just a little tag

Snatched this tag from An Attempt to be Classic.

1. Do you have a favorite fictional couple? (If so why do you like them?)

Robin & Marian.  Any book, any movie, any TV show.  No matter what incarnation, this couple has my heart.  Their love story is sometimes troubled, often tragic, always beautiful.


2. If you could have any animal (safely), as a pet you would have a…

Cat.  Boring, I know.  But cats are awesome!


3. You get to live in Middle Earth, what race are you a member of?

I haven’t read or watched Lord of the Rings, so I have no idea.

I do love this song, though. 

4. In an ideal situation (you don’t have to worry about living too far from family or money concerns) where would you live? (It can be fictional.)

The Underland, post-Code of Claw.  Except for all the fighting (and with the humans/gnawers bonded, there would be much less), the Underland is an insanely cool place and I’d enjoy living there so much.  Regalia is beautiful and I’d be able to meet so many favorite characters. (As for IRL places, probably Ireland.  Or America.)


5. Do you have a favorite ‘vintage’ movie? (As in, filmed before 1960.) What is it?

Haha!  So many of my favorite movies are ‘vintage’. (Though I classify that as pre-1970, not 1960.)  I’m going to go with ‘The Vikings’ (1958).  THIS MOVIE WAS MY CHILDHOOD.  I love it so much and, unlike some childhood favorites, it’s actually a good movie with a stellar cast and awesome soundtrack. (It wasn’t until recently that I realized Ramsey in ‘The Great Escape’ is played by the same guy who played Egbert and it made me smile.  ‘The Vikings’ and all its cast are just plain special to me.)


6. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t really know that I had any big aspirations. 🙂 *shrugs*


7. You can be ‘the best’ at any sport (e.g. gymnastics, curling, synchronized swimming etc.), what do you choose?

Capture the Flag. (I don’t really know, though.)


8. List three things that you wish people knew about you but will never ask. (Or just three random things. ;))

Think, think, think…

  • I started wearing mascara only a few days ago.
  • This movie is also my childhood. #nojudgement
  • Spotify is my new favorite app.


9. Share a favorite quote!

“It really doesn’t matter whether it’s the villain or the hero. Sometimes the villain is the most colorful. But I prefer a part where you don’t know what he is until the end.” -Glenn Ford


And he was one of the best at playing that type of character.

If John Williams (composer, not actor or that crazy guy I know) can make you cry, please do steal this tag!



friday finds {#21}


Don’t Instagram Your Godliness – I don’t have Instagram, but I have taken to posting more on Facebook than ever before and this article was a timely reminder and help.

Writing Contests: Facts and Fakes…and How to Tell the Difference – Informative and amusing.

William Holden from A to Z – Very fun post!  I learned some interesting things about Holden.


Modestly Styled Gals #1 – Okay, so linking to this post isn’t so much about how great it is (it’s good, though) but about how I’ve never really promoted my sister’s blog here and this post is about one of my good friends, too, so that’s awesome.

Dear Disney, This Isn’t Tolerance, It’s an Agenda – Controversial, but true.

Cassian Andor and Bodhi Rook are the True Heroes of ‘Rogue One’ – I think Jyn is a true hero as well, but it’s also true that she wouldn’t have been able to do what she did without Cassian and Bodhi’s support and efforts (along with Chirrut and Baze and K2, of course).


Behind the scenes of ‘The Court Jester’ – Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury.

Why I Read… Young Adult – Though I’ve become increasingly disenchanted with the YA genre in general lately, this post made some good points and reminds me why I’ll never wholly give up on those crisp, buzzy stories.

“Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen (again) – Made me want to read the book (again), which is exactly what a good review should, in my opinion.

On the Set of The Ten Commandments (1956) – A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest (truly greatest) movies ever made, all told through photos.

8 Mini Stories – All beautiful, all unique.


Love this!

What awesome posts have you read this week?



william holden as major kendall in ‘the horse soldiers’ (1959)

This blog post is part of the Third Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Centenary Celebration.

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‘The Horse Soldiers’ (1959) is a John Wayne film, but from the very first time I watched it, my attention was focused on another actor: William Holden as the compassionate, brave, and wonderful Major Henry Kendall.  It’s the one Holden role where I love and appreciate him wholeheartedly, and while I wasn’t quick enough to put ‘The Horse Soldiers’ down for last year’s blogathon, I was this year (obviously).

