Earlier Uncle Vanya 2020 play preview review is a real gem, July 12, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1309)


I’m not sure how I missed coming across this wonderful gem of an Uncle Vanya in 2020 play preview review by mrmonstagigz from  January 15, 2020, but I’m glad that it was recommended in the Richard Armitage  in Uncle Vanya play Facebook group post, that I saw yesterday.


The play critic praises both the leads of British actors Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov and Toby Jones as the eponymous Uncle Vanya—as well as the rest of this small but mighty ensemble cast including Aimee Lou Wood as Sonya, Ciarin Hinds as Sonya’s previously absent father Professor Serebryakov, and Rosalind Eleazar as his young trophy wife, Yelena.  The interwoven romantic yearnings among and between these five characters alone serves up some riveting and poignant theatrical moments. Rounding out the stellar Uncle Vanya cast are Peter Wight, Dearbhla Malloy, and Anna Calder-Marshall.


Mrmonstagigz’s Uncle Vanya 2020 play production review makes me long to have been one of the lucky ones to see this Uncle Vanya production before the current COVID 19 pandemic shut down theatres and other community wide congregate setting venues in Spring 2020.

And with nations and peoples around the world struggling to save lives and livelihoods from the scourge of COVID 19, it makes us truly appreciate even the simple pleasures that we may have lost, and that we hope to regain—moving freely in our communities and society without worrying about contracting a life threatening illness, or infecting friends and family with it, let alone losing our jobs and homes and way of life because of economic upheavals.


Much is still uncertain in our lives due to COVID 19.  But for now, given the Harold Pinter Theatre offering a (perhaps vain) hope of being able to reopen and resume performances of the Uncle Vanya production later on this year when the pandemic has abated (wishful thinking there), I can only hope that if that comes to pass—and if all of the original cast members return, especially the talented British actor Richard Armitage—that Digital Theatre films it for wider distribution to the many fans like me who can’t afford to travel across an ocean to England to see their favorite actors on stage.


The Digital Theatre platform was how I was able to watch Richard Armitage’s (image below) riveting performance as John Proctor in the 2014 production of The Crucible play from the comfort of my middle of the USA home.

Fingers crossed that I and other fans may be able to do the same with viewing the 2020 Uncle Vanya play production starring Richard Armitage, via Digital Theatre as well.


But, of course, I’m mostly hoping that everyone’s lives and livelihoods return to what may be a new normal for us one day, when we and our loved ones, friends, colleagues, and neighbors near and far are mostly past this pandemic.

Until then, we will have to take one day at a time—sometimes distRActing ourselves with lovely wishes, hopes, and dreams about being enraptured by the art of storytelling through live theatre.


Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy day!  Cheers!

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“See no Monday…” Richard Armitage wallpaper by Mat via Judit, July 06, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1308)


Thanks to Judit Hezser for sharing Mat Khal’s Richard Armitage wallpaper!


Because I’m dog tired–literally–after nursing our older big dog during the early days after his cancer tumor surgery last week.  He seems to be doing a bit better–standing, drinking water, still being fed by a plunger, yet he is eliminating more outside than inside the house.  So the washings of his large floor and crate cushions are down to twice a day.  Sighhh!

And, I will continue working from home again today as we start our new work week.   Grateful, yet I so wish today/Monday was still part of the weekend.  Ha!

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati


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Newsday Tuesday:  Richard Armitage to star in “Now and Then” also to begin filming in 2021, June 30, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1307)


Adapted from the novel “Now and Then” (image above via GoodReads) by the late William Corlett, The LGBTQ+ British drama “ Now & Then” (THR, 2020) is—at its heart—the story of a Mother and son finding their way to understanding and love.

Richard Armitage portray by An Le
The talented British actor Richard Armitage (image above, IMDB 2020)  portrays the 50 year old Christopher Metcalfe who returns home for his father’s funeral, “confronting memories of his time in school and an intense, passionate affair he shared with fellow student, Stephen Walker” (THR, 2020).  And there will also be flashback scenes with younger actors portraying Christopher and Stephen.

Richard Armitage shared what drew him to this project (THR, 2020):

“This is a beautiful script.  The character of Chris resonated with me powerfully. I look forward to inhabiting the role and bringing this script to life,” (THR, 2020).

