Generation of Shadows

My sister and I watched a lot of TV when we were kids

I don’t say this as a positive or negative,

it just was.

Ours was the generation of the shadows.

The old Tom and Jerry’s, the Looney Tunes

those were fading away

to a new class of cartoons.

Heavy hatching. Darker themes.

“The Last Unicorn.” “The Rats of Nymh.”

“The Hobbit.” “The Never-ending Story.”

The world had gone punk, and its youth were going with it.

Yet, at that same time,

these years (80’s and 90’s) were also the Mencken years,

“Beauty and the Beast.” “Little Mermaid.”

“Hunchback of Notre Dame.” “Aladdin.”

Our fantasies were both dark and beautiful,

all the while steeped in music.

Kids programming teetered in the divide,

not sure of how to treat it’s youth.

Then came “Toy Story,”

whose first drafts were as dark as

the 80’s programming we grew up with,

Then there was the rewrite.

While still gritty,

it promised hope

and the programming has grown prettier

as art has moved from hands to computer.

More neon.

It speaks in a new language, more distracted.

Yet, also in its own way has grown deeper,

reaching out to a more universal audience,

of all races, nationalities, genres, body types,

and backgrounds.

Each generation passes its legacy on to another,

for them to blaze a new trail with it.

Ours was a generation of the shadows,

but we were singing all the way through.

 

 

 

The Global Village, or Bolstering Success through Community

In this Age of Individuality, it is important to understand that we are not alone.

There are hotshots and there are heroes, people lifted up onto podiums for the rest of us to “ooh” and “ahh” at. You may be one of them. Bravo! You may hope to be one of them. Keep going! But, wherever you are at in your journey, know that there are others you can count on in the process.

Brilliant men and women have come before us. They have shared their wisdom with the world. Innovative individuals are blazing new and exciting paths into the future.

Are you willing to reach out to them to better yourself, to help them, to strengthen the community as a whole?

Supporting “The One” Web Series

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Happy Monday, everyone!

To those who don’t know, I am a big fan of helping out good people. Today’s shoutout, therefore, goes to “The One” Web Series. The group behind it is raising money to pay for production costs in order to make the series happen. It’s always good to pay your actors and crew for all their long hours and hard work, but we all know money gets a little tight sometimes. So if you like films, especially romantic comedies and urban dramas featuring a racially diverse cast, consider chipping in a few bucks to their Indiegogo campaign.

Here is a link for their pilot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgAKL3llC6o. I invite you to watch, enjoy, and follow their artist’s journey on any of the platforms listed below:

http://www.youtube.com/TheOneWebSeries

http://www.facebook.com/The1Series

http://www.instagram.com/TheOneWebSeries

http://www.twitter.com/The1WebSeries

http://www.tumblr.com/TheOneWebSeries

http://www.instagram.com/TheOneWebSeries

Blessings  to you in Christ,

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