So.  To set the stage.  ‘The Horse Soldiers’ is a movie about some sort of suicide mission that John Wayne’s character, Colonel Marlowe, has to undertake along with a bunch of his men.  I’m not sure of all the details, but suffice to say that it’s Dangerous and Serious.  While Marlowe and his brother officers discuss the ins and outs of said mission, a quiet, unassuming man walks into camp and asks to be directed to the officers’ meeting.

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Just a few moments after joining the officers, Kendall already has a problem (a big problem) because Colonel Marlowe clearly has it in for him.  It’s nothing personal, really.  You see, Kendall is a surgeon.  And Marlowe hates surgeons, hates the entire medical profession, for reasons that aren’t explained until much later but you can kind of guess it’s something to do with his family because…what else?  Anyway, yeah, Kendall’s in a big situation because Marlowe outranks him and, y’know, he’s played by John Wayne who can be truly terrifying in a bad mood.  Kendall, however, doesn’t back down (he’s to accompany Marlowe & Company on their trek) and basically gives as good as he gets.  (In a later scene, when Marlowe states gruffly that any wounded will be left to the clemency of the enemy, Kendall inquiries “Including yourself?” with a little smile on his face.)

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Ever since Doc2 became my favorite character on Combat!, amazing doctors, surgeons, and nurses have cropped up throughout fiction and I’ve liked/loved each and every one.  John Watson, Julia Hoffman, Tiberius Lucius Justinianus…the list goes on and on and Kendall is definitely high on it.  There’s something about how doctors put the needs of others before their own and are so courageous and awesome and skilled. (I understand not all doctors/nurses/other medical personnel are so perfect.  But still.)

Anyway, to return to the story, the troop (is it a troop or some other military body?) sets out to a rousing chorus of ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again’ which makes me snicker.  Because, you know, that whole scene in ‘Stalag 17’.  It cracks me up. (Not the bit in ‘Stalag 17’, which is actually chill-worthy and NOT in a good way.  Just…the connection.  And I just over-explained that wayyy too much.)  ANYWAY.  They march along (or ride along, because they’re horse soldiers) and when they stop for rest, a soldier comes up to Kendall and informs him that there’s a woman giving birth in a nearby cabin and the family would like a doctor’s help.  Of course Kendall goes to help them and ends up delivering a healthy baby, just before Marlowe orders Kendall to never help civilians again during his tenure as an army surgeon and places him under officer’s arrest.

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“You’re an officer in the Union army, under oath,” Marlowe says.  “I took an older oath before that one,” Kendall answers. (Awesome dialogue is awesome.  And awesome characters are even better!)

Stuff happens and the troop ends up at the home of Miss Hannah Hunter, a Southern belle who loathes Yankees but does an admirable acting job, what with inviting Marlowe and his officers (including Kendall) to dine with her.  Everyone’s rather besotted with her, expect Marlowe and Kendall, but it’s Kendall who’s actually suspicious of Hannah – Marlowe is just grumpy overall.  Those suspicions turn out to be on point and the troop ends up having to take Hannah and her maid along with them.

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This post is getting long, so I’ll just list a few more things that make Kendall that much more awesome.

~He doesn’t fall in love with Hannah, so there isn’t a stupid love triangle.  And he does end up respecting her a lot as she changes and matures.  Which is awesome.  They work well together, as doctor and nurse.

~Kendall has a friend in the Confederate army who’s really cool and he still acknowledges/talks to his friend even though Marlowe looks askance at fraternizing with the enemy.

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~He works so hard to keep the troop healthy and together and it’s horrible when that one soldier has to have an amputation because he didn’t listen to what Kendall told him. (Even worse when the same soldier dies soon after.)

~Kendall puts up with a LOT from Marlowe before he finally snaps.  And it’s rather frightening in an epic way when he does break. (Marlowe was a total jerk in the scene when it happens, by the way.)

