My guest this weekend is Lorraine Montgomery who is quite simply a wonderful blogger. Lorraine writes about all kinds fo things, and has two blogs—one for life in general, the other mainly books, films, and reviews. I recommend you go and have a look, particularly at some of her book recommendations.
Here is Lorraine to introduce herself.
Retirement is Wonderful!
Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I’ve developed a myriad of interests based on literature I’ve read and music I’ve heard. I’ve followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun. I began writing my Bookshelf blog in May and am enjoying the challenge of keeping up with my reading, writing, movies, and theatre.
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This is a post I did on August 19th after the sad death of Robin Williams:
A few months ago I wrote about one of my all time favourite movies, Dead Poets Society. I have the poster on the wall of my ‘tech room’ along with one from King Lear and another from Stratford’s 1979 season, Henry IV, and one of Amelia Earhart. Pretty heady company. This movie touched me as a teacher. The story centers around a young professor (O Captain, my Captain) at a prep school who inspires his students to reach out, reach up, and find what in the world has worth and meaning to them, to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” (Thoreau). Their theme is ‘carpe diem‘ — seize the day! It is a sad and poignant story because the one young man who reached the hardest and found the most finds himself thwarted and, faced with losing everything he has found, he chooses the most desperate and tragic of endings, he commits suicide.
The teacher, of course, was played by Robin Williams. People magazine, along with many others, has proclaimed him a “comic genius” and yet many of his best roles have shown his dramatic side in an extremely profound way: Good Will Hunting, for which he received an Academy Award; The Fisher King; Awakenings. Even in his comedic roles, there were moments of pathos: in Mrs. Doubtfire; Good Morning, Vietnam. He was indeed a comic genius, but he was so much more. He had many roles: actor, comedian, father, husband, friend. How many lives did he touch with tender moments or side-splitting laughter? How many fellow actors, directors, crew members, in addition to viewers, stood in awe of his genius? His gift was immense; his talent incomparable. He was truly one of a kind. His presence has gone but the glow from his movies, his humour, will continue to bathe people in its warmth for decades to come. Thank you, Robin Williams.
And thank you Lorraine. You have two beautiful blogs that are well worth browsing through.