A Quiet Place (2018)

Supremely suspenseful.

I went with a friend who generally doesn’t do horror films – and they liked it.

I loved it.



The Artist is Present

The male muse – so often underappreciated – was the topic of a recent email conversation with my awesome new e-pal. Today I decided to Google male muse just to see…This article which included one of favorite guaranteed to make me cry every time YouTubes was the result.

I turned my Smart phone off for five hours and lived.

My Smart phone and I are working overtime. I’m away from home without laptop, in the jaws midst of a self-education/broadening my horizons type project, but thanks to select phone apps I can create documents in Word, and take online classes. But there are also apps for messenger, email, Facebook, and blogging on that same phone – no need to explain right? Distractionville.

This morning I did everything I needed to do online, made necessary calls, and turned my phone off. It stayed upstairs on my desk, while me and my reference books, paper, and pens went downstairs to the dining room table. After two hours of uninterrupted work I took an electronics free hour off for brunch, and returned to work. It’s five hours since operation turn off began, and now the phone is back in action. My plans include reading three chapters of Crucifixion Creek by Barry Maitland, writing two email buddies, calling my family, then phone goes off and upstairs again, and I’ll do a final two hours project work for the day.

It was not as hard as I thought it would be, and that’s probably because the phone stayed upstairs. It’s such pretty thing, so shiny, so tempting…

Stay strong Frances!

Until next time.

This is a photo of my circa 2005 Nokia. It was the first phone I used for mobile blogging, texting, and email. Believe it or not!

Faces Places (2017)

What do you get when you combine 89-year old Agnes Varda, a leading figure of the French New Wave, and 33 year-old JR, an accomplished French photographer and muralist?

A must-see French language documentary currently available on Netflix.