As for the large project, the Whirled Map ghan, moving northward, exited New Zealand and am now creating Australia!
Looky here! These are proposed Christmas stamps for 2007! Knitted Christmas designs a la Christmas stocking images. These are posted at http://www.usps.com/ Each one is SO cute!
Finished the John Miller book, Judi Dench With a Crack in Her Voice, and am left yearning for a biography of her written by someone who is not a good friend of hers. It was tiresome reading for 3/4 of the tome which primarily consisted of the author quoting review after review after review of her impressive work on the stage, TV, and movies. He did however intimate that our Dame Judi knows how to have a good time. Alas, no stories about that! Single until her 35th year, there must be many, many tales of having good times with the impish, fun-loving Judi!! That would be a laugh to read!
I noted a few scribblings in my journal that I especially liked in this book:
- Script learning had to be DLP (dead letter perfect) This mainly refers to Shakespearean plays.
- Page 88 refers to fashion and manners "...the elegant attitudes...of the days before youth-worship put elegance out of circulation." When I think elegance, I think Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
- After the pilot's announcement before take-off, Judi's regular "prayer" is "We are in God's hands, Brother, not in theirs."
The last two chapters are the most interesting of the book because they do deal with her personal life---her husband Michael and their daughter Finty. The writing for most of the book suggests that she never left the stage! In between, ones sees that she is beloved, has great humility, likes to drink, party, play games and had many suitors. This sanitized story of a great actress and grand lady leaves me wanting more!!
The first duty of love is to listen. --Paul Tillich