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September 26, 2011

Monday Mourning Over All My Children: The Soap Opera

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MONDAY MOURNING OVER ALL MY CHILDREN:

The Soap Opera

 

     Forty one years.

     For forty one years it has been a constant in my life.

     That’s how long I’ve watched the soap opera All My Children. That’s how long All My Children has been aired on ABC.

     Now that it’s canceled, what will I do at 1:00 p. m. today?

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      In a sense, the characters have been like an extended family. I know them equally as well as I know some of my siblings. In some cases, I know them better. In other cases, less.  We’ve relocated numerous times. When leaving a community, relationships are broken. When arriving in a new community, new relationships must be made. Both dynamics take time. Meanwhile, the characters on All My Children have followed me, have remained constant, have helped ease each move. And my husband, Monte, who doesn’t watch the program, has had an ongoing (more…)

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April 18, 2011

“All My Children:” Susan Lucci & Erica Kane

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ALL MY CHILDREN: SUSAN LUCCI & ERICA KANE 

     Erica has been “the other woman” in my husband’s life for almost forty years.

     In spite of the fact that he does no more than occasionally glance at her soap opera episodes—especially now that she is entering her eleventh valid marriage—I’m sure he will miss her beauty and pizzazz.

     He’s unaware that Erica Kane will disappear from our television set after September 2011. I only caught the news as I was about to put our computer to sleep for the night: ABC network is canceling both All My Children (and One Life to Live).

     Lest you conclude that I lounge on my couch all day in my comfortable ‘jammies with my hair up in rollers, nibbling on Reese’s peanut butter cups and indulging in an array of chocolate candies while I watch soap operas, I want to tell you that neither Monte nor I are fans of these programs.

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     My memories of soaps goes back to my childhood, when my grandmother listened to Stella Dallas on the radio soap. As I grew up, graduated from high school and college, held jobs, and married, I never expected to be an avid fan of a soap opera.

     Both All My Children and my daughter, Sandy, celebrated their (more…)

August 19, 2010

Things About Television That Irritate Me

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TELEVISION THINGS THAT IRRITATE ME

     Television producers don’t get it. Below are several examples.

     I’m sitting working in a motel room in Black Lake, New York. My husband and I are watching a movie on television as I write this. We try to be respectful of other guests when we are traveling. When we have the television on, the volume is just loud enough for us to hear—that is, until the commercials. Then the television set can be heard above the noise of (more…)

March 25, 2010

Amish Grace, Thomas Cornell, & Intertwined Love: Risks of Writing Historical Fiction

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AMISH GRACE, INTERTWINED LOVE, & THOMAS CORNELL:

The Risks of Writing Historical Fiction

     “…the most disturbing aspect of the upcoming television move “Amish Grace” is the fictional liberties it takes in depicting the aftermath of the 2006 killings of five Amish girls in a Nickel Mines schoolhouse,” according to Herman Bontrager, an Akron man who acted as a spokesman for the Nickel Mines Amish community after the shootings. “Amish tell the truth and are accustomed to telling the truth. When you take an account like this, and make it appear like it happened, and fictionalize it, that’s troubling.”*

     Authors of the book on which the movie is based, “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy,” agree on this point.**

     Fiction based on an actual historical framework is always up for criticism. It’s an issue I’ve been aware of since I began delving in writing my novel, “Intertwined Love.” The historical framework includes 1790s people, both the well known— Henry Knox, William Duer, William Bingham, Alexander Baring, Thomas Jefferson among them—and the less well known: Franco van Berckle, Madame Rosalie de Leval, Louis des Isles, Mary Googins, and Joseph Swett.

     I encountered the criticism issue in two situations. First, my in-depth research disproved some oral traditions about East Lamoine, Maine. I shared the documentation with a community native. The late Gladys Vigent (a Samuel Des Isles descendent) was (to continue reading this post click on: http://intertwinedlove.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/amish-grace-thomas-cornell-intertwined-love-risks-of-writing-historical-fiction/ )

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ADDITIONAL READING:

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

Two Photographers Named Cornell

POPHAM BEACH, MAINE

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

RAINBOW’S END Part 1

November 6, 2009

SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

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SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

     Have you ever walked into a room anticipating an enthusiastic greeting and some lively conversation, only to be greeted by a blank wall of inert bodies, eyes glued to a piece of furniture lighted by miniature figures darting across a square that might be anywhere from 12 inches to 25 inches wide? If you listen carefully and closely their response to your greeting may be a ‘oomph’ or “Oh wow, what a play!”

     It could be Saturday, Sunday, or, in mid-fall and winter, almost any evening. Of course, that doesn’t leave much (more…)

October 6, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-10 September 1, 2008

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BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-10 September 1, 2008

 

SEVENTH HEAVEN THEME MUSIC

CHEERS THEME MUSIC

CONNECTEDNESS

 

THEME MUSIC FOR THE SIT-COM SEVENTH HEAVEN
     When I hear the theme music to the sit-com Seventh Heaven, it makes me ponder:

There’s no greater feeling than love of a family
Where can you go when the world don’t treat you right
The answer is home
That’s the one place you’ll find, Seventh Heaven

     As I listen, thoughts of the many persons whom I’ve counseled come to mind. Many of them couldn’t go home. Away is where they escaped. Their “love of a family” sometimes—no, often—taught them (more…)

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