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Showing posts with label Movies Music and Books. Show all posts

17 December 2016

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016 (Reblog)

Happy to reblog and share this Featured Post from a fellow blogger, Davida Chazan, who is a "Go To" person if you're searching for good reads. Here is her suggested reading for 2016:

The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews: Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

Her reviews and other writings are so good I invited her to contribute to my group board on Pinterest: Freelance Writer. We crossed paths because we both contribute short posts to a site called "Daily Two Cents".  This site has a revenue-share plan for those who have a Google Ad Sense account and allows you to earn 100% of your commissions, if your post includes an affiliate referral link.  It's reasonable.  Don't you think?  This is the link to her DTC profile: drchazan aka Chocolate Lady.
(This is my DTC author profile, if you're interested: cmoneyspinner, if you're interested.)


Book lovers will probably appreciate her faves lists for previous years too!

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2015

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2014

Chocolate Lady's Favorite Books of 2013




I love her blog's tagline.  It reads:

  • Davida Chazan's Blog for mostly book reviews and literary musings (and maybe some chocolate). 

What a hook!  So of course I had to find something chocolate at her blog.  Found it!

The REAL Chocolate Wars


The REAL Chocolate Wars

It's all because of Ms. Brenner's writing style. Ms. Brenner brings even the very mundane into the world of extreme interest. She makes much out of the intrigue so that although it's really economics, it's still interesting. She works her way around marketing so that it's suddenly as moving as a love scene.

12 November 2016

Suspected Terrorists, Taking Liberties, and the “Present Distress” in America

These words were shared publicly by me, Jan 20, 2012 via my Google Plus profile. Deleted the share and am republishing it via my blog because we just went through the 2016 election and now have a new President Elect. This is not about Trump. It's about Obama (who will soon be history) and about a book. Publishing the content here as it may be relevant to the “present distress” in America.

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[Yes I know I'm quoting scripture but my statement is political. Read the entire post and you will clearly understand the application. I ain't preaching. I'M SCREAMING!!]




Acts 16: 37-38  ~ But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily?nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. …

Acts 25: 11-12  ~ For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council,answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.



* I’m not really a devoted fan of cable TV. But the remote control does make it very easy for me to fall asleep. The news channels in particular are excellent for insomnia. So I was flipping the channels and came across a program called The Young Turks. I paused for a few minutes to listen to the discussion with the ACLU representative who also wrote a book called Taking Liberties. Evidently Obama signed a bill that obliterates the liberty of every American citizen – those in the USA and those who are abroad. (That’s what I heard!)



* yadda yadda ... blah blah ... Something or other about citizens suspected as terrorists being arrested and detained indefinitely. Of course, to his credit, the current POTUS said he would never do that. (Uh huh. Well that’s comforting.)

* So here’s the situation: Whether or not the current President chooses to enforce NDAA (??? not sure about the alphabets), it can be enforced.


* UM … THAT’S CRAP!!!


* If you agree or disagree, you better take the liberty to say so. Because IF ENFORCED and you get arrested and detained indefinitely as a suspected terrorist, unlike the Apostle Paul, you probably won’t be able to appeal to anybody cause WON’T NOBODY KNOW WHERE YOU AT!!


For the record: I’m not a card-carrying member of the ACLU. That’s Bruce Willis.  (joking)


{The link is to the book Taking Liberties. In the interest of disclosure, I’m an Amazon Associate, so if you purchase the book via this link I earn income. But whether you buy the book or not, the NDAA IS STILL CRAP!!!}



Movies About Being an Indian Muslim in Post 9/11 America ~

Kurbaan (2009) / My Name Is Khan (2010) / New York (2009) |

“Foxes have Holes” ~

Syrian Refugees Go Home! (An Opinion Piece) - Daily Two Cents

How Crazy Horse Treated Refugees and Other Writings of White Feather ~

Bringing White Feather From the Mountain

More random thoughts plucked from my G+ post stream.



05 November 2016

Classic Literature: Francois-Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778) aka Voltaire

Francois-Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778), who later took the name of Voltaire, was once hailed as “the wittiest writer in an age of great wits”, and Candide (or Optimism) was considered “his wittiest novel”. The topic he chose to exercise his wit upon in this novel was the problem of human suffering.


Candide (or Optimism) was written in 1758. At that time, Voltaire was 64 years old. Most consider this his most important work — representative of The Enlightenment (1650-1800). The personal suffering he had endured in his own lifetime, and his study of history convinced him that there is no such thing as Divine Providence directing all human affairs.

Brief Bio of Voltaire and Intro to Candide - HUBPages.com

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Image credit: Mind power
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Interesting Link:
Long-lost letters reveal the young Voltaire | The Cotton Boll Conspiracy :  More than a dozen letters penned by French Enlightenment figure Voltaire nearly 300 years ago have been uncovered recently and are now being studied by a British professor …



21 October 2016

I Don't Wanna Fight ~ Tina Turner

I admire Tina Turner. She was a strong soul sista. There came a time in her life when she was a “turning point”. She is a role model to women who are in abusive relationships. She shows them what they need to do. Especially if children are involved. I liked this song because I can feel Tina's heart and soul in it when she sings it. Her heart was bleeding and she knew the best way was to just move on. She picked up the pieces and walked off!!




