Monthly Archives: July 2012

Books and Movies

A few books that have become movies:

Peter Pan

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Chronicles of Narnia

Pinocchio

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As much as I love books, sometimes, I wonder whether I shouldn’t live life rather then read about other people’s perceptions of it.

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The Little Mole by Zdenek Miler

Today, I thought I’d turn my flashlight on the Little Mole, a cartoon character from the Czech Republic, first created in 1956.

He is probably more popular today than ever. (Last year the Little Mole even flew to outer space with NASA.) He is the star of many books and cartoons that demonstrate caring, sharing, cooperation, hard work, ingenuity and resilience and that encourage children to acquire knowledge and skills by following the Little Mole’s example. Part of what makes the Little Mole different is that there’s nearly no dialogue; most of the verbal communication is emotional exclamations, which adds to his innocence and, perhaps, partly explains his popularity in over 80 countries (ie. no dubbing required).

Have a look a the Little Mole in action and you may fall in love with him too: The Mole and the Snowman.

The Little Mole and his friends

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Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat come to life

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27 Easy Brownie Recipes by Leonardo Manzo and Karina di Geronimo

So, I came across this book, and right away I realized the importance and the effect of great food photography…(or even just the importance of pictures in general). Not that the words aren’t important. Let’s just say that the two, together, can be magical.

Outside of a brief prologue, a quote from Fernand Point, a few paragraphs titled “Brownies for Happiness” (yup, that’s how I see brownies as well), a few of “Grandma’s Solutions for Common Problems” and “Top 7 Pro Tips for Baking the Perfect Brownies”, this book is all recipes. Which is what it’s all about and that’s plenty.

Back to gushing over the photos and text…O.K. so, maybe I haven’t seen too many modern cookbooks, but I do know what I like and there’s not much that’s more lovely than a beautiful pic of a food that you’re addicted to….mmmm, crumbly, melty, rich yummies.

And as I mentioned earlier, the words aren’t bad either: melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, walnuts or almonds….cool to your liking…ahhhhh. (Are you with me or am I in need of chocolate therapy?)

Even the names of the brownies: Microwave Brownies (simple), Gluten-free Brownies (better for you), Chocolate and Mascarpone Double Brownies (exotic AND double), Christmas Brownies (Christmas!), Alchemy Brownies (magic!)….

I could go on like this, but, you get the idea….and…I am in need of a chocolate fix.

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The Blogging Addict

That is what I have become. I cannot stop. I’ve spread myself too thin. The posts are suffering. I am suffering. I’ve been going at the blog the way I do at a bucket of The Chunky Monkey (or whatever other delicious ice cream happens to be on sale….hell, anything with sugar will do).

I have asked my husband to tell me to get off the computer if he spies me blogging. But, no. He has not been vigilant. He is undependable. That’s what it is.

Meanwhile, here I am, typing like a fiend in the glare of the screen. Is it even worth reading? I don’t know, but I must continue. (Seriously, if a blog was chocolate, it would be ooozing from my mouth from being overfilled.) What to do?????

Right. It’s just like this except wrt the blog.

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Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirshenbaum

This is a best selling relationship manual for those who just can’t figure out whether their relationship is worth staying in or not. It’s the book you reach for after all else has failed.

Personally, I love it. It’s very clear with respect to telling you what has a chance at working and what (in all likelihood) does not. It discusses topics such as how to recognize when someone is playing  a game and what you need to do, as the responsible person that you are, before you call it quits. Or stay, the decision is always left up to you.

Based on the premise that 1/5 Americans are stuck in relationship ambivalence, the book goes through diagnostic steps (from the most obvious ones to the trickier ones), discusses specific cases as examples, provides guidelines (i.e. conclusions based on how you answered each diagnostic step) and provides answers to questions that the reader is bound to have, such as: “how can you tell me to leave”? or “what if I still love him?”

Example:

Diagnostic question #1: Think about that time when things between you and your partner were at their best. Looking back, would you now say that things were really very good between you then?………

Guideline #1: If, when your relationship was at its “best”, things between you didn’t feel right or work well, the prognosis is poor. I feel comfortable saying that you’ll feel you’ve discovered what’s right for you if you choose to leave. Quick take: If it never was very good, it’ll never be very good.

It also discusses games that we play with ourselves:

The Waiting Trap: ….say you’re waiting for a bus. If you wait for 10 minutes, you immediately convert that waiting time into a kind of investment. Because you’ve invested 10 minutes in waiting for the bus, it feels stupid not to invest another 10 minutes. Before you know it, you’ve invested 20 minutes, and with an investment like that, how could you not keep waiting more and more. This is how you end up waiting 45 minutes for a bus to take you somewhere you could walk to in 15 minutes….[Sally] was married to her alcoholic husband for 32 years, because she was a victim of the waiting trap….

And, then, the author gives you concrete advice regarding how NOT to become a victim of the waiting trap.

In a nutshell: the books looks at deciding whether to stay or go with sensitivity, but also logic, based on experience and data gathered from other couples and their results. It looks at of the all angles, all of the tough issues without allowing you to get mired in a fearful, emotional bog. And if you are in one, it will help you get out…one way or the other.

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