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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 14, 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.    “A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”   —–  writer Jonathan Lockwood Huie   #wisewords (Art: “Brave” by Jiyoung Kim)    ...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 13, 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.   Here’s something fun to ponder: what if where my mind goes, your mind travels, too, and we could meet up and hang out for a while? Play a little gin rummy, share a root beer, talk some baseball.   Wouldn’t it be nice? #twitterverse #simplepleasures #mykindoftweeple     (art source, unknown)...

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Thursday Thoughts: Rediscovering the Joy of Carefree

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Blog, Thursday Thoughts | 0 comments

Thursday Thoughts: Rediscovering the Joy of Carefree

Yesterday, I was 15 again. Well, in my mind I was. When we place ourselves somewhere that brings back a flood of fun memories, it is easy totransport ourselves to another day, one when I had much more reliable knee joints. My husband and I went to the Replay Museum in Tarpon Springs yesterday. It is a retro arcade filled with one pinball machine after another and rows and rows of beloved video games, everything from Dragon’s Lair and X-Men to Pac-woman, Galaga and Robotron. I even spotted Rolling Thunder. After I got my pinball juices flowing for about 15 or 20 minutes, I reconnected with Frogger, reminisced with Qbert, worked it out with Sonya, Subzero and crew for a little Mortal Kombat and tried once again unsuccessfully to beat the winding roads of Out Run. The museum didn’t have Tetris though, I was a little surprised by that and disappointed but otherwise, I found the place amazing and the experience truly cathartic.   It was so much fun to be behind the pinball machine again. Since I was a little kid visiting Daytona Beach’s famous boardwalk with my folks, I have loved spending time in the arcade to play my two favorite games of all — pinball and Skee-Ball. While I did not get to partake in Skee-Ball, I must have played at least a dozen different pinball games during the two times we visited the museum during the afternoon, some old favorites and others that I had never seen before including pinballs revolving around some of my favorite films and TV shows including AVATAR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, LORD OF THE RINGS, STAR TREK and The Walking Dead.   I didn’t grow up with game systems in my house beyond a very cheap knock-off of a system that featured Pong-like games with either one white  rectangle for handball or two narrow rectangles across the screen for tennis. We’re talking state-of-the-art graphics, people. When I was in my late teens I dated and then married someone who was quite the game player (aah, yes the marriage that didn’t take, a.k.a. my practice husband). We had the latest and greatest Sega Genesis and Nintendo systems, and I had my own Ninetendo Game Boy. So I am familiar with some games from that era of the late 80s and early 90s that were on home systems but most of my time playing any games at all were at the arcade. In my early 20s after I just moved to Tampa, he and I would rush over to Malibu arcade when it was storming outside because they had their ‘rainy day’ promotion — double the tokens for every dollar spent. Once we arrived there, I spent most of my time on the pinballs or skee-ball unless there was a Tetris or Q-bert somewhere on the premises. And when I was working at my first ‘real’ job out of college, there was a putt putt golf next door that had a small arcade. They had a Tetris machine, and I’m fairly certain I helped wear out that thing. It wasn’t unusual for me to spend most of my lunch break over there. So arcades have a special place in my heart. The visit to the Replay Museum yesterday got me to reflect about other...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 11, 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.   Setting off for new places to explore, Staying in one spot is such a bore. Whenever you need something more, Pick up your feet and see what’s in store. #twitterverse                     (art source, unknown)    ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 10, 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.    “My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”   —– Claude Monet   #wisewords                     (art source, unknown)    ...

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Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 9, 2019

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Blog, Movie Mondays, Movie Views, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 9, 2019

