“We are all meant to shine, as children do”

It’s April! How did that happen so quickly?

One of several personal favorite Judy Blume stories that I read over and over as a kid. And as an adult.

♥ I know Women’s History Month is over, but still, Judy Blume’s fiction transcends time periods. This is a online essay from The New Yorker that celebrates Judy Blume’s magnificent female characters.

…like a beloved pet or a well-worn pair of sneakers, Judy Blume’s books were always just sort of there, part of the architecture and set dressing of many a young girl’s life… Blume’s books were dog-eared talismans that, for a significant segment of the American female population, marked the passage from childhood to adolescence.

True story.

♥ “Girl” maybe isn’t the first word to come to mind when thinking of the character of Scarlett O’Hara… but thank goodness Margaret Mitchell did NOT go with her first choice of name, Pansy. Yikes. Enjoy this literary mixtape from Flavorwire for the indomitable Scarlett. Some of the musical choices are inspired — including the song “Dog Days are Over,” from another spitfire redhead.

♥ A British survey found that people aren’t happiest until they reach age 33. Gotta admit, I’m finding my 30s to be the most fun and fulfilling period of my life so far.

“By this age innocence has been lost, but our sense of reality is mixed with a strong sense of hope, a ‘can do’ spirit, and a healthy belief in our own talents and abilities.”

So no need to freak out like Meg Ryan in in When Harry Met Sally…

♥ Hitchcock is one of my favorite directors EVER. I have lost count of how many times I’ve rewatched his very best, of which Rear Window is included. This is a very cool time-lapse video of all the voyeuristic views from that movie, set to a very zippy soundtrack. I can neither confirm nor deny major head-bopping, finger snapping, and shoulder rolls. Ok, yeah, I CAN confirm all that. It’s that fun!

Click to open new window and view video

♥ And if you’re wondering…. the quote from this post’s title comes from Marianne Williamson, from her book A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. Read the entire quote here.


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