Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday's Flashback: Back to Life, Back to Reality

I made it through my first week back from vacation. It wasn't as tough as I thought it was going to be, but I definitely miss the relaxation and ease I felt was on the island of Sint Maarten. I'm back to life and back to the reality that is my life, which comes with it's ups and downs. Luckily, I have my memories and photos to bring me back even if it's just for a few moments.

Since I spent the week getting back into the work groove I thought it's fitting to have Soul II Soul's video "Back to Life Back to Reality" be Friday's Flashback. Back in 1989 this song brought Soul II Soul international fame. The group won two Grammy awards; Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Back To Life," and Best R&B Instrumental for "African Dance." I love this song. It's smooth, sensual and has a great beat you can two step to. All you have to do is flow with it.Classic!

Well, I'm back to my life post-vacation and moving forward. Have a good weekend and enjoy the video.

The Tillinghast Nightmare Premiere Movie Screenings

Halloween will be here before we know it. Did you know the holiday originated in Europe ad was brought to the United States by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland? Don't believe me check

This time of year you'll find many people embracing  creepy and scary allure of the holiday. There are haunted houses, fright nights and if you turn on your TV, your sure to find a classic horror film on one of the cable networks, not to mention trailers for horror or thriller themed movies now at the box office. 

In the world of indie cinema we have a team of talented and creative Connecticut artists ready to make the most of this Halloween with their premiere screenings of The Tillinghast Nightmare, directed by Alec Asten. The documentary film is based on seven members of the Tillinghast family mysteriously died in 1799. Through re-enactments, artwork and interviews with experts from different fields, The Tillinghast Nightmare makes surprising connections to give insight into the practice of vampire exorcism in eighteenth and nineteenth century New England.

Colonial Vampire's Invade New London
(Tim Bonavita, Magda Grover, Kat McNiff, & Amy Gott)

There will be four screenings of The Tillinghast Nightmare thanks to community support within the Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Screening Schedule:

October 27, 2013
Gardening Arts Center
325 State Street, New London, CT
7 to 9 p.m.

Signature Caption:
Signature of Stukely and Honor Tillinghast
October 28, 2013
Columbus Theater
270 Broadway, Providence, RI
7 to 9 p.m.

October 29, 2013
Jane Picken's Theater & Event Center
49 Touro Street, Newport, RI
7 to 9 p.m.

October 30, 2013
Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT
7 to 8:30 p.m.

“We are based in New London, so naturally we wanted our Premiere to be in New London. We reached out to the Garde and they were excited about having a fun event," said Magda Grover, producer on the project. “Especially with us bringing Dacre Stoker to talk about his Great Uncle, Bram Stoker, and how he was inspired to create Dracula based on "New England Vampire" accounts.The bonus was when we reached out to The Mark Twain house and they informed us that Mark Twain had actually critiqued Dracula to Bram so they partnered with us for the Screening Event. That was really fascinating.The legend is based in Rhode Island, we reached out to several venues in the state and were very pleased that Jane Pickens Theater and The Columbus Theatre both were interested and agreed to let us screen there. 

If you're looking for a fright night in New England I'm recommending The Tillinghast Nightmare screenings. It's not everyday you get to see a film written, directed and produced come to the screen! Don't miss it!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Back from Sint Maarten

Cupecoy Beach, Sint Maarten
I'm home sweet home and am glad to see our government saw fit to raise the debt ceiling although I still can't believe it came to the wire like it did. Hot mess. This post was meant to be a greetings from Sint Maarten, but I forgot to post while on vacation.

I can't believe my week on the lovely island of  is almost over. I'm kind of bummed about that. It was a relaxing week. I really enjoyed the down time with family and friends. It's only Monday and I already miss the laid-back and blissful vibe of the island, let me not forget their tasty Caribbean food, the people, the beautiful blue beaches, and last but not least, the weather (I love the hot sunny days and warm nights. This climate is great for my skin.)

Since I missed Friday's Flashback last feature week, here is a Monday recap that features the Oh Sweet Sint Maarten Land video and some of the photos from my trip. It was a very good vacation. Time well spent.

Shoreline of Cupecoy Beach
Balcony view from the Atrium resort.

My mom (in the middle) with her friends Agatha (left) and Sheila (right).

Sunset at the Simpson Bay resort.

Enjoying my coconut water.

Sint Maarten country side

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday's Flashback: Madonna's "Holiday"

Happy Friday, you and I made it through yet another work week. I'm also excited to report that I'm one day away from a much needed vacation to the island of St.Martin, also known as St. MaartenThe tiny French-Dutch island of Saint-Martin, covering just 88 km², is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, shopping, outdoor excursions, casinos and bingo (a local favorite). It will be a second visit for my mom, sister and I and is part of birthday getaway for my mom. 

While I do enjoy the fall season, it will be nice to relax and enjoy 80 degree days and be thrown back into summer mode even if it us just for a week.

Planning for this vacation, got me to thinking about the fact that most Americans don't go away for vacation and that many people in the U.S. only get two weeks a year compared to our European counterparts who get a least a month. Part of this has to do with our value system. Europeans get more time off, but make less money (seems like they place a higher value on time outside of work) compared to Americans who typically earn more money, but take less time off even when they have it.

I personally value both and struggle to find a happy medium. I wish I had more vacation time. I want to have a strong income  and grow it, but I've come to realize that money isn't everything and at the end of the day you can't take it with you.

In honor of my vacation I have to shout out my girl Madonna! Even though she's been a Friday Flashback her song "Holiday" fits perfectly for this week's flashback. Have a great weekend and see you back here next week!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday's Flashback Video: Sinead O' Conner's "Nothing Compares 2 U"

It's Friday and I'm happy to say I'm pleased to have made it through another week. I'm officially in countdown mode. A week from tomorrow I'll be on the beautiful island of St. Martin with my mom and sister for a birthday vacation celebration with my mom. She is yet another year older (won't say her age), but she still looks fabulous and I hope that I'm working it like her when I'm her age.

Ms. Miley Cyrus seems to still be on the minds of folks in the world of celebrity weeks after her disturbing VMA performance with Robin Thick last month. I know they say that even bad press is good (I wholeheartedly disagree because it's no fun to watch people publicly fall apart.) Towards the end of this week, even Sinead O'Connor had words of advice for Miley Cyrus. Sinead knows what it's like to be ridiculed in the media. I found her advice to be right on point, but it looks like Miley would prefer she kept her opinions to herself. Read it here. I applaud her open letter and it's why I've select Nothing Compare 2U" as Friday's Flashback video. In my opinion this is one of the best covers that comes close to being better then the original that was song by Prince.

Nothing compares to Sinead. I love that she is still vocal in and out of the world of music! Have a good weekend and see you back here next week!