Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Robin Hood Week

     Olivia at Meanwhile in Rivendell is hosting Robin Hood Week at her blog! I really need a blog party right now to breathe some life back into my site! Also, Rachel at Hamlette's Soliloquy is hosting a Robin Hood Week giveaway at her site and she has some great stuff!

Kickoff Tag

What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?
     - Disney's 1973 animated film Robin Hood. This is a family favorite and my brothers and I watched it religiously! (I still love singing The Phony King of England...)

On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?
     - Maybe a 7...seeing as I have never actually read the books.

How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?
     - Disney's Robin Hood, Robin Hood (1990 film), Robin Hood: Men in Tights, BBC Robin Hood, Wishbone Robin Hood (that one totally counts!).

What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?
     - That's hard! Of course I love the Disney movie, but there was a TV movie of Robin Hood that was made in 1991 and starred Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman and it was wonderful!

Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)
     - Most definitely!!!

Who is your favorite Merry Man?
      - Probably Will Scarlett from the BBC series.

Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?
     - Lucy Griffiths was wonderful as Lady Marian!

Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?
     - I have always had a general interest in archery.

Fact or fiction -- which do you think?
      - Fact that's been fictionalized over the years.

Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found?
     - Robin Hood is like King Arthur. You can always find new ways to tell the story. Every generation has their own variation of Robin Hood and so it's really a legend that can never die.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Political Ponderings

     Well, it has happened. I have become one of those bloggers. Meaning I am so busy with real life that I have had zip time for writing. And I have absolutely hated it! My job has been great, however, it's ending the first week in June 😱 Which I am dissapointed because I loved making a paycheck and actually having something of a scheduled life, but there were some stressful parts as well. So in many ways, I'm kind of glad I'm leaving. Now it's just spending the whole summer looking for another job. I feel like my life has gone back to square one. 

     Anyways, enough of the negative. For fun I decided to post a few things that somehow have a political minded center to them. Real life, social media and Hollywood.

1.) Trump's Israel visit

     So today has been an exciting day for many people as the Trump family made their first foreign visit to Israel. I myself think it was a great move. President Trump is also the first president to ever visit Israel and has made great strides in strengthening America/Israeli ties. I was quite proud as an American seeing the First Family paying their respects to the Western Wall and being warmly received by the Netanyahu family. While I'm still somewhat skeptical about Trump from time to time, he has made excellent strides in the short time he's been in office. I pray he continues to get better and make stronger much needed changes in the U.S. 

     May I also add that Jared and Ivanka have totally made a great JFK and Jackie impression on the first day of their trip. I think they look fantastic!!!

2.) Tumblr 

     At one point in time I believe that Tumblr was created to become a social network geared towards, geeks, artists, and bored college students. A place where people could create, use their imagination and actually feel like their skills and talent were worth something. However, now Tumblr has gone from a fandom playground to a platform of liberal policies. I can't tell you how much liberal politics come across my dashboard. People who think that they are so 'deep' and 'insightful' with their 'progressive thinking' and somehow feel that their opinions are validated when they receive comment such as:


So deep and profound!


Yes! Finally someone said it!

OMG! I've waited forever for someone to finally write this!!!!


     The list goes on and on. Now, is there freedom of speech on this social platform? Absolutely. Yet, I've noticed that conservatives are being attacked by theses liberals and anyone who is straight, white, pro-life, pro-gun or whatever constitutes being an American conservative are coming under fire. Like with Facebook, Tumblr is becoming a hotbed of hateful, vitriolic and biased opinions all generated by wannabe social politicians. And that is certainly not OK. 

     Tumblr liberals, grow the hell up and get a clue that your opinions on your computer screen are just empty thoughts with no force or action behind them. You preach diversity and tolerance, but are completely incapable of accepting actual difference of opinions and free thinking.

3.) The West Wing

     A couple of months ago I started watching the Emmy award winning show, The West Wing. Now, I'll be honest, I actually started watching it because of Rob Lowe (in spite of his filthy, misogynistic treatment of Ann Coulter in September, it's impossible not to like him. To hate him just for what he said would make me...well like a liberal). I have to admit, I have really enjoyed the series. Now, of course it's Hollywood so everything is liberal. From gay rights to abortion. There is no love for conservative Christians, but Catholics also come off as arrogant and fake in their beliefs. The characters themselves are great though! The show has a surprising blend of drama and comedy and manages to take politics and make them understandable. Once you get pass the liberalism the show is quite enjoyable.    

