August 3, 2010

A-La-Carte Amusement

Posted in Water Droplets, Watermarks in Progress tagged at 9:50 pm by Tamara

In no particular order, an a-la-carte selection of things that have amused me lately:

1.  Wac-a-Mole-Cat

2.  Duct Tape Prom (a.k.a., kids who are way more motivated than I am).  Click on the link for the story and pictures of other finalists.

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/sticky-competition-duct-tape-dress-a-winner-at-prom-2208542/#photoViewer=1

3.  Dubai Fountain: Time to Say Goodbye.  I could watch this fountain for hours.

4.  Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, by Natasha Solomons.

This is a sweet, sad, funny, poignant book about a couple who flee Nazi Germany and relocate in England.  Jack copes by trying to forget the past and assimilate, going to great lengths to become a proper English gentleman, while Sadie copes by trying to remember and not let go of her memories and loved ones.  Jack religiously follows the guidelines in the not-so-helpful “Helpful Information and Friendly Guidance for Every Refugee” pamphlet he’s given when they arrive in England, eventually deciding to add his own copious notes about the British (his observations are hilarious).  But one thing Jack discovers is that every proper English gentleman must have membership in a golf club, which he is repeatedly denied because he is Jewish.  So, he uproots the family, buys property in the country, and throws everything into a dream of building his own golf course.

I am not remotely interested in golf, but I loved this book.  The sweet, funny observations on life in rural England reminded me of a James Harriott book, while the tension between Jack and Sadie’s individual ways of coping is heart-wrenching.  I rooted for them all the way.

5.  This was in my head, so now you can have it in your head, too.  :)  Still, the reality is that life is a lot harder than this for thousands of orphans in the world.

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