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I became acquainted with the world of Pooh as a young father looking for literature to read to his children.
Among the first books the librarian pulled was “When We Were Very Young.”
One brief scan made me a devoted follower.

For many years we read and reread Milne’s books together.
They were interwoven with our days.
The joy they gave was unfathomable.

But those first halcyon days of getting acquainted with the world of Pooh were suffused with sadness as memories of a childhood devoid of family readings fought for attention.

Reading to children at bedtime. Fifteen minutes to a half hour a night.
Times ten years.
Times 365 days.
A lot of reading.
A lot of culture.
A lot of love.
A lot of loss for those deprived of this.

Question of the Day:
What is the MFA’s Winnie the Pooh Exhibit about?


Christopher Robin and Pooh by a puddle.
Pooh goes in. 

Second from left:
Lauren and Dom in the scenery.
The rascals! 

Second from right:
Pooh in front of his home. 

Part of the Hundred Acre Woods.

two hundred and fifteen

two hundred and fifteen

Tagging Today
Sunday, November 11, 2018
My 215th consecutive posting.
Time is 4.40am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 45* and will stay sunny.

Dinner is the Italian Gravy with braciola, pork butt, hot Italian pork sausages and chicken drumsticks. The pasta was gnocchi. Delicious.
And the company was excellent: four friends from the North Ends and cousin Lauren.

City Life

Winnie the Pooh is not really for children.
At least, not the exhibit at the MFA.
Glorious, it is.
A Do Not Miss!

Love your notes.

Contact me @

Not all notes are happy ones.
Like the note I received yesterday informing me of the death of a friend whom I met less than two years ago.
At Colleen Getty’s ‘Room to Write’ meetup for writers.
I just finished critiquing Bill Chetwynd’s submission when the note came of his passing.
For Bill, God bless you, my friend.
For us, ask not for whom the bell tolls.

Christopher Robin, the movie.
Christopher Robin is a 2018 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and Allison Schroeder, from a story by Greg Brooker and Mark Steven Johnson.
The film is inspired by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard's book Winnie-the-Pooh and is a live-action/CGI adaptation of the Disney franchise of the same name.
The film stars Ewan McGregor as the title character alongside Hayley Atwell, as well as the voices of Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen, and Toby Jones.
The story follows an adult Christopher Robin as he has lost his sense of imagination, only to be reunited with his old stuffed bear friend, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Plans of a live-action Winnie the Pooh adaptation were announced in April 2015, and Forster was confirmed as director in November 2016.
McGregor signed on as Christopher Robin in April 2017 and principal photography began in August of that year in the United Kingdom, lasting until November.

Christopher Robin had its premiere in Burbank, California on July 30, 2018.
Released in the United States on August 3, 2018, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film has grossed over $196 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews from critics, with praise for McGregor and Cummings's performances, musical score, and visual effects.

Answer to Today’s Question
For adults with childhood in their hearts.

Lauren engrossed. 

Second from left:
Christopher and friends: Set of figurines

Second from right:
Pooh and Christopher Robin outside Pooh’s home 

Placard re Pooh and Christopher Robin in front of Pooh’s home

Bottom: Second from right:
Lauren visiting her friend, 

Bottom: Right:
The Hundred Acre Wood where all of the characters lived.

She’s not selfish. Offers content of bag for further amusement.

She’s not selfish.
Offers content of bag for further amusement.

Good morning on this Sunday, November 11

We’ve read a sad Contact piece informing us of the death of a friend and taken a detailed tour of a great exhibit at the Museum of Fines Arts: Winnie the Pooh, with a bit of nostalgia and a pertinent movie review thrown in. I hope the content motivates all of us to get over to the museum and enjoy this most entertaining exhibit.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

Have a good day, my friends.
See you soon.