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Prevailing Is Underrated

There will be no happy Hollywood endings for me. Over the years I’ve made my peace with this. But occasionally I catch myself striving for more, only to be bitchslapped back to reality. Life is hard. Me and mine? We struggle. We toil. We do what we can to get by. Hopefully that allows us to savor the good moments, when we have them. But I’ll admit I could do with a few more bright spots.

Five eminent items:

  • The real Fortress of Solitude, somewhere in Mexico. I like the idea of retreating there right about now. Though in reality I guess it’s about 150º inside and super-humid.
  • While reading Not Even Wrong by Paul Collins I learned a little more about the reclusive artist/writer/autistic Henry Darger. I’ve been meaning to watch the documentary about him, In the Realms of the Unreal, and whadya know? It’s available via Netflix Instant (too bad I’m too broke to get a Roku box). Also by Paul Collins, an article entitled Is the world ready for an Asperger’s sitcom? About some wacky looking show called The Big Bang Theory featuring a couple of socially awkward physicists. Hmmm.
  • Oh those complicated Catholics. Sure, I was raised Catholic, but only in the most superficial fashion. I may have found the whole thing more compelling if I’d been able to study it from a historical perspective. The way it was foisted on me instead - church going as conformity/keeping up appearances rather than holding any deeper meaning - only caused me to reject it. Though I always was intrigued by the trappings, and by hearing Latin spoken. Still, it’s no surprise there are giant gaps in my knowledge of church law and its intricacies but I’d never even heard of Plenary Indulgences until yesterday. Nor have I ever been to confession. On the other end of the spectrum, renowned atheist Richard Dawkins will be speaking in Minneapolis next month, on The Purpose of Purpose. That sounds much more like my sort of thing.
  • All seventeen episodes of The Prisoner are avaible online, legitimately, via AMC’s site.
  • Remember the children’s game, Candy Land? Well, there’s a Candy Land movie in the works. Ooh boy, just what we need, Gloppy on the big screen. Yes, I am skeptical of board games being made into movies. Though I guess it did work with Clue.
Carie, sneak attack!


  1. Maley wrote:

    Latin in church? Aren’t you too young for that? For some reason I was under the impression that Vatican II did away with that.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Permalink
  2. Moe wrote:

    I love The Big Bang Theory, it’s one of our favorite shows on TV. Very dorky.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Permalink
  3. M. wrote:

    There’s so much to say about the opening statement but it’s pointless coming from a stranger. I do so enjoy your blog and hope that you’re wrong, Sharyn.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Permalink
  4. Sharyn wrote:

    Maley, I’m not *that* old. The Second Vatican Council was in the 60s. But somehow I do have memories of Latin in the church. Not an entire mass conducted in Latin, but still, I picked it up somewhere…

    Moe, I will give it a chance.

    M. Thank you. I’d like to hope I’m wrong too but I’ve given up on hoping. But I would totally be open to some bizarre Bollywood-style happy ending for me.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

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