Thursday, January 19, 2023

Happy Popcorn Day!

I mentioned in my previous post that I have Sandra Boynton's "Every Day's a Fabulous Holiday" calendar. Well, today is Popcorn Day, and what goes better with popcorn than a movie?

I posted about popcorn in these posts:

A stand for concessions. (In this post, I express the desire to pay the movie theater for permission to bring my own luscious popcorn into the theater.)


Why I watch movies (as if I need a reason): Popcorn

Ever wonder how popcorn got its start in the movie business? There are several YouTube videos that discuss its history, and how it was originally banned from the cinema. Here's one...

How Popcorn Went From Banned to Saving Movies

Tonight, I'll be enjoying popped kernels of goodness to celebrate Popcorn Day, how about you?

Monday, January 16, 2023

Appreciate a Dragon Day

Hey, real quick. I looked at my calendar* and saw today is Appreciate a Dragon Day. Yep, it's an actual holiday observed yearly on January 16. 

I had to look on-line to learn how to celebrate such an occasion and the website suggested watching dragon-themed movies. 

Watch movies? Well, I better hurry and post on here to spread the news and share my favorite movie dragon... Mushu, on Disney's animated Mulan (1998). Voiced by Eddie Murphy, Mushu is my absolute favorite dragon!

And listed by year of release, here are other movies with dragons I've enjoyed:

Pete's Dragon (1977) (I liked this version better than the remake.)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Can you tell I prefer dragons who are comedic or friendly? 

What are your favorite movie dragons?

*I have Sandra Boynton's "Every Days a Fabulous Holiday" calendar with "365 offbeat honest-to-goodness official holidays"... so much fun! It might generate ideas for future posts, too.

I'm still here.

As I wrote the title of this post, it (unintentionally) summed up what I've been going through, creatively, for quite some time. I wrote I'm still here, meaning that I haven't forgotten about this blog. I'm still around, alive and kicking. 

But, creatively, I've been at a standstill. Some writers pooh-pooh the notion of writer's block, and even I'm not sure if that's what I've been experiencing. I'd set aside the time to write and spend that time staring at a blank screen, crying. 

This past October I went to a writer's retreat in hopes that something would shake loose, but it didn't turn out that way. I had a wonderful time connecting with other writers, and enjoyed the atmosphere, scenery, and food, but when it came to writing time, I spent it in frustration and tears. 

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So, as I wrote the title, I realized that's how I felt each time I tried to write: I'm still here... in a writing drought.  

But now, I'm here... writing again! I feel almost giddy over it, like finding an oasis in the desert! I hope to stay here awhile.

Have you experienced creative droughts? 

Monday, April 4, 2022

A helpful website for movie-goers, book-readers, and more.

Have you ever been watching a movie when suddenly a scene you weren't expecting caused anxiety or triggered a strong emotional reaction? For instance, my mom tangled with a humongous rattlesnake while in her youth, and from then on if she saw an image of a snake-- even a harmless garter snake--she freaked out!

Well, I recently came across a helpful website that gives people the "heads up" for frightening, disturbing, phobic, traumatic elements that might cause distress. It's titled Does The Dog Die (

The website  contains "emotional spoilers for movies, tv, books and more." This site is crowd-sourced, and they track 80+ categories of potentially upsetting scenes. You can either look up a specific title and find a list of possible triggers, or you can look up a category, such as "Are there snakes?" and it lists the titles of shows, video games, books that have snakes, along with a brief description... for instance... yes, there are snakes, but seen in a distance.

On the site, you can specify the type of media you want to search... books, movies, magazines and more... even podcasts and comic books. And you can filter by "yes" or "no". For example, my mom could have looked for "Are there snakes?" and selected "movies" and specified "no" to search for movies that did not have snakes.

Here are a few samples of categories for the site:

  • cheating
  • someone uses drugs
  • heads get squashed
  • an animal dies
  • flashing lights or images
  • someone says "I'll kill myself"
  • someone is sexually assaulted
  • there's gun violence
  • someone is buried alive
  • there are clowns
Check it out. There are oodles of categories and if you don't see the particular trigger scenes or topics that concern you, you can request that they add it.

Does The Dog Die (