Spy Day Friday:  Berlin Station costars Caroline Goodall and Richard Armitage set to interview each other about acting on March 31, 2018,   March 23, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1153)


Goodall FB link  shared by UVeloce (Thanks!):
Caroline Goodall of Kelly Frost fame on Berlin Station will be sitting down and chatting about the acting profession with her costar “the immaculate Richard Armitage” (who portrays Daniel Miller) on Saturday, March 31, 2018 as 6:00pm UTC—or 7pm London and 1pm Chicago CST (see time converter here)——to be hosted by the Newcastle Film Festival.

Cool!  So save the date of March 31, 2018 at 6pm utc.   I know that we’re all marking our calendars now.  😉

Wishing you a lovely day! Hugs & Cheers!

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Fun Day Sunday:  Richard Armitage shares about creating his role as Logan in Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night”, March 18, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1152)


“…ambiguous and enigmatic …”?  Hmmmmm!  ;->

And some of my favorite memories from my childhood are listening to radio mystery/thriller plays in our jammies when we visited my grandmother.  Radio plays are a great theatrical tradition and I look forward to experiencing  Marvel’s “Wolverine:  The Long Night” (excerpt below) starring the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage:

“… Pitched as a noir-crime thriller, the story again sees Logan confused and alone, on the run from his Weapon X masters….”

Since there have already been two episodes broadcast, I need to get cracking on my Stitcher subscription—with the first month free:

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Grati’s N&S Fan Fic “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons” reaches 100K reads in Wattpad! March 11, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1151)

March 10, 2018

Dear Gratiana Lovelace stories Readers/Followers/Friends in Wattpad, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and beyond,

My fan fic period romance novel (582 pages!) “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons” –that I initially serialized from October 2013 to October 2014–has just reached 100,000 reads and 1,400 votes on my Wattpad story site!

However, here on my Something About Love blog, the WordPress “N&S: JTLL” readership totals are only showing 43 of the 89 chapters’ readership totals.  I don’t know why that is. So the true readership totals on my SAL blog are missing a big chunk of the stats.  But even what is showing  is 19,493 reads.  So unscientifically (Ha!) doubling that figure, gets us 38,986 reads on my SAL WordPress blog alone.

Wattpad story chapters are contiguous–whereas my SAL blog chapters are interspersed with my other essays.  Amd Wattpad is quicker for readers to find the next chapter of stories.  So the ease of binge reading on Wattpad is clear.  Ha!

And I am completely bowled over with the response to my fan fic novel, “N&S: JTLL” on both of my reading/sharing platforms–here on my SAL WordPress blog and my Gratiana Lovelace Wattpad site!  Thanks so much for your support and encouragement!

I’m very glad that you enjoyed my spin, expansion, and extension on the beloved Elizabeth Gaskell novel and its 2004 “North & South” BBC miniseries (and dvd cover below) starring the talented and deeply moving Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe, “North & South”!

Many Thanks, Hugs, Love, & Cheers! Grati ;->

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International Women’s Day Celebrations focus on women past, present, and future, March 08, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1150)

International Women’s Day (IWD) is officially March 8th, today.  But its celebrations often occur the previous weekend, as they did in my home town.

180 women, young and old, U.S. and Foreign Nat’ls–and all were full to bursting with enthusiasm–came together for our community’s 22nd Annual Women’s Day Breakfast last Saturday.

These events typically have one or more keynote speakers sharing about their experiences. This year, the program was a little different with bringing the celebration of women closer to home, in recognizing women in our lives and communities who have made small and larger differences in our world.


The women discussed and praised by us were civil rights leaders and advocates, women’s mentors, professors, women’s organizations representatives, mayors and other government officials, artists. scholarship winners, media talents, etc.,–many of us thinking about some of the same women from our community.


It was a lovely twist to the usual program–by inviting us to engage and interact with each other in small group discussions to identify and talk about important women in our lives and community.  And I met 7 new people around my table–two of whom also worked at my university.


The discussion made us all remember that every person has the capacity and the opportunity to impact and change the world around us in small and large ways, one person at a time.

And as the saying goes, think globally and act locally.

So my contribution to this year’s International Women’s Day event was to bring as my guest a young lady from Asia who is attending graduate school in our town–and who is applying for a scholarship that my international women’s organization supports and distributes.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed for her.

This past year in the U.S. and around the world has seen a lot of upheaval and push for change revolving around women’s equality/equity and the right for respect. And the United Nations shared how this year’s IWD theme meshes with this:

“The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo and #TimesUp in the United States of America and their counterparts in other countries, on issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide to equal pay and women’s political representation.”

And to end on an even brighter note,  just when we feel that corporate American isn’t responsive to the needs of every day people, we see the Barbie doll company begin to roll out commemorative role model dolls  about Emelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Katherine Johnson (below)and others who have and are making a difference in our world:


Wishing you a wonderful International Women’s Day!  Hugs!


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Fun Day Sunday:  Grati needs a tech saavy Richard Armitage as Lucas North to the rescue,  March 04, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1149)

With technology so central to many of our working and personal lives these days, it may seem hard to remember a time when we didn’t have the internet–let alone, social media, and other technologies that we take for granted these days.

I can remember when I was a child:
* color television was a marvel that my family had bought to see the moon landing June 20, 1969;
* And we still had a 40 foot tall tv antenna tower in our backyard in order to receive the tv signal via airwaves;
* Pong was a newly popular video game (below, via Wiki) of a ping pong/table tennis game that you could play on your tv via cassette software—pre-Pac Man, Asteroids, etc.

