Changes on Wonder-full

 Well, it's been awhile since i've been here.  Thanks to all who have continued to read.

  The changes to Feedburner concern me. And this no more free photos thing has me flummoxed.  i do not do online payments, but i will continue to need my images. This is my primary way of sharing my work, not to mention that some posts wouldn't work without the illustrations.  

 Maybe that needs to change.

  i'm amused by the way the contributors here are listed alphabetically.  Either Mark or Boom are welcome to contribute as they wish, but they don't.  Mark would handle any payments, and both are my technical consultants.

  At the moment, i'm looking into other blogging platforms. Maybe i'll need to expand my online presence.  

  Right now, i don't see that what i've already published will need to go away, but i may need another platform if i'm to continue.  Will keep you posted, and any comments or suggestions on this would be welcome!


Agatha Christie's Poirot and the novel/movie Third Girl

   It's no secret that Agatha Christie did not like her popular Poirot character. She even (spoiler!) killed him off in a late 1940s novel.

  And then kept writing about him.  After all, her public loved, and still loves, him.  (And publishers love following proven success with more of the same thing.)

  But this created a problem.  Her 1940s novels were definitely 1940s novel.  When i first read (novel referred to above), i felt a dreamike disconnectedness.  Poirot was still active in the 1960s and early 1970s; a novel written in the 1940s doesn't give the same feel.  Christie also wrote a Miss Marple novel at the same time, but, since she did not kill the character, it's easy to disregard its tagline, Miss Marple's Last Case.

  Third Girl is definitely a 1960s novel.  The girls wore their hair long, loose, and straight, or maybe bouffant; drug culture and nonrealistic art were strong background elements.  i'm unfmailiar with the "stepped from a VanDyck painting" fashion of the young men in the story, but, ok, that's undoubtedly a part of what Christie was seeing in the 1960s.

Third Girl is billed as Agatha Christie’s foray into the swinging sixties. And it is certainly portrayal of the 1960s, as seen by an older generation who cannot understand why these young people won’t take a bath and get the hair out of their eyes. Taken purely as a mystery novel, however, Third Girl is enormously satisfying, a twisty puzzler that, for all its surface modernity, proves that nothing is more timeless than murder.    from

   In the Suchet film, numerous changes are made to the story. For a list, see here:  The film is gorgeous.  i actually like a few of the changes , such as a murder victim in the novel is NOT murdered. There also seems to be better closure with the criminals's story.  The movie, as is the entire series, is well done.

  However, the filmmakers moved the setting back to the 1930s. In itself, that solves the problem presented by that novel from the late 40s, the one that killed off the character.

  But overall, the timeshift isn't a problem.  The side effect of Norma's changed hairstyle, a chic period pouf instead of stringy unwashed hair, is disconcerting. And while Miss Lemon and Dr. Stillingfleet added greatly to the novel, the time change may not have made their absence necessary.  i missed especially the fiery doctor, who appears all too seldom..


December 24, 2020

 Merry Christmas to everyone. Today i've made one of my earliest posts the Featured Post.  May you be inspired by the mother of our Lord as we celebrate His birth.

Holiday article from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, and a Max update

  As usual, Max is looking forward to Christmas this year.  Hopefully MyGuy and i can  prep ourselves mentally to put up our living room tree - tt means so much to Max, but the most initiative he'll take in getting it up is to wish us "Merry Christmas" out of the blue.

  However, he has two small trees up in his room.  One is a new, 4' prelit one, which he is enjoying.

  It seems in a sense especially important to keep this tradition in this year of universally lowered expectations.

The IRCA has prepared their usual article

of tips to help us help our children on the spectrum cope with the upcoming holidays.

  Here's a short quote listing some items to be sure to mention:

Words on Wednesday: More on the Lord Peter books

  This post contains an annotated list of the Lord Peter novels.

  But first, a question for you:

  How do the Lord Peter novels and stories resemble the Big Bang Theory TV show?