Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Back in the Saddle...

I have been incognito on my quilting links for a week but I am back in the saddle again.  I flew down to the Napa Valley Film Festival for some sister bonding time.  Little did I know that the world would change for so many people in 5 days.  Remember that game 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon where movie stars would within 6 connections end up linked to Kevin Bacon.  Well, our world is like that...you are no longer in a cocoon of them and us...we are connected to each other.  Within my sister and my world we are connected to people who lost their livelihood and homes in the fire and someone who's life was cut short in the Thousand Oaks shooting.  Don't just pray...be active...donate to the recovery, make a quilt for someone, adopt a rescue animal and write your politicians and tell them you want a better world!!! 

The Napa Film Festival is held at a variety of venues throughout the entire valley.  Movies are shown all day and into the evening.  This is the first year  at the Upton where a security person dressed in a black vest was inspecting each purse and bag as you walked in...the world is changing.

The movies shown are generally independent films some fictional, some documentary.  There are full length films and also a category for narrative shorts and documentary shorts.  Sprinkled in are a few movies that make it to the regular theater.  One evening there was a film noir from 2000 with Billy Bob Thornton.  What I enjoy about the film festival is after a film there is usually a 
Q & A with with the director, writer, producer or actor.  And listening to Billy Bob talk about his experience was enlightening.

I enjoy the shorts the best...so much emotion packed into a 5-20 min. film but my favorite movie was Green Book and lucky for you it is coming to theaters this month!!!  I am going to see it again!  I loved the movie and the best part was the Q & A afterwards.  A true story we were able to hear from the son who wrote the script based on his father and Dr. Shirley.  His mother had saved all the letters that his father had written to her when he was on the road...such a gift.  And the 2 men remained friends their entire lives and died within 2 months of each other in 2013.  Friendships are such a gift.

Although I was enjoying time with family and the movies were great I couldn't help my heavy heart as we were surrounded by smoke so thick you could touch it....

I was so grateful for the time spent with loved ones 
but happy to fly home to blue skies

...and hang out with this little guy...he got a haircut!!!

Have a wonderful week...may you be happy, safe and stitching

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