     It actually felt good to write again! Hopefully I'll be able to get back into blogging. Continue with my story and writing movie reviews.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Sunshine Blogger Award

     Evangeline at An Odd Blog nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you! This is also my second time receiving this nomination : )

What do you think are the 3 best things about yourself?
     - I'm a good writer, I'm good with children and I enjoy getting to know people.

Who are the 5 people that have influenced you the most (good or bad)?
     - My parents, my great-grandmother, Brigitte Gabriel and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

How would you describe yourself (personality or appearance)?
     - Quiet, small, creative, dark brown almond shaped eyes and perfect teeth.

How would a family member or friend describe you? 
     - sensible, literal, curious

What's your favorite childhood book?
     - The Elsie Dinsmore series

Who would play you in a movie of your life?
     - Emilia Clarke 

If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be?
     - Izzy

What TV show or movie feels like a favorite old sweater (you know what I mean. It's all cozy and familier. You get a happy little smile whenever you wear it)?
     - The Road to Avonlea. I love that show!!! Lots of great memories!

Night-owl or Morning-Human?
     - Night-owl

Which of the seven dwarves do you most relate to (this is the most important question of them all)?
     - Bashful : )

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Kennedys and After Camelot

     My fascination in the Kennedy family started sometime between 2006 and 2007. My family had been watching a movie about Jackie, Ethel and Joan Kennedy that was based on a book. I became interested in the book and got it from the library. From that time on I became a lover of the Kennedy family. Because I'm also a royalist, I really did see (and still believe) that the Kennedys' were the royalty of America. They were the paragon of the American Dream. They were wealthy, beautiful, plagued with scandal and heartbreak, but also bound together by intense family loyalty and love. Definitely sounds like most royal families. 

     JFK's presidency was considered a new golden age of America commonly referred to as Camelot. They who came from nothing and changed the world through strength, deceit, power and at times God himself. It was a small and brief period of time, but it was a time between the end of the innocent 50's and the beginning of the savage 60's that brought peace, prosperity and pride to America.

~ ~ ~

The Kennedys (2011)

     Starting on election day in 1960, the very large and always lively Kennedy family are on pins and needles at the prospect of getting John F. Kennedy into the white house. He would be the youngest president in history as well as the first Roman Catholic. Joseph P. Kennedy Senior the ambitious and power hungry patriarch has complete confidence in his son's victory, but will leave nothing up to chance. Joe has been grooming John (or Jack as everyone calls him) for the presidency since his older brother was killed in WWII. Now, Jack must take on the political mantel that his father had originally created for his brother and is unsure if he has the capability to do what needs to be done.

     Jack and Jackie Kennedy: While Jack and Jackie are in love, their relationship is shaken with Jack's consistent philandering and affairs. This lifestyle is not unusual in the Kennedy family (or in the Roman Catholic church) and Jackie is simply told to turn a blind eye. She gave up a promising photo journalist career to marry Jack but she truly didn't know what she was getting herself into. And life becomes even more difficult when she becomes First Lady of the United States.

     Jack adores his wife as well as his two small children, but the duties as President begins to wear on him quickly. Whether it's Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, a cabinet the questions his every move, a vice president who despises him and a father he can never seem to please. Every moment of Jack's life is under constant scrutiny and criticism. 

     However, in the midst of all the political turmoil, his wife Jackie remains ever by his side in the darkest moments of his presidency. She does her duty as a good Catholic wife and the noble First Lady, but in her heart she stays because she still loves him even with all of his faults and flaws. Jackie still sees a man capable of leadership and will not stand by as the world tries to tell him otherwise. 

    Bobby and Ethel Kennedy: Robert F. Kennedy who is known as Bobby is a brilliant, but outspoken lawyer, a faithful husband and a loving father to an ever growing brood of children. His wife, Ethel, is ambitious with possible future dreams of the White House, but now contents herself with her husband as the attorney general, a position Bobby did not want. Bobby and Ethel's marriage is the polar opposite of Jack and Jackie's. There is genuine faith and commitment that binds them together. However, the White House can cast a wide shadow and both find themselves lost in the political warfare, family secrets and enemy fire. 

