Monday, October 14, 2013

Discovering Man's (and Woman's) Great End

Have you ever noticed how the hustle and bustle of the world in which we live sometimes interferes with the spiritual side of our life? The car needs an oil change, the kids have three different activities a week, dinner needs making, laundry needs washing; we go, go, go all the time. And the one thing that gets forgotten is our time with God.

I'm just as guilty of it as the next Christian, probably guiltier than most. The sacrifice we make when we don't spend time with God clouds the vision of who He has called us to be. Because He has called each and every one of us to a purpose. Surprisingly, they're all the same purpose. Oh, we might have different dreams, but the person the Lord wants us to be is the same for every one of us.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (1.1)

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (1.1): Down the Rabbit Hole

I'm in love, head over heels gone about this show! Maybe it's the Knave's snarky sense of humor. Or it could be that my little romantic heart goes pitter-pat at the adorableness of Alice and Cyrus. Or maybe it's their bringing in Jafar from Arabian Nights complete with snake staff. Or it could just be that I love Alice in Wonderland, but whatever the reason, this first episode has me completely hooked.

Once Upon a Time was never my thing. I never thought it was something I would enjoy because it looked entirely too ridiculous. But maybe I'll give it a chance now. Or maybe I'll stick with what I know that I love. I mean, come on! Alice and the Knave land in the Mallo Marsh! And they shrink the Cheshire Cat! And, and, it's just too adorable for words!

All right, enough gushing, down to brass tacks. The premise is that no one believed Alice when she returned home. She spent years trying to convince her father that her adventures were real, but nothing worked. She finally returns to Wonderland as a young woman to find something that will convince her father, and she meets Cyrus, a djin or genie. He's like no one she has ever met, and he's equally enthralled with her, but evil forces tear them apart. Alice returns home believing that Cyrus is dead, and she's committed to an asylum because of her fanciful tales. Except that the White Rabbit and the Knave of Hearts track her down and tell her that Cyrus is in fact, alive. He is her one true love and she must find him and so she returns to Wonderland on this quest.

It's beautiful, right!?

The story probably won't run forever because the writers have a very specific goal in mind and once it's over, it's over, but until then, the show is delightful and I'm so excited to see where it leads. I want Cyrus and Alice to be happy!

Next episode is Trust Me.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Femnista (Sept/Oct 2013) - Literary Villains

So, I ran out of time to participate in this issue of Femnista. But the articles are all tres magnifique. Who doesn't love reading about their favorite villain? I have very few that I truly, truly despise. Grandcourt from Daniel Deronda is an exception to that rule, but he is sadly absent from this issue. It would be hard to write for a true scumbag.

I particularly like Tasha's article on Lady de Winter from The Three Musketeers. Maybe I'll even track down the new film version, even though I'm insanely fond of the one with Gene Kelly. *winks*

And don't miss Charity's article on Hannibal Lecter. As someone who has watched a couple of episodes from the show, I agree that it is both chilling and riveting because he is the most terrifying villain to ever encounter. He has no motive. It makes me think of Alfred's remark in The Dark Knight, "Some men just want to watch the world burn."

Read away, my friends, and I will be back in the Halloween issue with an article on the brilliance of Matt Damon's Elysium!

Friday, October 4, 2013

The newest incarnation of Sleepy Hollow

Hmm, okay, how do I say this? I'm conflicted. It feels like I've been here before. Not here here, like a modern interpretation of Sleepy Hollow here, but there are definite elements that Tim Burton already used that this new show is utilizing. And that, my friends, isn't setting all that well with me.

Still, you want to know the best thing so far?

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