Music Sunday: More Gin

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“And each one’s more wasted than the others you can bet, on Allison Road.”- Gin Blossoms

This is one of my favorite lines from that song.  Great song and even better band.  Have a good one and enjoy

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Noir Saturdays: Johnny Eager

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Taylor & Turner, what a combination for tonight’s noir!

After Johnny Eager (Robert Taylor) is released from jail, the unreformed gangster fools his parole officer (Henry O’Neill) into believing his ways are changed. In actuality, Eager wants to return to racketeering by opening a dog-racing track, but the man who put him behind bars (Edward Arnold) is in the way. When that man’s stepdaughter (Lana Turner) falls for Eager, the crook uses her as leverage to get what he wants. In this world of deceit, Jeff Hartnett (Van Heflin) is Eager’s only friend.

Check it out tonight @ 11PM on TCM CST or 9AM CST on Sunday. Enjoy and check out the trailer.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Erotic Fridays: Lucile Clifton

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Here’s today’s sexy poet, Lucile Clifton

Lucille Clifton was born in 1937 in DePew, New York, and grew up in Buffalo. She studied at Howard University, before transferring to SUNY Fredonia, near her hometown. She was discovered as a poet by Langston Hughes (via friend Ishmael Reed, who shared her poems), and Hughes published Clifton’s poetry in his highly influential anthology, The Poetry of the Negro (1970). A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille Clifton’s work emphasizes endurance and strength through adversity, focusing particularly on the African-American experience and family life. Awarding the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize to Clifton in 2007, the judges remarked that “One always feels the looming humaneness around Lucille Clifton’s poems—it is a moral quality that some poets have and some don’t.”

In addition to the Ruth Lilly prize, Clifton was the first author to have two books of poetry chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir, 1969-1980 (1987) and Next: New Poems (1987). Her collection Two-Headed Woman (1980) was also a Pulitzer nominee and won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts. She served as the state of Maryland’s poet laureate from 1974 until 1985, and won the prestigious National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000. In addition to her numerous poetry collections, she wrote many children’s books. Clifton was a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her writing covered countless subjects in important ways, leading her poetry to be read by people with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

Clifton is noted for saying much with few words. In a Christian Century review of Clifton’s work, Peggy Rosenthal wrote, “The first thing that strikes us about Lucille Clifton’s poetry is what is missing: capitalization, punctuation, long and plentiful lines. We see poetry so pared down that its spaces take on substance, become a shaping presence as much as the words themselves.” In an American Poetry Review article about Clifton’s work, Robin Becker commented on Clifton’s lean style: “Clifton’s poetics of understatement—no capitalization, few strong stresses per line, many poems totaling fewer than twenty lines, the sharp rhetorical question—includes the essential only.” Poet Elizabeth Alexander praised Clifton’s ability to write “physically small poems with enormous and profound inner worlds” in the New Yorker.

Check out this poem below. It’s short, sweet, and straight to the point. Enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

To a Dark Moses

by Lucille Clifton

you are the one
i am lit for.
Come with your rod
that twists
and is a serpent.
i am the bush.
i am burning
i am not consumed.

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Throwback Thursday: Mimi’s Bad Picture Taking

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Jordan again folks! Can you tell I loved this place? Anyway, here’s a pic of me taking a pic in a glass case. Cute, eh?

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Wayback Wednesday: Pieces of April

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Ahh, this is the season.  This month I am showing some of my favorite Thanksgiving movies ever! Well, to me anyway.  First on the deck is a little number from a cute Katie Holmes; before Tom!

Quirky and rebellious April Burns (Katie Holmes) lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother (Patricia Clarkson) has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her place for Thanksgiving. While her father (Oliver Platt) struggles to drive her family into the city, April — an inexperienced cook — runs into kitchen trouble and must ask a neighbor (Sean Hayes) for help.

Enjoy the trailer.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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Travel Tuesday: Medinet Habu

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Going back to the land of sand and pharaohs, Egypt with another find on my list.

Located on the West Bank of Luxor, Medinet Habu is the Arabic name for a huge temple complex second only to Karnak in size and better preserved. Pharaohs Hatshepsut and Tutmosis III built a small temple dedicated to Amun on the site. Next, to Amun’s temple, Ramesses III built his mortuary temple, Medinet Habu’s largest standing monument. Ramesses III then enclosed both structures within a massive mud-brick wall that included storehouses, workshops, and residences.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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The Black Barbie Chronicles: The Happiest Magical Place in Korea

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There were many a place in Korea Land that filled me with joy. This here tale is about one of my favorite places in the world besides a bar. Enjoy!

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

The Happiest Magical Place in Korea

This is my happy place and I find it so magical! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating by this place in Korea will solve about 98% of your problems fill needs you never thought you had. This magical happy place is called Daiso.

There are no words, which can explain or express my love for Daiso. Oh, you don’t what is Daiso. Well, let me explain it to you. Daiso is a strange combination of Five Below, Walmart, and Family Dollar. Daisos are found all over Korea and in other countries in Asia. There really is not a comparison other than a dollar store and I hate to use that word. Daiso is so much more than that. Did you forget to get some wrapping paper for a gift? Head to Daiso. Do you need some last-minute birthday candles and hats; then head to Daiso.

Offering cheap dollar store goods is not the only thing Daiso offers. They also can outfit your kitchen, bathroom, and living room at a good price. If you’re into gardening, you can also score some good gardening tool, plants, and supplies. I even picked up a mini herb garden and managed not to kill it! I also was able to get some actual hardware to hang some pictures in my room much to the non-amusement of my neighbors. Because everything is so cheap, I tend to walk away with more stuff than I originally came in there for. That’s okay, but the shit’s so cheap. I’d take my local Daiso over anything my local Walmart can offer me any day.

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