51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past: Week 7: Michael Jackson- Thriller

For Hugh’s 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past: Week 7, I’m bringing you Michael Jackson’s, Thriller.

I remember the day that this music video debuted on MTV. (It was December 2, 1983- I don’t actually remember the date. I had to look that up… ) But I remember watching it because I knew it was going to happen and I had my VCR ready to record with a fresh video tape. And I still have that video tape! (And a VCR to play it on, if I really wanted to.)

Michael Jackson’s song, Thriller, was on his sixth album (by the same name) which was released on November 30, 1982. Over 34 years later, Thriller remains a best selling album. It won eight Grammy Awards in 1984 and all seven singles released from the album reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

The album also included- Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Baby Be Mine, The Girl is Mine, Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), and The Lady in My Life.

Everything about this music video was amazing. I loved the story, with it’s little twists. Although it was creepy, I loved the humor that popped up, such as the zombie whose arm falls off and the three dead guys at the very end that do their own little dance sequence. Being a teenage girl at the time, I thought that Michael Jackson was just adorable! And I’ll admit to trying to learn the choreography- but I will also admit that I’m not a dancer AT ALL. It was just fun to try! Watching it just now, I kept finding myself shaking my head or hunching my shoulders along with the video and it occurred to me that I probably looked like I was having some strange attack sitting in my chair here. Not to mention the oh so perfectly haunting Vincent Price- “Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood, To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood…”

Do you remember this song and its wildly popular video? For me, the song always brings the video to mind. That connection is so strong!

I need to run now! I know I have the CD laying around here somewhere and I have a sudden urge to listen to it!


50 Easy Steps to Make Life Better

I love this list! I often find myself feeling overwhelmed and when that happens, I usually wind up frozen with indecision. I have come to realize that if I can catch it before it’s out of control, life is much nicer for me and everyone who has to deal with me. 🙂 If you are like me, and might need a hand getting your ducks in a row, so to say, Suzie’s list will definitely help you out!

Suzie Speaks

Easy steps and life hacks

This was a list of physical, psychological, financial and emotional things that I created a couple of months ago to make life that little bit easier… and it really works. Of course, it’s impossible to do all of these in a day, but I have broken it down into smaller chunks – I’ve found that incorporating things into a daily routine, while occasionally adding in a few extra tasks makes day-to-day life easier and good for the soul.

1. Find a mantra. I have one that I refer to regularly during difficult times: Create a life that you don’t need to take a vacation from. This is what drives me in almost everything that I do.

2. Learn the power of no, and recognise what you do and don’t owe others.

3. Declutter. Be ruthless. Anything that you haven’t read, worn or listened to in a year serves no…

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Happy Valentine’s Eve

With Valentine’s Day breathing down our necks, I thought I would take a moment to share a few quotes from some of my favorite movie scenes. Being such a romantic deep down inside, it was hard to decide which ones made the cut.

Ethel: You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back up on that horse, and I’m going be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re going to go, go, go.
Norman: I don’t like horses.

On Golden Pond

Rose: Do you love him, Loretta?
Loretta Castorini: Aw, ma, I love him awful.
Rose: Oh, God, that’s too bad.


“And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.”

Rachel in Heartburn

Leia: I love you.

Han: I know.

The Empire Strikes Back

“So I had planned to marry Peter, but I married Jack instead. I guess my father was right. Life doesn’t always turn out the way you planned. But Jack, Jack gave me the best gift, a stamp in my passport. He took me to Florence for our honeymoon. I guess you can say he gave me the world. Peter once asked me when it was that I fell in love with Jack, and I told him, it was while you were sleeping.”

Lucy in While You Were Sleeping

This list could go on and on. There are so many great scenes and romantic quotes. What about you? Do you have a favorite that tugs at your heart strings?


51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past: Week 6: George Harrison- When We Was Fab

When Hugh first introduced his new feature- 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past, being a music lover, I was looking forward to it. I immediately began running through an endless list of songs that I could possibly share. What I did not realize was that some of those songs would take me on a journey. Although I have a growing list of songs that I’m considering, none of them felt right for this week.

And then Ringo Starr came to mind. A few years ago I began digging a little deeper into the Beatles’ lives post Beatles, specifically their music. Ringo’s music is….. well, it’s Ringo. It can be fun to listening (and sometimes not quite so) but it’s Ringo and he’s the King of Cool in my eyes so it’s all good. Originally I had planned to feature “I’m the Greatest”, a song written by John Lennon and performed by Ringo. I began doing a little background on the song and began looking at other songs the individual Beatles wrote about the group after they broke up.  It turns out that they all wrote a number of songs about their Beatles days and each other. And somewhere along the way, I ended up here—-

For anyone who knows me, they might be surprised to find that the first Beatle sighting in 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past is George Harrison and his 1987 song- When We Was Fab. It was written after the Beatles split up.

The video is almost more interesting than the song. It’s definitely unique! And as George gives background on the song in the introduction, I will let him speak for himself.

George was much more than the quiet Beatle. While you might be familiar with his connections to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and The Concert for Bangladesh, did you know that he also had associations with Hells’ Angels, Phil Collins, Monty Python and former U.S.President Gerald Ford? I stumbled onto this Rolling Stone article with shares some interesting (perhaps) little known things about George-

10 Things You Didn’t Know George Harrison Did

“I am not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore on occasion, and until the end of my life people may see that shirt and mistake it for me.” -George Harrison


Do you have a favorite George song- either Beatles or non-Beatles? “Something” has always been a favorite- long before I even knew who sang it!

Happy Saturday!


Please excuse the typos- I have proofread this and updated it 5 times since publishing it. My brain is out to lunch right now.

The 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Announcement

Last week I shared information about an important announcement regarding the Blogging form A to Z Challenge that was coming.

I have to admit I was a little nervous because I don’t adapt to changes easily and this challenge is one that I have successfully completed twice. My fears were unfounded and I’m actually quite excited.

If you haven’t read about it yet, click to read

Announcing: The 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! #atozchallenge


Gender Revolution on National Geographic Channel

Recently National Geographic devoted an entire special issue to the topic of GENDER. Yes, it turns out there’s more to gender than meets the eye. NG takes an in-depth look at all things gender, examining it from all angles.

There are two covers- but the inside content is the same in both. I purchased both copies with plans on passing one on and keeping one to share when I need. I’m keeping the Avery copy (right) because Avery and her amazing mother, Debi Jackson, are superheroes in the parents of transgender kids circle. Debi founded Trans-Parenting, an excellent resource for support and information.


In addition to the special edition issue, National Geographic is airing a 2 hour special on February 6th on the National Geographic Channel. You should check local listings for the times. I have heard from sources who took part in this project that the finished product is top-notch.

I recommend that you tune in if-

  • you are raising a gender variant child
  • you know a transgender person
  • you are educated on gender
  • you are uneducated on gender
  • you are curious about gender
  • you think you have a good understanding of what it means to be transgender or if you don’t.

So, in case you haven’t figured it out, I think everyone needs to see this and I hope that if you have the opportunity to watch it, that you do.

Here is the extended trailer from: “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric”-

This is an exciting step forward. When I began this journey with my child, resources were scarce. I hope that as more people read and watch and learn, more will grow to be more accepting and supportive.

Hope you had a good one!