Not a make-do life!

During these weeks of cold, snow and ice, indoor projects are a great option.  Young or old, male or female, there is a hobby out there for everyone.

These days, men are getting in on more and more of the traditional crafts—for instance, there is a new release called Knitting with balls: a hands-on guide to knitting for the modern man by Michael DelVecchio, 2006. Also suggested for the male types (but good for females, too) is The boy mechanic makes toys: 159 games, toys, tricks, and other amusements, 2006.

Sleep disorders

A few weeks ago I found that I suffer from a sleep disorder. In finding information on Sleep Apnea I found that

"…Sleep disorders are thought to affect 40 million people in the United States alone. The total cost to the public that result from these disorders are almost impossible to estimate,

as they include not only medical care costs but also accident costs, since accidents often are associated with sleep deprivation. (from Sleep and Breathing by edited by Claude Lenfant, Published by Marcel Dekker Inc, New York 1994)

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen a hit!

Last Sunday adaptation of Northanger Abbey aired last Sunday to wide critical acclaim.  It's the story of a naive and very young country girl who is taken to the spa town of Bath by family friends and finds happiness, heartache and happiness again.  Her addiction to Gothic novels gets her into trouble, but of course, all JA novels have an eventual happy ending.  Delicious and funny dialogue, well delivered by a sparking cast, made the 90 minutes fly by. 

Lukewarm "Persuasion" begins Masterpiece Classics

The opening salvo of Masterpiece Classics (formerly Masterpiece Theatre) missed the target with its new adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion."  Vital scenes were played out of order and context, dialogue assigned to the wrong character and an embarrasing marathon by Anne Elliott through the streets of Bath.  Really!  Young ladies of good character did not hurtle down the streets in pursuit of young gentlemen in Regency times, yet this adaptation shows Anne running to and fro, hither and yon and meeting up with all the major characters in the novel, including her invalid

Masterpiece Theatre Honors Jane Austen!

Masterpiece Theatre is America's longest running dramatic program.  Starting this Sunday, they will devote four months to dramatizations of all of Jane Austen's novels, as well as a film biography of the novelist's lost loves.  This is an unprecedented presentation of any author's work, but Jane Austen is acknowledged by scholars as the creator of the modern novel.  4 of the six film adaptations will be new to American audiences, and the best-known, "Pride & Prejudice" with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle has never been shown in the U. S.

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