Another Cinderella


Wednesday, April9, 2014


Another Cinderella





Spring seems to

have come at last.


Date: Mon., Mar 31, 2014 3:58PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Diane,

How are you doing?
Spring seems to have come at last.
I’m sure that you’ll soon jog around the seawall.
I wish I could jog with you.
However, I’m recently quite involved with the following movie—“The Lost Valentine.”


“How come you’re so much involved in the above movie?”—you may ask! :-)

Well … Madame Taliesin sent me a Valentine parcel by sea.



Unfortunetely, however, the parcel seems to have been lost somewhere between Tokyo and Vancouver ‘cause I haven’t received it yet!

So, I tried to locate the parcel on the net, and came up with this movie. ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,…

During World War II, Navy Lt. Neil Thomas bids Caroline, his pregnant young wife, farewell at Union Station.
Before their son is born, Neil’s plane goes down in the Pacific and he’s declared “MIA: Missing in Action.”
Caroline is devastated, but her love never dies.

For the next 65 years, Caroline returns to Union Station on the anniversary of her loss to salute his memory.
When a TV journalist learns of the touching story, she sets out to investigate what happened to Neil 65 years earlier.

This is a 2011 American drama based on the novel by James Michael Pratt of the same name, previously titled “The Last Valentine”—a 1998 New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

The story follows Susan Allison (a TV journalist) who works on a profile of Caroline Thomas.
The interview with Caroline reveals that for 66 years she has had no information about her husband from the Department of the Navy.

With the help of a United States Senator (Susan did an unrelated story on the him) who puts pressure on the Navy, they locate the Billings family, whose now deceased father Jeff was a gunner on Lt. Thomas’ airplane.

From a surviving letter by Jeff to his wife we hear the account of the crash and of Morang, a Filipino guerilla, who rescued two wounded crash survivors.

Susan turns to her boyfriend Andrew for help because he still has connections to the Philippines where Lt. Thomas was last seen alive.
Putting past hard feelings over his breakup with Susan aside, Andrew manages to locate the elderly Morang, who told that Lt. Thomas joined the Filipino guerillas and fought the Japanese deep behind enemy lines.
During a patrol, Lt. Thomas was killed by a Japanese sniper while selflessly trying to rescue a little boy.
Morang reveals he knows where Lt. Thomas’s body is buried.


Thus the U.S. Navy goes to the grave site and returns Lt. Thomas’ remains and personal effects to the United States.
Caroline is handed Neil’s dog-tags, watch, and wallet, which contains her valentine to him.
It is actually a heart-warming tear-jerker with double romances.

Diane, borrow the DVD and find out two love stories by yourself.

In any case, I’ve just written an article about this movie.
Click the following link:


“Love and Loyalty”

I hope you’ll enjoy the above article!

Your smiling Bohemian, Kato
with a lot of love




Subj:I’ll see the DVD one day.


Date: Mon., Mar 31, 2014 8:50PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi, Kato,

Oh, doesn’t that sound romantic, Kato!?
Thanks so much, my smiling Bohemian.
I must make a point to see this one day soon.
Life’s sure interesting, isn’t it?
Never a dull moment!

I just picked up a DVD I had ordered from the VPL “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” with Jim Carrey.
Don’t think I’ve seen it, but you never know.
Certainly there was an interesting article I read recently that this movie, which is now ten years old.


The above film is a 2004 American romantic science fiction dramedy about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories.
The film uses elements of science fiction, psychological thriller, and a nonlinear narrative to explore the nature of memory and romantic love.

This film was so brilliant that it should have won an Oscar.
Probably one of those years like last year where there was a plethora of excellent choices
It is hard to select just one as “Best Picture,” that’s for sure.

Thanks again, kiddo.
… hope you’re enjoying this lovely day.


Love, Diane

So, Diane, you enjoyed viewing the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” eh?

Most definitely.  The protagonist is an emotionally withdrawn guy named Joel Barish, and his love interest is an unrestrained free-spirited girl—Clementine Kruczynski.

What happens between them?

They strike up a relationship on a Long Island Rail Road train from Montauk, New York. They are almost immediately drawn to each other despite their radically different personalities.

So it’s a boy-meets-a-girl-and-falls-in-love-at-once type of story, eh?

