After Season 8, Episode 5, do we really know what happened to Cersei?

Dragons have long been part of myth and legend. This woodcut illustrates St. Michael fighting the dragon. Original work is by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), and is included in US Library of Congress digital prints collection.
St. Michael fighting the dragon; Albrecht Dürer,1471-1528, artist. From digital prints and photos/US Library of Congress.

Warning: There are spoilers in this article. If you’re sensitive about that, don’t read it.

Although TV is my least favorite form of entertainment, I have confessed publicly I get hooked on some series. Game of Thrones is one of them. I watched episode 5 of season 8 last night, eager to see Cersei get the fate she certainly deserved. Once the episode was over, I thought about a couple things, and one is a question. Did Cersei really die? Continue reading “After Season 8, Episode 5, do we really know what happened to Cersei?”

DID YOU MISS THE MUSIC SUPERSTAR IN GAME OF THRONES EPISODE 3?

If fans agreed on one gripe about Episode 3 of Game of Thrones, it was the darkness. The Battle of Winterfell was awesome. Unfortunately, many of us had trouble seeing what was going on because of the way the episode was filmed. The screen was so dark it was hard to tell who was who and to see the faces of the White Walkers and wights. That’s one reason I wasn’t alone in missing one of my favorite musicians, a superstar, in the episode. This star isn’t the first to be featured in a cameo on the series. Continue reading “DID YOU MISS THE MUSIC SUPERSTAR IN GAME OF THRONES EPISODE 3?”

Kiefer Sutherland evolves from fearless Jack to country troubadour

Still shot from Vevo video featuring Kiefer Sutherland singing, "I'll Do Anything."
Still shot from Vevo video featuring Kiefer Sutherland singing, “I’ll Do Anything.”

I remember the series ‘24’ with fondness. It was a hit in my family, and we’d always watch with a great amount of humor thrown in by my witty husband. My husband could always tell when Sutherland as Jack Bauer was about to eliminate a foe permanently. When it was time to watch, my husband would go, “So who’s Jack gonna shoot tonight?”

Sutherland has evolved, though. Now he has a band and he does lead vocals on his self-penned songs, many of them biographical. Who knew? Continue reading “Kiefer Sutherland evolves from fearless Jack to country troubadour”

Jacksonville singer-songwriter is in it for the art

Singer-songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler
Singer-songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler. (Facebook photo; credit Darla McHenry Pittman)

I first met Nancy Wilson Buckler through my daughters’ music. Nancy lives in Jacksonville (FL), and I know her son and daughter-in-law and their children.

Some time ago my own daughters told me they’d had a great time listening to Nancy play the guitar and sing. They said she had a fantastic voice.

A new CD Nancy produced is a testament to that voice, and one song in particular touched me in a way that few songs do. Nancy has no idea I am writing this. And she has no idea about something in my past that figured heavily in my appreciation of her song.
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Amazon fake reviews controversy reemerges; the company isn’t alone

From time to time media publish stories about fake reviews of products on sites like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and others. Right now there’s a story bouncing around from site to site about fake reviews specifically at Amazon. A British consumer group is the source. What’s an online shopper or artist in search of reviews to do? Continue reading “Amazon fake reviews controversy reemerges; the company isn’t alone”

‘Florida Man’, ‘Florida Woman’: Arts potential crosses all genres

Five or six years ago I remember the meme “Florida Man” popping up on social media. There was a rebirth recently with ‘memesters’ recommending people input the term “Florida Man” into a search bar and add their birthday to see what popped up. The term is now part of the pop culture media canon, with the equivalent “Florida Woman” gaining ground as well. These themes have potential for all manner of art. There is, however, a serious equality problem with these memes. Continue reading “‘Florida Man’, ‘Florida Woman’: Arts potential crosses all genres”

Combat flip flops—a “mission” to manufacture “stoke”

During a TED talk in 2015, Matt Griffin told the audience he and some of his fellow military veterans bet they could “manufacture stoke.” He’s talking about the same term we use when we say, “I’m stoked!” After serving in war zones and seeing combat up close and personal, Griffin and his fellows turned that stoke into a fashionable item popular in my home state of Florida and in others too—the combat flip flop. I didn’t know about Griffin’s venture until we experienced it personally here at home. Continue reading “Combat flip flops—a “mission” to manufacture “stoke””

How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?

The European Union, a work of art itself in many ways, is addressing what media refer to as “copyright reform.” The consensus on doing this seems to be that the digital age requires such reforms and artists aren’t getting what they deserve for their content. Advocates include Paul McCartney, although it’s hard to accept he hasn’t gotten gobs of money without copyright reform. Web titans like Google and Facebook will be impacted, and so will anyone in the US working on music, blogging, news writing, and in other genres.

Why? Continue reading “How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?”

ACH fraud happened to us and it could happen to you

In a recent column I mentioned a fraudulent transfer of funds from one of our bank accounts. The bank worked with us quickly to resolve it because the account in question is one we use a lot. Temporarily, because of the size of the fraud, that account was useless to us. Fact is this type of fraud can affect anyone. Chances are you’ve seen ACH on your own bank statement. There’s a good reason—the Automated Clearing House Network moves trillions of dollars each year. For many of us, fraud is rare, but I had no idea about specifics of these transfers until we experienced it ourselves. Continue reading “ACH fraud happened to us and it could happen to you”

Memoir confirms ‘Black Dahlia’ series on TNT a mishmash of fiction and truth

Fauna Hodel memoir
Fauna Hodel’s memoir bore little resemblance to the TV series it “inspired.” (Photo: Indie Art South)

After viewing the limited series I Am the Night on TNT, I was thoroughly confused.

It was hard to discern fact from fiction, and some of the events depicted in this “Inspired by a true story” production were simply too outrageous to believe. Having read the book the series was “inspired by”, I came to the conclusion the series was a mess.

I’d read about the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, dubbed “The Black Dahlia” by media of the day. The murder remains unsolved officially, although author and private detective Steve Hodel believes he has the answers. The series included the story of Fauna Hodel (aka Patricia Ann Greenwade) who was given away at birth in a private adoption. The TV series, in my opinion, was a mishmash of fiction and truth saved in part by some stellar acting performances by Chris Pine and Golden Brooks.

In hopes of making sense of the TV narrative, I purchased Fauna Hodel’s memoir, One Day She’ll Darken. Continue reading “Memoir confirms ‘Black Dahlia’ series on TNT a mishmash of fiction and truth”