|This years Sunflower in memory of my good friend and colleague Fran|
Every year since we lost Fran to Ovarian cancer her friends and colleagues have grown Sunflowers in her memory.
This is my Sunflower for 2014
My school books revisited for August is 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker.
I read the book when it first came out in the 80's and the film is one of my favorites and when my daughter read it in English Lit I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read it again and therefore had to make it one of my school revisited reads and guess what I got to enjoy it all over again. There are some subtle differences between the book and the film.
For anyone who has never read the book or seen the film the story is
.set in the deep American south between the wars, this is the classic tale of Celie, a young poor black girl. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave. She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug Avery, a singer and rebellious black. woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life.
It is always described as one of the most haunting books people have ever read and I think this is very true but is truly a magnificent read.
My film for the month of August 'Asrenic and Old Lace' starring Cary Grant. Mortimer Brewster, who has written several books ridiculing marriage as old fashioned has finally bitten the bullet and got married to his sweetheart Elaine Harper who lives next door to his aunts who raised him. . He is about to go on Honeymoon but before he gets a chance he discovers a secret about his two dear old aunts and his uncle Teddy when he discovers a body hidden in the window seat. Mortimer thinks that his Uncle Teddy, who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt, has something to do with the body but on confronting his two elderly aunts he soon discovers that they have been as they put 'helping their gentleman to cross to the other side' by poisoning them with elderberry wine, arsenic, strychnine and just a pinch of cyanide.
It is a truly funny film and if you've never watched it, it is definitely one to brighten up a wet Sunday afternoon.