Classic Melodrama at Its Very Best!

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After watching Peyton Place last night for the first time … I was reminded of watching Dynasty, Falcon’s Crest, and Knot’s Landing with my mother. Those doses of evening melodrama riveted us both … especially me as a young girl calling “those kisses” they do “soap opera kisses.” You know the ones … tight, grabbing, overly passionate open-mouthed (or at least it looked like that). Sadly, the soap opera kiss I so anxiously awaited in my teen years arrived in college … but that’s a whole other story. I think I mentioned here once … I was a late bloomer to say the least.
Peyton Place has it all … small-town scandal, a murder trial, passion, and an interesting 1950s social commentary on sexuality. And of course … lots of love. The narrator of the film, the main protagonist who runs off to NYC after her high school graduation to be a writer, talks much of the seasons changing and their relation to love and the human condition. This narration is intriguing in its simple complexity. Now I know I must read the novel (this time I broke my own “read the book first rule!”). And the costumes … those dresses! … gorgeous.
The acting is obviously superb … but I am a little biased loving Lana Turner. But everyone is wonderful in their simple yet immensely complex roles that define the small town human condition and mentality. Near the beginning … that retired teacher’s disappointment … well, it truly brought tears to my eyes. It was so real and so raw.
As a classic film lover, I am shocked I never watched Peyton Place … but I am glad I finally did … I needed its innocent look at love, my romantic side uplifted.
Published in: on January 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm  Comments (1)  

All I Ever Wanted

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Right now I feel like a petrified mollusk on the bottom of an oceanliner headed for an iceberg.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  

I’m on Blog Talk Radio Friday, January 18th!

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I will be doing an interview and a reading on BP Radio via Blog Talk Radio tomorrow … that’s Friday, January 18th from 10:00P – 11:00P EST. Please tune in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bpradio. Feel free to chat during the show!
Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm  Comments (3)  

sudden death, roaming cows and aviaries

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The morning my uncle suddenly died, his mystified cows, miles away on his Pennsylvania farm, walked into his son’s front yard. My uncle named all of his cows and called them by name when he went to the farm to tend to them. Then he would eventually sell them at auction. I always wondered how he could name these cows and then sell them to slaughter. But my uncle was a science man … he had emotions … he wasn’t that cold, but his world was science, riddled with it. He had several graduate degrees in many different math and sciences, but he never flaunted his genius in these subjects. He loved birds and classical music. He is now to have an aviary in his memory, and a bench with his name at the aviary in Pittsburgh. I know this made him happy … wherever he was after leaving this tangible world.
His sudden death (and as a result my very depressed aunt) made me miss my family more. I have already surrounded myself in my bedroom and living room with photos of my family. It is comforting especially when I am feeling less than good. I wrote my uncle a poem while having a pint for him …. and I thought of those cows knowing something … something I am sure no human being could ever know.
That animal thing we all lost long ago.
Adieu, my good uncle Leo … hope you can now prove your theories about the secrets of the universe.
Published in: on January 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm  Leave a Comment