As we discussed...
...once we hit late October, it's just an eyeblink until we've raced through the season and arrived at...
And here we are, but not to worry!
It's true you can't run naked outdoors in the warm sunshine like you do in the summer (note: check local ordinances first), but there's still much excitement to be had in winter:
And so we are:
|"mum"ories of fall
|missing all the leaves on the trees
|All Hallows E'en approaches...
|...and the St. James Infirmary duo practice under the watchful gaze of their manager, Mr. Bolts.
|an autumn anomaly...Halloween pumpkins and Christmas holly berries
|Karen's Christmas tree
*all pics taken with my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera:
For years I've given a co-worker a hard time about his love of Hallmark Movies, especially the Christmas variety.
I felt like they were populated with B actors waxing euphoric over Christmas cookies and eggnog, with no bigger problems in life than finding someone to play Santa Claus in the Christmas parade.
I dismissed them as trivial.
Well, I was wrong.
(I'll pause here a moment...
...while you regain consciousness.)
Ok, some of them are trivial, but then so are most of the garbage movies pumped out by the troglodytes in Hollywood.
And it's true they're formulaic in the sense you know there's going to be a happy ending where two people fall in love.
But that's not really a bad thing, is it?
How many times have you watched a Hollywood production only to hate their stupid - or worse, intentionally misanthropic - ending?
So while Karen and I have watched a Hallmark movie here and there, this year we decided to dive in and really give them a look.
We were very pleasantly surprised.
Hallmark reminds me a lot of what I've read about the Golden Era of Hollywood, when it functioned on the "studio system".
Actors were under contract to a studio; the studio adhered to quality standards, tight schedules and strict budgets.
The goal of this system was to churn out good films for a profit, the kind that kept theaters full, money rolling in and everyone employed.
As a happy byproduct, once in a while this assembly line process yielded a masterpiece:
Casablanca from 1942 is an example.
Hallmark seems to be similar...familiar faces in quality movies, and along the way they make some truly good ones.
Two I really enjoyed watching recently are...
On a dreary winter night, it's a pretty good way to pass a couple of hours sitting next to the one you love.
Farewell and adieu, 23 Skidoo:
|a repeat, but it's the only evolutionary theory I believe in
|hey, it was a gift, ok? and surprisingly good
|you know who you are
|missing the glories of summer
|hate to admit it, but I'm in the 1/10th of 1 percent grouping (chart provided by DKR)
|"unidentified anomalous phenomena" because they aren't necessarily limited to the skies
Even though it's off to a very slow start this year, there's no denying we've arrived at winter...so I leave you with these verses from God's Word:
"He giveth snow like wool: He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
"He casteth forth his ice like morsels; who can stand before His cold?"
- Psalms 147:16,17
later, mcm fans...
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