August 12, 2016


GUYS GUYS GUYS. I have exciting news for any and all of you Newsies fans. Through the Newsies musical site, I found out THIS piece of exciting news and nearly died am so incredibly excited.

-deep breath-

Are you ready?

Jeremy Jordan's face in the last photo is priceless...:




And that's not all...
I will always repin this <3 <--- Yes Pinterest, I know I've already pinned this, but I need to pin it again...

Corey Cott just really wants Santa Fe - Newsies:



That's all I wanted to tell you. I can't form coherent thoughts right now. I'm dead.

August 8, 2016

Inkling Explorations~July

As I try to do most every month, I'm linking up for Heidi's Inkling Explorations, July edition. Yes. I know it's a little late, but Heidi herself allowed late entries. :)

The topic for July is a" scene with a traveler arriving home in book or film". I chose the beginning scene from Betsy's Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace. *The ensuing sentences and the excerpt from the book all contain spoilers* Betsy, the heroine, has just arrived home from her European tour. World War One has only just begun, and she's eager to reunite with her high school sweetheart and fiance, Joe Willard.

Almost choked with excitement and joy, Betsy Ray leaned against the railing as the S. S. Richmond sailed serenely into New York City's inner harbor. The morning was misty, and since they had passed through the Narrows, she had seen only sky and water—and a gull, now and then—as though they were still out in the Atlantic. But she knew she had come home.

"...home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be..."

Betsy chanted softly to herself. She gripped the rail hard.
And Joe's waiting for me! she thought. Oh, I hope he's going to like me as well as he used to! I hope I look nice.

“ The Statue of Liberty hails dawn over New York Harbor in 1978 Photograph by David Alan Harvey, National Geographic Creative ”:

...(shortened for brevity)...

New Yorkers all around her were eagerly identifying other famous buildings, but these cries died down. Gleaming in the sunlight, majestic, benign, the Goddess of Liberty had come into view. 
That figure with the upflung arm caused silence to fall along the line of travelers returning to their peaceful homeland from a Europe blazing with war. France, Betsy remembered, had given the United States this statue in tribute to the American fight for freedom. And now France was fighting for her freedom!
Tears blurred Betsy's eyes but they weren't just for France. They were for America, and Joe, and because she was so glad to be back. She cried and cried, wiping away the tears with both her hands, so she could look ahead.

...(shortened for brevity)...
-if i ever go to a train station for a trip, i will be wearing a lttle something like this- Lady Mary Crawley with Matthew Crawley at the Train Station: Monochromatic layers, pixie coat, and all things aubergine.:

But suddenly she stood up straighter than an arrow. Not standing under the "R's," but swinging toward her with a cane hung over his arm, came a stocky blond young man. 
Betsy ran toward him.
The next thing she knew he had his arms around her. She had dropped her umbrella and her new hat was knocked off but she didn't care. He was holding her close and saying over and over, "Oh Betsy! Betsy!" And Betsy, when she could lift her tear-wet face from where it was crushed into his woolly shoulder, tried to say "Joe! Joe!" but she couldn't because he was kissing her and she was kissing him.
Joe held her off at arm's length. Under his blond pompadour and tufted golden brows, his eyes were blazingly bright. Blushing, Betsy rescued her hat, and Joe picked up her umbrella.
He took hold of her arm in a strong and purposeful grasp.
"Let's get this Customs business out of the way quick," he said. "And then we'll go to Tiffany's and get you a ring. And then—" he turned swiftly to look into her face—"when can we get married?"

D'awwww. :') The Betsy Tacy books are one of my most favorite series.

Thank you so much, as always, for this lovely link-up, Heidi!

August 5, 2016

Five Favorite Westerns~Legends of Western Cinema Week

Hello all! As you may know, a fun blog party called Legends of Western Cinema Week is going on, courtesy of Emma Jane and Olivia. Although my immersion in the Western world is sorely lacking (I HAVE watched a lot of John Wayne movies, though!) I do love the genre. The sweeping plains, rugged mountain ranges, thrilling gun fights, majestic horses, handsome cowboys (cough)....what's not to love? Scattered throughout these kinds of stories are powerful relationships--friendships, romances, betrayals and the ever-classic relationship between the "good guy" and his enemy.
But, that's enough of me trying to convince you all that I do know what westerns are about. Today I wanted to share with you FIVE of my favorite western films.

