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New Precious Mylee Photos:

(Mylee loving her bottle!)

(The most precious child in the world in my arms! Thanks for letting me spend time with her, Melanie!)

Elizabeth Taylor's Links with Oxford, England

This makes me so happy.

Remember me talking about magazine industry stuff??

See this old post: The September Issue.

Well, here is an incredible article published recently about where I used to work. So many amazing people. Reading this reminded me so much of my time there. What a horrible breakdown, though...

This is one of my favorite bits, because it is so true:

"Many writers, designers and photographers will tell you that Southern Progress Corporation in Birmingham is, or was, a damn near Edenic place to work.

At Southern Progress, these creatives could practice their craft at a high level while living in laid-back, family-friendly Birmingham, rather than being forced to hustle for a buck in a busy media Gomorrah like New York or Chicago...Many former staffers talk about what they call SPC’s family atmosphere. Nick Patterson was an associate editor at SL in what became the Travel & Livings department. “[former CEO Tom] Angelillo, it would never fail that if he saw me in the hall, he would stop and ask me what I had been doing. And [fo…

Another great article...

Great 1983 article about "Private Lives"

The Liz and Dick Show.

“Darling,” Elizabeth Taylor said to Richard Burton, “you’re still wearing your wedding band.” She took his hand tenderly. “I know,” Burton said. “Why don’t you take it off?” Taylor said. “Because I can’t get it off.” “I see,” she said, light as a meringue. The moment played like Noel Coward, deft, a little too fraught with meaning, except, irony of ironies, it wasn’t from Private Lives at all.

Dominick Dunne on Elizabeth Taylor

Tributes and Exhaustion

I think I have watched just about as many tributes as I can watch. I don't like most of them, but I enjoyed the Biography Channel "Remembers" the best, mostly because there were several clips of Elizabeth Taylor speaking.

I am just really tired today. I didn't get much sleep (the sweet, but elderly, dog, again). But, I did have a crazy dream with Taylor in it. She told me she liked the film clips I posted. :) (Laughing about that today!)

Anyway, this week has just been chaotic. My uncle (dad's brother) has been in the hospital's trauma unit since Tuesday. He hit his head (hard enough to knock him out) last Friday night. He didn't tell anyone that this happened, and it is a miracle that he isn't dead from the injury. Anyway, the pain became so bad on Tuesday that he drove himself to the hospital and was immediately admitted to the trauma unit for bleeding in the brain. So, he had one surgery to repair a torn artery and another today to help clear up mor…

My First Elizabeth Taylor-Related Memory and Its Consequences

(Scroll down for more Elizabeth Taylor entries.)

The first time I remember being exposed to any movie Elizabeth Taylor acted in was when I was about eight or nine-years-old. Now, it should be said that my parents never censored my reading or viewing material as I was growing up. So, though Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a bit mature, and though I certainly did not "get" all of it at that age, that was the first Elizabeth Taylor movie I remember seeing. My only impressions of seeing it at that age is that I kind of distractedly watched it during many scenes, but I was totally glued to the screen when it was just Taylor and Newman. About eight years later, when I was sixteen, I became totally obsessed with the movie. I would watch it over and over again. And maybe I still didn't "get" all of it, but I sure did get Elizabeth's passion.

Fast forward about seven years: am forcing a now ex-boyfriend to watch part of the movie with me while I was living in Birmingham (do…

Elizabeth Taylor

Now more than ever seems it rich to die,
To cease upon the midnight with no pain,
While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad
In such an ecstasy!
Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"

Thank you for contributing to the world. Rest in peace.

Some previous posts about Elizabeth:

A Not So New Obsession

Furious Love 1

Furious Love 1.5

Furious Love 3-4

Furious Love 5-6

Furious Love 7-8

Furious Love 9-10

Furious Love 11-12

Furious Love 12-end

Reflections in a Golden Eye

More Elizabeth Taylor

One of My Worst Qualities

Because we can never have enough discussion about Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor in Iran Photos

I am sure there are other posts that mention her, but these are the entries most concerned with her or her films.
From the media: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Elizabeth Taylor.

And, this tribute article today gets it right:
"In this and in many things, the actress was in a class by herself. Her astonishingly dramatic personal life, characterized by full-throttle romantic love and later rec…

My new favorite line(s) from a book:

"I was a young woman and all around me things ripened when I passed, or they were made new again. ...You could not understand the girl who met the General without meeting the girl who flung her clothes off for the thrill of being watched, who remained chaste even so, and who slippered about the streets like a Helen without a war and no idea how to start one."

