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For years I would have told you that the last thing I wanted to wear was a black shirt – of any sort. I felt sorry for women whose wardrobe seemed to consist of only black shirts that she would wear with capri pants and everything else.

I thought dressing in black signified something dreadful – a person trying but never succeeding at being an artist.  A dilettante was something I never wanted to be and those artists dressed in black seemed devoid of a sense of humor and real talent.

But there is another factor. Look at me – I am about as white as you can get. I do not tan in the summer, just a little more red. And with my dark hair I tend to take on  an even paler look to the skin. In black I look near dead. While vampires are all the rage right now, I do not want to look like one. At All.

Eddie Bauer Black Tee

I cannot believe I am going to admit this in public but I might have been wrong.

Black may not be such a bad choice for me to wear.

What happened is that my Mom had picked up some clothes for me and one of the things was a black tee shirt. A short sleeve, scoop neck tee shirt.

First of all it is a size large. I have not worn a large for years. I have made inroads on that weight loss challenge and I am within 10 pounds of my initial weight loss goal. Which means I am starting to fit in clothes that I used to wear. And then this shirt turned up.

It looks great on me. The scoop neckline allows fun jewelry but keeps my face from being cut off. The short sleeves help as well.

The other great part is the versatility of the shirt.  I can wear with jeans or a skirt or belted with an office skirt. The look is simple and easy as well as easily elegant. As a mom who works in an office and must be ready to switch roles at a moment’s notice, this has become a great wardrobe staple.

Which is not to say I am getting rid of my other colored shirts or bottoms. Having those other colors helps me feel good on cloudy or grey days. And there is no way I am ever buying a black turtleneck. However, anytime I go to the Cell I now know I have an instant outfit with my short denim skirt that is the right thing to wear – no matter what.



I was going to add one more picture to yesterday’s post until I ended up taking more than one picture. My favorite ghost came out better than I thought.

Hanging ghost with morning sun behind it

We might have a big head here

Side view

Nothing says Halloween like multiple skulls

The friendly vampire

And now for the shot of autumn flora…

Our Dogwood tree in its Autumn colors.

Family Movie Night

“Yanda lies the castle of ma fatha.”

Tony Curtis in "The Sweet Smell of Success," picture from IMDb.com

 This quote is perhaps the most famous for who reportedly said it although no one has ever actually heard it. Allegededly uttered by Tony Curtis during his early days in Hollywood in the movie The Black Shield of Falworth, it is the reminder he was born in the Bronx.

Last week we said goodby forever to Curtis who was a fine actor in a variety of roles from a knight to a cross dressing musician to the Boston Strangler. Granted, his personal life was a mess but apparently he was forgiven by at least one of his children.

Also going up to the big movie house is Arthur Penn, who crafted the masterful Bonnie and Clyde which starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. I know there are talks to re-make this movie but it will never live up to the original unless it is far, far better.

 Finally, I want to remember Sally Menke, a film editor who died  during a hike in the mountains of California. She worked on all of Quentin Tarratino’s films, helping him achieve his signature look and style. Plus, she is credited with making the opening of Inglorious Basterds the imcomperable thing of beauty it is.

When you consider how many hours of film the editor gets, the different shots and angles and points of view, it is amazing that we get good films, let alone great ones. Sally is going to be missed for her Oscar-nominated artistry.

 Now that we have remembered the dead lets get to the start of my October series on spooky/scary movies. I am not sure that these movies are appropriate for kids under the pre-teen years. Some of these choices are too close in some ways to real life and may be too scary for young ones.

Movie Poster, Picture from IMDb.com

 Perhaps the best vampire movie ever made was Nosferatu (1922) by director F.W. Murneau. It was during the hey-day of German film-making and no one has ever matched it for creepiness. Max Schreck was a genius in his role. I would like to see it again, especially on the big screen. Gary Oldman’s turn in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) is nothing but a huge homage to that movie.

 The one movie that people remember the most is Count Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi. He would forever have that character

Bela Lugosi as Dracula, picture from IMDb.com.

etched on him but Lugosi really was a good actor. In this movie, Lugosi makes the count romantic and campy. He is a safe monster. Perhaps that is the biggest appeal of Edward Cullen from Twilight.

 Next, there is James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931). The

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein, picture from IMDb.com

first ‘monster’ movie for the talkies, it may be most memorable for not being like the book and for being as scary as Mary Shelley’s work. There are murders and fear and gentleness and tragedy rolled up in 70 minutes with little or no musical soundtrack.

 Last but not least is The Wolfman (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr. as the ill-fated American. The sets are cheap, the dry ice is plentiful and yet, there is a

Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man, picture from IMDb.com

sadness to this movie like none other. Claude Rains plays the father and gives a performance that is simple, stark and powerful. I saw this reflected in David Thewlis’s performance as Lupin in the Harry Potter film series. It is a movie that is scary because of the emotion and not the actual scares because Larry Talbot is such a grounded ‘everyman.’

 What movies do you consider to be in the ‘classic’ definition of scary movies? And what do you think are the best ‘zombie’ or ‘slasher’ movies?

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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