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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
historical romance author
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Yes, I find WWI movies are particularly wrenching—the horrific waste of human lives over a conflict that had little point always hits home. 1917 is a brilliant cinamatography achievement and is breathtaking in its art. The individual protagonists are heroic . . .but yes, it does leave you keenly aware of the awfulness. Still, I recommend seeing it as a piece of art.
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Anne, I loved Knives Out—very clever, and well-plotted. I also just saw 1917 the other day, and it's an amazing cinematography tour de force. Really well done emotionally, too. Just a very powerful film. And despite the scenes of violence, which aren't my cup of tea. I really enjoyed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Pitt and DeCaprio were wonderful.
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Sharing love and support with family and friends is something for which to feel immense gratitude. I think all of us second your hopes for things getting better all around the world, where so many people are facing terrible challenges. Books do provide hope and solace to so many, so I'm glad that we Wenches can help be a flicker of light when darkness feels overwhelming.
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All the things you mentioned are true blessings! Reading really provide an amazing source of joy. Hugs on the computer. Learning a new system is stressful, but I'm sure you'll soon get the hang of it. And thank you for the lovely words about the wenches.I'm so glad you enjoy the blog.
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Beautifully said, Sue. That we're part of such a grand connection generations is a wonderful thing. And love is a strength beyond measure.
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Thanks you so much, Margaret. That's very humbling. I hope that the Wench books—and of every writer around the world—can be a positive force, giving people hope and inspiration in the better sides of human nature.
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What a lovely saying on the towels, Mary. I really believe joy is in the looking around and appreciating all the little beauties. (I think if people looked up more often from their devices and reconnected to things more important than social media, they would be less stressed and unhappy!)
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Oh, yes—books are REALLY high on the list. Like you, I truly stop often and think about how lucky I am to have food, shelter, and an environment free from fear and danger. So many people in the world are struggling simply to survive.
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Teresa, that's very lovely post, and I'm so happy that things are going well for you and your daughter. And so glad your health is looking up. May 2020 continue to bring light and loveinto your life.
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Jeannette, it really hard sometimes not to be affected by the struggles and challenges that Life throws at us. I find taking joy in th iny things makes the larger trouble seem brighter. I love your cinnamon toast! And yes, that first cup of morning coffee! Those things really matter! I'm so glad the Word Wenches brings a smile to your day! Our readers do the same for us!
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Mary, you're so right—feeling grateful is a great gift to have. Negativity is a huge energy drain, and affects your ability to enjoy what you have. It's very sad that people dwell in the shadows rather than look for the light. I'm so sorry for the arthritis, but how wonderful that you're surrounded by love and and such a caring family.
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Andrea here, We've reached the 11th day of our Wenchly Christmastide posts, and are winding down the celebration in readiness for starting the new year in earnest. For the most part, we've been having light-hearted fun with them, as befits the festive season, where we raise a toast to the joys of family, friendship and holiday cheer. But there's also a reflective side to the holidays and the start of a new year, where many of us take some quiet moments to reflect on our blessings and offer up gratitude for all the gifts in our lives. So I thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Word Wenches
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I love church music and architecture as well, and find it wonderful for inspiring quiet reflection. I've never had specific "Christmas colors" but love the brightness of many hues to make the darkest days of the years a bit cheerier. LOVE those gloves, Nicola. They are gorgeous!
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It seems most of us are on the same page, Anne. We may doodle in notebooks or random sheets of paper, but respect too much to deface them!
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2019 on Random Doodles! at Word Wenches
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So glad you enjoyed them, Karin. I found them very funny, too.
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Ha, ha. I feel the same way. I cringe when I see book cut up——especially old ones torn apart for the illustrations!
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2019 on Random Doodles! at Word Wenches
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Ha, ha,Quantum! A very intertesing observation. Maybe you could get a literary-minded colleague in biology to do some study on that!
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Happy Holidays to you, too, Kareni! I vote that your grammarian gets scolded. Even if he/she is right it's just annoying.
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It drives me crazy when people correct or leave a running commentary in library books. Write a letter to the editor! Subjecting countless readers to margin comments detracts from the enjoyment of the book. I think many of us were taught that one isn't supposed mark up books. Those lessons stick! Merry, Merry Holidays to all, and a very happy 2020!
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Yes, I was also taught to revere the printed page, Anne. I never, ever mark a novel, and try to use sticky paper in making a research book. But on a few ocassions in research I have resorted a pencil, But I really try not to!
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That's very cool that you sketch elements from your stories, Pamela! I have very well-worn books just from the number of times I've read them. No markings but I think people would still be able to tell they were much loved.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2019 on Random Doodles! at Word Wenches
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Yes, it was REALLY forbidden to write in textbooks, Sue, so I guess that where I learned it. Also, I just respect the printed page and don't want to mess it up. Notebooks are definitely fair game. I doodled a lot in mine.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2019 on Random Doodles! at Word Wenches
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SO funny, Lil. (I'd to be someone who bored you!) I really dislike people who write in library books, too. It's just plain thoughtless to others.
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LOL—so true! I love that the same archetypal scribbles seem to appear throughout the centuries! I really don't like to mark up books, but like you, I do highlight sections in research books of stuff I need my stories.
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So glad you enjoyed them, Mary. I never mark a book, but confess to doodling in my school notebooks—a lot! Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2020 to you and all the Wench family of readers! We love our wonderful community!
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