Monday, July 1, 2013
an anniversary of sorts
Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the pivotal battle in the Civil War. In honor of this I watched "Lincoln," a film I've had here on my table for over a month. I don't know why I hadn't watched it sooner. Nevertheless, I have now seen what all the shouting and praise is about. I want to see it again, too, to study it more closely. Even though the heart of the story was Lincoln's struggle to pass the 13th Amendment ~ and the wrangling and smoke-filled rooms where the wrangling took place ~ the war was in clear evidence. I thought the final scene when Lee surrenders to Grant was so moving, so quiet and, yes, wrenching on Lee's part. Well done, Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Day-Lewis, Ms. Field, Mr. Jones, et al.
Hot up here in the valley, as I'm sure you all know. 107º today. Same for the next couple of days. Thank goodness for the pool; it's 82º and perfect.