I’m looking forward to experiencing what is sure to be a heartfelt and moving Richard Armitage  film portrayal.

And with the artistically prolific Richard Armitage also filming “The Man from Rome” in 2021, his fans are going to have  a bounty of his storytelling to enjoy in the coming years.


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Feeling nostalgic for Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield singing Misty Mountains Cold with Dwarves of Durin video, June 28, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1306)

As we get closer to the 10th Anniversary [Oct. 22, 2010] of Richard Armitage being announced to portray Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey”,

I’m feeling nostalgic for the simple melody of “Misty Mountains Cold” sung by him (Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield) and the Dwarves in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012).   Enjoy!

Video thanks  to tranceseraph!

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy day! Hugs  & Cheers! Grati ;->



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Richard Armitage to start filming The Man from Rome in February 2021! June 23, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1305)


Finally!  The much anticipated priest as crime solver role of Father Lorenzo Quart in The Man from Rome for the talented British actor Richard Armitage is set to begin filming in February 2021.  His costars are Paz Vega,  Jon Leguizamo, Geraldine Chaplin, and others.

With this casting of the sultry Paz Vega—presumably as the aristocratic divorcee–one wonders if Richard Armitage’s priest Father Quart will have some confessions to make of his own along the way.

Well, I’ll have to buy and read Arturo Perez-Reverte’s  book The Seville Communion/The Man from Rome for my Kindle books and find out.

Thanks to TeresaA for sharing the Twitter link to The Hollywood Reporter article!

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Learning more about the history of Juneteenth!, June 19, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1304)

Juneteenth flag Image source


In order to be a better ally for my African American friends,  family, colleagues, and others over the years, I am dedicated to enhancing my knowledge and understanding about the scourge of racism in America—and to battle against racism  by also participating in protest rallies, Black Lives Matters community information sessions, Martin Luther King, Jr. events, and volunteering with local branches of national civic organizations such as my long term affiliation with our local branch of the YWCA (its motto logo appears below):

My learning more to be a better ally has occurred often throughout my university career with my developing educational and professional programming with others to promote awareness and to provide educational opportunities for young people of color—such as bringing youngsters to campus and their meeting with college students and professors of color as role models for career exploration and mentoring, as well as, us going to them in their neighborhood centers for fun learning activities, holiday events,  and such.

So unlike some others, I was already aware of some of the history about Juneteenth.  But in the spirit of learning more, I went to various websites to do just that, to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and its impact.  And I share those resource links below for you as well:

“What is Juneteenth” on PBS by Henry Louis Gates as excerpted from The Root


“History of Juneteenth” on the Juneteenth.com website

A report by NBC news,  “From Juneteenth to the Tulsa Massacre:  What isn’t taught in classrooms has a profound impact”


And “Juneteenth” at Wikipedia


These resources are by no means exhaustive, but they are a start.  In the comments below, please feel free to share links to other Juneteenth and anti-racism resources that you have come across.


Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati  ;->

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Twofer Tuesday!  Richard Armitage is truly ageless and timelessly talented, June 16, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1303)


Love this #RichardArmitage #diptych by @MatKhal! Sighhh!  Richard Armitage is truly ageless and timelessly talented!  And the Peter Pan quote is priceless!


Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and lovely day!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati  ;->

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Listening to #RichardArmitage perform “The Chekhov Collection of Short Stories”, June 12, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1302)

I eagerly downloaded my purchased copy of the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s latest new Audible audiobook, “The Chekhov Collection of Short Stories” of Anton Chekhov’s short stories yesterday, June 11, 2020!

And last night I began listening to it, enthralled by Richard Armitage’s powerfully restrained voice.  He does not shout nor jump out as the narrator with wildly articulated accents and such.

Rather, Richard Armitage’s performance approach here is very intimate in his reading of Chekhov’s short stories.  And I found myself leaning forward in my seat, as if to catch more of the nuances of each character or detail of the world around the character, even though my headphones volume was just fine.

The accents he uses effortlessly enhance the characters he is sharing with us–in particular with the first story “Ward 6”.  Click on the Amazon/Audible audiobook link  for the story to also hear a sample of “Ward 6”.  This compelling story is a detailed account of the inhabitants of a local asylum, how they came to be there, and how they cope from day to day.

