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Dinosaurs

I am writing about dinosaurs because I now have a turtle, and when she stretches her neck, she reminds me of a brontosaurus.

Actually what I think of is not as adult as “brontosaurus”. I think “long-neck” because I am part of the Land Before Time generation.

And by “Land before Time”, I mean the first movie, not the 18 bazillion sequels, which decreased in quality as they went along.

The thing with Land Before Time is that the first movie was produced by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. It was originally going to be a silent film. but they eventually added dialogue to make the story more clear. Many of the original elements were more intense than the final product, changes being made to be more appropriate for children.

I bawl every time I watch it. You might think that’s not often, but over the last year, that is simply not true. Read the rest of this entry

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From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Some books rock the one-word title; others go for long and slightly absurd. I’m of course going to talk about the latter today.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a Children’s novel published in 1967. It is the story of a brother and sister pair who run away from home and live temporarily in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. They discover a mystery and set out to solve it by seeking out Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, an eccentric, rich old woman. Read the rest of this entry