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Dressing Up

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When children are little, you remember this, they love to be someone

else. They may play “Daddy” by simply wearing his shoes, clumping

around in them, or put his old, discarded tie or scarf on. They may

play “Princess,” by wearing a crown and a ballerina ‘tutu’ skirt.

 

The best part about children’s dress up clothes is that they are able to

use their imagination. A white coat or vest becomes the wardrobe of

a ‘doctor’ or ‘nurse.’ A fringed vest makes them a cowboy or cowgirl.

The  way  children love to try on different  hats and  come up with

their own choice of profession is amusing. Sometimes, my kids or

grandkids are ‘proper ladies’ while they also can be rowdy clowns

in the very same hats. The aprons I have can transform them into

a ‘chef’ or a ‘butler.’

 

Taking off his shirt, my grandson, Micah feels he is ready to ‘wash

dishes.’  He cracked me up this weekend, by telling me his ‘other’

grandmother”Mimi,” paid him ten dollars for cleaning the toilet.

I told him I would pay him one dollar if he did the dishes after he

helped make pancakes. He followed this comment with a big grin

and said,

“That’s a real deal, isn’t it, for you?”

 

As I was watching the S.A.G. Awards, (Screen Actors’ Guild),  I was

picturing the times when I would get ‘gussied up’ in my childhood.

I also imagined those lovely dresses the women were wearing ‘on

loan’ for me to try on and play ‘dress up,’ once again.

 

 

The Red Carpet is always a fun place in my mind to be. Here are

some of the people who looked ravishing or handsome last night.

 

In the  male category, there are only a few who I noted any kind

of unusual or fancy tuxedos.

~The Men~

1. Matthew McConaughey wore a azure blue tux with black tie

and pants. He had a nice look about him, although I am not as

crazy about his beard. He may be getting ready for another film,

but his beard was scraggly. And not like the ‘5 o’clock shadow’

stubble, which famous actors seem to gravitate towards, maybe

to look ‘more masculine?’ Not sure why this style is so popular.

Matthew  was looking more healthy than last year, when he lost

a lot of weight to look like an AIDs victim in, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

 

2. The British Eddie Redmayne looked outstanding.  He was

wearing a traditional tuxedo, but his boyish good looks in such

contrast to the role he had portrayed for his award nomination,

Stephen Hawking. At the awards ceremony, his hair was nicely

styled combed back with a few strands coming forward.

(In the movie, “Theory of Everything”he wore his glasses off-kilter,

his hair not cut well, and of course, his posture was sometimes so

crooked, he looked like he might fall out of his wheelchair.)

*Eddie Redmayne WON the Best Male Actor in a Movie, 2015.

 

3. Michael Keaton, who wore his hair so closely shaved he

almost looked ‘bald.’ I am sure the military haircut was part of

his dressy attire. The tuxedo had a black velvet collar, which

matched his black velvet bow tie. He was very friendly with a

big smile, which made him more attractive in this event.

(He was nominated for his performance in “Birdman.”)

*The movie WON for Best Cast in a Movie.

This is the equivalent to “Best Picture of the Year.”

 

4. Kevin Costner looked handsome but his wife was his best

‘accessory.’ He also was wearing black sunglasses. She had

on a beautiful scarlet dress with half sleeves and her blonde

hair was flowing down her shoulders.

She said she loved his movie, “Black or White.” He told the

interviewer he felt one of his legal speeches in the movie

was reminiscent to the one in “Inherit the Wind.” If so, this

would be a great reason for his movie to be nominated next

year for the 2016 film awards.

 

I usually choose brightly dressed women, but there are a

couple of fabulous white dresses to note also.

~The Women~

1. Keira Knightley was simply gorgeous in her deep purple

dress, showing her ‘baby bump’ when the camera caught her

facing sideways. But the layers of the lacy, plum dress actually

hid her form when she was standing ‘straight on.’ as she

presented an award.

(Nominated for movie: “The Imitation Game.”)

 

2. Viola Davis was stunning in her beautiful white dress which

accented her shapely figure with a ‘throw back’ style of a halter

dress. She looked thinner in this dress than any other gowns I

have seen her in this season. She had a short, styled ‘fro, which is

the shortened way of saying she wore an ‘Afro.’  This hairstyle

went perfectly with the 70’s style of her dress.

*Viola Davis WON for the television drama,  “How to Get Away

with Murder.”

 

 

3. Felicity Jones wore a beautiful pastel pink dress that criss-

crossed across her shoulders. It looked like an Audrey Hepburn

styled dress, while her dark hair was pulled back and up. She

was lovely in this and she held herself well, very mature in her

appearance. (She played Stephen Hawking’s first wife and was

nominated for this role in “Theory of Everything.”)

