Daily Archives: December 10, 2017

Words Hurt-Thoughts On The Keaton Jones Video

Words have power, more than we think we do.

Keaton Jones is a young man from Tennessee. His mother recently posted a video of her son crying over the bullying he received at school.

My heart breaks for this kid. Yes, kids can be cruel, but childhood bullying can leave scars long after we have left school.

Many adults may look at bullying as a mere rite of childhood. The truth is that is bullying hurts, more than some of us are willing to admit while we are being bullied. Bullying can lead to depression, lower self esteem,  decreased academic achievement and worst of all, suicide.

I can only hope that justice is done for this young man and the bullies receive what they deserve. Hope is the key word here.

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Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Review

At first glance, Downton Abbey appears to be just another BPD (British Period Drama).

But it so much more than that. Set in an English aristocratic home in the early 20th century, the focus of Downton Abbey is the story of the Crawley family, led by the Earl and Countess of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) and their household staff.

Recently, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opened.

The visitor is first greeted by Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan). Mr. Carson is eager to show the visitor the upstairs where the family lives, but he questions why the visitor is interested in seeing the downstairs portion. The visitor then goes up three flights of stairs, starting with the kitchen and areas where the staff congregate, then following the escalators upstairs to see the areas of the house where the family lives.

The exhibit is sheer perfection. Containing costumes, exact replicas of  the sets, audio clips, video clips and so much more, the exhibit was made for the fans. It’s as if the creators of the exhibit were able to read our minds as to what would like to see and experience.

When a television show is as beloved as Downton Abbey is, an exhibit like this is akin to coming home. It is as if the visitor is a fly on the wall of the set. It is beautiful, it is enticing and worth every moment of my visit.

It is a must see.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is at 218 West 57th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue until January 31st, 2018. 

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It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree Book Review

Genealogy, to me, is very interesting. While most of the focus of genealogy is our individual family trees, it also speaks of the large family tree that is the human race.

A.J. Jacob’s new book, It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree, is not just about his three-year journey to put together his own family tree. It is also about finding distant cousins that he would have never even considered previously (a former US President, well-known performers) and the fact that underneath the labels of race, family origin, etc, we are one big human family.

The story was absolutely fascinating.  It is fascinating because he discovered what many in the genealogy community only dream of discovering. Most of us can only go back four or five generations, if we are lucky. But the fact that Mr. Jacobs was able to make familial connections with strangers and go back as far as he did is amazing to me.

I recommend it.

 

 

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