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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #807 - #Resist #Resistance #NationalParkProtect


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #807 - #Resist #Resistance #NationalParkProtect

Hi Mom,

I am not ready to go back to Throwback Thursday quite yet, so for today's "throwback," I just dialed back to a draft I had from a few months back.

I know this old news, but any news that opposes the actions of that hateful maniac in the White House is never too old.

I don't know this guy from Twitter, but I like his comment.

OFFICIAL -

https://www.facebook.com/AltUSNationalParkService/




http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/25/national-park-service-resistance-team-launches-ant/

National Park Service ‘resistance team’ launches anti-Trump Twitter account


 - The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A purported “resistance team” of National Park Service employees is battling it out with President Trump on his home turf: Twitter.
The Twitter account @AltUSNatParkService, which claims to be run by National Park Service employees tweeting during their off-work hours, has begun tweeting about climate change and blasting the president for his reported attempts to clamp down on social media use by government agencies.
“Can’t wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS. You can take our official twitter, but you’ll never take our free time!” the account tweeted Wednesday.
The account was launched after the official Badlands National Park Twitter page on Tuesday tweeted several scientific facts related to climate change — tweets that were deleted just hours after they were posted. The tweets reportedly came from an ex-employee of the National Park Service who apparently still had access to the account.
The move comes after the official National Park Service account was temporarily shuttered last week after retweeting photos of Mr. Trump’s inauguration side by side with pictures from former President Obama’s inauguration in 2008.

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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1709.21 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #806 - More Shelves


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #806 - More Shelves

Hi Mom,

Not the most exciting of posts, but I know you are interested, Mom.

I have been nothing but grading robot yesterday as the minimal original content on my blog will surely attest.

I have found it challenging in my new home to get a lot done. No, that's not right. I am getting a lot done, but I am not accomplishing as much as I did in my old home and I am not sure why.

However, after being here three weeks, on Sunday, finally, I enlisted the help of the two young men who live here, and we put up the shelves in Liesel's office.

There's still tons of unpacking to do, but at least there's more places to store things now.

I am happy to accomplish something as work has been taking so much of my time that my hourly rate has really fallen.

And maybe I am over-compensating in teaching due to the fact that I do not feel I did my very best as I drove across the country, which, really, if I were to look at it closely is probably not true.

Okay, so there's some original content.

And here's some pictures of shelves going up that will really be of interest to maybe three people, one of whom is you, Mom.

Thanks to Keith and Adam for helping me install these beautifully varnished and handmade shelves in what is now their fourth home (West Gull Lake Drive, Richland Woods, St. Antoine, and now Blacktail Lane).








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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1709.20 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #805 - Racism as American as Baseball

Fenway Park - 1709.13

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #805 - Racism as American as Baseball

Hi Mom,

Still in catch up mode, so not much original content today, but first, awesome to these fans for getting this HUGE banner in the ball park and then unfurling it. They made the news. SUCCESS.

I quite agree.

As much as I love BASEBALL, I quite agree with the sentiment both for the racism seen in Baseball this year as well as the racism that's resurfaced in the country. After all, it's the STATE OF THE HATE NATION.

And to prove the Hate Nation is alive and well, here's another story to follow the ESPN share of an officer acquitted in the murder of a young black man from a few years back. I was alerted to the story when a school for which I teach that's located in Missouri sent us all a message offering counseling services for affected students and affirming the commitment to diversity and to progressive thinking.

Amen.

But first before you dive into the ESPN article, I extracted this quote, which I rather like.

"We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism," said a statement from the ejected group that was later emailed to CSN. "White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled. We urge anyone who is interested in learning more or taking action to contact their local racial justice organization."
http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20697346/fans-removed-fenway-park-seats-racism-american-baseball-sign

Fans removed from Fenway Park after lowering 'Racism is as American as baseball' sign


