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For some time now, my younger brother has been urging me and the rest of my family to check out the original shows on Netflix.

One such show he convinced me to watch is called The 100.

The series is exciting, seductive and mysterious with action and drama all rolled into one show. If you are a fan of the Hunger Games, the former NBC Series Revolution or the classic novel Lord of the Flies this should be something you should check out now.

The basic synopsis is that 100 juvenile offenders are sent to Earth from a space station that generations of humans had been surviving in after the planet was made inhabitable by nuclear warfare. The space station is running out of oxygen and the 100 are being used as guinea pigs to determine whether or not the Earth is now survivable. They are quite possibly humanity’s only hope for survival.

The show is so good I’ve actually joined the ranks of those who binge watch their favorite programs.

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As readers of this blog will likely realize, I have long been a fan of the show Dancing With The Stars on the television network ABC.

Being an artist, I can of course appreciate the artistry and creativity involved in the choreography and the dance itself as well as the music that inspires the motion.

That being the case, I want to share a few videos of some truly wonderful performances featured on the current edition of this highly entertaining show.

There is no doubt that the long-running series American Idol has launched the careers of many aspiring musical artists.

Here are a few of my favorites from this year’s competition.

Nick Fradiani 

Joey Cook

Jax 

Check out this very cool and artsy Kickstarter project

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The color green

Across various cultures, time frames, societies and groups, colors have always been known to hold certain connotations. Considering it is March and all, I thought I’d take a moment to delve into the symbolism associated with the color green.

Like many colors, if not even all of them, green can suggest concepts with both positive and negative connotations. Here are just a few I could think of right off the bat.

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Positive

Green is often associated with nature or the environment. After all, don’t we frequently consider things green is they are deemed to be good for the Earth?

Green is frequently a color mentioned with the concept of luck. One simple and timely example is that of the Leprechaun.

Negative

Have you ever heard someone say the phase “green with envy?” I bet you have. And we all know that envy isn’t a flattering quality to have.

At times, when someone is young and inexperienced, he or she may be refereed to as green. For example, someone new to a business or job might fit the idea here.

I bet you might have been a bit green yourself when it comes to thinking about all the associations of such a simple color.

 

The “rules” of poetry

When people first hear the word poetry…

beside the notion of eloquent language and the concept of emotional sensitivity coming to mind, they might often think about this form of literature as being filled with rules and structural regulations.

While classically poetry has had it’s share of rigidity and intense structure, this is not always necessarily the case.  For example, slam poetry would probably drive someone from the Renaissance era insane.

Personally, I believe that good poetry is not so much about structure and form as it is about emotion and the ability to convey a concept not easily stated in any other way. Hence the reason that I, and many others, do not always follow the so-called rules.

First and foremost, poetry is an art and as such should not be constrained. We all need to have our own rules to some extent.

My personal rules and guidelines

1. I either use rhyme or not. It seems clumsy and awkward to switch between the two in the same poem.

2. When I use rhyme, I tend to rhyme in a pattern of matching up either the first and third/second and fourth lines or a stanza of lines one and two then three and four.

3. I generally write 3-5 line stanzas

4. Modern free verse has always been a great stylistic friend

5. I rarely punctuate except for emphasis with a question mark or exclamation point or to separate items in a series with a comma

I figure hey, what the heck? After all, E.E. Cummings was known for his unorthodox and grammatically flexible style while the great William Shakespeare literally made up hundreds if not thousands of words.

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For a complete look at this season’t Top 24 contestants, check out this Hollywood Reporter Article. But for this post, I just wanted to go over the ones I consider a few of my favorites.

Top Girls:

Jax

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Alexis Gomez

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Joey Cook

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Tyanna Jones

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Top Guys:

Adam Ezegelian

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Nick Fradiani

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Qaasim Middleton

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Trevor Douglas

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