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We Were On A Break! has changed
within me.
Somehow I’m
not the same.
I’m tired of playing,
someone else’s game.
Too late for second-guessing. Too late to press stop (oops, I hit Publish!). Time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap!
Some things I cannot change, but till I try, I’ll never know!
I’m sick of denying gravity, now…I’m defying gravity!
Even by getting up in the morning…I’m defying gravity!, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want. I wanna—, I wanna—, I wanna stop hearing ‘want’ instead of ‘need’…So I have a problem, something I have to face…To move ahead at a more novel pace.
We need to not believe everything we read and not only read everything we believe. My fondness wish? That we hit pause, stop fighting about who’s right and who’s wrong. Simple, the facts are right; what if we’re all wrong? want to read what I want…Not what’s fed to me by algorithms to feed greed, telling me what to read what to believe…’s the worst that can happen? I go to Over-Readers Anonymous meetings (Are those a thing?). I can find books for myself everywhere… buildings with ‘Library’ on the door. Bookstores, smartphones, laptops, tablets, family, friends, book sales…I’ll answer the siren call – pages whispering dreams, promising more and more. could say ‘no’, follow steps…Or stand up proud and say, “I’m a bookaholic, but baby, I wouldn’t have it any…other…way!!!” So I’m defying gravity! Carrying books, swaying, falling, spilling dreams…Onto me!’t try to pull me down; come with me instead. Think of what we could do, together…Just by saying yes! (You better believe I’m twirling…right now!).

Yup, books are wicked. So is TV. Definitely Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Fashion. Movies. Food. Video games. Blogging. Holidays (isn’t it Thanksgiving, oops everyday, then how about Halloween then?). Seductively luring us from reality, or are they reality? Whatever, to thine own self be true (note Shakespeare didn’t say to thine own selfish be true).

  • I’ve been trying slow blogging, er, being semi-unplugged? Whatever you want to call it. I enjoyed the time off, but glad to be back to blogging So, I know what I did this summer. I laughed, I cried. Got tired and inspired. Wondered and wired…all while we were on a break!

  • I got cozy with a bunch of women who find murder victims then conveniently pin the mysterious crimes on others. Thank you Julia Buckley (My latest booky joy, but hey, I’ve exhausted the library’s supply of your books, hate to be presumptuous, I’m hungry for you to write more, Laura Levine, Ellery Adams, Leslie Budewitz, Kym Roberts, Edith Maxwell, Lee Hollis, E.J. Copperman, and more! The worst killer ever? Doubt.

  •  What else? Cooking, games, philosophy, writing, yardsaling, Goodwill (bargain) hunting, weight loss, ghosts, organizing – even a guy claiming he’s so organized, he could move out in 20 minutes, hey buddy, slow down, are The Sopranos after you, I’ve had longer bowel movements (oops, TMI?).

  • I’ve recalled that the grass is always greener, not only on the other side, but over the septic bed, and if you’re using copious amounts of fertilizer (yes, even verbally). Which somehow made me want to reread Pride and Prejudice hard to do when being bombarded by pumpkin spice (is there such a thing as death by pumpkin spice?), but I prevailed and Darcy and Elizabeth (spoilers!) got together once again. Love rules, pumpkin spice drools (or does it make people drool?).

  • I was once again reminded that life isn’t just unfair, it can be downright sadistic, so, as we weather the storms of life, change buffeting and sometimes battering us, try to remember, people are people, not toys to be played with, in person or online – if you wouldn’t like it done to you, don’t do it to anyone else.

  • I boldly went where no Blob has gone before, on The Orville, in a ‘Discovery’ of just how much Fox will pay to let Seth MacFarlane make love onscreen to Star Trek and all other things sci-fi and fantasy (I’m looking at Star Trek mini-ships and ET in my work area, I get it). I only watch each episode two or five times because they’re hilarious and thought-provoking, not because I have a tiny (huge) crush on Ed Mercer and Justin.

  • I remembered I’m a 100% unique…just like everyone else. It’s my own personal This Is Us, minus Justin Hartley (I miss Smallville, Passions, and Revenge) and Milo Ventimiglia (I miss Gilmore Girls and Heroes), sigh, shake it off, it’s 2017…

  • I was prodded into remembering the world’s two most important words (sigh): fine print. What you don’t know is more important than what you know or think you know…

  • I wondered how Moonstruck could be 30 years old, I just watched it yesterday. Cher and Nicholas Cage are still bizarrely mesmerizing and I want baked goods…and opera (I don’t suppose Hamilton and Wicked count?).

