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from McCartney Green and Grandmaster Eric Kino, Sr
|Posted on March 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
I have a few guilty pleasures and Dancing With The Stars is definitely one of them. There are many things about the show that I love, but one of the main ones is watching the camaraderie develop from week to week. Everyone is so supportive of each other and that makes this show high vibrational which makes it absolutely worth watching! I've thought about writing a blog about the show each season, and now, finally, I'm doing it. That being said, let's get into it. Since there are so many dancers to write about this first time, I will do six today and six tomorrow.
Last night's show, Monday, March 21, 2016
Hello to judge Carrie Ann Inaba, love her enthusiasm and honesty. Wonder how many times she'll fall out of her chair this season. Hello also to judge Bruno Tonioli who is usually upbeat and positive while delivering his innuendo-filled remarks. Welcome back, Len. I hope he will try to be kind. I loved last season because all three judges were positive and uplifting. I will miss Julieann Hough, however, it's no surprise that the adorable talented young lady has a lot of things going right now. I heard that she promises to come back at some point. I'm personally hoping it's as a dancer! Brother Derek too will be missed. He has always been one of my favorites. Currently he's doing Singing In the Rain on Broadway and I'm sure his audiences are in for a real treat! One more thing before I get to the dancers... Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews...love them. I loved Brooke Burke too, but I can't be mad at Erin for the way Brooke's "letting go" was so poorly handled. A little integrity and class would have gone a long way in that area.
Moving on, first up, "little Tootie" Kim Fields and Sasha Farber did a chacha. Kim is looking fabulous and I guess I can't call her "little Tootie" anymore since she is all grown up. She did a great job and I agree with Carrie Ann, she's a firecracker. Gotta root for the "home team" a little bit since she's in Atlanta. Sasha is not only gorgeous but like all the pro dancers...has an impressive resume'. Read about him here... Their scores, 7 - 6 - 7. Pretty much right on. I have no doubt she'll improve.
2) - UFC fighter Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas with a foxtrot. Oh yes! I was excited to see that Paige has a feminine side too. I have to root for her because she's a fighter, like Shelley in my novel, Dandelions Never Die. Shelley too definitely has a feminine side. Not only was Paige beautiful last night, but she did a great job. Great lines, graceful and shows great potential. She's in my top five to win. Of course, with Mark Ballas, whom I love and who I think has some of the most innovative and artistic choreography, she is in good hands. You may notice that I will focus on the pro dancers quite a bit and with good reason. They are all so very impressive and have worked hard to get to be as awesome as they are. I loooovvveee the pro's. Read about Mark here.... Their scores 7 - 7 - 7.
3) - Big time QB Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff also did a foxtrot...sort of. Well, he wasn't the worse. They danced to Sweet Caroline in honor of Boston/NE. Loved hearing the very human side of Doug, stating that throughout his life, things didn't come easy and he always had to prove himself. He stumbled a bit on the dance, but hey...Karina's dress was smokin'!!! No, really, it was beautiful! Read about Karina here.... She's pretty awesome! Their scores 5 - 5 - 5. Hopefully he will loosen up and not be the first to go home.
4) - Full House middle sister Jodi Sweetin and Keo Motsepe performed a tango. I love Jodi and I LOVE Keo so this should be a great team! They did a great job and I only expect them to get better. I just wanted to hug Jodi when she talked about her insecurities as an adult and wandering what people will think about her. Hey, Jodi, don't you worry about that. You are loved. She had good lines and did an impressive job. I'm really hoping she and Keo will make it to the top five. Keo, from the moment I saw him like, three seasons ago I think, I thought, wow, this guy can dance. His flair reminded me of Derek Hough and I am glad he won't be one of the first to go this season. I'm rooting for these two. I hope Jodi doesn't worry about the "expression on her face." I got it..she was trying to look fierce for the tango. Read about Keo here.... Their scores 7 - 6 - 7.
5) - Journalist Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska with an attempt at a chacha. Well, Geraldo is 72, so...good for you. Edyta, and welcome back to this gorgeous young lady!... did what she could. Mostly this is going to be a dance around him type deal, but maybe he can loosen up and do a little better before he has to leave. I have faith in him. Read about Edyta here... (At this link it actually said her bio was coming soon..so I hope it is there by the time you click on it.) Their scores 5 - 4 - 4 were the lowest of the night, but I doubt they expected any more. If Geraldo goes home soon, I hope Edyta will at least be featured in many of the pro dances.
BTW, the pro cast who aren't paired up and perform all the other numbers...they are rockin' too. I don't know all their names yet this season, but that Jenna.... that girl is awesome!
6) - Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani performed a quickstep, a beautiful quickstep I must say. She was like an angel floating over the floor. I was pleasantly surprised. She is, of course, known as the ex- Donald, but she has a lot more going for her. One of the most interesting to me is her "single "House of Love," off her album The Endless, features Deepak Chopra and LogiQ Pryce, and won the Hollywood Music in MediaAward (HMMA) for best song in the Ambient/New Age category." (From her Dancing With The Stars Bio on ABC.go.com) Fifty-something Marla is a beautiful lady. She had a few missteps in her dance, but her smile and happiness overcame any little mistake she made. I hope she sticks around a long time. Tony is amazing, and so kind, and such a gentleman. Love him. Read about Tony here..... Their scores 7 - 7 - 7.
|Pictured Witney Carson and Keo Motsepe|
So, let's get on with this delicious night! That brings us to the 7th dance....Wanya Morris!
7) - Wanya Morris and partner Lindsay Arnold performed a cha cha. Wanya, representing his peeps from Boys II Men said he was looking forward to having a great time, losing some weight and meeting some great people. Well, I have a feeling he is going to do much more than that. He did a great job. I knew he could move, but I didn't expect him to be so smooth. Bruno called him delicious. He is blessed with a delicious partner, Lindsay Arnold, who is one of my fav dancers, of course, she trained with the Ballas' so, yeah, she's good. Read about Lindsay here.... They received a great score and I think he may end up in my top five. Their scores 8 - 7 - 8.
- Next up, the lovely Ginger Zee and the beautiful Val Chmerkocskiy (yes, I can call a man beautiful...I call Chris Hemsworth that all the time, lol.) Ginger, the GMA meteorologist, was adorable trying to 'pump' there in the dance studio in front of Val. He didn't know what to think. Hat's off to Ginger for having just had a baby three months ago and going for it in front of the world. She was beautiful and vivacious and she pushed hard. Maybe they call her "Ginger" for a reason. They danced a jive, a hard dance, especially when you're breastfeeding. Ginger and Val are going to be great together. Read all about Val here.... Len said Ginger was sunshine, and I agree. They also received high scores 8 - 7 - 8.
9) - Ninth to perform were actress Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev. Mischa seemed a little stiff and a little lost during her tango. My heart went out to her. She is so pretty and so sweet and she looked so sad after Len's comments. I was happy that Erin Andrews had some comforting words for her in the interview. Mischa has never danced before, but I'm thinking she is going to improve greatly with Artem as her partner. He is kind and seems to be able to sense her feelings. He has quite the resume and was a finalist in So You Think You Can Dance in 2014. Read about him here.... Their scores were not the best, but they were also not the worst. 5 - 5 - 6.
10) - Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd. Their cha cha was aawwweesssooommmeee! Nyle is totally deaf. He got recognition as a winner of America's Next Top Model and is an actor and spokesperson. He did a great job, stayed right on the beat. Great job to the lovely Peta too, who is going the extra mile in working with Nyle, teaching him to dance and her learning sign language so that she can communicate with him. Learn more about Peta here.... They have an uphill battle and they were beautiful to watch. Deafness aside, I think Nyle is going to be a contender for sure. Their scores 8 - 7 - 8.
11) - Pittsburgh Steelers' own MVP Antonio Brown dancing with one of my very 'favoritest' pro dancers, Sharna Burgess. I knew Antonio would be able to move, and I wasn't wrong. He does need to work on his toes turning in and keeping his frame up. His feet though are fast and he came out like a beast. They performed a quickstep, one of the most difficult dances right out of the gate. Let's talk about Sharna. Every time I see her I think, how can a woman be so very beautiful. And the dress... I mean, wow! I don't mean to minimize her by speaking of her appearance... she is an amazing dancer and her choreography is top notch! Really looking forward to what she has planned for Antonio. Read about Sharna here.... Their scores 8 - 6 - 7.
12) - Last but definitely not least, Von Miller, Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP partnered up with gorgeous Witney Carson. Von's attitude was awesome, humble and hardworking, and Witney was called a Barbie Drill Sergeant. Love that! Witney is tough and a ball of energy. Read more about her here.... Von is big and a little cumbersome, but he can move. Eventually one of the judges will address his big hands and how he can be more graceful with them. A foxtrot is a hard one when the partners are so physically different, one giant, the other tiny. Their high score surprised me, but hey, we'll take it! 8 - 6 - 7.
So, Carrie Ann called the night, "All Kinds of Good." And I agree. I'm excited to see how the season progresses.
