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I remember Mama

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babies

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Excerpt from Stephen Whitty article in The Star Ledger, May 7, 2010:

“Babies,” an odd new documentary, drives home its point about the universality of experience by, literally, spanning the globe. And detailing a year in the life of babies in Africa, in Mongolia, in Tokyo and in San Francisco.

And the similarities are striking.

Roy, New Mexico

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My dad grew up in Roy, New Mexico and I remember so many times as a child when we would visit his sister and husband in Roy.  This drugstore was still in business and we would always go in for an old-fashioned ice cream treat: generally sodas for the sisters and a banana split for my dad and brother.  Can’t recall what Mother ordered.

We would sit at the table where my father had carved his name many years ago and he would reminisce about life in Roy as we slurped our sodas.

This picture was snapped in the early 1980s on a northeastern New Mexico road trip with my sister.  We visited the cemetery to pay homage to our paternal grandparents.  We looked at some of the surrounding area.  We walked the deserted main street.

About  five years ago, my husband, oldest grandson, and I stopped at this very same drugstore. 

Open.

Bustling (there was a parade prancing down main street!).

Talked to a lady in the drugstore who remembered my father and his family and said that the place (all of downtown, actually) is being renovated and restored and revitalized.  The place was ALIVE!

In fact, only recently, a movie company shot some scenes for Did You Hear about the Morgans? in Roy!

Things are lookin’ up!

The art of Tim Burton

The art of Tim Burton – fascinating . . .

I`ve always loved the idea of fairy tales, but somehow I never managed to completely connect with them. What interests me is taking those classic images and themes and trying to contemporize them a bit.

memorable movie lines

Facebook always has questions and tests and opinion polls. Most of them silly . . . and of course time-consuming (I should be doing something – anything else – rather than spending time on Facebook!).

One recent message  circulating was:  “What is a movie phrase you recall?”  [Or one that resonates with you . . .]

My first thought was a line from To Kill A Mockingbird – a courtroom scene when Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch) goes out of the courtroom and the entire balcony filled with black people stand in respect and the man next to Scout says:  “Stand up, Miss Jean Louise.  Your father is passing.”

That line still moves me.

Then – the funny way thoughts dart along the  brain synapses  from one subject to another, I thought “Atticus Finch” . . . “Peter Finch” . . . “Network” . . . “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

Another movie line that resonates.

Jean Simmons 1929-2010

Jean Simmons began her career as a child actress in Britain where she became a favorite among critics and audiences before moving to Hollywood in the early 1950s.  Although the quality of her vehicles varied at times, Simmons earned a well-deserved reputation as a strikingly beautiful, but more importantly, reliable leading lady, playing opposite established stars like Brando,Newman, Peck, and Douglas.

If she had a fault, it was that she consistently turned in excellent performances, inadvertently encouraging the industry to take her exceptional talents for granted.  As a result, few of her performances ever really stood out, and her stardom never reached the stature her talents warranted.