  • I was most definitely distracted by bloggers…and bloggers who wrote books. For example, Teagan ( was kind enough, even though she was going through a rough time to consistently give us the gift of her posts and another stimulating escapade ebook, Murder at the Bijou: Three Ingredients I (adventure awaits, flying by the seat of your pants!).

    But wait, there’s more!   I’m not complaining, but where’s the sequel to Atonement, Tennessee (ok, I’m whining a little).

  • At times, I found myself so excited I couldn’t eat. Who am I kidding, chocolate and I started the summer in a serious relationship and I’m happy to announce, we’re getting engaged (oops, I ate the ring). Isn’t it weird when some people say stuff like, I was so excited or so busy I forgot to eat. What?!? There’s a way to forget to eat? Tell me! Now! Frankly, I’m too busy #Sheetcaking (Tina Fey dropped by SNL to demonstrate our technique; I think it has all the hallmarks of an Olympic sport – talk about defying gravity!).

Nostaligia was always big and getting bigger as we struggle to return to simpler times, times when TV shows were discussed around the ‘watercooler’, when Sunday, Monday were Happy Days, when Tuesday, Wednesday were Happy Days, Thursday, Friday, well, you get the point. Times when all promises weren’t false, when lies weren’t the norm, where words and actions meant something…Where we didn’t forget the unforgettable.

 I think we’ll see even more of a rush of gentler shows and revival ‘nostaligaporn’ shows like Will & Grace – glad you’re back, guess you were on a break too – I missed your silliness; shows people can talk about without fist fights ensuing. We need more things that bring us together instead of tearing us apart. Look at our skeletons (not the closet ones) – we’re all the same, deep down.

So no one told me it was gonna be this way (blogging and life).
Jobs are all a joke (and a 4-letter word).
Of course I’m broke, apparently my Donate button is mostly merely decorative…no eccentric billionaires want to adopt me and help save the endangered broke and obscure bloggers who once roamed the internet free… love life is not DOA, it’s just resting, pinin’ for the fjords…I’ll have you know my love life is not bereft of life, pushing up the daisies, or resting in peace! It hasn’t shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain, or joined the bleedin’ choir invisible! It’s not a ex-love life! like I’m always stuck in Park (or Neutral?).
Because it hasn’t been my day,
My week, my month, but it has been a lark!
(Thanks to my old ‘friends’, we got together this Summer and Fall for coffee at Central Perk, thought my wrists are a bit sore from holding those huge cups and my ears ringing from the creepy laugh track).
My time off has taught me, I’ll be there for you…I hope you’re there for me too!

Posted in Books, Holidays, Movies, Televison, Uncategorized, Zombies

The Devil Made Me Do It


We certainly have a love/hate relationship
with The Devil.
Mostly, we love to hate him.
Although, we also love to reference him in:
movies, TV, books, Halloween costumes,
music, idioms, cartoons, legends,
even basing characters on him…
now, let’s put a smile on that face!

Had a Devil of a Time finding some of these:

1. Speak of the devil – if a friend says this when you show up, you have to wonder.
2.  Better the Devil you know –  seems like you just don’t want to take a chance.
3. Devil looks after his own – that seems fair.
4. Devilishly handsome – could have also gone with ‘hot’.
5. Ride with the Devil – no thanks, I’m guessing he doesn’t follow the rules of the road.
6. Devil of a time can’t we just say difficult?
7. Give the Devil his due –  has he earned it?1devil148. Devil-may-care attitude – maybe it’s just confidence or a certain Je ne sais quoi.
9. Tell the truth and shame the Devil – or tell the truth without shaming or blaming.
10. The Devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal wait, where’s The Walking Dead located again?
11. Between the devil and the deep blue sea quite a Quagmire, giggity.
12. Have the Devil’s own luck – Can I take the luck, but skip what I have to do to get it?
13.The Devil made me do it – yes, yes, excellent, this one covers all manner of sins.