Contrastingly, in my grandmother’s lifetime from the late 1800’s to the later middle 1900’s, she saw the advent of even greater changes in technology such as:
* automobiles—with her tentatively driving a early electric vehicle in the 1920’s;
* air conditioning; and electric refrigerators, etc;
* silent films, television at all, space exploration at all, the telephone, antibiotics, vaccines, etc.

What prompts my musings about computers and the internet are the fact that my only two year old computer and internet router have been inordinately twitchy and glitchy these last several weeks—more so than usual, anyway, Ha!

And Facebook has removed the “pin post to top of window” option to some groups that I’m the Admin of.  Arggggh!

And to add more annoyance to the mix, my tablet battery wants to die on me, possibly necessitating my getting a new tablet as the cheaper fix option. Drat!  My Kindle library is on my tablet—240+ books—as one of three devices they are on for portable and comfy reading while lying down.

Boo hoo. Ha! I need a tech saavy Lucas to come to my rescue!  With him wearing a trademark Lucas Blue shirt, of course!

Oh, to be the keyboard!  Sighhh!  *THUD!* Wishing everyone a lovely day! Hugs!


Image of Richard Armitage as Lucas North in Spooks 2008 is via RAFrance, Thanks!


P.S.  Now before you kvetch as I am doing, I realize that my concerns are trivial.  It just feels good to get my feelings out.   *cleansing breath in and out*

And I am truly grateful for the advanced  technologies of air conditioning, gas or electric heating, indoor plumbing, cars, computers, cell phones, and the internet/social media, etc!

So what is your favorite technology  frustration or annoyance?  Or flip that, which technology advancement in your lifetime are you most grateful for?

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February 28, 2018 is Rare Disease Day, Guest Post by Kitty about Icthyosis, February 28, 2018 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1148)

(reprinted with permission from Kitty’s February 28, 2015 post on Facebook)

The best treatments for any rare disease / disorder are acceptance, friendship, education, love, and respect.

For some, their rare disease is visible.  For others, theirs [illness] goes unnoticed.  We NEVER know what someone is dealing with; how a person’s daily routine may differ from ours.

But those routines and special needs do not define the person.

Jessica [Kitty’s daughter and the mother of her two granddaughters in the picture above with her husband and the girls father Trey] is so much more than a hearing deficiency.  She’s a sister, a daughter, a mama, a wife, a musician, a friend, a teacher, a runner, a joy and a delight.  She is smart and funny, wise and goofy; silly, but knows when it’s time to be serious.  None of these descriptions have anything to do with her need for a hearing device.  Her rare disorder is just something that makes her ear different from mine and yours.  That and that titanium post screwed into her skull that holds her hearing device.  Most people aren’t aware of her rare disease because it not visible unless she pulls her hair up.

Even though Addison’s, JoElla’s and Trey’s (below) rare disease [of Ichthyosis] isn’t hidden, it doesn’t define them either.  Even though they produce skin more rapidly than you or I do; even though it’s something that most people notice right away, there is more to them than a few flakes of skin.  Trey’s quiet, secret smile that always makes me think he is hiding a mother-in-law joke.  Addison’s (left) non-stop chatter and her ability to chase more squirrels than the best bred rat terrier [is legendary].  JoElla’s (right)  quick temper and frank observations—[and a radiant smile].  These descriptions of their character have nothing to do with skin.  Ichthyosis is just something that makes their skin different.

People with a rare disease are still people.  Let’s celebrate life!

Microtia & Atresia

Erythrokeratoderma Variablis (EKV)


Rare Disease Day is celebrated each February 28th (or 29th in leap years)
provides awareness and shares resources around the world (logo below):

Thank you Kitty for your inspiring and educating words!  You have a beautiful family!  And I applaud your forthright advocacy efforts on the part of those affected by Icthyosis and/or hearing loss.


For a previous guest blog post by Kitty with more details about how Icthyosis  impacts the lives of those who have that disease, please visit/click this related post link, here.

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Missing Emma Chambers who portrayed the sweet, loving, innocent, and wacky Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, February 25, 2018  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1147)

I always loved watching Emma Chambers playing Alice Tinker (below left; with Dawn French, below right, as Vicar Geraldine Granger) in the British sitcom The Vicar of Dibley over the years when it was first broadcast and then in reruns long after that.

Whether Emma Chambers as Alice in The Vicar of Dibley was serving as comic foil to Vicar Geraldine (portrayed by Dawn French), or mooning after her hoped for husband Hugo (portrayed by James Fleet)–that culminated several years later into a kissing scene to end all kissing scenes, and an even more hilarious Alice and Hugo wedding (below, The Sun) –Alice always had a smile upon her face and goodness seared into her wacky and lovable being.

At first glance, the character of Alice might have seemed “a bit dim”–as in a dim lightbulb, as someone referred to Alice–for Alice’s monumentally funny ability to misunderstand people and situations.  Alice’s not getting Vicar Geraldine’s jokes at the end of each episode were legendary.

But in my view, Alice’s character was infused with an innocence of good heartedness that was as joyful as she was humorous.  And Emma as Alice was beloved by her fans and her acting colleagues.

Emma Chambers portrayed many  vivid characters over the years of her long career.  And in learning that “Emma Chambers has died at the young age of 53 last Wednesday, February 21, 2018“, her colleagues and friends have paid tribute to her gifts of love and laughter this past weekend.  Here are two tributes from her The Vicar of Dibley colleagues:

From Dawn French (portrayed Vicar Geraldine):

From Richard Armitage (portrayed Vicar Geraldine’s fiance Harry Kennedy):

Emma Chambers will be much missed for her gift of giving joy to so many through her art and through her life.    My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with her family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones.  Hugs!

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