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Einstein in Love Review

Einstein in Love: A Scientific Romance was a tough read.  Technically it was much more difficult than reading than The Battle Of Midway.  The Battle of Midway hurt my bleeding heart for the lives lost on both sides but this hurt my eyes and my head.    There was nothing wrong with the font it was just that for my, children abducted  braincells, was difficult to comprehend such as on page 316 “In general relativity, determining the boundary conditions of the universe involved making assumptions about what happened to the metric, the geometry of space-time, at large distances and remote times from here and now under immediate consideration.” Whew…Maybe because of my fibromyalgia symptom of ADHD it was hard for me to concentrate on sentences like this.  However, according to the back cover Martin Gardner, The Washington Post had the opposite view “Written with such wit and verve that it is hard not to zip through in one sitting.”  It took me multiple sittings. Oh wait, I am wrong, that was praise for the author, Dennis Overbye’s other book; Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos.

In agreement with Gardner I did laugh out loud at his description of Einstein’s capers.  There was wit, I am not denying.  Einstein was a character.  I do carry a soft pity for his first wife, feeling an empathy of her symptoms as I myself struggle with correspondingly pensive moods at times.

Which makes me wonder…. what did they diagnose her with?  Did she have fibromyalgia?  I wonder how her life would have been if she had been able to scientifically work part time or full time and still raise a family?  What if Einstein had been more like my husband, understanding of disabilities?  What if Einstein had been more forgiving and sacrificing his quest for the quantum theory for moving closer to his boys?  And what happened to the lost daughter Lieserl?

I wonder if there is a book out there that is written about Mileva Einstein Maric, who Overbye states is buried in an unmarked grave in Zurich.???????

Was this book worth the read?  Yes, it brought me out of the textbook ideology of Einstein and into the humanity of a great thinker, lover and, possibly, not the best parent.

Started this book on December 7th, 2016 and ended it on January 11, 2017.

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Bat in the theater or how I peed my pants.

Yes, I am undecided on the title for this memoir. I suppose I could combine the two and verbosely state, “the bat flew through the theater causing a ruckus and while doing so, I, of four natural births  and not enough kegels, peed my pants with laughter.”

Saturday evening in the Warehouse Theater dressed in black with orange trimmed sneakers I set about singing Bosco Bits advertising while Grace played the accordion   Then onto my part of Koren Van Broont and various sound effects.  That night we were were on.  The audience was dying of laughter even before our little creature of the night visited.  For we were performing a radio drama adapted from Washington Irving’s short story by Anthony E. Palermo.  This live performance had twenty of us, including the director Mr. Gabe, and excluding the bat.  During the first half of the performance the bat did two circles and vanished into the dark recesses of the Warehouse Theater.  In fact, some of the crew didn’t even notice it.  During the intermission, I chuckling said that it would come back during the second half.  Oops.

The scene where Ichabod and Brom set to out wit each other with scary stories got a whole lot more interesting.  The bat came back.  Unlike the first time he entered, he swooped to the back of the set and made a few small circles, round and round.  The two youngest girls were the first to loose composure, and then, poor Brom, or well the actor playing Brom, whom I like to say stayed in character even when frightened as the bat flew inches from his nose.  He was trying to say that there was no vat at Karl’s Mill but instead my ears heard no bat.  There was no bat at Karl’s Mill, and that was where I lost it.  I turned my back and tried to gain composure but by that time the tears were streaming and the kegels were of no help.  The speaking actors were ducking and scrambling away.  Although, the gentleman who worked at the local vet clinic had a gleam to his eyes.  I later heard him remark that he wished the bat had landed beside him and he could have ended the show dramatically.

Mr. Gabe, the director. was able to call out with smooth suaveness, something that sounded close to “Break in Studio B.  We will be right back in a moment” and  allowed everyone to loose their composure for a good laugh and to go back to work.  He guessed that music might scare the bat off and he was right. He played a few strands of dark classical with a short announcement that the show would be starting in a few seconds, we went back to the performance.  What a wonderful audience we had.  Laughter and good wishes abounded.  I love radio shows and that night’s performance will go down as one of my favorites if not the favorite.  A great chance to work with talented neighbors and be with my daughter doing things we love.  I will never forget the night when a bat made an appearance during the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow and stole the show.  Although I do have to say, I am glad it happened in 2016 because if he had come the previous year during Dracula, I wouldn’t have peed my pants because of laughing.

 

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Scarlet Heart Ryeo

I hate Korean historicals.

No wait.  I think I hate most historicals except perhaps “Gone with the Wind.”  And that had its moments.  So why am I watching Scarlet Heart Ryeo?  It sucked me in.   I have no idea how it is going to end.   The actors are soooo good.  The visuals are disturbing and beautiful.

Then there is the hero of the show.  The real hero of the show.  The show stealer. The sacrificial lamb.scarlet-heart-ryeo-hero

I have realized that I am a fan of Lee Joon Ki or maybe not.  I liked him in Scholar who Walked the Night.  I loved his guest appearance in Running Man.  But I wouldn’t travel to NY to see him, not like I would Kim Jong Kook or CNBLUE.

Scarlet Heart Ryeo is about a girl who travels in time and wins the heart of the Goryeo Dynasty king.

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