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Ed Stevens and His Global Perspectives

October 13th, 2017

As an artist, I was jury-selected to bring my rainbow-colored wire mermaid to Come OUT St. Pete.  This was the show’s second attempt at a reception — the first had been cancelled due to hurricane Irma.  Despite its new date, the rains still manifested into one of Florida’s famous torrential downpours.  Walking in from the gloom, my eyes were greeted by a room filled with rainbows — the theme for the night. My failed attempt to wait until the rain slowed down meant that I arrived during the last caveat of the reception.  After touring the show, I sat down at one of the... Read More

More Human Than Human

October 8th, 2017

We live in an age of miracles. It doesn’t always seem that way, though. When a maniac opens fire on a country music concert and the citizens of our country are locked in an ideological battle, it can feel like we’re hurtling toward the abyss. I don’t think we are. Not really, anyway. The miraculous surrounds us, we just have to remember to see it. When we think about the events of Las Vegas, we can’t help but be confronted by the numerous acts of heroism that inevitably overshadow the attack itself. When we consider politics, we have to remember that, as citizens, there’s... Read More

Backwards And In High Heels

October 1st, 2017

As a straight, white dude, I know I’ve got a lot to answer for. People that look a fair piece like yours truly have dropped atomic bombs, invaded the wrong countries, and generally behaved idiotically at best and abominably at worst. The shorter way to put it? Men kinda suck sometimes. That’s an entirely unsurprising concept, especially when viewed through the prism of the 2016 presidential election. For the briefest of moments, let’s zoom in and look at the debates. On the one hand, you had Hillary Clinton, a candidate who undeniably did her homework. She showed up and was able... Read More

Manners Maketh Man

September 24th, 2017

Hollywood is built on sequels. For decades, studios have ruthlessly focused on IP’s and searched for profitable films that can be milked for additional installments. For decades, critics have gnashed their teeth and bemoaned the lack of originality in filmmaking. For decades, audiences have complained about Hollywood never doing anything new and then subsequently flocked to the theaters to catch the latest Star Wars installment.* All of that must mean that sequels are bad, right? Well…not necessarily. They can be bad. Jaws 2 and onward are godawful. Speed 2: Cruise Control is... Read More

Steven Ramsey, the Genteel Bohemian

September 22nd, 2017

Steven Ramsey is a man of multiple dimensions.  He speaks softly but walks quickly.  He tells stories of his life while adding splashes of spiritual insights and personal philosophies.  He is a kung fu master.  He is also a very prolific artist whose range of creativity boggles the mind. In telling the tale of is own life, he constantly returns to his drive to create. “I have been painting for 63 years.  I started when I was five years old,” he says. “Even if I painted 5,000 works and not a single one sold, I’d keep right on painting.” Steven Ramsey talks about... Read More

You Are Not Prepared

September 17th, 2017

If you’re anything close to a movie nerd, you’ve probably seen references to CinemaScore. Let’s talk about what that is before we get to the subject of today’s review. CinemaScore is a market research firm out of Las Vegas. They perform audience surveys to rate their experiences in 25 major cities around the United States. Essentially, you’re given a card and asked to rate the film on a scale from A to F, whether or not you would buy the film on DVD, and why you chose to see that particular film. Bear in mind that it’s not necessarily an indicator of quality.... Read More

Folk Artist, Poet, Librarian: Meet RhondaK

September 15th, 2017

Decked in dreadlocks and constantly running about in designer high heels, RhondaK, a.k.a. Rhonda Kitchens, is an academic librarian by day and fantastic folk artist at night.  Her eccentric tastes are reflected in her works.  Though she paints hundreds of images, the artist explains that she is “creeped out by canvas.”  Instead, she utilizes wood planks, slats, and boards, sometimes interlaced with ropes, other times nailed to another post, to create her pieces.   And, even with her interest in visual art she refused to lose her other passion:  writing. Rhonda saw herself... Read More

We All Float Down Here

September 10th, 2017

I wonder if Stephen King likes being an institution, because he sure is one. The guy has been in the writing business for over 40 years, and he’s become a genre unto himself. You may be one of his Constant Readers, you may bemoan his influence on popular literature, or maybe you’ve just read a few of his books, but you regardless know who he is and what he’s about. Entire seconds worth of research shows me that, since 1976, there have been over 60 film and TV adaptations of his work. It goes without saying that they are of wildly different quality. Sure, you’ve got excellent... Read More

A Real Fake Life

September 3rd, 2017

Post a pic or it didn’t happen. As of last month, there were a hair over 2 billion active users of Facebook. Maybe you’re not old and uncool like me, and you have better things to do than dwell on Facebook. Cool, because there are over 700 million Instagram users as of April. Maybe you’d rather insult your favorite celebrity? You can do that on Twitter with 328 million of your closest friends.* Maybe you don’t like social media. The omnipresent need to overshare every moment of your life. The gradual chipping away of critical thinking skills. The creeping fear that you’ll... Read More