Category Archives: The Real World

Today’s the Solar Eclipse! Be Careful – Here’s a DIY Viewer Box!

For all my readers here in the United States,  here’s a great DIY eclipse viewer you can slap together quickly to view the event! Be careful and enjoy, but remember to NEVER stare at the eclipse unless you you have certified protected glasses.  I’m also posting another article here with everything you need to know:  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/16/541132645/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-total-solar-eclipse

Isn’t life amazing? Take care and enjoy, Therese 🙂 ❤

Here’s the DIY eclipse viewer – easy!

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/video/build-your-own-eclipse-viewer-1021805124002

I’ve Been Busy!

Therese with the marvelous cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. (I’m the hippie with the white daisies in my hair, 2nd row 3rd from left)

Hey Kids,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been busy the past couple of months as a cast member in a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  This weekend is the last three shows, and I gotta tell you, this has be a wonderful adventure for me, and it’s a joy to get back into a little acting again!   I’m in the ensemble for the piece, and I’m playing everything from a worshiper to a fish merchant to an angel!

Jesus Christ Superstar is the classic rock opera from 1970  penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber  and Tim Rice.  It brings to life the last week in the life of Jesus and his conflicts with the priests of the Sanhedrin and his disciple Judas.  It’s a powerful musical, with classic songs like I Don’t Know How To Love Him, Gethsemane, King Herod’s Song and, of course, the title number.

Our show has been the happiest hard work I’ve ever done!  It’s a joy to see it come together from audition to final piece, and I’ve made many lovely new friends.

If any of you live in the Binghamton, NY area, please come check it out!  You can read a review here and get tickets here.

I’ll be back next week with Trek stuff.  Thanks for your patience! 🙂 -Therese

 

 

Remembering Leonard on COPD Day

Today, November 16, is COPD World Awareness Day. It saddens me to think of how many people have suffered with this condition, but what’s more, it is a mostly preventable condition. (unless genetic) Remember how Leonard stressed abstinence and quitting in his final year. He had said:

“I quit smoking 30 years ago; not soon enough!” …”If you smoke, quit now and if you haven’t started, don’t!”

To think that in his last hours, the poor man couldn’t even talk, his beautiful baritone  voiced silenced, his lungs closing up, is heart-wrenching. I’ll never forget when I saw him in NYC in 2013 how he had an awful coughing fit on the stage of Symphony Space.  This was before his disease was public knowledge, but I suspected that something was awfully wrong with him.   I’m sure had he survived he would still be promoting awareness of the awful diseases that are under the tent of COPD; emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  Please support the COPD community and in Leonard’s memory, please don’t smoke.  And thanks to his daughter Julie, for making this part of the conversation. ❤
http://www.copdllap.com/

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My Weekly Spock -Writer’s Strike

It’s important to stand up for what you believe in. Here’s Leonard at the Writer’s Strike of 1988.

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Good Night America.

Friends, I won’t be posting for a while.  The events of the last 24 hours have left me so numb I will probably spend the next few weeks in deep prayer.

I am sickened and disgusted that this orange, arrogant, ignorant,  misogynistic, homophobic, racist will be taking over the reigns of my beloved country.  This man has no right to be anywhere near the nuclear codes.  He is a whiny overgrown toddler with skin thinner than an onion. Contrary to his continuous boasting, his is NOT smart, nor is he rational.   He has no respect for womanhood, he has no respect for anyone who is not white. He will reverse all the hope and good that came from the past 8 years and he has brought to the front the flagrant racism of white power.

I love my country, but I have never been an ‘our nation first’ kind of person.  I believe that every country deserves the right to live in peace and harmony, but I feel now that the nuclear clock is ever closer to midnight.  I cannot believe that so many people were suckered in by this racist bastard.  One thing I fear; the America I believe in will be soon plummeted into darkness. Trump will ally with Russia and is only happy to lick Putin and Kim Jong Un’s boots.  Our Four Freedoms here in America will slowly erode, as such:

Freedom of Speech:  Trump has already banned and mocked reporters at his rallies.  You can damn well bet that he will do his damnedest to remove any shred of disagreement in the media. He already has his Trump TV planned– I suspect it will become STATE TV.

Freedom from Want:  Not likely.  Trump will end or reverse all the programs that aid the poor. He will tax the hell out of the middle class and more.   He will keep the billionaires happy, of course.

Freedom of Worship.  Only if you’re a ‘Christian’ of course.  Jews, Muslims, Buddhist’s and all others need not apply.  He will drive out the Muslims, or very likely put them in internment camps.

Freedom from Fear.  I am more scared now than I have ever been in my life. Not just for my country, but for the world.  Trump will rout out anyone who disagrees with him.  And this is the man who asked not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES during a security briefing:  “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?”

To the rest of the world, I am so sorry that my fellow countrymen were sucked in by this conman.  I am so sorry that our media gave this bastard free press EVERY FRIGGIN’ DAY for the past 15 months, and for all the fooled who crawled out of the woodwork to support him.  Apparently America is too naive to realize that it is NOT a good thing when one of the only papers to endorse a candidate is run by the Ku Klux Klan.

God Help Us.

To all my readers who voted for him, I will understand if you are offended by this post and decide to drop out.  I will not hold it against you.  I thank you for your time in the past.  But I’m afraid that under a Trump presidency, our future will be more of a Borg Collective than the tranquil solace of Vulcan.

May we all strive to Live Long and Prosper.  (Missing Leonard more than ever)   Love, Therese.

Update: (11/18) I added this meme sent in by reader Kid Charlemange, only modified it a bit to make it family-friendly (I totally understand Mr. Lincoln’s confusion) Thanks Kid. 🙂

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Crazy Busy End of School Year…

Hey Kids,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but between end-of-year school events including 5 kids in my immediate family graduating from High School it’s a crazy time! (There’s my son, my niece, my two great-nieces, and my nephew!)  Thanks for your patience and I’ll be back soon!

graduate Spock

 

Vote! (Primary Day in NYS)

To all my Fellow New York State residents:

IMG_8329Today’s the Primary voting in the Presidential Election — polls close at 9:00 p.m. EDT, so please get out there!

(Of course I had to do a little homage to Leonard  ❤ )