Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Renaissance Festivals, Costumes & More!



Ren Fest season is here! The Tennessee Renaissance Festival starts this weekend and runs every weekend in May, and there are other Ren Faires in Tennessee and across the country all spring, summer and fall.

Here are some Ren Fest Resources to help you get ready to step back in time in style:



Renaissance Marketplace - Best Renaissance Costumes

Whether you are putting a costume together for a Christmas present, Ren fest, Halloween party, Renaissance wedding, historic reenactment, Pirate party, Lord of the Rings event, Comic-Con, Dragon-Con, or other costume event, this lens should give you ideas and options of what to buy to make your Renaissance costume a reality.

Costumes at: Renaissance Marketplace - Best Renaissance Costumes


Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Triune, TN 

If you would like to travel back to 16th century England, you'll want to visit this historic annual family entertainment venue just outside of Nashville. The Tennessee Renaissance Festival takes place the first four weekends in May and on Memorial Day every year at Castle Gwynn (the home of photographer Mike Freeman) in the Arrington/Triune area outside of Franklin, TN.

More at: Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Triune, TN 


Renaissance Festivals in Tennessee - TN Ren Faires

Tennessee is host to four annual Renaissance faires in Triune, Cookeville, Rogersville and Ardmore, TN. A Renaissance festival is a fun way to spend the day, combining history with live entertainment, much of it interactive. Where else can you mingle with royalty and peasants in 16th century surroundings?

Page at: Renaissance Festivals in Tennessee - TN Ren Faires

Castle Gwynn in Tennessee 

Castell Gwynn (also known as Castle Gwynn) in Arrington, Tennessee, is the fulfillment of owner/builder Mike Freeman's life-long dream which began in 1970 in Freeman's high-school architecture class where he drew the first sketches of the castle he wanted to build one day.

Read more: Castle Gwynn in Tennessee


Barbie goes to a Ren Fest - National Barbie Collecting Examiner

Ren Fest season is here, us and no one does a Ren faire better then Barbie doll!

Article at: Barbie goes to a Ren Fest - National Barbie Collecting Examiner

Pirate & Buccaneer Costumes 

Pirate costumes have been popular for many decades but have become even more popular since the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. If you need a swashbuckling look for your next event, take a look at the pirate costumes selected here for the savvy pirate or pirate wench.

Find costumes:  Pirate & Buccaneer Costumes 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Planned Obsolescence: Defective KitchenAid-Whirlpool Dishwasher KUDS30IXBL Breaks Down

Don't Get Mom a KitchenAid for Mother's Day!



Defective KitchenAid 23.875-Inch Built-In Dishwasher (Color: Black) ENERGY STAR Item #: 333418 | Model #: KUDS30IXBL finally stopped working altogether.

Congratulations, Kitchen Aid and Whirlpool! You have planned obsolescence down to a fine art!

The KitchenAid Dishwasher (made by Whirlpool) which was installed on Nov. 3, 2012 and used for a light load once every week or so since then has stopped working entirely after never cleaning dishes since it was installed.

To recap the list of woes throwing my money away on this flimsy and ineffective piece of junk caused, let's start with how much flimsier this machine was than the old washing machine I had. The plastic was thin and there was much less metal. The flimsy top tray starting coming off the track a couple of weeks after the dishwasher was installed.

After washing my first load of dishes and ALL SUBSEQUENT LOADS, I noticed a nasty white film coating all my pots and pans, silverware, and plastics. No matter what I added: vinegar, citrus additives, gel caps, special rinses, changing detergents, and many other home remedies, my dishes always came out with a white film.

Not only that, but loose food stayed on bowls and dishes. Food like cole slaw, pieces of fresh lettuce, and other fresh food stayed on the bowls and plates even though I could easily flick them off. And any bowl or glass that turned upside down during washing was guaranteed to be filled with dark brown, sludgy water.



The ironic thing is my old dishwasher worked just FINE. Same location, same water, same dish washing detergent, but a much better made dishwasher, made by KitchenAid back when they cared about quality and durability.

When I called Lowes (where I bought the dishwasher) about the numerous problems I was having with my brand-new dishwasher, I was referred to Whirlpool.

Calling Whirlpool was a joke! Whirlpool blamed all my problems on the government removing phospahates from dish washing detergent, as if THAT made the trays flimsy, resulted in fewer jets and left food sticking to dishes. I lost my old dishwasher (due to negligent installation by Construct All) following the flood of 2010 after it was in storage for two years. My OLD DETERGENT, which supposedly had phosphates, was in storage too, so I started out using the same old detergent which had worked fine in my old dishwasher. My dishes came out filmy and dirty no matter what I used.

However, when I called Whirlpool (more than once), the company could not have been more indifferent to my problems. Instead of fixing my defective KitchenAid dishwasher, they just sent me a ton of form letters over the next several months trying to sell me an extended warranty.

Guess what, Whirlpool: If you didn't care enough to FIX the faulty dishwasher when it was brand-new, why would any thinking customers want to extend a warranty you didn't honor in the first place?

So one year and five months after Lowes was paid almost $1,000 for the Whirlpool/KitchenAid KUDS30IXBL dishwasher, it stopped working entirely last week.

It was almost a relief. No more having to wash half of the dishes dishes by hand again after I had already washed them in that defective piece of highway robbery. I just wash all the dishes by hand now since the defective KitchenAid KUDS30IXBL no longer works at all.

As long as Whirlpool/Kitchen Aid turns out junk for $1000 and blames the government for their flimsy, faulty dishwashers instead of looking at the substandard construction and lack of enough jets, I would suggest everyone stop wasting their money on the Whirlpoop/Kitchen Aid brand.


Also see: KitchenAid Built-In Dishwasher Model #: KUDS30IXBL Product Review « Seekyt

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Remembering George Beverly Shea, dead at 104

"Bev was one of the most humble, gracious men I have ever known and one of my closest friends," Billy Graham said in a statement released by the BGEA about the death of George Beverly Shea. "I loved him as a brother. My prayer for his wife, Karlene, and his children, Ron and Elaine, is that God will strengthen them during this time."
 Renowned gospel soloist George Beverly Shea died April 16, 2013 following a brief illness. His death was tucked between taxes and the Boston Marathon Attack, so I didn't get the opportunity to give Shea's passing the coverage it deserved.
"I first met Bev Shea while in Chicago when he was on Moody Radio," Billy Graham said in a statement. "As a young man starting my ministry, I asked Bev if he would join me. He said yes and for over 60 years we had the privilege of ministering together across the country and around the world."


 I wrote this article when he celebrated his 100th birthday Monday night, February 1, 2009. I am posting the link in memory of Shea, for a life well-lived.

Legendary Gospel Soloist George Beverly Shea Celebrates 100th Birthday

George Beverly Shea was born February 1, 1909, in Winchester, Ontario, Canada. Shea was the son of a Wesleyan Methodist Church minister. He first sang for Billy Graham in 1943 on the Chicago radio hymn program, "Songs in the Night."

Find out more at: Legendary Gospel Soloist George Beverly Shea Celebrates 100th Birthday - Yahoo! Voices 


Friday, April 19, 2013

Pressure Cooker: The Boston Marathon Attack - Christian Activities



Like most Americans, I have been shocked by the senseless attacks by at least two Muslim men at a traditional athletic competition where families stood with other spectators. A child killed along with other spectators dead and injured, a policeman killed responding to a call -- the growing tally of senseless death and destruction by cowards who serve a religion of anger.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Boston Marathn attack and their families
Boston Marathon Pressure Cooker Bomb - Wikimedia Commons/FBI
Boston Marathon Pressure Cooker Bomb
 Article at: Pressure Cooker: The Boston Marathon Attack--Christian Activities

Also see:

What is a pressure cooker bomb?

After the terrible bombings at the Boston Marathon, the term pressure cooker bomb has become a household word. A pressure cooker bomb is an IED, a term readers may associate with war coverage in the Middle East. IED simply stands for "improvised explosive device." A pressure cooker bomb is literally made from a pressure cooker such as is used for cooking.

Article at: What is a pressure cooker bomb and what are the health risks? - Nashville Skin, Health & Beauty Examiner

Monday, April 15, 2013

Zombie Acrostalypse - Poems of the Zombie Apocalypse - Yahoo!