Rio Bravo (1959)
Rio Bravo / HU DVD 7326 /
Although this has a great plot, what I love most about this movie is the characters. Dude, especially. He starts out the film as an alcoholic *spoilers!* but by the end of the film, he's a hero. He learns to fight his temptations and become a better man because of it. *end spoiler* There's also Stumpy, a hilarious old cowboy who has a grumpy, snarky response to everything. John Wayne plays the hero of the story (of course) and, well. He's John Wayne. Brave, smart, daring, all those wonderful cowboy qualities rolled into one. (But Dude is more interesting. Therefore I like him better.)  Even Ricky Nelson as a pretty boy cowboy (okay, I'm sorry, he's not that bad. He just seems a little out of place.) is okay. One character I can't stand is "Feathers", played by Angie Dickinson. She's annoying and her character remains so throughout the whole film. Not to mention her last "outfit". Like...honey, don't wear that. It's a bathing suit. Just...ugh. -moves on to the next film to keep myself from ranting-

The Comancheros (1961)

I just saw this one for the first time awhile back and LOVED it. Texas Rangers, Comanche Indian attacks, a violent gun and whiskey smuggling gang who captures our heroes...I found it a really exciting movie. :) John Wayne plays the hero (of course).  There's also Paul Regret, a rogueish gambler wanted for the death penalty. I actually found his romance with the questionable Pilar really cute. And *spoilers* I'm glad they were able to start a new life together. Thanks, John Wayne. *end spoilers* I really recommend this film. It's colorful and fun, while still retaining plenty of action and realism.

(And guys. Patrick Wayne is in this! I'd never seen him in anything before this and...yeah. I like Patrick. ;))  (*spoilers* He dies. Of course. Why?!? *spoilers end*)

They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
Okay, so I'm not sure if this truly counts as a western, but I had to include at least one Errol Flynn film and I think this one is my favorite of all his "out West" ones. He's not a cowboy in this (sniff), but he plays General George Custer and the movie follows him through West Point all the way to his famous last stand. I've read that the film isn't historically accurate, but whatever. I still like it.
Olivia De Havilland and Errol Flynn are one of my favorite screen couple, and this was their last film together.  There's a sad parting scene between them (before he leaves for the last time) where they both know there's a big possibility of his dying, but neither want to say it. I found it doubly sad since it was, in a way, their parting scene of being together in movies. :(

Giant (1956)
I love movies that span many years, and this is one of them. Family drama, betrayals, racial inequality, one unlikely man's rise to power and subsequent's all there and it's SO good. There's no gun fights in this one, and no cowboys who save the town. It's not a classic western, but I feel like it fits in that category because it's still about people who lived and conquered in the West, after the days of the cowboys.

Big Country (1958)
Jean Simmons & Gregory Peck ~ "The Big Country", 1958. A wonderful western with one of the best ever movie scores and splendid photography.:
Unfortunately I have NOT seen this one in a veeeerrry long time, but it was really good when I first saw it. Quite possibly one of the most tense, exciting Westerns I've ever seen. And it has GREGORY PECK as the hero. You know I love Gregory Peck. :)
(Looking up a photo for this movie made me reeaaalllly want to see it again. I need to do it. Soon.)

That's all! Honorary mentions include The Redemption of Henry Myers, some of the Love Comes Softly movies, Little House on the Prairie (especially the stand-alone movie they made with Erin Cottrell as Ma. That's a good one.), and...I don't know. Does When Calls the Heart count? It happens out Canada. :P

Thank you so much for this fun week, Emma, and Olivia! It's been great and I'm so happy to have been able to participate. :) For those of you who are interested, please do check out their blogs! There's tons more western themed blog posts over there, and some exciting giveaways. :D

What are some of your favorite Westerns? 
Do you have any recommendations for me?