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Week 39: Rhode Island (Moonrise Kingdom)

Category: Comedy/Drama/Romance

Quote of Interest:

Sam: [In the women’s dressing room] What kind of bird are you?

Sparrow: [Starting to point to the other actresses] I’m a sparrow, she’s a dove…

Sam: [Cutting her off] No. I said…

[Points to Suzy]

Sam: What kind of bird are YOU?

Suzy: I’m a raven.

Three words to describe this film/state: Away to love

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Noah’s Wife, played by Christine Noel
  • Sparrow, played by Ada-Nicole Sanger
  • Curlew, played by Caris Yeoman
  • Bittern, played by Violet Guinness
  • Owl, played by Isabella Guinness
  • Dove, played by Lily Tiger McEnerney
  • Trampoline Khaki Scout, played by Coledyn Garrow
  • B-B-Q Khaki Scout, played by Michael Malvesti
  • Morse Code Khaki Scout, played by Kevin DeCoste

State food/recipe to try: Coffee milk / Frozen lemonade / Hot weiners / Johnnycakes

Earring Inspo Character: Suzy Bishop

Other Notes: Wes Anderson is always a treat: the colors, the cast, the costumes, the scenic symmetry, the banter, even the fonts that he chooses. Everything is deliberate. What I love most about Moonrise is its mid-60s hazy, dreamy, muted pastel palette and the sweetness and simplicity of its story line: the protagonists fall in love via letter correspondence and want to be together. And why can’t it be that simple? It should be, but they’re children. And on the other end are Suzy’s mom and the police captain–but life is complicated. Does love draw us so strongly because we’re innately looking to escape–whether it’s a family that doesn’t understand us, a place where we never belonged, the boredom of married life, or the loneliness of island bachelorhood? Or is love itself that pure and singularly compelling?

Grade: A

State Facts:

Next up: South Carolina (The Patriot). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Making Stuff

Make It Monday

A lot of literal earrings for a batch of movies we really enjoyed.

From the movie The Man Who Fell to Earth

I didn’t care for Mary-Lou’s character–which is why these earrings are for Thomas Jerome. I did have to put her best line on the screens…the quintessential quote for all maddening, neurotic love.

From the movie Do the Right Thing

Ice cubes and a slice for Tina…what else? #specialdelivery

From the movie Bull Durham

Annie was stuck between two envious and entirely different bats.

From the movie Fargo

Good old Marge! Prowler needs a jump.

From the movie Bubble

I can’t say much about this pair without giving away the plot–but I love how they turned out (thanks, Jim!).

Cherry was a bit surface-y, so here are a few of her accessories.

From the movie Wendy and Lucy

Wendy, in her royal blue hoodie stealing cans of dog food and jumping train cars. Blue symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom, and trust; yellow means neither stop nor go but some kind of limbo here, and maybe optimism, too.

From the movie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Rachel, rich with quirks and talents waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to go exploring.

Lists, Lists, Lists

Found Friday: List Love

Some of my favorite found lists. This crazy one was found by our friend Jenifer in Philadelphia, outside of her art gallery:

What is going on?? You be the judge.
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Week 38: Pennsylvania (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

Category: Drama/Comedy

Quote of Interest:

“Dear Pittsburgh State Admissions,

I’m writing on behalf of someone who gave me half a year of his life at the time when I was at my most difficult to be around. He has a very low opinion of himself, which is why I think it’s necessary that you hear from someone who sees him as he actually is: A limitlessly kind, sweet, giving, and genuine person–no matter how much he would deny it. The drop in his academic performance this year is the consequence of all the time he spent with me and the time he spent making things for me and how hard that was for him. You can ask him about it, but his sort of over-the-top humility will probably get in the way. No one has done more to make me smile than he has. And no one ever could.”


Three words to describe this film/state: All that’s inside

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Theater Dork, played by Marco Zappala
  • Stoner Student (uncredited), played by Zachary Bolen
  • Lunch Lady (uncredited), played by Colleen Clark

State food/recipe to try: Pretzels (soft and Snyder’s of Hanover) / Italian hoagies / Tomato pie / Scrapple / Philly cheesesteaks / Birch beer / Tastykakes / Water ice

Earring Inspo Character: Rachel

Other Notes: A really sweet movie about the infinite worlds inside every person, if we just take the precious time to look and listen for, see and hear them–portrayed in lovely and creative ways in this Jesse Andrews YA novel adaptation. Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry fans would appreciate the dialogue, cinematotraphy, and attention to detail in this honest and genuine film.

Grade: B+

State Facts:

Next up: Rhode Island (Moonrise Kingdom). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Week 37: Oregon (Wendy and Lucy)

Category: Drama

Quote of Interest:

“You can’t get an address without an address. You can’t get a job without a job. It’s all fixed.”

