What a Day to Restart A Blog

Well, I intended to blog regularly in 2020. Maybe I would not be successful at blogging every day but I was hoping to blog weekly at least. So I did blog. On January 5, 2020. And then, well, life happened and I never blogged again all year long. What happened was 2020. Travel, socializing and life as we all knew it came to a standstill. A sweeping global pandemic entered the picture and not only took so many people from us, but took away our sense of comfort, freedom to move about and live our lives as we wish, and normalcy of schedule, habits and traditions. The year took me away from my co-workers and office and relocated me and my work to my couch, my dining room table and my home office to carry out my clerical responsibilities. And I’m one of the lucky ones fortunate enough to get to continue doing my job, unlike so many out of work. For me personally, 2020 also meant the loss of someone really important to me, my dad, and its huge, life-changing impact on the lives of his wife and daughter ever since. I planned to blog yesterday in honor of the 1-year anniversary since my last blog. Then I decided to write a few paragraphs today. And now I sit with the TV on nearby showing Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol building and driving the members of both houses of Congress into the tunnels and cloakrooms nestled inside the building as they attempt to protect themselves from potential danger and violence. As of this writing, Maryland has sent state police in to finally assist an emaciated and overwhelmed Capitol police force. I find myself experiencing so many emotions – anger, distress, sadness, and awe at the audacity of protesters kicking in windows of the U.S. Capitol and storming through the hallways and into members’ offices. I will continue to watch the news as you probably are right now, but I wonder what will happen as evening approaches. Will they remain and hold the building hostage or will law and order be restored? What message is this sending out to other groups for taking action into their own hands? And how is this demonstration...

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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

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

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

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...

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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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