Friday, June 20, 2008

A Look at Miss Potter

Rarely one to tout the virtues of any film, I thought I would take this opportunity to rave about a movie already available on DVD. Miss Potter is a film starring Renee Zellweger, and Ewan McGregor. While it did not do particularly well in the theater, this is where I saw this film treasure.
If you have children or have ever been a child, then you have no doubt been exposed to Beatrix Potter, the beloved children's author and illustrator. The film is a unique look at the life of this amazing woman. The directors have carefully woven film and animation together ever so gently that you are almost not even aware that it is happening. The movie also gives you a glimpse at the beautiful Lakes region of the UK.

This film is one to own and one to watch again and again. I have linked to the movie trailer which should whet your appetite to see this movie!
And for those who are not film fans, there is also Miss Potter, The Novel by Richard Maltby Jr.,which is published by F.Warne and Co.. This is the same publishing house which published all of Beatrix's books! (A touch of irony there I believe)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Time Out...

Since last Wednesday it feels as though I have been sent to "time out". A recent injury has left me spending way more time sitting than I am used to. But time out can be a good thing. Forced limited mobility makes us refocus on what is important. And as it turns out, there seems to be few outward things in my life that are really all THAT important.

The things we often spend our time running around like crazy to accomplish are usually not critical to life and sanity. There are so many things going on in the world right now that are important, there are things that do matter for eternity. But my momentary "time out" has given me time to think about what is important. What is important is our relationship with God,and our relationship with our family and friends.

Right now there are families facing grief, pain and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The world is facing heart wrenching disaster and I am spending a few days in "time out" to reflect and to count my blessings!

And what I still need to do will no doubt be waiting for me when I get back :)