Sunday, September 4, 2016

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Florence Foster Jenkins

We just got back from seeing the Meryl Streep/Hugh Grant movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, about the high soprano who sang all over...but couldn't hit a straight note to save her life.

Apparently the movie was reasonably true to the real Florence and her life.

    I'm still not sure if Jenkins ever realized how truly bad her singing was. At the least, she had people who were genuinely fond of her -- and that says a lot. One thing's for sure: they didn't hang around because they enjoyed her singing. Jenkins' high point, if you can call it that, was a paid-for performance at Carnegie Hall, when she was 76. Five days later, she had a heart attack, and within a month, she was dead. 
    Our friend Mary has been here for a few days, and came to the movie with us. Afterwards, she stopped short in the lobby. "You know, I've sung at Carnegie Hall," she said. And she has -- as part of a backup choir for Sandy Patti last November.
    Except Mary has a lovely low alto voice. She can sing around here any day.

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    Florence, courtesy of Wikipedia

Eight credit cards for people with excellent credit.

Millionaires who are frugal -- even though they don't have to be. (Maybe it's why they're millionaires in the first place!)

Ten people who risked their lives in help enemies.  (From Listverse)

Eight ways to save in Hawaii.  (From Brad's Deals) While you're thinking about it, he's also featuring:

Twenty ways to save in Europe, too.  

Is fall right around the corner? Diary of A Stay At Home Mom thinks so.

A mother cheers as her four-year-old is thrown off the bridge. No, I am NOT making this up. Hopefully, she loses custody.

The grocery store purchase that can rock your world.  (From Apartment Therapy)

17 people who were briefly famous...and what's happened to them now. (From Cracked)

A baby, a dog and cat...and a perfect moment. Until the baby poops in her diaper, that is...

Kate Bruce, one of the shining stars, painterly-speaking, at Spode.  (From the Spode history blog)

The color of the year for 2017?  At least according to some paint companies. I dunno...two of these look more neutral than anything. Does that reflect on life in general for next year? (From Apartment Therapy)

How to make people happy all the time. If you're self-employed, working for a jerk or stuck in a 'me-me-me' business environment, this one's perfect for you. (From Financial Samurai) I also enjoyed his post:

Are you smart enough to act dumb enough to get ahead?

Have a great week. Sing pretty.

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