Daily Archives: July 23, 2020

New Amsterdam Character Review: Cassian Shin

*For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series New AmsterdamRead at your own risk if you have not watched the show.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

On a long running series, a new character is akin to a newborn baby. The arc of this character is a mystery, making it fun for both the writer and the audience to discover who this person is.

On New Amsterdam, the newest doctor to join the team is Cassian Shin (Daniel Dae Kim). As talented as he is in the world of medicine, he came off to his new colleagues as arrogant and a know it all.

To sum it up: The exciting thing about Cassian is that he is full of possibilities. We have yet to discover who this man is, creating the desire to learn as much as we can about him.

Which is why he is a memorable character.

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Throwback Thursday: The Joy of Painting (1983-1994)

I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something about creating art that is both gratifying and relaxing. I think it has something to do with the creation of the art and the focus on something that makes the person happy.

The Joy of Painting aired on PBS from 1983 to 1994. The viewer followed along with the late artist and art teacher Bob Ross as he taught the viewer how to paint landscapes.

I remember watching this show as a kid. He had a way of teaching that was ideal. He spoke softly, encouraged the viewer to believe in themselves, and taught in such a way that it anyone believe they could paint as he did.

I recommend it.

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The Federal Government’s Reaction to Portland is Fascism in the Making

Democracy does not secede to fascism in one sitting. It requires time and the inaction of both the government and the ordinary person on the street to allow this transition to occur.

Last night, as peaceful protesters descended on Portland, the response by Federal troops (sent in by you know who) was to gas the protesters.

This is not democracy, this is the beginning of fascism in the making.

We, as a nation to need to take action ASAP. We need to vote in November and we need to make sure that our voices are head. If the experiment that is the American democracy is to last another 200+ years, we cannot be complacent. If we are, then the United States as we know it to be may be one day resigned to the history books.

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