Hallmark – I can’t help it


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A year ago this month in my post ‘Christmas Movies‘, I wrote the following –

Okay, I admit it – I am a sucker for those made for TV Christmas movies!

Do you know what I am referring to?

The Lifetime Channel Christmas movies –

Holiday Switch, Holiday Baggage, Christmas on Chestnut Street, A Very Married Christmas, Nothing Like The Holidays, All She Wants For Christmas, Holly’s Holiday, Home By Christmas, and the list goes on.

The Hallmark Channel Christmas movies –

A Royal Christmas, The Christmas Ornament, Moonlight And Mistletoe, A Coral Christmas, Love’s Christmas Journey, Naughty Or Nice, The National Tree, and the list goes on.


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In today’s post, I write the following –

Okay, I admit it – I am still a sucker for those made for TV Christmas movies!

As I did last year, I am watching those made for TV Christmas movies again this year!

I can’t help it, I must watch these movies this time of year and started watching them before Halloween.  I watch several each week including the following –

My Christmas Dream, The Mistletoe Promise, Christmas Cookies, A December Bride, Broadcasting Christmas, Love You Like Christmas, My Christmas Love, and the list goes on.


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huffingtonpost.com article 11 Reasons to Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies includes the following –

I wanted something sweet when I have given up sweets. Can one get cavities from watching TV?

I wanted romance. I have written a few things down for my husband that seem to work in these movies. Like one must go ice skating and fall down. No problem there. Apparently lying about your identity is also very romantic. I’ve tried to tell my husband I’m Nigella Lawson, but no spectacular gifts seem to be arriving addressed to “Nigella.”

I wanted to see the real meaning of Christmas. I do love how these movies just make me think everyone loves each other. Really. You just have to wait until Christmas.

I wanted to feel connected to humanity. At least, I’d like to be connected to Hallmark Humanity. These are nice people. They give you cookies and hot cocoa and show up at your house at all hours of the day and night to make sure you’re okay.

I wanted to uncomplicate life. Who wouldn’t want to live in a Hallmark town? You either work in a coffee shop, a gift shop, play Santa or get the promotion of your dreams. And every town has a cute skating rink and Christmas carolers.


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The article list more reasons to watch these movies and if you are interested, just click the link above.

For me the reason I watch these movies – these holiday movies make me happy and fill my heart with joy.

my denarian decade


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Today is the 18th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Today is November 13, 2016.

I decided to go back to the year I was 18 years old – 1978.

On this day back in 1978, Time magazine Vol. 112 No. 20 was on newsstands.  Viewing it you find fascinating articles related to our Nation, Business, the World, Education and other topics.

As these are interesting topics, I found in this addition the article ‘Television: Once in Love with Mary’ under the Arts and Entertainment topic and it caught my attention.  The article begins with the following –


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Few TV performers are as durable or as justly adored as Mary Tyler Moore. During the past 15 years she has become an unpretentious symbol of sophistication in a medium where that quality is usually considered a punishable offense. As Laura Petrie, the slightly daft heroine of the classic Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore demonstrated that sitcom suburban housewives did not have to be domestic ninnies chained to a kitchen sink. With her easy wit and sturdy intelligence, almost single-handed she brought TV out of the Lucille Ball-Donna Reed era.

Okay, this post is not about Time magazine; though I did write an interesting post related to it – you are welcome to read it by clicking this link ‘Time to read Time‘.


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For those of you my age, you remember Mary Tyler Moore?  In my younger days I watched the Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a popular television series in the 1970s.

Other popular actors in well-known television series of the 1970s included Alan Alda for M*A*S*H, Farrah Fawcett for Charlie’s Angels, Jimmie Walker for Good Times, Telly Savalas for Kojak and Ricardo Montalban for Fantasy Island.

You know here on my blog, I have a dedicated category titled ‘My 70’s Music Collection‘, where I post information about songs of the 1970s.  Many times I refer back to the 1970s in posts; I think because, these were my years of influence.  The 1970s were my years of innocence and puberty; and my teen years.  I spent the 1970s from the age of 10 to the age of 20 – my denarian decade.

yourdictionary.com has the following –


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denarian. Noun. (plural denarians) One who is between the age of 10 and 19, inclusive.

Back in the 1970s, I liked Mary Tyler Moore and many other actors of that day and still do today.  Thinking about them and the shows they starred in bring great memories of a time when life seemed simpler.

Today is the 18th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Why would I watch it?

In my post ‘Bacon Grease‘, I wrote the following –

One interesting side effect of the chemotherapy is a couple of days after my treatment, my hands feel greasy; not oily but greasy.


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They have the feeling of me taking them and rubbing bacon grease all over them, greasy bacon grease.  Very strange feeling and I constantly wash them thinking the ‘grease’ will be removed, but to no avail.

In today’s post, I write the following –

I received many comments about that post, and certainly appreciate each and every one of them.  One of those comments came from Clare over at Around ZuZu’s Barn.  If you are unfamiliar with her blog, I encourage you go visit her – she is dear to me.