1devil7Satan, Beelzebub, Antichrist, Leviathan, Tempter, Belial, Lucifer, King of Tyre, The Dark One, Evil Incarnate…The Devil by any other name would smell, probably like sulphur. Whether you believe he’s real, or a story, or an allegory, I enjoyed exploring the nature of his game in The Devil and Philosophy edited by Robert Arp; one of the amazingly addictive Popular Culture and Philosophy series from Open Court. Filled to the brimstone with clever deep thinkers wickedly examining The Devil in all his forms and the depths he will descend to; let’s be clear, he obviously wants to get our goat.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween! Mine started off with Halloween treats for breakfast, I couldn’t help myself, The Devil made me do it.1devil1

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Summer takes a bow and hands the stage to Autumn

Leaves crunch beneath my shoes, a trail of summer’s end.fall21
Skies translucent and composed until rain visits again.
Nights come sooner now to add crisp breath to my sleep.
Summer takes a bow and hands the stage to Autumn.

The other thing I like about this time of year is the Fall TV line-up, so while I’m ill and not up to enjoying its beauty I thought I’d do a blog version of a clip-show, cough cough, hack, gargle, cough.

I’m already getting to know some of the shows; some relationships will clearly last longer than others. Meeting some new ones soon: Gotham, Scorpion, The Flash, Gracepoint

blackl3Looking forward to the return of some old friends,
definitely a shiver of anticipation for The Blacklist
Can’t wait to see what trouble Emily/Amanda, Nolan
and all the rest will get into this year on Revenge

I love comedies, but laughing now, with razor blades in my throat, doesn’t sound too appealing.
Still, the shows must go on…This Hour Has 22 Minutes; The Rick Mercer Report;
The Big Bang Theory
Yet another hit and miss season of SNL;


Family Guy and American Dad
Giggling with Mindy Kaling (so Bridget Jones) and the hilarious cast on The Mindy Project.
Back to following Dean and Sam in Supernatural…they’re funny, watch it.

Mooning for mystery, wit and sleuthery with
Murdoch Mysteries
and eventually Sherlock


Awaiting the ferocious fairytale attacks in Once Upon A Time and Grimm

Ready to go marauding with Vikings


Wondering who or what will arise in Resurrection

wd9And am I the only one counting the days until the return of The Walking Dead ? 23.

Just realized this list goes on and there probably isn’t enough time to watch them all…I may have to make some tough choices.

My other addiction is books, while waiting for the return of Sleepy Hollow I borrowed a copy of Sleepy Hollow Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Broadway Books) from
In Sleepy Hollow the lines between fact and fiction blur significantly. Historical facts cleverly smushed together with fictional elements make for a fierce ride even if there wasn’t a headless horseman.1sleepy4
References in Children of the Revolution lead me to believe it takes place between Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mill’s adventures, The Golem and The Vessel, although tie-ins aren’t always linear; either way it’s another step toward saving us all from the apocalypse – oh apocalypse, why do you stalk the human race so? It was a rhetorical question, I watch the news.
DeCandido cunningly gives us a glimpse of the changes in not only Ichabod Crane’s world, but ours as Ichabod ponders the large amount of people he now interacts with, all the time. He feels awash with strangers. We truly are awash with strangers (some much stranger than others) and now we’ve made it so we’re constantly in touch with everyone, 24/7/365.
DeCandido managed to convey the cool shadowy cinematography a la X-Files within the printed word, but I did miss Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), he’s terribly lovely to look at and that accent, oh my, somehow Ichabod’s archaic and pretty speech is better onscreen; it just sounded overly flowery in print and I thought it bled into some of the other characters. Luckily I could conjure him in my brain as I read. TV and movie tie-ins are awkward, too much time spent summarizing and explaining, but I did like the nods to Sleepy Hollow, it made me want to visit some more.


Ichabod Crane: That building used to be a livery stables.
Lt. Abbie Mills: Yeah? Well, now it’s a Starbucks. Where they make coffee.
Crane: And that building is also a Starbucks?
Mills: Yep.
Crane: Well, how many are there?
Mills: Per block?
Crane: Is there a law?

Posted in Movies, Music, Televison, Uncategorized

On the right track Muppets…they were Sewn that way


In retrospect, there were some unsettling aspects to The Muppet Movie.
Also, how can it be 35 years since I first saw The Muppet Movie?
Sorry, back to the unsettling aspects not related to my feeling old.

1. Sending an assassin to kill a children’s program character is just wrong, on so many levels. So is kidnapping them.

2. Frog legs, yes, considered a delicacy, but I can’t think of them and Kermit together, no, just no.

 3. I see nothing wrong with the relationship between Kermit and Miss Piggy, except the stalking part, that’s creepy, but if they’re truly in love, well the pig’s heart wants what the pig’s heart wants.

1muppet234. Gonzo wasn’t very nice to Camilla the Chicken; I always thought she could do better.