(Really, it is all of the buildup that makes these lines great...that and the Helen of Troy reference.)


A Separate Countryby Robert Hicks

(Note: This is a novel that takes place in the years after the Civil War. I rarely read Civil War-era historical fiction, but I kept passing this book and it kept calling to me. I am a bit superstitious about these things...if a book keeps popping up and "calling out" to me, I eventually buy it and am almost always glad that I do. So, I picked it up and began reading it during my babysitting job the other night.…

I am just stuck on it...

See previous post: "Come for me, Gmork! I am Atreyu!".

Well, last night my dog woke me up at 1 a.m. (as usual these days...poor thing...he is so old), and I couldn't get back to sleep. I finally found my copy of The Neverending Story and happened to open up to just that scene. Now, some believe (and I am one of them) that this novel is actually related to the allegory of sorts...and the scene with Gmork (and, really, almost every scene with Bastian and Atreyu when you think about their orphanhood) still gives me chills.

Here is some of it from the book (much better)...

Atreyu is from Fantastica (Fantasia in the movie = the imagination...therefore, Atreyu is also a product of the imagination. Gmork could be a stand in for evil, the Nazi beliefs, etc...whatever he is, he is terrifying and horrible and very much into manipulation). Gmork begins when asked what is in the human world and what Atreyu would be there...

"You ask me what you will be there. But wha…

Spring is Here!

(Note: Not quite ready to post my next "Thought-Provoking" person yet...)

In honor of spring arriving, my mom and I went out to the university to take pictures next to my FAVORITE object: the rusted robot man.

(The Robot Man)

(Me on the Robot Man)

(Mom on the Robot Man)

(A great photo of mom.)

Mylee Photos!

(Mylee sleeping...)

(Josh, Melanie, Mylee and I)

(Friends since seventh we have a new addition to our crew!)

(There are no words! Joy wrapped up in one little child! Welcome to the world! You have two wonderful parents and an "aunt" who love you very much!)

Mylee Katherine Bridges is here!

Melanie, my sister of the heart, had her baby today! Little Mylee Katherine was born at 7:24 pm and weighed 9 lbs and 4 oz! The baby is gorgeous and it was love at first sight for all of us. Welcome to the world, Mylee. We love you!

Dissertation Guilt

I have to stop doing this to myself! I work for hours on end and then I feel incredibly guilty for stopping...even though it (supposedly) is spring break and it is after 10:00 p.m. at night.

But my angst goes beyond this. I mean, this morning I spent some time with my mom, and, instead of enjoying our outing, I had to keep forcing myself to stop thinking about the dissertation and writing and research and what I needed to do. It is a miserable way to exist. And anytime I am not working on it, I feel guilty or that I am lazy or something. This is totally irrational because I devote time every day to dissertation work, even if I am just reading a couple of things or making notes.

So, now I am exhausted, feeling down about the whole thing even though I know that I am making good progress. I guess this is just normal. But I do worry that at the end of the day, when all of this is finished, I will have to learn how to live life again.

And, in saying those words, I feel incredibly guilty for …

"Thought-Provoking" People: Ann M. Martin

Oh my gosh. Getting to this week's "Thought-Provoking" People has been a chore! I started out with one idea and the information I received was so bad that I had to abandon it last night. So, just because I wanted to get something out there, I decided to do a short post on someone I find amazing: Ann M. Martin. For those of you who may not remember the name, Martin is a children's book writer, and any girl who grew up in the mid-1980s probably remembers her best-selling Baby-Sitter's Club series. I devoured these books when I was about eight or nine, and continued to read and reread them well past the point when they were reading-level appropriate for me. I think that I knew most of the stories by heart. What is interesting is that I started to lose interest in the books sometime around #75 or #80. I always thought that this was because I was growing out of the series...oh, no. Apparently, Martin only wrote a bit over 60 of the books (and I don't know that she…

The Amazing Women in My Family (And a Few Amazing Men, too)

Every two weeks or so, I have happy hour with my grandmother (see her in photos in previous posts). She is 89 and so much fun to be around. Last week, my cousin, Jeff, and I had happy hour with her; but, after the stress of this week and trying to work so hard on my dissertation, I decided another happy hour was in order. So, we indulged this afternoon!

