Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Giver

During my last movie outing with my co-workers I saw the movie poster for Lois Lowry's book The Giver and I immediately got excited. I had remembered reading it while I was in middle school for one of my classes and I remembered that I loved the book. What I realized though after I saw the movie poster was that even though I read it in middle school I couldn't fully remember what it was about. So like any book lover would do I read the book before it came out in theaters, just to refresh my memory as to what the book was about. If you are like me let me quickly go into what it is about. 

In a community where everything is under control, everything is the same and all the choices are made by a council of elders a twelve year old Jonas is excited to finally receive his roll in the community. He is selected for the highly honorable position of Receiver of Memory, a position only given out once ever so often. The memories of the whole community is given to Jonas by The Giver. Over time the truth comes out and nothing is the same for Jonas. 

The Giver is a great book to teach everyone about memories and emotion and how those are things we take for granted in life. For without emotion we aren't really feeling and without memories we don't truly know what life is all about. 

"There were no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt"
"Memories need to be shared"
"Memories are forever"

After I finished reading the book I decided to take a look at the movie trailer. Now I know that movies are never exactly the same as their literary counterparts and are changed for the screen to pull in more viewers but I always hope that they keep some important features in the movie from the book. Like I said things are changed for the screen to pull in viewers so I will give the movie the benefit of the doubt and go see it when it comes out in theaters. The only thing that I wish they kept the same is the way the main character looked, Lois Lowry took the time to describe certain features of her characters to her readers so I feel that details like that are things that Hollywood shouldn't change and should be true to. But anyway I am excited to see the movie now that I have finished re-reading the book. 

Have you read The Giver? How did you like it? Are you excited to see the movie?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


During my last semester for college I took a film photography class thinking that it would be a good way for me to get an "easy A" and a good way to take my mind off of all the things that I had to do for my major before I graduated. Well if you have ever been to college or are in college now you know that there is no such thing as an "easy A" but you also know that it is the classes that you take outside of your major that you end up falling in love with. That is what happened with me I fell in love with the film developing process, but more importantly I fell in love with taking pictures. I think it was because they were black and white photos and those kind of pictures had always seemed so timeless to me. I do also love taking color photos as well because they tell slightly different stories than their black and white counterparts do. 

I recently found some of the photos that I took in college and they have made me realize how much I want to pick up photography again. Now I know that I will never be a professional photographer but that isn't the point for me it's just a hobby, a way to take my mind off of things like drawing or writing for other people. It's just a way for me to have a little fun and try and capture those beautiful moments life throws my way.

The only question I have for myself is digital or film? But then why limit myself to just digital or just film why not both. Although it is cheaper to just take digital photos nowadays than film since places to develop them are hard to come by and developing them on your own is so expensive. So I guess for now I'll just take digital photos...that is once I buy a digital SLR camera that is.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Motivational Monday: Enjoy the Little Things

There are so many things in life that we let pass us by and then later on we always wonder why didn't we just stop and just relish in it. I know that sometimes it is always easier said than done to just stop and enjoy the little things with everything else that we have going on but I found that that is really the only way we are truly alive. Those little things/little moments are the ones that when we look back on life turn out to be some one the best and biggest things/moments that has ever happened. Don't you want to say fifty years from now "I took the time to enjoy that and it was the best thing I've ever did" ?