Clare and I exchanged a couple of comments, that went like this –

Clare –

Terry, Did you watch “Stand Up to Cancer” Saturday night? It was filled with stories of people who had chemo and are cancer free or in remission. Chemo is one of the most difficult of treatments, i think. It must be an interminable time for you and so a week’s vacation is a joy in itself. I think about you often and send good wishes off to you in Florida as you deal with cancer and become settled in your new life style. Clare

Me –

Clare, I did watch “Stand Up to Cancer” and I was emotional the whole time watching. Thank you for your thoughts and wishes and yes, back to chemo this coming week. Happy Sunday!

Clare –

Me, too. But you saw how much hope there is for all of us and that must have made you smile through the tears..

Me –

Yes, absolutely!



Prior to today I would have never watched this show.  Why would I watch it?  Cancer has nothing to do with me and therefore the show would be boring and a waste of my time.  That day I expressed to Gary I would like to watch it, and he agreed.  As indicated in my above comment to Clare, I was emotional the whole time watching.  I felt sorrow for others and myself that we are dealing with cancer and having to deal with it in a not so pleasant method.  I felt joy and happiness, that advances are taking place and people are recovering from their cancer and living wonderful lives.  I felt heartache for those families and friends who lost a loved one to cancer.

There is no reason for me to watch this show in the past.  Why would I watch it?  In the past I did not have cancer and I have no immediately family member who has had cancer, why would I be interested?  Today cancer is me and I watched the show with many moments of tears coming from my eyes.  As I sat there watching, I wondered if any of my family were watching?  I assume they never watched this type of show in the past, why would they watch?

Times have changed and now I have cancer – I hope there were a few family members that watched this show.  Not because of me, but because of others; the progress being made and those stories that touched my heart.


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No soy Rickey

My category ‘Pictures & Stories’ are posts with me writing a fictional, creative short story about a picture.

I am not Ricky

No soy Rickey –

It was before the time of him, the one that many thought was the other.  On the street, crowds would surround the one and the response would be “es él”.  The response would be “No, no!”, and the one would be swiftly taken and moved away.  The other sites and locations would always be the same for the one that many thought was the other.  And the usual “es Rickey” would be shouted and followed by the common response “I am not Rickey.”  Did they not understand the time was not right, his time had already passed and how could he be young again to be there again at that age?

A decade has passed, he was older, but the one was younger and it could not be him, the one.  Still the crowd grew and shouted “Sabemos que es usted!”  The one’s response firmly was “no, no se no es él, soy yo.”

But wait, why was the one’s response in Spanish and not English?  Could it be, that he the one was the other?  No, no podía ser!

13 & Counting

This post I originally planned for yesterday!  Yesterday morning I choose to publish my post ‘it touched me‘, because I felt it necessary that post was read yesterday.

This post’s significance is a little less than if it were posted yesterday – but I am posted it today anyway.

Pretend it is yesterday –

Today is the 13th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Okay this is interesting – the 13th month of my blog falling on the 13th day of the month!

mentalfloss.com article ‘13 Reasons People Think the Number 13 is Unlucky‘, includes the following –

There were 13 people at the Last Supper. It’s said that Judas Iscariot — the one who betrayed Jesus — was the 13th man to take his place at the table.

Apollo 13 is the only unsuccessful moon mission (intended to get men on the moon, anyway) thus far. An oxygen tank exploded and the survival of the astronauts on board was pretty touch-and-go for several days, but they did all come home safely in the end (but you already knew that).

Kids officially become teenagers at the age of 13, and we all know that’s a scary phase.

In numerology, the number 12 is considered to be the representation of perfection and completion. It stands to reason, then, that trying to improve upon perfection by adding a digit is a very bad idea indeed — your greed will be rewarded with bad luck.

Friday, October 13, 1972, was a bad day in the history of aviation. That’s the day that Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 infamously crashed in the Andes, killing 29 people. On the exact same day, 174 people were killed when a Soviet Aeroflot crashed in a lake about a kilometer from the runway.

You can click the above title link to find the rest of the list, if you are interested.

I personally think there is nothing bad about the number 13.  But then I started thinking about replacing other numbers with 13 and maybe it is bad number.  For instance –

In 1973, a single topped at #2 on the music charts ‘The Twelfth Of Never’, and includes the following lyrics –

I’ll love you ’til the poets run outta rhyme

Until the “Twelfth of Never”

And that’s a long, long time

Until the “Twelfth of Never”

And that’s a long, long time

I guess using the lyric ‘Until the “Thirteenth of Never”,’ well just does not have the same meaning.

In 1983, a movie premiered ‘3 Men and a Baby’, well ’13 Men and a Baby’ would be weird and creepy.


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The television show ‘2 Broke Girls’ is presently a popular show, I do not believe ‘13 Broke Girls’, would be as popular.


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Then there is the book ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, what about ‘A Tale of Thirteen Cities’, no I do not think so.


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Okay, 13 may not work in many titles, but I think it works fine for the title of this post.

Today is the 13th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.