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Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, I want to take a moment to remember our Armed Forces. We can be grateful each day for those who have defended our country and our freedoms – and honor those who have died for us. This coming Monday – the last Monday of every May – we take time to do just that. We remember those who have died in the line of duty and acknowledge their sacrifice. Because this really is a serious and solemn occasion, I’d like to draw attention to some documentaries that present a true, non-Hollywood accounting of what the men and women of our Armed Forces have given for us.
 

Lena Horne (1917-2010)

When it comes to certain celebrated people, we find ourselves mulling over appropriate adjectives to describe them.

Exceptional. Courageous. Talented. Strong. Unique. Beautiful.

All of these words can be used to describe Lena Horne. We lost her last week. She was 92 years old.

Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010)

Lynn Redgrave passed away this week. A member of an influential acting family, she was intelligent, talented, beautiful, and inspirational. She came to the attention of most Americans back in 1966 when she played the title character in Georgy Girl. Long before Bridget Jones there was Georgy. Redgrave received an Oscar nomination for the role and won the Golden Globe for it.

Shakespeare for People Who Don't Like Shakespeare

This week we celebrated the birthday of William Shakespeare, a man who gave us some of the finest plays ever written and whose works continue to be performed. Now let me be honest and say that I love Shakespeare in just about every form in which he appears. Traditional staging to updated to re-imagined. However, I know that some folks out there just can’t sit through the long plays and Elizabethan language without getting bored or distracted. So here are some recommendations for people who might like to get the gist of the Shakespearean story without all the fancy dialogue.

 

National Poetry Month

There was a time – many, many years ago, before radio and television – that people found entertainment through reading. Not just silently to themselves, but aloud, for everyone. And not just popular novels of the day. People were hungry for education as well as entertainment. They also read the newspaper – and poetry. Almost everyone remembers learning some poems in school, and many of us probably have favorites that we can recite. Poems that touched us in a way that made us want to remember that moment, so we learned them by heart. Poems that were, in fact, made to be read aloud.

"I am proud of what I am. I am a librarian."

Libraries are such an integral part of our community, we often take them for granted. So once a year, we have National Library Week – this year April 11-17 – to allow us time to acknowledge their value. Libraries provide information and entertainment for millions of people everyday all over the world, whether on a college campus or a major city or a small town. And there are the librarians who help us find what we need.

Play Ball!

Many years ago, I got a job working as a circulation assistant at a library. My schedule on most days had me going to work at 11:00 a.m., taking an hour for “lunch” at 4:00 p.m., and then working the evening shift until the library closed at 8:00 p.m. Usually I got home about 8:30. I began this job in July, so when I got home, my mother was watching the Atlanta Braves game. I’d played softball as a kid, but it had been a while since those days and I wasn’t a big baseball fan. On the other hand, my mother was. (Where my parents were concerned, my mom, not my dad, was the bigger sports fan.) When I arrived home, I was beat. I’d been on my feet most of the day. But I wasn’t necessarily sleepy, so I’d sit with Mama for a while and watch the game.

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m especially fond of this holiday because I do have more than a little Irish blood, something that an inordinate number of people in the U.S. can claim. In fact, it seems that, on March 17, everyone claims to be Irish. Why else would they be chugging all the green beer?

In choosing these movies, I decided to concentrate on the romantic image that we have of Ireland and why we have fun celebrating every St. Paddy’s Day.

The Oscars and Women's History Month

The two subjects in the title of this blog entry have more than a little in common this morning. For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards – 82 years! – a woman won for Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow took home the Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, the drama about a bomb unit in wartime Iraq. The Hurt Locker was also named Best Picture.

If you’d like to check out some other work by this director…

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