Sunday Morning Poetry

I’ve watched this piece about six times in the last two days. The first time, I thought Urbana Poetry Slam Team member Jared Singer’s mike cut out but by the third or fourth verse I got what he was doing. An outstanding entry from the 2014 National Poetry Slam finals.

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Happy Mardis Gras!

The roads are really bad and I don’t trust me to fry anything so no fastnacht today. Jambalaya is definitely on the menu for dinner, though. What are you doing for Mardi Gras?

 

 

 

 

OT: RIP Philip Levine

Good night, Mr. Levine, and thank you.

Me + Richard Armitage

Great commentary on his career, here.

From “The Simple Truth,” In The Simple Truth, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1995.

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New (Really?) BOFTA Press Junket Interview

Posted at WHYY Philadelphia’s site yesterday. It’s a short but interesting piece with film critic Patrick Stoner. Here.

My Funny Unexpected Valentine

It’s gearing up to Valentine’s Day and that means a lot of different things, including swoony poetry read by a swoony dude. For my son this year it meant finding cards featuring a monster who is both funny and creepy but saving the truly creepy ones for his closest friends because, c’mon, if you can’t creep your friends out then what good are they (the cards, not the friends)? We looked for just the right cards a few times but none of the zombies or lenticular morphing dinosaurs was quite right. Last night it was down to the wire because his class Valentine party is today and he was sweating getting Avengers cards again. He’s grown up since last year’s fascination with superheroes, after all. Saving the planet is soooo second grade.

So last night we made one last trip to the store and he found The Ones. These ones.

Forgive my fingers and the glare

Forgive my fingers and the glare

Have I mentioned he’s also a fan of all things Hobbit? He’s particularly fond of this dude and all of these went to his closest classmates and his neighborhood BFF.

My son's hero.

My son’s hero.

I noticed that other particular ones went to particular people. His grandfather, for example is getting the Gandalf one while his oldest sister is getting the Bilbo one because she loves poor little Bilbo Hobbit dude.

Poor little Bilbo Hobbit dude, Thorin, and Old Fart Gandalf

Poor little Bilbo Hobbit dude, Thorin, and Old Fart Gandalf

Mommy, I’m sorry to report, did NOT get a Thorin Oakenshield Valentine. Those all went to girls in his class. I’ve apparently trained my son well.

 

SpReAd The Love children’s Book Challenge: Aaaand We’re Off!

Man you’re all quick on the draw…donors already! Thanks so much!

SpReAd The Love

We posted about the 2nd Children’s Book Challenge on Sunday and a couple of you fabulous people have already donated! Thanks so much for kicking us off to a great start!

If you’re just cruising in for the first time, let me fill you in on what we’re doing. If there’s a book you loved as a child or a children’s book you’ve read and loved as an adult, we invite you to write a review of it and then donate a copy to a school, a library, a children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald house, or a child in your own life. Pretty simple, right? If you’d like to write a review but don’t have a blog of your own we can arrange a host for you or if you’d prefer to just donate a book without a review just be sure to let us know so that we can count it toward…

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Laughing The Edge Off

Still stoned on the dopamitage from the lovely Valentine from the lovely dude and the lovely Audible? So am I. I think. I’m going to have to listen to the whole thing again to be REALLY certain, you know, for research purposes. Yep, research.

Anyway, over the weekend a funny thing happened on Twitter. Fellow fan @horseygal77’s husband noticed that the mahjong tile for Red Dragon

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is the same character on the mighty chest of late 70’s superhero Ralph…Hinkley? Hanley? There was a name change in there somewhere. Anyway, this guy.

Not so scary, right? Just me? Okay, then. More, uh, research. Yep, research.

WTF, Kanye?

I didn’t watch the Grammys last night because I was too busy swooning with everyone else over Richard Armitage reading Shakespeare but I kept an eye on the goings on via Twitter and Facebook. When reports started to roll in that Kayne West interrupted Beck’s acceptance of his Best Album award I figured it was a joke because Beyoncé was also a nominee in that category. Uh, not so much a joke, as it turned out. Click the link to see gifs of the whole mess go down over at The Verge. Prince was out of frame there but I’d like to think that he growled at West and scared him off the stage. Billboard helpfully posted this morning about exactly who Beck is, though it wasn’t nearly as funny as Erin La Rosa’s education of Katy Perry fans who were thrilled that she was helping out new artist Missy Elliot last week over at Buzzfeed. Don’t even get me started on the Kanye/Paul McCartney nonsense. Seriously, people, internet? Google? Google is your friend.

Okay, so the obvious cut here would be “Loser,” right? That would be snarky, though, and I am still way too swoony to be anything but mellow so instead we’re listening to “Where It’s At.” Because Beck is indeed.

Sunday Night Swoony Poetry

Did I say earlier that Sundays mean spoken word poetry for me? I think I did. Thanks, Universe (and Richard Armitage).

SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge: Dr. Seuss Is On The Loose Again

Psst…go check out what Obscura and I are up to this time. 🙂

SpReAd The Love

When Obscura and I were talking about what we’d like to do with SpReAd the Love this year the one challenge that we really wanted to keep was this one. Last year our participants donated twenty-seven books to libraries, schools, children’s hospitals, and to special children in their lives and hosted twenty-one posts on blogs all throughout Armitageworld. Can we outdo ourselves this year?

The challenge is this: if there’s a book you loved as a child or a children’s book you’ve read and loved as an adult, we invite you to write a review of it and then donate a copy to a school, a library, a children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald house, or a child in your own life. Pretty simple, right? If you’d like to write a review but don’t have a blog of your own we can arrange a host for you or if you’d prefer…

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