BOSTON -- Four fans seated above the Green Monster at Fenway Park dropped down a sign that read "Racism is as American as baseball" during the fourth inning of the Red Sox's game against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.
The sign was draped over the top middle section of the Green Monster and had a black background with white letters.
It was up for about one batter. There were a smattering of boos from the crowd as Red Sox security forced those holding the sign to remove it and escorted the people from their seats. Umpire Joe West and police were seen on the field discussing what happened.
"During the fourth inning of tonight's game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left-field wall in violation of the club's policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark," a Red Sox spokesperson said. "The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park."
One of those ejected, who confirmed their identity to CSN New England with a photo of the banner from a unique vantage as it was being unfurled, said the protest was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Boston Globe reported no arrests were made in connection with the incident. Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy told the newspaper: "Clearly they wanted to make a statement."
The Red Sox lost the game 7-3. Afterward, what happened in that fourth inning was a topic in the home clubhouse.
"There's no place for that," outfielder Mookie Betts said. "That's for another day, though."
Added manager John Farrell: "Saw it was draped over the Monster. From the dugout, you see someone expressing their opinion and it looked like it was withdrawn relatively quick.''
The ejected individual who spoke to CSN New England in a phone interview was surprised there was confusion as to the exact message being sent, as some thought the banner was promoting racism.
"I guess we should have seen that coming, but we also didn't think of it as an ambiguous message," the group member told CSN New England. "It's kind of telling that it is being interpreted as one."
The group member denied any affiliation with Antifa or Antifa Boston, which earlier took credit for the incident via Twitter.
"We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism," said a statement from the ejected group that was later emailed to CSN. "White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled. We urge anyone who is interested in learning more or taking action to contact their local racial justice organization."
It's not the first time racism and Fenway Park have been linked this season.
In May, Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was subjected to a torrent of N-words and other racist taunts at Fenway during the team's game against the Red Sox. The Red Sox later apologized to Jones, and the team toughened its fan code of conduct to stress a zero-tolerance policy and impose the harshest possible penalties for violators.
A night later, the Red Sox permanently banned a man from Fenway whom they said used a racial slur toward another fan.
"The banner came in response to the racist comments at the beginning of the season at Fenway [that Jones spoke of]," the ejected individual todl CSN New England. "But overall, we saw, we see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and are reminded also constantly that it's actually an extremely segregated city. It has been for a long time, and that no white people can avoid the history of racism, essentially.
"So we did this banner as a gesture towards that, to have a conversation about that."
In August, Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that the organization will lead the way in attempts to change the name Yawkey Way. The street adjacent to Fenway is named after Tom Yawkey, who owned the team from 1933 to 1976 and refused to integrate it until 1959.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/09/16/ex-officer-acquitted-in-st-louis-slaying-i-did-nothing-wrong/?utm_term=.b95b3dd3f4d0




Ex-officer acquitted 

in St. Louis slaying:

 'I did nothing wrong'

 



Jason Stockley, the former St. Louis police officer who was acquitted of murder Friday in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man, broke his months-long silence and doubled down on his innocence after the ruling.
"I did not murder Anthony Lamar Smith. I did not plant a gun," Stockley said, shaking his head, in an exclusive interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after his acquittal. "… I can feel for and I understand what the family is going through, and I know everyone wants someone to blame, but I'm just not the guy."
The interview, which appeared to be videotaped in a private indoor space, came hours after a judge released a 30-page order concluding as much: that the state had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Stockley "did not act in self-defense" when he shot and killed Smith, 24, during a car chase in December 2011.
It was the first time Stockley, who had been under a gag order, publicly addressed the case, which has exacerbated tensions in a region already grappling with unrest surrounding police use of force and race.
"It feels like a burden has been lifted, but the burden of having to kill someone never really lifts," Stockley told the Post-Dispatch. "The taking of a life is the most significant thing that one can do, and it's not something that is done lightly and it's not something that should ever be celebrated. And it's just a horrible experience altogether. But, sometimes, it's necessary."

