Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

We're pleased to announce that "Invisible Men Invade Earth" was named audience favorite at the Central Arts Short Film Battle in Hurst last night. It competed with "Don't Die" by Cody Lovorn from San Antonio. As winner, "Invisible Men" will compete with other 2019 audience favorites later in the year. After the Battle, a 90-minute … Continue reading Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

Staggering and Wobbling with Dignity and Grace. Or Not.

So I stagger and wobble and run into door jambs. The door jamb part really isn't in the same category as the other two, because staggering and wobbling are relatively new, but I've been door-challenged all my life. Once when I was eight, visiting my Aunt Laura and Uncle Joe, the phone rang and I … Continue reading Staggering and Wobbling with Dignity and Grace. Or Not.

Score: Fifteen – Love

In less than an hour, David and I will have been married fifteen years and nine hours. Or slightly less; the wedding began at 2:00 p.m., but with all the singing and marching and reading and plighting, it was probably 2:30 before the minister told us we could leave. To me, it seems like we've … Continue reading Score: Fifteen – Love

Matt Dillon’s Trousers

The scale at the doctor's office today said I'd lost eight pounds over the past six weeks. I said I didn't think so. I'd been working at it, but for only three weeks, and not that hard.* The nurse said, "The scale downstairs doesn't match this one, so if you used that one last time … Continue reading Matt Dillon’s Trousers

A Book Review: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

A book review from Ink-Stained Wretch Renee Kimball

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Marcus Zusak published The Book Thief in 2005, and despite his initial personal misgivings, it was an instant success.  It is a story of ordinary people trying to survive under extraordinary conditions, and a girl who loved books.

It is also a mournful story, and not one that you can simply close the cover and walk away from, it follows you.  It seeks answers to thorny questions – it forces uncomfortable responses.

What is immediately clear is Marcus Zusak is a sensitive writer.  His idea for the book began in Zusak’s childhood – his parents of Austrian-German descent grew up under Nazi rule.  After having a family, they told their stories to their children around the kitchen table.  Zusak remembered those stories, and they became the soil in which The Book Thief grew.  (Random House, 2009) (Book photo,

Zusak provides a surprise on the first page –we meet the…

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