Tuesday, March 30, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 10 Power Rankings: Ushering Didi Off The Stage

1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Lee Dewyze
3. Michael Lynche
4. Casey James
5. Aaron Kelly
6. Siobhan Magnus
7. Andrew Garcia
8. Katie Stevens
9. Tim Urban
10.Didi Benami

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 11 Power Rankings: Mileys to go before I sleep

What a lousy American Idol. I think they should send the bottom eight home tomorrow night and save us two months of this torture. Nevertheless, here are this week's power rankings:

1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Lee Dewyze
3. Siobhan Magnus (tie)
3. Michael Lynche (tie)
4. Aaron Kelly
5. Casey James
6. Katie Stevens
7. Tim Urban
8. Andrew Garcia
9. Paige Miles
10.Didi Benami

Not another holiday.

I'm getting Passover recipes emailed to me. Oy Vey. Why am I on so many spam lists? (I guess that would be something other than a spam list, if you know what I mean.)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 12 Power Rankings: You Can't Always Get What You Want

I know you've been waiting:

1) Siobhan Magnus
2) Michael Lynche (tie)
2) Crystal Bowersox (tie)
4) Casey James
5) Lee Dewyze
6) Didi Benami
7) Aaron Kelley
8) Lacey
9) Paige Miles
10)Katie Stevens
11)Andrew Garcia
12)Tim Urban

I won't cry if Tim, Andrew, Katie, Paige, Aaron, or Didi go home.

Monday, March 15, 2010


Love After Love, by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Top 8 American Idol Girls Perform--Power Rankings. Turning the Paige.

Yes, there's no doubt about it. Paige Miles doesn't belong anywhere near the American Idol stage. And speaking of stages, Katie Stevens needs to go back to her high school and star in some production like Beauty & The Beast.

This week's rankings:
1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Lilly Scott (tie)
2. Siobhan Magnus (tie
3. Lacey Brown
4. Didi Bernami (I still can't stand her)
5. Katelyn Epperley
6. Katie Stevens
7. Paige Miles

Going home:

Paige Miles

Katie Stevens

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Book Report: The Postman Always Rings Twice

I love writers like James Cain. This is a small book, barely longer than a short story. Every single word counts. There is absolutely no wasted imagery in the text.

"I kissed her. Her eyes were shining up at me like two blue stars. It was like being in church."

Whoa! Seriously, folks...that's just pure poetry.

The Postman Always Rings Twice was written in 1934. Considered quite scandalous, it was banned in Boston for being just too, too racy. It's a mystery written in the noir style popular at the time. In fact, many critics say James Cain was "The Master of Noir", because he broke away from the hard-boiled detective stories popular before Postman and developed crime fiction into something far more sinister, deeper, and darker.

The story is so compelling that it's been made into a movie on four different occasions. If you rent a copy, get the 1946 version with Lana Turner and John Garfield.

Briefly, the book tells the story of a grifter's accidental meet up with the Greek owner of a diner. Then...there's adultery, there's violence, guys get punched, gals get hysterical.

A lot is packed into barely one hundred pages. Fasten your seatbelt, it's quite a ride.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

As you know, my friend Joey and I spent the last two beautiful Saturdays watching the 10 movies nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. Here's a recap of our ratings (possible +++++ rating):

Kathryn +++ Joey rating +++1/2

Kathryn ++++ Joey ++++1/2

A Serious Man
Kathryn ++++ Joey +++

Kathryn ++++ Joey ++++1/2

District 9
Kathryn +++ Joey 1/2 star

An Education

Kathryn ++++1/2 Joey ++++1/2

The Hurt Locker
Kathryn +++1/2 Joey +++1/2

Up in the Air
Joey ++++ Kathryn +++1/2

The Blindside
Kathryn ++++ Joey ++++

Inglorious Basterds
Kathryn ++++1/2 Joey ++++

Kathryn's favorite movies
Inglorious Basterds
An Education

Joey's favorite movies
An Education

Kathryn's least favorite movies
District 9 (although I like it better today than the day I saw it)

Joey's least favorite movies

District 9
A Serious Man

Some special awards:
Most up lifting: Up, The Blindside (tie)
Most depressing: Precious
Second most depressing: Up In The Air
Best looking actor since Cary Grant: George Clooney
Best ending to World War II: Inglorious Basterds
Most creative political statement: Avatar
Best movie I never heard anything about: An Education

Friday, March 5, 2010

So, We Think We Can Dance?