I've been trying to settle on a top five, but I'm having a little trouble. I think the world would pick Wanya, Antonio, Nyle and Ginger for sure...and maybe Von Miller though I think his score was a little inflated. I'm saying that Jodi Sweetin and Paige VanZant maybe a little underestimated. I think Paige's numbers were lower because she was near the front of the lineup and they were trying to keep them low and Jodi can dance, she was just nervous. I expect these two ladies to improve greatly and surprise some people. With partners like Mark Ballas and Keo, I pick them.
So, my top five, Paige and Mark, Wanya and Lindsay, Antonio and Sharna, Nyle and Peta, and Jodie and Keo. . . followed up closely with Ginger and Val.
Either way, I love them all. Who do you pick?
|Posted on February 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
I’ve written 8 Romance novels, so, I feel I would be amiss if I didn’t write a little something about Valentine’s Day. I love love. I love the celebration of love. When I come upon a couple holding hands or kissing in public, it doesn't bother me. I find myself grinning and wanting to ask them about their love for each other.
The origin of Valentine’s Day is not the most romantic story and in my mind has no bearing on the celebration of this day. To me, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to share some romance, some hugs and kisses (chocolate ones!) with the one(s) you love.
However, Valentine's Day is also that time when I hear and read many complaints from people about how Valentine’s Day is nothing but a commercial holiday encouraging people to buy chocolate and flowers and Hallmark cards and how we’re all fools for falling for it. It’s a time when I read blogs from single people about how cruel Valentine’s Day is, about how they resent seeing hearts and flowers everywhere, and not be able to get a reservation in a restaurant. They resent being reminded they don’t have a current relationship.
I get it, really I do. However, I just don’t feel sorry for you, mostly because feeling sorry for someone is a negative concept and only adds energy to the problem. So because I love you and care about you, I refuse to commiserate with you. The hard ass in me wants to tell you that as long as you have that attitude, which is really resentment for other people’s happiness and joy, then your joy will be a while in coming. But, hey, I won’t say it. I retract that statement, because I also want to handle your tender feelings with gentle care.
I want to tell you that I love you. I really do. I have compassion for you. Mostly though, I want to encourage you to look at Valentine’s Day in a new and different light. When you see a couple snuggling in the booth at the restaurant, smile, and be happy for them. Smile, and imagine yourself in a wonderful relationship, for seeing it in your own eye will help to draw it to you. When you’re standing in line at the grocery story behind a guy purchasing a balloon and chocolates, instead of rolling your eyes, try this. Try thinking of the tired mom, who gets home from work, helps the kids with homework, throws in a load of laundry, figures out what to make for dinner and opens up her bedroom door to find a balloon and a box of chocolates waiting for her on the dresser. It’s no big deal. It’s merely an expression of love and appreciation from her spouse. Don’t you want her to smile, and feel appreciated?
Don’t you care about the joy and happiness of the women and men who use this day as a good time to remember their loved one with a little something special? Yes, we should do that everyday, however, holidays and celebrations are made to take us out of the tedium of every day life and make us stop for a minute and appreciate what we have. A time to celebrate love.... what could possibly be wrong with that? It’s wrong because you envy others what they have? Time to awaken and change up that attitude.
If you’re single, try to look at it this way; Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, whether you are in a relationship or not. Celebrate the love your best friend shares with her guy, or the love your sister shares with her hubby, or the love your parents share with their mates, or the first love of a little boy in fifth grade. In other words, try sending love out. Change up that resentful attitude with one of appreciation for all the love people share in the world. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, for that is about as attractive as a mangy rat. Glory in the love you see all around you and send your love out to join it, and you may be finding that when you do that, love comes back to you threefold.
Love is happiness and happiness is a choice. Choose wisely.
|Posted on July 2, 2010 at 10:15 AM||comments (2)|
Many times since I began writing romance/women's fiction, I've run up against what I call 'the snobbery of the publishing industry.' It comes from everywhere but mostly from educated individuals who sincerely look down on the romance genre. I believe the words I've heard associated with it are .... silly, cheesy, porn, worthless, waste of time, .. just to name a few.
I've always found those who judge something harshly usually have not given it sufficient consideration, or are merely, "protesting too loudly," for fear they may lose some credibility for themselves. Maybe if they actually took the time to read a few mainstream romance novels they would begin to understand the pull. Here are a few statistics. Click on the link for more detail.
In 2008, romance was the top performing category on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists.
