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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.     This is a year we can all do better, whatever that looks like to us.   I’m committed to the pursuit of happiness and believe we define and redefine that over a lifetime.   Those who want to hop on the train with me have a seat saved. Not interested? That’s fine, too.   #twitterverse (go on… click on the pic…)      ...

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Haiku for You — January 1, 2020

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Blog, Haiku for You, Micropoetry | 0 comments

Haiku for You — January 1, 2020

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry, Thoughts from the Twitterverse including Haiku for You. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.     Arrayed in new threads, One year arrives as one flees. What will we learn next?   #twitterverse #haikuforyou #HappyNewYears Day...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.     Wishing everyone a beautiful new year of unexpected opportunities and second chances, love and friendship, forgiveness and kindness, and plenty of new discoveries in books, music, film and other arts.   Catch ya on the flip side.   #twitterverse     (image source, unknown)      ...

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Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 30, 2019

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Blog, Movie Mondays, Movie Views, Pop Culture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 30, 2019

This week wraps up this year’s movie viewing for me and with it, the end of my #MovieMondays feature here on the blog, so it was important to me that I went out with a bang. To do this, I picked two movies that have received quite a bit of discussion and high praise released via Netflix yet also appearing in movie theaters in order to qualify for the award season. Will one or both of these films live up to the hype? You will have to read this blog to find out. My movie review blog days are far from over. I’m simply not declaring a particular day movie review day and will not be doing full reviews of everything I see, only the ones I choose to talk in great detail about, but I’ll be sharing my movie ratings for other films seen throughout the year. As always thanks for reading this week and every week, all year long. ~ Chris K.   FILMS VIEWED WEEK OF 12/23/2019 – 12/29/2019  *click on photos to enlarge     111. The Irishman Biography, Crime, Drama (2019) Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci   I will admit from the start that I am not a die-hard Martin Scorsese fan. I do happen to love a few of his films, in particular THE DEPARTED (2006) and GOODFELLAS (1990). However, I find some of his most acclaimed early work overrated, especially TAXI DRIVER (1976) and although I appreciate the acting and the cinematography of RAGING BULL (1980), I find it taxing to sit through. But I have found as Scorsese got older, I appreciated his choices and growing confidence as a director.     So that brings me to his latest effort which has a running time of 209 minutes. I won’t lie, that fact did scare me. But just like an extra-long book, if the material is compelling, I’m not that easily scared, not if the work or the artist behind the work has a good track record or there is an incredible cast of actors to watch and enjoy.     So why did this film underwhelm me so much? I keep asking myself that this morning. I think my biggest complaint about the Irishman is I felt like I had seen this tale before. It was called THE GODFATHER (1972) directed by Francis Ford Coppola and the storytelling was far more interesting and much tighter in its delivery. This film has a very slow pace with a multitude of characters introduced to us in a way that honestly seems confusing compared to other similar films like Scorsese’s own GOODFELLAS but who makes each character stand apart from the next.     Conversations are loooooong and rambling, and by the midpoint of the film, I began to wonder if the film would surprise me in any way. The fact is it didn’t. Not really. Acting was good, but frankly some of the performers seemed like they were sleepwalking through it themselves, like they too felt they had done this before.     I’m sad to say this isn’t on my best list. It’s not on my worst list either, but it’s disappointing to me.   Score: 79     112. Marriage Story Drama, Comedy, Romance (2019) Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.     We can dwell on all we didn’t accomplish this year or we can look forward to a new year where everything is still possible.   I like the latter option. You? :)) x   #twitterverse   (art source, unknown)        ...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 28, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.     We are not a by-product of our relationships but a quilt made with fabric from all of the people who have woven themselves into our life.   Trying to unwind the past out may be impossible but the good news: our present and future are always works in progress.     #twitterverse       (art source, Lisa Call)    ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 27, 2019 in Blog, Wise Words | 0 comments

Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

  Sometimes, we struggle to find the answers in ourselves so we turn to other sources of wisdom, like the words of another writer, philosopher or artist of a different medium. If we’re having a tough time, we might turn to an inspiring, positive force for words to keep chugging along. If we are trying to understand something that seems incomprehensible, they might offer a bit of clarity. I hope these words make you stop and think a moment and carve out more meaning in your day, too. As always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.     “If somebody hurts you, it’s okay to cry a river. Just remember to build a bridge and get over it.”   — singer-songwriter Taylor Swift   #wisewords     (photo source, unknown)    ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Ready-Set-Get Creative!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2019 in Blog, Fifty to Try, Thursday Thoughts | 0 comments

Thursday Thoughts: Ready-Set-Get Creative!

  This is my last Thursday thoughts blog of 2019, so I thought I would use it to share my creative projects for the new year. I recently blogged that every year for well over a decade now I have selected a few annual creative adventures to embark upon and was seeking ideas for the new year. Some of these daily projects have stayed with me for many years, such as my #dailypics photo-a-day challenge that runs on my Instagram page. I believe I first tried this personal creative challenge back in 2010 and then took a break for a few years. This next year’s #dailypics theme will be much looser than the 2019 #artinspired theme which could be really tough to satisfy at times. Since one of this year’s key words to represent the year will be “carefree,” I’m going to make sure my self-imposed creative assignments capture some of that carefree nature by being less rigid and more open to interpretation. Look for my first 2020 #dailypics post next Wednesday, January 1!   This year, I proved that I put myself to the test, I can squeeze in some kind of post on my blog every single day of the year, so as long as I make it through next Tuesday, I will have finally achieved this for the first time ever. Sigh. Cool. I don’t believe I’m going to put myself through that kind of pressure next year. I hope to continue blogging a lot but I won’t be doing regular features like #MovieMondays and #ThursdayThoughts. Instead, again embracing the looser carefree approach, I am going to blog about movies I feel deserve a blog about them because they are oh so good or oh so disappointing — whenever I feel like you must know about it, you’ll see a #MovieViews blog entry in the new year but nope, not every Monday. And I will continue to blog about topics that I feel like addressing but on any day of the week, not just Thursday, so you might see a #TuesdayThoughts or #FridayThoughts blog entry come through, not any particular set schedule though.   I believe that whenever you embark on something creative, it should continue to be fun and encourage self-expression but not cause added stress due to a hectic schedule or feel like a chore. So far, the only thing I’ve actually revealed that is definite is that not much is going to be definite or scheduled in the new year except a much looser-themed version of #dailypics. What the hell am I doing with this blog in 2020 after all, huh? Lol   Well, next year I have a milestone birthday. I turn the Big 5-0. Because of that I decided that for my birthday year, I am going to expand a previously tried concept “Five to Try” that I introduced many years ago. Five to Try was a creative challenge that I tackled each month: my mission was always the same, to try five new things that month. It didn’t have to be anything complex. It could mean a new restaurant, a new TV show, a new place to visit, a new dish, or recipe that I had not made before. One month it meant new cocktails that I have never tried,...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 25, 2019 in Blog, From the Twitterverse | 0 comments

From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.     Her heart ached for simpler times when holidays were less about overdoing gifts and more about laughing and engaging.   The realization that this holiday was in her grasp and she could guide it as she desired gave her pause and the biggest of smiles.     #twitterverse #happyholidays     (photo by C. Kuhn)              ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 24, 2019 in Blog, Wise Words | 0 comments

Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

  Sometimes, we struggle to find the answers in ourselves so we turn to other sources of wisdom, like the words of another writer, philosopher or artist of a different medium. If we’re having a tough time, we might turn to an inspiring, positive force for words to keep chugging along. If we are trying to understand something that seems incomprehensible, they might offer a bit of clarity. I hope these words make you stop and think a moment and carve out more meaning in your day, too. As always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.     “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”   — Oscar Wilde   #wisewords   (photo source, unknown)              ...

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