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~And, finally, the thing that made me truly love Kendall the very first time I watched ‘The Horse Soldiers’: he stays behind with the wounded men when Marlowe and what remains of the troop escape to freedom.  Kendall could have gotten away and left the wounded to the Confederate army, but he stayed behind to do all he could for the men in his care.  “Medicine’s where you find it,” he says to Marlowe.  “Even in Andersonville.”

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William Holden portrayed Major Kendall with a warmth, seriousness, and steadiness that I don’t another actor could have pulled off in such a perfect way (Glenn Ford may have managed it, but maybe not).  It’s the one of the only truly likable roles I’ve seen Holden play and one that I’m sure will remain my favorite of all his films.


responding to the spammers

One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote a post in which she shared several spam comments their blog had received in the past and then answered those comments.  It looked like a lot of fun, so when I discovered 32 spam comments cluttering up my folder, I knew I had respond to some of them.  Let the hilarity begin!


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All I understand from this rather confusing, words-appear-to-be-missing comment is that I’m incredible.  Thank you, whoever you are.

Наравне постановление, потом долгих alias не крайне поисков товарищ друга господин и намеченный квартиросъемщик быстренько договариваются о стоимости и, удовлетворенные, расстаются. Залог также влияет для желание – те, который заранее не мог позволить себе купить квартиру, немедленно успешно заключает договоры с банками. Хорошо, если удается встречать квартиру помощью родственников иначе знакомых. Ровно правило, потом вышеописанных шагов клиент уже пьяный воспользоваться главный услугой. А значит, желание активно растет и будет повышаться с развитием ипотечных программ. К договору нужно довольно составить два приложения. Если у вас появились свободные денежные имущество, разумно довольно их приумножить. Рассмотрим, почему это так:Опасная экономия или как продать квартиру выгодно и с гарантией надежностиЕжедневно в столице на рынок недвижимости впервые выходят тысячи собственников в попытке продать жилье. Агентство «Сити-недвижимость» может помочь проверить сделку и с юридической точки зрения, на предмет возможности ее оспорить в будущем. Кстати сказать, наличие косметического предпродажного ремонта может свидетельствовать о сокрытии изъянов квартиры. 4) «Смотрели одну квартиру, а продали другую»Тип строения. Данная вакансия предполагает то, что маклер находится в постоянных разъездах — к клиентам, на объекты и так далее. Сдача в аренду не предусматривается, поэтому (если банку заблагорассудится проверить квартиру) данный факт может послужить поводом к расторжению договора (досрочный возврат кредита). Если цена подозрительно низкая, то это должно насторожить покупателя. Они не знают психологии, не умеют общаться с людьми, никогда не читали законы и очень хотят денег. Например, неделя — разумный срок. Не секрет, что в России на сегодняшний день очень популярны однокомнатные квартиры: прогореть и уйти в минус, сдавая такую квартиру, невозможно. Как насчет снижения спроса? Даже в кризисное время спрос на недвижимость не падает настолько, чтобы заметить значительные изменения. Позаботьтесь о «фирменном стиле» ваших объявлений. Разместите объявление о продаже – мы найдём вам покупателя!Как выгоднее купить квартиру в мегаполисе с целью аренды?

Oh, dear. (Incidentally, it’s the question mark at the very end that will keep me up nights.)

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This one requires a little explanation.  For months, I’ve gotten spam comments in a similar vein to the above, all seeming to tell a (poorly written, poorly edited) story about a mom and a dad who answer all their children’s questions about God.  It’s weird and seems to never end.

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Evidently a tortured soul who cannot express her/himself in words.  Because they also left such charming comments as…



as well as…


They must have been having a really interesting day when they wrote that last one.

How to Download and Convert Spotify Music to MP3 format?

No idea, bro.

All you need to do is launch the converter, drag the songs, albums, artists or playlists from your Spotify account, choose the output format and set the parameters in the Preferences window under menu bar http://ww w.starlinesales.com/spotify.asp.Then click Convert to begin converting the Spotify music files to MP3 or other common formats.

Well, aren’t you helpful?  You and the guy who asked about this very thing should put your heads together and convert all that lovely music to MP3.

I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

Awwwww.  Thank you!


Annnnnd the weirdo is back again.


So, what did you think?  Don’t I have some odd spammers commenting on my blog posts?  I think so.  And as a bonus, I thought I’d share some of the more unique searches people have conducted that have led to their discovery of my blog.

