Top 10 Screen Characters: #MondayBlogs Blog Hop Special

Thank you to https://lauriestarkey.wordpress.com/ for the nomination. It's a welcome break to pop my pop culture hat back on for a post and bring back a good, old fashioned "Top Ten". So here we go.... 1.Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) - The Godfather 2.Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) - Now Voyager 3.Louise Sawyer ( Susan Sarandon) - Thelma… Continue reading Top 10 Screen Characters: #MondayBlogs Blog Hop Special

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The Changeling and the importance of sound in #horror #horrorwriters

The Changeling and the importance of sound in horror movies | Den of Geek. I had to share this article when I found it. I was raised on horror films and one of the things that stand out for me are often the soundtracks. The Changeling is an excellent example of how sound helps transcend… Continue reading The Changeling and the importance of sound in #horror #horrorwriters

Facetious Following to Terrible Trolls… Social Media and Manners

Something has struck me in recent days. Be it in reference to the election debates, UKIP or the tragic events in Paris, people can be pretty horrible to each other. I’ve stumbled across some terrible abuse on social media sites, not directed at me but between others. Some of it is downright offensive, racist and derogatory. Other comments are more insidious, the passive aggressive taunts of those who relish in passing judgement on the comments or posts of others. I appreciate the irony here – am I not being judgemental too? Of course I am. I don’t like it but I strongly feel that we must not tolerate this. We should of course block and report abuse. We should not engage with trolls. But if we can all try to ensure that we think before we comment, the world would be a happier place – I think. Once you put something on social media it is out there forever.

With that in mind, I thought I’d re-post an old post of mine which sums up my views quite succinctly.

Helen Treharne

We’ve seen a lot of media coverage about online trolling recently – usually directed at celebrities and completely uncalled for. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t say anything to someone in an online environment that you wouldn’t say to them if you met them on the street. That’s why certain online behaviours are annoying me more and more.

Social media is a wonderful tool which allows everyone to share information and express views, but I fear that it often goes too far. It’s the step from tweeting that Judy Finnegan’s remarks on Loose Women (suggesting that some types of rape cause no significant harm) to threats of raping her daughter. It’s the vilification of those who speak out against inequality, particularly for those who self identify as feminists. I’ve even seen someone go to the extent of creating screenshots of fake tweets from celebrities and tweeting them to the…

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WHY DO WE GET SO MUCH PLEASURE OFF THE PAIN OF OTHERS?

Nonnie Jules hits it out of the park with this post that I just HAD to share. Now, I am not a Mommy. But this very interesting post asks a question that I find myself asking a lot (those who hang out in my “Soapbox Corner” section will know this) – why do people have to be so mean? Why do we derive such pleasure from someone being “caught out” or doing something wrong. In our celebrity driven culture we seem to take a perverse pleasure in building people up to throw missiles at them as soon as they become too successful or show the slightest sign they are human. We are all capable of making a mistake. Personally, I have made a lot. I hope that when I next make a massive one, someone isn’t there pointing a finger judging. Not only does it hurt the person who is at the end of your finger wagging, it hurts those around them. Whatever happened to, if you can’t say anything nice……..?

Ask The Good Mommy

Before I get started, I need to share a glossary of names, just so that you can follow along with me:

Teresa Guidice = Bravo TV Reality star from the Real Housewives of New Jersey

Danielle Staub = ex-Bravo TV Reality star from the Real Housewives of New Jersey

Now, let’s get started…

I’m a reality TV junkie and there are just some shows I will not miss:  “Real Housewives” of (anything), “Mob Wives” (when I can remember they’re on), and a few others.  I even travel both ends of the spectrum, by “Keeping up with the Kardashians” (not because of their poor behavior, but because of their closeness as a family), and also “The Braxton Family Values” (because of the way they love each other and I so love their mother’s influence in their lives, even now that they’re adults).

Anyone who watches any amount of television, knows…

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