Saturday, November 5, 2022
Three days ago my wife informed me that her cousin's 30th birthday wish was that he be sent a copy of his loved ones' favorite book with an explanation of why it held such a position in the sender's heart. His plan is, of course, to read the beloved book so that he can be touched as we have been. At first I thought the task was to send a well thumbed copy of said favorite book. Immediately I felt a stone in my gut. There was no way I was going to part with my copy of one of my favorite books. Those are my friends, well loved and even if I haven't cracked some of them open in decades, it would be like sending one of my children away to another mother (if I had children, that is). I later learned that a new copy of the favorite book could be sent, which at least stopped my panicking. But then my problem became, which favorite book? Would it be my favorite book growing up, Little Women (sorry Anne of Green Gables, you take a close second place)? Or should it be a favorite romance, the genre I love the most and almost exclusively read? Perhaps Dreaming of You, my first favorite romance, or Marrying Winterbourne, my current favorite romance? Should it be The Windancer, the romance I think is a great indroduction to the genre? Or maybe one of my favorite romances with non-traditional storylines and characters, to delight a non-romance reader, such as The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie or The Portrait, or Waiting on the Moon? There are just so so many. I realized I don't like playing favorites, particularly among my romances, so after much thought I sent my cousin by marriage Little Women. It is a worthy addition to anyone's library and I hope that he loves it as much as I do.
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Sunday, September 4, 2022
So guys, after many many years of waiting, I finally saw the musical Hamilton live and in person. Full disclosure, I got Disney Plus to watch the original cast years ago. But there is just a magic to be found in live theater performance. And yes, dear reader, I am in love. There are so many things I love about the show and so many moments that make my heart skip. But for this post I thought I'd share the incredibly romantic song of the show Helpless, showing Eliza and Hamilton's meeting and young love. And I can not enjoy this delightful piece without also considering the exquisite pain of its twin Satisfied. Do yourself a favor, after reveling in these two great songs, go down the YouTube rabbit hole and watch (well probably rewatch) some more fabulous songs from the show.
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Sunday, June 5, 2022
This weekend I was going to go to the wedding of one of my oldest friends. But it was not to be. The couple decided to cancel it. But since this was also a reunion of almost all of my college friends, we still descended upon Boston. When I got home today my wife asked me what we did all weekend. Talked I said. Took a few walks,had a few meals, but mostly talked. And it was wonderful. These are some of the people I love the most in the world. Though I enjoy sightseeing, shopping and going to the movies, I enjoy just spending quality time with these (mostly) women more. The more I spend time and catch up with them, the more I fall in love with these amazing people. I can't wait until the next time I can spend time doing nothing more than talking with them.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
When I was a little girl there was a movie that would periodically show up on my grandmother's black and white television. Mama never got cable so I would happily catch it whenever it would magically show up on her screen. I didn't know the name of the movie, I just knew it was my favorite and that it was both joyous and sad. Mama eventually got a colored set (remember when we called tv's that?) and I learned that movie was called West Side Story. And of course it was magical, it was a retelling of the ever so romantic Romeo and Juliet. Bestill my heart. The movie is packed with great musical numbers, but my absolute favorite has always been America, ironically the one that has nothing to do with Tony and Maria. But who can deny the amazing chemistry shared by Bernardo and Anita? The original number is fantastic but so too is the newest version. Do yourself a favor, watch it and fall in love with Anita, Bernardo and America, warts and all.