Saturday, May 13, 2017

than you show

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have more than you show,
speak less than you know

(King Lear, No Fear Shakespeare)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

favorite youtube channels

The title really says it all. These are my favorite channels, thought you all might enjoy them too. I chose some videos as examples of their content. I'd love to hear who favorite youtubers are. 


xx

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

bookish tag

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Thanks to S.F. for tagging me! ♥ Rules: 1/ You must be honest 2/ You must answer all the questions 3/ You must tag at least 4 people

  1.  Which Book Has Been On Your Shelf The Longest? The Art of Memory by Francis A. Yates has been on my shelf for about 4 years. I'm a third of the way through it.
  2.  What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? Currently I'm reading the first book of The Faerie Queen by Spencer for school, the last book I read was Here I Stand by Bainton, also for school, and the next book I'll read will probably be Clipper Ship by Maybury, also for school. Sense a pattern?
  3.  What book did everyone like but you hated? I tend to read books that not many people I know have read, so...oh I didn't much care for Stepping Heavenward by Prentiss.
  4.  What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read but you probably won't? I try not to lie to myself. 
  5.  What books are you saving for retirement? Do or do not, there is no retirement. Wait that's wrong. 
  6.  Last page: Read it first or wait until the end? Read it first if you're never gonna read the book anyway, this will clinch your determination not to read it, also your lack of respect will silence the people who keep bugging you to read it. Just kidding that's not very nice. But really don't waste your reading time on less than great books.
  7.  Acknowledgments: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? If I don't like a book I don't finish it and I've rarely started books I don't like. I'm very picky. 
  8.  Which book character would you switch places with? Real life is kinda rad so...but in terms of switching with a fictional character I'd want to switch places with someone from a movie or series, not so much a book. 
  9.  Do you have a book that reminds of you something specific in your life? (Place, time, person) Lots. First that comes to mind is Sherlock Holmes, I have this thick dark green hardcover book with gold embossing that I read summer of 2013. That summer was kinda crazy and that book was my own world. Coming inside from a hot outdoors and sitting in cold air conditioning reading Sherlock. Also Henry Reed's Baby Sitting Service, which I read a long time ago so many times back to back. Read it in the hammock, read it in the bathroom, read it on the floor, read it in my bed, read it in the car, you get the idea. Always in the summer though. 
  10.  Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way. Erm...that Sherlock book was my grandfather's. I just kind of adopted it. 
  11.  Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? I gave my sister's piano book of music from the Lord of The Rings trilogy to a friend of mine. I'm so generous. 
  12.  Which book has been with you most places? The Art of Memory has remained on my shelf through three house moves. 
  13.  Any required reading in High School that wasn't so bad two years later? I was never made to read anything bad. Lucky me. 
  14.  Used or brand new? It's not the outside that matters, it's all about the heart. Old or new, worn out, musty, crisp and fresh, it's what's inside that counts. 
  15.  Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? Nope. 
  16.  Have you ever seen a movie you liked more then the book? Nope. Movies and books are too different in my mind. 
  17.  Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)? So many. None come to mind specifically at the moment though. But you know the ones that go on and on about steamy goodness and crust on the outside but soft and moist within and jelly seeping out and hot buttered toast and fresh bright colored fruit, perfectly ripe and the juice just trickles down your chin and....
  18.  Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take? I don't always take anyone's advice. I feel like I'm taking these questions too literally. Ooh a pun. 
  19.  Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? I don't have a reading comfort zone? I just read stuff. 
I tag: Kenzie at think. eat. write. read, Amy at Little Moon Dragon, Amy at A Magical World of Words, Vanessa at Simply Me, and Emily at Mixed Margins.  

xx

Monday, May 08, 2017

In April

via | Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders
books:
The Prince, by Machiavelli - Interesting
Her Royal Spyness, by Janet Quin-Harkin (audio book) - Fun

movies:
Pretty in Pink
Hook
Archipelago
Beetlejuice
A Streetcar Named Desire
Poldark (seasons 1 and 2) - Liked the first season
Peaky Blinders (season 1-3) ♥ - Stunningly beautiful, brilliant use of music, great actors, good writing.

I hope you all are having a good May. xx

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2013 - 2017

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Today is the fourth anniversary of this blog! Woot woot!
Thank you all for your support and friendship ~ love you guys! ♥

Sunday, April 02, 2017

In March

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Read:
The Four Loves, by C. S. Lewis (audio book read by Lewis)
The Abolition of Man, by C. S. Lewis
The Charisma Myth, by Olivia Fox Cabane - Seemed longer than it needed to be, but full of useful information. 

