TCM Makes Summer School Cool w/ Free Film Noir Course

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Lizabeth-Scott-and-Dick-Powell-in-PitfallFor a generation of fans old and new, Turner Classic Movies has been like film school without the student loans. Now, more than two decades after the channel’s launch, you can remove like from that sentence.

On June 1, TCM will become an actual educational institution (of sorts) when it launches Into Darkness: Investigating Film Noir, a on-line course presented in conjunction with Indiana’s Ball State University. The nine-week eLearning class will explore “the means, motives, and opportunities that led Hollywood studios to make these hard-boiled crime dramas” and will be taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., co-author of The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism and co-host of the Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noirpodcast (with TCM staffer Shannon Clute).

And best of all, the course is entirely free – and it’s open to non-TCM subscribers. (TCM promises “free links to online public domain films noir…

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Me Learning Astrology

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Looking Up

As a little girl I laid on the back seat of my grandparent’s car and watched as the Moon followed me. I was 2 or 3 years old at the time. She was beautiful — full & bright. At that age I recall thinking and asking “why is the moon following me?”

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Astrology Book List

I’ll add my book list at some point. Some I found again recently in that hiding place, behind the bed, in another room or lent out never to be returned. Although some have been replaced.Image

If memory serves me well, my first astrology book was Deborah Kempton-Smith in 1991 or 1992 “Secrets from a Stargazer’s Notebook”

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Sagittarian Mind’s Astrological Bookshelf

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“From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world’s life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind’s own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened.” -Helen E. Haines

One of the most frequent questions that I receive is: “What books can I read if I want to learn more about astrology?”   In this post, I would like to do my part by offering up some suggestions.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I would say that any avid seeker of astrological information and knowledge, at any level can benefit from these titles. I have not placed the books in any particular order, but they range from the basic Sun sign variety to books which explain more complex and sophisticated astrological…

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