Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Heads & Facial Expression Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share …

Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Heads & Facial Expressions

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Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of heads or facial features.

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What will you share?

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To see more wonderful pictures, click here.

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Thursday Door Challenge

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Hosted by Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Click here, to see more links to doors.

The Starlet and the Spy

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It’s 1954 and outcast Alice Kim works as a translator for the US Army. She struggles to keep on keeping on after the horrors of war and the emotional wounds from her earlier romantic affairs. Alice gets chosen to translate for Marilyn Monroe who’s coming to Korea to entertain the troops, who remain.

Nervous, emotional and guilt-ridden, Alice feels alienated. A young woman, whose past haunts her must deal with seeing her past lovers and tries to track down an orphan she promised to care for.

While the story’s full of angst, I felt it lacked authenticity, which is surprising since the author researched war diaries and other primary sources. I felt there was too little Marilyn Monroe in the book and thought those chapters were based on stereotypes. I think Monroe was in the story to make it marketable.

The love triangle and the emotional crash that ensued when the married lover caught her in bed with her other lover didn’t endear Alice to me. She lacked the insight to figure out her own responsibility even though all the dots where there. I didn’t find the spy work compelling either.

I prefer Lisa See’s, Jung Chang’s and Winston Graham’s historical fiction. Ji-Min Lee’s The Starlet and the Spy is not a novel you must read.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of the sense of touch. I decided to find photos featuring interesting eyes.

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Suit of Iron, Art Institute of Chicago

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Basket from Africa, Art Institute of Chicago

What will you choose?

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely  catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you did during week 6 of the WuFlu Lockdown. Of course, we’d be having coffee and talking over the phone or on Zoom.

Last Monday I had two conference calls and a Zoom board meeting to attend. Then on Tuesday I had another two conference calls and could have joined a Zoom event through my church. They’re doing the wonderful Alpha program and now it was transferred on to Zoom. While it’s lovely that Zoom enables people to connect during a lockdown, I was just tired of this format. I watched the Alpha program on my own, but couldn’t bring myself to watch another Zoom event.

My team at work has coalesced and unified, which is great because there’s little support as we’re remote and our office is 95% closed.

I’m missing the library. I’ve finished most of the books and DVDs I’ve checked out. Yes, we have access to ebooks, but my password doesn’t work with Hoopla and Libby’s offerings don’t compare. Also, I still prefer real books.

I enjoy both Dave Rubin and Ben Shapiro and here’s a video I’ve started watching with both of them talking about Free Speech. I also recommend Eric Metaxas’ interview of Candace Owens.

I finished reading The Starlet and the Spy, set in Korea just after the Korean War. In a nutshell, it was okay, but I’ve read better. More on that tomorrow.

Last night was another terrific pair of episodes of The Last Dance, the documentary about the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 season. I learned a lot about Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson.