What I’m Watching Saturdays with @Meganslayer ~ Jefferson’s Secret Bible #televison

I started watching this because I like learning about history, but I stayed because it’s not so much about Jefferson’s rewriting his version of the bible, but the restoration and maintenance of the book. There’s a lot of good information about how books were bound at the time, publishers and materials. As a book lover, it’s a great show to learn about how books were put together during Jefferson’s time. If you’re interested in book binding and things about the composition of books, then this might be one to check out.

Relatively few people know that along with authoring the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson also compiled his own text, drawn carefully from passages extracted out of the New Testament, that he titled “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” The book, which focused on the ethical teachings of Jesus, was a private undertaking for Jefferson and never made public in his lifetime. Now, experts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History are meticulously conserving this fragile volume, page by brittle page. Along the way, they discover subtle hidden clues to Jefferson himself.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ The Lake Erie Murders #truecrime

I like to learn things. I’ve always been drawn to shows that tell stories that are true. I don’t know why I’m drawn to them, but I am.

Now Lake Erie isn’t far from me. It’s not. And most of these stories in this show are ones I’ve seen on the news. The main show is a three parter that features the murder of Amy Mihaljevic. When I was a kid, this was the THE story. Everyone was scared to let their kids go out because we could be the next Amy. There’s more to the story than what’s on the news. This show proves that. There was more than the news to the murder of Gloria Pointer and that of Shauna Howe. I didn’t know a couple of the stories, but most were familiar. Spooky because they’re real. If you want a true crime show that’s heartbreaking, but interesting, then this might be the one to check out.

The darkest and deadliest murder cases from Lake Erie, a region that borders four states and parts of Canada, are examined.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ The Boys in the Band #movies #binge #lgbtqmovies

I started watching this movie because it was recommended to me. I’m glad I watched it. Really. The acting is great. It started a bit slow, I won’t lie, but once it got going…wow. The characterizations are good and the actors pull of the parts (no pun intended) well. There are the requisite naked butt shots and someone is doing someone a few times, but I liked the raw quality of the movie. It’s a tough watch. It’s not light at all. There are some super heavy spots, but the actors carry it well. I don’t know if the character is written that eccentrically, but Zachary Quinto’s character was almost cartoonish, but that might be how he’s intended to be. I haven’t seen original version of the movie or the play. If you’re interested in something intense, then this is the one to watch.

At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Jazz, a film by Ken Burns #movies #jazz

I’ve watched this movie, mini-series, or however you call it, more than a dozen times. I love to listen to the music and learn the stories behind the situations. The interviews are interesting and the music is fantastic. If you want to learn a lot about Jazz, then this is a place to start.

A survey of the musical form’s history and major talents.

This series explores the history of the major American musical form. We track its development in African American culture, its rise to prominence with its golden age of popularity spanning from the 1920’s to the mid 1940’s both in its original form and in Swing through its popular decline and the rise of vital new sub-genres into the present day. Along the way, we learn of the lives and work of major contributors to the form such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie “Bird” Parker and many others who helped form Jazz into the vibrant musical form it is. Moreover, we see how the music reflected the political and social issues of the African American community over the course of the form’s history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Doctor Sleep #movies

I will freely admit the reason I wanted to see this movie was actually two reasons. Ewan McGregor and it’s the follow-up to The Shining. I’ve read both books, The Shining and Doctor Sleep. Personally, the books were better than the movies. This was an interesting take on the book, but not true to it as I recall. I did enjoy how the characters of the True Knot were eliminated, as the special effects were pretty cool. I liked the casting of Abra, too. She played snarky, but sweet well. Ewan McGregor was hot, even when he was scruffy. Now, I do have to say, if you haven’t read The Shining or watched the original movie, then you might get lost. I wasn’t sure who the woman in the tub was (and I’d read both books). But that’s okay. Give this one a shot. It’s not one I’d watch again and again, but it was worth a single viewing.

Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t #tv #shows

I knew going into this show that it’d be laced with blue language. I knew it. And… I loved it. Okay, so most of the time they’re just putting a different spin on topics, but it made me think. I never considered blue language bad (I grew up hearing it often) and it’s interesting to see how some people use it and other things as cons. Bottled water, the non-use of profanity, Wal-Mart, Feng Shui, NASA, they don’t pull punches. There is a bit of nudity, too. They touch on (Pun intended) Breast Hysteria, The War on Porn and Sex Education. Hey, if you’re looking to laugh and think, then give it a try. I did and I’m glad.

The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Baseball ~ The Tenth Inning by Ken Burns

I loved the Baseball mini-series and when I saw there was another inning (I mean, who doesn’t love a tight game with extra innings?), especially since it dealt with baseball in the new millennium, I had to check it out. I’m glad I did. There were things I had forgotten – Albert Belle and the corked bat, the brilliance of Roger Clemens on the pitcher’s mound – and things I’ll never forget – the steroids, HGH and the stats that will be forever marked with an asterisk. It was a nice walk down memory lane. One person in the film calls baseball (I believe it’s Mike Barnicle) a river that you join and you not only get swept up, but you know the past and look forward to the present. You’re immersed and included. He’s right. I love this game.


This latest entry covers the period from the early 1990’s onward. Labor relations deteriorated badly in the early part of that decade leading to the players strike in August 1994. The Montreal Expos were the best team in baseball at the time but when a Federal judge blocked the owners from unilaterally imposing a contract (which would have let them use replacement players) it quickly came to an end and the players returned to work under the old contract. Attendance dropped after that but the game recovered quickly with the heroics of Cal Ripkin Jr. By the end of 1990’s, fans were caught up in the home run derby presented by Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. There was also the first whiff of scandal when McGwire was accused of using steroids. It was also an era when new baseball stadiums were built in many cities, evoking an earlier age when the parks were built specifically for the sport. The curse of the Bambino finally came to an end with the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004. Barry Bonds broke McGwire’s three year-old season home-run record and later Hank Aaron’s HR record. The issue of drug use eventually led to Congressional hearings after the BALCO scandal and the Mitchell Report, which named many stars as having used performance enhancing drugs. This inning is dedicated to the late, great Buck O’Neil.garykmcd (on IMDB.com)

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ In the Shadow of the Moon #movie #apollo11 #nasa

I admit right off I’m not big in to sci-fi, but I’m a nut for anything NASA or the Moon missions. Maybe it’s because I remember watching the shuttles take off when I was a kid or my fascination with the idea we went to the moon. I don’t know. But I love it. I love this movie, too, because it’s the guys who flew on the Apollo missions talking. They’re the real deal. If you’re looking for a movie with the actual astronauts, then this is a good one to watch.

The crew members of NASA’s Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Future Man #futureman #tv #bingeworthy

Okay, I started watching this show because of the promo where James Dean screams ‘it’s tearing me apart’ and Abe Lincoln says it’s the worst theatre experience of his life. I had to know more. This is pure sci-fi fun. There are pop culture references all over and it’s kind of fun to see how they’re woven in. I liked the characters, even when I didn’t really like them. Josh could be a pain because of his insecurity, Tiger could be a pain because of her bullheadedness and Wolf… that man is excess overload. But it’s fun. That’s the thing. It’s fun. It’s warped and weird in spots, but that’s life. You have to accept it and roll with it. So there. Watch it.

Josh Futturman, a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Mrs. America #feminism #tv

I’d seen this series advertised, but initially, I wasn’t sure what it was about. So I passed on it a bit. I wish I hadn’t. This was extremely enlightening and a little scary. Now, I’ve always lived in the time of women having rights. I had no idea how much these women fought to get the ERA passed. I’d heard about Phyllis Schlafly, but I had no clue how….nasty she could be. Man. This isn’t a show you want to watch if you’re in the mood for lighthearted. It’s not. But if you’re looking to learn something, to pique your interest or just to be entertained while learning, then this is a show to watch. Not to be missed.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s.