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I think most of my LJ friends have left LJ, so this message is for the stragglers. I, too, will be closing up shop here. I never liked the Russia thing, and now I really don't like it (user agreement not valid in translation, no more secure login). What's delayed the end is my uncertainty about whether I should give up blogging altogether, migrate to Dreamwidth (with or without my archive), or try another platform. I will let you know when I know, and in the meantime will probably keep doing the Friday Fives. :-)

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Watery Five

I had a busy Easter weekend, so I'm only just getting to April 14th's Friday Five. They weren't the easiest set, thanks to the nature theme, but I've given them a shot.

Click to take the plunge!Collapse )

Reasonable Five

Quarterly Report

This week's Friday Five takes its theme from the fact that today ends the first quarter of 2017. May I ask where that time went???

Here, without further ado, are the questions. Click for 'emCollapse )

Friday food

This week's Friday Five were food-related, and they took me about three minutes to complete.

Because, well, food. So, ready? Dig in!Collapse )

At the Movies with the Friday Five

I was sure that this week's Friday Five would be related to St. Patrick's Day ... but I'm delighted to be wrong, as I think I have more to say about the movies than about the Irish.

Got your ticket and popcorn? Let's go to the movies!Collapse )

The Distracted Woman's Daybook (47)

Sing Ho for The Life Of A Bear

This week, we're off to the Hundred Acre Wood for a Winnie-the-Pooh-themed edition of the Friday Five. Being a Milne fan, I expected to find the questions as easy as Cottleston Pie; however, some of them required a bit more thought than this Bear of Very Little Brain was prepared for (hence, the day-late posting).

But first, something to share (besides all these very click-worthy links): in the process of researching today's answers (i.e., looking up quotes and what-not), I found on YouTube what appears to be a complete posting of the LP "Songs of Pooh," which was my childhood introduction to the world of Christopher Robin & his pals. That's right; I didn't grow up with the original stories, nor even with the Disney films (which, yes, began to be produced during my 1960s childhood, but could not really be "grown up with" in the pre-home-video era). Instead, my parents bought us a record album containing a selection of those classic, art-song-y settings by H. Fraser-Simson of Milne's poetry, and it received heavy play at our house for years. The great Jack Gilford was featured as the voice of Pooh, so it was his 1952 reading, rather than Sterling Holloway's later iconic work for Disney, that informed my early sense of the character. I have often wished that the record existed on CD, because we lost track of our copy over the years. And, well, now it's online!

Does it hold up as children's entertainment? I'm still trying to decide, but I can certainly say that it still makes me feel good to hear it. If you want a sample, here's Gilford singing "Noises (Oh, the Butterflies are Flying)":



Ready for the questions? Half-way up we go!Collapse )

Tooling about

Yesterday's Friday Five asked me to report on certain kitchen habits. Ready?

Let's eat!Collapse )

R & R

This week's Friday Five were evidently composed from a sick-bed, and they ask about a phenomenon rare in my life: resting to recover when ill, injured, or otherwise incapacitated. Before I answer the questions, though, let me share a favorite choral piece by Eric Whitacre that seems appropriate to the topic. Called "Sleep," it's a lovely setting of an equally lovely poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri. I don't think copyright law permits me to reproduce the text here, but you can read it -- plus the interesting story of its commissioning -- here, at Mr. Silvestri's website.

Now, "Sleep":



And now, the questions. Click, if you're still awake.Collapse )

Quote

"Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you." -- Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

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