As in trial, Stockley insisted that he did not recall saying during the car chase that he was "going to kill this motherf—er, don't you know it," as outlined in court documents. Prosecutors also noted that a gun found in Smith's car was later found to contain only Stockley's DNA and accused the officer of planting the firearm.
Stockley said that his memory was imperfect and that the first time he heard himself saying what he did in the car was when he met with the FBI; he could only speculate as to why he had said it, "whether it was in the heat of the moment or whether it was part of a larger conversation," he said.
"I can tell you with absolute certainty that there was no plan to murder Anthony Smith during a high-speed vehicle pursuit," Stockley told the newspaper. "It's just not the case."
Stockley acknowledged in his interview that the "optics" of the case looked bad but said he had made the best decisions possible "based on limited information and a limited amount of time."
"Every resisting looks bad. They never look good," Stockley told the Post-Dispatch. "So what you have to separate are the optics from the facts, and if a person is unwilling to do that, then they've already made up their mind and the facts just don't matter. To those people, there's nothing that I can do to change their minds."
Stockley declined an interview request Saturday through his attorney, Neil J. Bruntrager, who told The Washington Post that his client's conversation with the Post-Dispatch was likely a "one and done" situation. The trial, he said, had left Stockley emotionally exhausted.
"All you're doing is reading these articles and statements from people who are ill-informed and demonizing you, and you have no ability to respond," Bruntrager said. "Think what that must be like. … I don't know how the top of his head didn't blow off."
As general counsel for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, Bruntrager also represented Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. He emphasized, however, that Stockley's case preceded the Brown shooting by several years and needed to be considered individually.
"It's important to look at the video, but that's not all of the evidence … I would encourage people to read Judge [Timothy] Wilson's opinion because here's a detailed examination of the facts of the case, and it leaves no stone unturned," Bruntrager said. "This wasn't a routine traffic stop. This was a drug-related stop. Those by their very nature — they're deadly."
The judge's ruling Friday prompted protests in St. Louis, which began peacefully but, after nightfall, turned violent, according to a joint video statement by St. Louis Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole and Mayor Lyda Krewson. The clashes resulted in at least 23 arrests and 10 injured police officers, O'Toole said. Even before the acquittal, the city was bracing for protests, as The Post reported:
On Friday night, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R), who had put the state's National Guard on standby ahead of the verdict and potential protests, chastised those who engaged in violence, saying it "is not going to be tolerated here in the state of Missouri."
Before the verdict was announced, Greitens stood with Christina Wilson, Smith's fiancee, to deliver a joint message asking people to protest peacefully.
"If you feel like you want to speak out, speak how you feel," Wilson said at the news briefing. "And whatever comes to you, just do it in a peaceful way."
Greitens, speaking after Wilson, urged people who felt pain after the verdict not to "turn that pain into violence."
"One life has been lost in this case, and we don't need more bloodshed," he said.
In his interview with the Post-Dispatch, Stockley said he was concerned the ensuing protests would escalate to violence.
"My main concern now is for the first responders, the people just trying to go to work and the protesters," Stockley told the newspaper. "I don't want anyone to be hurt in any way over this."
According to his LinkedIn profile, Stockley left the St. Louis police force in 2013 and moved to Houston, where he worked as a regional project manager at TH Hill Associates, an oil and gas drilling consulting firm. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2002 with degrees in philosophy and nuclear engineering; afterward, Stockley served in the Army in Iraq, where he received a bronze star, and was honorably discharged after an injury, Bruntrager said.
Stockley told the Post-Dispatch on Friday that he had been apart from his family and had no plan besides "not to let this dictate my life." When asked what he might have done differently on that day in December 2011, he responded: "Take the day off."
"I don't know how changing any number of my actions that day would have changed the outcome," he told the newspaper. There was one main reason he had agreed to speak about the case.

"Because I didn't do anything wrong," he said. "If you're telling the truth, and you've been wrongfully accused, you should be shouting it from a mountaintop."

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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #804 - One song - "Wood Song" - Musical Monday 1709.18

Long Lake, Traverse City, 1971

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #804 - One song - "WOOD SONG" - Musical Monday 1709.18

Hi Mom,

I have always tried to reserve Monday for Musical Monday here on the blog.

But, as often happens, I have fallen behind.

So, I am indulging in not just a reprint, but a reprint from this very blog and its HEY MOM blog feature.

I asked myself to choose just one song for Musical Monday that had something to do with my current state of being.

This is the first song that came to mind and I did not second guess it or over think it.

Since I already had written about it during my seven songs in seven days feature 690 days ago, here it is again.

I mean really, after 690 days, and I cannot share it again?? :-)


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #114 - Seven Songs: "The Wood Song"

Hi Mom,

Time for another song because I am really doing this seven songs in seven days thing. Today's song is about a boat, and see? We're in a boat. Yeah. That was planned.

