Ah, Gene…

Gene Wilder, b. Jerome Silberman: 11 June 1933 – 29 August 2016

Gene Wilder, best remembered for his role as Willy Wonka in the timeless classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, passed away in the wee hours of the morning. From the New York Times:

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died on Sunday night at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

Eric Weissmann, who was Mr. Wilder’s lawyer for many years, confirmed the death. A nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said that the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

With his haunted blue eyes and an empathy born of his own history of psychic distress, he aspired to touch audiences much as Charlie Chaplin had. The Chaplin film “City Lights,” he said, had “made the biggest impression on me as an actor; it was funny, then sad, then both at the same time.”

Mr. Wilder was an accomplished stage actor as well as a screenwriter, a novelist and the director of four movies in which he starred. (He directed, he once said, “in order to protect what I wrote, which I wrote in order to act.”)

What can be said that hasn’t been said already, or will be said by those who knew him and loved him best? All I can say is, this man was a genius. His comedies have kept me laughing through the years, from when I was barely potty-trained through my early 20s. The first movie I saw him in was the one he’s best known for. I enjoy the newer version starring Johnny Depp, since it is truer to the book, but Gene Wilder will always be “the REAL” Willy Wonka in my eyes! I loved him alongside Richard Pryor in the movie “Silver Streak,” and he was hilarious in “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother,” along with Marty Feldman and Madeline Khan. Those three, together, guaranteed laughter from the first scene of any film they were in. Another movie that my brothers and I watched, when the ‘rental units were out of the house, was “Start the Revolution Without Me,” with Gene co-starring with one Donald Sutherland – it was one of the funniest things I recall seeing in my young life.

He was married four times, but I recall his third wife the best and most fondly: Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Her death got him actively involved in promoting the awareness and treatment of cancer, and he founded the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles; and co-founded Gilda’s Club.

I have no words…I just want to remember the laughter he brought to millions. I’ll close with three of the best clips from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” Rest in peace, good man…your light will always shine brightly in my universe.

The Happiness Tag – #2!!!

I was pleased to be nominated for this award by Lauren over at her blog, My Journey into Darkness. Her blog is awesome and warranted a follow; check it out if you haven’t already done so!

There are three simple rules for this award – here they are:

1. List 5 things that make you happy.
2. List 5 songs that make you happy.
3. List 5 bloggers that make you happy.

Let them know that you’ve nominated them and you are done…but, let them know that they aren’t obliged to participate, either. The amount of “award-free” blogs out there makes that caveat necessary! With that – here we go!

Five things which make me happy:

My family, for certain! We text each other on a regular basis, talk on the phone once in a while, and visit face-to-face about three or four times a year. We all live in the same state (my immediate family, at least), just in different towns or cities. My extended family, on the other hand, is spread far and wide…I have cousins that I have yet to meet!

Cooking: I love to cook, and I love using fresh ingredients daily – meats, chicken, fish and shellfish, fruits, vegetables, and fresh herbs. I use so many herbs in my soups, stews, and roasts that I decided to start growing the ones that I use the most: thyme, rosemary, savory, and lavender.

Music makes me happy, anytime, anywhere! I especially love it when I’m thinking of a song that I haven’t heard in a while, then turn on the radio in the car or on the motorcycle, and the song starts playing within 10 or 15 minutes, no matter which station I have the radio tuned to…it’s a wonderful thing.

My serene sanctuary – home: I love to travel, get outdoors and do things in the fresh air, but being able to relax in the peace of my domus dulcis domus, is quite nice. I can decompress from socializing and just be myself…

Writing: writing makes me happy! I love typing away on my antique Royal, watching the words flow…that is, until I get typing TOO fast, and the typewriter arms start sticking together, LOL – there is a reason why how many wpm one can type was limited with those old manual typewriters…still, not typing too fast allows me to “go inside,” if you will, to sit with the tale as I write it. Writing in my blog is all done on the computer, though – I’m not in a deep writing trance when blogging!

