Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Iris Apfel and The Minimalists

Such is the philosophy of Iris Apfel. It is not my philosophy. I am more of a minimalist. But I love her.

Funny true story: When I got my bifocals I first picked out a frame that reminded me of Iris, specifically because I love the look of her glasses. The eye doctors assistant talked me down. She said she didn't think the little town I lived in was ready for Iris Apfel (which was funny because I hadn't mentioned her up to that point.) So I toned down a bit and I think I'm probably happier.

Anywho - last week when there was nothing worth watching on tv and none of my shows have a new season on Netflix yet, I came upon a documentary about minimalism which is home to me. It was good and I will talk about it later.

Tonight - same nothing good on tv - same nothing new I want to watch on Netflix - I came across the documentary simply titled 'Iris'.

It was so good. She has been totally true to herself for 95 years now. She was married to her husband Carl for 68 years until he died in 2015.

If you have a chance - watch it. She is fascinating and endearing although I could never wear what she wears or live in her house.

So The Minimalists:

This is a documentary by and about Joshua Filburn and Ryan Nicodemis and their pursuit of minimalism.

It was also good. They took you on a book tour and on the way chronicled their lives thus far and how they got into minimalism.

Again - watch it if you have a chance.

Meanwhile they have a website. This is them:

Wonder how Joshua and Ryan would get along with Iris?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein

I am currently in a book club called You Read Like A Girl.

Pick number one is a book written by a boy. If you have read my blog much you know, I'm not often drawn to the male voice in the books I read.

This book was easier to read than most.

If you are in the book club and you haven't finished the book, warning, I have and there will be spoilers here. (I have to review it all as it is due back to the library.)

Things I liked:

I liked the usage of the dogs point of view and enjoyed reading those parts.

I liked the introduction into the racing world.

I liked Denny's relationship with his daughter. I love fathers who are engaged in their children's lives in positive ways.

There are really nice passages in the book that are definitely truths wrapped in fiction. Like this one:

"Often things happen to race cars in the heat of the race...When faced with one of these problems, the poor driver crashes. The average driver gives up. THE GREAT DRIVERS DRIVE THROUGH THE PROBLEM. They figure out a way to continue racing....To be able to possess a machine in such a way is the ultimate show of determination and awareness. IT MAKES ONE REALIZE THAT THE PHYSICALITY OF OUR WORLD IS A BOUNDARY TO US ONLY IF OUR WILL IS WEAK; a true champion can accomplish things that a normal person would think impossible." Garth Stein

Things I didn't like:

Eve. Probably bitchy of me but I just never liked her.

The thing I hated: SPOILER ALERT:

I don't like it when books, movies, or tv use a girl or woman lying about sexual assault as part of their plots.

I know it happens in real life. But I think it is very, very rare.

What is more common is a girl or woman being assaulted, telling the truth, and not being believed. Or being too afraid to tell anyone for fear she won't be believed.

It ruined the book for me.

Feminist is a label I wear proudly and I don't like books, movies, television that make life harder for all of us in the human tribe.

I am happy that the next book we will be reading is The Wanderground by Sally Miller Gearhart. I think it will establish balance.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Verse for anti trump rallies (and all of the people involved in his attempts to destroy the USA)

The Cranberries song Zombie is one of my favorite angry, sing/yell in the car songs. Just realized the chorus could be used effectively at anti trump rallies.

Hey donald trump -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Hey betsy wetsy -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Hey bannon, sessions, flynn -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Really you could yell/sing it at any of them at any rally. It would be very satisfying.

I love you Dolores O'Riordan!!!!!