Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Does this look like Cameron Mathison?







































I don't think so.

But this is how I picture Father Tim from Jan Karon's first book in her Mitford series, At Home In Mitford.

Hallmark channel thinks differently and has cast Cameron Mathison as the portly priest. 

Aarrgghh!!!!!!!! [great angst here]

I love you, Cameron, but get thee back to Murder, She Baked!

I must save my breath to cool my porridge and just get over it. I and the other Mitford fan base have been arguing this out for a month now.

We agree that not one single person has been cast accurately for this movie, especially Father Tim and his wife Cynthia who will be played by Andie MacDowell. 

We're very afraid that Cynthia is going to take center stage in this movie, that properly should belong to Father Tim, our beloved Episcopalian priest.

 We're disappointed that Barnabas is going to be a large brown dog with a black head instead of a solid black dog. We can't imagine them not having Dooley being a eleven year old red head, but we're not holding our breath on that one either.

Some of us say we refuse to watch it. Others of us are complete Jan Karon fans and if she sold it to Hallmark, then that's good enough for us. I, by the way, am of that persuasion. 


So Sunday night August 20, 2017 at 9 p.m. central time, please don't phone me. I will be glued to the Hallmark channel to watch this perhaps very loosely adapted movie. 

I owe it to Jan Karon who has given me so many hours of pleasure and inspiration while reading her books about the portly priest of Mitford, North Carolina. And he no longer is portly after landing in two diabetic comas from eating such things as Mitford's world famous Orange Marmalade Cake.

But he still doesn't look anything at all like Cameron.

And that's just fine with Mitford fans.


Here's a link to our esteemed author, with news of her latest book to be released in September,



And my model for Father Tim, top of page, is actually Carl A. Peterson of Boston in an ad for Macmillan Oil in Life magazine, August 1948. A plump Michael Kitchen would have been my choice for Father Tim's role but Hallmark forgot to check with me when casting the role.

Any Mitford fans among my readers? What do you think about my Father Tim?






Tuesday, August 1, 2017

AUGUST...the beginning of the end of Summer

"Yes, it's a wonderful day,
an August day,
the beginning of the end of summer."
Ann Batchelder
in Ladies' Home Journal
August 1950


August First is always a special day for me and my sisters.

This year it is even more special because it is our parents'

75th wedding anniversary.














Although our father is in his heavenly home now,

our mother is 92 years young.

And we all know that he is very real to her,

often has just stepped out of the room

or is working in his garden.


Happy Anniversary, dear Mama and Daddy!

We love you!