I am late, incredibly late. What for? Oh, just the bus to Rick Riordan’s world where Greek mythology is far more than just myth. I recently finished gobbling down an audiobook of the first of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief. This book was made into a movie in 2010. I saw the movie but had never got around to reading the book. After the holidays, I took a few days to recover with a puzzle, and I wanted something to listen to while I did that.
A while back, I went to a screening of The Room, the cult classic film that’s considered by some to be the Citizen Kane of bad movies. One of the stars of the film, Greg Sestero, was there plugging his book, The Disaster Artist. The book chronicles his friendship with director, writer, and producer Tommy Wiseau and the making of the film. It’s kind of sad that Wiseau’s dream of being a star ended up making him a laughingstock. Still, this might be the funniest book I’ve ever read.
Our branch manager, Cheryl, has just recently returned from being in Utah at RootsTech 2014, their fourth annual conference focusing on the cutting edge of technology in the genealogy field. I remember last year at this time when I took advantage of the RootsTech classes online and watched some of them live, providing me with new ideas and technology directions to “chew on” for months ahead.
The Martin family of Opelika, Alabama was growing and prospering in 1926. The patriarch, Barnett Martin (known everywhere as “Dad”), and his wife Mollie had 7 living children, the oldest of whom were grown and married. One day in June, 46-year-old Mollie suddenly collapsed and died of a brain aneurysm.
Chocolates are eaten, roses are given, and love is a stain of red on the cheeks of many young and old hearts alike. On this Valentine’s Day, while I stuff my face with sugary goodness, I’m thinking of all the ways that my husband and children are my greatest love story. Though my heart was given to him long ago, at just a tender age of twelve, it wasn’t until 2003 that we started our life together. If you’re like me, you like to reminisce upon all the love letters and romantic moments you’ve had with your significant other.
In the wake of the board game turned SF action/comedy/drama Battleship, we may wonder if Hollywood is done mining our childhood nostalgia as a method for generating big-budget, CGI-heavy movies. Given that The Lego Movie is in theaters right now, I don’t think so.
When the weather is cold and snowy in January and other winter months, it is so very tempting to stay at home, drink hot chocolate, and genealogy-surf on your home computer. There are many sites you can go to again and again since new data is added frequently these days.