“what kind of dog is gyp from anne of ingleside”

“combat episode saunders reflects on grady long joining the squad”

“is the magnificent 7 connected to the good the bad and the ugly”

“rocky marciano dead body”

“why loosers cry”

“coffee in casablanca movie story”

“except for rage hero movie”

“is psych and monk use the same police station”

“can you marry a fictional crush”

“ugly james coburn”



classic movies to watch with little ones

I have three little brothers whose ages range from 5 to 10.  As expected, they’re a real handful and sometimes the only way to settle them down is to let them watch a movie or a couple episodes of a favorite TV show.  While we have a rather large collection of animated films in our basement, sometimes I prefer to not let them rot their brain with ‘Thomas & Friends’…but most of the other movies we own are ‘old’ (pre-1970s).  Thankfully, there are some classic films that my little brothers genuinely enjoy and I thought I’d list them in this post so if any of you have younger siblings, you can benefit as well.


The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Daring heroes, beautiful maidens, plenty of swashbuckling action, and all in glorious Technicolor.  What’s not to love?  I’ve yet to meet a little boy who didn’t love Robin Hood.


The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Now, this was the recommendation of my ten-year-old brother – I’m not sure how much the two youngest like it, because there’s relatively little action.  But still.  Mag7 is my favorite movie of all time, so I had to include it on this list.


Room for One More (1952) – One (mostly) common denominator of the classic films that my little brothers enjoy is that they usually include children their age.  ‘Room for One More’ has plenty of kids who misbehave (always a fascinating thing for my brothers, for whatever reason) and it’s a favorite in our house.


The Sound of Music (1964) – More children…  And the songs are classics for a reason.


Singin’ in the Rain (1952) –  As you may have guessed, my whole family loves musicals, and that includes my younger siblings.  There’s something about the energetic songs, colorful dance numbers, and heightened reality of musicals that appeals to most children.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) – So much action and excitement!  I remember seeing this when I was very young indeed and some scenes, like where the cannibals are electrocuted, left such an impression on me. (Not always an entirely good impression, though.)  I’d also say that almost any live-action Disney film from the fifties/sixties is great for children (except ‘The Great Locomotive Chase’, which scarred me so badly as a child).


The Proud Rebel (1958) – I asked my little brothers to give me movies that I could add to this post and Ethan (who’s 7) said, “Oh!  That movie where the boy is deaf and then when his dad’s about to get shot, he yells.”  At first, I was a little stymied, but I ended up realizing what movie he was talking about.  And he’s right.  ‘The Proud Rebel’ is a great movie for little ones (there’s a young boy and a dog).


The Court Jester (1956) – Danny Kaye silliness.  Need I say more?


Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1959) – Another Jules Verne adaption that stars James Mason!  Only this time, he’s a good guy and the film wasn’t put out by Disney.  It’s very fun and colorful and entertaining, though.  It’s a movie my older siblings and I watched all the time when we were younger and we still quote it frequently.


So, yes, that’s my list.  Do let me know if your little siblings love any of these!

(Also, a note on old TV shows: my little brothers love Combat!, Rat Patrol, F Troop, Get Smart, and Gilligan’s Island.  So classic television is another great viewing option.)


my top ten favorite fictional gals of all time

Again, no movie or TV show characters are on this list. 

Check out my list for the guys, too!


1. Katniss Everdeen (the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins) – Katniss is such a real character.  She’s not the strongest, the fastest, the prettiest, the smartest, or the most talented person you’ll ever meet.  I would argue that she is one of the bravest, though.  The Hunger Games has become so mainstream and commonplace that sometimes I forget what a huge thing it was for Katniss to volunteer for Prim.  It’s such a beautiful moment of courageous self-sacrifice and Katniss continues to exhibit those qualities throughout the series.


2. Julia Hoffman (Fire by Night by Lynn Austin) – Julia has been one of my very favorite heroines for a long time.  When the book begins, she’s a selfish, spoiled belle whose only goal in life is to capture the attention and affection of her crush.  But as the story progresses, she gradually (oh so gradually) changes and matures and becomes the woman God always intended her to be.