All these songs this week were ones I played as I drove out to see you as you were dying. In fact, one day, I made a larger loop out around Gull Lake and past the old house just to get in more time with this music, that day I was heavy on Erykah Badu, who, though wonderful, is not making this list of seven, which is a shame. In fact, I am a bit ashamed of how "white" my list is, even though the next one will feature Mary J. Blige, though it did not originally. But it can't be helped. It is what it is.

Today's song is "The Wood Song" by the Indigo Girls from their 1994 album Swamp Ophelia. Here's two versions, live and in studio (the second is near the end of the post).

"The Wood Song" - The Indigo Girls - live
Toronto Pride, 2007








Like all of these songs in my selection, this song has seen me through tough times, which I think is the point of the song. This song helped me to persevere.

As I read the lyrics, this song I see that it is about a group of friends ("my friends and I have had a hard time"). One one level, as the song has many possible interpretations and can fit so many situations, I have always felt that this song is about being gay in America and how difficult that has been up to 1992-4-ish when it was written. Maybe that's too simplistic and only my association because I know the sexual identity of the two women in the Indigo Girls, and yet, I always think about that situation when I hear the song and more besides.

The song speaks of a change ("bruising our brains hard up against change all the old dogs and the magician") that's been resisted but now they ("my friends") are all together for the journey.

I have text from the Internet that I will share, but I think some miss the point of the point. The song mentions a point ("the prize is always worth the rocky ride but the wood is tired and the wood is old and we'll make it fine if the weather holds but if the weather holds then we'll have missed the point that's where i need to go"). One chap claimed it was a literal point in the story of Noah's Ark that is invoked by the song. True, the song uses Noah's Ark as a metaphor, but it's not ABOUT Noah's Ark (if even...). The point is the process. If the good weather holds, then there are no storms. In storms, we grow, so if we don't have storms we will miss the process that helps us to grow and change and evolve, hence: "the prize is always worth the rocky ride." It's just a tough ride, the wood is tired and old. I feel that way a lot. But we must go into the storm. It's the only way to evolve. After all, there's the other side of the storm, the change, the better world, but we only reach it going through the storm. If we stay put, we don't change, then there is no storm and thus no "prize" as there has been no "rocky ride."

Keep reading. The song basically re-iterates what I just shared in analysis. No one gets to miss the storm, they sing.

But the song is about love, courage, going on, keeping on, weathering storms, and, well, LIFE.

I am so thankful to have had the Indigo Girls in my life for nearly 30 years. Thank you Emily and Amy for such great joy.
"The Wood Song" by The Indigo Girls - lyrics
the thin horizon of a plan is almost clear my friends and I have had a hard time bruising our brains hard up against change all the old dogs and the magician now I see we're in the boat in two by twos only the heart that we have for a tool we could use and the very close quarters are hard to get used to love weighs the hull down with its weight but the wood is tired and the wood is old and we'll make it fine if the weather holds but if the weather holds then we'll have missed the point that's were i need to go no way construction of this tricky plan was built by other than a greater hand with a love that passes all our understanding watching closely over the journey yeah but what it takes to cross the great divide seems more than all the courage i can muster up inside but we get to have some answers when we reach the other side the prize is always worth the rocky ride but the wood is tired and the wood is old and we'll make it fine if the weather holds but if the weather holds then we'll have missed the point that's where i need to go sometimes i ask to sneak a closer look skip to the final chapter of the book and maybe steer us clear from some of the pain that it took to get us where we are this far but the question drowns in its futility and even i have got to laugh at me cause no one gets to miss the storm of what will be just holding on for the ride the wood is tired the wood is old and we'll make it fine if the weather holds but if the weather holds then we'll have missed the point that's where i need to go


Stuff by others.


"My boss recently gave a speech about commitment and weathering the storm, at the end of the year banquet. He used a favorite Indigo Girls ballad called "The Wood Song" to illustrate his point.

