I’ve Got Something to Say About This…Connecting or not online

“The Circle” it almost got it right, I think. I went to see the movie this past weekend and it had some interesting things in it. I don’t really want to do a review of the movie, but it just made me think about everyday life and what it really or might look like in our world today. What would the circle look like in reality? I guess it is a bit of what we already have.

Continue reading

When Movies Say It Best: “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”

I am going to be honest there are far too many quotes from this trilogy that I love and matter to me. I am reserving the right to use more than one post to discuss the quotes of these movies. The first one that really got me was from the second movie though. This line is the last part of a monologue from my favorite character Samwise Gamgee to Frodo. In all honesty, I know the whole monologue by heart, but we won’t go there now.

That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

Continue reading

The Writers Strike that Never Was

It was the year 2008 and the Oscars were pushed back, TV was in a slump and reality shows were at their peek!! That was the first writers strike. It was far too long and very unnerving. Hollywood took a turn and I’m glad the past few years has brought more scripted TV shows. There has been more than enough quality shows not only on network stations but add in streaming and cable, who has the time. 
When it comes to my shows, well I am a little overboard you can say. I love to organize and so I do that even with my TV watching. You might say buy a TV guide or just look online, but I have a system that works. That system includes an excel with a master list of show names, channel, time, day of week and season they come on. Taking it one step farther, I have tabs for each day of the week with the show name and each episode, date aired, and title. I highlight to know when I’ve watched an episode to make sure I don’t miss anything. I watch a lot of shows and I cut the cable cord so it is how I get by. 

Well, last week the news started to gossip about another potential writers strike. What is this? Could it be? For a moment, not that a strike is good, but is that a break I see possibly on the horizon?! The demands, more pay, the typical, but writers have good reason. Good for them, make sure you get what you should be getting for the hard work you aren’t appreciated for. I say from one writer to another. 

Earlier today, the news broke that no strike would occur even after the guild voted for it. An agreement was reached. I am glad, really I am, can you read it in my words, I am. So let’s leave it at that. 

Honestly, a strike would have been bad and I am glad it was avoided, but a little break would have been nice. My excel could have used it. Summer is coming but that means more time to find and watch the shows I have had yet to have time for then fall will be here before you know it and the madness begins again. I hear you, just stop watching. It is simple right? 

TV, movies, and books have always meant something to me. These are the things that have never left me. It might sound simple and childish, but growing up my “friends” always left. They would move away or transfer, it happened so much it became a running family joke. So where did I turn? Hollywood. The place with the best friends in the world. They wouldn’t leave or go anywhere. They entertained and I could watch them always, over and over again. 

I think that feeling stayed with me. That feeling of connection and safety. I still turn to my shows as a means of connecting and escaping. These shows are like a friendship in a way. When I need a lunch date, turn one on or a way to make it through a boring afternoon, push a button. Just like friendship though it is also work. I just wanted a slight break, is that too much to ask? 

The writers didn’t go on strike. There is no 2017 strike to write or care about, but the possibility made me think. Where would I be without my shows? Where would we all be? Maybe this can remind us to appreciate the things and people we love just a little more. It all goes by too quickly so we have to remember the work just means we are doing something we care about and we should try and find the joy in it somewhere. Happy uninterrupted channel surfing!

I’ve Got Something to Say About This…Trump

It seems a bit too easy to address our new president. Just Friday an article came out where he claimed he thought the presidency would be “easier”. (https://apple.news/A1XxQ42gFQ0uP8Rvv8kpCzA) What can you even say about that? How could anyone look at being a president and think by any means it would be easy? Some people though…
Trump has concluded his first 100 days in office and his campaign promises seem to be going with him. His repeal and replace for ACA was squashed and though he seems to be maybe attempting to try to find success with that, it seems unlikely. ACA is far from perfect but could the Trump administration really come up with something better? I have a feeling we might never know. 

I must say I was never a supporter or believer. I do unfortunately feel like we must accept what we have been given though. There are many things that are issues now that we have no idea how he will handle like North Korea, healthcare, tax cuts and that wall to name a few. 

The idea of closing the government due to this wall is more than ridiculous in my opinion. There have been much speculation around this wall and if we look at history how has a wall ever really helped? It is a sad realization that many Americans support the wall and it really doesn’t make any sense. 

How will it all play out with the missile testing also? Could we find ourselves in another war? Could we find ourselves on the wrong side of a nuke? It seems insane to imagine. I remember history class and what was said about each world war, the war to end all wars. Could another war really be that? If there was ever a president that I believe that might happen with, hate to say it could be our current. 

With Trump it feels like what can you even say. There are so many people that worked so blindly to get him into office and now he is there where is there support? They seem to have gone silent. Do they regret their decisions? Probably would never get them to admit it if they do. Trump is here whether we like it or not and all we can really hope is our country survivors until he is finally out. 

When Movies Say It Best: “The Shawshank Redemption”

Welcome to week one, blog post one for my newest category “When Movies Say It Best”. I have always been an avid movie watcher and movies have been my main means of escaping. They have brought me joy and pain throughout the years, often times the most memorable quotes for me come from the saddest of movies. Every Friday I will be posting a single quote from a movie and explaining just why it means so much to me. Please come with me on this journey as I remember all the movies that have shaped my life and the quotes that still inspire, invoke thought or simply provide pleasure for me.

My favorite quote to date comes from the ever famous and beloved movie “The Shawshank Redemption” from the lead character Andy.

Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Continue reading

I’ve Got Something to Say About This… “13 Reasons Why”

It is all over news feeds and there is nothing but controversy around this show. I finally finished season one, why there is even the possibility of a season two?? Oh yeah, huge deviations from the book. Ok fine, Netflix, I will let you get away with the possibility of a season two since you did leave it wide open.

So how did I hear about this book? From the recent show craze? No about a year ago I stumbled upon this book. I had read a novel called “Stolen” and “13 Reasons Why” appeared as a people also liked suggestion. I read the synopsis and thought this seems bleak but sound different. The novel is almost ten years old but the reviews all seemed very praise filled.

Continue reading

Take Two: Starting New

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything. I am not sure what I was building this into before but I definitely want to try and build something. 

Time goes by so quickly. I have loved and made changes and lived life. I recently got married and it has been good. Really good. We were together quite a while before and it was just the logical next step. We both work well together and though I know at times we drive each other crazy, we love each other. 

I have always believed in love. I don’t know if I’ve really had a grasp of it, not really until now. I think love means something different to us all. Love is elusive and ever changing but true love lasts. I think this is true and I’d bet my life we make it. I can’t imagine not having him with me. 

Anyway, I’ve been in a more thoughtful mood lately as well. So much has gone on in the world as well as my small portion of the grand production. There is so much hate and mistrust in the world and it is frightening. At times of uncertainty I retreat into books, movies, and tv shows. I escape the uncertainty of life with the craziness of Hollywood. It is a good escape. 

I want to write and share again. I still have things to say, my story is far from over and I feel just getting started so this is still me. A story in my heart and flowing through my finger tips onto the screen. I believe writing and artistic expression is the best way to release your feelings, it at least works for me. I am here again on my mission, no pursuit, to find the creativity in the world and share pieces of me with each blog post I share. I look forward to this journey with you all. Let’s be creative and give even the ugliest of emotions beauty through the expression.