Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Review: The Lure of the Mask

This is yet another book that I read with my husband, and I had never read it before. He said that he picked it up at a bookstore because he found the title intriguing, and ended up rather liking it. He called it a "chick-flick from a guy's perspective." I found that to be an apt description. It's the story of John Hillard, and the lengths he goes to in order to win the woman of his dreams. That would be the book in a nutshell. More to the point, I found the plot strangely refreshing from typical love stories. Again, that might be because it was told from a man's perspective. It is very well-written, and the story is quite unique. It is an interesting commentary on all types of love, and what we do for those we love. It also had those elements of the mistakes we make when we think we are in love, but are too young to understand the consequences. I would assume that most of us can relate to that experience, as well as many others that are presented throughout the story. I think that this book would appeal to a wide variety of readers, and I would highly recommend it.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I'm sure you have all been desolate without a recent post from me. The reason for my lengthy silence is that I've been on vacation! My husband and I went on an anniversary trip, and we just got back last night. We had so much fun, and I'm sad that I have to return to normal life now. I will not delay posting much longer, so do not fear, dear readers! I just need to finish unpacking and start some laundry. Then I will catch up on my blog obligations.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Heart List: Mary McDonnell

There are a number of reasons why I love Mary McDonnell. First of all, I love the women in Hollywood that allow themselves to grow older with grace, instead of fighting it tooth and nail. That's not to say that I harbor any illusions that she hasn't had any touch-up work done (I don't know about that either way), but at least her face still looks like the one she was born with, and she still looks her age. Both good things, in my mind. Secondly, I love the air of dignity and elegance that she exudes, even in her personal life. I don't like the celebrities that will do anything for attention and live their lives like they're out to set a record for most degenerate. And third, I just think she's a great actress. Every role I've seen her in is beautiful and real. I have rarely seen an actor portray such a wide variety of characters that all connect so powerfully to me. Many call themselves "actors," but only a handful of them can truly act. Mary McDonnell is one of those few.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Featured Word: Vagary

I love learning new words, so I only feature words I don't already know. Hurray for expanding my vocabulary!

Vagary [vaygeree]
Caprice; eccentric idea or act. (i.e. the vagaries of Fortune)