 

4. Reese Witherspoon was wearing white with her hair slicked

back into a pony tail. The hair was okay but her dress was very

classic and elegant. She created a lovely ‘demure’ look with this

white dress. (She was nominated for her role in  “Wild,” which

she was almost the only character and in every scene.)

 

5. Uzo Aduba wore a brilliant yellow dress with some designs on

it which made her look very pretty. She is a medium sized woman

who can also look masculine, while wearing her ‘prison garb’ on

the show, “Orange is the New Black.”She looked radiant the whole

evening.

*Uzo Aduba WON for her Best Actress in Comedy Television Series.

She was exuberant.

 

6. Julianne Moore, with her auburn colored hair and her gorgeous

green dress looked like a young Irish lassie. Her emerald dress was

shimmery and almost like a mermaid in its appearance.

(The movie Julianne Moore was nominated for was in a recent post,

“Still Alice.”)

*Julianne Moore WON Best Actress in a Movie.

 

7. Julianna Margulies wore a blue dress which was beautiful and

she looked regal. Her choice of wearing her hair pulled back

accentuated the dress, but I prefer her thick hair down.  My

favorite time she appeared on an awards show this season was

when she was the one to give George Clooney his “Lifetime

Achievement Award,” which made me smile. Did you ever watch

those two as a couple when he was a doctor; she a nurse on “E.R?”

The award was given at the 2015 Golden Globes.

(Julianna Margulies has been nominated for her role in “The Good

Wife” and won before.)

 

8. One of my favorite funny women, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, wore

such a fabulous black, long-sleeved lacy dress. The sheerness of

the black lace and her long, curly hair style looked captivating.

I felt the black lace dress seemed ‘vintage’ and liked the way

it looked on her.

(Last year, she was nominated for her role in the late James

Gandolfini movie, “Enough Said.”)

 

During the television program of the SAG Awards, there was a

preview commercial for a movie with live actors and actresses

in a new version of, “Cinderella.” After watching all the fancy

dresses and tuxedos, I was wishing I could head on out to see

this upcoming movie.

 

I have always enjoyed both the Disney animated version of,

“Cinderella.” Along with the various movies which have done

a ‘take’ on the idea of a mean stepmother and two self-centered

stepsisters.

 

“Bippity boppity boo.”

See you in my dreams, pretty Cinderella!

 

 

 

Sleeping and Music

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When people say it is best not to go to bed angry, I can understand

their logic. There is a saying, often quoted, derived from the Bible,

“Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” I used to have a hard time

sleeping, while young,  if things were unsettled or unresolved in my life.

Recently, I read another way of looking at this,  a different perspective

being:  Why ‘battle it out’ while tired? Instead why not go to bed and

‘sleep on it?’

While we are sleeping, many neurons keep on firing in our brains.

Many people come up with book ideas, song lyrics or other creative

thoughts, along with going, “Ah ha!” and waking up refreshed and

having a whole different outlook on their life or problems. I know a

few people who have had a pad of paper and pen or pencil on their

bedside table, sometimes called a ‘night stand.’ The brain still practices

music, it is still active while we are still and deep in our REM mode of

sleeping. Instincts sometimes keep our mind alive, while we have a little

baby in our care, whether we are a parent, grandparent or babysitter.

Animals are on ‘guard,’ while we may be more sorting through our fears,

re-thinking and processing, our cautions may even become ‘fixed’ and

we may solve a way out of our danger, at hand.

While our bodies are slowing down, our metabolism also is slowing.

We have growth and cell repair sources released while we sleep.

Something scary that researchers are now filling us in on is that

those who are more likely to get Alzheimer’s and dementia are people

who have gone through most of their adult life, lacking sleep, this would

apply to nurses, doctors, air traffic comptrollers and others who have a

busy and hectic schedule, allowing less sleep and rest in their lives.

 

Some positives gathered from several sources gained from our deep and

tranquil sleep:

Mathematicians solve algorithms and problems while sleeping.

Scientists figure our solutions, structures and finish ‘their daily work,’ in

their sleep.

When we make mistakes, our mind rolls the process around in our head,

we are much more cautious, an example given, when we approach a slick

piece of ice on a road, after we have had an accident.

 

We may have our best songs that we sing and our best pieces of art,

while creative minds were finishing their projects, organizing and

composing.

Leading me into the next subject. . .

There is a musical milestone that we past last February: 100 years of

ASCAP.