     Joe and Rose Kennedy: Two very different people whose only similar interest is in their love for their nine children. Joe Kennedy is one of the wealthiest men in America as well as a man with a natural taste for infidelity, His long-suffering but iron willed wife, Rose, has born her husband's indiscretions through raising her children and her devotion to God, Yet, Joe's desire for power and position comes at many heavy costs. One cost so painful that Rose is unable to speak of the tragedy to anyone, but has faith that one day her husband would come to pay for the sins of his selfishness and greed.

~ ~ ~

The Kennedys: After Camelot (2017)

     Jackie Kennedy has had enough of death and pain. First her husband who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in 1963 and then her brother-in-law Bobby who was shot in 1968 and died shortly afterwards. She wants to take her children and raise them in safety and privacy. Jackie gets that opportunity when she meets Aristotle Onassis, a Greek tycoon who can provide her a life of safety and wealth with no fears from the outside world. Jackie agrees to marry him, but still her heart is with the Kennedy's' and no matter how hard she tries, she cannot escape them.

     Time and again Jackie is brought back to deal with multiple family issues. Primarily Ted Kennedy's scandal involving the death of a young girl that became known as the Chappaquiddick Incident. Happening only months after Bobby's death, a scandal from the youngest Kennedy (and last brother) is the last thing the family needs. However, being a Kennedy can cover a multitude of sins and the family shamelessly manages to manipulate the church and the media to clear Ted's name. 

     No one has had it worse with Ted then his own wife, Joan. Beautiful, but shy and withdrawn, Joan finds herself lost within the Kennedy family and her heart broken over and over because of Ted's extramarital affairs. Drinking is the only thing Joan has control over and eventually becomes her only weapon in dealing with the harsh and brutal Kennedy world. Like with Jackie, pain and loss follow Joan to no end. A miscarriage and a child dealing with bone cancer sends her spiraling, but not completely lost due to Jackie's constant support and kindness.

     Meanwhile, Jackie has her own problems dealing with her son, John Jr. who is struggling to forge his own life outside of his father's shadow and apart from the Kennedy legacy. While not rebellious, John's independent nature clashes with his mother who simply wants to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. As John grows older he begins to appreciate his mother's sacrifices to raise him and his sister in safety. He starts to mature from the insecure and angry boy to a confident and successful man; first as a lawyer and then as a magazine editor, living up to the title of America's Prince. 

     After Jackie is diagnosed with cancer she and her son share a special moment when she reveals to him the truth behind 'Camelot' and asks her son that he simply live his life the way he wants to. Not the Kennedy way or the world's way, but however he see fits, whether it's a life in publishing or politics. And John does just that. He marries the love of his life, Carolyn Bessette, creates a pop-culture political magazine and soon begins to gravitate toward the political arena in whatever capacity he feels like he can serve in. John created his own personal Camelot for himself and his family, but like his father's it ended before he could share it with the world. 

~ ~ ~

     Both of these mini-series are absolutely stunning and compelling. There is great accuracy in the stories that they chose to tell and the actors were spot on with their performances. Whether you love or loathe the Kennedy family, there is no denying that they shaped America. While they were rich and powerful, they were still a family that loved football and picnics. Flawed men forged strong women who could survive in the world long after their men were gone. Children followed in their parents footsteps while creating their own paths. And a generation remembered them as their own royal family that for a time made America a land of proud patriots and hopeful dreamers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Can No One Hear Russia?

Originally posted from Facebook

posted by Aliya Mustafina

Russia's beautiful city, St. Petersburg is attacked there are no tears, shouts of rage, Facebook sympathies, or lights turned on for these people. Are they really expendable? The one country in the world that dared to take on the Muslim extremists is ignored and its people on their own to grieve.

Russia has its issues, but it has centuries of history that has gone through victories, losses, times of turmoil and times of peace, stomped upon by Napoleon, invaded by Hitler, demoralized by Communism and has endured decades of scrutiny and disdain from the West.

And not to mention that their beloved royal family, whom the country still bear guilt and shame for their deaths, have been consistently misinterpreted by Western media for years and are now only recognized by most Americans in a horribly inaccurate cartoon.

