Just as Long as We’re Together: Eighth Post (Families)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:43 am by Rosepixie

I really hate Stephanie’s parents. On the other hand, Alison’s parents seem fantastic. This is an interesting book. Parts of it are still very relevant and I’m really enjoying reading it for those, but other parts are oddly outdated or strange. I can see why I liked this book when I was around the age of the characters, however now I really don’t enjoy it because of the parents and such driving me crazy!

“Midnight in Paris” (2011): Thoughts

Posted in Adults, Movie at 12:53 am by Rosepixie

This is a marvelous movie that gives a great view of the American scene in 1920s Paris. Among the featured historical figures are Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Cole Porter and T. S. Elliot. The main character, the modern outsider among this fabulous group, served as an excellent guide, asking interesting questions and exhibiting the appropriate amount of awe. I enjoyed this movie so much and was so pleasantly surprised by it! I’m glad to have seen it.


Autobiography of Mark Twain: Fourteenth Post (Patience)

Posted in Adults, Biography at 1:18 am by Rosepixie

Twain has little patience for unnecessary and illogical things. This results in a general annoyance towards any bureaucracy and a perfect willingness to ignore or otherwise give up on any endeavor requiring interactions of such a nature. I don’t know what he would have done today, in a world where such nonsense absolutely cannot be avoided. He would have gone crazy!

The Little, Brown Handbook: Third Post (Examples)

Posted in Linguistics, Reference at 12:58 am by Rosepixie

This book does a pretty good job of giving clear examples of why things should be a certain way. The examples for things like number agreement and other issues commonly messed up, especially in everyday speech, are especially strong. I really am extremely impressed with the clarity and organization of this book. I would absolutely recommend it as a good writing and grammar book.


Vespers Rising: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:06 am by Rosepixie

This was a fantastic book! I loved that it gave us glimpses into Cahills past to show us what they were like and why they did things the way they did. It tied up loose ends from the previous series and led into the next one! Most interesting about these stories was how they showed family history passing into legend and the details being changed or forgotten over time and retellings of the stories. I have a feeling that’s important.


Xena: “If the Shoe Fits…” (1998): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 1:08 am by Rosepixie

This episode was sort of a team retelling of Cinderella. The story progresses as it is passed from storyteller to storyteller, however it also changes. Each narrator recasts him or herself into the tale (usually as the title character) and the rest of the story is sort of remade in his or her own image. Joxer has a romantic encounter at the ball with Gabrielle (who is the beautiful princess in his portion of the story), Xena is strong and refuses to let a shoe determine her destiny, etc. It all made for a fascinating version of Cinderella that did a great job of illustrating the different characters from the show.

Rugrats: “Finsterella” (2001): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 12:22 am by Rosepixie

This episode is a retelling of Cinderella with Chuckie playing the title role. It was actually a great use of the story. Chuckie has a new stepmother and a new stepsister and he uses the story to work through his conflicting feelings about them. Chuckie focuses on the early part of the story, before the ball, because his growing understanding that his new family is loving and that he has the wit and courage to get what he wants for himself make portraying the actual ball unnecessary. I enjoyed this episode.


Rugrats: “No Place Like Home” (2000): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 4:37 am by Rosepixie

This retelling of The Wizard of Oz is a drugged dream that Susie has while have her tonsils taken out. The abstract concepts from the original story were replaced by more concrete objects (i.e. “courage” became “a flashlight”), with the exception of the wish to go home. There were references to the 1939 movie, but the world was entirely constructed of the trappings of a child’s world – a hopscotch road, a merry-go-round, a petting zoo, bunny slippers, a playground, even a bouncy castle. It was cute, if a bit odd.

Rugrats: “Two by Two” (1999): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 3:01 am by Rosepixie

Poor Angelica totally got left to die in the flood! I mean, sure, she’s kind of a brat and all, but does she really deserve to be drowned horribly in the flood while even the dog, Spike, and the ants from the backyard get to be saved in the ark? The kids actually acted out the story of Noah’s ark pretty faithfully – even to the point of only saving worthy humans, yet trying to save all the animals. It was actually slightly disturbing.

Rugrats: “The Magic Baby” (1999): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 2:15 am by Rosepixie

This story played with the idea of magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk. The babies are given magic beans in exchange for a toy, but must figure out what to do with them. The wisdom and practicality of growing a beanstalk in the house is questioned, so they make wishes on the beans instead. At some point it is determined that there is a giant around as well. The beans don’t cause quite as much trouble as Jack’s but the modern adventure that they do have is pretty cute!

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