I was born in St. Louis, MO, moved around a lot when I was growing up.
I went to twelve different schools before high school. Graduated in 1997 from Metro Academic and Classical High School
and have an associates degree from St. Louis Community College.
When I was in college I studied all kinds of different things in order
to try to figure out what I wanted to do(still have very little idea), including:
Sculpture (including torch welding)
I've spent more than six years working with children, generally I like
My interests include:
Art, The ancient world (particularly Rome, Greece and Egypt)
My hobbies: crocheting, jewelry making, origami, sewing, reading,
watching movies, playing computer games, and, newly, genealogy.
I've been searching for new book recommendations, and have found
a book that lists books to read my newer reads have all come from there, but I'm afraid I'm getting rather desperate. Previously
the books I read were from the following places: a list of classics from my library, Oprah's Book Club, and Stephen King's On Writing. Here are a couple of the most recent:
The haunting of Hill House-Shirley Jackson
Empress Orchid -Anchee Min
Books I have enjoyed
The Namesake- Jhumpa Lahiri
By John Irving
The World According to Garp
A Prayer For Owen Meany
A Widow for One Year
Bag of Bones
The Dead Zone
From a Buick 8
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Hearts in Atlantis
Here's a list of some of my favorite musicians:
The Neverending Story-You may notice I have several "children's movies" on this list. I have always loved this one- It awakens my imagination.
West Side Story- I can make no excuses, there are problems with this one, but I still love Natalie Wood and all the rest of this cast. It's
beautifully modern and timeless at the same time.
To Have and Have Not- Lauren Bacall is the main reason I like this one. She just shines and I love her sultriness, and more. I love the character
"Eddie" played by Walter Brennan
Love Actually - So many great actors and a touching and funny story, It's irresistable.
Antonia's Line- The beauty of the language and countryside of this film is complemented by a lovely story and great characters.
The World According to Garp- It's the story I love in this case, the book and the movie are equally great.
The Apartment- I never really got Shirley Maclaine as a star until I saw this, it made me love her. Something of the vulnerability and
strength and sorrow of her character I loved.
Groundhog Day- This is just fun and Bill Murray is at his best in this one.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory- Another kid movie but also more. I can't bear to see the remake, I love this one too much.
Four Weddings and a Funeral- Another British film I love-similar to Love actually, but in some ways better.
All About My Mother- Sad and sweet, and the first time Penelope Cruz comes on screen I almost stopped breathing.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi- the most fun and expansive of the star wars movies for me.
Dogma- Funny and brave and more.
Life is Beautiful- Too sad for me now, but fun for the first part.
O.K. Garage- I can't even explain it, I love Will Patton and Lili Taylor in this.
Monsoon Wedding- anything Mira Nair I have to see. I wanted my wedding to be visually somewhat like the feel of this movie. Just stunning
Romeo and Juliet(1968)- I love Olivia Hussey despite everything, and love the dancing scenes for the music and spirit of them.
Spirited Away- I adore the little dancing coals and all the imagery.
Stand by Me- Another Stephen King. Young Jerry O'Connell, River Phoenix and others, how can you resist?
Here are my top twenty movies in order of preference:
- The Shawshank Redemption-this movie is gorgeous and always makes my heart mourn and my soul soar sometimes at the same time- I also tend to like material
having anything to do with Stephen King