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The Grace Card

Ever complained:
That they don’t make decent movies?
That all the junk coming out of Hollywood is garbage?

How about trying an independent film made in Memphis?

If you’re sick of the typical, cynical Hollywood advertisements for depravity, I strongly suggest that you find The Grace Card in your area and go this weekend. (Go here to find it in your area; type in the name of the movie and your zip code.)

Go here to watch the trailer on the official website.

Secular reviews are being rough on it, but my husband and I thought it was really good. The pace is steady, the writing is fairly tight. A few of the actors could’ve used a little extra coaching, but Michael Joiner and Lou Gossett, Jr. are great.

A word of caution: this is not a movie for small children. Some of the action is tense and little ones are not going to understand the building tension in the plot. Michael Joiner’s character is tightly wound and ready to spring. He reminds me of some people that I know; he’s so good at his angry character, it surprised me to learn that he’s mostly famous for being a clean comedian.

And although I’m a woman and thought it was very good, it’s really a men’s movie.

So, please! Put your money where your heart is and go see this movie.

One more thing… Christians have a reputation as being really cheap tippers, etc… Buy an outrageously priced Coke. Think of it as a positive witness.

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The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957

While we were in Nashville a few weeks ago, Joe took me to the Frist Center to see The Golden Age of Couture Exhibit, organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The Frist is the only place the exhibit will be shown in the United States.

Postcard of Evening dress in silk taffeta by Crisobal Balenciag;, Paris, about 1955

Below are a few of the first pages of the Guide Book, giving a brief overview of some of the features of the exhibit. (Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them enough to read, and clicking on the magnifying glass will increase the size even further. Please excuse the notes I made.)

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957 will run through September 12, 2010. According to the Frist website, the exhibition broke all records when it opened at the Victoria & Albert in 2007. It was a wonderful exhibit and if Nashville is at all accessible to you or you are especially interested in fashion history or beautiful clothes, it is well worth the trip.

One added bonus was getting to “people watch”. It was an interesting mix of attendees, and I did notice that several of the younger women were more attractively dressed than most of us who can remember this time period.

Over the next few days, please check back to see photos from the lovely book I bought in the gift shop.

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Landmark Booksellers

In the movie “Silverado”, Paden tells Emmet “You know, a smelly saloon is my favorite place in the world” and then upon entering Stella’s, he takes a deep breath.

Now, the only time that I’ve been been in a saloon, was in Bannock, Montana and Bannock is a ghost town; and the only time I’ve ever been in a bar, was when I was about 5 years old (just hold on – it’s not as bad as it sounds) and I went with my dad into the local bar because it was the only place open where he could buy cigarettes. They were not my favorite places.

But I have the same feeling as Paden when I’m in an empty theater, an old school, church building, or bookstore. So it was a real pleasure to walk into the antebellum building on Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee which houses Landmark Booksellers.

The owners are friendly southern folks. When I told the gentleman that we were headed to the Christian Dior exhibit in Nashville, he told me that his aunt had been a dressmaker there and showed me the scrapbook of her shop. It was a fascinating journey through changing styles of wedding gowns through the years.

History books are in the front near the desk.

On the wall above the sitting area are photographs of southern writers.

A mixture of old and new abounds in the children’s room. Joe chose 2 new books for our grandsons and I chose 2 old ones for myself: an old reader from the 1940s with great illustrations, and a craft book – probably from the 1920s or 30s – I don’t remember. We purchased these 4 and 2 others books which weren’t going to fit in our carry-on luggage, so we had them shipped to us and I am eagerly awaiting their arrival. Story Times are Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Go here to explore the shop on their website.

Cookbooks and books about the movies are on the second floor. I’m really sorry that I missed that section, but hopefully, we’ll go back sometime. The good news is that they have some of their collection online and ordering is available.

The anniversary sale is buy 2 and get the third one free, and follows the norm that the free one is the lowest cost book of the 3. Also, at least one of them must be a used book.

A good deal of the stock is used but many are antiquarian. Joel showed me a particularly lovely one (and quite costly) from the early 1800s, with hand tinted pictures. And that reminds me of the scene in “You’ve Got Mail” when Joe Fox was shown a valuable book in The Shop Around the Corner. He exclaimed when told the price and asked if the hand tinting was what made it cost so much. George then replied “that’s what makes it worth so much”.

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Franklin, Tennessee


As Joe and I were preparing for our trip to the Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville, the July issue of Country Living arrived in the mailbox. Among the articles was a short photo essay on Franklin, Tennessee (about 20 miles south of Nashville). It looked like an interesting little town, so after the appointment, we drove down there. And I’m so glad we did.


The town is even lovelier than the pictures in Country Living. In fact, it has tagged itself “The prettiest town in Tennessee.”


This photo shows a little bit of a before and after during the restoration on an old beauty. I think this was an antebellum house.

And then we saw the bookshop:

More on that bit of book wonderland tomorrow.

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