Yet through all that, Russia remains unfaltering and unbroken. This country doesn't need America or the West, but America could still have the decency to extend a merciful hand of help and words of kindness as well as learn a few lessons of how a divided country can be made whole again.

---Aliya's translated comment is "How much can you...mourn..."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Phoenix - Chapter Seven

Chapter One-Six. Here

Chapter Seven.

“Her name is what?”

“Cendrella, Papa. That’s all she would tell me. Well, she did say that her brother gave her the name, not her father, so one could say that it is a nickname.”

     Lord Leon smiled at his son. It did his heart good to finally see his boy back safe and unharmed from the war. Unlike his brother...well, he tried not to dwell on his oldest. Rather he rejoiced in the homecoming of his beloved Lucien or Luc as he was fondly known.

“This Cendrella, my boy, seems to have quite the effect on you.”

     Luc looked apprehensive, “I suppose so. It’s just...she was so kind in the morning time and then when I saw her take on Reynard, something I have never witnessed before, I was struck even more by her courage to help those...” He stopped there. Unable to go on.

“People?” finished Leon, “They may be lepers, but they are still of human mind, body and spirit.

“Yes, Father, but they are lepers because of this war. These Crusades have torn countries apart, turned religion against religion and what do we bring back for our victory? Sickness and death that is inevitable.”

     Luc’s mind went back to Jerusalem. The war, the fear, bloodshed, grief. He remembered the Lazar houses outside the streets. Beggars covered with white bandages begging for alms. They were kicked and cursed, treated like animals. The unbearable heat caused these poor creatures to collapse on the roadside only to be pummeled by Crusaders horses and left for dead. And when death mercifully took them not even the vultures bothered to pick their remains. There were hardly any remains left.

     He remembered looking into the eyes of a young leper girl. Through her heavily veiled face he could almost picture what she might have been. Dark, beautiful, happy. However, her reality was a face that was being eaten away by this accursed disease that made her less human and more monster.

     Lucien still had nightmares from war. Yet, what kept him awake the most were the lepers and their unmerciful treatment from the world. Where was humanity? Where was God? Or was leprosy God’s punishment for being involved in the Crusades?

“I can’t forget them, Father.”


“I can’t forget what I saw in Jerusalem. I have killed in the name of God, but where was God when innocent and sick people were being struck down by Crusaders that claimed to come in his name?”

“Oh, my son,” said Leon taking his shoulder, “I have been to Jerusalem and I fought by King Baldwin’s side. The great leper king who died trying to bring peace back to his country. He was Jerusalem in every measurable way. While his body may have been decaying, his mind certainly was not. The only act you can do is to give to these people what you can. Food and clothing. You can do no more.”

     Part of Luc agreed with his father and part of him wanted to say that was more he could do. But what exactly? War was easy. You plan, you gather and you fight. The victory was whomever God favored on that day. War was easy and human. Humanity was not easy.

“Come,” said Leon, “Enough talk of war. We have your homecoming celebrations to discuss and what a glorious event for the whole of Vezelay!”

     Luc tried not to groan. He knew this would happen, he counted on it, but the idea of celebrating his homecoming, when so many of his own comrades and brothers in arms would never celebrate theirs, seemed somewhat shallow and selfish. Yet, he would let Papa have his glory. He was his father’s only family. Mama died when he was young and Bayard, his older brother, was killed on his way home from war a year before. There was no other family except Theodore, his cousin on his mother’s side and Father’s ward.

     Families were not very large in Vezelay. Every married couple lost at least two children to sickness and disease and many people were fortunate if they lived to see thirty-five. Father was already in his forties and was becoming a legend for his longevity. Luc loved him dearly, so much that once he feared his father’s death more than anything else.

     War was the first time that Luc had been separated from his father. He had just turned eighteen and his once warm and sheltered life became a distant memory the moment he stepped foot in Jerusalem. Now three years later, Luc was no longer that frightened and unsure boy. War had forged him into a warrior. Pain, sorrow and suffering had opened his eyes to the real world. And personal loss and grief had broken his heart and his spirit. More than once he had wanted to throw down his sword, curse God and end his life, but something or someone always stood in the way.

