I Love Mr. Rogers, But Oh, You Totoro #MondayRecommends #Nails

Here is another of my many obsessions: My Neighbor Totoro. The IMDB site has a few clips from it, but it must be experienced. If there was ever a more charming, feel-good, memorable movie, I haven’t seen it.

Here’s why, in a 10 minute video. There are a couple of commercials in the middle because of course there are, but bear with them for the rest of the review.

From the IMDB.com website:

Two young girls, 10-year-old Satsuki and her 4-year-old sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros (pronounced toe-toe-ro). They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures.

Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

He doesn’t mention the tiny soot creatures, who are cute AF, but that’s okay.

Naturally, I have Totoro merch.

And, just in from Mundo de Unas inMexico:

Guess what my nails look like this week.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a good neighbor.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “I Love Mr. Rogers, But Oh, You Totoro #MondayRecommends #Nails

  1. Dan Antion

    February 1, 2021 at 5:39pm

    Write about a good neighbor?

    Dan was in his mid-60s, old enough to want someone else to shovel his snow, but still tending to it himself. His neighbor was 95. He and Dan had never gotten along well, but he liked Dan’s wife. Dan cleared the old man’s walk and driveway. Of course, when he got to the end of the old man’s walk, Dan ran into the old man’s neighbor’s (a widow, in her late 60s) walk. The widow’s son would swing by with a plow and clear her driveway, but you can’t plow a sidewalk. Dan kept going with his snow blower until her walk was clear.

    Later that day, the old man called. Dan answered the land line phone. The old man asked to speak to Dan’s wife. Later, Dan’s wife told him, “Bill says thank you.”

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      Marian Allen

      February 2, 2021 at 10:04am

      That. Is. Priceless! You’re a good man, sister. (Bonus points for naming the reference.)

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      Marian Allen

      February 2, 2021 at 10:05am

      Totoro on my nails makes me happy. 🙂 You’ll REALLY hate one that’s coming up in a couple of weeks.

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  2. joey

    February 14, 2021 at 10:38pm

    Good job on the nails!
    The girls love Totoro, which since I am not cool like Goth Mom, I often refer to as ToroToro, as in “Pick up your ToroToro socks!”

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      Marian Allen

      February 15, 2021 at 8:08am

      LOL! You just go right on ahead. Totoro fans know that “totoro” is a child’s mispronunciation of the Japanese word for “troll”, so you just have your own mispronunciation, like the cool kid you are.

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