Of course, my mind briefly thought of the book and film “One flew over the cookcoo’s nest”.  But apart from it also being set in an asylum, the comparison ends there.  Where that film is broad and flamboyant, Chekhov’s riveting short story “Ward 6” is a muted but persistent wearing away of each of the characters’ lives and their overall well being.

In his introduction of this audiobook, Richard Armitage shared bits of descriptions about the six stories that he has chosen to tell–from Chekhov’s massive short story collection.

And these chosen stories also serve as an insight into Richard Armitage’s research process for his role as Dr. Astrov in his recent London play “Uncle Vanya”–with each story sharing accounts of life as Chekhov experienced it, thus helping to create a vivid context of the lives of privation, struggle, and diminution also felt by Richard Armitage’s “Uncle Vanya” play character of Dr. Astrov.

And I am 1 hour into this 6 hour audiobook, enjoying listening to the first story shared “Ward 6”.  So although the other stories in the audiobook might be a bit shorter in length, I look forward to listening to Richard Armitage share them as well.

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Friendship SatuRdAy! #RichardArmitage character portrayals of diverse friends and colleagues bring us together, June 06, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1301)

Friendship and colleagues within and across diverse and inclusive communities, and social justice, have been much on my mind for most of my life and in my work and my community service projects during my long university staff career–and again in these sorrowful times in the continuing persecution and death of our U.S. Black and minority population neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends.


So I always share with my own colleagues the insights that I have gained, such as that our university students and prospective university students in economically disadvantaged communities can better project themselves into the future when they are given opportunities and they have role models to follow—if they can see it, they can be it.  And our university is wonderfully diverse—with over 100 countries and cultures represented by our university’s students, faculty, and staff.

And with the worldwide friendships that we all have made as admirers of the talented British Actor Richard Armitage, we also represent diversity and inclusivity from around the world–race, class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, cultural traditions, faiths, & sexual orientations, etc.  We are Global Team Armitage!


In effect, our shared admiration of Richard Armitage’s character portrayals and artistic/literary projects serves as almost a common language and a common culture of understanding between us.  And in one fun instance, quite literally. Remember the Richard Armitage Dictionary that BccMee wonderfully edited and assembled from all of our submissions in 2012?



So for another way for us to bridge our understanding and compassion across the miles in these unsettling times—using the language of Richard Armitage–the Richard Armitage character pix below reflect several his portrayals representing diverse friendships and colleagues–thereby displaying wonderful examples of inclusivity!


  (courtesy of RAnet)
Left to right: Richard Armitage and Shaun Parkes in 2010’s “Chris Ryan’s Strikeback” Brit TV show as spy agent new comrades John Porter and Masaku; the characters had begun as enemies, then united against a common foe.


2008 as Lucas North in Spooks with Hermione as Roz  (courtesy of RAnet)
Left to right: Hermione Rogers and Richard Armitage in 2008’s “Spooks” Brit TV show as Spy colleagues Ros and Lucas—with her as his boss.


  (courtesy of RAFrance)
Left to right: Fraser Kelley and Richard Armitage in 2015’s “Urban and the Shed Crew” movie; portraying poor boy Urban and the social worker Chop who reached out to him.


   (courtesy of RADaily tweet paper)
Left to right: Brendan Coyle, Richard Armitage, Daniela Denby-Ashe, and Tim Piggott-Smith in the 2004 Brit TV miniseries “North & South” about class and cultural clashes is set during the industrial revolution era of the 1850’s.  Poor worker Higgins gained the respect of his Mill employer John Thornton.  And previously dogmatic but fair John Thornton learned to bend and won the heart of the compassionate and social justice oriented parson’s daughter Margaret Hale, after becoming friends and being tutored by her father, the Rev. Richard Hale.


  (courtesy of DurinLass)
Left to right:  Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage in the 2012 film “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey”; Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and Dwarven King Thorin Oakenshield form an alliance of two races in Middle Earth, to help the Dwarven peoples of Durin to reclaim and return to their homeland and the fortress of Erebor mountain.


Though Richard Armitage’s artistic projects are very entertaining, many of them also have an underlying powerfully purposeful message about the human condition–of social justice, ethics, compassion, honor, and dignity, etc.  And I hope that you will also share your favorite memorable characters, plots, and scenes in a comment below.


