Sunday, September 18, 2016


Sentences don't always flow smoothly from my brain to my mouth
But all is well when putting words down on paper
I'd like to be comfortable socializing with others
But something makes me pull away
Is this learned behavior
Or was I born this way

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Recovery Road

Recovery Road is a new television series on abcfamily (soon to be called Freeform) based on the YA novel by Blake Nelson. After arriving at school with a high blood alcohol level, Maddie Graham (Jessica Sula) must spend ninety days at Springtime Meadows, a residential out-patient treatment facility. Thinking no phone and a curfew will be a problem, Maddie, who is in denial about her addiction, will learn that there are bigger challenges ahead.

I watched the first three episodes On Demand. I have seen all characters in present day and some in flashbacks, which made the show more interesting. I realize that Maddie is the main focus and I care about this character, but I'm hoping to be filled in on Trish Collins' (Kyla Pratt) backstory. I want to know all she's been through. She's perky and likable. I really want to see this girl accomplish the one important goal she talks about. Yes, I have found my favorite character.

The show is tackling serious issues. All of the residents of Springtime Meadows are dealing with more than alcohol and drug addiction. I plan on watching every episode to see how all of their lives turn out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Too Much Profanity In Some Young Adult Fiction

I like to read YA Fiction. Some of the stories have way too much profanity, even more these days than I've noticed before. So much that maybe there should be a rating on the cover. The F-Bomb. I don't like to hear it. I don't like to see it. It seems to me these authors are using this vulgar word and others as fillers. Or maybe they think profanity makes the story more believable? I know there are teens who use bad language, but how about this - don't include it, showing readers there is a better way of communicating.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Morning Thoughts

Why care so much about appearances
Inside is what matters most
She can't afford expensive clothes
But she has a heart of gold
Beautiful landscaping, house painted just right, a decorative knocker on a pretty red door
But there's lots of fussin' and fightin' in the place, nobody getting along, not one happy face
It's good to look our best,  not keeping things in such a mess
But why care too much about the outside
When what's inside needs to be fixed

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nick at Nite's Instant Mom Is A Good Family Comedy


Instant Mom is a family comedy starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Stephanie), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Maggie) and Michael Boatman (Charlie). The cast also includes three talented young people: Tylen Jacob Williams (James), Sydney Park (Gabby) and Damarr Calhoun (Aaron).

Stephanie is twenty-five. Her husband, Charlie, has been married before and he has three children. Stephanie knows very little about parenting, but she's doing her best to be a good stepmother. She's learning as she goes and when she doesn't get something quite right, her mother, Maggie, does not hesitate to lend a helping hand - if Stephanie wants to accept it or not.

I first heard about this sitcom while watching an episode of Tia and Tamera on The Style Network. Tia had decided not to return to BET's The Game. I could see it was a difficult choice for her to make and I felt for her. Not too long after, she received a call from her manager about this role. For a little while there it looked like Instant Mom wasn't going to happen for Tia, but she eventually got the good news. She was extremely happy, of course, and I was happy for her.

I usually add a pilot to my library because it's free ($2.99 isn't much to pay for a HD episode, but free is so much better:), but I paid for this one because I like Tia, and it's a nice family show. Tia is doing a good job as Stephanie, and Michael Boatman's performance is very good. It's a pleasure to watch Sheryl Lee Ralph (I like Maggie's humorous words of wisdom). I like Aaron (Damarr is a little cutie) and James (Tylen is as good an actor as his brother, Tyler, who played Chris in Chris Rock's sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris"). And Gabby (Sydney Park): I like that her presence is nothing like some other television shows; the ones with teens who show their parents no respect at all, the ones that make me say to the TV screen, "C'mon, now. Who's the adult and who's the child?"

Instant Mom entertains while putting important messages out there for the viewers. What happens between scenes reminds me of TBS's 2010 sitcom "Are We There Yet", so I was thinking it would be nice if something different, more original, was going on there. But that's a small thing. I like this show. I've watched this episode twice and I look forward to the remaining episodes of Season One

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day: A Holiday That Celebrates Love

I Love You - These words are spoken to spouses, sons, daughters, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends, best friends... Some use the word 'love' like they know what it means, but it's obvious by their actions that they have no clue.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is not always easy. Love is serious business. Love takes work.

I look at 1 Corinthians 13 and confess that I have stuff to work on - the 'keeping no record of wrongs', in particular. Especially when the wrong doing didn't just anger me, but hurt me to my heart. How about you?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Angel (2012) starring Della Reese, Tamera Mowry-Housely, Teri Polo and Kevin Sorbo

Olivia Mead and her classmates have been given an assignment to give oral reports about their impossible Christmas wish. Olivia's wish is for someone else, and she also wants to help other children's wishes come true. Is the run down house in the neighborhood a wishing house? Is it occupied by an angel who will grant these wishes?

I've been in the mood to watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music for a couple weeks now. I heard about this movie while watching Tia & Tamera's reality show on Style Network. I looked forward to seeing it for two reasons: It is a Christmas movie. And watching Tia & Tamera has shown me how hard Tamera has worked to be cast in a television show or movie. When she announced on her reality show that she got the part, I was very happy for her.

Christmas Angel cast: Teri Polo (Melinda Mead), Kevin Sorbo (Nathan Davis), Della Reese (Elsie), Tamera Mowry-Housley (Daphney Conroy), Jaiden Kaine (Jeb Conroy), Izabela Vidovic (Olivia Mead), Tyler Humphrey (Lucas Conroy), Lisa Arnold (Mrs. Bell), Rob Boltin (Mr. Brennan), Toby Nichols (Bully). It was nice to see Della Reese after so many years. And child actor Izabela Vidovic - this little lady is talented.

It seems most Christmas movies are about Santa and reindeer and elves and magical things. I'm okay with those; I like make believe. Wishes are granted in this movie, but not in any magical way (I'll leave it at that, don't want to tell too much). Christmas Angel is a film I really enjoyed more than most, because characters believed in God. It was nice to see praying at the dinner table and at bedtime and to hear Scripture quoted.

My favorite characters: Olivia (She was an intelligent little girl and she made me smile) and Elsie (Her story was interesting and she gave me things to think about).

My favorite line: Some things only God can do. Only God knows how to help.

Christmas Angel is a good family movie. Yes, there is one child bullying another; however, the way it was done I felt bad for the child being bullied, of course, but I also felt bad for the bully - the reason for his actions is clear. Also, there's a beautiful song playing during the closing credits - Mandisa is singing `Somebody's Angel'. I highly recommend this film!!