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September 9, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

The Daily Meme – Wednesday Media Mix

meme60x200I stumbled on this site this morning, and it looks like it could be fun.  On the Wednesday list is the Wednesday Media Mix at My Digital Ghost (link no longer works), and I decided to do today’s.

Play along! Either answer in the comments or post a link to your blog entry.

Today’s theme is comfort.

[Listen] What is the most comforting album that you have?

[Watch] Which movie(s) gives you the best kind of warm fuzzies inside?

[Read] Which books have given you a sense of comfort while reading them? (If you want, explain why.)

Here goes:

[Listen] What is the most comforting album that you have?

It’s probably Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg’s “Twin Sons of Different Mothers”.  It’s from 1978.  I used to listen to it a lot in the ’80’s.  My then-brother-in-law used to refer to it as one of his Sunday Morning albums, and it really is perfect for weekends at home, puttering or writing or cleaning house, or even just relaxing and drinking morning coffee.  I recently bought a CD copy since I no longer have a turntable and my older copy is on vinyl.

twinsons

[Watch] Which movie(s) gives you the best kind of warm fuzzies inside?

That would be The Breakfast Club.  I have always been drawn to stories that bring in a group of people with different personalities or backgrounds and show what draws them together, sometimes in otherwise unlikely ways.  I’m not sure if it’s the story line of The Breakfast Club that gives me warm fuzzies or if it’s just the number of times I have seen it and the comfortable and timeless familiarity of it.

[Read] Which books have given you a sense of comfort while reading them? (If you want, explain why.)

This one is a little harder . . . and again, I’m going back almost 25 years.  The book actually came out 33 years ago, in 1976, but I read it in the mid-’80’s.  It’s Kinflicks, by Lisa Alther, and it was life-changing for me at the time, in that it helped me to recognize some aspects of myself I’d not understood before.  I went on to read it several times, although it has been years since my last reading, and I still have my original copy, now tattered and yellowed, on my bookshelf.  I have had so much trouble with reading and retention in the last several years, from the ADD, I suppose.  Reading in and of itself used to be such a comforting experience, and I miss being able to sit and become absorbed in a story for hours, losing total track of time in the real world.  It’s been so long since I have been able to do that, and these days it’s so hard to finish a book at all.  I’ve been seriously considering talking to my doctor about trying some ADD medication, for work, mainly.  But if I could regain that ability to read the way I used to . . .  that would be an amazingly wonderful bonus.  And maybe I’d even read Kinflicks again, just for old-time’s sake.

kinflicks

Thoughts?

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