Watched: 
Avatar 
*Secret Life of Pets - Cute. 
Kong: Skull Island - Saw this twice and loved it both times. Colorful, beautiful, fantastic actors, great music, action packed and adventuresome. Definitely worth seeing in theater on the big screen. 
Batman Returns (1992) - Michelle Pfeiffer's performance was the best thing about it for me. 
Chicago - Fast paced musical that never slows down. Watched for Renee Zellweger and John C. Reilly. 
series:
Legion
That Girl
I Dream of Jeanie (1 episode)
*Return to Cranford - I love this so much. I love Judi Dench and Tom Hiddleston. 

Did you find any new favorite books or movies in March? Have a lovely April. xx

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

letters live

Hey guys! I just found Letters Live on youtube. I've just seen three videos so far, but I loved them so I'm sharing them with you. Letters Live is an event where artists read letters aloud to audiences to "celebrate letter writing and the art of correspondence". I love how strongly the personality of the writers shows in their letters.

This letter is so sweet and I love how TH can't help laughing.

It's really cool to watch Andrew Scott reading this letter and then Benedict reading the same below and see the similarities and differences. I love the way AS interprets the letter.

I love how Benedict gives so much character to each word even when he's reading super fast. It's brilliant. 

xx

Monday, March 20, 2017

drift away

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Thanks for the joy that you've given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You've helped me along
Making me strong

(Drift Away, by Dobie Gray)

Because I love Merlin. xx

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

list no. v

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Music:


Links:
Go Behind-the-Scenes of Our CAPTAIN AMERICA Marathon with Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Chris Hardwick & More | Nerdist
www.galactanet.com/writing.html
History of the Term Winter Soldier Ahead of Captain America | The Mary Sue
FoxTrot
Cosmos on Nautilus
Script Timer - Words to Time Calculator | Edge Studio

Videos:
Quotes:
"It is easy enough to be pleasant, 
When life flows by like a song, 
But the man worth while is the one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong." (from the poem Worth While, by Ella Wilcox)

"Knowing it's real means you gotta make a decision. One, keep denying it, or two, do something about it." (Jessica Jones in Netflix's Jessica Jones)

xx

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

IN FEBRUARY

Mary Blair, Peter Pan mermaids:
Mary Blair, Peter Pan mermaids | via
books
The Shorter Summa, by Thomas Aquinas, Peter Kreeft (school) - Cool.
Paradise, by Dante, translated by Anthony Esolen (school)

movies
Down With Love - Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger. Okay.
Miss Potter - Also Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger. Sweet.
The Fantastic Mr Fox - Watched it to see Wes Anderson's style.
La La Land - Colorful and bright. Loved the jazz. The story the plot told and the story the movie's artistry told seemed like two different stories, to me.
Marley and Me - Okay, long.
Sing - Fun and colorful and upbeat. (Ooo a pun.)
All Creatures Great and Small - Okay, fun, colorful. (Can you tell I love color?)
The Intern - Okay, sweet.
The Choice - Not my thing.
*Doctor Strange - Perfect.
*Captain America: Civil War - Basically perfect.
*Ant-Man - Exactly what it should be.

tv series
Avatar: The Last Airbender (to end) - Loved it.
Jessica Jones (about half) - More MA than Daredevil and less fun.
Legion - So far so cool. It's fascinating to me how the main character's story is told as you move through the rooms of his childhood house, rather than chronologically. Reminds me of a mind palace, the way every time you enter a specific room you always see the same memory being reenacted.
*Downton Abbey (various episodes)

*rewatched

February wasn't the best month for movies for me, except of course for the re-watched Marvel movies. ♥ Flew on an airplane for the first time by myself! It's empowering to know I've done that. Did you find any new favorite books or movies in Feruary? Anything exciteing happen? I hope you all have a lovely March! ♥ I always like March. xx

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

that hollow crown

King Arthur:
via | BBC Merlin
For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king? 

{Richard II Act 3, Scene 2, by William Shakespeare}

Monday, February 20, 2017

xx notes

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Be humble. Be kind. Know that you'll make mistakes and it'll be embarrassing, but have a sense of humor.
Laugh.You might as well have fun.
Tell people you love them, and be gentle. 
Question everything, and I mean everything. Because the truth can take it, but nothing else can. And it's the truth that matters.
Take chances and do things that scare you. Never close your eyes to possibility. 
Don't box up reality and pretend you know its walls. 

Look up, at the sky. Taste the air on the tip of your tongue. Watch the clouds move. 
Take care of yourself, always be gentle. Cry if you need to, but don't give up hope. Look for things to be grateful for. Smile. Hug. Breathe deeply, in and out. Do it now. 
Be brave. Seek out life. Know that adventure is close to you, rubbing up against you daily. Take it by the hand and welcome it in. 
Notice colors when you see them, tell yourself "that's blue" or "pink". Look for your favorite colors. 
Be aware of your self breathing in and out, thinking, feeling. Close your eyes and let your mind go black. Rest. 