Many songwriters don’t get the money from our downloading ‘free’

music. This organization was created in 1914, representing currently

over 1/2 million songwriters. It ensures the rights to make money while

others may sing their songs.

I have known two local groups who write their own music, who joined

ASCAP.  Team KNYCE (a trio of rappers with some blues and jazz

influences) and Morgan Treni, who wrote all of her own songs on her

Fall, 2014 release of her Essays album. A group that plays locally folk

songs, whose advice I sought about this subject, also all are members.

 

The American Society of Composers, Authors  and Publishers is a long-

standing organization who has famous members, including Irving Berlin.

This is a world wide organization and it is emphasized by mentors of

musicians to join this, to protect your music. When performers sing the

Irving Berlin song, “White Christmas,” his heirs will get checks. It protects

performers who sing their own songs. Although artists get royalties from

sales of albums, there was a time when famous musical composers would

die, virtually ‘penniless.’

 

Just for your interest, I found out the estimated sales of the song, “White

Christmas” make it the most sung and highest number of all time, as over

50 billion song copies sold , with the second most being Elton John’s,

“Candle in the Wind,” at 33 billion copies sold.

 

The President of ASCAP is the well-respected and likable Paul Williams.

I was amazed when I saw him speaking recently on television of all the

wonderful songs he wrote. I enjoy his sense of humor, along with in the

past, numerous guest starring parts on television shows. Here are just

a few examples of Paul Williams’ songs:

Three Dog Night sings his song, “Just An Old-Fashioned Love Song.”

The Carpenters sang his song, “Rainy Days and Mondays.”

The theme song for “Love Boat” still brings Paul Williams some royalty

checks, as it repeats and reruns on television.

 

ASCAP President Paul Williams (composer and singer) says it is very

frustrating how many sources on the Internet ‘try to steal music’ and not

allow the original artist or songwriter to get their ‘cut’ or ‘share of the pie.’

An example of how many songs are streaming was 7 million streams of

one Lady Antebellum song in a short period of time, losing quite a lot of

money for the group and composer, too. Taylor Swift was interviewed

about ASCAP, saying she was pulling her songs off of “Spotify.” Garth

Brooks and Billy Joel were also outspoken while being asked about this

landmark anniversary of the organization. They mentioned Pandora,

as another source which is a concern of theirs, allowing access to songs

without paying for them.

 

So, when you listen to “The Music in Me” (written by keyboardist Bias

Bochell, of the Kiki Dee Band), “New York State of Mind” (Billy Joel)

and Stevie Wonder’s “Dance to the Music,” you may not get these free

anymore.

There are some artists, musicians and composers standing up for their

rights, in the face of the internet. We will see if the songs that are pulled

off, will still reach the popularity level that others which are free and

available.

As fellow bloggers and writers, we must admire their integrity and

believe in their right to having their music kept original and protected.

 

Patricia Cornwell was a 1975 high school graduate. I graduated in 1974

which makes me feel like we could have been friends. My brother, Randy,

was a ’75 graduate so I hung out with a lot of his friends. She is an author

I deeply admire. I was interested in knowing how she reached her level

of writing and productivity. Her most recent book, “Flesh and Blood,”

was published in November, 2014.

 

I enjoy her murder mysteries that often dwell upon the forensics found in

the coroner’s office. Ms. Cornwell says her favorite book for years, one she

carried around everywhere, was titled, “The Inner Game of Tennis.” She

has been a tennis player yet never became a professional tennis player.

She suggests there is much to find in the book about life. She also slyly

mentioned in AARP magazine, that she may not play like a pro, but she

has through her writing and recognition been able to make friends with

Billie Jean King. Timothy Gallwey wrote this book Patricia admired and

studied.

 

Although she does not mention sleep and creativity, I imagine she would

say she discovered some of her best plot lines while sleeping. I contemplate

how rest can prepare you for reaching your own personal goals.

Patricia Cornwell on her personal motivation:

“After reading the book, “The Inner Game of Tennis,” I made it my ambition

to pay attention and not live a fear-driven life. When I sit down to write, I

remind myself to stay in the moment.”

 

J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan,” is often quoted:

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able

to do it.”

 

Sometimes, as in Peter Pan, it is fun to be child-like. In “Downton

Abbey,”

Elizabeth McGovern portrays the character, “Cora,” Countess of Grantham.

In her personal life, she may not be so serious, as exhibited by this quote:

“You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.”

 

Hmm. . .Or is this possibly a ‘slam’ on those who tend to act immature,

even as adults. . . up to your own interpretation.

Noteworthy Events

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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

upcoming event:

“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,

plus taxes.

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

James Corden.

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

places.

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,

too.

 

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?