Image credit: The print of Tina Turner
© Photographer: Olgysha | Agency: Dreamstime.com


In my opinion, “All the Best – The Hits” and “Simply the Best” are her “best”! 



She is retired now and for your information, she performed her last concert in Austin, Texas, my current hometown.  I did not attend but according to those who did, she was Tina Turner all the way to the end!!  :)









Gifts for Music Lovers : Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

Gifts for Music Lovers: Duke Ellington Album: Far East Suite


05 October 2016

Are Secret Societies a Threat?

Did you hear?  Beyoncé and Jay-Z are members of the lluminati.

Uh huh. And this strikes fear in me because … ???  ... WHY?

Well at least now I get Ray Romano’s joke about the most powerful couple in America. :)  But Jay-Z and his lovely wife, Beyoncé (who should star in her own TV show as Wonder Woman or some other "Super Woman type". - You heard it here! I’m trying to get this idea circulating!) are probably laughing way harder than everybody else.

Read an article about so-called secret societies – Freemasons, Rosicrucian Order, Illuminati, etc.

Top 5 Secret Societies |Wizzley.com

This provides a wealth of material if anyone wants something to write about it. But to take these groups seriously? WHY?


  • Are they dangerous??


  • Because they have a secret??


  • Because they are secretive??


  • Because they might have also have a lot of money and possibly some influence on persons in high places and can change the course of the world??!!!! And you have no control over it?? 

Gimme a break! Who doesn’t have a secret?? 

Rich or poor. Between dreaming and having your own secrets, can’t nobody control you!! **** Hmmm … this is kind of an afterthought but … UM … Such type organizations could be a threat to the members. Everything being so hush hush - if a crime were committed, where would they go for justice? Maybe the Cosa Nostra probably holds court on the weekends. (O.o)



The Illuminati in Hollywood: Celebrities, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies in Pop Culture and the Entertainment Industry







(This my original content which was previously published at one of my other blogs which has been discontinued.)





11 July 2016

Films to Inspire You to Travel

Used to travel on official government business when I was a civil servant. Because my kids were young and my husband worked for himself, it was easy to arrange my work travel around the summer time when the kids were not in school.  Part of me misses the fun and excitement of seeing new places when traveling.


 
Another part of me is glad to stay at home, since many things have happened to not make traveling "safe" and there is an added layer of stress. 
 
Also, there are no funds allotted for travel in my budget.
But if you can't afford to travel, there are definitely other ways to satisfy your wanderlust or vacation dreams . Always looking for foreign film recommendations anyway. Found this list. It is a great list to satisfy both of my ardent desires. 




 
More links if you have a travel “itch” you need to “scratch”:


Content first appeared at Persona Paper, Jan 2016.

30 June 2016

Movies That Suck With Sequels

Question. Why is that the movies that you can most assuredly live the rest of your life without ever watching, have sequels??

Makes me wonder. How bad does a movie have to be before people realize it sucks??


What is that about?

Do they have to go like: “Eh! Just checking to see if it could have gotten worse! Yep! It was awful the first time. It's horrible now!!”

Can I name a few movies like this? How about one??

The Expendables


That so-called action movie with Sly Stallone and as many other old farts as can be gathered on one set!! Arnie Schwarznegger, Harrison Ford, and a host of others trying to recapture that magic back when they were in their heydey!

There's a 2 and a 3 for this movie? Are you kidding me??

The baileypop blog summed up these movies in one of their posts:


My excuse for watching is totally legit.  Two words.  Chuck Norris.  He's my hero!

Wouldn't matter if he were 105 years old.  If I get taken as a hostage.  Send Chuck!  If he's busy, I'll wait.


Can you name a few films you would put on the same list with "The Expendables"? :)



Republished content. First presented at Persona Paper, August 2015.


Image credit and Additional Info:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expendables_3



27 June 2016

Trivia and Interesting Tidbits About Members of the Fab Four

Fans love to latch on to info about The Beatles aka the Fab Four, no matter if it's current or old news.


The late John Lennon, original member of the Fab Four, known officially as The Beatles will always be a hot topic if you're discussing celebrity trivia , pop music history , etc. Linking back to an old post published a few months back sharing MY unofficial opinion of the unsuccessful musical career of Julian Lennon and connecting it to this link from The Guardian. Not that anybody in the Lennon family gives a hoot about my thoughts, observations or opinions. Not a hater, but the title of the article is a quote from Julian's step-brother Sean Lennon which perfectly summarizes the way I see him. LOL. 

