Some readers have wondered where I got the name for this site. I wanted to include book reviews and the name Bell Book Candle just popped into my mind. There was a film in 1958 by that name starring Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon that I saw only once in my life and that I remembered enjoying. It was in color in an era when many films were still in black and white. I saw the movie at the Woods Theater in Chicago’s “Loop” days or a few weeks after it was released. It was the second film of that year that I saw starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak; the first was Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
Kim Novak grew up on Sayre Avenue on Chicago’s westside. One of my mother’s sisters lived at 2030 North Sayre which was almost directly across the street from the home of Kim Novak’s childhood. The parents still lived there when I was a teen, but Kim herself had moved to Hollywood to become a star. Sayre Avenue is a quiet, tree-lined street of mostly brick bungalows.
My original intention was to use this site for learning and testing ideas. I had originally planned to migrate these posts to www.truthjusticepoetry.com once I had mastered webmastering. Now I am undecided; I am having a lot of fun just as it is. The header and background art are from Snow Canyon state park here in Saint George, Utah. It never snows in Snow Canyon; the name honors a pioneer family.
Bell book candle also refers to a former practice of the Catholic Church used to excommunicate persons convicted of particularly grievous sins. I intend to point out the responsibility of those who commit particularly grievous crimes against the body politic.