Friday, April 26, 2013

Pleas to MTV and VH1

Greetings Pups,

So, by now, everyone knows how I run my little blog here. I speak to my readers about, frankly, whatever. But today, I am going to do something a bit different. I am going to step out of where I usually am and insert a letter of sorts. It is letter to certain people about certain things that I miss seeing. It may seem trivial; it probably is. But when you like something, you just have to speak out and hope for some kind of response. So here we go.

Dear People Who Control Everything at MTV and VH1,

So how's it going everyone? Enjoying what you do? I hope so, because I, and many others, have plenty enjoyed what you've given us over the years, decades even. And you still have some good programming now. MTV, you've got the Catfish show and World of Jenks, and is there anything better than watching people do "ridiculous" things with Rob, Steelo and Chanel. And, VH1, you brought back Best Week Ever, and you still give us an occasional episode of Behind the Music and Storytellers. Good times.

But here's the thing. I oft think of the programming of yesteryear and wish that I could enjoy it again. Oh, sure, some things may pop up during a retro weekend or even on the classic channels, but, frankly, I need more.

See, I remember those first episodes of Behind the Music, the ones we never get to see anymore. And I remember all those years of The Real World, from back when I couldn't get on because I was too young, as opposed to why I couldn't get on the show now. Oh, how I miss these things! Sure, a few episodes of Behind the Music have shown up on DVD, and I actually own the first season of The Real World, but what about everything else? What can we do to bring these things back into my life and the lives of others who, no doubt, want to enjoy them again?

So I am now calling for some long overdue DVD releases. Give us all the Behind the Music episodes and every season of The Real World. People would buy, I'm sure of it. Or better still, strike up a deal with Netflix Instant Streaming. Everyone loves being able to watch things that way. I do. Wouldn't it be great for us to say, "You know what I'm in the mood to watch? The M.C. Hammer story?" or "Man, I could go for seeing that infamous Seattle slap again!" and then having us be able to do so. It would be magical.

Look, I know you people are probably super busy with all you've got going on now, but think of the bottom line. You could make a lot of cash on this. More importantly (maybe), you could make a lot of people happy. Well, me, anyway, and that must count for something. Here's hoping.

Thank you and God bless.

Okay, so there's my quick letter to MTV and VH1, regarding some things. If you agree, say so or send this post off to wherever. Who knows? It may help and get us some sweet nostalgic television.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Monday, April 22, 2013

Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked - Documentary Review

Greetings Pups,

In the past, I have reviewed a few documentaries, and, even more recently, I have reviewed some movies about comic book characters. Well, I say it's about time to put those together and look at a documentary about comic book characters.

Now I took a bit of a different approach this time. Whilst the other documentaries I had chosen, as far as I know, were ones that all had theatrical releases, I decided to stick closer to home with my pick for today. Specifically, I am doing a doc that is brought to us by the History Channel. I must say, I am big fan of a lot of the stuff that this channel puts out. Even when they do specials I think may bore me, usually due to subject matter, I end up being entertained in some way. No exception with this one.

In 2003, the History Channel aired a special entitled Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked. I have never been one who reads comic books, but I always admired the creators. This documentary is really what made me turn that admiration into full on respect for them as artists. And not only when it comes to the visual art, but also the writing. As a writer myself, I am extremely impressed at all the details and intricacies that went into the back stories and origins. And to be able to keep people interested for decades is overwhelming to me.

In this documentary, we are guided through the stories behind the stories from when comics were merely a part of a newspaper to when they became their own books and beyond. We begin, of course, with Superman, the hero that became an archetype for all those who followed. Then, on to Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and all the others, great and small, very remembered and almost forgotten. It shows how, when something became popular, it spiraled out and multiplied. First, with the heroes, then with their sidekicks, then with teaming them up. One character would be created, one great idea would be had, and more would come in the wake. Interestingly enough, these first origin stories of the creators from different publishing companies remind me of what happened with groups like The Beatles and The Beach Boys in the sixties. Were those groups competitors? Sure, for sales and chart position. But they also inspired each other to be better at their craft. Clearly, this is the same thing that happened with the writers and artists who worked for DC and Marvel and all the publishers. They could see what was popular and make their own version of it.

Of course, this doc discusses how the comics were affected by real life, particularly and most infamously, World War II. And I never knew that the enemies our country would eventually fight in reality were being fought first by the superheroes in their world. But that was only the start of reality and fantasy getting into each others business. As the decades passed, whatever was happening to our country and our world trickled down into the comics. From the wars to drug use to the economy, it all made its way into the panels. That, of course, was another thing that makes these creators true artists, because that is what artists do. They look at life and make it a story worth being read. Or seen.

There is also much attention paid to the political and commercial aspects of the industry. For example, the attacks made on them in the fifties, resulting in them needing a seal of approval to be published. It is recognized as an early form of censorship disguised as concern for the youth of the country. There are, as well, accounts of how the first books became collectors items and how companies tried to recreate the idea of them being that valuable. We are taken through the financial and creative ups and downs of every character, all the things done to revamp them, and in some cases, rescue them, and, in general, all the changes they were forced to endure as the world changed as well.

I think, though, that the best thing about this documentary is the interviews. They got some really great, legendary people for this, from Denny O'Neil to Will Eisner to Jim Steranko to Stan Lee. These guys are just so much fun. As always, no one could tell these stories better than those who lived and created them. And you can tell that they all have such a great respect for each other which is wonderful to see.

So, to conclude, I definitely recommend this, even if you aren't technically a comic fan. It's still that interesting. You can find it occasionally airing on television, but it has also been released on DVD and can be rented. I have watched this several times, and it never fails to draw me in. Good job, History Channel! Keep 'em comin'!

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Satisfaction - Music Movie Review

Greetings Pups,

Apparently, there was a time when television actors were, for the most part, on a totally different level than movie actors. You really had to make a choice between the big screen and the little one. I even heard rumors that television personalities were often looked down upon by those of the cinema. I know. It's hard to imagine movie people as being arrogant wretches, but try. Still, when it came to the television/film world, that's not to say there wasn't crossover.

It seemed that during the eighties and into the nineties, it became acceptable for actors to transition from one medium to the other. Whilst today, we see many people who are primarily known for movie roles being more than happy to get a job on a TV series, back then, it was the other way around. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn't. Ironically, the cast of one eighties television show gave us a lot of both extremes. That show was, of course, Family Ties. So, thank you, Michael J. Fox, for Back to the Future, and thank you, Michael Gross, for Tremors. Yeah, I'm putting Tremors in the plus column. And, of course, Justine Bateman . . . well, maybe thank you for the film we are discussing to day. A film that I really can't decide if I like or not, Satisfaction. Or maybe I will decide. Let's see.

So, when Family Ties was beginning to be on its last legs, and after her TV brother had much cinematic success, Justine Bateman decided to head off to the big screen herself, no doubt in an attempt to stretch her acting chops. In Satisfaction, she plays Jennie Lee, a high school grad valedictorian (Wow, that is a stretch from Mallory Keaton!)who could be going off to college but has dreams of being a rock star along with her band, The Mystery. Yep, that's the name of the band. Oh, Eighties. You and your pretentious band names. They are all planning on going to Florida for an audition which could land them a summer long gig. She's in a bind, though, when one of the members quits, but, thankfully, she manages to get a guy, Nickie, played by Scott Coffey, to be their new keyboardist. Now that's just insane, because The Mystery is an all girl band. Oh, I smell some gender related hijinks in the future. And speaking of the other girls, let's meet the rest of the band.

On drums, we have Mooch, played by Trini Alvarado, who some of you may remember as Meg in the 1994 adaptation of Little Women. On guitar, we have Billie, played by Britta Phillips, who some of you may remember as the singing voice of Jem from Jem and the Holograms. And, finally, on bass, we have Daryle, played by Julia Roberts, who you may remember from her guest starring role on that one episode of Law and Order that she clearly got because she was dating Benjamin Bratt at the time. Seriously, though, this is the Julia Roberts that we all know and possibly love. That's right, honey. Fans and Not Fans are a package deal. Unless you're Betty White. Nobody hates Betty White. Actually, this is one of Julia Roberts' first films, released the same year as Mystic Pizza, I believe. And she's not the only familiar face here by which you may be surprised. More on that in a moment.

Okay, back to the plot. The band heads to Florida as planned with a borrowed, or not, (plot point!) van. They arrive at their nightclub destination, thinking they missed the audition, but they are actually a night early, which leads to their meeting the club's owner, Martin Falcon. We just call him Falcon, though, because I guess that makes him cooler, and he is played by - wait for it - Liam Neeson. Oh, Aslan. What in the heck? But Falcon is not only the proprietor; he is also a songwriter, who was once, but is no longer all that successful. Long story short, the band gets the summer gig, and, thus, we are pulled into a series of not very surprising scenarios.

Each band member has their own little mini-plot going on. Billie gets deeper into drugs, Daryle gets a little frisky with a guy, and Mooch and Nickie have a predictable flirtation. But the main plot concerns Jennie striking up a romance with Falcon, despite the obvious and slightly creepy age difference. I'm sure those two will, no doubt, have a long happy life together. Right? Well, even if they don't, at least Falcon knows people in the music industry who may want to help the band . . . and Jennie . . . or just one of those two things.

Look, I'm not going to go into too much more detail of this plot, since it is a bit on the contrived side. Still, whilst these characters are based on generic archetypes of both band members and people in chick flicks, they all do seem to have distinct personalities, which can often make them entertaining and fun to watch. And speaking of entertainment, we are talking about music movies here, so let's discuss the music.

I guess this is a little bit of a jukebox musical, since most of the songs are covers of already released music, like the song for which the movie is named, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". There are, however, a few songs by other artists. Now everything that was supposed to be performed by the band in the movie is, on the soundtrack, credited to Justine Batman and the Mystery. I suppose that is a more artistic way to say that they've got Justine Bateman singing with a bunch of session musicians. And when it comes to Justine's singing, I am just not sure. There are these moments where she sounds pretty good, but there are also those where she really doesn't. Like, really doesn't. I don't even know how seriously she took herself as a singer, if at all. She may have just taken the part and thought, "Hey, why not?". On the flip side, though, Britta Phillips as the aforementioned Billie, was great with the singing. Of course, she was. She is a for real singer. Remember, she was singing Jem. Sadly, they didn't use her much for that by way of solos. However, she did sing lead on a really fun cover of "Mr. Big Stuff", and went a cappella for quick versions of "God Bless the Child" and "Amazing Grace". Seriously? The drug addict is the one singing all the religious music? What is up with that? Anyway, I wish they would have let her do more, because she does have a fantastic voice. Oh, well. I guess you all can just go get something like the L'Avventura album she did with Dean Wareham, since someone refuses to release all the music from Jem on a nice, big box set of CDs for the (yes, we exist!) rabid fans. But I digress.

So my final verdict is that, if you don't take this film too seriously, it's actually not that bad. I mean, whilst it did get a big screen release, it really reeks of TV movie, which, of course, isn't always a bad thing. Frankly, I think if this had been released as a TV movie, it may have been better received. As the years have passed, I don't think people find that the quality of the film has improved, but it is more appreciated for the nostalgia of it, and the fun of it. Come on, it's an eighties, coming of age, chick flick about a band. Just the thought of that entertains me. Therefore, I say if you want something light for movie night with the girls, this might be a good choice.

So I guess maybe I do like this.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The One Seasoner's Club - My Big Fat Greek Life

Greetings Pups,

I don't know if any of you out there believe that you can have too much of a good thing, but I certainly do. Some really good things are just meant to be what they are. There is no need to expand upon them, and, in doing so, they have the danger of being ruined. You know, like if you have a fantastic movie and think it would be a great idea to turn it into a series, and then you realize, NO! And such a predicament brings us to today's subject, My Big Fat Greek Life.

In 2002, a small independent film called My Big Fat Greek Wedding became an unexpected and phenomenal hit, grossing nearly 250 million dollars on a 5 million dollar budget. That is some good profit. Many times, what with crap movies making more money than they deserve, I would be annoyed about something like that. But this little film deserved every bit of success that it got. So did the woman behind it.

Nia Vardalos wrote this screenplay in the hopes of sharing the true tale of her meeting a man, introducing him to her family and eventually marrying him. Seems pretty basic and not very special, but you throw in the traits, stories and personalities of her extremely Greek family and it becomes pure gold. Now I am not going to speak too much on the actual movie today. That's not our subject, plus, I may review that one day. Let me just say that I loved this movie because it was very, very real. A lot of people do things like this which are supposed to be based on their real life, but they don't always seem so sincere. This film was covered in a warm, fluffy blanket of authenticity. You knew in your heart that all of this actually happened, and knowing that made it even more hilarious. This was just a very special little film. Having said that, I must now move on.

With great success often comes great opportunities, like turning your sleeper hit movie into a well-budgeted series. Look, I do not fault Nia for taking a chance on this. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was obviously a passion project for her, so why not try to extend the magic of it? Well, I see that movie as something similar to what we call a "coming of age" film. By that, I mean it is the story of one specific, life changing moment in time. One special moment. It's not easy to take that and stretch it into a series. And it just didn't work here. Let me just share a bit about the show.

My Big Fat Greek Life was an attempt to make a sequel by way of a television series. Of course, considering the last few minutes of the movie, I guess technically the show would be a midquel. Look it up. Anyway, the show begins as Nia and Thomas return from their honeymoon, thus, giving us the first change from the movie. The character names of Toula and Ian have been changed to Nia and Thomas, because . . . I don't know. And our former Ian/current Thomas was now being played by an actor named Steven Eckholdt, as John Corbett was busy filming his own one season show, Lucky. Other than that, though, the rest of the movie's cast decided to join up together again, and, considering that stellar group, it was a major plus. Not to mention the fact that they had some awesomely Greek guest stars, like Rita Wilson, who was a producer on My Big Fat Greek Wedding. We also got Yanni, John Aniston, and Frank Stallone. Okay, we got awesomely Greek actors and one awesomely Italian actor who could easily pretend to be Greek. And yet, even with all of that, this show just could not do what the movie did.

I think many people who watched the first few episodes did so because they were hoping it would give them the same entertainment and feeling as the film. Of course, once they realized that it was not going to happen, they stopped watching. That led to the series being aired for a mere seven episodes. Looking back, I think that was something of a blessing. Whilst the show did have all the same "We're Greek, You're Not" jokes that we loved from the film, it, unfortunately, had all the same "We're Greek, You're Not" jokes. My point is that things like this are perfect for a two hour movie, not a series you want to last for years. I'm not saying that there weren't a few moments of funny, but these jokes would have gotten old, even to the point where we may have begun to no longer want to watch the beloved film anymore. Thankfully, that did not happen.

So, the question is, did it deserve a second season? No, it didn't. Sorry. Again, it really should not have even had this season. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was too special, too "one moment in time"-ish to be stretched to the point where its loyal fans would have gotten sick of the hilarious novelty of it. It was the whole quirky, Greek family element that made the film great and the jokes funny. If you were to take that out of the series, you would be left with kind of a generic family sitcom. It just didn't work in that way.

Look, I am going to end this on a positive note by speaking quickly again on the movie. I love My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I own it. If it's on TV, I'm going to watch it. It's really a brilliant film in the most beautifully simple way, and after more than a decade, it has not lost any of its charm or value. Maybe if they could have foreseen that it would not have lost its freshness, even after all these years, they would have realized that the film was more than enough. So, whilst this series is there as a not good blip on the radar, we still have the wonderful movie to make us smile.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our Dear Annette

Greetings Pups,

By now, I'm sure you all know that we sadly lost one of our greatest treasures in entertainment, Annette Funicello. This news truly breaks my heart, because I really loved this woman. Still do. In fact, she was one of those rare people who everyone loved. And I don't even mean that as a cliche. I honestly don't think there was anyone who wasn't crazy about her. It's no wonder she was dubbed one of America's Sweethearts. She didn't even have to live up to that persona, because it was not a persona. It was who she was. A wonderful young girl who grew into a wonderful and unbelievably strong woman. It's a huge part of why her death is so sad, though we had all been preparing for this day for a while.

In 1992, Annette told the world that she was unfortunately suffering from multiple sclerosis and had been for about five years. Her decision to do so came after rumors were spreading that she was suffering from alcoholism, spawned by her walking being impaired. An outpouring of love and support was bestowed upon Annette from everyone. She certainly deserved it, and it was obvious that she was incredibly overwhelmed and grateful.

