Monday, April 02, 2018
***I need to add my pictures
The faux bookcase is located in City Hall, and can easily be overlooked. Examine each of the book titles and their authors, you will be surprised.
• Alice in Wonderland by The Hatter
• Cinderella by Drusilla / Anastasia
• Mickey Mouse by Disney
• Lillybelle by W. E. Disney
• Wonderful World of Color
• Hunchback of Notre Dame by Quasimodo
• Mary Poppins by The Banks
• Walt and You by Sidejas, Kimbrell (1)
• Pollyana by Polly Harrington
• The Real Little Mermaid by Scuttle
• Lambert the Sheepish Lion
by Peet, Wright & Banta (2)
• Aladdin by Abu
• Hercules by Megara
• Sleeping Beauty by Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
• Jungle Book by Mancub
• Pinocchio by J. Cricket
• 101 Dalmations by DeVille
• Beauty and the Beast by Cogsworth and Lumiere
• Snow White by Seven Authors
• Mulan by Mulan
• Peter Pan by The Lost Boys
• The Sign Painting Course by Matthews (3)
Let's take a look at some of the books you'll find in the bookcase at City Hall and what they might mean!
What's important to notice with these books is the author. In some cases, it might give us an interesting insight into the character and storyline. Imagine if the Hatter had written Alice in Wonderland?
I assume that this version of Cinderella by Drusilla and Anastasia tells quite a different tale.
We've got Mickey Mouse written by Disney and Lillybelle by W.E. Disney. Is Lillybelle a book about his wife or the engine from the Carolwood-Pacific? Could it be a reference to the private car on the Disneyland Railroad?
Lots of great titles in this section! Wonderful World of Color is a reference to the classic television show and by extension, the new fountain show at California Adventure.
Hunchback of Notre Dame by Quasimodo is pretty obvious.
The Banks wrote Mary Poppins. Of course, Mary Poppins is the nanny to the Banks family: George; Winifred; Jane; and Michael. I'd like to read what the different family members thought about the practically perfect Poppins.
Walt and You has two authors: Sidejas and Kimbrell. Ray Sidejas was the former operations manager for custodial services. Bruce Kimbrell is with the Disney Institute and wrote the Disney training program, Walt Disney and You.
Jane Wyman played Polly Harrington in the film (and book) Pollyanna. She was Pollyanna's aunt in the town of Harrington.
It seems like Scuttle (definitely not a guppy) wrote this version of the Little Mermaid while Abu, the scene-stealing monkey penned Aladdin.
Lambert the Sheepish Lion, was a 1952 animated short that was written by Bill Peet, Ralph Wright and Milt Banta.
Hercules was penned by none other than Megara (hands down, she is my favorite Disney heroine).
Sleeping Beauty was written by Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, also known as the three good fairies.
Mancub wrote the Jungle Book. It's probably safe to assume that his tale is a little different from the published works and the animated feature.
J. Cricket wrote Pinocchio. It's probably safe to assume that he's no fool.
The last book in this section is 101 Dalmatians by DeVille. Her version might be a little spotty, though.
Cogsworth and Lumiere penned Beauty and the Beast. It's probably a tale as old as time, with some great banter.
Snow White was written by Seven Authors. Telling the story from seven different points a view was a spectacular idea; more authors should work together like this.
The true autobiography on this shelf, Mulan was written by herself. It's a strong tale of heroes, family and love.
The Lost Boys talk about Peter Pan. It's an inspiring tale of never growing up and finding your marbles.
The last book is The Sign Painting Course by Matthews. This is a reference to a real book by author E.C. Matthews, who also wrote other titles about sign painting, animation and illustration in the late 1920s.
Eric Christian Matthews lived from 1892-1977. I would assume that his books were in the studio library and might have influenced the earliest animates shorts (title cards) and, quite possibly, the various windows throughout Disneyland.
The above article is titled "City Hall Reading" written by George Taylor and courtesy of MiceChat
(1) Ray Sidejas, Manager, Disneyland Custodial Guest Services Bruce Kibrell wrote Disney and You in-house Disney training handbook
(2) Lambert the Sheepish Lion - a 1952 Disney animated short, written by Bill Peet, Ralph Wright & Milt Banta. The 8-minute film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Short Subject, Cartoons.