"As it so happens, this particular song has greater meaning to me than meets they eye. Now I believe that everything takes place for a reason...good and bad... painful and joyful. And so I leave you with the lyrics of this beautiful song to tie together the strings and even find the missing link of how it might bring wonder into our own life."

above from - http://ginkogal.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-england-life.html


from the you tube page with this video

namahe27 6 years ago:  I really like this song; especially now, as I am struggling finding the right thing to do. I dont seem to have the courage that it takes to go this way and instead of being with the one I love I rather play safe and might make a big mistake just because I am too concerned what other people would think. When I told my love that I just cant do it, she asked me to listen to this song.

kolipokinho 6 years ago  in reply to namahe27:  It's the story of Noah's ark, as seen from the perspective of an animal on board. "Now see we're in the boat in two by twos" gives it away.  "Wood" here refers to the wood that the ark is made of.  The old dogs are probably Noah's pets (or family, I don't know...) and the Magician I'm guessing, is Noah.  If the weather holds, and the flood continues, they would have missed the Point, which is probably Mount Ararat, where the ark ends up. At least that's how I understand the song.

kywomanlml 4 years ago:  I played this song to my mom in November of 1995 to help her understand why I was marrying my now husband. She was concerned our road would not be easy together. It hasn't been easy. But, years and years later, we're still weathering the storms of life and continuously learning to enjoy the ride.

Anne Mooney 9 months ago:  if one looks up the word harmony in the dictionary, it should have but one defenition: indigo girls. they've seen me through some horrible times in my life, for 25 years now. damn! that's a long ass time.

And this whole blog entry (which I will not reprint without permission here)

http://optimisticvoices.blogspot.com/2007/10/wood-song-indigo-girls.html

And - from - http://www.wbur.org/npr/9009196/two-decades-later-indigo-girls-voices-still-strong

I was wondering how difficult it is to maintain an interest in performing songs that have been around for 20 years. Do they begin to take on different meanings as time passes or is it difficult to keep an interest? I'm getting married next month and I lobbied the priest to allow me to walk down the aisle to a secular song - yours - "The Wood Song." "The Wood Song" has meant different, very precious things to me over the years, especially in my relationship. Do the meanings change for you as well? Thanks.

Ms. SALIERS: That's a good question. They do change sometimes. Sometimes I write a song and I think I'm writing it about somebody else or other people, and then I realize that I'm writing it about me. Or depending on what I'm going through in life, you know.




"The Wood Song" - The Indigo Girls



Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #803 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer - T-SHIRT REPRINT

James White for EW published March 29, 2017
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #803 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer - T-SHIRT REPRINT

Hi Mom,

So, as usual, I am in catch up mode. Am I allowed?

It's been a long time since I had a t-shirt reprint.

I saved this one when EW ran its Buffy reunion back in March.

I have 260 saved drafts in my blog composer utility. That's a lot of content that's in some stage of being ready to be published or shared or whatever.

Today, I just want to share with you, Mom, and you with readers and get caught up in my blog.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer may be my very favorite TV show of all time. If not NUMBER ONE, it's top five for sure.

In the age of binge watching, if you have not watched it, why not? The first season is a little rough but the second season nails the format and pathos and then it's off to the races as one of the smartest, most iconic TV shows of all time.

Here's the link to the reunion:

http://ew.com/tv/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-exclusive-portraits/buffy-the-vampire-cast-reunion





The following is reprinted from my t-shirts blog 365 T-SHIRTS.

Specifically, http://365-tshirts.blogspot.com/2013/09/t-shirt-170-buffy-vampire-slayer.html




T-shirt #170 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

For many weeks, I have been stewing over creating a post featuring one of my Buffy the Vampire Slayer shirts and the continuing love letter I plan to write for Joss Whedon.

Sometimes the posts I want to make are a bit intimidating, and I put them off. How can I possibly do justice to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is considered by most as one of the best Television shows of all time, and surely one of my favourites?

And then I begin to investigate basic searches for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I find more material than I can possibly digest myself let alone synthesize into some digestible form for you, dear reader. I have not even read in their entirety all the books I own. And when is the last time I watched all the episodes? Or even one episode... I am a terrible fan...

I made my first attempt at a list of favourite TV shows in T-shirt #73, which was dedicated to one of the greatest ever: Battlestar Galactica (the new re-make not the original). Buffy the Vampire Slayer  made that list of favourites, which I won't repeat here (check the link). I mentioned Lost, though I wrote about this show separately in T-shirt #76. I must have had temporary amnesia as I failed to mention one of my all-time favourites, and for many years my number one, thirtysomething (but more on this show later; I have shirts).

