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Kelly Johnston Frank

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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:
Computer art
Sculpture (including torch welding)
Education, etc.
I've spent more than six years working with children, generally I like it.
My interests include:
Art, The ancient world (particularly Rome, Greece and Egypt)
Handwriting Analysis
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:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
The haunting of Hill House-Shirley Jackson
The Inner Circle-T. Coraghessan Boyle
Where the Heart is-Billie Letts
Waiting -Frank M. Robinson
The Shipping News -E. Annie Proulx
River, Cross My Heart - Breena Clarke
Empress Orchid -Anchee Min


Books I have enjoyed
The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
The Namesake- Jhumpa Lahiri
Queen of Dreams-Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
By John Irving
The World According to Garp
A Prayer For Owen Meany
A Widow for One Year
Bag of Bones
The Dead Zone
Dolores Claibourne
From a Buick 8
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Hearts in Atlantis
Needful Things
On Writing
Rose Madder
Salem's Lot
The Shining
The Stand

Here's a list of some of my favorite musicians:

Here are my top twenty movies in order of preference:
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. 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
  5. Love Actually - So many great actors and a touching and funny story, It's irresistable.
  6. Antonia's Line- The beauty of the language and countryside of this film is complemented by a lovely story and great characters.
  7. The World According to Garp- It's the story I love in this case, the book and the movie are equally great.
  8. 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.
  9. Groundhog Day- This is just fun and Bill Murray is at his best in this one.
  10. 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.
  11. Four Weddings and a Funeral- Another British film I love-similar to Love actually, but in some ways better.
  12. All About My Mother- Sad and sweet, and the first time Penelope Cruz comes on screen I almost stopped breathing.
  13. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi- the most fun and expansive of the star wars movies for me.
  14. Dogma- Funny and brave and more.
  15. Life is Beautiful- Too sad for me now, but fun for the first part.  
  16. O.K. Garage- I can't even explain it, I love Will Patton and Lili Taylor in this.
  17. 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
  18. Romeo and Juliet(1968)- I love Olivia Hussey despite everything, and love the dancing scenes for the music and spirit of them.
  19. Spirited Away- I adore the little dancing coals and all the imagery.
  20. Stand by Me- Another Stephen King. Young Jerry O'Connell, River Phoenix and others, how can you resist?