Monday, April 15, 2013

The Penning Board 2013-15

The Penning Board
Items of the Week

Movie: “Bride and Prejudice” (2004) – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Martin Henderson

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment. 

This is definitely one of the most surprising adaptations of Jane Austen’s most famous novel. It’s fun, it’s colorful and it involves travel to gorgeous India – what more can I say. 

Watch it. :)

News: “Florida battles slimy invasion by giant snails”

Think cheesy horror flick come to life! Giant snails are invading!
So it may not be such a horrific crisis as one would think, but think again. These snails can produce 1,200 eggs per year—per snail. They can grow to the size of a rat and are quite destructive to over 500 species of plants and even plaster and stucco.
The last known invasion was in 1966 when a boy brought three back from vacation in Hawaii. His grandmother found them and set them free, which led to a population of 17,000 in seven years and the state spent $1 million and 10 years eradicating them.
Has your state had a similar crisis? What would you least like to have multitudes of in your state and backyard?
Book: “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe

A haunting account of a tormented man who continually re-admits himself into a halfway house, in a futile attempt to escape a spiral into madness.
Even though this is a short story and pretty creepy (I don’t usually read creepy), it’s fantastic. Edgar Allen Poe is a classic for a reason. Out of all his stories, this one is at the top for me. It’s frightening and disturbing, but there is more hidden underneath the madness of it. 

If you haven’t read it, it’s short and a classic, so get going to your library or the link below to purchase a copy.

For more about the book, click here.

Bible Verse:
“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” – Romans 13:6-7 (NIV) 

–Quite appropriate for U.S. taxes due day today!–

Travel Quote:
“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” — Alan Keightley 

Song: “London” – Brandon Heath

This is a sweet song about missing your loved one when you’re traveling and you wish they were with you. Brandon Heath has several other really good songs. I like his music a lot.

Have a listen here.


  1. Loved “Bride and Prejudice,” I bought my own copy of it a couple years ago. It's great for when you just want something fun and uplifting.

    I've never heard that quote by Alan Keightley before, but I like it. ;)

    1. Hi Monica! Thanks for stopping in! :)

      You're right about the movie. I own a copy too. It's just a fun movie. I really like that quote too.

      I'm ready to see your next Novel Character post. I know it's going to be another good one. :)