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Review of Netflix’s The Chestnut Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE0jZnMuAQE The Chestnut Man Trailer from Netflix’s Youtube Channel It’s 1987, and a call comes through to the radio from a department dispatcher that a local farmer’s cows have roamed away from home. The officer who hears it gets convinced to delay heading home to his wife to handle the cow matter. When he gets…

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Recap & Review of Marvel’s Black Widow Movie

I thought I would do something different as a post for this site. Last weekend I recorded several videos and finally did one that I find descent to good. Everything I say in the video I did off the top of my head I did not write a script memorize it nor read it from out of camera view.

Video from statictvblog2014‘s youtube channel

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Review of the BBC America Series Ashes to Ashes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk0ioIvpjb4 Ashes to Ashes Trailer from ashesbbcamerica youtube channel It’s 2008. Police psychologist DI Alex Drake is familiar with the suicide of Sam Taylor, having studied case notes and hearing the recordings he made. Only she has no idea she will find herself back in time. This moment arrives when a hostage negotiation goes wrong,…

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Review of Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality by Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Civil Rights Queen: Constance baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality – book cover image from Amazon.com

Constance’s parents Willoughby and Rachel Baker immigrated to the United States from Nevis, an island in the West Indies . They settled in New Haven, Connecticut, where the couple began a family.

Willoughby went to work in the service industry as a chef at Yale University. Rachel took on the role of homemaker. Neither parent expected that as their daughter grew older and excelled in school, she would reach her dream of becoming a lawyer. They instead thought she would become a hairdresser or take on a different menial job like other members of their family did and live on decent wages.

However, a local industrial magnate and philanthropist, Clarence W Blakeslee, would alter Constance’s life. He made donations to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the New Haven Community Chest, and the Chamber of Commerce. Blakeslee also formed the Dixwell Community House to help improve the lives of Black and African American citizens. However, things did not go as he expected. Hardly anyone used the Dixwell House (Q House), and Blakeslee wanted to know why. So he arranged a meeting with the community, and one of the participants who spoke was nineteen-year-old Constance. She told the crowd and Blakeslee that the district did not feel invested in Dixwell House because he and others on the Yale board made all the programming decisions.

The meeting chair, George Crawford, a well-respected lawyer and influential figure for Constance, feared she alienated Blakeslee, but the opposite, occurred. The day after the meeting, Blakeslee invited Constance to Dixwell House to talk about her future; he would bankroll her college and law school education.

This significant act on Blakeslee’s part would set Constance on the course of becoming a lawyer and activist in the Civil Rights Movement as part of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s legal team. She would work alongside Thurgood Marshall, Jack Greenberg, and others to help shape legal strategy, research and write legal briefs, and even go to Court to prosecute cases across the nation, especially in the South.

Cases including Brown v Board of Ed, Turner v City of MemphisBoule v City of Columbia, etc., built her reputation. It led to her becoming Harlem Borough President and New York State Senator. After these careers, President Lyndon Johnson appointed her as the first Black woman to the judiciary.

I have known about Martin Luther King Jr, Thurgood Marshall, John Lewis, etc., who get extolled in Civil Rights history. I had no idea a successful woman and lawyer contributed to their efforts to improve the lives of Blacks and African Americans. I am so glad I know about Constance Baker Motley now, and I hope many more people find out about her. She has made as much or more impact as these legends.

Review of Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
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Review of BritBox Original Series: The Bay Season Three

https://youtu.be/HT6LkIBcrkg Brit Box Original Series The Bay Season 3 Trailer from the BritBox Youtube Channel DS Jenn Townsend takes the job as the new Family Liason Officer for Morecambe. She left Manchester with her children for a fresh start with her boyfriend and daughter. Townsend knows it will get rocky, but everything will work out….

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Bloomington Creative Glass Center: Project Two

Two business expos later and I finally return to project number two at the Bloomington Creative Glass Center. Would I still feel this is ready to put together? Will I go to Abby in tears and tell her she is wrong this project is a mess? The only way to find out is to get the box with the project and set up to solder this thing. I took much longer than necessary to arrange the pieces on top of the paper template. I would fret over the gap with the diamond piece, turn over a square or angled piece to get it to fit better. Finally I took several breaths and with prodding from Abby began to solder at the corners. (This squeezes the pieces together and when you pick it up the piece stays to together! It’s a marvel!)

I kept going until one side had solder in all the right places then turned the whole project over and repeated the process. When I finished I began to look for copper tape peaking through and then smoothing out the solder as best I could. Minutes went by that turned into an hour and then a bit more time passed before I felt this piece is ready to be cleaned of flux. I took care of this gently cleaning the project and then drying it off before showing Abby and a few other volunteers the finished product. They really like the colors and how well it came out.

I hope in the future to redo this piece in different colors. I want to see using a different tool, think a Dremal tool, to grind the diamond piece and some of the angled pieces will be less aggressive and thus result in better fitting pieces. Also, I would like the pieces to be closer to the same size in each section instead of the left side with smaller pieces than the right. Lastly, no dent on one side where I pushed two pieces too far in.

I believe I will get to this point but it will take a while perhaps years to do so. Until I get there I have an intermediate stained glass class that begins in April! I will have the chance to learn new things and improve. I am really looking forward to it.

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Review of the BritBox Series The Bay Season Two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkuoB4DY-p0 The Bay Season 2 Trailer from The BritBox Your Tube Channel Family Liaison Officer, DS Lisa Armstrong returns for Season 2 of The Bay. As a result of her demotion, she has the title of community support officer, and Med, whom she took under her wing in Season 1, becomes her superior and a…

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My Review of The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths – Image from Amazon.com A nighty year old woman, Peggy, dies in her chair by the window in her apartment and most people believe her time came. However, her care taker Natalka believes otherwise; it’s murder. Her feelings grow stronger when she finds a card with Peggy’s name on…

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My Review of Turning Red: Available on Disney+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdKzUbAiswE Turning Red Trailer from Pixar’s YouTube Channel Thirteen-year-old Meilin  has intelligence and confidence in herself as well as three great friends.  However, Meilin does not often allow herself to have fun after school with her friends and instead insists on being the dutiful daughter and helping at the family temple .  However, one stormy…

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Review of Animal Instinct: A K Team Novel

Animal Instinct by David Rosenfelt book cover image from thirftbooks.com Retired cop Cory Douglas and his retired Simon, from the K-9, unit begin a new case one that is personal to Cory. Before he left the force he went to the home of Lisa Yates and her boyfriend Gerald Kline to investigate a neighbor’s call…

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