Origin/Dan Brown/Book Review


632 Pages of pure enjoyment!

After you read it:      1. You’ll be sorry the book has ended but glad to get to the                                             ending.

2. You’ll want to take a trip to Spain to see all of the wonderful

places described in this action packed journey.

3. You’ll hope the movie comes out early next year.

4. You’ll rethink your ideas about “‘where we came from                                          and where we are going!?”

                                      5. You’ll rethink your beliefs about AI (artificial intelligence)

                                      6. You’ll either be very optimistic OR really sad OR scared OR                                             confused! OR all of the above.

BUT,  you’ll be glad you read it and have a lot of interesting conversation material all saved up for your next party or social excursion!!!!!!

“Human intellect has always evolved by rejecting outdated information in favor of new truths. This is how the species has evolved.” Quote from the book, Origin by Dan Brown.

After thought!:

When the movie is made I hope Tom Hanks and other well know actors will step aside and give some newcomers a chance to find their places in the movie business. Once you have proven yourself at the top of your “game” why have to keep on having to do the same thing over and over and over?! (hello out there congress men and women). You’ve made your mark! Move over!





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WOW! What a word! Everybody uses it ………….from clothes, houses, volunteering, circle of friends to yards, circles of influences and the list goes on! BUT,

Which type of “downsizing” affects YOU!?  When are YOU supposed to do it? AND HOW?!!                  So we are now down to the WHEN and the HOW“?


1. Death and dying: If you are lucky enough to know if and when it might be a good time to do it before.

2. Sometimes “downsizing to ZERO” in some things is not a good idea!” Not clothes  Or Food!

3. Life in general is OVER Crowded……………good time to go “Uncrowded”!

4. Depressed? Clean out and make room for NEW!

HOW? Let me count the ways! The main thing to decide is the WHAT! A lesson learned from The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People/Stephen Covey is to make a list of your MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND THINGS! IN ORDER! When you know who your most important people and what things in your life are, it becomes simple.







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The NEXT “Facebook” !?

I’m ready for what comes after THIS Facebook! This year it has “lost its flavor on the bedpost overnight”!

The kids and grand kids have left for Instagram and  Snapchat! Where else have they gone?! Every time I think we’ve caught up with them, they run to something somewhere else!

Somewhere “out there” some brilliant young mind is developing the “NEXT” everything! If you find out what it is and where I can find it! PLEASE LET me know!

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TV Reviews/Update Late Summer

In this vast wasteland of Summer TV…….amid the reruns of reruns of reruns a few of the newer shows have stood out with a possibility of becoming regulars with season renewals as rewards.

As my readers know I tend to go for “Happy”! We get bombarded with enough negativity from morning til-night in the newspapers, newscasts, even the weather reports……………….what town is burning down right next to the town where 8 people were shot for no particular reason predicting morning and afternoon tornadoes and don’t forget to watch Sharknado on TV! To balance life out a bit I go to the Hallmark Channels. We can always count on them to lift us up and give us hope!

My top 5 TV picks for this summer are 4 repeats + 1 new series

Colony, Endeavour, Shetland, and The Tunnel. These TV shows are in their 3-4th seasons. What they all have in common is development of characters and story lines that allow us to believe that the stories and the characters are real! We care about all of them….even those who are evil (we can understand why they act the way they do).

Colony/ a futuristic look at what could happen if we are invaded by an alien species.

Endeavour/ a good ole English police investigation team solving crimes. A well seasoned inspector is a mentor to the younger trainee.

Shetland/ off the coast of Scotland lies an island called Shetland. The have a great investigative police department and can solve crimes on their own except when the action takes place locally and internationally.

The Tunnel / great action packed series from England/France (The Tunnel) connecting the 2!!!! The first season starts with a dead body halfway on English territory and the other half on French. Collaboration between the two countries makes for interesting dialog and action!

POSE/ an eye-opening look at a place in history I knew nothing about in the early 1980’s when the AIDS epidemic was just beginning to make the news. It is about a group of society I didn’t understand. After watching this fantastic presentation I do understand much more now and realize how none of us have the right to judge anyone even if you’ve walked many miles in their shoes………it goes a lot deeper than walking in shoes!

2 summer offerings/ one succeeds in getting my attention, the other fails:

Old movie, Open Range with Kevin Costner: great story about an open range (cattle) group battling with local people against open range policies. Violence/death/but the characters are “real people” that you can care and root for and feel good at the end.

New TV series , Yellowstone Kevin Costner again: bad story line/ fighting over land out west that the Indians once owned and now they are being kept on a reservation. Unessary nudity and hateful and mean people. I gave up after 1 and a 1/2 episodes.

