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Seven Things I Love (1-18-2021)

1. This Video of Annie Lennox Playing Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ – proving that even celebrities have to practice and worry about getting things “perfect.”

2. This (Supposed) Real Life Weather Report for Southerners – honestly, if all weather reporters did this I think we’d have a lot less accidents in the winter.

3. This Takeover of TikTok by Sea Shanties – I’ve been a fan of sea shanties for a few years, even before I saw the movie ‘Fisherman’s Friends‘ (and if you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch it!) Now they are popping up everywhere – marvelous!

(Stephen Colbert predicted the sea shanty craze.)

@miaasanomusic

Added strings to @anipeterson’s version as well because I got so many requests! @nthnevnss @_luke.the.voice_ #fyp #seashanty #wellerman #viral #fiddle

♬ original sound – miaasanomusic

Of course Seth Meyers was way ahead of the times with his Sea Captain….

4. This Cocktail Created for Genevieve Lantelme – I can’t remember the circuitous path I took to get to Genevieve Lantelme but the internet has a way of doing that. You start in one place and end up someplace completely unrelated and it happens fairly quickly.

Miss Lantelme was a French stage actress back in the early 20th century. Born Mathilde Hortense Claire Fossey, she had a tough childhood and a short life. Mathilde’s parents divorced when she was a kid and although custody went to her father, there is a memoir written by Simone le Bargy, another French actress, who said that Lantelme ended up in a brothel run by her own mother by the age of fourteen.

The one positive about working in a brothel is that Mathilde met a lot of rich and powerful men and one of them, Henry Poidatz, a banker and owner of Le Matin newspaper, was able to back her stage career. That was when she became Genevieve Lantelme (Lantelme was her mother’s maiden name.) Her nickname was ‘Ginette’.

It took about 7 years but she eventually made it big, getting a leading role in 1908 which resulted in her being pictured on postcards and magazines covers, fashion designers creating gowns for her, and newspapers and magazines in both the U.S. and Europe doing stories on her. She was a star.

She also became the mistress of a playwright (Alfred Edwards) who was on his fourth wife. He divorced the fourth and married Genevieve in 1909. In early July 1911, Lantelme, her husband Edwards, and a few of their friends boarded Edwards’ yacht, L’Aimée. On the night of July 24/25, Lantelme disappeared, and a few days later her body was discovered in the waters of the Rhine River. She was twenty-eight years old.

The death was determined to be an accident but many people suspected that she had been dispatched by her husband. In fact a few newspapers even ran stories with the accusation and Alfred Edwards sued them and won. (FYI, not surprisingly, Alfred Edwards was 27 years older than Ginette. He died less than three years after she did from influenza though he was only 57. He had also married his sixth wife, another actress named Gabrielle Colonna-Romano. Gabrielle was five years younger than Ginette.)

The Ginette Cocktail

  • 1 oz Cognac
  • ¾ oz Dubonnet Rouge
  • ¼ oz Lemon Juice
  • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the oils from a lemon peel into the glass, rub the rim with the peel, give it a twist and toss it in.

Of course if I were going to invent a new cocktail for a French woman whose nickname was Ginette it would have most definitely have included gin. It also would have included champagne and/or St. Germaine. Probably like this St. Germaine Champagne Cocktail.

5. This History of the Tiny Doors of the U.S. Capitol – everyone loves miniature things and these have (had) a purpose.

6. This Artist Known as the “Glitter Queen”Sara Shakeel uses actual Swarovski crystals, glitter, and constellations to create physical and digital imagery which she uses to share her passions, chronicle current events, and convey her opinions on social issues. Plus it’s sparkly!

Be sure to watch the video…

7. This New Stanley Tucci Series on CNN – VERY excited about this one! (thanks Ann.) Debuts on Sunday, February 14th.


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Seven Things I Love (12-28-2020): New Year’s Edition

1. This (Uncensored) End-of-Year PSA – (ICYMI, it’s scientifically proven that people who swear are more honest and more intelligent. FUCK YAH we are!)

And now, we invite you to lift a finger for this cause, which we feel–and speak–quite strongly about. Text 🖕 to 1-877-EFF-THIS (1-877-333-8447) to donate $5 to the Mental Health Coalition*, share this video with everyone you know, and join our conversation on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook with #EFF2020. 

2. This New Year’s Card from LovePop – the card is so popular they’re already sold out, but you can sign up to be notified for when they get more in stock. Course now that I’ve included it in my “7 things” I suppose I won’t need to mail out as many as I had planned…”

3. This EXCELLENT Argument for Permanently “Cancelling” New Year’s Eve‘Cancel New Year’s Eve Forever’ by Sarah Miller from the New Yorker. I must concur.

4. This Google Year in Search Video – it’s gonna to make you weep, both in a good way and a bad way.

5. This Last Monologue of 2020 by Stephen Colbert – Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah kept me sane this year. In fact they kept me sane the past four years.

6. This Virtual New Year’s Eve Concert with Pink Martini – one of my favorite bands!!! You can purchase the New Year’s concert ticket here. A portion of each ticket supports Kentucky performing arts. Always good to support the arts!

