Jo Mayne Casey

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thank you so very muchly…

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Seriously, I’m sitting here listening to Bach’s Mass in B minor;      just finished the first chapter of What is the What, saving Exit through the Gift Shop for tomorrow (when Casey is home)…

All of those suggestions came from One Person—my Daughter, who I could have just called and asked…

What about the rest of you, the Friends that pop by…  Don’t be Shy…

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The B minor Mass is exquisite…a complete Latin Mass from a Lutheran…!  260+ years old,  it was rarely performed before 1900.  Point-counterpoint…  Bach was a center-point, his music goes rightbrain-leftbrain…in the middle of the Harmony you start to wonder:  Did he Invent Music..?   An old Hindu legend says that God Sang the World into Existence…   Maybe it just took a while before we learned how to Write it down;  thanks to J.S.B. for his contribution…

Still Reading…  so far, so good…

 

 

Interact with Me…

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

It’s only 3 weeks until Spring, but that can often be a Looongg 3 weeks with any kind of weather that we care to imagine.  While I wait, I need another Project…but I need Your Help…

What should I watch?  Or better yet, how about you suggest for me a movie, a book, and and an album.  You don’t have to try to figure out if I’ll like them, though if you’re a fan of mine you already know I’m not gonna watch a War Movie.  Tell me what You like…

Thank-you very muchly…

Oscars, grandkids, birthdays…

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

What did you think of the Oscars?  I will have to watch Argo first chance I get, but I’m more interested in seeing the Others:  Les Miserables, The Life of Pi, and that Silver Linings looked like a good one, as well.   I don’t understand why the Academy has their host do a 20-minute opening—why not just start the show with a little film or something?   At any rate, I didn’t think Seth McFarlane was too funny, but I wasn’t ever offended.    Too bad, but the Golden Globes and the Grammy Awards are usually a much better production.   That said, it was Wonderful to hear Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey sing again.  I didn’t understand why they did the Chicago bits, but it was good fun.  I rather enjoyed the ” Boobs” song&dance.  There were a lot of pretty gowns;  George Clooney is finally looking older;  that Kristin Chenowith was obnoxious.  Best Bit:  Adele.  She’s a real Winner.

After buzzing from brewpub to brewpub in Indy on Saturday, I was rather obnoxious myself at the Museum of Art.  Seems I wasn’t supposed to take pictures of  The Art, but I argued that I only took pictures of my Grand-daughters…don’t you agree:?

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they’re dancing on the Art…

We had such a wonderful day…

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I spent perhaps a little too much time last year dreading turning 60, but now that the Big Day has Been and Gone, I Scoff at Age:::HA!!  It was just the beginning of Jubilee year, so don’t put away your dancing shoes and keep your mugs handy—I’m gonna wear out that tiara!!!

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#60, day 1

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

 

I’ll write some pithy eloquence later…a picture is worth a thousand words…

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And a Great Birthday was had by all…

57, 58…finis movie project

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • …These last 2 movies have been a Great ending to The Movie Project :

The King’s  Speech (2010).  Well…seems I should have known that I would like this movie.  First of all, The Queen Mum in her historical Self is one of my Most Admired for sheer Spunk;  she made Cute Cool.  Right away, Helena Bonham Carter, though not short enough, did well to convey who She was.  Then, there’s Mrs. Simpson, crass, but you can’t help but stare—sort of like Anne Boleyn, really; and her lackey, David, King Edward 7.  Bertie was so sympathetic…the whole Royal Family seemed so Normal in their dysfunction.    The 1930’s decor, culture;  British pomp and snobbery…  >sigh<  I Love this movie.  

I absolutely Dreaded watching The Artist (2011) until I saw that it was filed under “comedy”.  Okay, I thought, I can give this a go.  But Silent?????   There is music, some easy-to-read dialogue cards, and a Story that can be readily understood without sound.  It’s not really a comedy, more like a tragicomedy…  I felt like all of the characters were fully flesh.  It was Amazing…really Amazing..!

I’m Amazed  that I’ve watched 58 movies in the last 40 days..!  It’s been Enlightening, to say the Least.  Are we ready for the Oscars this Sunday?

 

54, 55, 56…I think…

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

No Country For Old Men (2007)…My momma taught me that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

Slumdog Millionaire  (2008)…This is a good movie, but…

This guy from Mumbai wins the Indian equivalent of “Who wants to be a millionaire?” and is brutally beaten by the program executives because they believe he cheated.  The idea that people in this day and age can actually torture people like that…don’t they know how to Sue for Damages????  Well, as he’s being tortured his little movie-projector-brain goes back in time to the situation that actually gave him the knowledge to answer the questions correctly.  Now That was a pretty good story:  a little Indian boy growing up with no Adult…    But…  I don’t get the Indian cultural references…And…I can’t understand their Indian/British accents…  Sorry…   (Soundtrack better than the movie)

The Hurt Locker (2009)..  It’s a War Movie.