What TV programing is coming up in our future this year? The Hallmark CH will have 21 Christmas movies starting in October and also a Halloween Special Wedding ( you regulars will know all about that one!) Chesapeake Shores starts this weekend!

AND REMEMBER!!!!! THE PURGE IS COMING!!!!!! Early August/SOON! The TV Series. It is gonna be really awful to watch/kinda like watching The Walking Dead except ( Well, you’ll just have to watch it yourself! 🙂


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Writing/The Most Important Quality!

Why do people write?! They want to convince, entertain, help, get something off of their chest, etc.  So what has been found to be ONE if not THE MAIN quality in being successful in accomplishing their goals?

EMPATHY!!!! The people reading, watching have to LIKE the character or theme or situation. The QUALITY of the writing or film or TV or whatever the source is important but the SUBJECT/OBJECT play a major part in the success!

EXAMPLES: Recently the TV show POSE was on and then CLAWS followed. I thought POSE was sensational BUT after watching the “trailers” for CLAWS dismissed it totally.  GENIUS, season one was about Einstein ( GREAT production, subject, etc. I raved over it!). GENIUS, season two was about Picasso (I watched 4 episodes and quit! Same great quality of production, despicable character!!!). The movie, Winters Bone (Black and White filming), subject was sad but the character was so “lovable” that I wanted to keep watching to find out what happened to her! The HUNGER GAMES (Books and Movies)! I CARED about the characters and wanted to know what happened to them!

WRITERS! If you want to be read, understood and effective make the reader or watcher of your work LIKE the narrator who is telling the story. Make the reader/watcher CARE about the story line…………..otherwise you’ll lose them after they figure out they don’t LIKE or CARE about any of it!

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WHY, Created Equal but Not Born Equal??

Maybe the real question is why are we here?

Johnny and Jennie are born on the same day at the same hospital at the exact same time, but Johnny’s parents are white and rich and Jennie’s parents are Chinese and poor. Jennie’s parents were in the USA visiting a family member and will be returning to China as soon as Jennie is able to travel.

If you assume that all souls were “created” at the beginning and are equal, you must also except the fact that Johnny and Jennie were not “born” equal.

Do we get just one lifetime?  That wouldn’t seem fair to Johnny and Jennie would it! Even if both of them are in perfect health they did not begin their lives with “equal opportunities”.

What if we have more than one lifetime (reincarnation)? What if we have MANY lifetimes?

Let’s go back to the main question, Why are we here?

My explanation is that “in the beginning” all souls were created and were with GOD and all was “perfect”. GOD wondered if all of the souls really understood what a great gift they all had been given and decided that in order to appreciate HEAVEN perhaps they had to understand what Heaven was not!

All souls were sent out into that which is not Heaven with the purpose of learning how to appreciate what being in the presence of GOD really means. They were given Free Will and the Holy Spirit to carry with them on their journeys. There would be no wrong choices, just different ones. They could take the high roads or the low roads and could take as much time as they wanted to catch “that last train to the station”. All of them either have or will have welcome celebrations when they come HOME.

A lot of us are still on our journeys! Safe travels fellow travelers!

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“POSE” Caught in the Middle (with no where to go)!

To “pose”…..to model, attitude, bearing…a particular way of behaving adopted in order to give others a false impression or impress others.. pretense, masquerade, etc.

In this case “POSE” is the name of a TV series/documentary* on The FXHD Channel depicting a lifestyle that has been called “A Walk on the Wild Side”! The time period is the early 1980’s when the HIV epidemic was just rearing its UGLY HEAD! But earlier than that a segment of society had been in existence for a long time “off the radar” of most people. In fact, I was totally unaware if it until I saw this TV event (2018)!

In order to understand where this group “fit” in society imagine gay men on one side and gay women on the other and this “transgender group” in the middle! Neither of the other two groups accepted them, so they created a society of their own! As a means of giving their group meaning POSE was created as a gathering where all of their kind was accepted and appreciated and entertained by the POSE competitions that were held each month at a local meeting places.

Consider how this group felt! Nobody wanted or understood them and didn’t want them around.

In my previous blog I mentioned that CREATED EQUAL BUT NOT BORN EQUAL is a reality! Why is that? I’ll tell you MY thoughts on that in my next posting.

* The TV Series/Documentary was primarily created by transgender people. The acting and quality of the show is high quality! Watching this presentation will not only educate and entertain you, it will broaden your understanding of a huge segment of our society that is almost totally misunderstood.

** Related Movie, Dallas Buyer’s Club with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (Academy Award for best supporting actor 2014).



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