Category Archives: Thirty Days of Thanksgiving

Day 13: Tenacious As D (for Done)

It’s almost hump day. Well it is Wednesday. But I’m talking about the fact that November is nearly half over.

Last year, I took some Facebook friends’ lead and did Thirty Days of Gratitude—one status every day in November about something small or large that made me thankful. Two or three sentences. No pictures. Just a quick thought.

I’m, well, grateful that I did. It was good discipline. Good for the soul. A good habit to get into–counting my blessings. Continue reading

Day 10: Na No-No Wri Mo for Me

It’s really Day 11. Late on Day 11, and I’m just getting around to writing something for Day 10. So let’s keep this simple.

Thank goodness I am not trying to do National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo.

Participants start their computers at the stroke of midnight on November 1 and try to finish a 50,000 word novel by midnight, November 30. A 50,000 word book is no door stop but it is big accomplishment. Kudos to everybody who is in.

For me, it’s National No-Novel Writing Month. I can barely keep up with a daily blog. Sigh.

But I still promise to explain why Tippi Hedren loathes Alfred Hitchcock. Just give me a couple of days.

Day 8: Grateful Finally to Solve a Hitchcock Mystery

Tippi Hedren and Edith Head's Costume for The Birds

Tippi Hedren and Edith Head’s Costume for The Birds

Later today, I’ll be heading down the road about 60 miles to Charlottesville to see Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds at the historic Paramount Theater. Afterward, there will be a live Q&A session with Tippi Hedren, icy blonde star of the movie, and, oh, by the way, Melanie Griffith’s mother.

The event is a highlight of the 2013 Virginia Film Festival.

I generally love Hitchcock; The Birds not so much.

Maybe it’s because I am always distracted by the suit. The trim, slim, sickly green Edith Head suit that Hedren wore through 90 percent of the action.

That thing has driven me crazy for years. Continue reading