I have one other shirt featuring Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and so I have a second chance to create a special, well-considered, intricate, detailed love letter to all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer because this post is not going to be so intricate or well-considered.

In fact, I have been struggling for weeks with why I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer so much. And then, I read a recent interview in Entertainment Weekly with JOSS WHEDON. (There does not appear to be a link to this cover story from the August 30, 2013 issue of EW; I am assuming one has to buy the magazine to read it.) When asked for his proudest moments, the two Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes that he named happened to be my two favourites, and the episodes I point to that define what is great about Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a show: "The Body" (Season Five, episode 16, production number 94) and "Once More With Feeling," the much-touted musical episode (Season Six, episode 7, production number 107). Joss also named the Firefly episode "Objects in Space," which is an excellent choice as well, but that's a story for another time.



Though "The Body" and "Once More With Feeling" are my two favourite Buffy episodes their impact will not be in any way significant if a viewer has not watched the ninety-three episodes that precede "The Body" and the one-hundred-and-six episodes that precede "Once More With Feeling." These episodes had an enormous impact on me, but I had already invested nearly one hundred and then more than one hundred hours watching the program's episodes, at least once each. I made friends on the Internet after the airing of "Once More With Feeling." I had to have this music ASAP to play on CD and eventually digitally. Come on, this was 2001. I was still using CDs and cassette tapes and did not yet own a digital music player. It was an entire year before Joss and company released the music on a commercial CD.

I think Joss was as surprised as many how popular the episode became and how quickly.


From the Wikipedia page devoted to the "Once More With Feeling," episode : "John Virant, president and chief executive of Rounder Records, told the Los Angeles Times, "I remember watching the episode when it aired last October, and after it was over, I said to my wife, 'That's the best hour of TV I've ever seen. Someone should put that [soundtrack] out.' I inquired at Fox, just following up, and they said, 'Well, we tried, it didn't happen. If you want to take a run at it, feel free.'" Allmusic gives the album five out of five stars, stating that the music is "every bit as fun as the episode itself", praising the voices of Benson, Marsters and Head. Reviewer Melinda Hill states it is "a must-have for Buffy fans, but it wouldn't be out of place in anyone's collection""

I bolded and underlined the key line in the above paragraph: "That's the best hour of TV I've ever seen."

It is a work of crazy and frenetic genius. One of the best things about the episode is how it advances the ongoing story lines through the musical numbers in a way that is much more sophisticated than most musical theater scores and books. BUT the viewer can only enjoy the full impact of the episode by watching the one-hundred-and-six episodes that precede it. I will share some clips. Sadly, only one clip from the actual episode due to copyright issues. They are amazing, but my assessment of amazing is grounded in my foundation of Buffy study. One must devote the time, invest in the characters, the show, its premise, to be fully moved by these episodes.



"The Body" has been hailed by critics as one of the finest episodes of television EVER broadcast. It was and is Emmy worthy, but the show, the episode, and the mind-blowing performance of Sarah Michelle Gellar were not nominated for ANY Emmy Awards, which is one of the many reasons why the Emmys, like the Oscars, are a joke. I do not want to share too much more about  "The Body". I recommend it, but only after watching all four and two-thirds seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that lead up to itBut I will say that the episode made me bawl like a baby, and it still does. Very few TV shows or movies have ever affected me so deeply. There was an episode of thirtysomething that got to me like that, too. Nothing else springs to mind.


EPISODIC NARRATIVE

As I have written before (T-shirt #76 for example), I adore the episodic narrative. Buffy the Vampire Slayer delivered 144 weekly episodes over a seven season period. Each installment built on the one before, and the cumulative effect creates one of the most powerful and enthralling and just damn fun television stories ever created.

BUFFY EPISODE GUIDE - WIKI

Do not judge by the first season. There were some clunkers. And though the first season has some bright spots, overall, it's an initiation period. Joss was trying to figure what he wanted to do and prove to the WB that he could attract viewers with it.

