Category Archives: History

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 … Continue reading

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Our “National Treasure” is the Declaration of Independence,    January 07, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1134)

I love when films like “National Treasure” (2004)—that are designed for pure puzzle solving fun, but also subliminally evoke a greater appreciation for our national history and provide a civics lesson—thus hitting one out of the ball park, with regard … Continue reading

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4th of July!  Values we hold dear, July 04, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1073)

When I was a little girl, the 4th of July in the U.S. was a day for parades, picnics, and fireworks (safely).  We celebrated joyously!  Our family would go sit on the lawn of the company where my father worked … Continue reading

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Binge watching “Reign” starring Megan Follows in a lusty scheming role, May 02, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1060)

I don’t normally watch many videos, and we have long since stopped watching tv—for years.  In fact we finally cancelled our cable service a few weeks ago—stopping throwing good money after bad.  We stream on our computers if we want … Continue reading

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“Hidden Figures–Don’t be delicate. Be vast and brilliant.”  April 22, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1058)

Last weekend when Liesbeth Lap shared this Shinedown music lyric quote and a beautiful dancing lady illustration (see below) on Twitter, the image and quote moved me. On one level, I like the sentiment about women being strong and independent.  We … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day at Bag End–Will the Dwarves see his Shadow?  February 02, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1037)

It’s Groundhog Day in the U.S.—it’s a kind of folk tradition that occurs every February 2nd.  Supposedly, if the ground hog—such a Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil–sees his shadow, then we have 6 more weeks of Winter. If he doesn’t see his … Continue reading

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We are Women, Hear us Roar:  The Women’s Marches Saturday January 21, 2017,  January 22, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1032)

Oh how I wish that I could have participated in one of The Women’s Marches yesterday, Saturday, January 21, 2017.   I know several ladies from our community who went to the DC Women’s March.   I can’t wait to hear their … Continue reading

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A Martin Luther King Day National Observance, January 16, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1030)

Today in the United States is a national holiday—Martin Luther King Day—a memorial observance and remembrance of the life and contributions to our society by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (and right). Born January 15, 1929—yesterday would have … Continue reading

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President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address to the Nation inspires hope and resolve,  January 11, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace  (Post # 1028)

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama’s (right) Farewell Address was perfect!  He gently highlighted the goals his administration set and met, and he reminded everyone that the standards of action in this democracy should be kept in order to honor the … Continue reading

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First Lady Michelle Obama says Farewell video,January 08, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1027)

Michelle Obama, poised, graceful, intelligent, compassionate, civic minded, a role model, dignified, and the First Lady of our nation, says farewell as her husband prepares to step down as President. We will miss her greatly!   I had seen this … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day Remembrances and a Musical Tribute,  November 11, 2016  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #998)

At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918 the Great War—later to be known as World War I—the armistice was signed to end the fighting amongst the various nations.  It was a solemn date … Continue reading

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Thespian Thursday:  Richard Armitage Starring in Love Love Love Play in NYC Begins Previews Tonight!  Break a leg!  September 22, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #972)

Though I won’t be able to see the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage’s (below, with costar Amy Ryan, via Theatre Mania) latest play Love Love Love produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC, written by Mike Bartlett and directed … Continue reading

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“Love in the Great Pine Woods”, Ch. 46 (PG-13):   Growing Pains, July 30, 2016 by Gratiana Lovelace (Post #945)

(An original story copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace; all rights reserved)  [(1) story cover, left] [From time to time, I will illustrate my story characters with:  Richard Armitage as Sam Wakeforest, Marcia Gay Harden as Sam’s older sister Tessa Wakeforest Shoop … Continue reading

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May peace, love, harmony, and respect abide in and with each of us this July 4th Independence Day,  July 04, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #932)

Today, we celebrate the founding of our United States of America on July 4th, 1776—with our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, 240 years ago today.  The beginning lines of the Declaration of Independence (image above, and link to history … Continue reading

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60th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Taking a Stand, by Sitting Down December 1st, 1955, December 01, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #839)

This day has gone by too fast–and time got away from me–but I wanted to honor a lady whose courage and conviction helped change society for the better: Rosa Parks. She was ordered to give up her seat on the … Continue reading

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Thespian Thursday: Forever Love–John Proctor’s Loving Final Kisses to his Wife Elizabeth, September 17, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #807)

As I get older–and ponder making wills–I find that I think of mortality more. That is especially true now that my grandparents, parents, and aunts and uncles generations have all passed on. There is no generation above me. And now … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: For the Nine Murder Victims in the Charleston, SC Church Shooting, June 21, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #771)

Thou shalt not kill. It is the sixth commandment of the Judeo-Christian God’s law. Yet nine people were murdered last week on June 17, 2015 in a Charleston, SC in the Emanuel A.M.E Church. It was a Wednesday night. And … Continue reading

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Digital Theatre Presents The Crucible Starring Richard Armitage as John Proctor Available for Download on March 17th! March, 17, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #720)

Our patience is rewarded and The Old Vic’s production of The Crucible starring the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage is available for download today starting at 9am EST (New York) from Digital Theatre.   FAQs from Digital Theatre about … Continue reading

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WCW: Euphoric ReActions to Richard Armitage’s 2015 Olivier Awards Best Actor Nomination, March 11, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #717)

February 2015: I know that they must be posting the British 2015 Olivier Award Nominations soon. But when? My fingers and toes are crossed that the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage (right as John Proctor in The Crucible at … Continue reading

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Thespian Thursday: Digital Theatre’s Film of Richard Armitage in The Crucible will be Revelatory, October 02, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #642)

Attending a live theatre performance always gives me a thrill, you never know what will happen off script. Like the time I experienced the ever delightful Debbie Reynolds perform the lead role in the musical “Irene” on the road at … Continue reading

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Thespian Thursday–The Crucible Director Yael Farber Offers a Poignant Farewell and Gracious Thanks, September 04, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #629)

Found on Director Yael Farber’s Twitter account (Grati’s caps below), a poignant farewell and gracious thanks for the beginning of the final two weeks of The Old Vic’s production of The Crucible, starring the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage, … Continue reading

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Reblog of Richard Armitage France: The Crucible, Our Review (English translation), August 31, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #627)

Grati: Thank you to the Richard Armitage France blog for your beautiful review of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage and cast in The Old Vic’s London production of Arthur Miller’s acclaimed play The Crucible.  Your words are both … Continue reading

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Thespian Thursday: Stunning Johan Persson Portrait of Richard Armitage Raging in Chains as John Proctor in “The Crucible”! August 07, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Posts #616)

Photographed by Johan Persson, this stunning character portrait at right of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage raging and wailing as John Proctor in chains is riveting and evocative in The Old Vic Theatre’s production of The Crucible that … Continue reading

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BBC Breakfast Interview of Richard Armitage Shares a Montage of Scenes from The Crucible, et cetera, July 15, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #602)

As one who will not be able to experience the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage portray John Proctor in The Crucible in person, I was thrilled to see even a snippet of a few scenes montage in the BBC … Continue reading

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Thespian Thursday: The Anglophile Channel’s Marlise Boland Video Sharing her Experiences of Seeing Richard Armitage in The Crucible, July10, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #600)

In their July 10th news, RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) (Thanks!) shared the link for Marlise Boland (Thanks!) of The Anglophile Channel’s(image right) video of her experiences and impressions of attending The Crucible at The Old Vic last Saturday night with the exquisitely talented … Continue reading

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