Cartwheels & Eclipses

So, how did you celebrate the most amazing cosmic event in 2017 – at least in our infinitesimal part of the solar system? If you're outside the United States, it probably wasn't very exciting. If you were outside the zone of totality, it may have been almost as 'unexciting.' I reside in the 75% eclipse…

Where there are trees, there is hope

Here's a story to help relieve your fear and/or anger – if you should have any. The short documentary below is about Jadav Payeng, a local of Majuli Island. Majuli Island is part of India and lies in the Brahmaputra River. According to wikipedia, the island's size started out at 483 sq. miles but has been…

Charles Dickens says …

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it…

A True Fan’s View of #Outlander Ep. 301: THE BATTLE JOINED

One of the many things you'll notice about Ron D. Moore's scripted Outlander Episode 301: THE BATTLE JOINED is the silence. Though it's not without battle scenes on Culloden Moor and in Boston, silence is the name of the game. Firstly, they'll be no juicy spoilers in this glimpse of Episode 301. My lips are sealed…

Winter is Here … Then the Fall

My three favorite shows (of all time) begin their 7th, 3rd and 8th seasons this year. As I wait for the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones to begin, I can't help but compare it to Outlander (premiering its 3rd season on September 10th) and The Walking Dead (most likely premiering sometime in October on…

Pardon my French, but …. Oh la vache!

Politics. Politics. Politics. Everyone in the United States hasn't been as passionate about politics since probably around 1776 (I'm sad and sorry to say). It's both a good and a bad thing. But I don't want to talk about the geopolitical ramifications of the G7 Summit taking place in Italy. I want to talk about something much more…

22 Peeks at Outlander Season 3

The first official Outlander Season 3 trailer premiered on Sunday and because you haven't all been hiding out in Jamie's dunbonnet cave, I know you've watched it over and over . . . and over . . . and then a few more times. You've freeze-framed and feasted your eyes on every image. Analyzed the whole kilt and…

Shakespeare Saves Lives

"Shakespeare has the power to educate convicted killers and help them examine the choices they made that landed them here – and how to avoid making those choices again." No one would be more surprised than William Shakespeare to learn his words could mean so much to a group of inmates 400 years after his…

Top 20 Redux Tips for Walkers from Outlander Ep. 105: RENT

As you may or may not know, I am not only a HUGE Outlander fan but am also a BIG fan of The Walking Dead. While on Friday, March 31st Outlander Episode 105: RENT reduxed, The Walking Dead aired its spectacular season 7 finale on Sunday, April 2nd. As I am in Atlanta (home base for The Walking Dead…

Top 20 Redux Tips for Dummies from Outlander Ep. 104: THE GATHERING

Outlander Episode 104: THE GATHERING reduxed last Friday, March 24th. This is still one of my favorite episodes of Season 1 for many reasons – the music, the je suis prest moment-of-moments, the tension, the action, the costumes, the comedy. Oodles and oodles of good stuff. What am I forgetting? ... oh, yes. Diana Gabaldon's small-screen appearance, not to…

Top 20 Redux Tips for Dummies from Outlander Ep. 103: THE WAY OUT

And we shorten our wait for the Season 3 premiere by one more week. Outlander Episode 103: THE WAY OUT reduxed on Friday, March 17th. In this episode, Jamie gets himself into a bit of hot water – not with Claire but with the fans. Watching Jamie swap spit with Laoghaire never gets any easier. It'll be interesting to see…

Top 20 Redux Tips for Dummies from Outlander Ep. 102: CASTLE LEOCH

Two episodes down, twenty-seven to go. Outlander Episode 102: CASTLE LEOCH reduxed on Friday, March 10th in the U.S. only. But just because other countries aren't reduxing the show doesn't mean you can't all follow along with Jamie and Claire's helpful tips. Up until the very end, Claire still thinks she's going to make a clean get…