by profession whose act has fallen on hard times, has cracked some of the city’s most notorious murders. Now, he’s leading the investigation into a shadowy religious group aiming to overtake London and do away with its oppressive, bourgeois tendencies. Moon is a remarkable invention, a master of logic and harborer of all sorts of unnatural habits and mannerisms. The Somnambulist—a giant, milk-swigging mute—doesn’t appear to be human at all, yet serves as Moon’s moral as well as intellectual compass. Together, they wend their way through a London rich in period detail. Barnes saves his best surprise for the story’s homestretch, when he reveals the identity of his narrator, who’s been cleverly pulling strings since the opening.

This was an interesting book.  Not the greatest mind you but it wasn’t terribly bad either.  My judgement on how much I enjoy a book seems to be how fast I read it .  If I pick it up several times a day or only once.

This one finds it’s way about in the middle.

I am not quite sure why they named the book The Somnambulist .  He was far from the main character (though I would have liked to know a lot more about him) and he wasn’t any sort of “sleep walker”, which is what a Somnambulist is.  And to be honest I would have like the Somnambulist in the book a whole lot more then he was.

True to the Amazon review it starts right off with a weird type murder followed by meeting Mr Moon and the Somnambulist.  Many of the books characters were weird and even “freaks”.  It really wasn’t what I expected at all.

I don’t know if I would tell anyone to read it or not… might be a good book from the library instead of buying it.  I will say there were some parts that got pretty good.. and once near the ending when all things were concluding it was a page turner.

This book becomes the second book I’ve read for RIP, which means any I read from now on is all icing on the cake!

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Life: 1969

1969: I was 24 years old.

1969: I was married with 2 children.

1969: was an amazing year. Anyone who knows me knows how I love and admire the “original astronauts” and so I thought I would show you two old magazines that I have.

 “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

That makes this one hellava post!……………………..

(date and  price.  40 cents, my how times have changed.)

After all these years I still find the moon walks almost unbelievable, and I am beyond sad that I won’t see it happen now that we have even more technology.   (and I will always believe that the space station should have been built on the moon.)

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I took these photo’s a few evenings ago and never got to post them so here they are…


I thought the reflection on the pond was great.


The next morning I looked up and saw this:

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