Each time I would see her in a subsequent interview, you could see that, though her health was slowly getting worse and she knew it continue that way, she still always had so much hope. She was so inspiring. I was touched by the way that her spirits seemed to be so elevated despite her suffering, and it devastated me to see a woman who was always so full of light and life be stripped of so much of it. There are certain things that we say we wouldn't wish on anyone. Well, I certainly would not wish any kind of disease on Annette Funicello, but especially not this disease.

I remember in an interview she did years ago, she struggled as she said that she just wanted to dance again. I cried each time I saw that. Now I have no idea where her heart was when she passed on. Only she and God truly know. I just hope that it was in a place where she now can finally have that dream come true. I hope that, right now, she is dancing again. Dancing and smiling. And let us remember her in that beautiful way.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Monday, April 8, 2013

Popstars / Eden's Crush - Album Review

Greetings Pups,

I've noticed something about a lot of reality shows, specifically the ones where producers want to create stars and contestants hope to spawn an overwhelmingly successful career, it's that they rarely succeed. I mean, sure, the winners occasionally do well, and even more so that is the case with some non-winners. This is certainly how it has been with American Idol, and no doubt, will also happen with The Voice. It just seems like these shows are there to be more television entertainment as opposed to musical entertainment. That's not always good if your goal is to be a singer. Now as much as those shows have done and are doing that, there were some that came before, and it went even deeper into the world of "Let's make a TV show that happens to be about finding singers". One of those was Making the Band, where we got the likes of O-Town and Danity Kane. But another one is buried in there as well, and it was called Popstars.

The first season of Popstars aired in 2001 and, like American Idol, was based on a show from the UK. Their goal in that first year was to form an all girl group consisting of five singers. They would be picked and taught by some important people in the industry, including David Foster of all people. Let me give you a brief rundown of how this particular show worked. Now for the first few episodes it was a basic cattle call, where girls would step up and sing and, if they were good enough, they got a callback. Then, they would get another callback for singing, then another for dancing, until they were shaved down to twenty-six girls. At that point, they would go to L.A. for a workshop, where six more were cut, then five more, then they performed in groups at The Viper Room (seriously), then they had a final ten. After that, the girls were sent home, and finally were visited by one of the judges to give them either the good news or the bad news. Of course, we need drama, though, so after two girls dropped out, they found a replacement. And, finally, we had our official group, consisting of Ana Maria Lombo, Ivette Sosa, Maile Misajon, Rosanna Tavarez and Nicole Scherzinger. Yes, that Nicole Scherzinger.

But that's wasn't the end of the show. Oh, no. We then had to follow the girls through the recording of their album, shooting of videos, and et cetera on the road to stardom. P.S. That's where we got even more drama. Try putting five girls in a house together and not getting any of that. But, by May of 2001, they managed to put out their album, aptly titled, Popstars. Yeah, that quickly. Now you may be wondering how I know all of these things about the show. Well, because I did, in fact, watch it. So entertaining it was that I also went out and bought said album. What can I say? I was young. And, thus, we are brought to today's review.

I don't think the Popstars album by Eden's Crush was one met with a lot of high expectations. I doubt anyone thought that a CD recorded by a reality show girl group was going to be anything legendary. They would be correct for thinking that. However, I must be honest and say that it's not that bad. I mean, I had spent the duration of this show watching and listening to these songs being recorded, and I was curious to hear the final result. What I heard on the show, I thought was pretty good. This album is good enough for being a basic, but catchy pop CD. So let's discuss some of the songs.

The first, and most known, single was a song called, "Get Over Yourself". This was the one that the show focused mainly on, of course, showing us the recording as well as the video shoot for it. It's a decent song with even a bit of an edge to it. It seemed to me like a great song to introduce the girls. Then, they had a lovely ballad called "Love This Way" which, frankly, I think should be covered by Taylor Swift. Because they refer to wanting to "feel just like Juliet", and that seems like something she'd like . . . a lot! One song I really like is called "No Drama", albeit more for the music than the lyrics, and they also do a cover of "Glamorous Life" by Sheila E. And, while "Get Over Yourself" got most of the show's attention, another song, "You Know I Can", was prominently featured, and it happens to be the closing track on the album. Or is it? No, for some reason, they give us a hidden track called "Promise Me". I do not know why it is hidden, since it is one of the best songs on this thing. Now keep in mind that, due to the schedule of the show's airing times, they had to record the whole album in like two months, while also keeping everything secret until the winners were revealed on the show. That's a lot of pressure, and I have to commend these girls for being able to pull it off.