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3. Luxa (the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins) – Luxa’s a bit of a brat when you first meet in the pages of Gregor the Overlander, but at least she was never as bad as Henry.  She goes from hating and loathing pretty much all species (except the bats, but including Overlanders) to bonding with the rats and sacrificing so much for the mice and trusting Temp.  I love it and I love that Hamnet had such a big influence on her in the end.  I HAVE SO MANY FEELS ABOUT HER CHARACTER, OKAY?

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4. Fanny Price (Mansfield Park by Suzanne Collins) – Fanny Price is not pathetic and weak and she deserves every Austenite’s respect and admiration.  There.  I said it.  I’ve always like Mansfield Park and I don’t really get why more Jane Austen fans don’t share that liking.  Fanny is an awesome heroine.  She stands by her convictions and doesn’t back down or whine or complain when things don’t go her way (as they so often do not).  Everyone should be more like Fanny.


5. Sara Crewe (A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett) – Some people say that Sara is an unrealistic child and a Mary Sue as well.  I disagree.  Sara never really played with children her age (if I recall correctly), so she would necessarily be more mature and grown-up than other young girls.  She isn’t perfect, but she is incredibly brave and kind and caring.


6. Mary Breydon (The Cherokee Trail by Louis L’Amour) – Louis L’Amour’s heroines are usually great, but Mary is in a class of her own.  Even though her husband has died relatively recently, she still travels to the lonely stagecoach station he would have been in charge of and runs it just as well as her husband would’ve (if not better).  She has grit and chases off numerous threats, all while cooking delicious food and retaining her femininity.

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7. Parvin Blackwater (the Out of Time trilogy by Nadine Brandes) – *bawls*  Parvin’s journey throughout Nadine Brandes’ trilogy is epic and amazing and inspiring and she is an example of a Christian character who isn’t flat or too perfect or unrealistic in any other way – she isn’t perfect and struggles with real issues that real Christians have to deal with (take note, Christian film industry!).  Parvin displays so much strength and belief and trust throughout the series…it’s truly awe-inspiring.

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8. Cress Darnel (the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer) – Really, any of the main heroines from the Lunar Chronicles could be on this list, but I wanted to limit myself to one and Cress is the best, so yes.  Cinder has the smarts and Scarlet has strength and Winter has so much heart and courage, but Cress is such a beautiful blend of quietness and techsavviness and compassion and curiosity – she’s basically Rapunzel from ‘Tangled’ (minus the tech part).  I love how she’s got a crush on Thorne, only he doesn’t measure up to her idea of him until she becomes the catalyst of his character growth.  And her backstory is tragic.  Which is always a plus.

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9. Tally Youngblood (the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield) – Maybe it was a visceral reaction to Aya Fuse’s awfulness in Extras, but Tally quickly became a favorite heroine after re-reading the Uglies series.  At first, she’s naive, but that changes.  She takes so many crazy, selfless risks and inspires and encourages people – she’s an optimistic heroine, even with all the bad stuff that happens to her and the people she cares about.


10. Marguerite Blakeney (the Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness Orczy) – Marguerite should probably be at the top of this list, to be honest.  She’s amazing in the first book (Percy’s rather horrible), especially when she rushes to France to try to save Percy’s life.  And then in El Dorado…yes, yes, and more yes.  ‘Brave’ isn’t even a big enough word to describe her actions there.  I love how Percy trusts her implicitly and she never gives him a reason to retract that trust (after the unpleasantness in the first book, I mean).  Marguerite is one of the best fictional female characters of all time and I don’t hesitate for a moment in saying that.

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Who are some of your favorite fictional heroines?


the Good Cop, Bad Cop Blogathon – wrap-up!


First of all, a hearty thanks to everyone who participated in this blogathon.  Though I haven’t yet read/commented on all of your posts, I can tell that people had a lot of fun with this and I’ve already discovered a couple movies I’d like to watch (I hope you have, too).  I’m already rolling around ideas for another blogathon next year, but for Old West law enforcement (as I believe a couple people expressed interest in that).

And secondly, here’s the list of blog posts written for the blogathon!  If you haven’t written your post or submitted the link to it yet, do so when you can and I’ll add you to the list.

Enjoy the entries!