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Nothing Personal

    I’ve been a sloth lately.  I’ve been playing games, reading and watching my movies on my MP3 players 2 inch screen.  It’s really an amazing picture for being so small. 🙂

I watched The Illusionist the other night.  Thought it was very good, but I wanted a surprise ending and I didn’t get it.

I watched Beautiful a few days ago.  Not a great movie, but a pretty good story.

This morning I watched a movie called Winter Passing.Not a great movie, not a great story but just enough quirk to make it interesting.

I went to Barnes and Noble so that my husband could buy Marley & Me, and I bought a book the way I so often do.  I was wandering aimlessly and some man was blocking the aisle and so I had to detour into a side aisle and was blocked again.  While stuck in the traffic jam, a book on the shelf caught my attention.  I picked it up and read the introduction and bought it.  I have a fairly strong aversion to biographies or “the story of me” type books so the fact that I brought this one home was quite the shocker, and paid full price on top of that. 

The book is called “Dear Diary” and it’s about a woman from her middle school years until mid twenties.  She’s about 15 years younger than me, in a group that I don’t really know.  It’s that mid generation.  She’s halfway between me and my first child.  I think this was a time when drugs and sex became much more the norm.  They were certainly prevalent when I was in high school, but something happened right after my time that really exploded the availability.  I read the book today, and I was just fascinated by it.  Her life is completely foreign to me at first glance, but we share some of the same experiences and  the reactions.  Maybe not everyones cup of tea, but an interesting detour from my middle aged life.

~Edit – I posted this entry and then immediately came back to edit it.  My paragraph about the book sounds so light and trite and it shouldn’t.  I thought there was something very powerful in this book.  It’s got lessons and facts about so many things.  Childhood, parenting, drugs, fitting in, creativity, religion and friendships.  There is something compelling about this woman and I think I could sit down and have coffee with her for a couple of hours and we would find things to talk about. 

Enjoy the weekend.

 

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