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About me

Location United States
Introduction a woman of heart and mind . . .
Interests family & friends, music, fiction, mah jong, poetry, haiku, karate, outdoors, movies, college basketball, good food
Favorite Movies A Christmas Story, About A Boy, All of Me, Antonia's Line, Babette's Feast, Bend it like Beckham, Being John Malkovich, Beetlejuice, Big Night, The Birdcage, Bull Durham, Caddyshack, Chariots of Fire, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Defending Your Life, Dream Girls, Eat Drink Man Woman, Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Trembling, Field of Dreams, The Fisher King, Gandhi, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Harold and Maude, High Fidelity, Il Postino, It's a Wonderful Life, The Iron Giant, Lars and the Real Girl, L'Auberge Espagnole, Little Miss Sunshine, Longtime Companion, Lost in Translation, Meet Joe Black, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Moonstruck, The Motorcycle Diaries, Muriel's Wedding, The Namesake, Office Space, Once, Philadelphia, The Polar Express, The Princess Bride, Real Women Have Curves, The Red Violin, The Russians Are Coming, The Sea Inside, sex lies and videotape, Shakespeare in Love, Tanguy, The Sound of Music, Spanglish, Spirited Away, Spring Summer Fall Winter.. Spring, The Station Agent, The Sting, This is Spinal Tap, Terms of Endearment, Time Bandits, Waking Ned Divine, The Wedding Banquet, Whale Rider, What the (Bleep) Do We Know?, When Harry Met Sally, The Wizard of Oz, The World's Fastest Indian, Y Tu Mama Tambien
Favorite Music see my music links on the main blog page ... i like many, many kinds of music ... from classical to americana to rock to reggae to jazz and blues. Some of these sites have music you can play from your computer. Check out Sunday Mornings with John Platt on WFUV from 8-11! I don't have any links to classical music... so I'll list some all-time favorite works: George Gershwin's Three Preludes and Paul Hindemith's Flute Sonata. My mom played the former while I was in utero and while I was little and every time I hear it, it resonates to my core. The latter piece is my favorite NYSSMA solo of my young music career. I performed it with my good and very talented friend Mike Fenton on piano. I love all things Gershwin and love Maurice Ravel's Pavane, and Poulenc's Gloria and the Poulenc Flute Sonata. The Carmina Burana by Carl Orff is an incredible work that takes you to a different place. And while it isn't exactly classical, I can't not mention Dave Brubeck's music or Scott Joplin's rags. I could go on and on - and won't... suffice it to say I have left a lot out.
Favorite Books The Shipping News (Annie Proulx), Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson), Operating Instructions (Anne Lamott), Plan B (Anne Lamott), Traveling Mercies (Anne Lamott), The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing), To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf), Kitchen God's Wife (Amy Tan), Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan), 9 Short Stories (JD Salinger), Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy), The Prophet (Kalhil Gibran), God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (Grace Paley), Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks), Ironweed (Wm Kennedy), Accordian Crimes (Annie Proulx), Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd), Saint Maybe (Anne Tyler), Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler), Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith), To Say Nothing of the Dog (Connie Willis), Doomsday Book (Connie Willis), Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier), We Were the Mulvaneys (Joyce Carol Oates), The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), Lucky (Alice Sebold), Immortality (Milan Kudera), A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving), Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach), Three Junes (Julia Glass), The Orchid Thief (Susan Orlean), Later the Same Day (Grace Paley), Moo (Jane Smiley), Smilla's Sense of Snow (Peter Hoeg), I Was Amelia Earhart (Jane Mendelsohn), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon), Wrinkle In Time - Swiftly Tilting Planet - A Wind at the Door (Madeleine L'Engle), Cat's Eye (Margaret Atwood), The Color Purple(Alice Walker), Midwife's Tale (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich), The Lost, (Daniel Mendelsohn), The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo), Watership Down (Richard Adams), The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw (Bruce Barcott), Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson and David O. Relin), Mother of Pearl (Melinda Haynes), Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen), nearly everything by Alexander McCall Smith, The Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton), The Whistling Season (Ivan Doig). [for more, see my GoodReads list on the blog right-side bar.]