Taking a few days off work this week, so the plan is to catch up on the DVR and see some films I’ve been meaning to see. This one has been on the list for a while now, and I’m glad I finally got a chance to check out a performance and film that all of the critics have been raving about. I’s my turn to weigh in on this now Golden Globe-nominated performance. So, as always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.   FILMS VIEWED WEEK OF 12/02/2019 – 12/08/2019  *click on photos to enlarge     108. Dolemite Is My Name Biography, Comedy, Drama (2019) Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph I knew when this film started that I’d be assessing a performance that everybody has been talking about – Eddie Murphy. Murphy stars as real life comedian and singer Rudy Ray Moore who created a character Dolemite and blazed his own independent film trail, something the film covers as Murphy in the lead role. We watch Moore set out to make movies with absolutely no experience or filmmaking knowledge whatsoever. So I knew there would be a lot of Murphy watching and evaluating ‘is he as good as everybody says he is in this film?’ Oh, and the short answer is ‘yes, very much so.’  What I did not expect was an ensemble film. This film has an amazing cast with a new surprise cameo popping up at every turn, and I won’t ruin them for you, but its core players are a group of talented comedians and writers who join Murphy as the crew that helps Moore carry out his mission in creating a new comedy presence in cinema. Key, Robinson, Epps and Burgess are terrific, and for me, Randolph kept stealing scene after scene. But one of the biggest highlights for me was Snipes in a comedic turn that took me by surprise. Without question though, this is Murphy’s vehicle. We are reminded why we’ve missed seeing him — on film, on TV, anywhere we can get him. He has always demonstrated that he’s more than a funny standup. He gives a layered performance, and on many occasion, it is not so much the words coming out of his mouth but a particular look he offers the camera. With every scene of bravado, there’s a sense of fear and vulnerability Murphy is able to capture and embed in his depiction. I was entertained by the film, but I was also very impressed by the performances. The film transports the filmgoer back to a very different time in the industry and in our culture, and visually, the team behind DOLEMITE does a great job in capturing that as well. I say this one is worth seeing and I wouldn’t be surprised if it earns more much-deserved praise at award shows to come.   Score: 88                          ...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 8, 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.   This story is why I get the @nytimes. For beautiful storytelling like this. If you read one thing today, please read this story for a love story unlike any other. Still brushing away tears. Sigh.    Click here for the New York Times story.   #twitterverse             (art from the New York Times story by Danna Singer)      ...

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From the Twitterverse

Posted by on Dec 7, 2019 in Blog | 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.   I must admit there is something strangely fierce and beautiful about a tree that bends but does not break under pressure. #twitterverse                 (art source, unknown)      ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

Posted by on Dec 6, 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.    “There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”   —– writer Aldous Huxley   #wisewords                   (art source, unknown)                ...

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Thursday Thoughts: New Year of Creativity

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in Blog, Thursday Thoughts | 0 comments

Thursday Thoughts: New Year of Creativity

Every year, I pick one or two art projects to do throughout the year as part of an ongoing creative path that I’ve chosen to take in my life for fun, and not so much for business reasons. I just like creating things and I guess there’s an inner artist in me that needs somewhere to express that creativity. Since I haven’t been writing a whole lot lately beyond my blogs, I find other ways through one or two projects I take on each year. These have become my unique creative outlet and others tell me they enjoy these projects, so it pleases me to know that my work might put a smile on someone’s face.   This year, I continued one art project that I’ve been doing now for several years, my #dailypics photo challenge where I must post one photo each day to represent some aspect of my day. Sometimes photos just happen like kismet, other times I might set one up because I am inspired by another artistic work but each day’s photo is based on a song title, movie, book, TV show or traditional work of visual art. Most of the time, because I’m driven by music, they represent song titles. Within each #dailypic are hashtags of the song lyrics or information related to the work of art selected.  I also had another artistic goal in 2019 and so far I’ve managed to keep up with it: posting something on my blog every single day of the year. Sometimes they are observations that were originally posted on Twitter (From the Twitterverse), goofy questions I might pose (Riddle Me This), famous quotes to inspire (Wise Words), and then other times, I actually write something and these special blogs focus on a theme (Thursday Thoughts) or weekly film reviews and ratings (Movie Mondays).   In past years, I’ve done other creative challenges like Five to Try, trying five new things in a month; Paragraph a Day, where I built a short story one paragraph at a time until I deemed it done; and others. But I like to put it out there each year to readers for any of their ideas and suggestions worth considering. I have an open mind so lay it on me — what creative project would you like to see me try for 2019, something maybe on a weekly basis for a monthly basis rather than daily. I haven’t decided if I will be continuing my two daily art projects for 2019 (#dailypics and daily blogging) because to be completely honest, they can be both tough and draining sometimes, and I never want these creative challenges to stop being fun or feel obligatory.   So do share! I welcome your ideas, and if you are an artist such as a photographer, writer or painter, and you might be suggesting a creative project you have done yourself, tell me a little bit about how it went for you. Just leave me a comment here on the blog or on the social media post where you first saw this link to this blog on Facebook or Twitter. I love hearing from you. In a few weeks, I will share with you what I have chosen to embark on in 2020 and you will be invited...

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