It’s Mother’s Day weekend and to all of the moms out there, I hope you have a great one.
Gretel will be with her mother this weekend, so Ray and I are going to do our own thing and dodge the showers and thunderstorms.
Whatever you choose to do, have a great one. Here are some random thoughts just because…
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, DESSIE!
My sister and I celebrated Mother’s Day with our mother, Dessie, in 1990. It would be our last. I can’t believe it’s been 25 years already.
While I miss my mother and being able to talk and share time with her, it’s nice to know she’s looking over me.
Three years ago, Ray was gearing up for his 30th high school reunion and I was getting ready for my October birthday concert with Madonna in Las Vegas.
So, we ate healthy all summer, worked out, and walked constantly. We ended up losing about 25 pounds or so each.
That gave us a chance to indulge and eat all that we wanted in Vegas that October.
Unfortunately, we didn’t eat very healthy in 2013 and 2014 and gained all the weight back.
So, we’re at it again and it’s already paying off. Later this month, we can enjoy the Vegas buffets with little, if any, guilt.
LAS VEGAS, HERE WE COME!
Our annual pilgrimage to Vegas is getting closer.
Along with some gambling, plenty of fun food, champagne, people watching, and everything else you do in Vegas, I want to visit more of the hotels and check out the decor and fun displays.
Bellagio is always festive and there are fun things to take pictures of.
As for shows, I really want to see Britney Spears again.
I also want to see Mariah Carey, who made her Caesars Palace residency debut to rave reviews Wednesday night. Mariah, choose me for front row seats May 23rd or 24th! :)
FIORINA & CARSON, YOUR 15 MINUTES ARE ALMOST UP
The 2016 presidential election is still 18 months away (yes, one-and-half years) and there are already six Republicans and two Democrats running for the job.
Of the six Republicans, two have never been elected to public office and both need to sit down and let the adults talk!
Real Clear Politics (RCP) is tracking fourteen potential Republicans for office and Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive officer at Hewlett-Packard, is in last place.
And, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is in the RCP rankings in eighth place.
In the RCP poll, the top vote-getter on the Republican side is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who hasn’t announced his candidacy.
Of the other four Republicans that are running for president, Marco Rubio is in second place, Rand Paul fourth, Ted Cruz fifth, and Mike Huckabee is sixth.
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads her only competitor Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, in the RCP poll averages 62% to 5%.
A GAY OR EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN FOR PRESIDENT?
The Wall Street Journal and NBC News surveyed a thousand Americans in April about their thoughts on a gay candidate and an evangelical Christian candidate running for the country’s top office.
61% would be enthusiastic about or comfortable with a gay or lesbian presidential candidate compared to 52% for the evangelical Christian running for president.
Just seven years ago, only 43% said they would support a gay or lesbian person running for president.
Way to go, America!
In 2008, around 50% surveyed said they’d support an evangelical Christian, which is pretty close to what it is now.
2014-2015 TELEVISION SEASON WINDING DOWN
I’m still waiting to hear if one of my favorite shows, “Bates Motel”, will be renewed. I believe that it will.
Meanwhile, I’m bummed that “Stalker” was cancelled because I love the actors and the creepy story lines.
On Friday, Fox announced it was cancelling another one of the shows that I’ve watched for the past three years.
As much as I loved the first season of “The Following” and enjoyed the second season, I correctly predicted that after season three, it needed and would be axed!
Sadly, I’ll miss seeing Kevin Bacon and Shawn Ashmore each week!
For a more revealing look at Ashmore, one that you never saw on “The Following”, keep reading and check the bottom of the blog — just because. :)
MORE “AMERICAN CRIME”
Late this week, it was announced that another show I enjoy, “American Crime”, was renewed for a second season.
I hope my friend and former college buddy, W. Earl Brown, now a much in-demand actor, will be back for season two.
W. Earl (just Earl then) and I were in the Radio-Television program together at Murray State University in the early-1980s and I also acted in his one-act play that he had to direct for a class. I hope he got an “A”!
However, I don’t know what story line the second season will follow. Maybe it’ll be like “American Horror Story” and cast the same actors in different roles? I’d love to see Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton (with a haircut) back, too.
“How To Get Away With Murder”, “Madam Secretary”, and “Empire” will be back for a second season, too.
“HANNIBAL” RETURN IS JUST WEEKS AWAY
*WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES*
My favorite summer show that you’re likely not watching,”Hannibal” returns June 4th on NBC for its third season.
