This Week at Gatewood: August 30–September 5, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

This week we have a question for you, and we’d like to ask you to cast a vote to tell us what you think. But before you do, I should assure you that Dr Nicholas is not leaving Twitter. We’re just considering the possibility of adding a human presence, and would like your input.

 

Now, then, here are our features for the week of August 30–September 5:

Monday:Lunar Eclipse,” art by Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado

Tuesday:She Visits Her Beastmother’s Uncle,” poetry by F.X. MacKenzie

Wednesday:The Magic Door” photography by Hartwig Koppdelaney

Thursday:Musicophrenia,” short fiction by Patrick Redding

Friday:Perception and Memory,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from neurologist Oliver Sacks

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

docBe sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as humor, literary opinions, animal pics and rescues, and all your behind-the-scenes Journal action.

pigeon1Did you know you can subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month? Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, so your e-mail box won’t get cluttered. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of August 30–September 5, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Header photo via Stefan Schweihofer at Pixabay.

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This Week at Gatewood: August 23–29, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Before getting into our weekly wrap-up, I’d like to make a quick announcement. Freelance writer Robin Flanigan is working on an article for BP magazine, and would like to interview bipolar people over 50 years of age. Please email robin@thekineticpen.com to get in touch if you’re interested in this. Also, we’d appreciate it if you’d help spread the word for her, so feel free to pass the information along to other folks you know. If you want to check out some of her work, her website is The Kinetic Pen.

Here are our features for the week of August 23–29:

Monday:Peace Will Never Give Up,” art by Delawer-Omar

Tuesday:After the Races,” poetry by Erin Abernethy

Wednesday:Baseball in New York, 1950” artwork by Zengael

Thursday:The Psychology of Ritual” by D.V. Gray

Friday:In the Mystery,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from physicist Fred Alan Wolf

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

docBe sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as humor, literary opinions, animal pics and rescues, and all your behind-the-scenes Journal action.

pigeon1Did you know you can subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month? Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, so your e-mail box won’t get cluttered. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of August 23–29, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


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This Week at Gatewood: August 9–15, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Here are our features for the week of August 9–15:

Monday:Some Day I’ll Fly Away,” digital art by Margaret Orr

Tuesday:Looking for Love with a Radio Telescope,” poetry by K.C. Collins

Wednesday:Waves in Flux” black and white photography by Teran

Thursday:Advice to a Daughter Leaving for College,” a humorous essay by Rob Colfax, with header art by Jonny Lindner

Friday:Streaming Consciousness,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from psychologist Carl Jung

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as humor, thoughts on books, animal pics and rescues, and all your behind-the-scenes Journal action. It’s like getting all the extras that come with a DVD, only with cat hair.

Did you know you can subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month? Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, so your e-mail box won’t get cluttered. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of August 9–15, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Header art by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay.

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This Week at Gatewood: August 2–8, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Here are our features for the week of August 2–8:

Monday:Pigeon Man//Brain Forest,” photography by Matt Wiebe

Tuesday:Hoarding,” poetry by Rowan McConnell

Wednesday:Empty House” artwork by Zengael

Thursday:The Transformation of “I”,” a thought-provoking piece by John Langstaff

Friday:Our True Selves,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from writer Anneli Rufus

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as pithy (or pissy) opinions about current events, animal pics and rescues, and all your behind-the-scenes Journal nonsense. It’s kind of like getting all the extras that come with a DVD, only with cat hair.

Did you know you can subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month? Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, so your e-mail box won’t get cluttered. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of August 2–8, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Header art: “Skyline” by Bonny Bendix via Pixabay.

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This Week at Gatewood: July 26–August 1, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Here are our features for the week of July 26–August 1:

Monday:Dead Roses,” black and white photography by Nez

Tuesday:That Awkward Ride Home,” poetry by Erin Abernethy

Wednesday:Fogged Doorway” photography by K.C. Collins

Thursday:Not Coming to TV This Fall,” humor from Johanna Rigby

Friday:Human Nature & Society,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from psychologist Abraham Maslow

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as puzzled commentary on current events, animal pics and rescues, cartoons, and all your behind-the-scenes Journal nonsense.

Did you know you can subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month? Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, so your e-mail box won’t get cluttered. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of July 26–August 1, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Photo by Alain Audet via Pixabay.

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Not Coming to TV This Fall

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by Johanna Rigby

It’s that time of summer, when the networks start advertising their new fall shows, attempting to entice viewers with new shows that really don’t have a very fresh feeling. doc

kipMaybe it’s a movie which was originally a short story that someone’s now decided would make a great TV series (Minority Report). Maybe it’s yet another medical drama (Code Black) or cop show (fill in your choice) – goodness knows we don’t have nearly enough of those. I consulted with a couple of TV experts (OK, I asked Doc Nicholas and my dog Kip) about what they’d like to see on TV this fall.

America’s Next Obscure Writer

(Competition) Follow a dozen writers no one’s ever heard of as they scramble to come up with stories, gnash their teeth over rewrites and formatting, submit their work, and get judged on the whim of someone who has absolutely no credentials other than having once seen a movie that might have been based on a book. Watch the agonizing nail-biting and chain-smoking as they suffer through weekly elimination rounds! Cheer as your favorites get work accepted to magazines no one but English majors have ever heard of!

Possible spinoff: revisiting the rejected writers next season after they’ve had time to become firmly entrenched in alcoholism and soul-crushing day jobs.

Pet ER

(Medical Drama) See Spot. See Spot run along inside his fence, chasing cars and barking his silly head off. See Spot leap the 10-foot-high fence and catch a Prius! Who knew Pomeranians could jump so high? See the conscientious Prius driver search in vain for Spot’s caretaker, who’s stuck at work. See Prius driver rush Spot to the nearest emergency vet. Blood and gore abound, but Spot will be OK! See Spot prance around happily in his new satellite-dish headgear. See the Prius driver faint upon seeing Spot’s vet bill.

Swan Lake

(Documentary) Swans mate for life – or do they? Watch the weekly adventures of four swan couples as they raise their young, forage for food, and try to sort out what the heck those bands are on their legs. Sylvia thinks they were born with them, but Sam is sure they were put there as tracking devices by the humanoid creatures who tranquilized them as they slept one night. Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of gratuitous sex and violence as Sara and Su-Su lounge naked in the grass with glistening feathers after swimming, while Steve and Sven have a water battle royale over who has the longest neck. Big honkin’ fun for the whole family!

Watch Your Language!

(Game Show) It’s teens against parents in this game show about words! ROFL at the stumped parents as they try to use words like “bae” and “shade” in a sentence. Laugh at the youngsters as they wonder WTF a “gal” is or how you “high-hat” someone. It’s fun and educational!

Book Club

(Reality) It’s like your local library or neighborhood book club, except they talk about interesting books they’ve actually read instead of drinking wine and pretending to have opinions to impress the others.

D.C. After Dark

(Comedy-Drama) There’s a bar in The District where everyone knows your name, and they’ll gladly sell it to the media along with photos of you passed out on your bar stool after a hard day of filibustering! Every week is chock-a-docket full of spilled secrets, congressional capers, and boozy barristers.

Ten Is Enough

(Comedy) When Don Dale, his husband Tim, and their housekeeper Amanda decided to rescue four kittens, two dogs, and one jolly pot-bellied pig from a neighbor who was being evicted, they had no idea what they were getting into, but now they couldn’t imagine life without their wonderfully quirky family. Hairy hijinks abound!

Are You Smarter Than a Supreme Court Justice?

(Game Show) Contestants answer questions about the law, using the assistance of their friends on whatever social media forum they choose. Winner gets to explain (to a panel of law professors and actual attorneys) their theory of why the Supreme Court was wrong about something. If voted down, the contestant is banned from spouting uninformed opinions on social media ever again.

Undercover Temps

(Reality) Follow temps wired for sound and video as they go to work for major companies, exposing ethical violations, harassment incidents, illegal activities, and office pranks. What women’s magazine is actually run by a fourteen-year-old boy? Which weight-loss supplement manufacturer has birthday parties with chocolate cupcakes every afternoon? You’ll be shocked to see which high-end design firm actually works in a building with no electrical lighting!

Liar, Liar

(Action) Each week brings a new case to political consultant Rick Dixon, who knows that everyone makes mistakes and everyone lies; it’s just a matter of figuring out which lies are the least damaging and how to leverage the lies of your enemies. The season kicks off with a gripping 2-hour pilot about a fast-food magnate considering running for the Senate. It’s a white-knuckle episode as Rick Dixon uncovers who’s been stretching the truth about this weiner-meister!

 

© Copyright 2015 by Johanna Rigby.


Header photo “Family watching television 1958” by Evert F. Baumgardner – National Archives and Records Administration. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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This Week at Gatewood: July 19–25, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Here are our features for the week of July 19–25:

Monday:Down the Rabbit Hole and Onto the Bus,” artwork by Zengael

Tuesday:Bottle-Rocket Joyride,” poetry by K.C. Collins

Wednesday:Sunken Mysteries” artwork by Lolita-Artz

Thursday:Aspie Boy,” short story by Phil Mayhew

Friday:Truth,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from psychologist Irvin D. Yalom

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Our Special Assistant brought us some fun this week:

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Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as all sorts of humor, animal pics and rescues, and other tidbits of interest.

You can also subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month. Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, because we don’t want to overload your e-mail box. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of July 19–25, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


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