Random Thought – Smurfs

img_20170211_153925.jpgI’ve been a Smurf fan my entire life. When I was a kid, the highlight of my week was getting up early on Saturday morning and watching an hour and a half of the cartoon. I loved their peaceful village out in the middle of the woods and the way they worked as a community, something that was already fading away in the 1980s. Granted, Gargamel was a bit of a problem, and Peewit and Johan were somewhat annoying, but, for the most part, the Smurfs’ lives were peaceful and joyous.

When the first movie came out, I was a bit skeptical about it. The Smurfs in the modern world? Nope. I like them in their village. I’ve seen the movie a couple of times, but it isn’t one I’ll likely re-watch without someone twisting my arm.

I have to admit, though, that Smurfs: The Lost Village took me by surprise. There were some of the action scenes that were drawn out a bit much, but the Forbidden Forest was beautiful. The houses of the Lost Village reminded me a bit of the fairy homes in the Tinkerbell movies, and I loved the fireflies.

The biggest thing that put me off on the movie was Garagmel. I guess I’ve always viewed him as a bit bumbling but always evil. In this movie, he was far more of a comic character up until the very end. He’s never been the sharpest pencil in the box, but there’s a difference between being a bit dense and being downright ridiculous. Here, they took the ridiculous a bit too far. Still, I liked the movie enough to watch it again occasionally, though it will probably never be one of my favorites.

What did you think of this movie? What memories do you have of the Smurfs?



Random Ramble-What To Add

IMG_20160428_203226I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump lately. I’m guessing the new place and new job have me feeling a bit displaced and drifting. However, I have been able to accomplish some sorting and arranging. My bookshelves are now organized by subject, and, after four years of being in boxes, I’ve pulled out my mythology research and placed it in binders. Well, I’ve gotten it ready to place in binders. I still have to get them.

My intention at this point is to add articles about mythology and folklore to my website. The question becomes ‘what should go on there?’ Do I stick with straight facts as found in history, or do I let my brain run wild and include some of the wacked-out theories I’ve considered over the years. (Trust me, my brain can go to all kinds of odd places.)

For example, like many of the conspiracy theorists, I find it odd that so many of the world’s cultures speak of more advanced beings–gods, angels, humans–teaching mankind how to farm, work magic, heal, wear cosmetics, etc. Now, I’ll admit to not being a big one on researching aliens. (Do I think we’re a bit arrogant to assume we’re the only intelligent creatures in the universe? Yep. Do I think others came in spaceships to teach us how to do things? Ehhh. Not so sure.) But that’s beside the point. My point is this: We have a world’s worth of mythology stating we were taught to do things by others. Here’s the kicker: The archaeological record shows an evolutionary progression from one point to another–simple tools evolve into more complex tools, etc. There’s no sign, not that I’ve been able to find, of jumps in technology on the level of the myths. Of course, I haven’t kept up with things as much for the last few years, so I’d need to do some serious research before making any conclusions, even to myself, but it’s something I like to think about.

Random ramble aside, I’d like to know what you think about adding articles to my website. What types of folklore and mythology most interest you? Are you interested in theories and wild imaginings, or would you prefer a ‘stick to the facts as we know them’ approach? What I would like to create is a starting point database of sorts for all kinds of mythology and folklore. This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, and I think we’ve forgotten the lessons found in these timeless tales. Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions.

Best wishes!



Note to Self…Get a Bigger Pot

and-thu-2789325_1920Howdy and hello! I took a break for a couple of weeks to get adjusted to a new day job. It’s not my dream job, but at least I have a somewhat ‘normal’ schedule now. Woohoo!

With fall finally here (Someone please tell Mother Nature. It’s still really hot!), it’s the time of year I usually do a LOT of cooking. First and foremost is the yearly batch of chili. My son loves the stuff and can go through it in a matter of days. Last year I made three batches, which I think came to about thirty pounds, so this year I thought I’d just get ahead of the game and make thirty pounds from the get go. It was a good idea in theory, at least until I realized that I no longer had the giant stock pot I’d always made large batches in. (It had an accident a few years ago, and I replaced it with a smaller one. Not sure why I can’t remember that from year to year.)

So, here I am cooking meat like a madwoman and scooping it into the pot. I’d done about half of it when I realized the pot I had was nearly full. I still had to add the tomatoes, peppers, and other ingredients, so I needed a little room for those. Not to mention stirring. Oops. Fortunately, I had another pot that was almost the same size. Eleven hours and thirty pounds of meat later, the freezer is full of chili, and my son should be set through the winter months. But I think a giant stock pot is going on my Christmas list for this year, just to make things easier next fall.

Best wishes!