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Flowers…or weeds?

I have read some books over and over. Other books?

I wish I’d never cracked the cover.

flowers in the attic bookCase in point — Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.

This book was published way back in 1979 — when I was young and impressionable — and its harrowing tale of child abandonment, abuse, and eventual incest between siblings imprisoned in an attic for other two years made me nauseous.

(An attic?  Let’s add claustrophobia to the mix as well.)

Flowers in the Attic was the first in a five-book series by Andrews, but I couldn’t stomach reading anymore.  And in 1987, the original book was made into a movie.  I’ll admit I watched it; I just had to see if it was going to ‘go there’…and luckily it didn’t.

Well, that luck has run out.

A new Lifetime movie adaptation is scheduled to air in January, and they have promised to be faithful to the book.

Luckily, I’ll be busy watching Downton Abbey.

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Lady luck

When it comes to bugs, I earned my wimp card years ago.

I’m not a fan.

But the ladybug?  That’s one very different beetle.  It’s cute, it eats a lot of harmful insects and it’s lucky.  (That’s a scientific fact.)

If you like ladybugs too, you might consider this Ladybug Nightlight that my friend Stephanie sells at Stoopher & Boots on the Upper West Side.

Look at that face.

And you might stop reading right now.  Because the rest of this post on ladybugs will freak you out.  It did me.

Hungarian Artist Gabor Fulop also likes ladybugs.  A lot. So much so that he created 20,000 and hand-painted them.

He then applied his ladybug creations to a  sculpture of the human form, forcing viewers to imagine what it would feel like to have ladybugs crawling over every inch of their bodies.

Me?  I wouldn’t feel lucky at all.