Jul 11, 2019


Film school, that is.

Summer Film School at Notre Dame.

Jersey Boy Magoo and I decided to attend a program over on campus this July that focuses on four films and a specific aspect of each.

Last night's lecture, film, and discussion after was:

It was wonderful! The theme of the evening was cinematography, and we learned all about the history of it, lenses, angles, aspect ratios, and how shooting something in a specific way can change the entire look, feel, and meaning of a scene.

It was a bit of a long night after a long hard day in the d-chair, but so very worth it.

Next week the movie is "Rushmore", and I think the theme is mise en scene. Not sure what this means, exactly, but I'm sure to find out!

So here is where I get weepy and send a very special thank you to my friend Miss Heritage Hall. After the no good very rotten awfully bad terrible day I had yesterday, she left a comment about an executive order that President Trump signed yesterday. It is a three-pronged approach to address people with end stage renal failure! I only read the high points, but it really did give me a bit of hope. Thank you, dear friend. You always know exactly what to say and how to say it to make everything better.

(But I did get the beejeebers scared out of me. Did you know that 50% of patients on dialysis die within five years of being on it?! This is not a statistic they have ever shared with me.)

(Boy, do  I need to get that transplant!)

Happy Thursday, Dearies! I'm off to Dr. Melfi, the library, and the pool...maybe. In between, I'm hoping for a little stitching and interweb surfing. Do something stitchy today if you can and cone tell me all about it!


  1. I love the idea of the film school! I hope you enjoy all four sessions!

    Have a happy day!

  2. What a super activity -- film school! I wonder if they offer something like that around here. Enjoy each one, Coni!

  3. But also 50% are alive after 5 years of starting dialysis. Stats goes both ways. :)

  4. I have a friend who has been on dialysis a lot longer than five years and he is doing just fine, thank you very much. Don't listen to numbers. You can be a part of the 50% who lives a good long time..

  5. Just read the executive order and it looks like good news. I just received plum pudding chart. It is gorgeous. Now all I need to do is stitch the dadburn thing. Hugs to you.

  6. My dad was on dialysis for over 20 years. He passed away aged 82 from unrelated causes so keep your chin up.

  7. I say live life to the full as who knows when your time's up. Most of all enjoy what you do. I've never bothered to look at statistics - most seem to change whichever way the wind blows - or ends up in favour of those who are paying for the survey. Sometimes they don't even take other things into account and only a partial survey. Please try not to worry about it and as they said in Galaxy Quest - never give up, never surrender. xxx

  8. Film school sounds like great fun! I hope you both enjoy them. The executive order does sound like very good news! I agree with other commenters about statistics, though - they're often not very helpful! You're doing great taking care of yourself, and that's what you need to focus on.

  9. Film sounds great! This was the first time I ever heard Donald Trump giving anybody a bit of hope but I am glad it was for you. Hang in there!