1muppet315. Animal being super-sized, even to save his friends is irresponsible inventing. And how did Dr. Bunsen Honeydew get any inventing done with Beaker as an assistant?

6. Everyone could have been sweeter to Sweetums.1muppet21

This surreal classic is bursting with cameos: Bob Hope, Orson Welles, Paul Williams, Steve Martin, Carol Kane, Milton Berle, Madeline Khan, Dom Deluise, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Telly Savalas (Who loves ya Kermit baby?).

Meant as a collection of Muppet experiences, for me, it’s means smiles.

I sang Rainbow Connection a lot after seeing The Muppet Movie in 1979. I’d like to formally apologize to anyone I bothered by incessantly singing Rainbow Connection, yet even now 1muppet3typing this I’m singing Rainbow Connection.

Muppetational fun:

Jim Henson’s Mom had an old coat that became the first Kermit, with ping-pong balls for eyes.

Jim Henson would have been 78 on September 24…we lost a bright, shining light too soon.

Most people think of The Muppet Show as American, actually it’s British. One of the original titles? The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence. Really. Meant to parody the amount of sex and violence on TV; they were purporting their show as the end of sex and violence on television.

Why a Muppet not a puppet?  Jim Henson thought of his creations more as a cross between a puppet and marionette or maybe he just liked the sound of Muppet.

The Muppets have been parodied…a lot.1muppet7The Muppets appeared regularly on the first season of Saturday Night Live.

Oscar the Grouch was originally orange…why did he turn green? Conspiracy theories abound…1muppet9

Statler and Waldorf, trolling before it was called trolling.

Disney bought The Muppets in 2004. Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock were not included in the deal.

Kermit was a showrunner before they became trendy.

Star Wars fans watching The Muppet Show were given a sneak peek of the Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) Bespin outfit on The Stars of Star Wars episode, months before The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters.


Tim Burton and John Landis were Muppet performers on The Muppet Movie.1muppet16

Most Muppets are left-handed. Why? They use their dominate hand for the mouth, leaving their left hand to move the arms of a puppet; human left hand works best as Muppet left hand.

Kermit the Frog once hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

No celebrity was allowed to guest star more than once on The Muppet Show.

Guest stars on The Muppet Show could request who they wanted to perform with; Miss Piggy is the reigning Queen of Guest Requests. Moi? Mais bien sûr!

Sometimes Kermit would be Kermina; maybe he was just sewn that way.


Posted in Books, Cats, Fibromyalgia, Movies, Televison, Uncategorized

Next Time, You Bring The Cookies

1fibro5My brain is often at war with my body.
I want to do more. More! More! Yes, on days like this my brain sounds like a strange combination of yearning romance novel heroine and petulant child.
Such is the hidden world of Fibromyalgia.

My body dragged itself out of bed to start another day. Not really sure why I have a bed sometimes, but at least it’s there for rest and decoration. I also once again failed to get the license number of the Mack Truck that hit me while I was sleeping.
With FMS another day means more pain, fatigue, frustration, disappointment, doubters and just more of less.

I don’t expect anyone who doesn’t live with Fibromyalgia to understand it. I don’t have cancer, that doesn’t mean I can’t have empathy and understanding for those that do. Or ALS, MS, CP, Diabetes, Autism, depression, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Doesn’t mean I can’t understand a man because I’m not a man.
Or the rich because I’m not rich.
As human beings we have a wealth of empathy, understanding, and compassion available to us at any time.

I get some people think Fibromyalgia is made up by lazy or unmotivated people. Ok, why do doctors and other professionals go along with it, what’s in it for them? They have more than enough patients, unfortunately cancer alone keeps them pretty busy.


1sm27So it hasn’t been my day, my week, my month, or even my year, but I do know that laughter is truly the best medicine so I thought today was a good day to review Conversations with Steve Martin edited by Robert E. Kapsis (University Press of Mississippi). Thank you for letting me borrow this ARC copy, available in stores early September 2014.

I’ve already had many conversations with Mr. Martin in the last 35 years – usually he’s wearing an arrow through his head or bunny ears, or a balloon hat, playing his banjo, getting Happy Feet, dressed in a King Tut outfit, and/or eating tiny chocolate cookies while juggling small cats. No cats were harmed in my fantasy conversations with Steve Martin.


