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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why Should You Watch WYNONNA EARP?



1.) I LIKE IT

Hey, you wouldn't be reading my blog if you didn't like the way I look at life and the way I write.

The series is witty, sassy, and fun.

And fun is in short supply these days.


2.) WYNONNA HAS YOUR KIND OF LUCK





What if you possessed the only gun that could kill the demons trying to kill you and your beloved kid sister ...

and you couldn't shoot straight?


Wynonna is the great-great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp, 

the lawman whose descendants are cursed to face all 77 of the outlaws he killed, returned from Hell, 

upon their 27th birthday.

And you thought your last birthday sucked!


3.) YOU WILL LAUGH OUT LOUD


All her life, Wynonna has been scorned and treated shabbily, 

so she has developed a wicked wit and false bravado to face the world of frowns.

Turn to any episode, 

and you will notice the crisp, funny dialogue by the laughter in the room ... yours.

Struggling with a local who turns out be a demon in disguise, Wynonna smirks, 

"You're dumb. You're ugly.  You sure we haven't dated?"


4.) THE SISTERS STEAL THE SHOW AND YOUR HEART





Though Wynonna's return to her hometown of Purgatory 

( think Firefly mixed with Supernatural )

strikes sparks from her kid sister, the two soon learn to lean on the strengths and love of the other.

And they are fun and funny together.



5.) THE SHOW PUTS THE CHOSEN ONE TROPE ON ITS EAR



Wynonna Earp, the only one who can use the gun to dispatch 77 demons out to kill two sisters 

and then go out to devour the rest of the world.

The Chosen One, right?

Ah, no.  

Wynonna is broken.  Think frisky, whiskey, risky.


Wynonna is played beautifully by Melanie Scrofano 

who is able to infuse the character with heart and pathos 

while still making her hilarious and a total badass.

It becomes quickly clear that the kid sister, Waverly, is better suited to save the day 

while being unable to use the gun.

The brains of the operation is Wynonna's little sister, Waverly, played to pixie perfection by

Dominique Provost-Chalkley

a whip-smart, firecracker of a woman who would really like it if you would stop underestimating her now.

She may be small but she be fierce, and while she may not be the Earp heir, it's her family curse too. 


6.) IT'S FROZEN MEETS BUFFY

 That's how the show's creator, Emily Andras, pitched it to the SYFY network.


 The overarching theme of the series is the relationship between the two sisters, 

one who happens to have a kind of magic power, 

as they learn rely on the strength of the other, coming together as a family.

 It has a distinct visual style, which is helped a lot by the fact 

that it is filmed in many real locations in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 


7.) RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ADULTS DONE REALISTICALLY

No phony love triangles between Wynonna, her boss, and Doc Holliday: 

A bruised woman drawn to two broken men who find themselves wanting to be better than they are.



Forever feeling misunderstood Waverly finds love where she least expects it in Officer Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell).


Don't cringe, guys, the two actresses do a wonderful job portraying this story-line in a way that feels authentic and nuanced.


 Wynonna Earp might be a supernatural Western with lots of action, but at it also has a big heart. 

This is down to Andras and her team of writers. 

They have managed to make characters who not only seem realistic, 

but who are also people that you really care about. 

This is especially true of the show’s female characters. 

Andras just understands how to write believable, well-rounded female characters.


8.) A SOUNDTRACK THAT ROCKS


Right from the opening credits you can already tell Wynonna Earp is going to rock. 

The show begins with a splashy credit sequence set to Jill Scott’s “Tell that Devil” 

which captures its girl-powered-supernatural-element-fighting nature. 

It’s a distinctly contemporary song that still manages to fit in with the overall Western feeling. 

The whole first season features an eclectic mix of new and old folk, rock, and indie music 

from familiar bands such as Civil Twilight and lesser-known singers like Jeen. 


AND LASTLY, I HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE HUMOR:



What are you waiting for?

The first season is on Netflix.  What?  You still staring at this screen and not your TV screen?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bridges_WEP post






I look about at the world.  It seems this Age's Day has slipped into Night.

And that Night is dark with more than the drowning of the sun into the horizon, 

the fires long out, and the reason why is the only doubt. 

I try to remember the boy I once was.  

Would he approve of the man I've become, 

the choices I made, what little I learned from the past? 

The past … where the road behind is clear but the bridge is closed … 

where you learned to dance, but now the music slows.


The road ahead is unclear, 

and the toll to the nearing bridge, born of our choices, some wise, most utterly unwise, 

may be more than we will be able to pay.

We are in blistering summer, but Autumn lies ahead for all of us ... and the world.

Yet, Autumn is my favorite time of year.

Still,  this may well be the last Autumn for so many of us.



Autumn's very air fills our noses and lungs with the tang and wrinkling of leaf bonfires, 

of ripened apples making the heavy branches hang their heads as if in mourning for ice storms to come. 

Can you hear the leathery flutter of pheasant wings, the still happy liquid singing of a meandering stream, and the sad lament of a sparrow facing hunger?  

The red and gold of Autumn murmurs of happier times as I tramped lonely hills and haunted forests.   

And a peace fills me.  

