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Pull Up a Chair…


One of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a good movie or a fantastic book and a cup of tea, and just lose myself in a fictional world.  I haven’t had much time for that lately — partly because we have a three year old and watching a movie start to finish isn’t a luxury of time that I get very often.  But also because, since I began blogging anyway, a lot of my time is spent researching and writing for the next day’s articles or keeping up with what other folks have been writing or reading through news articles and new political books and all the other things that one does to keep up with the fast-paced world we live in and the thoughts you have about it.

Which is why this community building thread has fast become such a favorite of mine — and I cannot thank Immanentize and Lotus enough for prodding me into doing this.  Every Saturday morning, I get to take a deep breath and sit back and relax and hang out with friends.  Maybe pick up a new recipe to try for the week, or discuss some pressing family issue or even just talk about some community problem that everyone jumps in to try and troubleshoot.

I love that we’ve become a sort of cyber-neighborhood, and that the feeling of community and caring is so strong amongst all of the regulars — and among regular readers who haven’t yet begun posting, but hopefully will do so.  Maybe even today — it’s a fine morning to dip your toe into firedoglake.  Please, just stop in and say howdy and introduce yourself to the folks in the comments thread.

The photo above is from a fun movie from several years ago — "Much Ado About Nothing" — back in the days when Kenneth Brannagh and Emma Thompson were still married and turning out a Shakespearean film every coupla years.  (Ah, the good old days…I still count "Henry V" as one of my favorite movies of all time.)  Shakespeare continues to be such a relevant read — all the familial infighting and palace intrigue and factional machinations…all before the current occupants of the White House ever came on the scene.  What a prescient Bard he was, and a great study of human motivation and emotion.

Thought it might be fun to share some of our favorites in film and literature today in and among the other community conversation.  Especially given that it’s a holiday weekend, some relaxation is in order and I’m looking for a new film or two for the Netflix queue.  So, what have you seen lately that made you laugh or cry or think for days on end?  Read any great books along the same lines?  Do share!  Pull up a chair…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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