     Actually, there had been several people that had saved Luc from his anguish. Men he had not known a week before who would fight by his side and become closer than any brother of blood. Several of these men had no homes or families to return to. The least Luc could do was bring them back to Vezelay and let them begin new lives away from the East and the war.

“This is a kind thing that you have done for these men,” Leon said as he and his son walked through the gardens.

“I feel like I had to do something,” said Luc simply.

“This man that lost his memory, OlivĂ©r, I find him rather intriguing,” Leon remarked.

“And after almost six months he still knows nothing about who he is,” Luc said with a sense of guilt.

     Last year, Luc had been saved by a young soldier but at a heavy cost. The soldier, whom he had never met before, had gotten between him and an enemies sword. However, the soldier had taken a fall and hit his head on a boulder. He was in a coma for several weeks and when he awoke, he had no memory of who he was or where he was from. Luc felt responsible and took the soldier into his care. He had taken the name OlivĂ©r after the doctor who treated him. Not many other people knew too much about him. He had kept to himself and was quiet and stayed out of the way.

     OlivĂ©r was a mystery to everyone including himself. He was intelligent and courteous with a sense of humility. Yet, he was educated, could read and write and even knew several languages. Which suggested that he must have had a high upbringing. A nobleman or a merchant?

“This man may have a family, wife and children who might think him dead and he doesn’t even know his real name,” said Luc.

“You got him out of Jerusalem and out of danger,” Leon reminded him, “And that is more important.”

At that moment the mystery soldier appeared on the steps.

“OlivĂ©r,” Luc said, “I hope your first night here was restful. Well, as restful as a solider is able to have.”

“It was,” said OlivĂ©r smiling, “and oddly enough I slept through the night.”

“Fortunate for you,” whispered Luc, who still awoke in the middle of the night with horrors of war and bloodshed before his eyes and the screams of the dying in his ears.

“Actually it’s strange because I had dreams of this place when I was in the hospital after my accident. When we were riding through the forests or over the riverbeds, I would remember them from my dreams. Lord Lucien, I believe I might be from here...from Vezelay.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Header and Update

Celebrating the coming of spring with three of my favorite aesthetics, 
bouquets, books and bluebirds :)  

Due to my new full time housekeeping job that I got back in January, I'm not able to post as frequently as I did in times past. Which is sad seeing as I got a beautiful new computer because of this job, but I hardly ever use it! However, I am going to try and post more, because I miss writing and sometime this weekend get back into writing, "The Phoenix," I have not forgotten and I am anxious to get back to it as well as working on my new story.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Star Trek: Enterprise

     I've been a Trekkie fan since I was 8 or 9 years old. My parents love the franchise as well as my older sister. The Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, my family has seen them all. However, the prequel series Enterprise, which premiered in 2001, was something of a badly timed series (premiering two weeks after 9/11 and only 4 months after the end of Star Trek: Voyager) that seemed to have all the odds of failure stacked against it. And unfortunately, the show only lasted four seasons.

     I mean that's one season more than the Original series, but I pretty much grew up hearing (from my older sister) that the show was an abomination, that the writing was terrible, that is was completely contradictory to the Star Trek universe and (here's the big one, people) it had a THEME SONG!!! Like with words! Not an epic sounding anthem, but a country/rock song! Well, that just did it for Trek society and the show was cancelled in 2005. And good riddance from any self-respecting Trekkie.

     Fast forward to January 2017 and the same older sister is telling me that I would like that Enterprise show. Over ten years later and now I'm hearing that it was actually really good, the characters were well written, the story arcs were incredible and that awful theme song wasn't too bad. And anyways there wasn't much for me to watch at the moment. So, why not?

The Crew of The Enterprise NX-01

     Almost 100 years before Kirk's first mission in the Enterprise NCC-1701 and 100 years after Zephram Cochran's first contact with the Vulcans in 2063, Earth has finally managed to create a warp drive (warp 5) for successful space exploration with the use of Vulcan technology. Overseen constantly by the Vulcan High Command who never miss an opportunity to cast judgement and criticize, the still new Starfleet has now issued the new Enterprise starship to travel, search and seek out new worlds.