Mr. C. and I had our second St. Louis Swing Dance class last night.


We have a lot of St. Louis, very little swing.

P.S. The teacher said ours is a "cute style." We're still trying to figure out if that is a compliment.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book Report: The Commoner

The Commoner is our latest book club selection. I actually loved this book, my friend Audrey hated it. So there you have it. 2 readers. 2 opinions.

The Commoner is a fictional novel about the marriage of the Crown Prince of Japan to a commoner by the name of Haruko, the birth of their son, and their son's eventual marriage to a commoner. The story is loosely based on the lives of the current Japanese Emperor and Empress--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

I guess it's because we grow up reading fairy tales like Cinderella, but dreaming about being married to a member of a royal family always sounds so romantic. Not so, apparently. Witness poor Princess Diana. And, now this book that portrays life for a woman within the Japanese Royal Family as a type of prison.

Haruko and the Crown Prince meet on the tennis courts. Haruko is headstrong, smart, beautiful, ambitious, and independent--it doesn't take the Crown Prince long to set his sights on her. After their marriage, Haruko is bullied by her mother-in-law to the point of a mental breakdown. Haruko's only worth to the royal family is as bearer of the royal heir (male, of course).

Now that I've read this book, I've put Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne on my booklist. It's an unauthorized biography of the real-life wife of the current Crown Prince of Japan. Like the fictional Haruko's future daughter-in-law, Masako is the Harvard-educated daughter of a diplomat who grew up in various cities around the world, speaks more than six languages, and worked as a diplomat herself before marrying.

Since her marriage, poor Masako has been cloistered in the imperial court trying to produce a royal heir. Unfortunately for Masako and the rest of Japan, she's only had one child--a girl, and that didn't happen until 9 years into the marriage. Masako--now 46 years old--has been suffering from severe depression since 2002 and rarely ventures into public.

Tragic waste of potential, huh?

Top 10 American Idol Girls Perform--Power Rankings

1. Siobhan Magnus
2. Crystal Bowersox (tie)
2. Lily Scott (tie)
3. Katelyn Epperley
4. Paige Miles
5. Lacey Brown
6. Michelle Delamor
7. Katie Stevens
8. Didi Benami (please stop crying)
9. Haeley Vaughn

It's time to pack your bags, Haeley and Didi.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Photo op

Barack-star is back lecturing us about this health care stuff, on stage with a bunch of doctors in their white lab coats. Has anyone ever seen a doctor wearing a white lab coat when they're not in the office? Me either. Except for that other time Barack-star was lecturing us about health care on a stage surrounded by a bunch of doctors in white lab coats.

Interestingly, in a poll by Investor's Business Daily,

"Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted..."

Click here if you want your own Doctor's white lab coat. They're just $14.99--about 40 zillion dollars less than Barack-star's healthcare bill.

Top 10 American Idol Boys Perform--Power Rankings

Some surprises when the boys performed--Tim and Alex were actually not terrible like last week. In fact, dare I say, Alex was quite good. My personal favorite is Lee--but he hasn't been very consistent.

Unfortunately, Ellen's jokes are already moving toward tiresome. How many more weeks of this do we have?

1. Michael Lynche
2. Alex Lambert
3. Lee Dewyze
4. Casey James
5. Aaron Kelly
6. John Park
7. Andrew Garcia
8. Tim Urban
9. Todrick Hall (how could anyone make Tina's What's Love Got To With It boring??)
10.Jermaine Sellers

Please go home Todrick and Jermaine.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Still smokin'

So, this is the guy telling us to make healthy choices?

Book Report: Diary Of A Young Girl

Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, but if you haven't read her diary for yourself--you really must! This is the unabridged version of Anne's diary and is the first book that contains all of her writings.

Anne begin writing her diary when her family went into hiding for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was discovered in 1944, after being turned in by an unnamed Nazi sympathizer. Anne Frank ultimately died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

When Anne goes into hiding she's still very much a child. During her hiding she matures into a teenager, wise beyond her years. The daily terror she adjusted to is palpable. I had the feeling as I read the book that Anne became more and more resigned to her ultimate fate. Sad.

If you haven't read this book, or it's time to reread it, I'd suggest reading it along with The Book Thief--a fictional account of World War II from a German girl's viewpoint. I found The Book Thief equally haunting.

Diary Of A Young Girl is the second highest selling book in history--just behind The Bible.