About sokorra

A thirty-something Graphic Designer and writer who likes to blog about books, movies and History.

Women of History: Catherine Trastámara

Out of Henry VIII’s six wives, the ones that are most remembered are his first three.

Catherine of Aragon: His first queen and mother of Queen Mary.

Anne Boleyn: mother of Queen Elizabeth, and a woman who is also known for helping cause a religious revolution in England and her tragic end.

Jane Seymour: the young woman who gave birth to his only son. To be fair, Jane is often forgotten and limited as “mother of Edward” then anything else.

I will admit that I am biased against Henry VIII who I felt was a bit of a bastard towards his wives in more ways than one. I also feel that general history has basically reduced these women to just being one of the six wives, without a sense of individuality. There has to be so much more to them then just their spouse.  In that respect, I have decided to learn more about these six women, starting with the first, Catherine of Aragon.

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TV Review: The Orville 1×12

Episode Title: Mad Idolatry 1 x12 (Season Finale?)

Original Airdate: 12/7/2017 on FOX (Watched via HULU the next day)

Grade: C

NOTE:  This is quite possibly the season finale of the Orville, which was renewed for a second season.  I am not sure if they ordered more episodes for Season 1, or if they are planning on going on shorter format series similar to other sci fi series like Doctor Who.

Notable Guest Stars

Kelly Hu (Admiral Ozawa) – Ms. Hu has appeared on numerous hit TV shows as recurring characters, as well provide voice for many comic-based animated TV shows.  You might recognize her though from X-men as Lady Deathstrike.

Brannon Braga (Director and Producer) – Also Director and Producer on Star Trek.

Notable Quotes

Alara:  But how can that happen?

Gordon:  Drugs?

SPOILERS BELOW

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December Overview

Four red candles burning in a snow bank

Source: PixaBay

It’s a week into December, so I thought I would do an overview of what I am planning this month.

November was Nano, which is why my posts were infrequent and not coming out on time.  Hopefully this month the normal schedule will resume. On my off days during Nano, I wrote a few posts for the upcoming month, so at least that is there.

For those of you interested in my reviews, I plan on continuing my Orville reviews on this blog.  They should come out every Friday following the airing.  I watch it on Hulu, so I can’t put up reviews till its up on Hulu (which is usually the day afterwards).  I try my best to remain relatively small on the spoiler fare, but avoid the bulk of the post and scroll to the end if you want the actual grade.  I am planning on reformatting my reviews so the grade is closer to the top to help those with strict spoiler avoidances.

Other TV reviews will be moved to a new blog coming next year that I plan on sharing with a friend.  We plan on reviewing currently airing shows we seem to like as well as older shows.  If anyone remembers my talk of a Star Trek rewatch, the idea will be going forward in this blog.  Whether I will redo my lost rewatch, I have yet to decide.  I’ll post more about the new blog when its closer to being functional.

Book reviews will continue on this blog, although not many will happen this year due to various proirites that keep me from reading.  But next year I’m trying for 50 in a year.  (Have a recommendation?  Leave a comment below).

For those who wander here for the history essays, I have some planned for this month.  At the very least I have a mostly written essay on Catherine of Aragon, my favorite Tudor Queen, and a half written essay on her mother Isabella I of Castile.   I’m also accepting more sugestions for more ladies to add to the list of articles.  Right now, my sphere of knowledge is sadly very Euro-American centric, but I hope to have women from other cultures as well.

I also plan a few posts outlining some plans for the new year over the course of this month, integrating some art/writing posts back into my life.

Hope everyone has a lovely December, and a happy holiday of your preference, (in my case MERRY CHRISTMAS).

TV Review: The Orville 1×10

Episode: Firestorm (1×10)

Original Airdate:  Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Watched via Hulu on 11/17)

Notable Guest stars:

Richard Picardo (Ildis Kitan):  Known for being on Star Trek (As The Doctor/EMH) , and Stargate (as Richard Woolsey), as well as promoting science.   He’s one of my favorite guest stars to see.
Molly Hagan (Kitan):  I looked her up because I couldn’t figure out why she looked so familar.  Turns out that Ms. Hagan is a Frequent Flyer guest star on several programs I like.  Usually for only one episode.
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Happy Veterans Day

Today is Vetran’s day.  While yesterday was the day that most Americans “observed” the holiday, this is one of the holidays that has a particular date set.  November 11 is Veterans day for a particular reason.

Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans, living or dead, who have fought for their country.  Usually it focuses more on those living, as Memorial Day focuses more on those who died during their service.

It was started in 1919 on the first anniversary of the armistice, or the end of World War 2.  At the time it was called Armistice day.  In 1927, Congress passed a resolution to make it an annual event, and in 1938 it officially became a US holiday. After World War II, however, it was clear that the ‘War to End All Wars’ was unfortunately not the truth. In 1954, Congress passed HR 7786, which renamed it from Armistice Day to Veterans day to honor the veterans of all wars.  The US is not the only country to celebrate a Veterans Day, although in many countries it is still known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.

The first world war ended on June 28, 1919 but Veterans day is set upon the armistice between the nations that took place on November 11, 1918.  It did not officially end the war, but it ended the fighting.  The agreement was to end hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  Thus, at 11am (Paris time – so 5am in New York) on November 11, 1918 the actual fighting stopped.  It took till June to formulate and sign the Treaty that would formally end the war.

For a brief period of time starting in 1971 Veterans Day was on a Monday to create a 3 day weekend, and would end up at various times depending on who designed the holiday calendar that year.  However, in 1975, Veterans Day returned to its home on November 11, which has historical significance. Still, while the official day is still November 11, regardless of when it falls during the week, the closing of federal offices occurs the friday or Monday closest to the actual observance.  (This year that being Friday the 10th).  This is why you will sometimes see Veterans Day twice on your calendar.  One will say Observed (i.e. The three day weekend) and one will simply say Veterans Day.

I have several veterans in my family.  Both my grandfathers served.  My paternal Grandfather Henry served with the Navy during the last year or so of World War II.  He actually lied to get into service, being only 16 when he enlisted.  He would find out later that he was actually one of the guards doing duty during the transport of the Hydrogen bomb that would be tested.

My other Grandfather served briefly during Korea, and I have an Uncle, Aunt, and several cousins who served or continue to serve in various branches of the Armed Services.  So today I thank them and all other veterans for the time they spent serving our country.

Tv Review: The Orville 1×09

Episode Title: Cupid’s Dagger (1×09)

Original Airdate:  November 9, 2017 (Watched via Hulu on 11/10/17)

Notable Guest Stars:

Victor Garbo –  He’s back as Admiral Halesy.
Rob Lowe  (Darulio) – Rob Lowe is known for being part of the ‘brat pack’ of the 80s, and for me as Sam Seaborn from The West Wing.  He is also known for Parks & Recreation and lately he has been working on a ghost hunting show with his two sons.

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