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Crazy Heart

While visiting at my folks the other evening, I found a copy of the book, Crazy Heart, on the bookshelf in my brother’s room. I asked if I could borrow it and he said to take it and pass it on.

I watched the movie with the same title when it came out last year. I thought the movie was outstanding and Jeff Bridges made the main character totally believable.I know a little about the music business, as my dad was a musician and we always had a house full of band members, singers and other entertainers coming into the house carrying their instruments in their nice utility case and boxes of all shapes and sizes.

It will be hard to read the book without picturing Jeff Bridges as the main character. But maybe that’s a good thing. I think it helps to vividly picture the characters while you read.

So far the book seems to be following the movie pretty closely. I just got into it last night for a couple of chapters. I plan to read the book and then re-watch the movie to compare the two.

Our Online News in Just 12 Views

I truly do enjoy visiting this new and very trendy news site Informucate.com. With as much information that is trying to be fed to us 24/7 sometimes it’s nice to just get a quick over-view of what has been going on in the world around me while I’ve been busy doing what I do each and every day. I’ve never enjoyed listening to the news on the radio, I’d much rather be listening to music, so as soon as a person’s voice starts in after a cool song, you can pretty much bet that I’m busy pushing as many buttons as I can put my fingers on until I find something other than talk!

So with all the news in just 12 views is an interesting concept to me when I’m online and find a couple of moments to read and watch in a timely fashion today’s top stories. What a great way to keep conversations flowing when you actually know a bit of what you are trying to talk about, from the pure entertainment side to the more serious issues that we are constantly hearing about and find ourselves so upset about.

This up and coming Presidential Election is keeping us wanting to know and see more. The material for the news, talk shows, comedians, newspapers, magazines both off and online, is totally flowing.

Longer School Years

One thing that president Obama has been talking about for a good long while was the fact that American students have been falling behind the rest of the world in math and science. He has recommended that we as a nation lengthen our school years to match those of other countries. He believes this will help our children better their grades. I have to say that this is something that really needs to be considered and put into place as soon as possible. We have a long way to catch up.

Teachers are also a big issue in the news. The president wants to get rid of teachers who are performing badly. He wants better training and an awards system for teachers as an incentive. I think our children are well worth investing in and I believe the president is correct on this issue.

a great way to start

Expanded Learning Time

A High Place

Everyone has probably heard about the highest mountain in the world. This is of course MT Everest which is located in the Himalaya mountain range. Estimated to be 29,029 ft above sea level, the mountain towers above the world in its quiet way. The first ever successful attempt to climb the mountain was achieved by two climbers named Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and tensing Norgay from Nepal. The made a successful attempt at the mountain in 1953.

This mountain has been the focus of many books and TV shows. Its ability to attract climbers to its peak is unrivaled. Despite the dangers, people keep coming to conquer the mountain and often risk their lives by doing so. I have no wish to climb the mountain at this point in my life. I am sure that I lack the strength and stamina it would take. I will leave it to others!

New Bookstore in Town

Usually I buy my books from the local bookstore instead of going to the public library. I think books are meant to be owned, not borrowed.

Well, to be honest, the bookstore is not all that local – it’s a huge nationwide chain. I mean local in that I just drive down to that shopping center near my house and spend an hour walking around looking at the books. I’ll buy a book based on the author’s or sometimes the title intrigues me. For example, any book by John Grisham is an instant sale. And once I bought a book “For Dummies” just to see what all the fuss was about.