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Sunday Stealing: From Upstream Life

This week Sunday Stealing, hosted by Bev Sykes, has participants musing over questions taken from Upstream Life.

1. Name 5 people you admire and why.
• Daddy. Family was important for him. He took his responsibilities seriously. He made sure his children got the opportunities for a good life.
• Mama was resolute, stoical, full of love and cheeriness, but oh so sad. Also full of spirit, spit, and vinegar, Mama didn't let her misery keep her down. She had more than her share, including living through war and losing two children. 
• The Husband. My gosh. I'm not an easy person to live with.
• Winifred, my mentor, my writing partner, my friend. She took a chance on me (#6). Winifred was an amazing, gifted, and giving person who taught me how to develop and create educational materials that respect and teach the learners.
• Kathy, a friend from grammar school days. I love her humor, her wit, her intelligence. For years, she went back and forth, several times a year to visit her pare…

Jane Eyre

This week Sunday Stealing, hosted by Bev Sykes, is all about choosing a book and discussing it via a bunch of questions. My choice is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

1.  Why did you pick the book?
Jane Eyre is the #1 book on my list of all-time favorites, which I put on the top of the list after I read it 10 years ago, more or less. It kicked Pride & Prejudice to #2 after 40 or so years. Until I saw the movie adaption with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens, I resisted reading Jane Eyre in full. I had no idea Jane had such gumption. In middle school, I read segments in our English textbook so I knew the main plot, but all the good stuff that would've got me to the read the book wasn' there. And, when I saw the movie adaption with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine back then, I was definitely not interested in reading the book because the film portrayed Jane and Mr. Rochester as simpy, unlikeable characters.

2.  What did you think about the book?
Jane is an independent, strong-willed…

Sunday Stealing: Movie Challenge

I'm taking part in Sunday Stealing, hosted by Bev Sykes, who blogs at Funny the World. This week's  set ofquestions is called Movie Challenge.

1. Last movie you watched Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker, the final chapter (thank you!) of the series.

2. Last movie you watched in a theater. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3. Film you’ve always wanted to watch, but haven’t. I can't think of any.

4. Favorite movie soundtrack. I don't have one.

5. Your favorite movie duo. Katharine Hepburn and Gary Grant

6. Movie you like because of its story.  Jane Eyre

7. A film that disappointed you.  Henry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. That sequel is my favorite of the book series. (Yes, I'm a Snapes fan, thanks of Alan Rickman's portrayal.) But, there wasn't much of the story in the movie. 


8. Favorite scene from a movie.  When Calamity Jane (Doris Day) sang "The Windy City" in Calamity Jane. Day danced and sang up and down, along, in front of and behind …