Hollywood on the Potomac

The Book Lady!

March 7, 2018

"How does it feel to be called The Book Lady?" Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden asked singer-songwriter, superstar and philanthropist Dolly Parton at the donation ceremony of the 100th millionth to the Library of Congress' Imagination Library and the announcement of a monthly reading program for young readers.  “I do more homework now at night working on these programs than I ever did when I was in school,” laughed Parton.  It just goes to show you that you can’t judge a book by its cover.”  She is, of course, referring to her outward, ‘painted lady’ look, as she calls it. “Dolly Parton’s work through her Imagination Library is awe-inspiring,” Hayden said. “They have counted the number of books given away – 100 million – but there is no way to truly quantify the impact this program has had on developing young readers across America and in other parts of the world. This is an extraordinary gift to humankind. The Library of Congress shares this passion for developing young readers and I am so pleased to announce these cooperative programs, which will provide an opportunity for children anywhere to connect with a fun, engaging reading experience.”

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Amb. Caroline

March 4, 2018

Nobuko Sasae held her last forum with recent Ambassodr to Japan Caroline Kennedy. The Nobuko Forum "is a dialogue that seeks to empower young professional women by lifting up the experiences and insights of women leaders from both the United States and Japan.  While still valuing traditional vistures, women have the power to be bolder in their thinking, in their behavior, in their careers and in their leadership. We celebrate the possibilities when women liberate their talents, strength and intellect."

It seems like days ago that the Amb. and Mrs. Sasae hosted their celebration party ofr Amb. Kennedy. This was first posted on January 11th, 2014:

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Sparrow School

February 27, 2018

Dominika Egrova is many things — a devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs; a prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit; a master of seductive and manipulative combat.


When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.  Jennifer Lawrence plays Dominika Egorova for 20th Century Fox’s thriller Red Sparrow that screened at the Newseum in a flurry of excitement.

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