     Captain Jonathan Archer: His father created the warp 5 engine and Jonathan Archer believes that he alone should be the only person to captain the first warp 5 starship. Intelligent, bold and uncompromising, Captain Jonathan Archer is a plethora of characteristics, but fear certainly is not one of them especially fear of what people may think about him. A strong leader with a intense sense of right and wrong, Jonathan captains the Enterprise as a strict but benevolent father figure, calm negotiator, and loyal ally. In all essence, Jonathan is great leader and a good man who hopes he can be the fulfillment of his father's dreams.

     Sub-commander T'Pol:  A member of the Vulcan High Command, T'Pol is a prime example of Vulcan logic, restraint and unfaltering loyalty to tradition. Originally sent to the Enterprise to oversee their first few weeks in space, T'Pol slowly begins to find a respectable place among the mostly human crew of the Enterprise. She becomes Archer's science officer and second in command and begins to understand humanity in a personal context she never thought would be possible. Although T'Pol is strong willed, she hides a fragile nature that is only seen by a few people. 

     Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III: Enterprise's handsome and charming chief engineer who is forever finding himself in some form of trouble be it his fault or not. While Trip's headstrong and rash nature can be his downfall from time to time, his genius mind in engineering and mechanics gets Enterprise and its crew out of the worst of dangers. As the show continues, Trip experiences a great deal of growth that comes from personal tragedy and painful mistakes, but also finds unexpected love in the most unlikely of people along the way. 

     Ensign Hoshi Sato: A brilliant linguist and prodigy who is personally asked by Captain Archer to join the crew of the Enterprise as the communications officer. Although unwilling at first, Hoshi agrees out of her respect for Archer and leaves her comfortable teaching job to venture into space. Sweet natured, but at times painfully shy, Hoshi has the hardest time trying to adjust to life on a starship. Oftentimes her personal fears blind her from her true strengths that are brought out in situations that she alone must get herself out of. 

     Lieutenant Malcom Reed: Enterprise's tactical officer who has an unashamed delight of explosives and a natural sense of duty no matter the situation. Practical, pragmatic and fiercely private, Malcom can come off as cold at first, but overtime he has a genuinely warm and friendly nature.  Which can make him a great partner in crime or someone you have no problem going through the trenches with. 

     Ensign Travis Mayweather: Travis is what people would call a 'boomer' or a child who was born and raised on space freighters. Most of his life, Travis has spent in space so it's only natural that he would be an exceptional pilot for Enterprise. Extremely charming and outgoing, Travis has an abounding love for the unknown and unexplored, but also harbors a sense of regret for leaving his family on the freighter that he grew up on. 

     Dr. Phlox: A Denobulan physician and the only other alien aboard the Enterprise, Phlox exhibits incredible medical knowledge as well as a positive personality. Fascinated by humans and their lifestyle, Phlox never misses on opportunity to better understand the human mind and personality. Much to the annoyance to some of the humans on board. 

Favorite recurring characters

     Ambassador Soval: A leader on the Vulcan High Command as well as T'Pol's mentor/father figure, Soval spends most of his time telling humans what they're doing wrong. However, even Vulcans can see the light at the end of the logic tunnel and unfortunately Soval's came almost at the cost of his own life. 

     General Thy'lek Shran: The enigma to top all Star Trek enigmas, General Shran of the Andorian Imperial Guard is as conniving and arrogant as he loyal and brave. Never one to be in somebody's debt, Shran is Archer's noble adversary who can never be underestimated or forgotten. 

     Porthos: Jonathan Archer's beloved beagle, best friend, buddy (and at times baby) who has his master wrapped around his little white paws. Archer becomes a complete sap when it comes to his darling Porthos and how can he not? With such precious brown eyes begging for cheese and cuddles? It's hard for anyone to resist such a pet.

      If you follow me on Instagram then you would already know that I absolutely love this show!!! It was funny, engaging, with incredible story arcs and wonderful well written characters. In the last couple of years people have been rediscovering Enterprise and coming to the conclusion that it really is some Star Trek gold. Being a prequel series as well, Enterprise was able to provide theories and answers for Trek lore such as  the smooth head Klingons from the Original series, the Augments and their creator, the rise of T'Pau and the new Vulcan order, Andoria and others that have left fans in questioning for years. 

