Happy Birthday, Harry!

20 years since the release of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”  Sophie Palmer–my daughter, an aspiring sixteen-year-old artist, and a devoted Harry Potter’s fan–wishes the boy wizard many happy returns:

“The Cranes Are Flying”

Great Patriotic War

June 22, 1941 — May 9, 1945

The Cranes are Flying (The Criterion Collection)

The Cranes Are Flying (Летят Журавли)
Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Written by Viktor Rozov (play and screenplay)
Starring Tatyana Samojlova and Aleksey Batalov
Music by Moisey Vaynberg
Outstanding cinematography by Sergey Urusevsky
Studio Mosfilm

“Don’t panic…”

“Don’t panic, because everything is probably all right, and if it’s not, panicking will make it worse.”

— From “The One Memory of Flora Banks” by Emily Barr

An exhilarating read, equally enjoyed by both my sixteen-year-old daughter and my–going on forty five–self.