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25 July 2017

My Top 10 List of Iconic Female Celebrities

In America, we love to apply the word “icon” to people who sort of serve as symbols or are symbolic of something much larger than themselves, and are representative of an ideal that we, as individuals, hope to achieve in life. It's almost as if these people are idols. Almost.




A better way to explain our usage of this term would be by sharing my first time hearing it applied to a well-known figure. My first time hearing the word used was a report where people were speaking of Lee Iacocca. What did this man do to have people call him an “icon”? He's an American businessman, in the automobile industry, who (based on my recollection of events) brought the Chrysler Corporation back to life. Evidently, because of his prowess as a business warrior, he stepped up, took the helm as CEO of ailing and failing business entity, revived it and steered to success. For accomplishing this impossible feat, people showered praises on him as if he were a god of the American automotive industry.


As time passed, the word “icon” started popping up everywhere and is especially used for entertainers, such as, Madonna. Why is she an icon? “Madonna could be considered one of the most successful women of all time.” (Quote source: Madonna: Icon (and Single Working Mother with Custody Issues) | The Huffington Post)


Another example? Beyoncé was selected as the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon. (CFDA = Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.)


Once read an article published at Listverse.com about Hollywood suicides. The full title of the article is “10 Iconic Actresses Who Tragically Ended Their Lives”. After reviewing the list of female celebrities, the facts presented about their deaths were indeed tragic, but describing the actresses as “iconic” kind of made me bristle. It didn't seem to jive with other people in the entertainment industry who were being described as “iconic”.


So! Decided to compile my own list of actresses who should be considered “iconic”. Nixed the requirement that that they had to have committed suicide.


Hmmm …? Now where would be the best place to start to find those sort of people very quickly? The iconic Life Magazine. Of course!



Here's my list of ten (10) female iconic celebrities (not all are actresses, but they are famous or recognizable). The parenthetical notes are my rationale or reasons why these women measure up to the criteria that sets them apart as icons.

19 May 2017

People We Like to Quote: Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

The Right Honourable  Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) KG OM CH TD PCc DL FRS RA,  was a military hero and British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.  ( Wikipedia )


I take your point Sir Churchill.  Your reference to "hell" is a descriptive term, a figure of speech to describe an horrific ordeal that someone is enduring and they must stay strong, persevere and keep pushing forward in order to overcome.

However, with regard to the real hellNobody goes through it.  If they end up there it's their final destination.  They can't escape and they can't turn back.  They can't complain that there was an error in their travel itinerary and that they had been dropped off at wrong place!  They can't even bribe whoever put them in there to let them back out.  For one thing, if they were rich, they were not able to bring their money with them.  Ask the Pharoahs or ask Paul.  Also, the living whom they left behind can't pay for them to get out of hell either through a convenient system of indulgences.  (Geez!  And you think insurance in America is a rip off!)

Churchill quotes are food for thought.  

If I were setting up my own personal private library, I would make sure to have at least one book on the shelf with his quotes. 📕📕

Mini BIO - Winston Churchill




02 November 2016

Celebrating the Genius of Einstein and #GR101

Started scanning a tweet stream this morning and found out that folks were celebrating the 101st anniversary of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.  Collecting quotes is my hobby and in particular, always like to read what Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) had to say.  Plucked this one from the Twitter feed.  It was shared by George Shiber.  (See embedded tweet below.)


https://twitter.com/GeorgeShiber/status/793608381613350912

Mr. Einstein died the year I was born.  It's not like we would have ever been best buds, but I fancy myself sometimes having a conversation with him.  Were we having a tĂȘte-Ă -tĂȘte, my response to his statement above would be:

"Not even a genius like you, Mr. Einstein, can comprehend all of God's thoughts. But if a fool would desire to understand just one of God's thoughts, they'd come out ahead.  (Wink. Wink.)"

Einstein always acknowledged The One Who gave him his brilliant mind.  That's what I most admired about him.


















Equation showing that mass and energy can be converted to one another.
Source:LiveScience

27 August 2016

Quotes That are Re-Quote-Worthy

Martin Luther King Jr. 

  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


President Barack Obama

  • “Yes we can.”


Malcolm X

  • “When “i” is replaced with “we” even illness becomes wellness.”


Nelson Mandela

  • “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”



Bob Marley - 

  • “Overcome the devils with a ting called love.”





Original source link: My Fox Nooze









02 May 2016

Houdini and Doyle: "The Maggie's Redress" Review - IGN

The first episode of Houdini and Doyle aired May 2, 2016, on Fox at 8pm CST.


Image credit: Wikimedia CommonsHoudini and Doyle

This is perfect timing me to edit and republish content that first appeared on Persona Paper, June 8, 2015.

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Harry #Houdini poster with sweet #typography. #visitfoxwi
Image credit: flickr.com
 
Two real life people that have always intrigued me:
Harry Houdini & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to feature in X-Files style program | steampunkjournal.org
Fox ordering TV series about Sherlock Holmes author | ew.com

The two links above are entertainment history markers now.

Had heard that Ian McKellen (played the wizard “Gandalf” in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) was going to be cast to play an elderly Sherlock Holmes. The latest brew haha is that the Doyle Estate is suing over copyright violations. Found two links of interest pertaining to that entertainment news. 
 
Mr. Holmes’ Lawsuit: Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Sues Bill Condon & Distributors | deadline.com

Mr Holmes and the strange case of the alleged copyright infringement | guardian.com

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At any rate, scouring the Internet for feedback and opinions about this new TV series and sharing a link  to one of the reviews that pretty much expresses my 1st impression as well.

Houdini and Doyle: "The Maggie's Redress" Review - IGN


To sum up the IGN review?  Some entertainment value, but shallow characters.

English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sid...


Oh my! Can you spell disappointing?

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Oh well!  Here is a fascinating read that won't disappoint.  It's about how the friendship between Houdini and Doyle dissolved.

Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | skeptoid com

The clash between the champions of scientific skepticism and supernaturalism.


English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sidney Paget.c. 1890 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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