I caught on to Buffy because of the incessant ads during broadcasts of Chicago Cubs games because WGN was a WB network. I watched a lot of Cubs games in 1997. After seeing several dozen Buffy ads, I finally gave in an started recording the show. I am a big recorder. I have always had trouble watching shows as they are broadcast. Video tape, digital recording, and now streaming video are all so much more convenient than arranging my schedule to be home at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday. Though it was not long before I was doing just that for Buffy. I started recording Buffy  the summer of 1997, and at first, I thought it was kind of stupid. But then it grew on me, and then I saw episode seven, "Angel," and I was hooked. But overall, Season One, not so much. Then came Season Two. It was better, but Season Two was not the most outstanding. It was better, it was good, and seeing Angel go bad was fun, seeing the introduction of Spike was amazing. The season as a whole had some clunkers, but overall, Joss was starting to nail it. By season three, Joss had the groove thing happening. From then on, each season kept setting new standards of excellence that were just mind-blowing.

I am sure that my hunger for more episodes of Buffy  has not been sated since the last episode aired ten years ago much like the hunger felt by millions of fans. (Okay, at least thousands...)

Though, there is the comic book... it's not quite the same.

I know that someday there will be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. But I am rather impatient in waiting for it. We don't want to see the performers get much older.

I LOVE BUFFY

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has always made me happy. It will make you happy, too, if you give it a chance.
The theme song still has the power to get me out of my chair dancing around the room like a wild banshee from one of the Hell dimensions. Check it out. FOX owns the theme song, but FOX is probably not reading my blog or uncovering this devoted fan's You Tube channel. This sequence is not a real opening sequence. Eliza Dushku was never in the opening credits. And this fan found some great clips to highlight the other characters. Some are the same as in the TV opening, and others are not.

Buffy Theme Song



Isn't that great?

I mean, really, really GREAT????????

Maybe my judgement is completely clouded by how much I LOVE Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

But, no, that's really great, right??

MORE ON "ONCE MORE WITH FEELING" - pics and videos


Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling - 

Something to sing about




Behind the scenes with Joss
Buffy needs "backup"
Anya, Tara

Buffy Once More With Feeling - I'll Never Tell + Lyrics


1950s sit-com style fun
and some of the funniest lines in whole show

Spike - Rest in Peace



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Buffy Musical ~ Walk through the fire lyrics

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I will stop now. I could post the whole damn thing. Difficult just to select those things I love most. I love it all "most." THINGS JOSS SAID More from that interview. One thing he said about Buffy that stuck is that the "empowered" female characters drive the narrative. In reacting to things like Twilight and Vampire Diaries, Joss questioned whether or not the women characters are driving the narrative or whether the women are passive and don't really know what the Hell is going on. And then he nailed it with the quip that all these new YA franchises could be entitled "Choosing Boyfriends: the movie." This is why I love Joss. Those comments right there.

RESOURCES - BOOKS AND LINKS

Here's a few resources. The first is a catch-up article on where the cast is now.

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer': Where are they now? - CNN.com

This article does a good job of explaining the ten best reasons that Buffy kicks ass.
Great article on how CBS has clout now that it has a show with Sarah Michelle Gellar because of the power of her Buffy powered fan base.

How Buffy and Linebackers Helped CBS Slay Time Warner Cable

Not only is the following a comprehensive fan site with episode guides, but it's a daily update of fan fiction and fan chatter.
I have a couple of other books that I could not find to feature in this photo. I expect to get a bit more "jiggy" with book content in my next and extended love letter to all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


 THE COMIC BOOK - FROM DARK HORSE
I mentioned that there was a comic book. There's actually several, but the main comic book for Buffy the Vampire Slayer produces stories that would have been the eighth and now the ninth seasons. In 2007, Joss Whedon took on over-seeing the series.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine

Unlike the TV series, the comic book runs more issues as one issue is not equivalent to one TV episode. Season Eight ran 40 issues. So far, Season Nine is up to 25 issues. The comics are very good, they are very well written, and well-done in making with the humor. But it's not the same. Though some interesting things have happened, such as see the page below after Buffy had sex with another woman. It was handled very well, but it's not so much an ongoing thing. She seems to prefer boys.


Check out this great cast. And I haven't even scratched the surface of why these people are so fantastic. And this collage only takes us into season three.

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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1709.17 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.