The peace which is the reward of completing the long gauntlet of summer.  

 The quiet dark that precedes the winter of the soul which lurks just around the next bend towards the next bridge.   

A time for binding recent wounds and old -- and forgetting them, along with the misfortunes that brought them. 

May the bridge that lies before each of you 
have a tolerable toll and 
lead to a future that blesses 
more than damns. 

 Tropical Storm Cindy flooded my car on the way home
yesterday evening.

No car.  No job.

So I guess you could say my bridge 
has washed out.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

DOES THE MEDIA KNOW NO SHAME?



From VARIETY to the BOSTON GLOBE to CNN

media outlets scrambled over one another yesterday, 

blaring the results of Carrie Fisher's autopsy report months after the actress' death ...

even though the family wanted some semblance of respect and courtesy paid to Carrie.

Did the world need to know this?

The poor woman is dead.  Let her rest in peace.

There is a game show host in the White House,

the senate is trying to kick 24 million people off healthcare 

and this is what makes the news? 





Then, there is Megyn Kelly giving air time to Alex Jones, a “conspiracy-spewing” radio host, 

whose claim that no children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary

is especially troubling since she hosts the Promise Champions Gala

an annual event for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation,

 a nonprofit gun violence prevention group founded 

by family members of some of the Sandy Hook shooting victims.

Giving air time to such a borderline personality only gives him legitimacy.

What was Megyn Kelly thinking?  

Of ratings, of course.



What recent media headlines have troubled you?


Saturday, June 17, 2017

How To Be A FATHER


 
Hobbes is still trying to come to grips 
with finding out 
about his furry brothers
 and fatherhood


1) LIONS

You may already know that a male lion that recently became head of his pride 

will usually kill all the cubs sired by the previous leader.

My own step-father tried to kill me twice jealous of the love my mother had for me so I can emphasize.

 Once the mama brings home her kill, the male lion is always the first one to eat.

 If it’s a rough hunting season, an alpha lion will let his wives and children starve first.




2) GRIZZLY BEARS 

Hibbs is not much happier finding out about Grizzly fathers!

It’s rare for any animal-kingdom father to eat his own young when he isn’t desperate for food, 

but the male grizzly bear will do just that. 

That means mama bears have to be extra good parents, 

not only making sure to feed their cubs and teach them how to survive on their own, 

but also ensuring their youngsters never happen to stray into their daddy’s bachelor pad.

My own mother tried her best with my biological father, 

but even so he tricked my babysitter into trusting me to him ...

And he abandoned me on the roughest street in Detroit.


STILL ...

It is not like they train boys how to be good fathers in high school.

And with so many absentee and abusing fathers in our culture, 

it is no wonder that young boys have a fragmented idea of what it means to be a father. 



SANDRA IS MY WIREMAN --


 Sandra's mantra to young girls is:

"Once you become a parent, the days of thinking just for yourself are over."


In Stephen King's DUMA KEY, the hero continually wrote:

Wireman always says ...   

Wireman's motto is ...   

Wireman laughs that ...

SPOILER ALERT! 

It is not until the end of King's novel that you find out that Wireman died before the hero recounts the adventure.

But Wireman became such an integral part of the hero's new life that his friend always stays in the present of the hero's thoughts.

So Sandra stays in the present of my thinking of life.



WHY DO I MENTION THAT?

Fathers, both good and bad, are like that, too.

They never fade in the past.  

Their words, their actions are like mental Muzac continually playing in their children's minds.

Fathers may wash their hands of their children either physically or emotionally ...

but those children never stop feeling the touch or lack of touch from those fathers.



THE ME GENERATION

Every generation seems to become more and more focused on the self, doesn't it?

Is it any wonder that the grown children of those parents do not know how to be responsible in their own parenting?



PETER PAN Males

How many men in your world are boy-men --

unwilling to accept discipline or restraint, forever in search of pleasure?

They rationalize finding sexual pleasure while denying the consequences of that sex.



SITUATIONAL ETHICS

Perhaps that is why so many choose not to believe in God, for that would predicate living life according to concrete rules. 

Yet, our God is what we worship in our deeds ...

and seeking consequence-free pleasure seems to be the new God of today.


MINI-ESSAYS

It is said that the Age of the Essay is over.  Not so.

Our blog posts are truly mini-essays.

Michel de Montaigne's essays are both personal and urbane.

He neither wanted nor expected people beyond his circle of friends to be too interested.

In his preface, he echoes our thoughts when we write our own posts:

 Reader, you have here an honest book … 

in writing it, I have proposed to myself no other than a domestic and private end.

 I have had no consideration at all either to your service or to my glory … 

Thus, reader, I myself am the matter of my book: 

there’s no reason that you should employ your leisure upon so frivolous and vain a subject. 

 Therefore farewell.


WHY DO I MENTION MONTAIGNE?

In writing about fathers, I am not judging anyone or proclaiming my thoughts are the gold standard of life.  :-)

I am merely reflecting in prose on my own views, born from my own life experiences much like the father of the essay.

The great and glorious masterpiece of any life is to have lived with purpose and love.


WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS 
ON FATHERS?