     Despite its short run, Enterprise has become my favorite of the Star Trek series. Primarily for its characters and also because of its basic simplicity if its story and not having the need to be overtly scientific or techy. I laughed and I cried at the simple human (and non-human) life that became the full heart and soul of the show and I believe is what got missed in people's first reactions to it ten years before. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Simple Questions Tag

   Rachel at A Girl's Place tagged me for The Simple Questions Tag. Thank You!

1. How does your morning start?
     - Fairly early. I have a full time housekeeping/nannying job from 8-4 to a family that live 45 min. away. My sister and I are sharing a car right now, so I have to get up 15 min. earlier than I normally do. I wake up, get my lunch out from the fridge, brush my teeth, put in my contacts (I shower the night before), then I put on some eye makeup and make breakfast for my sister and I. We're usually out of the house by 6:45.

2. What's your favourite colour?
     - Yellow

3. What book are you reading right now?
     - Self-Raised, the sequel to Ishmael

4. What is your opinion about having a mobile phone?
     - I love mine! 

5. Your favourite actress? (Pick at least two)
     - Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock

6. What's your favourite movie right now?
     - Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. That movie was incredible! 

7. Snow or rain?
     - Rain

8. What's your favourite ice cream flavour?
     - Chocolate

9. To which country's have you been?
     - Unfortunately I've never been out of the U.S.

10. What are you doing mostly in the evening?
     -While I would love to say reading, since getting my new job almost a month ago it's been very difficult to do anything without falling asleep. I'm not a morning person and I'm used to staying up till after midnight and sleeping in till noon. So this new full time job has been a (no pun intended) real wake up call for me. Normally, I go the gym (usually on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays) then I get home, eat supper, shower, and try to watch tv, but I usually fall asleep for about two hours before I finally drag myself to bed. Not very exciting. 

11. How old are you?
     - 26

12. Which country's do you really want to visit?
     -Switzerland (my dad's family originated from there as far back as the 1400's) and India.

13. What's your dream career?
     - Librarian 

14. If you where casted in a movie, which character would you loved to play?
     - If we're talking about actual characters then I would love to play Queen Guinevere in an Arthurian drama, Anne Boleyn, or Marguerite St. Just from The Scarlet Pimpernel. If we're just talking about character types, then the loyal best friend, always. I could never play the heroine.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

What I need to live has been given to me by the earth. 
Why I need to live has been given to me by you. 
~Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Layout!

New layout for Valentine's Day featuring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert from ITV's Victoria. So far this show has been fantastic! I was somewhat bored with the whole relationship between Victoria and Melbourne and was relieved when Albert finally showed up! And they've renewed for a second season too!

Has anyone else seen Victoria?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

100 Years: Why I Voted

     Like most people on Blogger I don't talk about politics, but after the Women's March on Washington, D.C. yesterday I felt the need to write as to why I felt compelled to vote. As I have stated may times, I am a first wave feminist and that ideology hearkens back to the late 19th century to the early 20th when women sought equality in society. They wanted rights to an education, rights to work in environments where they would not be harassed or harmed by men, rights to their children, rights to voice their opinions, The early suffragette movement was a wonderful, but dangerous time. Women took their lives into their hands and oftentimes they died for their beliefs.

     Due to Margaret Sanger, there was the issue of women's rights to her body. However, Sanger was part of the highly liberal eugenics movement and her views were oftentimes seen as extreme toward the more conservative suffragettes.

     Nowadays, women have been able to obtain those rights that their predecessors once fought and died for. Their have full educations, prominent positions in the work place, rights to their children and so on. However, instead of feminism being a word the represents equality between men and women, it has become a byword for fierce, opinionated, liberal minded policies. Feminism is now defined by  women who can do whatever she wants to her body, show no respect for those in power, show no common decency toward those who disagree with them. Now feminism is a one sided, boxed in set of rules that you have to believe and agree with or you are not a true feminist.

     Women marched on Washington D.C. yesterday because they thought their rights were being violated. However, what Constitutional rights for women can he take away?? 

Can he take away our rights to vote? No. 
Can he take away our freedom of speech? No.
Can he repeal abortion? No. 
Can he deny women an education? No. 
Can he stop two women from marrying? No.
Can he keep women out of the work force? No.
Can he reverse a woman's rights to her children? No.

