Sunday, February 5, 2017

Help Out The Anaheim White House

A GoFundMe page has been established to help Chef Bruno rebuild the Anaheim White House restaurant, where he has cooked countless meals for homeless children. By now everyone in Orange County has heard about the disastrous fire that devastated it.

GHPAL members have donated. Please consider joining us.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival is coming soon–April 20-27.

This year SEVEN screens at The Triangle Cinemas will show Festival films! The Islands Cinema and Big Newport will be Festival venues again, so many fabulous films will be screened.

It's never too early to start making plans, even if it's just to save the dates on your calendar.

Better yet, volunteer some of your time and support our local Festival. Just go to Newport Beach Film Festival Website and add your name.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Old Friends Come Out of Hiding

The old Girl Scout song

Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver, but the other gold.

could have been written for a bookworm like me.

Ours is a reading family. Books and magazines are everywhere in our house. Every bed and chair has a pile of books beside it. Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen mystery magazines sit on the floor by our bathtub, ready to read while I soak in bubble heaven. Every room has bookshelves. Every shelf has more than one row of books on it. Even the tops have books on them, held in place by bookends.

The time finally came when something had to be done. My husband measured the chosen space and Al's Woodcraft made us a bookcase to fit–one that matched the existing ones in our library/office. The 20-year old computer was hauled to Orange Coast College's recycling center.

Once the new bookcase was securely fastened to the wall, it had to be filled.

That took days.

Piles had to be brought together and sorted.

Books that had been randomly stuck on shelves were pulled out and added to the piles.

Then the piles were sorted into broad categories, like biographies and classics.

Books on existing shelves had to be rearranged to make room because, for example, all World War 2 books should be together, and now there's 20 of them instead of just 10. Michael Connelly and Charles Todd published several books since the last time our shelves were organized.

All our hardcover books had been meticulously organized. Paperbacks were shelved by size. As a paperback came to the top of a pile, one couldn't help asking, "Wouldn't it be nice if all the Heinlein paperbacks were in one place instead of scattered?" So all the paperbacks were pulled out and sorted.

There were distractions.  A saved magazine had an article about Emily Dickinson's family home and its scandalous use as an assignation place for her brother and his long-time mistress. One had to order a used copy of the award winning biography that revealed the whole sordid affair.

And discoveries. "Here's that book I searched all over for two months ago. Why couldn't I find it?"

Childhood buddies came out of hiding. One forced oneself to pile them up, to come back to later, as a reward for finishing the whole thing.

Then there were the duds, books that weren't well-written or bored us or that we knew we'd never read again. These were donated to Friends of the Library in Newport and Costa Mesa.

It's all done now. The floors are once again bare of books. There are empty shelves–room for expansion of our library. We can find things again, like the missing book on the '69 Cubs.

And I can sit down to laugh my way through Jane Trahey's Tuesdays 'Til 9 and Life With Mother Superior, relive the American Revolution from the Tory point of view with Kenneth Roberts' Oliver Wiswell and check out the similarities to the TV series The Young Pope by rereading Baron Corvo's Hadrian VII. Tarzan and the Foreign Legion, The Last of the Mohicans, Treasure Island and The Mudhen and the Walrus, childhood favorites all, sit in a pile on my footstool, waiting their turn.

These old friends are really 24 carat.

Southern California Genealogy Society's Jamboree Registration Opens

Registration is now open for our favorite genealogy event–the Southern California Genealogy Society's Jamboree in Burbank.

This year the programs are, as usual, fabulous. Check it out at Jamboree Website and follow the Jamboree blog Jamboree Blog for more information.

Keep your fingers crossed for us. Our blog may win the random drawing for a free registration.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Censorship is Wrong

GHPALS supports the Right to Publish. We're buying Simon & Shuster publications and boycotting the proposed boycott.

Some members of the liberal left have chosen to promote a boycott of Simon & Shuster because it is publishing a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

What is wrong with these people? No one is forcing them to buy his book. No one is forcing them to read it. Their desire not to read it should not interfere with anyone else's desire to read it.

We're great supporters of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's efforts to fight censorship of any kind. America is one of the few places in the world where one has constitutionally-protected rights to free speech and a free press. Even Canadians don't have them.

We should all be tickled to death when someone publishes something controversial. It's a celebration of our freedom. Isn't that what Lenny Bruce taught us?

We thought liberals were opposed to censorship. Aren't they the ones who supported the ACLU, even when it backed the Nazis who wanted to march through Skokie? The made-for-TV movie about that fight aired on Decades network a few months ago and it's a real celebration of our first amendment rights to upset people.

The boycott supporters need to remember "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" and just grow up.

If you want to know more about this controversy, here are the links:

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Position

NCAC Statement in Support of the Right to Publish

Buy the Book and Support the Salvation Army through this link.