Monday, June 26, 2006


The older I get, the more trouble I have with change and with travel. I have had several trips this summer, and none of them have been vacations. So, it seems a few days before the trip, I find myself in a dither, everything needs to be done right now. Everything is late, everything is all about pressure. And then I go on the trip, and I am tired. And then I get back from the trip, and not only did no little elves come in and organize my studio and my house, but it looks like perhaps a few got in and messed things up just a little bit more.

That is the situation I find myself in today. Not only is there the chaos that I left behind, but it seems that it may have multiplied during my week away. So, now I am tired from traveling for about 11 hours yesterday (getting back to Bisbee from St. Louis), but everything appears just a little more chaotic than before I left.

It seems like this used to be easier when I was younger. Or perhaps the chaos bothered me less. Or perhaps I just bounced back faster. At any rate, I am back, I have puttered around a bit, and tried to remember what it was I was doing before I left and thought about what I might do next. Then I checked three books out of the library and took a nap.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Da Vinci Code: The Movie vs. The Book

I suppose it has been two years since I read The Da Vinci Code. This past Monday morning I saw the movie. Traditionally, I avoid that situation. I almost never like the movie as well as the book. And I usually am truly disappointed by the movie.

Well, in this case I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I had forgotten how much I liked the book. Maybe I had become cynical because of all the hype. Maybe for once, I was able to avoid getting my expectations too high. At any rate...I quite enjoyed The Da Vinci Code: The Movie.

I didn't expect to find Tom Hanks believable as the main character, but again I was surprised. I thought he was a good choice.

In addition to the adventure/mystery of the book/movie and of course the interesting questions it raises about male-centric religion, there is the art. Da Vinci and his art are intriguing to me and Dan Brown has certainly brought his works to the fore with this book. I have certainly taken the time to look closely at The Last Supper more than once. And, have looked at other pieces that I had probably never given a second glance before.

All this being said. I am still not a "movie person", but I would recommend this one.