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Revving Up

All day yesterday, I felt like it was Saturday.
It wasn't, though.
Monday has rolled around again.  Time to . . . 


On Mondays, I share things I discovered over the weekend.  
(Even when the weekend seemed shorter than it was.)


A Quote

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude."
     ----- from the Winnie-the-Pooh series by A. A. Milne



A Word

Here's another word I'd never enountered before . . . discovered while reading Ben Lerner's The Topeka School:


I had to look up more words in that book than I can remember doing with any other book in recent history.  For the most part, I could easily glean the meaning of these unfamiliar words in context.  But I was curious.  So I spent a lot of time with my dictionary.

How about you?  Can you recall a book you've read that required you to keep a dictionary by your side at all times?



As a Mister Rogers fan, I'm looking forward to the movie coming out later this month, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which is based on the relationship between Fred Rogers and the journalist Tom Junod.  Junod has written an essay for The Atlantic about his relationship with Rogers, what it was like to see the movie inspired by/based on that relationship, and, ultimately, some thoughts on what-would-Mister-Rogers-do in our world today.

It's rather long, but well worth reading.  Here's the link.



Oh, my.  We have reached that point in the movie-watching season where it is just an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great movies in the theaters.  Between now and the end of the year, it is going to be a constant parade of movies with "Oscar buzz."  This weekend, Tom and I saw two movies we highly recommend:  Harriet (starring Cynthia Erivo) and Ford v Ferrari (starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale).  Both are worth a night out at the movies!  (But be warned about The Lighthouse.  Sure, it's critically acclaimed.  But it is also a . . . Big. Slog.)


And that's it for this Monday.
Hope your week is starting off well.

Join us tomorrow over at Carole's for week 3 of our Read With Us book discussion of Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy.


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I'm excited about Harriett and Ford v Ferrari. Not so much The Lighthouse! I'm lazy when it comes to looking up words, I try and figure it out from the context and then just move on.


It's not a recent read, but I remember having to use a dictionary often when I read Gulliver's Travels in 6th or 7th grade. But I still remember declivity and its definition!

John rarely wants to see a movie in the theater, but I'm hoping to talk him into seeing Ford v Ferrari. If not, I think I'll go by myself!


Totally looking forward to Ford v. Ferrari and also saw the trailer for Harriet and it looks great! I actually looked up a word this weekend while listening to The Rules of Civility and I can't remember what it was for the life of me! :-) Happy Monday Kym!


I don't really enjoy going to the movies (too loud, can't pause it, etc., etc.). I get too fidgety after 45-60 minutes and want to get up and walk around. But, I'd love to see Harriet.


The NY Times had a lovely feature on Tom Hanks yesterday:


I don't mind looking up words in the dictionary (or in my case, on my phone), unless there are TOO many. Then it becomes a slog.

I couldn't tell you exactly how many are TOO many. You know it when you read it.


Looking up words has been made much easier by "Hey Siri" and just this morning I head 'usurpation' in a curious context - and after hearing the definition, I was cheering the author for such a brilliant use of the word!

I am also eager to see the Mr. Rogers movie!


This morning I looked up the word Grimoire - and was surprised that definitions varied across resources. says it's a manual of magic or witchcraft used by witches or sorcerers. Merriam-Webster gets really specific and says it's a manual to invoke demons or spirits of the dead. Based on the context (Witches of New York) I think is more what the author has in mind ... guess I'll have to read a little more to see!


I can't wait -- I'm going to the Pittsburgh premiere of It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on Wednesday!


Looking forward to Mr. Rogers movie and Harriet! Maryland has a lot of historical places re: her work to shepherd slaves to freedom.


I love the Miriam Webster dictionary app on my phone! Smith and I would like the Ford v Ferrari. I think we need a date night!

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