Usually, we just sit around and sip scotch while talking about fun stuff. Today, however, she had a surprise for me. She had my uncle bring out a box full of my deceased great-great-uncle's papers. My G. G. Uncle Jack Warner was and is someone close to my heart. We went to visit him in Indiana every year from the time I was six-years-old until I was near thirty. After that, I usually saw him when his neighbors brought him down to the Kentucky/Tennessee line to pick up my grandmother for a long visit. Jack died a few years ago (so I basically only missed a year or two of not seeing him at his home) at the age of 93. Fortunately, he h…

"My First Love Asks Me to Stop Writing About Him" by Elizabeth Wade

Everyone: please check out this amazing and powerful poem written by my friend, Elizabeth. I wish I could write like this.

"My First Love Asks Me to Stop Writing About Him".

Tsunami and Earthquake Victims

Please send prayers and good thoughts to the victims (and the families of victims) of the tsunami and earthquake. This is so sad and horrifying to watch.

Wish I was there...

(Source: Personal photo from my trip.)

These beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration...
(From William Wordsworth's "Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey.")

Missing Scotland with every ounce of my being.

Thought-Provoking People: Marie Corelli

Note: The majority of material included in this post comes from what I consider to be the best biography (combined with a bit of literary criticism) of Marie Corelli: The Mysterious Miss. Marie Corelli: Queen of Victorian Bestsellers (2009) by Teresa Ransom.

When I conceived of the idea to write about "Thought-Provoking People" on my blog, I decided that the only criteria for choosing a subject would be whether or not that person had the ability to interest me beyond a simple reading of his or her life and/or work. And, of course, qualifying as interesting or "thought-provoking" does not always (and usually doesn’t) equate with being nice. Just as I often say about Augusta Evans Wilson, who I also wrote about, "Augusta is an interesting woman, but I am not sure that we could have been friends." The same can be said of my first subject for this new posting project. Marie Corelli is as enigmatic as she is infuriating. But her life, little-known to most peopl…

Thought-Provoking People: A new posting project

So, I have been giving some thought about what to post on this blog. I will keep posting my usual "Susie" rants and raves, because this blog is basically my only therapy in the world of graduate studies! Still, I would like to have a few posts that will come up regularly and that will have a particular purpose. So, I have decided to start a regular posting series (not sure how regular...maybe once a week or so?) about people who inspire me or provoke interesting least for me.
I guess I already sort of started this with the whole Elizabeth Taylor thing. As we all know, I find her life quite thought-provoking. Not sure I would have wanted to live her life, but I do like learning about her. I have several people in mind that I can cover in this type of post...more to come on that later! Some will be predictable...some, not so much. So many different kinds of people fascinate and inspire me to think new thoughts...and for all kinds of crazy reasons. Anyway, be pre…

Dude Hennessey's Obituary:

Added to my list of potential fictional husbands:

Colin Hargreaves from Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily Ashton series of mysteries.

Where I began and where I am:

I spoke with a friend recently about what we imagined for ourselves when we were little and thinking about our futures. Here is what I thought about....

My first plan: Join up with Indiana Jones.

Yes, I wanted to go around the world with Indiana. This dream started around the time I was about eight-years-old and my older cousin and I managed to get into the theater on our own to see one of the movies. I fell in love--not just with him but also with the idea of travel, learning about old civilizations, and the thrill of finding out a secret through archaeology. So, I dug around in the dirt and never found anything, but I still have a crush on Indiana.

My next plan? Become a marine biologist.


I fell in love with this idea when I was about 12-years-old. I was chosen, along with several others in my class, to visit Dauphin Island Sea Lab. It was so much fun and I learned so much. The decision to work with and st…

Because we can never have enough discussion about Elizabeth Taylor...

Today I will be reading proofs all afternoon, but I wanted to include this post for the day! Last night, I couldn't decide what I wanted to watch before going to sleep (am boycotting television these days...most of it is just too boring. For instance, for the first time in ages, I turned on the Today Show as I printed off proofs. The topic: learning to cope with aging, specifically teaching women to cope with turning 40. I am not demeaning this at all, but after everything that I have seen in this world, turning 40 is the least of my worries. When it happens, I will just be happy that I am alive and still able to learn and travel and be with people who I love.). Anyway, I keep several movies in my room, basically easy access background noise that I can quickly put on if I need a distraction.

So, I had not watched any Elizabeth Taylor movies in a while, and I decided to put one on. I chose a really bad and disturbing film called X, Y, and Zee. So, today's post is going to be a…