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   Gram77 posted on Suggested Reading  I love books and will read most anything someone hands me. An author I can't remember seeing discussed here is Lisa Genova. I thought she would show up here after one of her books was made into a movie and also brought an Oscar to the actress who was the lead character. That book was Still Alice. Her other books are Love Anthony, Left Neglected, and my favorite Inside The O'Briens. I'm betting either or maybe both MeiDei and Storm may be familiar with this author. At the moment I am reading the Monuments Men. Found a copy at a thrift store for 50 cents.
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   StormCnter  Gram, I"m pretty sure Mei has mentioned "Still Alice". I didn't read it because it sounded like a downer and I avoided the film for the same reason. Was it good?
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   Gram77  I did not see the movie for the same reason you didn't. My father in his last few years was lost to us mentally so I knew about the heartache......didn't to watch it again.
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   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  Saw the movie ROOM today. They were true to the book with one exception, which I felt did no harm. Anyone else read the book or saw the movie? The little boy in the movie is really good and so cute.
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   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  I read Girl On The Train. I'm anxious to see the movie.
April 26 at 10:37 EST .



   StormCnter  I read both Train Girls. "The Girl on the Train" by Hawkins, and "Girl on a Train" by Waines. The first is the basis for a movie. The second wasn't worth the time or the money for the book.
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   Gram77 posted on Main Page The Lobby  Storm is a miracle worker. Thanks to her concern and friendship she has reached the correct people at the Connection and solved my login problem. There just aren't enough thanks to be found but THANKS again. Gram
April 25 at 11:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  Glad to see you back, Gram. Appreciation, though, goes to whichever staffer sprinkled the magic dust and cured the problem.
April 25 at 12:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  Welcome back, Gram!
April 25 at 12:51 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Good to see you Gram . . . you've been missed.
April 25 at 16:50 EST .


   BirdsNest  So good to have you back. Now the kitty pictures can begin again!!
April 26 at 06:03 EST .




   Gram77 posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  OK, here goes. This story involves students at a military school in Florida (better to not name the school ), a Halloween tradition and a cow. Every Halloween it was tradition at the school to sneak a cow up (way up ) into the school's bell tower. The boys managed to get this done almost every year. The part of this and the cost for the school is that a cow will climb with no problem. Believe me they won't come down. So, each time this happened the school had to get a crane with a large belt to fasten under the belly of the cow and lift it down. We girls found this really fun and showed up in hopes to meet the boys. I am ashamed to say I was in my sophomore year of college. One would think we would know better but it was college and it was fun.
February 10 at 20:25 EST .

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   Gram77  This must be one of those stories that falls under the the saying of "you had to be there". Sorry, you guys. :(
February 12 at 09:39 EST .

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   Gram77  Cows are an odd lot. I was around them as a kid and I always thought they weren't very bright but what do I know. I do know they are nosey.
February 13 at 22:10 EST .

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   Alice  Gram, you have solved a puzzle for me! ;- ) I had no idea a cow would not go down stairs, since I thought they 'do' hills and creek sides whenever they spot something to eat or drink.. but I have to admit the cattle around here I've seen from the road are on flat pastures with stock tanks, so for me it is a case of 'who knew?'. I've read about this type of stunt over the years, but thought there must be some trick to getting the cow up there if they had to hire a crane to get it down.

My only remembered experience with cows was when I was about 8 years old. My grandparents had a very small farm growing peanuts. Their neighbors had cows, and when we visited, we went outside, and I stepped in a cow patty thinking it was a rock! I was so embarrassed I never forgot it. :- ) And I never really wanted to see those neighbors again because I was such a fool: "Even a child is known by his doing." Now I find that bit of self-inflicted scripture funny.
February 19 at 12:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  I believe giraffes will not step down, either. I don't know why. I do know that a horse will die of thirst rather than voluntarily step over a low curb or barrier to get to water. There's something about having to raise their feet and place them on the other side that scares them.
February 19 at 17:47 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  MeiDei....I have a rather funny stair step story but don't know if I should post it. It's about a cow. What do you think?
February 10 at 12:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  You don't need my permission Gram - By all means - we all could use a laugh! You reminded me of when some cows got loose in our Denver suburb......
February 10 at 18:19 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  Speaking of Nicholson, was it him that in later years was taken totally with surprise as to his mother really was?
February 10 at 12:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  Here's Wiki's report: "Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune City, New Jersey,[2][3] the son of a showgirl, June Frances Nicholson (November 5, 1918 – July 31, 1963 ) (stage name June Nilson ).[4][5] Nicholson's mother was of Irish, English, and Pennsylvania Dutch (German ) descent. She married Italian American showman Donald Furcillo (stage name Donald Rose ) in 1936, not knowing that he was already married.[6]:8 [7] As June was only 17 years old, unmarried and uncertain of the father's identity when Nicholson was born, her parents[note 1] agreed to raise Nicholson as their own child without revealing his true parentage, and June would act as his sister.[8]

In 1974, Time magazine researchers learned, and informed Nicholson, that his "sister," June, was actually his mother, and his other "sister," Lorraine, was really his aunt.[9] By this time, both his mother and grandmother had died (in 1963 and 1970, respectively )."
February 10 at 12:26 EST .