Olivia is here tonight with “Brave”… or as I like to call it: Brevv…

 

 

happy birthday, dear mom…

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Today would have been my mom’s 82nd birthday.  She died, young and feeling fine, at 71.  Since school was out today, I made a date with one of mom’s oldest, dearest friends to share memories about the lady we still miss…

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my early childhood, I spent my first 3 years in Albion, IL, specifically a little house on South Second that I don’t remember.   The family who lived next door (Dick, Mildred, Kenny, Tom and Ricky Dean) were great friends with us in that 1950’s small-town way that cannot be replicated.   I was due to be born on Mildred’s birthday and so she and mom made a deal:  if I was was born on Mil’s birthday, she could name me.  Mildred had always wanted to name a little girl Lou…so she came up with Billie Lou or Bobbie Lou (after my dad).  I was, alas, born just before midnight the day before her birthday, so I was named after my mother, no Lou.  This is me and Mildred (who one of us named Nu-Nu) on my first birthday, would have been her 25th:

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Here’s Nu-Nu today:

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I brought over an album of old pictures that included the above picture.  Nu-Nu, not to be outdone, gave me several of her own photos, including 2 that I’ve never, ever seen before.

You don’t know how exciting it was to look at these pictures of my mom, 20-years-old and pregnant with my sister…not exactly barefoot and pregnant, but happy and showing off her belly…!!!    Her hair is put up in bobby pins and Mildred remembers that they laughed and had such a great day taking these…

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Oh, dear Mom, I still miss you.  LoveLoveLove.

P.S.  Mildred made me a peach pie…!011

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At the matinee…

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

It was a day for the cousins at UE’s production of “The Heidi Chronicles”.  Casey snapped a pic of us as we were leaving…

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The Heidi Chronicles, by Wendy Wasserman, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989.  It pretty much swept the Tonys that year, as well.  The scenes of the women coming together for a Feminist Agenda in their Sister-Empowering Groups seems out of date today.  Though I remember that fervor we had to avoid becoming dependent on men, it doesn’t seem at all bright or relevant anymore.     It was sad, though, to watch Heidi’s feeling of betrayal when all of her Sisters married…  Lana didn’t like that she gave in and adopted a baby, though I feel that’s really what most of our generation did…    It ran a little long, could have moved a little quicker…

As usual, we had a great time, especially Ronna…

52, 53…(if you’re counting)

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

The guy who wrote the screenplay for “Million Dollar Baby” was Paul Haggis, a Canadian fella whose career started as a writer for “Love Boat” and “Different Strokes”.   You can see how you got to $1,000,000 baby from there.  Same year that he lost the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Baby, he was doing His Thing:  Crash (2005).  He produced, directed, wrote the screenplay, composed the music; in addition to Best Picture, he won Best Writing, original screenplay, and was nominated for Best director.  I think he deserved more.   This movie has no Star and that’s what makes it.  It’s a story of several relationships… kind of like “Law and Order” juxtaposed to “Sex In The City” abruptly turning to “L.A. Law”, but much more serious than I’m able to describe.  There is an undercurrent of what some would call racism, but what is ultimately judgment and fear of  Different.   It’s sobering and sad, but I would watch this one again.  Ludacris…who knew?

I’ve decided that certain movie Actors can keep me interested in a story that otherwise lacks merit.  There was gang of them to seduce me into watching The Departed (2006):  Jack Nicholson as cray-cray Frank Costello;  Leonardo DiCaprio as Billy, an angry young man;  Matt Damon as Collin Sullivan, who only has to wear those wife-beaters and turn around and I would watch him…all the way.  A lot of brains splattered, splashed, spewed, and spurted while these fellas just stepped over the mess—until it was their brains…   I still haven’t figured out exactly who was who, but those guys were great.

You know, I think I may have counted wrong…  Some morning, when my mind is clear, I’m going to do a re-count.

49, 50, 51…

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Monday evening I watched Chicago (2002) while Casey was at his Scout meeting.  Lana and I recently saw this onstage and it is one of her favorite movies/musicals.  I love it, too, and especially this movie version, because I think Renee Zellweger is just dang cute and Catherine Zeta-Jones is perfectly beautiful.  Remember the last musical that won Best was back in the 60’s, so I was glad to watch it, dancing and singing and all that jazz.

The 2003 winner Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King , was part III of the trilogy and should be viewed along with the other two.  (and also, them’s some LONNGGAASSS movies)…  So I’ll make that a project for the later on.

Up next was Million Dollar Baby (2004)…Oh, dear, another one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  I realize that not watching sad movies has been keeping me from seeing these good ones and I’m going to change that rule.   Even though it involves boxing, this is not a  violent movie.   Hilary Swank  surely did deserve the Best Actress Oscar that year.  Morgan Freeman won Best Supporting;  Clint Eastwood lost the Best Actor, but won Best Director.  It is the story of Maggie Fitzgerald, a scrappy gal from a horrible white-trash family who makes it to the World Championship Boxing Arena after wearing down a gruff (but lovable) trainer who “doesn’t train girls”.  It’s also the story of Real love and friendship and I just cried…  Excellent.

Can you believe we only have 7 more to watch??

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