Saturday, March 16, 2019

Show & Tell - Small Discoveries From Ordinary Life - .01

1. Thoroughly Alive -We must hunger after the beautiful and the good
Sarah Clarkson's blog.
I discovered her this week, via my second link.  I started reading and have barely come up for air.  I keep hitting "older posts" and it is ALL just so good!

2. The Cultivating Project
from the website:
"The design and purpose of Cultivating the Good, the True, & the Beautiful is to provide a welcoming place to restore, renew, and reinforce the individual. It is a private place of quiet where you don’t have to answer questions, engage in anything more challenging than looking at beautiful images or reading short pieces of Scripture or well-written essays. This is a place to rest mind, heart, and soul. It is also a place to teach and reinforce the practice of choosing what we focus on in our daily living and walking. It is a place for contemplation and to be reminded what is good, true, and beautiful. And it is a place to encounter others who are bent in the same pursuit."

Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in. You're going to be here for awhile.

Changing pace a little here, I was pretty excited to find this movie online this week!  Brought back a lot of memories!

3. Gidget Grows Up
with Karen Valentine
Anyone else remember Karen Valentine and Room 222?  She was a big hit for a little while in the 70's, and then, she just seems to have kind of disappeared, or maybe I just don't keep up.  But back in the 70's she was one of several actresses to fill the roll of Gidget!  This one is available for FREE on You Tube, but if you want to watch more, Amazon Prime has most of them right now.

- The first movie, Gidget, with Sandra Dee (1959) Although for whatever reason, this one isn't included with Prime, but it's still relatively cheap to rent.
- Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) with Deborah Walley (currently unavailable)
- Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) with Cindy Carol
The TV Series with Sally Field (1965)
- Gidget Grows Up (1969) which is the same movie as above, but probably better quality.
- Gidget Gets Married (1972)
- Gidget's Summer Reunion (1985), which surprisingly, I have never seen.

James Darren was the original Moondoggie in the 1959 release with Sandra Dee, and reprised the roll in Gidget Goes Hawaiian with Deborah Walley, and Gidget Goes to Rome with Cindy Carol.  Poor guy, how confusing that must have been! Apparently Dee was under contract filming  ❇︎ Tammy Tell Me True (another favorite of mine), and was unable to reprise her roll for Gidget Goes Hawaiian, and Deborah Walley was afraid she wouldn't be taken seriously if she continued to make "surfer" movies, which I guess is why she went on to star in ❇︎ Beach Blanket Bingo?

If you are like me, or rather, as OLD as me, and loved Gidget growing up, these will keep you busy for awhile!

4. Elizabeth Goudge.  Her name keeps popping everywhere I visit lately, and apparently she's a pretty big deal, at least, in my literary circles. Following is Sarah Clarkson's review of The Scent of Water.

"The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge :: The tale of Mary, a competent and accomplished London woman who inherits a country home and decides to leave the whirl of modern life behind to inhabit the deep quiet of the countryside and keep faith with the wise and suffering woman who gave her the house. One of the most atmospheric stories I've ever encountered, this book has a power to still and nourish the soul by the sheer quality of description. Goudge doesn't describe the echoing hush of a country night, she evokes it. You feel immersed in it, in her own thoughts as they turn toward prayer, her growing capacity for hush, and in that illusive thing called 'the scent of water'."

I mean honestly, who could read that and not want to dive right in? And while this is available in several formats at Amazon, I actually found a copy at The Internet Archives and put my name on the waiting list.  If I like it, and I have a feeling I will, I've already got my eye on Linnets and Valerians, and The Bird in the Tree.  There are a few titles in the public domain and available to read right away, such as The Castle on the Hill, and Pilgrim's Inn. So, maybe I'll sample one of them while I'm waiting and see what I think! How about you, are you familiar with Elizabeth Goudge, and if so, which is your favorite and why?

And that's it for today, friends!  I hope you've enjoyed or will enjoy a few of the links and resources I've shared today!

Until then, have a blessed weekend!

- Kim

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