5 Songs that make me happy:

This is always the most difficult choice of any award, because there are so many songs that I love; so many that make me happy, that it’s hard to decide…but not impossible! The five that made me happy today can be viewed in full at the end of this post, and they are:

David Bowie: “Modern Love”
Metric: “Stadium Love”
Cyndi Lauper: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
Electric Light Orchestra: “Mr. Blue Sky”
Alice Cooper: “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

5 Bloggers who make me happy:

This is easy – there are many, many bloggers who make me happy, but the ones listed here do so on a daily basis. Again, the bloggers that I list here are under no obligation to participate!

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha: A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales
Buffalo Tom Peabody’s Blog #2
Brian Lageose:Bonnywood Manor (& Crusty Pie)
Cindy Knoke

Give their blogs a look if you haven’t already done so – they are definitely worth reading and following! Enjoy the music, happy reading, and enjoy the day!

Bad Moon Rising

Beautiful photos of the Moon, captured by photographers around the world.🙂


An incredible moon rise behind the World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York on August 23, 2016. The breath-taking photo was taken by photographer Jennifer Khordi. (Photo by Jennifer Khordi/Caters News Agency)

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Quote for the day 

Amazon Engineer Thomas Phillips Works to Turn Unused School Buses Into Rolling Tech Teaching Labs

Sharing some good news…this man is awesome!


Thomas Phillips (photo via blackenterprise.com) Thomas Phillips (photo via blackenterprise.com)

article by Samara Lynn via blackenterprise.com

An Amazon engineer hailing from Detroit has a novel idea for that city’s unused school buses: turn them into mobile tech labs.

Thomas Phillips presented his idea at last month’s Hack the Central District Cultural Innovation Conference (Hack the CD) in Seattle, according to The Detroit Metro Times. The Aspire Tech Bus would be a school bus modified into a mobile tech lab. In this lab, students will work on coding projects as an actual software development team.

The students will learn basic and advanced topics in full stack Web development: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for front-end development, and NodeJS and ExpressJS for back-end development. Students will also be taught to build a website and a server from scratch. Furthermore, Phillips’ vision extends to teaching career skills as well, such as project management skills, how to create LinkedIn profiles, and how…

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Monday Funnies – Dog Wisdom Memes Final Part (THREE)…

Some dog wisdom to start the week off right – thanks, Chris!🙂

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

My thanks to the Vermont Varmint for sending me these great memes:














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Sunday Scenery…And a Bit o’ Silliness!

I was doing some tests with my new computer, seeing how well it handles my hard-core gaming needs, and I finally got it to crash! No, I didn’t kill it, but I have gotten it to completely freeze up where it required a “forced hard reboot,” which sounds worse than it actually is. I’m so hard on equipment…I demand far more of things that I own than people – but, I also have high expectations of myself, and expect things that I purchase to function to their maximum capability…and beyond!

I was successful with recording a gaming session, but only once – I didn’t download the clip because there wasn’t anything worth saving in it, LOL – but broadcasting a live gaming session caused a “freezing-crash,” multiple times, after about one minute. Either my video settings are too high, or I haven’t located where to adjust them – or, its a combination of both! At least I can still take my in-game screen-shots; I hope that you enjoyed the few that I scattered throughout this post.

Anyway, I figure that everyone could use a bit of lighthearted silliness and comedy on this Sunday afternoon…so, enjoy these select short clips of various shows.

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I’ll probably lose followers for posting this, but I don’t really care…this is funny, right here!

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Funny Memes: Mercury Retrograde

Mercury is going retrograde, soon…but it’s nothing to really fret or stress about. It’s actually auspicious, considering the major event that I’ll be attending next weekend – I’m looking forward to it more and more, the closer it gets!

Here are some funny memes I found about the Mercury retrograde transit…enjoy!

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