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Hallo, Folks!
Time to bring back another round of nostalgia:
(to the class of '99)

Full Lyrics Here  

On a personal note,
when this song was released, I enjoyed it for what it was and thought the premise behind it
was just 'cool'. I was just a freshman in college at the time, and might have brushed
past most of the words and messages.
Now that I'm much older...well, what can I say?
The words hit so much harder.
But then again...isn't that always the way things are?

...oh and don't forget to wear your sunscreen. *Wink*

This, of course, closed a synapse in my brain, triggering the following memory: "Anyone not wearing two-million sunblock is going to have a real bad day, get it?" [Sarah Connor, as played by Linda Hamilton, in Terminator II]
These words mean so much more now that I am older. Some make me smile and some make me tear up.

It's April 22nd

Join your fellow Writing.com writers as we remind ourselves of what Earth
means and should mean to all of us.

Celebrate the Earth  (13+)
A tribute to 'Earth Day' by WDC Members
#1414597 by iKïyå§ama

If you'd like your poem, blog entry, or static item to be showcased above,
please provide link in the comments below.

You could earn yourself an environmental-awareness-related Merit Badge for
your efforts.

Everyday is Earth Day!

Awesome poems, GERV✨prep Magical Adventure .
Thanks for sharing. Will add to the page. *Bigsmile*
🍂Seasons Change🍁 But Not The❤️  (E)
🍁 Poems of the most inspiring season to write about -- Autumn 🍁
#2098794 by Ephemeral Memory of BK Compton

Natural  (E)
Expressions of the poet's connection with nature and self.
#1155120 by Ephemeral Memory of BK Compton

My blog is chock full of stuff related to nature:

"The Process Of Plants

Thanks for the links, Ephemeral Memory of BK Compton !
'Natural' was already featured on the page, but I'll go ahead and add the others. *Bigsmile*

Kiya's Perplexed Query of the Day:

For those of you who have watched it, what did you think of the ending of Night of the Living Dead (1968 version) by George A. Romero.

Unsatisfactory? Disturbing? Seemed-about-right? Unfair? Was-George-Smoking-Something-When-He-Wrote-That-Scene?

(and no, I have not watched the 1990 remake, so no spoilers in case I do decide to open that up someday)

Also, the "he should have screamed" is exactly part of the narrative. It places the blame on the victim, and makes that character "dumb" - except we have all the evidence we need from the movie that he is not at all incompetent. Basically, despite surviving the demands of the group for the entire night - he still could not escape the expectations/biases of the larger society - whether it be the group in the movie or the audience saying "he should have screamed."

And based on current event 50+ years later, no, it would not have mattered if he had screamed.

It's especially contextualized if you consider the North/South analysis - where the cellar is the "south" and the "north" is upstairs. The dialogue surrounding the whole situation in this context is *insane*.

And Kiya, you'd be surprised how many people don't get it, or really do believe it was an accident of casting.

I'll shush up now
BIG BAD WOLF - I am sure he and Wes Craven are having a grand ol' time wherever folks like them end up.

Jayne - you articulated the reason why any cries for help or acknowledgement would have worked in the end, quite well. Kudos! I also never really thought about the North/South - Upstairs/Downstairs situation. Interesting! All information was stored 'upstairs' (the North) and yes, the whole argument about why being in the cellar vs being above ground was intense. Hah! You're making me want to watch it all over again. *Laugh*

P.S: I don't doubt there are folks out there who fail to see beyond what's on the screen or what George tells them. They choose to simply see it as just another horror movie with no subtext.
I gravitate toward strong black characters like Ben. I could consider this movie an allegory, but ultimately, a tragedy, which horror movies are...really makes you think how difficult for any and all to unify. His death was more than irony, but tragedy of ignorance, much like movies, mirroring real life, how we mistreat something that is misunderstood. There's tragedy and ignorance everywhere I look. I want to be a friend to all, yet demean myself should I reach out, feel a monster for being guarded, speechless having been outspoken. I now try not to stir the pot or label something I cannot possibly know, as many truths die as secrets.

But, to consider if this movie as an allegory, if that's what you're reaching for, I found this:


Just because...

...why not? *Wink*

My older sister gave this album to me for my 12th (I think?) birthday to get revenge for something I'd given her for Christmas that year. I don't recall what I'd given her that she'd been so offended by, but I remember opening this present and her laughing at how clever she'd been! Gig was up when I started listening to it all the time! *Laugh* Thanks for the memory!
Hah! Joke's on your sister Buddhangela's Brave & Crazy *Laugh*
Glad this brought back the memories. Can't beat a classic. *Bigsmile*

Ooh hooo!
I spy with my little eye, a cute little activity to help raise funds for some worthy groups/activities/contests around Writing.com

Please stop by:
Fairy Supports Fundraiser  (E)
A fundraiser for various groups, contests and activities.
#2270570 by GERV✨prep Magical Adventure

...and give a sweet fairy a home, will you? *Fairy*

And thanks again for letting "The WDC Angel Army be a part of the proceeds!

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Thank you for the plug Kiya!

Ah, April 1st.
Darn...miss those days of absolute chaos The StoryMaster would cause with the coding
around the site. *Laugh*

But in the interim, you all will have to suffer through this!

I shall not be held responsible for the inevitable rolling of eyes that might result from picking up that thing up there.
I plead the Fifth!

Great jokes!!! Lovely trinket... Many thanks...
It would be good to see you around more often. Hope you're nicely settled in by now. *Hearto*
@🌕 HuntersMoon and Kåre Enga i Portugal 🇵🇹 - I miss being that active around here as well! *Sob* But, yes, I'm settling in despite the crazy work schedule. Either way, I'll still do my best to be as visible around my second home with all ye fine folks. *Heart*
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A big, big THANK YOU for all the lovely well wishes, c-notes, and MBs sent my way yesterday!
I can easily say it was one of the best birthday celebrations I've had in a while.
Aside for the positive vibes received here, I journeyed to the infamous London West End,
had dinner at a Korean restaurant, and ended the evening by catching one of the most famous
plays in history with friends:

It was my first time watching a theatrical performance in person, and I'm not about to write a whole essay about it here;
just know that it's one heck of a powerful experience.
So, here's a big thanks to the Guy-Up-There for seeing me through another birthday celebration
and again to all you lovely folks for making me smile throughout the day.

P.P.S: Happy Birthday to my bookend birthday 'twins' - Kittiara and Elle (she/her) !! *Bigsmile*

Thank you Praying for peace for Ukraine and yes, it was a wonderful day indeed! *Bigsmile*
Happy belated birthday!

My wife and I saw Les Misérables several years ago. Great show and she insisted on buying the soundtrack CD. Which led to:

I caught a little earworm,
the tune is quite well known.
It wriggled 'round my ear canals
until the drums were blown.

I thought I could displace it
with another music strain,
now I have a big earworm
that's gnawing at my brain!

Sorry I'm late!! Happy Birthday! *cake1*
Very happy birthday to you!
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*Balloono* Happy Birtdhay, iKïyå§ama ! *Balloono*
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Happy birthday, Kiya! May this birthday be especially memorable in a wonderful way. The luck of the Irish will follow you for all of your days. *CandleG* *Shamrock* *CandleG*


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Hey there

Happy birthday, my friend. Have a bless day.

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Happy Birthday! *Party*

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