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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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Janga, that's just lovely--both the McCullers grouping, with its story, and the connection you have to your kindred spirit in the too-big hat. Thanks for sharing.
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Jeanette, that sounds like a great collection :-)And I love the Normal Rockwell "you".
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Andrea, what a beautiful store of memories to have. And how lucky to have had such a talented mother!
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Teresa, I think the connection between a work of art and a person is a uniquely special thing, and quite wonderful when it happens. (And I'm sorry the past couple of years have been difficult for you--here's hoping the next few will be better)
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He was Very Determined, I think, to come "home".
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Annette, smiling is everything. And lobby cards are terrific things to collect. I have a few old ones myself, and they always make me happy when I get them out to look at them. One day I'll get around to having them framed so I can hang them on the wall.
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Stephanie, yes, he was certainly meant to be part of my life. He's a link to some wonderful memories. And I know what you mean about landscapes--I love those, as well.
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He was certainly handsome!
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Mary, how lovely. How long has she been your gatekeeper for?
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Sue, you'll have to keep your eyes open--maybe your Ancestor will make a return, like my Fisherman did :-)
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Mary, I didn't know it was Prince Octavius either. That's why I love this blog and our community here :-)
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Laura, thank you for identifying my little prince! I never knew it was Octavius. I've just spent a fascinating (if sad) several minutes reading about him. How heartbreaking to know he never got to grow any older than he is in the painting. I think, in my imagination, I'll have to write a better life for him...
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Mary Jo, I'll show you the Fisherman's wife if you show me your kitten-carrying St. Bernard :-) Deal?
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Janice, Blade Runner is one of my favourite films. And even in the film, Rachel (and Roy) seemed more real--and more alive--than their creators, I think.
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Kathy, if that makes you unsophisticated, then I guess I'm unsophisticated too :-) And a discussion of photos and painted portraits would, I agree, be an interesting one. Both, when done well, can capture the absolute essence of their subject. I love the photographs of Yousuf Karsh, for example, because he just knew the EXACT moment to snap the shutter. And I'm always fascinated by self-portraits painted by artists, because it's a rare chance to see the person on the other side of the brush.
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He’s just little. He fits in the palm of my hand. And for more than a decade he hung near my bed in the cottage we rented each summer. Each morning his face was the first one I saw upon waking; at night when I reached out to switch off the lamp there he’d be again, steadily gazing with calm, thoughtful eyes at something just beyond my left shoulder. We only had that cottage for a week each summer, but I grew attached to my young friend. I didn’t know whether he’d been an actual person or simply the created... Continue reading
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Photo by Stephan Zabel for iStockphoto, used by permission Susanna here, with a post that I first wrote five years ago, but which seems fitting to me for the day before Valentine's Day (and I'm really in need of a hero these days, so I can't wait to see who you recommend afterwards): One of the first things I learned as a child watching Saturday matinee movies was that, in a western, the guys in the black hats were usually up to no good. There were few shades of grey in those films: If a man wore a black hat... Continue reading
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Karin, it sounds a lot like my own writing desk (except it's a coffee cup, still half full of cold coffee)
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I think I would have really enjoyed sitting down with Ms. Leslie for tea and a chat (although NOT in the morning--I wouldn't want to interrupt her working hours!)
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Molly, it's the little human bits of history that are the most interesting, don't you think? So much more fun than battles and boring dates.
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Thanks, Teresa. I'd never heard of her either until a few years ago, when a snippet of this book was quoted somewhere, and then of course I had to hunt down the actual book and read it. She was definitely a well-known and influential woman in her day.
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Faith, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I love knowing it's always been thus!
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Lillian, I think a lot of us have messy desks. We just make sure we clean them up before anyone takes photos of our work spaces!
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Mary, my husband is a computer programmer, and is always aghast at the state of my writing desk (and my computer desktop). Every now and then he tries to "help" me by organizing things. It never ends well :-)
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Isn't it the best? I love getting those little moments of feeling so connected to someone who lived all those years ago. I kept nodding my head and saying, Yes, it's still JUST like this!
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