A Published Article by Josh Gross!




I am pleased to tell my readers that blogger Josh Gross The Jaguar and its Allies has an article published in The Revelator! The link to his piece is To Better Save the Planet, Show Yourself.

Please take a moment to visit Josh’s excellent blog and his equally excellent article.


Favorite Horror Films of the 1940s: Cat People




In 1942, producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Torneur, advanced the making of horror films by expanding the possible topics and boundaries. This extraordinary film is not one that relies on a standard “monster”; instead, Torneur employs psychological suspense and subtle development of terror.

This film offers a sophisticated and understated treatment of sexuality and its impact on people. The main character, Irena, a fashion designer, born in Serbia, and played by Simone Simon combines the modern world of high fashion in New York City with the old world beliefs that she is descended from people who are shape-shifters and who turn into big cats when sexually enticed and aroused. Torneur builds a new variation on the established theme of lycanthropy, in which a male changes into a wolf. Additionally, the film demonstrates the tension between science and superstition, the modern era versus the medieval times, and religion versus secularism.

While to a contemporary audience, this movie might seem dated and subdued, I believe it still carries great impact in its study of horror that is felt rather than seen, slowly created rather than visceral, and suggestive rather overt.

Cat People did very well at the box office, but it received a mixed range of reviews at the time. Since the 1940s, it has come to be seen as one of the more important horror films of the 20th Century.  If you have the opportunity, I recommend watching Cat People.




The Spirit Animal Award Nomination!



I am deeply honored to have received a second Spirit Animal Award Nomination; I take these kind acts of recognition by other bloggers very seriously and with gratitude. I was nominated by Miss Gentileschi at Secret Art Expedition   https://secretartexpedition.wordpress.com for this award.  Thank you so much!  If you have not seen her wonderful blog, please visit her.

The  rules of the award:

*Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to his/her blog.

*Post the award picture on your blog.

*Write a short paragraph about your blog and what it means to you.

*Answer this question: if you could be any animal, what would it be?

*Choose and notify ten nominees

What does my blog mean to me?

I have been writing this blog for a couple of years, and it has grown from simply being a small exploration of words and writing to a much larger look at many aspects of writing, life, and art. It also, however, has become a conduit or a place of  meeting with many people with whom I would never have had the opportunity to connect without the blogging world. Ideas are exchanged here, and I am humbled and grateful for that opportunity. For that connection, I am thankful.  And I thank all the people I have met, who follow me, and whom I follow.

What animal would I choose to be?

The first time I received  this nomination, I choose the wolf, because I have always felt a connection to those magnificent animals. I also have another connection, and that is to an eagle.  So, I choose an eagle as my spirit animal.



My Nominees:

*Jennie at A Teacher’s Reflections https://jenniefitzkee.com

*K.C. Redding-Gonzalez at Zombie Salmon (The Horror Continues) https://zombiesalmonthehorrorcontinues.wordpress.com/

*K.D. Dowdall at Midnight In The Garden https://karendowdall.com/

*usabaker at Running After 50  https://usabaker.wordpress.com

*Sarah Higbee at Brainfluff Curious corners of a writer’s cluttered mind


*Marlana Eck at Awaiting Moderation Reflections on Culture


*John Kraft at Down the Hall on Your Left https://johnkraft.wordpress.com/

*Mitch Teemley at The Power of Story https://mitchteemley.com/

*Laura at Today’s Dose of Sanity https://todaysdose.wordpress.com/

*amoafowaa at Mum C Writes https://amoafowaa.com/

Once again, thank you to Miss Gentileschi at Secret Art Expedition   https://secretartexpedition.wordpress.com


The Spirit Animal Blog Award



I was delighted to receive a nomination from Tadhg https://askateenageaspie.wordpress.com for The Spirit Animal Blog Award.  Thank you very much, Tadhg for thinking of me; I am deeply honored by your consideration.  If any of you have not seen his blog, please visit it, and discover a witty, artistic, and poetic young man.

The Rules of the Award:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to that page.

2.) Post the award picture on your blog.

3.) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

4.) If you could be any animal, what would you be?

5.) Pick and notify ten nominees.

A Little About Me And What My Blog Means To Me:

I am a writer who has come to writing later in life and a college teacher for several decades. I am committed to an exploration of life and ideas. Reading has always been a crucial part of who I am, and I am blessed with being able to share that love of books in both my classes and now through my blog.  I hope to be able to share the work that I am producing through my novel writing and to connect with others who are exploring and discussing their ideas.  I feel very lucky to have made contact with so many wonderful people through this blog.

If I Were A Spirit Animal, I Would Be:

a wolf. I had to think very hard about this choice, because I have a deep affinity with several animals, but the wolf is loyal, brave, and adventurous. I realize many are afraid of these animals, but wolves do get a bad reputation from various horror movies, including some I have enjoyed and reviewed.  The true nature of the wolf, however, is strong and admirable, so I am always moved when I see photos of these beautiful animals; therefore, I hope I would be a spirit wolf.



My Nominees:

Zachary Paul Chopchinski http://zachchop.com/

Michelle Saul https://mythoughtsonwritingandreading.wordpress.com

Kelly Miles http://authorkellymiles.com

Mitch Teemley http://mitchteemley.com

Stehanae V. McCoy http://boldblindbeauty.com/

Yinglan https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com

Purpleanais http://arwenaragornstar.com

C.M. Blackwood https://cmblackwood.wordpress.com

Windmills of My Mind https://contemporaneousquixotic.wordpress.com

Amy Reese http://amyreesewrites.com

Once again, thank you very much to Tadhg https://askateenageaspie.wordpress.com