Romance fiction: $1.37 billion in estimated revenue for 2008
Religion/inspirational: $800 million
Mystery: $668 million
Science fiction/fantasy: $551 million
Classic literary fiction: $446 million
In Wikipedia it states... "By the 2000s, romance had become the most popular genre in modern literature. In 2004, romantic fiction generated $1.2 billion in sales, with 2,285 romance novels published. Almost 55% of all paperback books sold in 2004 were romance novels, and this genre made up 39% of all fiction sold that year.
Why do I love romance fiction? For its entertainment value of course. Why do people go to movies, most of which play just as a romance novel reads? Why do we watch romantic comedies? Why do movies like Pirates of the Carribean pull so many? Romance... who can resist Jonny Depp in anything and who wanted to see Orlando Bloom get together with Keira Knightley... we did! As artsy as a sad ending is, wouldn't you prefer to walk away from a movie or book with a smile on your face and a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart?
A friend of mine who is working on her PHD in English, doesn't really read romance, or like it per se. As a favor to me, or possibly out of boredom, she read Dandelions Never Die. She came back with the report that she was surprised. She found it was really very entertaining and she went on to read my other books and even took the time to write a review on Amazon for two of them.
I was on Amazon the other day and stumbled across a discussion "Finally comfortable with being a romance reader." Click on the link and check it out, but I saved a few comments (with permission) to post here on my webstie. Here they are....
MK says: I think it is kind of funny...I have been reading romance novels for over 25 years, since I was in middle school basically with the "teenager" versions of Harlequin novels. I have hidden this from everyone I know forever. It just seemed so embarrassing to me for some reason. I am a scientist who spent many years studying chemistry, all of my friends belong to book clubs where they read thought provoking "literature". I have no interest in that...I want to read something that helps me escape for a while! I love to laugh and cry while I read a book, but I always want to know that there is a happy ending. I am a fortunate person, but like anyone out there I have a lot of things to be sad about. I read books to feel better and cheer myself up!
I have finally started telling people proudly (Even the book club literature friends) that I read romance novels. I read them because they make me happy. And by the way- I aced all the verbal/written standardized tests in high school (SAT etc) because of what I picked up from romance novels. I think they have given me a better vocabulary than most people, and I know a lot about history that many people would never be aware of.
Ansyway- here is a "hurrah" to all of us romance novel readers. I think we are an awesome group of people!
R. Huang says: Hi MK,
Congratulations, you are finally out of the romance "closet"! LOL I am so glad to see a fellow smart and intelligent scientist admitting to the love of romance novels. I am also a scientist in academic biological science and like you have been hiding my passion for romance novels from my friends and colleagues. I've only started reading them about a year ago. I was working on a difficult project at work and stressed to the hilt so I was looking for something else other than Nature, Cell and Science to read so I can escape for a little bit each day. I started reading the Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paulina Simmons that I picked up from Borders and fell in love with romance novels. At first I was a little bit embarrassed to admit to my friends that I read romances and my bf made fun of me when he found my stash under the bed. Then I realized hey some people turn to drug, alcohol or sex to distress and I turn to romance novels, at least my method is way more harmless to both my health and wallet. So I just didn't care anymore and have them to think or ridicule all they want to, I even told them they should try to read a couple themselves and see if they'll change their attitudes toward romance novels. Later on I found out all my colleagues have their own indulgence, one guy reads sci-fi fantasy novels, another plays the computer game Civilization for hours and hours each day, and another watch Japanese anime on a regular basis. They are all brilliant scientists with PhDs by the way but none of them are embarrassed about their hobbies, they talk about it all the time. One of them joked that I should consider putting romance novel reader on my CV because I am sure to pick up skills from those that I won't be able to pick up from the lab, he said it makes me more well rounded...LOL.
Its time to shout to the world that you are a romance reader and be proud of it!
McCartney says: I love romance novels. I write romance. Still, it took time to bravely lift my chin when someone asks, "You're a writer? What do you write?" I think it stems from the snobbery I encountered from many English majors and self-help gurus who intimated that a romance novel was a waste of good time. Contrary to that belief by the "intellectuals" of the world, romance is not only entertaining, but helps to empower women, helps all to search for their ideal career, and even gives us goals and ideals to work for. They uplift and yes, even educate. And so..... My name is McCartney Green and I read ... and write.... romance!
Deanna L. Fisher says: Which is ridiculous because some of the big names in romance have phd's and other various degrees...Eloisa James has a PhD in English (Shakespeare I think); Diana Gabaldon has a PhD in Ecology (or something like that)
The discussion had so many wonderful people and discussions I wanted to copy and paste the whole thing here!
And so, in closing, I stand proudly to say, I love romance!