I’m taking a brief hiatus this week from my blog… spending time with family and friends. I wish you all a wonderful holiday. For those who are sad and lonely, I wish you peace and comfort and hope the upcoming year finds you in a better place.
Hi. I’m Lee.
And I’m a TV addict.
Yes, I admit it and am unashamed. I try not to judge people – I’m not always successful, like for example, if one abuses children and animals, I’ll be the first one in line to pass judgment, but let’s lighten things up here. When we’re talking about harmless habits, I say: “to each his own”.
Just because I don’t partake in an avocation doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the joy it might bring to another. I don’t knit, do crossword puzzles, make candles, etc., but I think it’s great other folks find pleasure in those activities. I find it exhilarating when I hear someone talk about their hobby with such enthusiasm… it means they’re enjoying themselves… enjoying life. The funny thing is, there appears to be a stigma in our society if one admits to spending hours in front of the television. Almost worse is being judged for what programs one chooses to watch. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say to me:
“Ohhh, that’s an awful show. I can’t believe anyone watches that crap! There’s too much violence in the real world as it is.” Implying I must be deranged because I enjoy the program and/or I don’t appreciate the horrors in the *real world*. And I’ll add, it’s the same with novels… just because one might choose to read (or write) a murder mystery, it doesn’t mean we’re not sympathetic to victims and their families.
It’s acceptable if someone chooses to go out to dinner every evening, or they travel, or jog several miles a day. Some people even love to clean their house (I only wish I had the desire for THAT amusement – come to think of it, jogging too) and good for them. If it’s what makes them happy and they’re not hurting anyone, GO FOR IT!
Perhaps part of the antipathy toward those of us who are TV addicts is that we’re not “cultured”, not out engaging in society and learning new things about the world around us. As for me, I spent many years in college and while I treasure those times and the education I obtained, nowadays I find great solace at home. It’s comforting, cozy. So even though I might pick up a book and read, I look forward to evenings when I can hunker down and watch my favorite television programs, which yes, are many.
These days you’ll find me catching episodes of: Criminal Minds, Drop Dead Diva, White Collar, Psych, Mentalist, The Good Wife, Big Bang Theory, Law & Order SVU… and on and on (I’m still in mourning Dexter has ended). I like older shows, new ones, comedies, crime-dramas… I can appreciate all of the genres. But please don’t judge me because I watch television or what shows I choose.
That being said, I’m curious how many other folks enjoy television as well? And what shows are your favorites?
C’mon… fess up. I know you’re out there.
I’m Lee and I’m a TV-aholic.
Thanks for listening.
Fifty years ago last month, we lost a great president to assassination, and I began thinking… yes, I do that on rare occasions… that not only is this the holiday season where many of us count our blessings, but was also a perfect time for reflection on the history of our country and how monumental events have shaped our lives. Each generation seems to have at least one horrific event – often more than one – that brings them to their knees, changing the way they view not only the United States, but the world.
I was only two years old when President Kennedy was assassinated, but until my generation experienced several immense losses, I didn’t have the understanding of how greatly Kennedy’s assassination affected people. I remember my grandparents talking about The Great Depression, however I lacked the empathy one develops after they’ve lived through hard times. My mom’s brother was drafted to the Vietnam War, but as with previous events, I was young enough where I couldn’t feel my mother’s anguish on waiting for her brother to return home.
As I grew older, there were events that began to have an impact on me, such as the first moon-walk. I was still quite young, but I recall my relatives all gathered around the television watching this great moment in history. While that was a positive event, it seems it’s the tragedies that truly change who we are and how we think.
People in my age-group have lived through the Challenger Explosion, war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Oklahoma bombing, most recently the Boston Marathon bombing, and while these all had a great impact on me and there was great loss of life, perhaps the two most significant events - for me anyway – were 9/11 and the Sandy Hook school massacre where young, innocent people paid the ultimate price. 9/11 shocked us on our vulnerability to terrorists around the world, while some of these other horrific events proved we have our own home-grown terrorists who are just as deadly.
Can we prevent these events? Some we can, some we can’t, but certainly we can at least begin to ask ourselves why these tragedies seem to be happening with increasing frequency, especially when we have so many disenfranchised youth who feel their only choice is to tote a gun into a school and blow away innocent lives.
This brings my topic back full-circle on the holiday season and what got me thinking about all of this in the first place. I’m a firm believer that all of us are responsible for paying attention to the people around us, and when we see a family that’s hurting and going through tough times, reach out. When you hear of a child being bullied, step in. When you know of a young person who appears emotionally lost, mentor him or her. Be a loving presence in their life. If these folks felt wanted, hopeful, and connected to others, and most of all heard and understood, it’s my belief they wouldn’t resort to extreme measures.
Be a blessing to those around you. Maybe we can’t change the world, but we can change lives… one person at a time.
The idea on my website is to provide information about my books, works-in progress and links to other author sites, however it’s also my desire to have a blog, so not only can I give more personal information and insights but provide a place for interaction with others where they can join in on the topics and conversations.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading and guest-blogging on several author sites, and through those experiences, I gained a better understanding of my goals for my own blog. Although the writing and publishing industry will likely remain a large focus, there are so many other interesting subjects as well, such as: crime, law, family, relationships, psychology, profiling, books, animals, health, cooking, and well… anything and everything.
I plan on having a wide variety of guest-bloggers so you have the opportunity to hear from other people, and author interviews where folks can be introduced to new writers they may not have previously heard about before, or even if you have, you can learn more about their work.
My hope is that ya’ll visit here often and post comments, as well as suggestions for other topics. Mostly, I hope my blog will be a chance for us all to get to know each other better.
At some point, I’m sure I’ll expand more on my background, but for those interested, for now you can check out the “about me” section on my website. My initial goal for this blog is to post once a week, and although this isn’t set in stone, I hope to post each Thursday.
I’d love to hear from everyone, and the more comments we have, the more interactions we’ll have. I’m looking forward to getting to know you, and thanks so much for stopping by my new blog!