All sorts of fascinating things and events are published daily. The
regular news inundates us with lots of exciting entertainment news.
Hopefully, I don’t drive you too crazy with my posts about local,
national and international events. I have a few friends who are
amazed and wonder how they missed ‘this or that’ on their own
news. For this reason alone, I feel I am the troubadour of events
and hope you enjoy this wide variety presented here today.
This first event is ‘right up my alley’ and if life were different; less
busy, I would take time off to go to Oberlin, Ohio on December 13,
2014. You know I am a woman who loves murder, mayhem and
fun adventures. I dabble in mystery stories, along with being a bit
nostalgic for the days when detective stories on television were so
prolific. If you will, picture me in my ‘element,’ at this pleasurable
“Holiday Murder Mystery” on next Saturday. The cost is not causing
me to take up this trip and bring my noggin along to solve what may
be the most exciting, imaginary ‘case’ around.
Listen to the arrangements and accoutrements:
~Superior overnight accommodations.
~Lavish Buffet featuring Prime Rib and Chicken Piccata.
~Fun-filled Jovialities Murder Mystery.
~Cash bar available.
~Casual Holiday Attire Suggested.
All of the above for $79.00 based on double room occupancy,
This is all annually held at the Oberlin Inn, 7 N. Main Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44007. Last year, I almost found a roommate to attend
this occasion. I am not against arriving on my own, really I am not .
Just taking the time during this wonderful month of December is not
going to happen.
On this very day, for example, I travel to a halfway point, heading the
opposite direction to Columbus to meet my girlfriend I met in 1980,
yes, this is my dear friend, Nancy. We meet at a breakfast restaurant
and chat, eat and get our holiday spirits livened up with memories and
catching up required. We exchange gifts and feel this really is always
our ‘true beginning of the holidays.’ We have laughed and spoken of the
day we may not be able to travel the 45 minutes’ drive, due to aging and
possible impairments, visual or physical. We have decided it may just
be worth it to hire a driver, con a relative or get a taxi. It is almost as
strong a desire as a loved one in the song who would go over mountains
and oceans to get to their lover. Only for us, it is friendship that is our
motivating factor. We do this every 6 months, since we have seen a few
special people pass on and don’t want to be so distant that we are not
in touch with each other after life-changing events (loss of her Mom
and Dad, my losing my own Dad… her nephew’s illness that still is a
big concern for her family.)
Here is something ‘new to me’ so, hope it will bring you news on
an upcoming “British Invasion.” I hope those who are British will
give us some more special details and their opinions on the newest
addition to our “Late, Late Night” show here in the U.S. The man
who is quite a popular guy on television in the U.K. had joined the
cast, playing the Leading Male Role in the movie, “Into the Woods.”
He is leading the upcoming movie’s cast as the “everyman baker”
character. He has more scenes than Johnny Depp. This man is named
He was talking recently on the CBS Sunday morning show, about his
role in a television show, “Gavin and Stacey.” It sounds hilarious!
What has he done to lead him to this career precipice?
He was part of the “History Boys” at Music Box Theatre in London.
Played Craig Owens in a few character visits on “Dr. Who”
Enjoyed making fun of himself in commercials with David Beckham.
(James is built like Seth Rogen and has a great sense of humor, too.)
He won a Tony Award for his performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
He will be replacing Craig Ferguson in the late hours of television,
for which he says he will be ‘stimulated’ by this daily situation. He is
36 years old, telling interviewers that he has been interested in theater
and acting since he was young. The London show business scene will
be replaced with the New York scene. He feels excited to start this new
chapter in his life and I must tell you this:
This man is one who is excited to have his childhood dreams come true.
Interesting, since James wishes us to venture “Into the Woods,” where
we are not sure if there will be a happy ending.
I am proud to be one of the first to introduce you to James Corden.
His self-proclaimed ‘odd ball’ humor and warm personality will win you
over and you will embrace this rising star, if you have not already done so.
Someone who made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 inductees,
Cat Stevens, who from 1976 until 2003 had not performed in front of any
audiences, will be gracing stages in the United States. His own son brought
a guitar into his home in 2003 and this led Yusuf Islam to begin playing
again. Yusuf had been living happily following the
Q’uran and trying to lead a godly life.
I was surprised that he had not played an instrument for that many years,
sometimes singing at home but feeling the pressure that comes with a new
faith that discourages open expressions of feelings and music. Why come
out of his shell and peaceful life now? He believes simply put, “It is time.”
He has an amazing voice despite all the years passing, he has a quiet
nature but he is not entirely serious and showed a sense of humor in a
recent interview. While re-telling his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
speech, accepting his induction, he said (paraphrased):
“I am probably the only one in all the years of musicians receiving
this honor to be able to say this:
I don’t drink.
I don’t smoke,
I don’t do drugs and
I only sleep with one person: my wife!”
Cat Stevens was open to tell about the unfortunate experiences he
had faced when he chose to become a Muslim. He was banned for
over ten years (since 9/11) from coming to America, with the fear of his
being a terrorist.
I imagine this and I cringe. I am ashamed. The man of Peace had been
on a “Watch List.” Cat Stevens, (Yusuf). who wrote and sang of love, being
the one who spoke of a “Peace Train” had not been able to travel to other
I was surprised that my memory did not hold all 9 of his albums that
became Gold due to their popularity and sales. I always liked, “Morning
has Broken” and “Moonshadow.” Triple platinum albums were called,
“Tea for the Tillerman’ and ‘Teaser and the Firecat.” My all time
favorite sad song, which usually was played often in the 70’s was
a “break up” song, “The First Cut is the Deepest.”
Now, since I feel that we are out of time… definitely having taken a
chunk of your time today, I will send you a few upcoming dates
and events with wishes for you to have a fantastic week:
Monday, Kate and Prince William will be here in the U.S., watching
the Cleveland Cavaliers playing the Brooklyn Nets, in basketball. I shall
hope the Cavs win! (We did, yay!)
The Royal couple looked wonderful upon arrival in New York City.
I enjoyed seeing Kate with the children at an inner city preschool,
helping to make arts and crafts with them, she spoke in such a sweetly
sounding voice. I was pleased to see Prince William in his dressy
clothes at an official meeting with President Obama, with journalists
looking and listening to their conversation. They shared a few laughs,
Wednesday, there will be an announcement for Person of the Year
award. Last year, (hard to ‘top’ this fine example) was Pope Francis.
Thursday celebrates Five Years since Angry Birds (App and Game)
descended upon us. There is an excellent example of time being
spent on something rather frivolous: 200 million minutes DAILY
on Angry Birds. My grandson, (the rebel who was given a “B & E”
warning ticket at age 7) likes the image and has it on a shirt, back
pack and a round stuffed Angry Bird on his bed.
What’s new in your corner of the world?