     100 years ago, woman did not have these rights. 100 years ago, women fought for these rights. 100 years ago, women were beaten for these rights. 100 years ago, women were jailed for these rights. 100 years ago, women lost their families for these rights. 100 years ago, women willingly gave their lives for these rights. 

     100 years later women march because they are angry at a few things that a presidential candidate said in his speeches and from a decade old scandal. Also, I'll guarantee that most of these woman who are marching didn't bother to vote in the first place. Quite frankly, if you didn't vote, you don't have a voice to complain.

     So, why did I vote? At the time I wasn't a fan of either Hilary or Trump; however, I felt that it was my duty to history to vote. To honor those who sacrificed everything just to be seen as equals. To honor women whose only desire was to stand alongside men and be seen as Americans. To remember that these woman were voting for men who didn't support their cause, but still felt that it was their Constitutional right as Americans and humans to do so. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ishmael (Lamplighter Books)

     If anyone has been to a homeschool convention (or been homeschooled in general) then you have possibly come across Lamplighter Books. They are rare books written between the 1600’s and the late 1800’s that all contain Christian themes (not to different from the “Elsie Dinsmore Series”). One of its most popular and most loved books is Ishmael.

     I had heard about the book at a Lamplighter Books booth at a homeschooling convention and picked it up. I started reading it…three years ago…and then stopped right in the middle. It was good, but I think I got focused on something else and just kept it in the “to read pile.” One of my New Year’s resolutions is to finish all the books that I’ve started and starting with “Ishmael.” I picked the book back up one afternoon and finished it that night! It was that good! I can’t believe that it took me so long to finish.

     Ishmael is based on the true story of a boy growing up in Maryland in the mid 19th century; and his journey from the lowest rung of society to becoming a renowned lawyer and respectable gentleman. Born unwanted and unloved in abject poverty, Ishmael’s mother died giving birth to him and he never knew his father. He had no one except his spinster aunt who hated him at birth but overtime grew to love him. Ishmael knew from a young age that he wanted to make something of himself and had enough will-power to do so; he does live in America after all.

Left: Steven R. McQueen as brave and noble Ishmael Worth
Middle: Jessica Brown Findlay as selfish and vain Claudia Merlin
Right: Lily James as sweet and generous Beatrice "Bee"Middleton

     At the age of seven he started to work and educated himself. While Ishmael had nothing, he did have the Bible and faith from an early age that was forever his moral compass. No trial was so difficult that he didn’t believe that God’s hand was somehow in it; forever guiding him and leading him onward and upward to a better life. By the time Ishmael is a teenager he has made a name for himself as a deeply moral person who will not stand by and let injustice prevail.

    While Ishmael may seem too good to be true at times, his imperfect human nature is most definitely brought out in the sordid love story between himself and Claudia Merlin who he is madly in love with, but she is incapable of loving him back. Meanwhile, Ishmael is completely oblivious to the secret affections of sweet Beatrice Middleton, who loves him dearly, but does not make herself a martyr for Ishmael’s unrequited feelings.

     Ishmael believes that his pursuit in life is a career in jurisprudence or becoming a lawyer. And he sets out to do just that. He eventually makes history as the first lawyer to defend a woman’s rights in court. A young mother is fighting to keep her children from her estranged husband who has financially ruined her three times. When she refuses to return to him, her husband threatens to take her children away as a means of coercion. Ishmael is asked to defend the husband; however, the young lawyer (use to seeing suffering and pain from the low of society) defends the lonely mother during a time where women had no rights at all.

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     I don’t want to give anything away (love story or trial), but I will say that Ishmael is a wonderful and profound story of an all-American boy who epitomizes the term ‘rags to riches.’ Yet, not with the stereotyped ideals of ‘follow your dreams’ or believe in yourself,’ but rather in the traditional faith he was raised in and following a God that was there for him when no one else was. And just to clarify, the story is neither overloaded with Christianity nor too preachy in any way at all. There is a good balance of everything that makes a good story and a worthwhile read.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow Day 2017

      2017 started off with a great snowfall! Virginia hasn't seen a heavy snow like this in a couple of years and it's wonderful. It's so beautiful and there is such a peacefulness right now; I love it!


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