–security guard

Three words to describe this film/state: little girl lost

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Recycler in Wheelchair, played by Roger Faires
  • Security Guard’s Woman, played by Holly Cundiff
  • Kid(s) by Fire, played by David Koppell, Max Clement, Sid Shanley, and Dave Hubner

State food/recipe to try: Gardenburgers / Tater Tots (Ore-Ida) / Tofurky / Hazelnuts

Earring Inspo Character: Wendy

Other Notes: A good little sad indie slice-of-lifer. I actually got anxiety watching Wendy’s angst, Michelle Williams was so good. I think if we’re really being present in this world, that lost feeling is inevitable. You watch her life falling apart and the mistakes she’s making and get mad at her, feel her pain when she finally has an emotional breakdown, and root for her as she struggles to find her way up to the film’s end. She’s not really a likeable character, but she’s relatable…if we’re being honest with ourselves. Just like life–no closure necessarily or happy ending, just reality in its many forms–including that hope we all need and desperately look for. Worth the watch.

Grade: B

State Facts:

Next up: Pennsylvania (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Week 36: Oklahoma (The Outsiders)

Category: Drama/Crime

Quote of Interest:

“Nothing gold can stay.”

–robert frost/ponyboy

Three words to describe this film/state: Looking to belong

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Greaser in Concession Stand, played by Tom Hillman
  • Soc in Concession Stand, played by Hugh Walkinshaw
  • Suburb Guy, played by Brent Beesley

State food/recipe to try: Oklahoma Indian tacos / Sonic Cherry Limeade / Arbuckle Mountain fried pie

Earring Inspo Character: Cherry Valance

Other Notes: I read The Outsiders I think in middle school, and my favorite thing about the book was that it was written by a 15-year-old girl. S. E. Hinton actually played one of the nurses in the film. The movie turned 35 last year and has all of the babyfaces: Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and a very young Sofia Coppola. The big question remains: why were all of those schoolchildren randomly visiting that old church?? I can’t remember what the book had to say about that. If you know, please enlighten me in the comments.

Grade: B-

State Facts:

Next up: Oregon (Goonies). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Happy Hour

Happy (Birthday) Hour

We hosted our buddy Angela’s bday party a couple of weekends ago, and her only request was that I create a signature drink for the night–and could it be hot pink (as long as it tasted good and wasn’t too ‘college girl’)? Since her go-to is vodka and soda, I decided to keep it simple, and with the help of some internet magic, The Angela Cocktail was a great success. I probably made close to 30 drinks, and not one person complained about his/her hot pink glitter-lips. Here’s the recipe:

The Angela

Rim the glass edge in lemon juice and then edible tinker dust. Shake liquor and lemon juice with ice; strain into glass. Add a smidge of cocktail glitter; stir and witness the magic. Top with club soda and enjoy.

The Angela
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Week 35: Ohio (Bubble)

Category: Drama/Mystery

Quote of Interest:

“I was a professional ass-wiper.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Mumblecore murder mystery

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Bakery Shopkeeper, played by Phyllis Workman

State food/recipe to try: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams / Jackie O’s Paw Paw Wheat Ale / Fried Lake Perch / Pierogi

Earring Inspo Character: Martha

Other Notes: Not bad for an entire cast of unprofessional actors. Good small-town slice-of-lifer with a twist. Only complaint was no English subtitle option on the DVD–sorely needed for all of shy Kyle’s mumbled dialogue. An interesting piece from eclectic director Steven Soderbergh.

Grade: B+

State Facts:

Next up: Oklahoma (The Outsiders). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Internal Dialogue

First Year

Today marks 365 days since we loaded up our cats and other valuables and set off for the Sweet Life in Summerville, SC. It’s been a fast year, but a full one, and very good in many ways. Here is my essential take-away list for the first Carolina year:

  • being home again: reorganizing, redefining what ‘home’ is and what that looks like; communing with my things and cats as I heal from people/small-business overload
  • exploring unknown territory, making just a few good new friends, feeling a rooted connection to this place
  • learning how to relax and just be
  • reaching out to loved ones in more meaningful ways from a better place within myself
  • leaning into 40, coming to know who I really am and what I really want
  • figuring out what lies ahead, delving into new & old ideas of professional fulfillment
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Week 34: North Dakota (Fargo)

Category: Drama/Crime

Quote of Interest:

“So, that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money? There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.”

–marge gunderson

Three words to describe this film/state: Cold-blooded fools

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Victim in Field, played by Ƭ̵̬̊
  • Bark Beetle Narrator, voiced by Don Wescott

State food/recipe to try: Lefse / Strawberry-Rhubarb pie / Chippers / Chokecherry wine / Juneberry jam

Earring Inspo Character: Marge Gunderson

Other Notes: A highly entertaining classic worth re-watching, especially for its portrayal of male characters. Good juxtapositions of stark white/blood red, law/crime, brains/lack thereof, women/men. This film would probably make a great radio show based on its dialogue and regional accents alone.

Grade: A

State Facts:

Next up: Ohio (Bubble). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.