Sean Lennon: ‘People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko’


People will always be curious about the lives of the offspring of music legends. You may not go looking for tidbits but when you see one, it's time for a conversation by the office water cooler. :)

Sean Lennon: 'People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko'


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015

The Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2015

We Live in a Digital World, Not a Yellow Submarine




Content republished from Persona Paper.

24 May 2016

Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011): Favorite Movies

So many of the glamorous stars from back in my day are no longer with us. If I'm being honest, I would have to say that I like many of these people only when they are performing in front of the camera. In their personal lives, these “ordinary people” are far from being bright stars. They “act like” they couldn't be truly happy to save their lives.

Elizabeth Taylor was one of those people. Watched a documentary of her life and film career. Would have given this program an A Plus (A+) if the narrator had not mentioned his 2 favorite Taylor movies. Beep! Wrong! Neither one of those films made my faves list. Had to give the program an A Minus (A-). (Apologies. Can't remember the name of the documentary program.)



The three (not two) motion pictures (along with Liz Taylor quotes), that made an impression on me were:

National Velvet (1944)
“ … by knowing the Pi can win and telling him so!”
“Oh mother! Were we the best that we could be?”

 
Giant (1956)
"Well, we Texans like a little bit of vinegar in our greens. It gives them flavor." {NOTE: This is what Jordan Benedict (played by Rock Hudson) said to his wife, Leslie Benedict (Elizabeth Taylor's character). But it's the line etched in my memory.}

 
Cleopatra (1963)
“How DARE you and the rest of your barbarians set fire to my library? Play conqueror all you want, Mighty Caesar! Rape, murder, pillage thousands, even millions of human beings! But neither you nor any other barbarian has the right to destroy one human thought!”

 
I was much more forgiving in my rating of top ten (10) lists published by The Hollywood Reporter (“Elizabeth Taylor's 10 Most Iconic Roles”) and Fandango (“Liz Taylor: 10 Memorable Movie Roles”).  Since both sites mentioned my 3 picks, they get an A Plus Plus (A++).  :)




Slide 5. + Fashion Icons of the Era ~ Noted icons of the 1950’s were: ~ Audrey Hepburn ~ Grace Kelly ~ Marilyn Monroe ~ Elizabeth Taylor




29 March 2016

Best Clint Eastwood Movie Scene Ever!

{The alternate title for this post could be: “When the Chimes End”.  :)  Hope you enjoy this post.  Please let me know. }


My kids don't get my fascination and admiration for Clint Eastwood . FACT: In his heyday, he was simply irresistible! Drawing upon my childhood memories once again ( an absolute must when you're a skeptic and don't trust everything you find on the Internet :) ) - who can forget “ Rollin, rollin, rollin ”, theme song for the TV show “Rawhide ” which was my introduction to a young actor named Clint Eastwood. 

 

Next thing that happened was a string of spaghetti westerns; films starring that tall lanky handsome man who made a fashion statement wearing a poncho. If they haven't done it already, it should be done. Clint Eastwood's poncho belongs in the Smithsonian. All Americans will agree, it's a national treasure. 
 

Then, there was a collection of Dirty Harry movies. Mr. Eastwood still had a cowboy-style even though he was playing a modern detective in the city. That was it for me and Clint. My affair with him ended and didn't bother to follow his acting career after that. 
 

No need. The most memorable scene ever played out in a movie about the wild wild west was already embedded in my mind so that I could hit the “instant recall button”, any time, any place. What scene was that? “ For a Few Dollars More ”. Colonel Mortimer and Indigo face off! It's time Indigo! You're going down down down! 
 

The outlaw Indigo holds a stolen watch in his hand that plays lovely chime music. The music starts playing. When the music ends, there will only be one left standing. 
 

Shhhh … The audience in the dark crowded movie theater is completely silent. All you can hear is the music. Everybody is waiting for the chimes to end. The last note of the chimes sound and then … bing … bing bong … bing bing … bing bong … What's that? It's the sound of more chime music. What? Who?? Where?? How?? 

 

The hero, Clint Eastwood, appears with another watch that plays the same exact chime music. The audience erupts into cheers. YAY!! YAY!! Whew! For a minute there we didn't know how the bad guy was going to get his comeuppance. 
 

Shhhh ... The audience gets quiet. Everybody's waiting for the chime music to end. AGAIN!! 
 

To this day, that final duel between Mortimer and Indigo never gets old! Especially the music!! Loyal fans will watch it over and over.

For a Few Dollars More - Final Duel (1965 HD)


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Content first published at PersonaPaper, April 13, 2015.

In Memory Of : Obituaries | New York Times





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05 March 2016

Peter Gabriel - Shock The Monkey

Yes it's Saturday and folks usually save their throwbacks for Thursday but wanted to share a YT video today.  Huge Peter Gabriel fan.  



"Cover me.  When I sleep. ..."





  • "Shock the Monkey" is part of the soundtrack for the film Project X.



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