(3) The Sign Painting Course is a real book by E.C. (Eric Christian) Mathews. He also wrote How to Draw Funny Pictures: A Complete Course in Cartooning.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
One thing that I would like to do is find all the hidden Mickeys. Wanda and I each have a book while they are different they have some similarities. This makes for a great day.
We did our first Hidden Mickey hunt on 1/14/2018.
Here are a few of the mickeys we found in fantasyland.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
The Rebuilt Life
The Chosen Life
Studies in Nehemiah and Ester
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Five (or Seven) Stages of Grief
Here, then, are the seven stages of grief explained.
1. Shock and DenialWhen a person first learns of the death of a loved one, they often meet the news with a sense of disbelief. People describe feeling numb. This is a normal and innate reaction that helps to shield your brain from the pain of the loss. Rather than being overwhelmed by multiple emotions at once, you move through this stage as your mind prepares to deal with the loss.
2. Pain and GuiltWithin days, the shock of the news begins to wear off. As it does, it is replaced by heartbreaking pain. At times, your pain will seem unbearable. To move through the grieving process successfully, allow yourself to feel the pain. Trying to hide the pain or mask it with substances like drugs and alcohol only extends your grief.
During this stage, you may find yourself dealing with feelings of guilt. You may feel guilty because things were left unsaid. You may feel guilty because you are angry with your loved one for dying. This is often the scariest phase of the grieving process because the emotions are so raw.
3. Anger and BargainingDuring this stage of grief, your frustration is replaced by anger. It is not unusual for people in this stage of grief to lash out at friends and family members. People may even violently lash out at inanimate objects. You may even lay the blame for your loved one’s death on someone completely innocent.
While many of your close friends and loved ones will tolerate your outbursts, they will do so only for a short time. Do your best to control your anger. You do not want to lose established relationships because of your loss.
You will also find yourself bargaining during this stage of grief. You will never do X if your loved one is returned to you. You will do Y if you can just see your loved one once more. Even though a part of you knows that having your loved one returned to you is not possible, you will have these thoughts.
4. DepressionDepression, sadness and loneliness are the emotions that people most often associate with grief. The difficult part of this stage is that it comes just when people think you should be getting over the death. Your friends and family may try to talk you out of your feelings and despair that their words do not help you.
During the stage of grief, people often realize, for the first time, the enormity of their loss. You may find that you do not want to socialize, preferring to be left alone with your feelings. You may also find yourself dealing with severe feelings of despair and emptiness. Feeling as though nothing and no one can make you feel like yourself again is normal. Feeling as though you will never “feel better” is also normal during this stage of grief.
5. The Upward TurnThis is the second stage that the five-stages model leaves out. It is most often combined with the acceptance stage in that model. During this stage of grief, you will find that your life begins to slowly return to a sense of normalcy. You feel calm and get yourself organized. Any physical symptoms that you have been experiencing will lessen, and you will feel your depression begin to lift.
6. ReconstructionNow that you have become more functional and organized, your mind begins to refocus on you again. You realize that this is a process that you have worked through, and you begin to focus on the steps that you need to take to rebuild your life and move on.
If you shared finances with the person who is deceased, you begin to put together a financial plan. If you shared a home, you begin to determine whether or not you can, or want to, live in the home alone. During reconstruction, you begin to put the pieces back together so that you can move on with your life.
7. AcceptanceIt’s important to understand that all people do not enter the acceptance phase. It can be incredibly difficult to accept the death of a loved one and, unfortunately, some people simply cannot, no matter how hard they try. For others, reaching the acceptance stage is the final step in completing the grieving process.
During this stage, people accept and deal with reality. Do not confuse this stage with happiness. In truth, people in this stage have simply decided that although they cannot return to the person that they were before the death of their loved one, they can more forward and become a different person. People in the acceptance stage are able to make plans for the future.
When you have reached acceptance, you are able to remember your loved one fondly, even laughing at your funnier memories. You may still experience pangs of sadness, but the happy memories outweigh the pain that you feel. You know without a doubt that you will be able to find happiness and joy again.
If you keep anything about the seven stages of grief in mind, make it this: Everyone grieves, and everyone handles the process differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, providing that you are not harming yourself or others. Take your time as you navigate through the stages; when you grieve in a healthy way, you emerge from your sadness in a positive way.
Friday, February 03, 2017
Not even Twig's vivid imagination, keen wit, and dark sense of humor is enough to help her survive the escalating assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source--Frank, her stepfather. Sometimes, having one person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.
Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.