Not quite.  Although they do not realize it at the time, Joel and Clementine are in fact former lovers, now separated after having spent two years together.  After a fight, Clementine hired the New York City firm Lacuna, Inc. to erase all her memories of their relationship.

It’s impossible, is it?

Well … not at present, but this movie has something to do with science fiction.  And Clementine eases all her memories of their relationship.

Then what happens?

Upon discovering this, Joel is devastated and decides to undergo the procedure himself, a process that takes place while he sleeps.  Much of the film takes place in Joel’s mind. As his memories are erased, Joel finds himself revisiting them in reverse. Upon seeing happier times of love with Clementine from earlier in their relationship, he struggles to preserve at least some memory of her and his love for her. Despite his efforts, the memories are slowly erased, with the last memory of Clementine telling him: “Meet me in Montauk”.

I see… so they meet on the train as if they met for the first time, don’t they?

Yes, they do.

So, they start their relationship from scratch.  Is that it?


And at the end, they’re going to live happily ever after, eh?

Sort of…

It’s so predictable.  I don’t like such a simple storyline.

Kato, don’t jump to such a hasty conclusion. There’re, of course, several twists and turns so that you could laugh to death.

Oh, yeah?   Maybe, I’ll borrow the DVD some day.

Anyway, Kato, tell me about “Another Cinderella.”

I borrowed the following DVD.


“Actual Library Catalogue”


I see… So, Biddy starts to work as a housemaid for a noble house, and is bullied by the head of housemaids, huh?

Yes, she is.

Biddy then catches the eye of a wealthy young man, and both live happily ever after, huh?

To make a long story short, that’s it.

Well … It seems to me it’s too simple a storyline.

Oh, Diane, don’t jump to such a hasty conclusion.  There’re, of course, several twists and turns so that you could cry for joy.

So, it’s a tear-jerker, huh?

No, not really.  The story is somewhat like a Cinderella tale, but it contains more than that.

Like what?

Well … first of all, Catherine Cookson, the author of the original story, is quite unique and famous.

Catherine Cookson

(27 June 1906 – 11 June 1998)


Catherine Cookson was an English author.
She became the United Kingdom’s most widely read novelist, with sales topping 100 million, while retaining a relatively low profile in the world of celebrity writers.
Her books were inspired by her deprived youth in South Tyneside, North East England, the setting for her novels.

The illegitimate child of an alcoholic named Kate Fawcett, she grew up thinking her unmarried mother was her sister, as she was brought up by her grandparents, Rose and John McMullen.
Biographer Kathleen Jones tracked down her father, whose name was Alexander Davies, a bigamist and gambler from Lanarkshire.

She left school at 13 and, after a period of domestic service, took a laundry job at Harton Workhouse in South Shields.
In 1929, she moved south to run the laundry at Hastings Workhouse, saving every penny to buy a large Victorian house, and then taking in lodgers to supplement her income.

SOURCE: “Catherine Cookson” from Wikipedia

I see…, she had a quite unique life story to tell, didn’t she?

Yes, she did… That’s why she wrote another Cinderella story, I suppose.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


I like the real Cinderella story, which is quite romantic.
How about you?

Have you ever seen one of the movies?
Here it is:


Cinderella 1997 – Full Movie

In any case, I’d like to meet my “Romeo”—a decent man in my future life.
How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Diane met Kato.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.

I hope Kato will write another interesting article.
So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


“Go Bananas”


“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”


“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”

“Unforgettable Movies”

“Typhoon 26”

“Great Luck”




“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”

“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”



Hi, I’m June Adames.

Catherine Cookson took up writing as a form of therapy to tackle her depression, and joined Hastings Writers’ Group.

Her first novel, “Kate Hannigan,” was published in 1950.

Though it was labelled a romance, she expressed discontent with the stereotype.

Her books were, she said, historical novels about people and conditions she knew.

Cookson had little connection with the London literary circus.
She was always more interested in practising the art of writing.

Cookson wrote almost 100 books, which sold more than 123 million copies, her novels being translated into at least 20 languages.
She also wrote books under the pseudonyms Catherine Marchant and a name derived from her childhood name, Katie McMullen.

       In her 60s

She remained the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK for 17 years, losing the title only in 2002, four years after her death.








『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』






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