Category Archives: Charles Dickens



Not sure the Grimm brothers would wish to be considered descendants from an

“elite line of criminal profilers” known as simply, “Grimms.” The character, Nick

Burkhardt, is very popular in the television show with that name. It is a combination

of mystery, suspense, horror and fantasy. I have watched this from its premiere, with

bated breath waiting for the next episode to begin. Nick’s character partner is named,

Hank Griffins, who is part of knowing Nick’s ancient history. The story revolves with

ancestry references and a fictionalized heritage besides. Hank is a good and trust-worthy

partner. This history allows him to ‘see’ and ‘fight’ by engaging in battle with all sorts of

strange creatures. The fantasy television series first appeared three days before the

holiday, Halloween, in 2011.

The other side characters in “Grimm” include a woman, Fuchsbau Rosalee, who is

able to use pharmaceuticals, including herbs and natural ingredients needed to be

‘antidotes’ and ‘potions.’ She is the “Fox,” among the characters. The Wolf,” is also

once the ‘big, bad wolf,’ but has learned to control his transformations, unless he

is angered, his character’s name is Monroe.

A very popular episode with my fellow coworkers at my warehouse is one that engages

the character of the Filipino fairy tales, the terrifying, ‘aswang.’ Felda, Mary Jane and

their families gathered to watch this “Grimm’s” episode that aired on March 7, 2014.

It came up again in conversation, with the new Fall Season starting soon. Next Friday,

another “Grimm” show will be presented. The March scary Filipino fairy tale involved

a popular character played by a Clevelander, a Padua Franciscan High School graduate.

In the television series, his name is Sergeant Wu. As Sgt. Wu, his character was an integral

part of the way the case against the “aswang” was solved. In real life, Cleveland born Reggie

Lee, could have headed off to Harvard. His parents, who were from the Philippines, would

have been so ‘proud of him.’ He chose instead to dabble in the dramatic art of acting,

at the Cleveland, Ohio Greenbrier Theater and Cleveland Play House.


Make sure you check out “Grimm” for fulfilling your need for fantasy crime scenes!


There is a rather new “fractured fairy tale” written by a woman named Helen Oyeyemi,

who has written a re-telling of the traditional, “Snow White.” Her book titled,  “Boy,

Snow, Bird” is her newest book. This is a tale with the main character being a bi-racial

eight year old girl and her ‘badly behaving’ secret friend.  Ms. Oyeyemi’s history of

wondrous books includes her first book published called, “The Icarus Girl.”  This tale

wove African and Western cultures together in an international mythology.  Her second

one was called, The Opposite House.” Her third book, “White is for Witching,” sounded

intriguing, too.  While on the cover of her “Boy, Snow, Bird” book there includes “Mr. Fox”

as her most recently published before this one. If you wish to hear why the secret friend

of the 8 year is old is ‘wicked,’ you may check this out.  The playfulness of the book, is

shown in the mother being called mistakenly, “Boy.” While her daughter is called, “Bird.”

The rat-catcher, involved in the plot, adding comic relief. It is published by the Riverhead

Publishing Co. Its bright lime-green colored cover, captures your eyes like ‘eye-candy.’

It has a rose-covered vine winding around the title. . . like a sinister snake.


This is not a fantasy, but it is certainly inspiring to watch. Check out YouTube for a

community of Amish people constructing a barn. I always think of that fantastic

mystery, police story and cultural movie, “Witness,” when it comes to the artistic

‘barn-raising’ scene filmed in this Harrison Ford movie. The way it is constructed in

such a beautiful, poetic and fluid way is just goosebump raising for me. So far, there

have been over 2 million ‘hits’ of watching this Raising of an Amish Barn.


Here is a quotation that wraps up this post that is about the television series,

“Grimm,” some creatively constructed fairy tales by Helen Oyeyemi and

the Amish community spirited barn-raising:


Charles Dickens’ quotation:

“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this:

that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a

thing created is loved before it exists.”

Sunday’s Love and Blessings


Tomorrow, Sunday, will be a rather busy morning and

I may not get to the library. This is a short but

hopefully, sweet and inspiring message that includes

some uplifting quotes. Hope this leaves you feeling

a lift in your step and light-hearted in your soul.

Don’t let the Winter Blues get to you and hope the

Groundhog DOES NOT see his shadow!

Smiles sent your way!


“We’re all a little weird… life is a little weird.

When we find someone whose weirdness is compatible

with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually

satisfying weirdness- and call it love- true love!”

Written by Robert Fulghum, author of “True Love” and

that famous book, “All I Needed to Know, I Learned in



“Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your

neighbor; act as if you do. As soon as we do this,

we find out one of the great secrets. When you are

behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently

come to love him/her.”

Written by C.S. Lewis, the author of “Mere Christianity,”

and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”


“Let us have faith that right makes might,

and in that faith let us to the end, dare to

do our duty as we understand it.”

Written by February 12th “Birthday Boy:”

Abraham Lincoln

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

Written by Charles Dickens

“Love is that condition in which the happiness

of another person is essential to your own.”

Written by Robert Heinlein who writes Science Fiction

books, including “Stranger in a Strange Land.”


“In a ship’s engine room, it’s impossible to look into the

great boiler and see how much water remains. But running

up beside it is a tiny glass tube that serves as a gauge.

As the water stands in the little tube, so it stands in

the great boiler. When the tube is half full, the boiler

is half full; when the tube is empty the boiler is empty.

Look at the gauge: Your love for other people is the

measure of your love for… a Higher Spirit…” This is

going beyond more than yourself.

(Author Unknown)

May I add?

“Get on Board the Love Boat

and Go Beyond Your Own Self!”