Wishing you all a healthy, safe, and lovely weekend filled with possibilities and hope!  Hugs  & Cheers! Grati ;->




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Seeking peace amid pandemics and protests, June 03, 2020 Gratiana  Lovelace (Post #1300)


As with many of us, I have been stunned beyond belief with even more killings of African Americans at the hands of the police in recent weeks—such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others–and the peaceful and other not so peaceful protests that have followed.

My city has also witnessed—and been subjected to– both  the peaceful coming together of our citizens to plead for social justice, as well as, violence and looting that have damaged stores across our community.

I feel and share the protestors outrage at the violence and death that continues to be directed at our fellow African American citizens.  But more violence is not the answer.

And I hope that the more peaceful protests will win out—and that initiating real institutional/structural change will make all citizens safe from their government’s lawless actions.

Perhaps the COVID 19 pandemic with us isolating/sheltering at home when possible, wondering about our own futures—our lives and our livelihoods—has made us complacent about the safety of others, when we are trying so hard to keep ourselves safe from illness and death.

But the pandemic  shouldn’t isolate us against our own humanity.  Our families, friends, and neighbors, etc.—and their well-being and their futures—are and should be just as important to us as our own in our communities and in our society.

And now is the time for us to speak up and to speak out again and often  about promoting social justice for everyone.  Whether our support for social justice is in our caring words,  our caring actions in participating in community groups advocating for change and transformation, or our financially supporting existing organizations like the Black Lives Matter movement and others.   Let us each do something positive and constructive.

So in a spirit of promoting a better world for ourselves and our neighbors, let us  lend our voices, our talents, our pennies, and our other support for social justice with hope and love and kindness for a better safe and more peaceful tomorrow, for everyone.

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Wonderful Wednesday!  Richard Armitage smiling smoulderingly in profile, May 27, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1299)

Sighhh!  Thanks to Mat Khal for sharing this smouldering Richard Armitage image!

And after my having spent a very long hot weekend without air conditioning—it’s fixed now–I can gaze upon this image without melting.  Well, almost.  Ha!

Wishing everyone a safe & lovely day! Hugs  & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Wonderful Wednesday!  Fabo Laktuko blogs that Richard Armitage is to share his readings of Chekhov’s short stories! May 20, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1298)


Thanks so much to Fabo Laktuko for sharing this wonderful new audiobook news on her blog Whiterose: Sincere and Simple Thoughts about Richard Armitage reading Chekhov’s short stories!

Visit her blog post linked above for more information and commentary.

I can’t wait to listen to the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s new audiobook!

And it’s so wonderful that Richard Armitage gets to revisit his love of Chekhov via this new audiobook, since his London play run of “Uncle Vanya” was cut short due to COVID-19.

Wishing everyone a safe and lovely day!  Hugs & Cheers! Grati

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Sexy Saturday!  Richard Armitage makes a home studio for recording audiobooks,  May 09, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1297)

The talented British actor Richard Armitage made a home studio for recording audiobooks.


I’ve been hard at work recording two beloved Agatha Christie titles from my home studio. You can preorder them on  @audible_com  now; can’t wait for you to listen this Autumn Adbl.co/Poirot1


And I can’t wait to listen to Richard Armitage’s mid Fall Audible release of his recordings of two Hercule Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie!

Richard voicing/performing  the Belgian character of Hercule Poirot with a French accent! Sighhh!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend!

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May is Ichthyosis Awareness Month: A guest post by Kitty, May 07, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1296)

Many people get up in the  morning, do their hair, fix their face, dress and they’re set for the day.


But for some people w/ ichthyosis, grooming may need to be re-visited throughout the day to hydrate and moisturize. It isn’t about vanity, it’s about necessity.


Fortunately, for teachers and other school personnel, FIRST is at the ready with information that will guide them through caring for their student with ichthyosis.

And my granddaughters–Princess A and Princess J-E–have always had excellent care, from their bus driver, teachers, and to the school nurse.


That’s a great comfort for their Mawmie Kitty.

