“I wish…I wish this could last forever.” Those were the Doctor’s final words, spoken as she skipped stones on the beach with Yaz in “Legend of the Sea Devils,” her last adventure before her regeneration in “The Power of the Doctor.” The first time I watched the special I found the line poignant. The closer I got to “The Power of the Doctor,” the more I echoed her sentiment. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye! I couldn’t lose the Thirteenth Doctor! I couldn’t lose Yaz! Not yet! However, as the personification of Time itself ominously told the Doctor at the Temple of Atropos, “You can leave here, but you won’t outrun me. Your time is heading to its end.” Defiant and with more than a little fear the Doctor said, “No…it’s not. You’re wrong.” But Time solemnly replied, “Nothing is forever. No regeneration. No life.” I wish Time was wrong! But alas, the Doctor regenerated, whether I was ready for her to or not. This piece is me processing; it’s a reflection on the Thirteenth Doctor’s regeneration and her era of Doctor Who.
When I began watching Classic Doctor Who, it was like a whole other world. The show – from its pacing to style to the character of the Doctor – felt very unfamiliar. But I soon found my rhythm, loving it for what it was and how it flowed into the Doctor Who I fell in love with. I was immediately fascinated by Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s granddaughter! So often I’ve seen the Doctor mourn their lost family, grieving all those who died when Gallifrey burned, leaving them the last of the Time Lords. But here Gallifrey still hung in the heavens and the Doctor was travelling with his granddaughter! I couldn’t wait to learn all about Susan and her relationship with the Doctor. It left me wanting to explore her character, what it felt like to meet one of the Doctor’s blood relatives, and ponder what happened to Susan after she parted ways with her grandfather.
This piece is my eulogy for Grandma, delivered at her funeral on 8 August 2020. The pictures throughout are family photos and the featured image, as with many of the pictures within, came from one of our many Friday night dinners at Grandma’s.
Grandma first asked me to write her eulogy ten or fifteen years ago. Every year or two she’d circle back around to the request, double checking I remembered I said I’d do this and making sure I was still planning on it. I always assured her I did and I would. But even for me, someone who writes a lot for fun and is kinda paid to talk for a living, this is intimidating. How do I begin to pay tribute to Grandma? How do I begin to capture all she means to me? Continue reading
I feel I write about Spider-Man and his being a member of the Avengers tangentially in a lot of posts. It’s often an aside, here or there. Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of Spidey being an Avenger (or part of the Fantastic Four’s Future Foundation or anything). I’ve always seen Spider-Man as a solo act, Peter Parker’s character not readily lining up with the whole “super team” thing. Plus, is swinging around and sticking to things really the type of small-time power set you want when battling Thanos, Kang the Conqueror, Annihilus, or Ultron? Still, that’s my bias and it’s anchored in my preconceived notions. So I decided I wanted to sincerely look at the idea of “Spider-Man, Avenger” with an open mind. The time to make an informed decision had come! Continue reading
A few years ago, Rob – of My Side Of The Laundry Room – began a series called “F.N.V.,” taking its name and inspiration from NBC’s Friday Night Videos (1983-2002). Anyway, I liked it so I totally stole it from him. Kalie liked it and she stole it too, proving far more prolific with her sharing of music videos and stories than I ever am. Today I’m going to do something I haven’t done before – focus exclusively on one artist. Why John Mellencamp? Well, ever since I was a kid, John Mellencamp’s music has led me down surprisingly contemplative roads. So I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the musings he’s led me to over the years. Continue reading
This is the latest installment in my series exploring romantic archetypes in literature and in life through Spider-Man comics. So far I’ve used Peter’s relationship with the Black Cat as a lens to examine our relationships with the people we can’t stop flirting with even though we know it’ll be trouble yet we passionately jump in anyway. Then I used Peter’s relationship with Mary Jane to consider the idea of a Soul Mate as well as the experience of finding and losing “the one.” This time I’m looking at the alternate reality comic series The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows as a way to contemplate the romantic idea of the “What if…?” person (or people) we all have in our lives. Continue reading
Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Doctor was special for me. I’ve only recently come into the world of Doctor Who, watching all ten (modern) seasons of the show last year. I began in the fall of 2017 with Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor (well, technically I started with David Tennant but my friend Theresa kept making sad sighs when she heard I didn’t start at the beginning so I went back and did) and finished Peter Capaldi’s run in the spring of 2018. So Jodie Whittaker became the first Doctor I got to watch as the season aired. It was so exciting! As this eleventh season (or series if I’m being English about it) of Doctor Who unfolded, I kept thinking of a post I wrote awhile back about being exhausted by binging and streaming TV shows. Jodie Whittaker and company have consistently delivered everything I’ve come to love about a Doctor Who episode! But I think part of the magic of this season came from watching it on a weekly basis. Continue reading
Admittedly, I’ve been behind on my comic reading. There was Christmas (not to mention the shopping, wrapping, and delivering of Christmas goodies). There was getting work done so I could enjoy my Christmas vacation without school stuff to do. And then there was this little movie that came out a few weeks ago that I was a wee bit focused on. But now Christmas day’s over and I’m snowed in by the CRAZY HUGE SNOWSTORM hitting us here in Erie, PA. So I’ve plenty of time to delve into the comics waiting for me! One of the comics in my pile was Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung’s new Marvel 2 In One starring the Thing and the Human Torch. Annnnd I’m in love! Continue reading
It’s no secret that I love the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s also no secret that I was super excited for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. However, I still really struggled with writing this piece. I had trouble trying to capture just how this film affected me. But…I think I’m ready to try. In 2014, James Gunn simultaneously stole my heart and made me laugh until I cried with Guardians Of The Galaxy. I immediately fell in love with these characters and this universe so I’ve been patiently waiting (for nearly three years!!) to see them again. Now that I have, THERE’S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT. So let’s go! Fair warning, spoilers will follow. Continue reading
When David and I saw Logan last weekend I did something I’ve never done – I dressed up for the premiere. For years David has asked me to embrace mutton chops for the opening night of an X-Men movie but I never did either because I wasn’t feeling it or I didn’t remember soon enough to grow them in all their glory. However, to honor Hugh Jackman’s final performance, as well as the seventeen years he spent playing Wolverine, I did it. I went full on Wolverine! There were no claws of course; I didn’t need to make things awkward for the theatre staff as they understandably ask for no toy weapons at these things. But I did my best to capture the rest of his look. And it was a lot of fun! Continue reading