Flowers for a friend

Photo by John K ~ Flowers for a friend

This beautiful garden scene is in memory of my dear friend Mary Purcell, who made this world a brighter place but left it much too soon.

Until we meet again Mary…

[Photo: Bellefield Garden at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library, Hyde Park, NY, USA]

Film find ~ Of Fortune and Gold

Of Fortune and Gold

Hey movie fans! I’m just back from the 2016 Boston International Film Festival where I caught a fresh new pic you’ll want to watch out for. It’s an indie road flick called Of Fortune and Gold, the edgy yet endearing travelogue of four fate-bound millennials who set out on a dubious treasure hunt but find much more than gold on the way.

Of Fortune and Gold - cast

Oh, there are real riches though — a goldmine of truly compelling performances from an ensemble cast of rising stars: Eric Jungmann as the wild but caring Ryder, Jeff Schine as his disillusioned brother Vince, Alice Hunter as the vulnerable dreamer Seneca, and Valerie Hinkle as disarmingly sweet Mai (a girl with a plan). Brilliantly written by promising young director Jared Marshall, Of Fortune and Gold rivals any big studio production in quality, but well exceeds the bulk of them in heart and soul.

Of Fortune and Gold - scene

No rusty Man of Steel here. Or threadbare Caped Crusader. Just real artists making a real, human movie. I’m glad I went along for the ride!

The Lore rates this film: A+ (epic Awesomeness)

Of Fortune and Gold (2016, Prominence Films)
Winner of Best Picture – Boston International Film Festival
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Concert review ~ Ellie Goulding burns bright in Boston (again!)


March 17, 2014 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena — Since her last stop in Beantown a year ago, Ellie Goulding has surely had some Halcyon Days. Tour after tour, new releases, awards, appearances, movie soundtracks… so much hard work and well-earned success… And it showed tonight.

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Lost followers? A WordPress puzzlement…

This is a “follow-on” to my previous post:
A WordPress blogger’s cautionary tale
(or “How Sir Like-a-lot got lost in Spam-a-lot”)

Hansel and Gretel

In the telling of the old children’s tale Hansel and Gretel, at least the version I know, the teutonic tots have a decent plan for their foray into the deep, dark wood — leave a trail to follow back when it’s time to flee the witch’s shack. It was all good but for a little flaw in the execution. Breadcrumbs? Really? Who thought of that? Oh, don’t worry, no fairytale critters would ever eat those up. D’Oh!

Well, the blog-o-sphere is a bit removed from the enchanted forest. But I’m starting to wonder if following here in the wide, wide world of WordPress is no less tricksy than in that mythical realm of sprites and pixies.

I speak of the real or imagined accounts of followers falling silent

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A WordPress blogger’s cautionary tale (or “How Sir Like-a-lot got lost in Spam-a-lot”)

Sir Like-a-lot

“Well, hello friend. Have a seat, there by the fire. And a mug a grog to quench your thirst. I was just about to tell a tale if you’d care to listen in…

“Have you heard of good Sir Like-a-lot? Yes, that’s right — the Lost Knight himself. Favored son of a blogging clan who strayed into the Land of Spam and was swallowed up by his very own likes… Never heard from again…

“Oh, others followed in his path, but they were well-liked and lost as well. Past the last post and straight to hell…”


Now, I’m sure you recognize this passage from the ancient Book of Blog. And you’re probably also starting to wonder, “When are you going to get to the point?!”

Fair enough. Point taken. Here it is — a cautionary tale for WordPress bloggers, at least those who live by the like.

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