   StormCnter  The same thing happened to Bobby Darin. Also from Wiki: "Bobby Darin was reared by his maternal grandmother, who he thought was his mother. Darin's birth mother, Vanina Juliette "Nina" Cassotto (born November 30, 1917 ), became pregnant with him in the summer of 1935 when she was 18. Presumably because of the scandalous nature of out-of-wedlock pregnancies in that era, Nina and her mother hatched a plan to pass her baby off as Nina's younger brother. Years later when Nina finally told Darin the truth about his upbringing she refused to reveal the identity of his biological father, and she continued to keep that secret even up until her own death in 1983."
February 10 at 12:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'll be rude & guess it was a fast-talking slick mobster from the neighborhood.
February 10 at 12:53 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  I went back and got more pictures of the young person in Room. It was rather easy to think that was a girl but when I think about it, given the length of time these two were locked away, he never had a hair cut. I really recommend this book. It's really wonderful the way the mother keeps the child occupied and teaches him things about the world. I hope, hope that the escape goes exactly the the book
February 8 at 12:09 EST .



   MeiDei  As usual Gram, you got my curiosity moving. The author co-wrote the screenplay so it's as close to the book as a movie would allow - condensed where needed. I did wonder, however, who cut her hair - seemed it should be longer than shoulder length after 7 (? ) years. The movie left out the 1st stillborn birth b/4 Jack's birth + 4 other minor details that wculdn't detract from the book.
February 8 at 13:06 EST .

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   MeiDei  BTW Gram, thanks for starting the conversation! : ) This was fun too.
February 8 at 13:21 EST .

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   Gram77  Hey, maybe this conversation thing is just what we needed! : )
February 8 at 15:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Why can't we have both? : ) I'm housebound today so I threw in an easy one above. If you like the actors or saw the movie - let's hear about it!
February 9 at 11:46 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  I just looked at the review of one of the movies up for an Oscar. The movie is Room. I read this book when it first came out and thought it was excellent. And what do I see right off the bat? The child who with the mother is locked in a small building (in the book ) is a young boy. In the movie the child is a girl. I can't help but wonder how the movie shows the method the mother uses in order to escape. Why when a book is considered really good does Hollywood think they can do it better than the author? And I also wonder what the author thinks.
February 8 at 05:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I avoided that book because the story was so horrifying, but like you, others have told me I should read it. As for what happens to a book when it's sold to the movies, the power of an author to control what happens isn't an absolute. A best-selling author, such as Grisham, can protect his product as much as he wants. A lesser-known writer may have to give all control. But, I hate, hate, hate it when the movie changes something vital to the story. It sounds as if that is what has happened to "Room".
February 8 at 10:57 EST .


   Richdet  The child in the movie is played by Jacob Tremblay, and the character name is "Jack," based on the listing on IMDB. I know young Master Tremblay was touted for an Oscar nomination for supporting actor, and I have seen photos of him with short hair on the Internet during awards season. But I gather Jack is depicted with "straggly long hair" in the movie, which may look girlish, but the character is indeed a boy in the movie. I have not read the book yet nor seen the movie so I am trying not to get spoilered about plot details, but that much I could ascertain from a quick google search.
February 8 at 11:07 EST .


   Richdet  On reflection, it may have been more prudent if I had written, "the character of the child is indeed played by a boy." It occurs to me that gender confusion of some kind may be an element of the plot, and since I don't know the original material, I have no idea what the novelist or the film-makers have done plot-wise. But I do know a boy named Jacob Tremblay got cast as the kid.

File all this confusion under "the way we live now .... unfortunately."
February 8 at 11:18 EST .

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   Gram77 posted on Movies & Reviews  Where is everybody?
February 5 at 08:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, you are greatly appreciated as a fellow movie fan and an active and informed participant on this wall. But I think I'll take a hiatus. Very few have taken time to join us and maybe there'll be more interest in the spring.
February 6 at 05:19 EST .

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   Gram77  Is MeiDei gone too? This concerns me as I don't see much activity anywhere at The Connection. A dear friend who left The Connection quite some time ago predicted that The Connection was slowly disappearing. Sad. Gram
February 6 at 09:16 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei will make her own comment. We've discussed it, however.
February 6 at 09:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm still here Gram - just got our cable/phone/internet back - lost it yesterday due to a heavy/wet snow storm - it's picture perfect outside now - the glare is so dazzling you have to wear shades! : )
The Connection will only disappear when lurkers don't jump in & 'olds-timers' give up; so yes, it's sad. What a boost it is to continue on when someone 'new' takes the leap to make a comment whether they know the answer - or part of it - or not - even if it's just to say "I'm stumped" is welcomed : ) Then again, we welcome new quiz makers. I'm hoping our 'regulars' aren't going through rough times; we try to keep this site cheerful & informative at the same time. Maybe we can get some response as to what others are thinking i.e., should we continue, how often or no interest. What say you?
February 6 at 12:19 EST .

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   Gram77  I think getting opinions are always a good idea. Suggestions that are offered open and honestly will work. Just an idea; what if you folks offered a tickler related to a movie or movies one day during the week and several days later give us a whopper of a post for the week. I hate to see this site go dark.
February 6 at 18:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  Good idea, Gram.
February 7 at 04:49 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  So sorry that I've been almost absent for the past 4 weeks, my computer's in the shop and I'm sharing with Hubby.

I think Surfie said she was moving, so maybe that's the reason she's been scarce also Birdie's dealing with a sick Hagar and is I'm sure very busy running back and forth.
February 7 at 14:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  Hope, no one needs to apologize for anything at all. You've been missed, as have Surf and Bird, and Gram, too, when she is away. Mei and I discussed the shortage of participation and what we thought might be the reasons for it. Your comments are welcome.
February 7 at 16:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, when you have a chance, chime in on this. We have some feedback.
February 8 at 10:58 EST .


   MeiDei  Just got back from a snail's pace drive from a last minute emergency run b/4 the rest of the snow falls - 1/2 hour trip = 2 hours - ice under the snow, & plows don't handle ice well. : ) Winds are blowing & my wipers quit on the last leg home - prayers were answered!
I'll wait 'til we hear from the gents and anyone else that might share their thoughts, likes/dislikes.
February 8 at 13:17 EST .

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