Please visit the FIRST web site to learn more about ichthyosis and to make a donation that can help affected families:


P.S.  Thanks to my good friend Kitty for her heartfelt sharing this opportunity for us to make ourselves more aware of ichthyosis!  I have once again made a modest donation to the wonderful research and awareness that FIRST provides to families,  the medical profession, and the educational community at large.  If you feel so moved to also donate, every donation level is welcome and helps so much!  Bless you!

And also here below is the direct donation link to the FIRST web site:


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Thespian Thursday!   Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov  in Uncle Vanya play quote wallpaper about Earth Conservation, April 23, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1295)

Inspiring saving the world we live in through literary/theatrical advocacy uplifts all of us:


And the talented British actor Richard Armitage portraying Dr. Astrov in Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”  looks hottt in his shirtsleeves. *wink*


Thanks to Mat Khal for sharing this wallpaper from Richard Armitage’s Instagram post! 


Wishing you a safe and lovely day! Hugs  & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Working on my tax forms … with Harry, April 19, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1294)


Working on my tax forms … with Harry commiserating with me about the electronic glitches “Cobblers!”


And then, Harry can always put a smile on my face with that mischievous smirk of his!  Sighhh!


Nota Bene:  Thanks to TeresaA for previously sharing the top gif!
The second “Vicar of Dibley” image, of Richard Armitage as Harry Kennedy is my/Grati cap.

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THTHT:  Richard Armitage Dr. Astrov  tipsy diptych, April 14, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1293)

Too Hottt to Handle Tuesday (THTHT):   I would be the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s characters’ designated driver any time! Sighhh!

Thanks to Mat Khal for sharing this Uncle Vanya play diptych!

Wishing everyone a safe and lovely day! Hugs  & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Tea & Cinnamon Toast Tuesday! Richard Armitage hopping perks up our morning, April 07, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1292)

Sometimes, a little Richard Armitage hopping behind the scenes for “The Stranger” is a delightful morning perk up with my tea & cinnamon toast!

Thanks to Cyn Dainty for sharing this StopinStockport gif!
Hugs <3 & Cheers! Grati ;->
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Wild Wednesday! Richard Armitage is on my “RAdar”, April 01, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1291)

I have always loved this Richard Armitage early acting career video, RAdar, by Angela Smith! Enjoy! Hugs <3 & Cheers! Grati ;->

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Tuesday Musings:  Home but not alone amid Covid 19 Pandemic,  March 24, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1290)


Like many of you—most of you, I hope—I have been staying home for over a week now, with doggies at my side.  I am fortunate to be able to work from home.  And they are long days, not stopping when the work day “officially” ends.  So I have not had time to get bored.

My hubby makes the forays to the outside world for food and such–since as an “essential” worker, his job requires him to be onsite.

And we are grateful to both have jobs and paychecks.  Though yesterday, my hubby had to negotiate staying on versus being furloughed and relying on unemployment pay.

Hoping you and yours stay safe and healthy.  Heeding the stay at home, self isolation directive is the right thing to do to hopefully stop the Covid 19 pandemic.  We are probably looking at months, not weeks.  But if we all pull together and do our part, we will hopefully get through this.

Hugs & Love, Grati  ;->

P.S.  And thanks to Eileen Furman Fraser for sharing the cute Winnie the Pooh illustration.

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Foliage Friday!  Happy 1st Day of Spring with Richard Armitage and his characters in nature!  March 20, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1289)

Happy 1st Day of Spring 2020!  The talented British actor Richard Armitage and his characters in nature is my theme today. Ha!

And to start us off, Richard as Daniel Miller in a Cherry Blossom Spring wallpaper from Cyn Dainty:

As Sir Guy, via Casey Silverstein:


As John Thornton sniffing a yellow rose of his Margaret’s bucolic Helstone, via Eileen Feirman Fraser:


Richard portrait circa 2013? via Anya:


As Lucas North, via Gonzo:


As Daniel Miller, via Laura Day:


As Thorin Oakenshield, via Arwen:

And as John Porter, via Laurie Michaud:


Thanks to those credited above for previously sharing these Richard Armitage and characters images!  Hugs!

Please share your favorite Richard Armitage/character images in the comments below.  Wishing everyone a lovely day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day—Richard O’Armitage  style!  March 17, 2020 Gratiana O’Lovelace (Post #1288)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“May the road rise to meet you, and the wind be at your back.” (a reference)


And with Leprechauns like this, we’re all Irish!

