Happy New Year, everybody!!! I hope everybody had a great weekend of (safe) celebrations and merrymaking. As for us, our annual New Years’ Eve Bonfire/Fireworks Bonanza got rained out, so I spent New Years’ Eve watching Newhart with my mom and dad. It was very cozy and quiet and…hobbity 😉 Lord willing, we’ll have the bonfire […]

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On Friday evening I logged onto Twitter to find two of my favorite guys on there, William Shatner and Mark Hamill, expressing frantic concern over Carrie Fisher’s well-being. Neither of them said in detail what had happened, but I remember whispering, “Oh no no no no please no” as I tried to find out what was […]

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Time for my annual “year’s end” tag! FYI, I’ve deleted some of the original questions; they just dug up too many painful things, so I decided to forego them altogether and focus on the good things that happened this year. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? I was a bridesmaid! I volunteered […]

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Ta-da!!! What do y’all think? Formidable Courage has received a major and much-needed makeover, just in time for 2017. Something this drastic begs an explanation, of course… In my last post I alluded to 2016 being an exceptionally difficult year. So many things have happened that I didn’t feel comfortable talking about here…which is why I’ve neglected this […]

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2016 has been the roughest year my family and I have endured in a LONG time. It’s been a year of heartbreak and frustration. And it’s not just our family who’s suffered, either. Everywhere you turn, there’s someone who’s been battered and bruised, too. Think about it. There have been shootings in North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, devastating earthquakes in […]

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A recent trip to the library yielded some amazing movie finds, starring my three favorite modern-day actors! I’ll try to keep these blurbs short and sweet, but cookies and hot chocolate for anyone who sticks with me through the end, haha. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. IMDB summary: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) […]

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Hi, peeps! Time for a Currently Post because “I’m running out of time I’m running out of time and my time’s UP, rise UP, eyes UP!” And no, that reference does NOT mean I’m about to duel Aaron Burr–but time seems to be slipping out of my fingers these days and a “Currently Post” is all […]

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“Captain’s log: Stardate 1513.1. Our position: orbiting Planet M-113. On board the Enterprise, Mr. Spock, temporarily in command. On the planet: the ruins of an ancient and long-dead civilization. Ship’s surgeon McCoy and myself are now beaming down to the planet’s surface…” And thus began, on this day 50 years ago, the first episode of the […]

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Water is pretty much omnipresent where I live. Unless we’re in a drought, “Louisiana Summertime” usually means a thunderstorm every day: dark clouds roll in from the Gulf, and once they’ve dumped their load they leave behind the sweet, heavy smell of rain and an oppressive humidity that makes your hair and clothes stick to your skin. The Gulf […]

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I just wanted to assure all my readers: yes, in spite of the horrific flooding in Louisiana, my family and I are all fine. Our house is safe. Light debris, very full ponds, and washed-out gravel in the driveways are the only indications that anything was ever out of the ordinary on our street. Drive about […]

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If you want the short version, here it is: Star Trek Beyond is the finest installment of the franchise reboot, and I absolutely loved it. Of course, short versions are always a little simplistic, so allow me to wax eloquent for a few more paragraphs 😉 Over the past year I’ve become a walking, talking Star Trek: The Original Series […]

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! The first full-length trailer for Star Trek Beyond is in our possession. Move outta the way, Batman v Superman and Captain America–it’s time to boldly go from now till July 22! After dissecting the trailer I have many opinions and theories, and I’m extremely pleased with what we actually know about the movie and the hints Abrams/Lin/Pegg have packed into […]

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A week ago I saw the latest and definitely the greatest Marvel installment! And hey, we actually got to see it the day after it was unleashed on the American public, so the suspense of waiting to get to the theater wasn’t bad at all. (*breathes a sigh of relief*) Very mild spoilers from here on out. 2016 […]

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“Her name, to which various people had recently been appending curses, was Ael i’Mhiessan t’Rllaillieu. Her rank, in the common tongue, was khre’Riov: commander general. Her serial number was a string of sixteen characters that by now she knew as well as she knew her fourth name, though they meant infinitely less to her. And considering […]

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This movie review is dedicated to the family and friends who put up with my shrieking every time new set pictures came out, my hyperventilating when Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot showed up unexpectedly at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and my whispering every time someone said something nice about Ben Affleck, “Yeah well, I liked Batfleck before […]

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A toast to the groom! To the bride! From your sister Who’s always by your side To your union and the hope that you provide May you always be satisfied! (Lyrics from the musical Hamilton) I have a sister-in-law. Oh my gosh. *I* AM A SISTER-IN-LAW!!! And I couldn’t be happier for my brother TJ and his […]

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(*dons a deerstalker*) (*assumes Vulcanesque science-nerd demeanor*) (*in spite of the fact that science is not one of my strong points*) (*except for NASA history astronomy, I’m good at that*) (*also goat obstetrics*) Ahem. It all began with a simple case of “curiosity, Mr. Decker…insatiable curiosity.” I decided to conduct an experiment via Twitter… We have […]

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Getting ready for a wedding: My brother and his fiancée are getting married in March, and I’m going to be a bridesmaid! One of 15 bridesmaids, to be exact, counting flower girls, junior bridesmaids, and senior bridesmaids. We’re all wearing different styles, but the color scheme is baby blue and this is what mine looks like. […]

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Goodbye, 2015! So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye–AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! In some ways 2015 was tough. It was full of transitions, changes, recognizing personal weaknesses and flaws, and learning to move beyond them. Not all transitions and painful introspection are bad, of course.  There have been wonderful developments, even if they’re just little things shifting and molding deep inside […]

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Well, I hope everyone had a fan-TAB-ulous Christmas! I certainly did…full of cookies, Golden Retriever puppies (well, just one puppy–it’s my aunt’s new baby and I’m in love), Star Trek/Star Wars presents, gumbo, and an abundance of wrapping paper and happy giggling. And yes, I DID see Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I won’t give spoilers, but suffice it […]

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