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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: Yesterday at 08:45:28 AM
JK - I have always found Hannibal and co. fascinating, as well. Imagine your average Roman soldier seeing elephants for the first time!

RRA1 - For some reason, a large number of Latvians settled near my little town in Pennsylvania. Otherwise, I would never have known much about the place. They came after WWII and maintained their language and culture to a great degree. They send their kids to Latvian camps in the summer and seem to know peers all over the country. In my twenties, I came across a diary of a girl/young woman who endured the revolution and occupation and was forced to move, alone, to the USSR to work in various industrial jobs. It is really depressing reading. Her happiness in life was reduced to the degree to which she could avoid hunger and cold. I Only Wanted to Live is the title. (Sorry I can't seem to italicize on this website - when I try, this is what happens.)
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 08:31:41 AM
Thanks for the pronunciation. I was thinking TSAR-skow SEEL-oh. Now I won't be embarrasses if I have a face-to-face conversation with an expert on Russian history.

Princess Charlotte is Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's great-granddaughter, daughter of her grandson Prince William, heir to the throne. In the US, the press is obsessed with British Royalty lately. This, despite that pesky American Revolution to leave monarchy behind.

I answered your question about the movie.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: Yesterday at 08:24:23 AM
RRA1 - As with books (and cats vs. dogs!), it is impossible for me to pick one favorite or must-see. When people ask me this, I feel a lot of anxiety (ditto with colors, kids, etc.).
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 05:01:56 AM
RRA1 - I am continuing my study of Russian history, but cannot seem to find a consistent pronunciation for Tsarskoe Selo. How do you say it?
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: Yesterday at 04:55:56 AM
I'm pretty enough, but that's all. My family and people who have known me since childhood comment on how much Princess Charlotte looks like me as a child - there is a striking resemblance in terms of face shape, eyes, nose, hair texture, coloring, etc. 

When I go to a concert, I sit unless there is space in the aisles to stand/dance or it is an outdoor venue where there is room to be up and not block anyone's view. Otherwise, I only get up if everyone else is standing, usually for the last few songs. After all, people pay a lot of money to see, not just hear, their band.

I don't understand the girl sitting on a guy's shoulders for a concert. It is, IMO, something that is done for a child who cannot otherwise see or needs to be kept close and safe in a crowd. Honestly, when a teenage girl or woman does this, it seems sexual to me, like, "Look! My crotch is on his neck! He is strong and masculine! OOOH!" Or, "Look at me! I'm a hunky guy who has her crotch on my neck!"
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: July 12, 2018, 06:56:38 PM
The Sound of Music was a tear-jerker for me until I learned that half of it was fake.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs Where You Only Like Certain Bits on: July 12, 2018, 03:45:10 PM
Yikes, JK, no offense taken! The fun of this is that we all get to say what we think.

RRA1 - Hello back! BTW, I am just fine with your hating the song.

Now for my favorite bit of a "meh" song: I always get a rush right at the point when Free Bird makes the shift from ballad to up-tempo guitar solo. Worth listening to the whole song just for that.
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: July 11, 2018, 04:41:33 PM
I think that an excellent example of movies that mix horrot and humor would be 'Motel Hell."
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Songs Where You Only Like Certain Bits on: July 11, 2018, 04:37:20 PM
JK - This song is one of my all-time favorite covers!
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: July 10, 2018, 03:34:38 PM
I really love cats and dogs equally. My kitties seem to enjoy my kids' Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Cannibal Corpse songs. This is probably because it is played at a decibel level that is physically stimulating and they start scratching furniture. Or, maybe it makes them nervous and that is why they scratch? Hard to tell. They don't react one way or another to Beach Boys music. Do your cats have favorite musc? How in the world do you tell what they like/don't like?
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: July 09, 2018, 05:24:18 PM
RRA1 - I do appreciate the differences between cats and dogs. Yes, Kittie aloofness is adorable.  i have had a couple, however, who were quite like dogs in this regard, probably because they were raised my family from a few days old. I also like when cats are aloof but they cannot stand
it when they think a person (or dog) is the same.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Cats on: July 09, 2018, 03:22:17 PM
Oh, no, Jay. How terrible. It is one thing to lose a sick cat, but the shock of suddenly finding her bloody and gone must be even worse. 
There is really nothing I know to say that will help, but know that you are not alone in your mourning.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Singers Who Still Have It! on: July 07, 2018, 04:13:07 AM
I agree, if YouTube is any indication.
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Joe Jackson R. I. P. on: July 07, 2018, 04:12:26 AM
Yeah, as a mother, I've made mistakes, as all parents do. Then there are the ongoing "mistakes" that kill children's souls and sense of security and belonging in the world. I'm sure that if we dug deep enough, as with John Cowsill's father, we would find the root causes of his cruelty to the the innocent, souls who depend on their parents for love and safety.  On the other hand, there are countless parents who, instead of becoming the abuser in order to feel more powerful after having been abused, choose otherwise. IMO, there is no excuse for the former and the wives who are complicit by standing by.   
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Pet Peeves on: July 05, 2018, 05:11:10 PM
While I do admit to being partial to my home state of Pennsylvania, I have seen much to admire in many other states in the US. and know many people who, while a bit sentimental about their state of origin, appreciate  living in others and would not wish to move back.  In terms of California,
there is a great deal to admire and enjoy, just as there are parts and aspects of the state that I don't care for.  However, the idea that it is luxurious
is true of certain parts of it. There is also a lot of poverty and  people who have very moderate incomes.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Pet Peeves on: July 05, 2018, 02:12:41 PM
True. Even highly accurate documentaries and non-fiction works necessarily focus on a slice of reality. I once taught a unit on the Quakers in Pennsylvania.  The kids were impressed on their emphasis on freedom of conscience, equality, pacifism, respect for women, abolition, etc. Yet there was not sufficient time to explain that, on the other hand, people were "read out of meeting," (kicked out) for marrying non-Quakers, William Penn owned slaves who built his estate on the banks of the Delaware River, and a Quaker was kicked out of many Meetings for making dramatic speeches condemning them for owning slaves or benefiting from their labor.  Additionally, many husbands failed to pitch in at home when their wives took advantage of opportunities to be leaders at their Meetings, Betsy Ross and her husband were "Fighting Quakers" who supported the American Revolution, and more than a few Friends Quakers opposed the Abolition Movement per se because they thought  that it would promote armed conflict.
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all do today? on: July 05, 2018, 01:50:26 PM
Ha!
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: July 05, 2018, 01:48:59 PM
Love it! "...concentrated hideousness..." Thank you - might be useful.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Sandbox thread for insignificant chit-chat on: July 04, 2018, 10:19:55 AM
Elle is Dakota's little sister. I think that they are both very pretty, although I sometimes get very confused as to why some actresses/models are deemed beautiful. Great managers/publicists? For example, if Giselle Bundchen and Sarah Jessica Parker are deserving of the title, heck, so am I!
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: July 04, 2018, 10:14:57 AM
D Cunningham - Oh, thank you for the clarification. I can find what I need, I'm sure. I like to use historical fiction along with true history with my reluctant learners. My problem is that I really prefer to read non-fiction, myself, so don't have much already swimming in my head.
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Pet Peeves on: July 04, 2018, 10:11:57 AM
The Captain - I do second your point about American Films, or TV shows, for that matter. I recently read an article by young American woman
living in China who, along with her peers, struggles with the impression that the show Friends gives young Chinese males of female sexual behavior in the US. I've had more than a few conversations with people in many parts of the world who, based on movies, believe that all Americans are very comfortable, if not rich. And let's not forget the impression many have of California. While I find much that is beautiful about it, the reality is that
many aspects of it do not square with the myth. Perhaps my favorite example of "knowledge by acetate" involves a school friend of my sons. He came here from South Korea for secondary school because his American-born mother feared the effect that the pressures on student in his own country might have on him. Reared on Mississippi Burning and other movies focusing (rightfully) on racism in America, he was shocked at the degree to which different races and ethnicities lived in harmony. While he was upset at the one racist remark he had to deal with, he shared that
South Korean society, as well as that of Japan (where he had spent some time) was much more xenophobic and less open to a "melting pot," or even a stew. 
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: The What Are You Reading? Thread on: July 04, 2018, 09:50:23 AM
Doesn't sound all that much like a brief history of thought! I might check out Singer's work, as I find stories about extended families particularly fascinating.
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Joe Jackson R. I. P. on: July 04, 2018, 09:46:55 AM
I teach adolescent girls who, if they had fathers at all, were as nurturing as Joseph. Now for another cup...
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Joe Jackson R. I. P. on: July 04, 2018, 09:45:10 AM
Goodness, yes! I just now had my morning coffee! It's been a hellish first two weeks at my new job. Thank you for the correction.
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Singers Who Still Have It! on: July 04, 2018, 09:43:39 AM
Distinguishing between his singing toward the top of his range and a true falsetto here, I offer December, 1963, My Eyes Adored You, and my favorite Frankie song, Can't Take My Eyes Off You. I find his falsetto much too whiney. Brian's falsetto, to my ears, is the most pleasing. I also like Maurice Gibb's falsetto, which is typically heard only in some of the BG's harmonic blends (see their performance of Nights on Broadway on the Midnight Special). Barry's was OK, although  bit reachy and overused, and Robin had a gorgeous vibrato.
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