It’s happening to me again…this dedicated to my Fall 2012 feature writing class.

A Cup of Candor

I made the mistake of showing “Roman Holiday” this week to my feature writing class. Now I’m in trouble.

It’s not because it’s not an appropriate film to show students before they read Taras Grecoe’s super creative travel piece by the same name from National Geographic Traveler; it’s not because I think they can’t relate; and it’s not because it’s an outdated film.

It’s still relevant today. If it weren’t, I wouldn’t have had a student pass me in the hallway afterwards and say, “I love that movie! It’s so cute!”

Cute, for sure. We’ve got dashing Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley and stunning Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann. We’ve got an adorable day-long, little romance mixed with a touch of melancholy unfolding as the bitter-sweet ending leaves us feeling uncertain and sad for the two main characters. It’s not easy to find love and have to let it…

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  1. Stephanie, I’m sure this wasn’t the right place to put this, but I tried stephanieverni.com and my computer wouldn’t send it to that location.
    I wanted to tell you how flattered I was initially, when I read your inscription and acknowledgments.

    Then I READ Beneath the Mimosa Tree and realized how little credit I deserved. It’s an AMAZING first novel–the characters are so flesh-and-blood, Michael and Annabelle are so endearing I found myself DELIGHTED at the end–even though I understood perfectly why Annabelle was so reluctant to go through with it ten years before.

    I’m very proud of you, undeserving though I may be of your thanks, and I look forward to reading more.

    Much love,
    George Friedman

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