Teen Tech Week: An Interview With Shocking Arts Productions
We've got film stars, right here in Independence! We had so much fun making a video last year, we decided to do it again. This time around, I had the pleasure of working with Shocking Arts Productions (a group of Truman High student film makers) who offered to do practically all the work for me! I said: "Where have you been all my life?!" I also was really curious about how they got started.
If you love cinema, eventually you’re going to start looking beyond Hollywood for entertainment. Often that means watching a foreign language film. Unless you speak or understand the language in question, this brings up a point of much contention: dubbed or subbed?
Several months ago, I heard that a movie I have been waiting years for is finally being released in theaters this month (March 14th). Veronica Mars was a teen drama that aired from 2004 to 2007. While it only got three seasons before it was cancelled (for whatever ridiculous reasons), it was a very popular show about a teen detective who solves the mystery of her best friends murder, as well as a variety of other cases along the way. The opening song was We Used to Be Friends by the Dandy Warhols.
In 2006, I decided to look for my Poppenberg family, thinking it would be a long and wild goose chase. I knew they were in Seneca County, Ohio and decided to join the Seneca County Ohio Genealogical Society because I knew that as a member I could send a few free queries a year. My first issue in January had an index, and lo and behold, there was the Poppenberg surname in the index for the previous issues! My next step was to order the four previous issues.
My favorite author is Debbie Macomber. She is a #1 New York Times best-selling author and one of today’s most popular writers. More than 170 million copies of her books are in print worldwide. One of the reasons I like her is because she brings the characters in her books to life in ways that we can relate to them. Everything does not turn out exactly as we as readers want, and she can always keep you guessing. I don't like when I can figure out what's going to happen within the first chapter of a book.
The year was 1918, and I knew that influenza was bad that year, but I didn’t realize it was one of the worst pandemics in history. While I was indexing some death records on FamilySearch, I noticed that almost all the deaths were from influenza.
Blog Offers Excerpts from Current and Backlisted Nonfiction Titles
Something about my Google searching and Facebook posting recently generated a suggestion that I check out DelanceyPlace.com, a blog dedicated to publishing nearly daily excerpts from current and backlisted nonfiction titles, most notably those dedicated to historical subjects.
Curious me, I checked it out and immediately discovered that it spoke to my inner history nerd. (But let me make it clear, I'm still a little creeped out by how well social media algorithms predicted that I would like it.)
There are certain rules that characters on television shows must remember. Never say “nothing can go wrong,” because the second that you do, disaster will strike. Never insist that you and your true love are about to have all of your dreams come true, because that is a surefire way to guarantee you both will end up miserable (or one of you will end up dead).