‘I could write a book on it … mendacity’

In recent weeks I’ve been deliberately taking some time to do not very much at all. Of course this doesn’t mean I’ve been doing absolutely nothing, just making a real effort to do less. Have you ever tried to slow down? If not, you should … it’s really rather lovely. However I must admit I find the whole ‘not constantly doing’ pace of life to be a bit of a challenge.

One thing that I have been dedicating some time to is working my way through a collection of classic DVDs that have been patiently waiting for ‘one day’ to arrive. It’s been wonderful to spend some of my ‘doing nothing’ time with Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall. Out of all the wonderful movies I recently watched I would have to say ‘Cat on A Hot Tin Roof’ was my favourite – what a movie!

Such a great, great cast (seriously, Paul Newman AND Elizabeth Taylor … a winning combination!) and a fantastic story with dialogue that alternates between bared teeth nastiness and the contented purrs of love. I never gave Liz Taylor enough credit before seeing this film, but consider me a convert to her acting cause. She is sexy, stylish and quite simply sublime … I’m determined to further my Elizabeth Taylor education, with a viewing of ‘Cleopatra’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ next on my list!


  1. Kimberley

    I always *try* to slow down and I know I should. Ie, turn the TV off, listen to music, read a book.. but I’m always multi-tasking. If I’m reading, I have the TV or a DVD on.. if I have music on, I’m web surfing. Maybe I should get into some classic movies. Once I figure out how to ‘switch off’ technology!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kimberley – I’m absolutely shocking at ‘doing nothing’, even when I try to do nothing I always end up doing something. Perhaps some people like us just naturally need to be ‘on the go’ and always doing … ?? I hope you’ve been keeping well Miss K. 🙂

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    Isn’t Paul Newman divine in that (and every other movie he’s been in) movie; and he could make salad dressing – haha. It seems most of us only slow down when we are forced to – like a power outage.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I love the wonderful Paul Newman, he has been (and I suspect always will be) one of my favourite leading men for a while now … and as you point out, he’s multi-talented given that he also knew his way around the kitchen. Taking ‘time out’ is something I really need to be better at, that and following through on the inspiration that reading the work of people like yourself provides … xoxo

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