Friday, January 6, 2017

A list of must see apocalyptic movies and television shows

I have a fascination with apocalyptic movies and television shows. The very first one I remember watching as a child was the Night of the Living Dead. Here are some of my favorites:


Movies

  • 12 Monkeys, 1995
  • 2012, 2009
  • 28 Days Later, 2002
  • 28 Weeks Later, 2007 (Sequel)
  • Aeon Flux, 2005
  • After the Dark, 2013
  • Armageddon, 1998
  • Battle: Los Angeles, 2011
  • Blindness, 2008
  • Carriers, 2009
  • Children of Men, 2006
  • Cloud Atlas, 2012
  • Daybreakers, 2009
  • Deep Impact, 1998
  • Divergent, 2014 (Series)
  • Doomsday, 2008 (Rhona Mitra Rocks!!)
  • Edge of Tomorrow, 2014
  • I am Legend, 2007
  • Independence Day, 1996
  • Interstellar, 2014
  • Knowing, 2009
  • Land of the Dead, 2005
  • Last Night, 1998
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trial, 2015 (Sequel)
  • Oblivion, 2013
  • Reign of Fire, 2002
  • Resident Evil, 2002 (Series)
  • Skyline, 2010
  • The Book of Eli, 2010
  • The Colony, 2013
  • The Day After Tomorrow, 2004
  • The Happening, 2008
  • The Last Days, 2013 (Spanish with English Subtitles)
  • The Maze Runner, 2014
  • Vanishing on 7th Street, 2011
  • War of the Worlds, 2005
  • Waterworld, 1995
  • World War Z, 2013
  
Television Shows
  • Aftermath, 2016
  • Falling Skies, 2011
  • Fear the Walking Dead, 2015
  • Revolution, 2012
  • Surface, 2005
  • Survivors, 2008-2010
  • The 100, 2014
  • The After (Amazon cancelled the show after premiering the Pilot. Amazon please bring it back!!)
  • The Walking Dead, 2010
  • Z Nation, 2014



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Music, Literature & Arts: Children's Books from Yesteryears

I was an avid reader when I was a child. Fairytales and mysteries were my cup of tea. I would read for hours on end and a book always accompanied me everywhere. Not only did I love the stories but the illustrations also seemed so magical and wonderful to me. As an adult I have started to collect vintage children's books and they are some of my priced possessions. I still read them to this day. Here is my list of some of my favorites.

Books by Carolyn Keene
Carolyn Keene wrote mystery stories for young girls. Her girl detective series were called the Nancy Drew Mystery stories and The Dana Girls mystery stories. My favorite was Nancy Drew. With her two best friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne (yes George is a girl), Nancy went on many adventures solving one mystery after another. She calls herself a amateur sleuth and the three often found themselves in heaps of trouble but Nancy always solved the mystery. My favorite Nancy Drew book is The Moonstone Castle Mystery. Oh the excitement!!

Books by Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton wrote about fairies, goblins, pixies and all the wonderful magical creatures one can only imagine. From flying wishing chairs to enchanted forests with fantastic and magical lands, her books broaden the imagination and made all magical things possible. My absolute favorite is The Wishing Chair Again. I have the exact original copy as the one listed in the link. Enid Blyton also wrote wonderful mystery books for both boys and girls. My favorite is The Famous Five!

Happy reading and shopping!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Around the World: The Devadasi System of India

Late last night I stumbled upon a video on Youtube. It was titled Prostitutes of God (Documentary). I was intrigued by the title. Surely, the person who uploaded the video gave it a sickening title just to grab peoples attention. I soon found out how wrong I was.

Devadasi is a name given to young girls in certain lower castes of India who are dedicated to worship and service the temple of a deity named Yellamma.  Originally their responsibilities included cleaning and taking care of the temple, performing rituals and dancing. They were given a high status in their society.
In more recent times, the responsibilities, status and welfare of Devadasis has changed drastically.  Young girls are led into a life of prostitution by their own parents under the false guise of worship and dedication to Yellamma.  Their innocence is sold to the highest paying patron. Once the wealthy patron moves on to their next conquest, the Devadasi has no choice based on their cast system but to work as a prostitute all in the name of Yellamma. This is the only option her society gives her in order to take care of her family.

As I watched the 30 minute documentary, I couldn't help thinking how and why human beings continue to use religion and culture to abuse children, especially girls. Where is their compassion and empathy? Is it all just about survival? I know that I can bring awareness to an issue but I am left wondering what more I can do to eradicate the problem?

Link to the Youtube Video: Prostitutes of God (Documentary)
Link to more information on this deplorable practice: Devadasi

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Everyday Living: The places I want to visit

My desire to visit certain places is largely influenced by books and movies. From climbing the oversized block stairs of the pyramids in Egypt to swimming in the turquoise blue waters of Bora Bora in Tahiti, these are some of the places I would like to see before I go home.


Egypt
Inspired by mystery novels by Agatha Christie, featuring my most favorite detective Hercule Poirot.  


Bora Bora, Tahiti
Inspired by the 1994 movie Love Affair starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and
Katherine Hepburn.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Inspired by a novel called The Witching Hour (1990) by Anne Rice.

Ireland
Inspired by the 2007 movie P.S. I Love You starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.

Santorini, Greece
Inspired by the 2005 movie The Sisterhood Of the Traveling Pants starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel.



Monday, January 2, 2017

Angel Number 1111: New Beginnings

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you look at the time or something containing numbers, there is a pattern? I discovered this years ago when during a period of time I noticed that whenever I looked at the clock in the morning it said 9:11am. I had read about the universe God and the angels giving us signs and messages as we carry on our daily lives. After doing some reach I came across a wonderful blog by Joanne Walmsley about Angel Numbers called Sacred Scribes.  Everything related to the numbers I was seeing resonated with what was going on in my life during that time. It was astonishing and amazing to have found this information.


For the past few days I have been seeing 1111. The message is right on!

"Number 1111 is made up of the powerful influences of the number 1, amplified and magnified by four.  Number 1 resonates with the vibrations and attributes of new beginnings and starting afresh, independence and individuality, initiative and assertiveness, ambition and motivation, success and leadership, courage and strength, creation and creativity, self-reliance and tenacity, attainment, happiness and fulfillment, innovation, self-development and oneness with life. Number 1 reminds us that we create our own realities with our thoughts, beliefs, intentions and actions."
Click here to read the full article on the Angel Number 1111:
http://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot.com/2012/08/angel-number-1111.html


Cheers to New Beginnings!!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Off to a new start. Happy 2017!




And so the adventure begins. Dream, create, inspire. Some important things to remember this year:

  1. Go with the flow and seek peace in all situations
  2. Avoid disagreements and conflict by not taking things too personally
  3. Meet all with love, joy and kindness
  4. Pursue only those things that I can see to completion
  5. Live in the present and let go of the past
  6. Forgive myself and others
  7. Be patient with myself and others
  8. Embrace my truth and respect the truth of others
  9. Pay attention to my present as it is creating my future
  10. Clear my mind of negativity and always have faith
As I write this I am reminded of a quote I came across recently. It gave me my "aha moment."



Wishing everyone peace, love and laughter in the New Year!!
P.S. And remember, if life gives me lemons, make lemonade 😉