This summer, I’ll also check out the new David Duchovny thriller, “Aquarius” on NBC (premiers May 28th) and “Wayward Pines” on Fox (debuts May 14th).
“MAPS TO THE STARS”
2014 was a great year for Julianne Moore.
She won rave reviews, her first Oscar, and a Golden Globes award for “Still Alice”. She also won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for another Golden Globes award for “Maps To The Stars”.
In this satirical drama (although Moore was nominated in the “comedy” category for the Golden Globes) from acclaimed director David Cronenberg, Moore plays an aging actress, who’s trying to win the dream role of playing her late mother (a famous actress) in a movie remake.
Needless to say, Moore’s Havana Segrand is messed up and out of touch with real life. I’m not saying all in Hollywood are. :)
But, she’s calm and collected compared to Agatha Weiss, played with perfection by Mia Wasikowska (who also played Moore’s daughter in 2010’s “The Kids Are All Right”). She has many issues, as does most everyone in this movie.
“Maps To The Stars” is a very strange, but riveting movie.
“TALKING IS HARD” — WALK THE MOON
It almost goes without saying, but I will anyway, that Madonna’s new album, “Rebel Heart” and Reba’s “Love Somebody” are amazing. I’ve blogged about them recently and added the links for you just believe this album recommendation!
Another album I highly, highly recommend is “Talking Is Hard” by the Cincinnati, Ohio, rock band, Walk The Moon.
Their debut single, “Shut Up and Dance”, is so infectious and it’s already one of the ten most played songs in America and it’s been number one on Billboard’s Rock Tracks chart for several weeks.
Other standouts on this incredible debut are “Sidekick”, “Avalanche”, “Portugal”, “Work That Body”, “We Are The Kids”, and “Aquaman”.
It’s a throwback to ’80s music from a band of youngsters that weren’t likely even around in the 1980s.
MADONNA & REBA ALBUM REVIEWS
If you missed my review of Madonna and Reba’s new albums, you can read them here with just a simple click!
MADONNA — “REBEL HEART”
REBA — “LOVE SOMEBODY”
USHER, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
I like Usher’s music and he’s had many amazing hits (“Without You”, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”, and “OMG”).
However, “I Don’t Mind”, his new one featuring Juicy J, just irks me when I’m flipping through the radio and I hear it.
I’m happy that he doesn’t mind that his woman is a pole dancer and she’s making money because she’s coming home to him, but this song just feels dirty.
Don’t get me wrong. Pole dancing doesn’t bother me because Madonna has a song on “Rebel Heart” called “Holy Water”, with the line “bitch get off my pole” and it’s fun and frisky.
JASON DERULO BOUNCES BACK
I saw Jason Derulo in concert in 2010 when he opened for Lady Gaga.
His self-titled debut album that year was amazing with many huge radio hits.
However, he lost me in 2014 with the insanely irritating, “Wiggle”!
What happened to songs like the incredible “Whatcha Say”, “In My Head”, “Ridin’ Solo” and “Talk Dirty”?
Well, Derulo answers that and is back in fine fashion with his mega-hit, “Want To Want Me”, from his upcoming June 2nd album, “Everything Is 4″.
MADONNA’S “REBEL HEART TOUR”
Earlier I mentioned that I saw Madonna on my birthday in Las Vegas in 2012.
I’m very excited that I’ll get to see my fourth consecutive Madonna concert tour this birthday week in October in Minneapolis and I actually have great seats this time — if the Ticketmaster floor plan is correct!
Madonna’s latest single from “Rebel Heart”, “Ghosttown” is moving closer and closer to #1 on the Billboard Dance chart.
When it tops the chart, it’ll be her 45th #1 hit on that chart. That’s more #1s on any Billboard chart than any other artist in music history — even George Strait on the Billboard Country singles chart!
Since the weather is holding out Saturday morning, Ray, my sister, Tammy, and I will hit some yard sales to see if we can find some treasures or things we just can’t live without and we just didn’t know it.
After that, we’re going to treat ourselves to a “cheat” day on the healthy eating. We’ve been craving the KFC buffet. Crazy, I know.
And, Ray and I will catch up on some movie watching. “Selma” is new to DVD and I want to see that, along with “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon.
SHAWN ASHMORE — FOR ALL THE MOMS
I teased you about this earlier and truly, it’s just for the moms. :)
After this, you’ll have to watch the last four episodes of “The Following”!
Happy Mother’s Day!