Photo of the Week, 23 February 2014

For many reasons, I’ve been thinking of my travels this past year. When news came that Maria Von Trapp, immortalized in The Sound of Music, had passed away, I immediately started looking through my photos from New England this fall. When I briefly visited the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe, Vermont I saw some of the most beautiful foliage of my visit. I completely understand why a family would want to live in that location– the views are simply stunning.


[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell]


Thanks Media for Such a Great Year

Bah humbug.

For more information, check out The Representation Project, watch Miss Representation, or read Geena Davis’s two easy ways to fix this whole media mess.


Sabbatical update, 90 day edition

I know that you’ve been waiting to know how I’m doing on my four goals for sabbatical. Well, I’m behind in some areas and way ahead in others. C’est la vie.

Books read:
1. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Movies screened:
1. Manhunt (2013) Dir. Greg Barker
2. Behind the Candalabra (2013) Dir. Steven Soderburgh
3. To the Wonder (2013) Dir. Terrence Malick
4. Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) Dir. J.J. Abrams
5. Hope Springs (2012) Dir. David Frankel
6. Love, Marilyn (2012) Dir. Liz Garbus
7. American Experience: Freedom Riders (2009) Dir. Stanley Nelson
8. The Girl Next Door (1999) Dir. Christine Fugate
9. Miss You Can Do It (2013) Dir. Ron Davis
10. Wish Me Away (2011) Dirs. Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi
11. Homeland, Season 1 I generally count a season of television as ‘equal’ to a film. I clearly take this all a tad too seriously. 🙂
12. Homeland, Season 2
13. The Crash Reel (2013) Dir. Lucy Walker
14. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009) Dir. Susan Muska
15. Promised Land (2012) Dir. Gus Van Sant
16. First Comes Love (2012) Dir. Nina Davenport
17. The Master (2012) Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
18. The Way, Way Back (2013) Dirs. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
19. Fruitvale Station (2013) Dir. Ryan Coogler
20. The Runner: David Horton’s 2700 Mile Run (2006) Dir. J.B. Benna

Taking care of myself:
This needs much improvement. Sleep, first and foremost, is greatly needed.

I’ve been in 21 states thus far, eight of which for the first time. I’m very happy about this category. Very happy… and maybe a bit sad that I’m not still on the road.


T.G.I.M., Sabbatical edition

It’s Monday. It’s the first Monday of summer break, or as I choose to look at it, the first Monday of my sabbatical. I know that technically my sabbatical doesn’t begin until the fall semester, but why put off until August what I can call sabbatical today? In honor of this eagerly awaited time, I thought I’d write some simple goals I’m looking forward to during this time.

Starting today, by my count, I have 245 days to try and replenish and accomplish much. My first goal is to:
Read 35 books while on sabbatical. It’s a modest goal– a book a week, so let’s cross our fingers that we can do it.

Goal number two:
Watch a movie each day. I do teach film courses after all and will be teaching a new film course when I return in January 2014, so this seems a tad significant.

Goal number three:
Focus on me. Make me happy. I don’t know how I can quantify that, but just this past week I feel like I’ve done more for myself than I have done in a very long time. That needs to continue.

Goal number four:
Yes, indeed.

This is a good list as far as I’m concerned. I shall take it all as I am able and see fit. I am so very, very grateful for that.