recently been watching a 9-part interview on youtube
featuring the one and only Fred Rogers. It's been
a delight to see and hear the old gent
away in his quiet, unassuming fashion.
The interview is conducted by The Archive of
American Television and each episode is about 30
minutes long so this is almost 5 hours of Fred.
If you're interested you can find Part One here.
So the weekend rolls around and
I'm all in a PBS-y mood, so I talk Beloved Girlfriend
and watching a copy of "Julie & Julia" with
It's a bio-pic of sorts about the first lady of
though it weaves throughout the tale of a modern-day
to cook, and subsequently blog about, all 500-plus
recipes in Mrs. Child's opus book, "Mastering
the Art of
In one year.
As it turns out, that's a LOT of butter.
The film is light-hearted and most entertaining. Meryl
Streep does a fabulous job of capturing Julia's charming
I'd have preferred more about Julia and a bit less about
the blogger (Who, in real life, is a bt unsavory).
I would have especially liked more about how Mrs. Child
found her way before the TV cameras.
If you choose to rent or buy a copy of this movie, be sure
to eat first as the cooking and dining scenes are rampant
wth succulent delights. You will, without doubt, have a
new and profound respect for butter.
One last note: Julia Child's husband, Paul, was played
to charming effect by Stanley Tucci. On the following night
we watched "The Lovely Bones" which also featured
Mr. Tucci as the serial killer of children. The guy has
an interesting agent.
About the Cartoon: I'm an artist, not a mathematician, but I'll bet you anything
that if the average American car got one measly miles-per-gallon more than it
currently does we probably wouldn't need off-shore oil wells.
It's long past time we quit poisoning the oceans and a
good time to start reallocating any monies previously
used for oil rigs to build wind
farms and passive solar arrays.
Make no mistake, British Petroleum is completely at fault
for the current disaster in the Gulf because they took
to safety, but as long as we
the people keep sucking on that greasy black oil teat
Horizons, and there will most assuredly be others,
will be our reponsibility, too.