Thanks to Mat Khal <3 for sharing this delightful Richard Armitage  wallpaper!

Wishing you a lovely day! Hugs <3 & Cheers! Gratiana O’Lovelace

P.S.  And today is Day one for me of working from home almost all day.  Be safe everyone!  Hugs!

And in the U.S., don’t forget to vote!


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A Soothing Sunday with Richard Armitage offering to help around the house, March 15, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1287)


Wouldn’t we all love a partner who says to us as we’re reorganizing or cleaning our homes?:

“Love, You lie down and rest for a spell.  Let me take care of that for you.”


Then we get a kiss for good measure.


Especially, from this guy.  Sighhh!

And in praise for my own hubby, he is out getting groceries and such as I write this—and he loads a dishwasher superbly.

Wishing you a lovely day!

P.S. Image thanks <3 to: Danielle, Durinlass, & Arwen

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IWD 2020:  Women who changed our world in the last 100 years, March 08, 2020  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1286)

As we annually celebrate International Women’s Day this year on March, 08, 2020, I wish to also highlight some of the many women who have made a difference in our lives around the world in the past 100 years.

Speaking for myself, I will highlight below four of these influential women from the U.S.–though there are so many more to choose from.  And I hope that my readers from the U.S. and other countries will also suggest additional influential women biographies and their resource links in the comments below.  Cheers!

Margaret Sanger – a nurse advocate for family planning resources and women’s reproductive health, in part possibly inspired by her own mother’s 18 pregnancies with only 11 live births; though Sanger was not without her critics, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood in 1966, praising her work with minorities;

Eleanor Roosevelt – advocate for human rights, especially for women and children, which culminated in her participation in the United Nations “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” project;


Shirley Chisolm – A civil rights activist and the first Black woman to run for Presidential office in 1972  and who was elected to congress from the state of New York, serving from 1969-1983;

Prof. Maya Angelou – Civil Rights activist, author of numerous books, and a literary icon who famously wrote and performed the beautiful “On the Pulse of Morning” poem for Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration; as well as, her authoring a plethora of inspiring poems, such as Angelou’s stirring poem “And Still I Rise”;

And happily, TIME Magazine has also thought to feature influential women of the last 100 years.

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Sensational Sunday! New #UncleVanya poster with 4 & 5 star ratings, etc. March 01, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1285)

I’m playing catch up with my Richard Armitage and Uncle Vanya play news and images.  So Enjoy!

A) London’s Uncle Vanya play starring the talented British actors Richard Armitage, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Lou Woods, etc., is getting rave reviews!!! Below is a newish Uncle Vanya play poster touting their 4 and 5 star reviews!!! Thanks to Valentina Ancilotti for the poster!! <3


And below are two other sets of Uncle Vanya play images and play experiences shared recently by Richard Armitage fans:

B) Thanks to PaulaJo83 for these stunning Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya images! And of course, I had to put in my two cents to @DigitalTheatre with an appeal for them to film the Uncle Vanya production. A person can dream.  Sighhh!

And my reaction when I saw these images again and posted by TeresaA (Thanks!) in FB were:

1) I’m gobsmacked by that first image of Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov as if he is pleading or frustrated! Sighhh!

2)  And the second image of Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov striding manfully while pointing accusingly is breathtaking in his uncoiled fury.

3)  Let alone, the 3rd image of Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov scowling and bleakly alone, is starkly poignant. Sighhh!

C) And finally, thanks to Esther of the Book of Esther blog for sharing her experiences at the Stage Door for the Uncle Vanya production in London—with lots of pix: Part 1 and Part 2! Though first, she tantalizingly shared a great UV cast curtain call pix that she snapped:

And Esther also kindly shared pix of her tour of London’s V&A Museum—which she said is a precursor to her sharing her Uncle Vanya play experiences.  So be on the lookout on her Book of Esther blog for Esther to share her impressions of experiencing Richard Armitage and his castmates in the Uncle Vanya play soon.

***UPDATE***  March 15, 2020–Esther kindly shared her followup UV play post link  “about the play and fangirling Armitage”: https://bookesther.wordpress.com/2020/03/06/fangirling-armitage-at-the-theatre/

Wishing everyone a lovely day!

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