Don't make assumptions. Don't judge. Don't become too familiar with your opinions. 
Laugh, smile, make laughter creases around your eyes. 
Drink water. Stretch. Skip. Read books. Clap your hands. Shake your head around so your hair gets messy. Scrunch up your nose. Smell flowers. Taste your food like you're on a cooking show. Talk to people. 
Have discipline. Be tidy. Be polite. Enjoy things. Learn. Take initiative. 
Sing. Dance. Twirl. Give piggyback rides. Use more adjectives. Cuddle. Remember the things you love. Make a list of them. 
Have fun. Work hard. Sleep well. Look up, at the stars. 
Check out this incredible world. Be friendly.
Think, before you act. Be safe. 
Love, as much as you can. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

IN JANUARY

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Books:
What the Most Successful People do before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam - great
Winter Soldier: The Complete Collection, by Brubaker, Guice, Lovle - also great
St Francis of Assisi, by G. K. Chesterton
The Martian, by Andy Weir - great
Purgatory, by Dante (translated by Anthony Esolen)
The Marvelous land of Snergs, by E. A. Wyke-Smith - great
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie - good

*great means I recommend

Movies:
Brooklyn - not the best but good
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - very funny at times, at other times over the edge
Lover Come Back - not my thing but Doris Day is so bright and lovely
Kingsman: The Secret Service - love the style and class
*Princess Diaries 1 and 2 - Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway < 3
Finding Dory - sweet and funny and colorful
*Captain America: The First Avenger
Storks - funny
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Salmon Fishing on the Yemen - loved this movie
Big Fish - Tim Burton and Ewan McGregor. Strange but sweet too, especially the ending.
Moulin Rouge! - I didn't know who directed this when I started it, but a couple minutes in I knew it must be Baz Luhrmann because his style is so very recognizable. It's so imaginative. I love the soundtrack (eg Your Song)
The Impossible - good, music didn't seen to match at times

*seen before

TV Series:
Sherlock season 4
Smash (couple eps) - meh
Breathless - Set in the early 60s. It ends without an ending and there's no second season so be warned.
z: the beginning of everything - fun, then meh
New Girl (1 ep) - sweet
Avatar: The Last Airbender - great
Stranger Things (3 episodes) - I watched this to find out why people like it, but I still don't get it.
That Girl - cute and fun and light

hope you all have a wonderful February xx

Thursday, January 19, 2017

list no. iv

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videos:

music:



links:

quotes:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference." - Niebuhr

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies
in being superior to your former self." - Hemingway
have a beautiful day xx

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016

all images via tumblr
Favorite things in 2016: 
  • Reading. 
  • You all. 
  • Marvel. (Civil War. Doctor Strange. Bucky. Everyone. Sebastian Stan. The comics. Other fans.)
  • Biking. 
  • Sun.
  • Running.
  • Painting my room. (White. In the summer. With music.)
  • Violin.
  • Family. 
  • Watching movies. (By myself. At night. Cross legged.)
  • Making a movie. (With friends. Flinging myself onto the ground to get good shots.)
  • P.G. Wodehouse. (Read by Jonathan Cecil.)

The only really measurable goal I set myself last year was to read 70 books, which I did, and something more than that too, so yay. Month posts from 2016:

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE JULY AUGUST | SEPTEMBER OCTOBER DECEMBER + NOVEMBER

I've been reading a book called "What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast" and it talks about having a list of six priority thing to accomplish each day, the first three being things that need to be done that day and the second three small things that work towards a larger goal you want to accomplish by the end of the year. I love that idea. Exercising and reading on a constant basis make a big difference for me, in a good way, so my year end goals for 2017: read 50 books and be able to comfortably run 3 miles. 

I'd like to also set a word count writing goal for myself to reach every day or month but I have yet to figure out how that works. Do you have any websites or apps you'd recommend for that sort of thing? Or just advice in general? 

Less measurable but still important things to work on in 2017:
  • Be more confident when I speak. 
  • Be less selfish.
  • Trust people more that I should.
  • Do things that scare me. 
  • Learn to not be so mean/nasty/grumpy when I'm nervous/anxious/scared.
  • Be brave. 
  • Remember what's important.
  • Be more present in the moment.  
  • Worry less.
Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth; The glory of action; The splendor of achievement; For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision; But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, And every tomorrow a vision of hope.- Salutation to the Dawn, by Kalidasa

Thank you all for reading this blog. ♥ Have a happy 2017! xx