The Penning Board
Items of the Week
Movie: “How to Fall in Love” (2012) – Brooke D’Orsay, Eric Mabius and Kathy Najimy
Still suffering from the ugly-duckling syndrome that branded his youth, Harold White (Eric Mabius) hires Annie Hayes (Brooke D’Orsay), the pretty and popular girl he knew in high school, to be his dating coach and help him shed his wallflower approach to romance.
But when sparks unexpectedly fly between “student” and “teacher,” both Harold and Annie must learn how to make up for past mistakes if they’re going to hold onto true love.
I caught this movie on the Hallmark channel. It’s a really cute TV movie—the perfect one to watch when you’re looking for something light, funny and enjoyable. And I must confess I think we all can relate a bit to Harold’s character—the once high school nerd. :)
News: “Woman arrested for approaching Hugh Jackman with electric razor”
Hugh Jackman is my all-time favorite actor. He’s handsome, he’s talented, he most of the time has a beard—and apparently some crazed fan wanted to change that? Or just wanted a souvenir of Wolverine?
Officers arrested a woman for stalking after she wielded an electric razor while approaching Australian actor Hugh Jackman at a New York City gym, police said on Sunday.
Jackman told officers that Thurston has been following him and his family for some time. “I suppose for me the primary concern is my family, obviously,” Jackman said. “But, you know, here's a woman who obviously needs help, so I just hope she gets the help she needs.”
As usual, Hugh handles even harrowing situations as a class act. Fourth-degree stalking, have you ever heard of such? Scary.
Have you heard the latest odd news about your favorite celebrity? Have you seen anyone in public that has attempted a just plain embarrassing or borderline criminal stunt in the presence of a celebrity?Book: “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands.
Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?
I loved reading this book and watching the movie as a kid. I still have an affinity for composition notebooks. This is a great kids book with a great lesson and one to be read at any age.
For more about the book, click here.
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” – Matthew 6: 28-30 (NIV)
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
Song: “We Found Love” – Lindsey Stirling (featuring Alisha Popat)
This song is actually a cover of Rihanna’s hit, but this version is quite more meaningful and the video shows some fantastic footage of Kenya.
Have a listen here.