My wife Cathy, my son Gregory, and I are pleased to announce the entry into the world of Natalie Elizabeth Ware on October 24, 2009 at 8:15 am, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Natalie weighed 9 pounds, 11-1/2 ounces at birth, and was over 20 inches long! It was a difficult delivery, but everyone is doing just fine.
We hope to have her home by Wednesday afternoon, so she can spend more time with her big brother, and we can all spend more time getting to know her. Dave
Each night before he goes to sleep my 2-1/3 year old insists on being sung at least one song...the same song, night after night: Country Roads, by John Denver. Since I am a native Vandalian, that's alright with me.
OK, I know I'm late with this. The new year has gotten off to a slow start. But I want to start using this blog again, so here is something I sort of half composed over the Xmas Break, in answer to all those who send me a list of their fav books of the last year. Since I don't have time to read, here's my list of fav films.
1. Lars and the Real Girl Quirky, funny and intelligent. Highly recommended. 2. The Pursuit of Happyness Anyone who's followed Will Smith's career knows he's no lightweight actor - this is one of his best! 3. Shut Up and Sing What started as a tourfilm of the Dixie Chics ends up a chronicle of their courageous fight to express opinions unpopular with many of their fans at the height of war-hype by the Bush Administration. A must-see! 4. March of the Penguins All the hype about this film was right - makes you think thrice about Global Warming. 5. The Queen Fabulous Helen Mirren portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II at the time of the death of Diana Spenser - you don't have to be a royal watcher to enjoy it. 6. Joyeux Noel This French film is not new, but is based on real events during World War I, when an informal Christmas armistance by the men fighting in the trenches was brutally supressed by their superiors. 7. Downfall Recounts the last days of Hitler as seen through the eyes of a young woman hand-picked by Hitler to be his personal stenographer, as remembered at the end of her life. Bruno Schulz, veteran of many Wim Wenders films, gives the best portrayal I have seen yet of Hitler. 8. The Lives of Others This German portrait of life under the brutal East German "Stasi" is both historically informing and deeply moving, and a worthy film to follow the one above. 9. Recount BTVS fans will remember Danny Strong, the actor turned screenwriter who won top awards for this re-telling of the 2000 election aftermath. Infuriating to watch if you're a liberal, but informative for everyone, especially since Strong asked for and received help from all participants on the right and left. Worth listening to the commentary. 10. Who Killed the Electric Car? A tremendously entertaining documentary about short-sighted corporate opposition to anything which even remotely smacks of "environmentalism" - even at the expense of profits and to the delight of foreign competition. You can't afford not to watch it, especially if you've ever owned GM stock.
I just came back from the final in-person event at the BPL. It was great to meet so many of you in person - to shake hands and chat! Especially Jennifer and Michael, who made this program possible for all of us. Jennifer invited us several times to applaud ourselves - but as Michael pointed out, this great program would not have happened without her very hard and dedicated work, so I applaud her once again! And thanks to all of you, whether I met you this morning or not, for participating and making this all work. I will keep you in my blog roll.