Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

Red

Cee’s inspiring bloggers to post based on a prompt then share the post by linking to her blog or creating a pingback.

This week she’s inspiring us to share a photo with lots of red.

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Sculpture Saturday: New Home

Since this blog has run out of image space, the new home for Sculpture Saturday is http://nofixedplans55.blogspot.com.

Please go there to place your link or find the links to this week’s sculpture posts.

Thanks!

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The Bigamist (1953)

Starring Joan Foutaine and Ida Lupino, who also directs, The Bigamist spends most of its time explaining how traveling salesman, Harry Graham, played by Edmond O’Brien wound up married to two women. A commenter on IMDB captures the plot well writing:

Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of traveling from his home in San Francisco to Los Angeles. Harry gets tracked down in LA where he has a second wife and a baby. Via flashbacks, Harry tells the adoption agent how he ended up in two marriages.

From imdb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045557/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Harry’s second life is revealed by the adoption agency head played my Edmund Gwenn, who’s most known for playing Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.

I thought the film would show more of how the women reacted to their husband’s other marriage and how he got into the courtroom. Instead the majority of the film is about how lonely Harry seeks out a beautiful, witty woman in Los Angeles. His wife is infertile and now spends too much time on their business. Then her father gets sick and needs her. Harry can’t take the neglect.

He meets Phyllis, a spunky, hardened woman and is attracted. Of course, he fails to mention that he’s married. One night, things go too far. He realizes he’s done wrong so he stops calling Phyllis after then night of passion. Stoic to the core, Phyllis never contacts Harry to tell him she’s pregnant. Actually, I doubt she had any means of contacting Harry. They always met at the restaurant she worked at or he came and picked her up. In time, Harry decides to look Phyllis up and learns that she’s “in the family way.” Now he decides to do the right thing, though at this stage the right thing isn’t right. He still loves his wife so he juggles two lives.

It’s a novel storyline and I enjoyed Fontaine, Lupino and Gwenn. I wish there had been more scenes after Harry’s bigamy is revealed so that I could see more of the women. What do they want now? Have either given up on Harry? I hope they realized they’re both too good for him, but we don’t know.

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The Sword of Doom (1966)

An interesting film, but I don’t recommend it. I wouldn’t watch this twice.

Mixed Media

I thought Jef Costello of Le Samouraï was the most cold-blooded killer in film but that was till I saw The Sword of Doom. A Japanese film set in the days of samurai, The Sword of Doom introduces viewers to Ryunosuke, a lone samurai. The embodiment of evil, Ryunosuke kills and rapes for something to get an advantage. Despite the masterful, choreographed sword fighting It’s hard to watch. I hoped that Toranosuke, a master who led a school for samurai, would vanquish Ryunosuke and that hope carried me through this film.

It’s no exaggeration that Ryunosuke is pure evil with no redeeming quality. He killed dozens with no remorse. He shows no chivalry whatsoever. He breaks a promise to the wife of a samurai he fights, rapes her, and her husband then divorces her. She winds up stuck living with Ryunosuke, who treats her badly, but then again that’s how…

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Sculpture Saturday

“Mother” Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago

Saturday Sculpture encourages bloggers to share photos of any and all kinds of sculptures.

To join, you need to:

1. Share a photo of a sculpture on your blog.

2. Link or ping back to nofixedplans55.blogspot.com the new hub for the challenge.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try.

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Poem of the Week

The Windhover

By Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose birthday is today

I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
   dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air,   
   and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a  
   wimpling wing
In his ecstacy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the  
   hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird,—the achieve of, the mastery of 
   the thing!
Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, 
   plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a 
   billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my 
   chevalier!
No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down 
   sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermillion.

Here’s a guide with insights into this poem.

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On the Block Editor

For some reason, it’s a lot harder to access photos taken in the years before the Block Editor began. Does anyone know if there’s a something I should be doing?

When using the media library, if I enter a year in the search, I only will see a fraction of the photos taken that year. Hmm.

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Cee’s Fun Foto: Yellow

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Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos with lots of yellow. 

What will you choose to share?

Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Silent Sunday

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Sculpture Saturday

Beijing

Saturday Sculpture encourages bloggers to share photos of any and all kinds of sculptures.

To join, you need to:

1. Share a photo of a sculpture on your blog.

2. Link or ping back here or to the new No Fixed Plans (http://nofixedplans55.blogspot.com) , the new hub for the challenge.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try.

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