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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…

The Academy Award for Best Picture

            There always seems to be a lot of buzz about the Best Picture Oscar.

  

Remakes That You Didn’t Know Were Remakes … Or Maybe You Did

                  Hollywood is always doing remakes. Sometimes they’re sneaky about it.  

 

 

Kathryn Grayson (1922-2010)

The lovely Kathryn Grayson died last week at the age of 88. Grayson was a mainstay of MGM in the 1950s, playing the lead in several of the studio’s best musicals. She made her movie debut in Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary, part of the series starring Mickey Rooney. Her beautiful soprano voice was showcased in classic movies such as Anchors Aweigh, opposite Gene Kelly.

Those Who Show Up

As I was considering movies and television series to commemorate Black History Month, I realized that I gravitate toward movies about everyday people. There are numerous references to people like Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and we should remember their strength and courage. But there are men and women who are not so well-known and should be remembered as well. People who took a step toward righting wrongs and improving the lives of everyone. These movies are based on true stories of those who worked for the rights and dignity of themselves and others.
 

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