Category Archives: Movies/TV

Clifford Teaches Children Community

My sister’s kids, ages 9, 7, and 5 years of age have been watching Clifford the Big Red Dog for many years. Clifford is a program I trust, and teaches them many valuable life-long lessons of importance. With personalities such as Clifford himself, to Jorge and Daffodil, Clifford the Big Red Dog is a fun and exciting educational cartoon series. The show is highly community-based, and one thing I have noticed from the kids’ viewing of the series is that they recognize public officials and know to trust them, as if the show ingrained in them a sense of security around them.

I have even heard the five year old exclaim to a police officer, “you wear a badge just like the one in Clifford.” The show itself teaches children to be not only active physically, but shows them the importance of taking a role in your community. It has shown them how various public servants perform on their jobs and given them a respect for these positions and why they are key to building strong communities.

To me, Clifford has become an invaluable educational tool, and it is quite fun for the children to watch and enjoy, and holds their attention well. Clifford the Big Red Dog is on multiple times throughout the day and evening, as we all have Satellite TVĀ  and can get it throughout the various networks that play the series.

a boy and his big dog

Clifford The Big Red Dog!

Rainbow Memories and Issues

It seems that things aren’t so peachy or rosy in Rainbow City down Alabama way. Sounds kinda kooky but it is late and I’ve spent the last couple of hours just casually cruising around the Internet and I’ve come across a lot of information that is becoming a bit boggled in my brain at this point.

But back to Rainbow City, well in a round about way sorta kinda. My favorite all time movie is The Wizard of Oz and due to this early fascination with everything about the movie, especially rainbows. My room used to be filled with My Little Ponies and Rainbows and I know every word to the song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and sang it many times at family events before I turned into my tween years and didn’t know any better. LOL

So while mindlessly surfing I ran across the words home security rainbowcity it hit a nerve while sounding just a bit ironic and sad at the same time to see that a city that sounds so wonderful has to worry about any type of security issue. I hope I’m not sounding crazy at this point, it is now just a bit after midnight and I really have no business typing anything that anyone will be reading any time soon, but what the heck. When I’m done here maybe I can find The Wizard of Oz on one of many movie channels that I have going on with my Direct TV subscription. I still get goose bumps (the good kind) when Dorothy lands in Oz and everything changes from black and white into all the colors of the rainbow and every color in-between, it is so beautiful and enchanting! The bad kind of goose bumps come into play when all those creepy flying monkeys come into the picture, nasty critters they are.

Pavarotti on You Tube

I grew up listening to a wide variety of music that my parents listened to. I just love You Tube. I’ve found so many wonderful music videos to listen to and watch while I’m online. Check out this wonderful piece by Luciano, Pavarotti and Sting, it’s awesome and for some reason I just can’t get enough of it today!

Desert Flower

If you are looking for a good book to read that describes the horror that millions of young girls and women deal with female genital mutilation, then I would urge you to read Desert Flower, written by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller. I understand that there was a movie produced in 2009 based on this book that I am going to try to find to watch and pass on to others that I think will appreciate knowing about these atrocities that I can’t even write about without getting a stomach and head ache.

Pedal Steel and Lap Steel Guitars

Coming from such a large and spread out musical family I am finding that musicians friends website is a great place to research all types of musical products that I can check out and purchase for the members of this talented family as gifts for all of the holidays that require some type of present.

I have always been curious about the musical instrument that is called a Lap Steel Guitar/Pedal Steel Guitar which I mainly see being played by (but not limited to) country music artists. I learned today that these type of guitars originated in Hawaii as well as country music in the United States. Some of the famous steel guitar players, that they listed include Jerry Byrd, Speedy West and Pete Drake.

While I was cruising around musicians friends website earlier today I looked at their selection of Pedal and Lap Steel Guitars which some have two or possibly three necks which looks so intimidating to someone like me who can’t play a single note on any type of instrument, nor can I sing, but I can tell you what I can out dance just about anyone I know so I don’t feel so left out when the family starts talking about music during most of the holiday celebrations that we try so hard to attend when we can manage it.

guitar, stand and bag

Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag