December Overview

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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).

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Scarlet O’Hara (Bubblews Repost)

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EDIT NOTES:  This post was made several years ago on Bubblews, a site that is no longer online.  I found it while cleaning out some folders on my google drive, and decided to repost it, with some minor grammatical corrections.  According to my file, I wrote this on October 9, 2014, 11:55 AM.  I plan on eventually reading the novel, and rewatching the movie to see if my views still hold true. Also this post doesn’t focus on GWTW portrayal of slavery, which is at times very awkward because of its avoidance of the reality.  This just focuses on their main plot around Scarlet.

On Sunday, I saw Gone With the Wind in Theaters.  It was a great experience, although I hate to tell the movie people that 5 minutes is not enough to allow people to get to the bathroom and/or go to the concession stand to refill their drinks.  Should have been fifteen, but that is not the point of this post. Continue reading

So…Today is Chocolate Day

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Chocolate!  (photo source)

When searching for topics to write about this month, I came across a website that claimed that July 7th is Chocolate Day.  They don’t know who created it, where it was first celebrated, except they suspect that it was candymakers.

I don’t even mind.  I love chocolate, and I know many of you do too. My personal favorite candy bar  is a Reeses, which is chocolate and peanut butter.  I also am a big fan of Nutella (chocolate and hazelnut spread).  There are many ways to eat chocolate, or make use of chocolate.  Sadly I did not eat any today, although my diet is probably happy I refrained.

My second favorite chocolate bar is actually not even a bar, its nuggets.  It’s the Hershey Nuggets with peanut butter or caramel inside.

So if you are up to it, and like chocolate, feel free to eat some today in honor of Chocolate day!  I’m going to go see if I still have some of my chocolate milk left.  That counts.

Happy July Everyone

Its hard to believe the year is already half over   Sadly I’m not doing very well with my goals this year, but I’ve made some progress so at least there is that.  Its also time to start looking at the last six months of the year and start planning things out.

I still have my content poll open for anyone who would like to participate.  Hopefully I will have some interesting posts for you in the coming weeks.  I have a new essay series coming, as well as one on the Declaration to finish out the Starting Documents of the United States series I seem to be having.  There is at least one book-it review coming in the next week (a new author for me), and possible some movie reviews.

I hope everyone is having a fun (and safe) summer.  This month appears to be the month of celebrating one’s country for the North American Continent, with Canada Day (July 1) and Independance Day (July 4).  It’s a good time to celebrate the past that got us to where we are today, as well as hope that we can still improve in the future (because none of us are there yet as countries)

Content Question

I am curious as to what posts everyone has been liking out of what I have been posting lately. As I plan the July content (I’m trying to get back to May’s 3 day a week posting), I would like to take into consideration what my readers think.

The Beatles

June 1st was the anniversary of the the release of Sgt. Pepper. The Beatles are one of my favorite bands.  They have a song for almost any mood, and have been arguably one of the most influential bands of the last fifty years.

But I just like their music.  My favorite song is actually from an older album.  It’s been remade several times. “In My Life” was even a tv theme song to the show Providence.

Over the course of their time together the Fab Four expiramented with themes, styles and instruments.  They even came up with a few recording techniques. Therefore there is quite a variety of songs in their catalog.

They have songs for kids and road trips, angry break up songs, angry activist songs, feel good songs, and iconic songs.

They are up on spotify and other streaming /downloading services and you can also find many of the awesome covers of their music on the same services and youtube.

Historical Social Media

There has been much interest in the President’s use of social media the last few years.  Donald Trump is known for using twitter in particular to express his opinon.  I was coming across headlines about it today, and It reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend a long time ago.

Back when Farmville was a big thing on Facebook, the two of us starting joking around about the Founding Fathers and what they would be up to.  Somehow Thomas Jefferson was immersed in his own virtual farm whilst in Wiki-Thrall.  At the time we figured out what some of the others were doing, but Thomas Jefferson was the only one I remembered now.

It makes you wonder what kind of uses would historical people have used social media for?  Would Martin Luther have had a blog about his religious convictions?  Would Confucius use Twitter to share his wisdom?  Would FDR have fireside Youtube videos?

I’m interested in what you think would be likely.