Night of the Living Dead image - public domain


Zombie Acrostalypse - a Poem of the Zombie Apocalypse

Thanks to AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead," interest in the undead rising. This (tongue-in-cheek) poem in acrostic form seeks to address important questions about zombies

Poem at: Zombie Acrostalypse - a Poem of the Zombie Apocalypse - Yahoo! Voices 

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 As of 12:40 AM April 15, 2013, this is the first usage of the brand-new word Acrostalypse on Google.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

FCC Proposes More Nudity & Cursing on TV



April 10, 2013
The times, they are a changin' as the FCC tries to shirk responsibility by changing the rules. To make their job easier, the FCC proposes allowing more smut on TV.

This is not the first time the FCC has passed the buck. Read: Analog to Digital TV Conversion Problems Continue; FCC Passes the Buck

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Christian singer Mary-Kathryn scores elite 'Nashville' extra roles - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

 


Christian singer Mary-Kathryn scores elite 'Nashville' extra roles

Christian singer-songwriter Mary-Kathryn is known for her deeply spiritual pop, folk and world music stylings. Now she is also known as a "Nashville" extra after appearing in February for Deacon’s (Charles Esten) surprise birthday party at theBlue Bird Café replica and in April on board the General Jackson Showboat.

Read the article: Christian singer Mary-Kathryn scores elite 'Nashville' extra roles - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Christian comedian Michael Joiner lands '11 Seconds' role - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

 


Christian comedian Michael Joiner lands '11 Seconds' role

Christian funnyman Michael Joiner (The Grace Card), a national touring comedian and contributing writer for Jay Leno, was recently in Nashville as part of the cast of "11 Seconds." Joiner plays a high-strung, ambulance chasing lawyer whose comedy provides some light moments amidst the movie drama which stars Casper Von Dien (Starship Troopers) and Catherine Oxenberg (Dynasty)

Article at: Christian comedian Michael Joiner lands '11 Seconds' role - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment

New Exhibit Based Upon Hit Show 'Nashville' at Country Music Hall of Fame Through Oct. 31 - Yahoo!

 

New Exhibit Based Upon Hit Show 'Nashville' at Country Music Hall of Fame Through Oct. 31

One of ABC's most popular new television shows meets one of Nashville's most popular attractions when the new "Nashville" display comes to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Based upon the hit TV program, "Nashville": Like A Country Song will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame on April 5 and will run through October 31, 2013. 

Read more: New Exhibit Based Upon Hit Show 'Nashville' at Country Music Hall of Fame Through Oct. 31 - Yahoo! Voices

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren Loses Son to Suicide | Christian Activities

 

Pastor Rick Warren Loses Son to Suicide

Pastor Rick Warren, the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, and author of the book, "The Purpose Driven Life," has lost his youngest son, Matthew (27), who committed suicide on Friday, April 5. Matthew Warren battled with mental illness that caused severe depression his whole life.

Read more: articles | Pastor Rick Warren Loses Son to Suicide | Christian Activities

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sex Sells on 'October Road' Season 2 with Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Tom Berenger (review) « Seekyt

 

Sex Sells on 'October Road' Season 2 with Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Tom Berenger (review)

October Road which stars Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, and Tom Berenger, was one of my occasional guilty pleasures a few years ago. I say guilty pleasure because October Road is an amoral show about a small town where the cool kids have grown up and are all in their late 20s. I enjoyed Season One on many levels, but I grew dissatisfied with October Road as the series progressed because in Knights Ridge, all problems can be solved by having sex.

Read more: Sex Sells on 'October Road' Season 2 with Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Tom Berenger (review) « Seekyt

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Unbelievable Ghost Ship Tales: Top 5 Historic Accounts « Seekyt


Unbelievable Ghost Ship Tales: Top 5 Historic Accounts

While watching the movie Ghost Ship, I became intrigued by the idea of ghost ships in history. Fictional ghost ships seen in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, 30 Days of Night and Ghost Ship are based on legends, but there are many amazing documented stories of ghost ships around the world which have been found with their crews mysteriously missing. Documented ghost ships do exist. These are my top five unbelievable historic ghost ship stories.

Article at: Unbelievable Ghost Ship Tales: Top 5 Historic Accounts « Seekyt