Morning Meanderings… Things I Love About My Town



Good morning!  Hope this Tuesday finds you all well.

Yesterday morning as I was walking into work I seen the guy who walks by the front of the building I work in singing each morning.  He is quite into it, ear buds in, voice loud and hands usually air drumming.  He is fascinating to watch.  Usually, I am up in my office on the second floor when he goes by on the sidewalk below but I hear him all the same and rush to open the window each time to watch him and listen.  He makes me smile.

Once, a couple summers ago I was walking out of that same building one evening and there were a group of musicians on the lawn.  They had large instruments like cello’s and wonderful ones like violins and flutes and they were playing the most amazing music.  On a warm summers eve it was about as good as it gets as I watched them, apparently a random gathering of friends who chose a spot to play.  It was as close to Stars Hollow (yes yes… Gilmore Girl reference) as I have been.

Stars Hollow. Fictional town from Gilmore Girls.



and this is Brainerd…


Bike trail!

Paul Bunyan!

Street dances, zombie crawls, arts in the park, St Patrick’s Day parade….. maybe I have a little bit of Stars Hollow right here. 🙂

I have a “take it one step at a time” day.  This morning I work and then I have a funeral to attend.  The husband of a friend was hit by a car while riding his bike last Thursday.  It is a very sad and painful situation.  Later I am resetting the window at the library and staying to host for author Lorna Landvik when she speaks tonight at the library.

Morning Meanderings… A Prequel and a Sequel….what are your thoughts about THIS


Good morning.  How ya’ all doing?

This morning while flipping through emails and Facebook and I don’t know where I was when I seen it, but somewhere out there lost in the Internet world I discovered that Disney has decided that Alice is going back to Wonderland and is indeed going to film a sequel.

*Pause here for dramatic effect*

Tim Burton put Wonderland back on the map in 2010 with his Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska combo and if I may add, an awesome Red Queen by Helena Bonham Carter.


BUT… while the film grossed in the 11th place of all time profitable movies, where would it go from where it left off?  At this time there is no word of who will be starring – will it be the same cast, or all new?  Or is Disney setting itself up for an epic fail?  While I personally enjoyed the movie, I didn’t LOVE LOVE it.

And then… lets not forget that The Great And Powerful OZ is coming out in 2013, this one I am excited about!  And while Oz and The Red Queen are two different characters and two different stories entirely, I have to wonder if Disney is hoping that the trip to Wonderland will be as powerful as the trip they are taking down the yellow brick road. …

Personally (my gosh I am chatty this morning!) I would like to see a prequel to Wonderland and by that I am thinking something along the lines of what author  Gregory Maquire did for Wicked.  Brilliant… really brilliant.

So what are your thoughts on the sequel/prequels?  Do you enjoy them or do you prefer things left as is in their original written form?