Conversations with Steve Martin highlights Martin‘s contributions not only as a comedian, but as a writer, musician, artist, and free-thinker through a series of interviews and profiles. It’s sort of a living eulogy of Martin’s rollercoaster career over the past 4 decades.

Steve Martin has thrilled and disappointed audiences for decades with his ever-changing style, from eccentric, incongruous, and wacky to mature to sinister to bizarre to mellow.

As much as I’ve 1sm20enjoyed some of his later work, I sometimes miss the wild and crazy guy, the Cruel Shoes, King Tut, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Jerk, The Man With Two Brains and more.
That being said, I’m so glad he moved on and didn’t get stuck.

If you’re a Steve Martin fan this latest book is ubercool, if you’re not, well, excuuuuuuuse me!

You can read, watch or have pretend conversations with Steve Martin or maybe really pretend 140 characters or less magical moments on Twitter @SteveMartinToGo


Carl Reiner may have said it best, “His strength, as an actor, I’ve found, is his beautiful body,” Carl Reiner said jokingly. “His weakness is too much hair on his body.”

Laughter may not fix all the world’s problems, but it sure does know how to make them seem less dire.

I think tonight will be a Steve Martin movie night.

Thank you Mr. Martin for another lovely conversation, next time, you bring the cookies.


Posted in Political, Televison, Uncategorized



Imagine Elaine Benes from Seinfeld being Vice President of the United States of America.
So now imagine she could become President of the United States if something happens to POTUS. Mind blown yet?

HBO’s Veep stars the hilarious Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer as a divorced mother of one who also happens to be the Vice Prez (the nickname Veep from VP).

She is ambitious. Impatient. Rarely says the right thing. Narcissistic. Easily bored. Obnoxious. And yet oddly charming.

Is it a coincidence this show has aired since Joe Biden became Veep? I’m sure it is.

As the Veep’s incompetent and obnoxious staff get her into one mess after another which she then always makes much worse, it’s hard to know who to feel sorry for…oh yes, the people of the country.


While the show is carried by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, other standouts include Anna Chlumsky (as I watched the first episode a few years ago I thought, gee, she looks familiar then I realized she’s the little girl from My Girl, all grown up), Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Timothy Simons, Tony Hale, Christopher Meloni, Diedrich Bader, 1veep8and Gary Cole.

As much as I love political satire, I sometimes wonder if this just reinforces political stereotypes for viewers.
You know, the self-absorbed politician who has to bow to the pressures of corporations and their lobbyists.
Pandering to the lowest common denominator for votes.1veep2

Because as much as this Veep seems to want things to change, the only thing she changes often, are her dresses.

Although there have only been 28 episodes in 3 seasons I look forward to what they’re going to do in Season 4…no spoilers as she hums Hail To The Chief.

Veep’s cutting and clever writing makes it a show worth watching…too bad voting can’t get the same numbers this show does.

Posted in Movies, Uncategorized


brides2This movie is funny for so many reasons and positions.

Anyone who’s ever had a run of ‘bad luck’ whether precipitated by forces beyond their control or poor choices or a combination thereof can appreciate this movie. Most people have had that day or week or month or year or years – you know, where one thing after another goes wrong. It feels like it’s spiraling and there’s no way to get it under control.

Hence the edition of Wilson Phillips with their No 1 hit, Hold On, telling us that things will change, that things will go our way if we hold on for one more day. Is that true? Not always. But sometimes it is and that’s what gives us hope.

brides5Even in this movie when Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) thinks everything is going wrong, she was focusing on the negative and not seeing the positive.

Yes, she lost her business, jobs, her apartment, her car was a wreck, the guy she’d been booty-calling with is a schmuck, her best friend was getting married and moving up in the world and had found new friends, etc.

What she didn’t notice, at first, was she still had her talent and potential, she met a nice guy, Officer Rhodes (the adorable Chris O’Dowd), her friend still loved her (she was just caught up in her own thing, at that point in time), she had her health, her Mom was there for her, she was making new friends, and yes, it was a clunker, but she had a car.

It’s too easy to focus on what’s going wrong and miss what’s going right.brides7

The film didn’t break any new ground, it’s been done before, for better or for worse, in various forms, but it doesn’t make it any less funny. It’s kind of like The Hangover, with women. And funny way to point out how over-the-top and out-of-control weddings can be.

Melissa McCarthy steals the show…I like her in everything, except Mike & Molly, to me, it’s a waste of her talent for wild.brides1

So whether you’re on top of the world, or broke, obscure and holding on for one more day…take time to have a laugh.