#Stayhome and celebrate Easter

I know this year we will all be celebrating Easter a little differently than we have in the past. Typically, if you are spiritual you may celebrate with your family at church, cook a big meal, hide the eggs and hope they all get found before the next heatwave. This year we are streaming our family church services from our couch, enjoying a nice ham sandwich, and getting nostalgic looking at photo’s of past Easter dresses and bonnets. Yes, it’s a different world we are living in right now but we can still find little ways to celebrate safely.

  1. Google how to color your hair a soft pastel shade with food colorings you have in your kitchen. Seriously, I’m seeing pictures of some of my more conservative friends who are now rocking purple or pink hair.

2. Now that your hair is styling, get out of your PJ’s and switch to your pastel colored leggings and fuzzy socks and stream your church service. Even though you can’t see all of your friends, it will be nice to hear your pastor’s voice deliver his Easter message. Here is my own local church service live at 10am cst. St. George’s Episcopal Church

3. I am lucky enough (well, most of the time I think this way) to live on my family’s property and because we are in constant contact with each other, and all of us are practicing social distancing we feel good about eating dinner together nightly. For our Easter dinner I’ll be making a Coconut cake with pistachio buttercream filling. I already have some prepared leftover pistachio buttercream and now need to attempt a homemade cake. THANK YOU PINTEREST! There are so…many….recipes!

4. Watch your favorite holiday movie while holding hands with your significant other. I say that last because I sleep in the same bed with my husband so I figure what he’s got, I’ve got. One of my favorite Easter movies is an oldie called East Parade with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. I haven’t watched it in years, but I may torture my husband today by finding this and singing along while I watch Judy Garland try to get noticed in NYC’s Easter Parade.

I’m really going to have to find this movie, it’s bringing back such great memories!

5. Curl up in your favorite reading spot and finish that book you just started. For me that would be Jasmine’s Guillory’s The Proposal. I find that a romance takes me away from reality and that happily ever after gives me a moment of happiness. I’d recommend this one because it’s funny too!

Regardless of how you spend your Easter today, please spend it safely in your own home. Skype with friends or do a Zoom family reunion. Our troubles are not yet behind us, but they will be soon!

Take Care!

Deb

This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Re-makes, Re-tellings, and Repeats

Have you noticed that re-makes, re-tellings and repeats seem to be a trend? If it was done well the first time why would you try to make a better version? Is it even possible? Bad 70’s TV shows have been made into movies and were those movies any better? The only movie I can think that may have surpassed the original show would be 21 Jump Street and that is in large part due to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s chemistry. Charlie’s Angels, my favorite campy TV show is being re-made with the third set of angels.  How successful does the first re-make need to be to make a re-make of a re-make?

It seems to be pretty normal for a great story to be re-told in a more modern manner. Jane Austen’s books have been re-told a great number of times. From the movie Clueless to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane’s stories are re-invented into fantastic new tales and genres quite frequently. Does anyone every get tired of all of these re-tellings and classic re-mixes? I’ll admit, unless the original title is quoted I usually miss the tie-in and just enjoy or hate the new story on its own merits. Maybe I’m not the most sophisticated reader/watcher…

Pride

In the past couple of years fairy-tale re-tellings and re-imaginings have gotten to be very popular in fiction. Do I like them? I have read a couple that have been well done and now that I’m looking back on them I think it’s because they didn’t stick to the story verbatim. As I mentioned above, I was able to forget it was a re-make and lose myself in the story.  I’ve also read a few that didn’t win me over because they stuck too close to the original and didn’t improve upon it. Should they have left well enough alone?  I know, that’s kind of harsh, but why re-create something that was done so well in the first place? It’s like on American Idol when someone chooses to sing a Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston song and they just weren’t as good as the original. Doesn’t the judge tell them that they were taking a huge risk? Yes! I believe the same thing applies to iconic stories like Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, etc. I do give them points for trying though.

Why can’t originality become a trend? That’s kind of sad isn’t it? Our world has so many talented, creative, and clever individuals who want to be noticed for their own originality. I want to help them rise to the top! Let me just finish this one last fairy-tale re-make…

 

Do you agree or disagree with my opinion on re-makes?

If you’ve read a re-telling that you think is just fabulous, please share! I love a good recommendation, as long as it’s not a re-telling of Star Wars or something….

Until next Sunday!

Deb