7. This Liz Climo New Year’s Cartoon – She just gets me.


[Update on 12-29-2020: a few additions that I came across since I posted this…

Bonus – This New Netflix Special, Death to 2020 – I laughed my ASS off for most of the Tennyson Foss (Hugh Grant) segments. Grant has brilliant comedic timing. SO many good people in this!!!

Bonus – This Meme that My Brother Sent Me – can’t you just hear it?

Bonus – This Series of AP Photographs from 2020 which “Captured a World in Distress” – I can’t say I “love” these photographs but it’s a record of our history and they are incredible to see.

My New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Lose Weight – always on my list but this year I’m actually going to try.
  • Have a more positive outlook – I’m tired of being negative.
  • Take better care of my skin – been working on a blog post on this.

What do YOU plan to do next year? (Besides get a vaccine of course.)

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Seven Things I Love (9-21-2020) : RBG Edition

1. This Excerpt from an Op-ed by Ruth Bader, Grade 8B1 which she wrote for her school paper in 1946 at age thirteen (found on brainpickings):

Now we have a fifth great document, the Charter of the United Nations. Its purpose and principles are to maintain international peace and security, to practice tolerance, and to suppress any acts of aggression or other breaches of peace.

It is vital that peace be assured, for now we have a weapon that can destroy the world. We children of public school age can do much to aid in the promotion of peace. We must try to train ourselves and those about us to live together with one another as good neighbors for this idea is embodied in the great new Charter of the United Nations. It is the only way to secure the world against future wars and maintain an everlasting peace.

Full op-ed included in My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a collection of writings selected by Justice Ginsburg herself, published by Simon & Schuster

2. VOTING – there is no better way to pay your respects to Justice Ginsburg than to make sure you vote in this election, and to vote wisely.

The ideal way to vote is to vote EARLY, in-person, if you are able to do that. Check your local municipal website (they are most likely getting bombarded by calls) or call if you can’t look it up online.

If you’re at-risk, sign up for an absentee ballot. This would be the second best option. Be sure to do this NOW, as early as possible. You need to give the application to arrive at your municipality, get processed, have it go back in the mail, get returned to you. That can take a few weeks. Don’t dawdle!!! Also, if you can, drop your absentee ballot off directly at your municipality rather than putting it back in the mail. Many municipalities have drop boxes now.

I voted today!!! And I made sure to wear my RBG pin when I did it.

Worst case scenario, you can’t vote early and you didn’t get an absentee ballot, DO show up to the polls on November 3rd. People keep saying it but it is true, this is the most important election of our lifetimes.

If you would like to find some information about voting in your state Stephen Colbert has put together a very useful site called Better Know A Ballot. He’ll eventually have a video (like below) for every state but until he does you can still find the basic voting info like how to register in your state, when early voting begins, how to get an absentee ballot, and how to vote in-person.

https://youtu.be/gX7wl8Sy6M8

3. This NYT article, For Women, the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Brings a Particular Grief by Sheryl Gay Stolberg – I think men can’t quite understand what RBG’s death truly means to many of the women and girls in this country. She wasn’t simply someone who made decisions that we were happy about. RBG was our role model. She was our mentor. She was our teacher. She was our mother. She was our hero. This article puts it into words much better than I ever could.

Girls dressed as Justice Ginsburg outside the Supreme Court on Saturday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

4. These RBG movie, RBG & On The Basis of Sex – if you haven’t seen them yet, now is the time. If you’ve already seen them, now is the time to re-watch!

5. This time when Stephen Colbert worked out with RBG – Colbert was trying so hard to make her laugh but she was f-o-c-u-s-e-d.

6. This Artist, Adrian Wilson, who turned the 50th Street subway sign in NYC into a tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg (found on hyperallergic) …

Adrian Wilson’s renaming of Manhattan’s 50th Street station using stickers created by Matt Duncan (all images courtesy of Adrian Wilson and Matt Duncan)

7. This Tweet by the Washington National Opera showing a photo of when Justice Ginsburg appeared in a performance of The Daughter of the Regiment in 2016 alongside the opera house’s Lawrence Bronwlee. RBG was a great lover of opera and what a delightful tribute (found on Deadline, more details available.)

Bonus: I had to include this – the RBG Rap from SNL

Bonus: This Vigil held at the Supreme Court – “Honor her wish.”

Bonus: The many Artistic Tributes to RBG:


Five Things I Love (12/2/19)

1. This illustrator from Germany – Mila Marquis. I stumbled upon her work on an advent calendar that I procured for myself (despite my age) because it made me happy.

2. Chef José Andrés making an after Thanksgiving meal with Stephen Colbert (priceless.)

3. This photo my uncle took this morning in Door County, Wisconsin. It’s truly a winter wonderland! (And it’s a lot prettier there than it is where I live.)

4. This Awkward Yeti cartoon (I love all Awkward Yeti cartoons but this one is perfect for the season.)

Hibernation Time for Fat

5. Last but not least, another Stephen Colbert clip. This is actually a follow up to something that he covered previously. If you haven’t heard about this, a ‘person’ (I’m being kind) has been hiding books in the public library in Coeur D’Alene that he doesn’t agree with – LIBERAL books: books that will turn people gay or socialist or caring or compassionate or… Anyway, one of the books that was hidden was Stephen’s very own ‘Whose Boat is This Boat?” so Stephen came up with a solution…