I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The extremely hot temperatures here are lessening. I was able to turn off the AC this morning and open the windows! Yippee! I am in desperate need of some fresh air.
We’re all hanging out in the living room this morning, drinking coffee and (sadly) eating donuts. Well, the dogs aren’t eating donuts and drinking coffee. They’re sleeping. But we are. I know they’re bad for me….but when Don comes in the door with a box, I cannot resist. Especially powdered sugar donuts. Or glazed donuts. Or Munchkins.
You know, I don’t watch very much television anymore; just a few shows here and there which, to me, are of high quality. Other than that, if I’m watching television, I’m watching Turner Classic Movies. My new favorite series? The Newsroom on HBO. It’s written by Aaron Sorkin, who is, in my opinion, brilliant. The cast is superb, led by the great Jeff Daniels. He makes it look so easy that I think he tends to be underrated as an actor, but he shouldn’t be. He’s the real deal. And this character, written for him by Sorkin, is complicated and dense and every actor’s dream.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch this new series, tune in. It’s what television should be and, most of the time, isn’t. So much of what I see on the air is formulaic, badly written and, sometimes, badly acted. I hate the dumbing down of television – whether it’s a series or a ‘reality’ show or the news. I think much of what is out there has not even one tiny smidgen of excellence. Why not aspire to something greater? The Newsroom is smart, funny, serious and it does what I think a good series should: it requires us to listen.
On another note:
My dear friend, Brenda of Cozy Little House, fell in her back yard yesterday. Our mutual friend, Judy of 20NorthOra, told me about it. Brenda has a broken bone and a badly dislocated ankle and is scheduled to have surgery this week. I’m sure she’s in a great deal of pain. I haven’t spoken to her yet, but as soon as I know more, I’ll pass the information on to you. Just wanted to let you know because I know many of my readers read Cozy Little House. If she doesn’t post today, you’ll know why.