So, like I said, this album is good, and it is also lone. Yes, this is the only album that Eden's Crush released before breaking up in 2002. The girl's went on to other things, most notably, as I mentioned, Nicole Scherzinger. She was in the Pussy Cat Dolls, and on The X-Factor, where she was not so well received, to say the least. She did win Dancing With the Stars, and I liked her as a judge on The Sing Off. So she has had her ups and downs. And besides her, some of the non-winners did well, too, like I was talking about before. From this show we got Kerrie Roberts, who is now a successful Christian singer, and Camille Guaty, who has done well for herself as an actress. Now the show, Popstars, did not fair much better than its first group. After one more season and forming the group Scene 23, it went off the air. Again, we did get a star from that as well, namely Josh Henderson, now seen on the new Dallas.

Wow, I just realized that this turned into more a review of the Popstars show than the Popstars album, so I better wrap this up by speaking about the music. Okay, if you like fun, catchy pop music, and something that isn't too heavy, then there is a chance you will like this album. The songs were great pop tunes, it was well produced and the girls were really talented and even likable. Again, this probably won't be on any "greatest albums of all time" lists, but sometimes you just want music with which you can have a good time. If that was part of their goal, they succeeded.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Goodbye, Roger Ebert

Greetings Pups,

So it's a pretty sad day. I just found out that Roger Ebert passed away. I was always a big fan of Roger as a movie critic. In fact, I always got his opinion about a film if I was on the fence about going to see it at the theater. I did tend to agree with him most of the time. At least, I did when it came to movies.

Now, outside of that, I have to say that Roger Ebert and I disagreed a lot. Mostly having to do with things political and spiritual. I am, of course, a Christian, and, from what I've heard, he was not . . . at all. He did have some strong opinions about the things that I and many people in the world choose to believe. And that's fine. We all have free will. Though he did feel this way, that certainly didn't stop me from praying for him when he started to get sick. I did admire his resilience through it all. And I hoped that he could feel the prayers that we were sending his way.

Regardless of what he chose to believe or not believe, I do think he had a gift. As an amateur reviewer, I certainly learned quite a bit from him where this was concerned. I just hope that, as his life drew to a close, even if it was down to the last moment, he realized how much love was bestowed upon him from every direction. And I will definitely continue to pray for his friends and family in this difficult time. Sometimes that's all you can do, but it's worth a lot.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy National Poetry Month!!!!

Greetings Pups,

So, in case you can't tell by the title of this post, I am here today to wish everyone a happy National Poetry Month. And no, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. This month actually exists. It was introduced in 1996 in order to get people to be aware of and appreciate poetry. I don't know if it's working as well as everyone had hoped, but we poets certainly try hard to make people realize what brilliant geniuses we are. Not to mention humble.

I suppose that, since I am a poet myself, I am more likely to think that this is very relevant. But this has actually become kind of a big deal in some circles. The Academy has even started something called the Poetry and the Creative Mind Gala, which has become an annual event hosted by Meryl Streep and including such performers as Liam Neeson, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest and Alan Alda among others. Attending this thing is actually an entry on my bucket list, so let's hope this blog post travels far.

Now, like with all good things, National Poetry Month has its share of critics. Some writers think that the idea of it trivializes the importance of the art of poetry. Maybe, but I don't think it can trivialize it any more than the world at large has already done. I think it brings poetry back to the forefront of people's minds, or even introduces them to it. They also say that publishers sometimes take this month to bombard the market with poetry books. Look, most of us are just grateful to have had our books published at all. I doubt any published poet will complain that their own book has to sit alongside a lot of others.

And so now you all know that it is National Poetry Month. If you're not into poetry, no need to go nuts trying to turn yourself into a fan. If you are into it, good. Keep being that way. Either way, though, take a moment to read at least one poem that you have never read before. You never know. It may open a door to you that you never even thought would have been worthwhile to go near. And great things may be waiting for you.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer