Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while. It’s time for Coffee and Conversation.
When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.
I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own..
Do you like to hop? Do you like discovering new treasures? Well, you’re in luck, today!
I love blog hops, because they introduce me to new people I might not otherwise meet, and often challenge me to look at my life in new ways. So, today, as a Coffee and Conversation bonus, I’m participating in Alex J. Cavanaugh‘s Underrated Treasures Blog Hop.
The objective here is to share a favorite, underrated movie, band/artist, TV Show, and/or book.
I’m going to fill the cuppa up to the brim on this one, so there’ll be no need for a half-full/half-empty philosophical debate!
First up, my movie pick: Head.
Yes, I hear you snickering, and looking for an X rating on this post. In the days of video stores, I got that same look, every time I tried to track it down.
But it’s not like that.
Head is the Monkees movie, and it‘s not erotica, but psychedelia. It’s a wild romp with a liberal dosing of absurd social commentary thrown in. It’s 1968, in a movie, with the same goofy, off-the-wall humor of The Monkees, made -BIGGER! And it begs the question:
“Who writes this stuff?”
Check out 4:54; 8;15; and 9:33!
And now, the band/artist category.
I’m going international since Scotland’s been in the news this week, I offer you the jewel of Gizzen Briggs - a youth group which travels the world. Why not have a listen?
My Accomplice in Mischief and I saw them in Gardiner, Montana, just outside the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. We were about to have a baby, and money was tight, but I was impressed enough to buy their CD, Turas Eile. It was June of 2001 – I might not remember the year, except that I was being pounded from within by my oldest child, who apparently really, REALLY enjoyed Scottish music in utero.
OK, back to these United States, for my book selection.
Most people know who Charles Lindbergh was, and the Lindbergh baby abduction has almost attained legendary status amongst unsolved crimes. But did you know that the Lindberghs had five more children? Did you know that Anne Morrow Lindbergh was a writer and a poet, in addition to being the wife of a famous aviator?
I bought Gift From the Sea for a dollar at a garage sale in my early 20s, and it profoundly affected the way I saw myself as a woman and as a writer. Yes, it was written in 1955, over a decade before I was born, but there is a quiet, contemplative wisdom held in its pages. It’s a little like Walden, a little bit A Room of One’s Own, and entirely a celebration of nature, simplicity, and creativity. I just bought my Kindle copy, and I’m looking forward to settling back with this treasure, which has been a gift indeed, to me.
And, so here we come, to my favorite underrated television show: Star Trek: Enterprise, Yes, I went a bit out of order, but, since my show goes way off the beaten path…
Enterprise is a prequel, and space exploration was still new for humans. Enterprise NX-01 is the prototype Warp 5 ship, which can go to ‘Neptune and back in six minutes’; the first ship able to make long-range explorations, after nearly a hundred years of an uneasy alliance with the Vulcans, Starfleet is new, and there is no Prime Directive, no Federation of Planets.
It’s got some of the best elements of the original series and The Next Generation. It has Scott Bakula, and a beagle named Porthos. We get to meet the Klingons, the Andorians, the Tellarites, and the Orions, Doctor Soong, and watch the crew eye their brand-new transporter with a combination of fascination and dread… it tackles social issues in the best Trek fashion – and it’s funnier and sexier than any of the other series (thanks, cable!).
Those are good reasons, but I really watch it for T’Pol, the Vulcan science officer who was involuntarily assigned for an eight-day mission that changed her life, and Trip Tucker, the Chief Engineer who can’t seem to resist a certain pointy-eared challenge.
If you think you might watch the show (Netflix and Amazon Prime both have it), stop here to avoid spoilers!
Be warned, if you get to the last episode -something went very, very wrong. IMO, they would have done better to have ended it with the second to last episode, which ended in a bittersweet and deeply satisfying moment…
They started out here…
But it wasn’t just a gimmick. The writers, directors, and the actors – Jolene Blalock and Connor Trinneer – skillfully wove a subtext of tension, conflict, and a gradual, stuttering friendship…it took three years to get to here…
Think that was a happy ending? Nope. Another year later, we are here…