Star Trek Babies: Spock & the Power of a Mother’s Love

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Baby Spock appears in one of the original series’ movies too, but it’s my least favorite one.  So, I’d rather not talk about it.  I’m not a huge fan of the new Star Trek movies, because they seem more space action than original Gene Roddenberry vision.  But, I do respect them, of course.  And I did love the very first one, as it showed two of the most legendary characters as babies, Kirk and Spock.

Besides seeing one of our wisest, most logical characters as an adorable baby, inarguably one of the best reasons to love Baby Spock is the fact that he is half human, half Vulcan.  This was portrayed beautifully in his birth scene with Winona Ryder portraying his mother, Amanda.  She’s a human female alone among Vulcans on a strange, desert planet.  Her birth attendants do not understand her tears of joy.

This struck me as incredibly brave.

Even Amanda’s husband is bewildered.

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I hate when characters who portray mothers are disregarded as ‘only mothers.’  Obviously, people who do that have absolutely no comprehension how extraordinary the experience.

Love is the root of true courage.

A person must gather all the bravery he or she can to be the very best parent they can be.  Can you imagine doing that among aliens on an alien world?  Incredible!  And beautiful.  Much is made of Spock’s relationship with his father and rightly so.  But, I believe his strength and courage came from his mother.  I love what his mother said to him when he was setting out in the world, finally a grown man.

“No matter what path you choose in life, you will always have a proud mother.”

I say that to my own offspring as much as possible.  The unconditional love of a parent is one of the most powerful forces in the universe in any time period.

Live long and prosper.

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Here is a clip of the Baby Spock from the 2009 movie- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaAusqTaqcA&t=22s

For more on awesome Star Trek Moms, check out this post- https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2016/05/08/star-treks-best-moms/

 

P.S. I jumped from the Original Series to that cast of characters’ movies because ‘Friday’s Child’ was the only episode with a humanoid infant in it, although there are several with older children.

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Review: A TAILOR-MADE HUSBAND by Winnie Griggs

lgcover_9780373425273Historical Romance has certain advantages.  For one, they’re usually set during times and places when there were a lot more social and even legal restrictions on which relationships were acceptable and how they were conducted.  This leads to a lot more potential Conflict.  Throw that into an Inspirational category and you ratchet it up even more.  Because there’s no on-the-page nookie.  The author is required to focus on the emotional development of the relationship and making it work in a practical sense.  It makes for a lot more believability, if you’ve been married for decades like I have.

Anyway…

Ward and Hazel have known each other since they were kids.  She was his little sister’s best friend and he took her devotion for granted.  Ward’s little sister, Bethany, fell and, apparently, suffered a head injury which led to mental illness.  This story is set over a century ago and out in the Wild West, so things like this weren’t well-understood.  Ward blamed himself for not being there and making things safe.

The story starts a few years later with Ward on his way home after Bethany dies.  He’s the Sherriff of Turnabout and Hazel is an established seamstress way past her expiration date in the marriage market.  And he still takes her devotion for granted.  Even though they’re all grown up, he still resists thinking of her as more than a friend.  In fact, he was so traumatized by Bethany’s accident and death that he firmly believes total devotion to his job is the only way to go.  And I’m thinking, ‘Good grief, did he really go all this time without even a girlfriend?”  Well, I took a while to settle down too, so I can buy that.

So, Hazel’s taken care of all the details related to the funeral and Ward’s escorting the deceased home on a train.  That’s where he meets Meg, a little girl who takes a liking to Hazel’s dog, Pugs, who is riding along with Ward.  Meg’s big sister, disguised as her big brother, subsequently abandons the little girl with Ward.

I loved how good Ward was with the little girl, very good-natured fatherly, the kind of guy a woman who wants to be mommy is going to fall desperately in love with.

Ward has his little sister’s funeral and a string of crimes in town to deal with and now guardianship of a little girl too.  At least, Meg is pottytrained.  Naturally for that time and place, he tries to find a woman to care for Meg while he tries to find her birth-family.  He assumes Hazel will be that woman.  She’s always been happy to help in the past.

But, Hazel’s had enough of being taken for granted.  She wants the real thing or she’s outta there.  Literally.  She’s planning to move back to New York to work with her aunt.  Of course, she loves Ward and wants to marry, have children, and live happily ever after.  But, she needs to be loved too.

Being an honorable man, Ward juggles his three major obligations with Hazel’s help during the day, even though she won’t just take the little girl in.  He’s determined to find the girl’s family and the criminals and do everything right.  Then, Hazel alerts him to criminal activity in the middle of the night and the next morning gossipy townfolk see her leaving his house and it doesn’t matter that she was only there to babysit while he was tracking down the baddies.

Oh, dear.

Ward decides they need to get engaged.  It’s the honorable thing to do.  Yeah, I was ready to slap him too.

Hazel is reluctant because she knows it’s not about love.  She keeps moving towards her plan for New York.

Make no mistake, Ward does love Hazel.  But, she’s smart enough to know that’s not enough.  He’s got to declare it and show that she is the one he wants to spend the rest of life with, loving and raising a family together.

Getting there is suspenseful and the source of criminal mischief is unexpected.  You’ll hand in there to the end.

The characters in this book are believable.  I’ve met people like them, men so wrapped up in their work and women so hung up on them.  This kind of couple can easily fall into a passive-aggressive trap in which neither get their needs met.  I won’t spoil the story for you, but, rest assured, this is a Romance novel.  Therefore, you are promised a Happily Ever After.  If you read regularly in this genre, you know that.

Like I said, this kind of book is great for believability.  You can get swept away, confident that, yes, Happily Ever Afters really do happen and this is why.  I understand some people prefer to escape into fantasy.  Personally, I prefer all the above.  I’m a buffet kind of reader.

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Winnie Griggs has an impressive and growing book list.  Pop over to her site to learn all about them and to keep up with any New Releases-   http://www.winniegriggs.com/about_winnie.php

If you want a publisher to keep on publishing your favorite authors and books like those they write, then remember to always buy New when you can and tell all your friends to do the same.  This is how authors get paid and most can’t quit their day jobs.  Ever.

Happy Reading!

Study Outside Your Genre/Subgenre

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One thing I learned as a blogging book reviewer was that the best authors never stopped learning and trying to bring on their A-Game.  Stephen King says if you don’t have time to read then you don’t have the time or skills to write.  So, absolutely read and read broadly, across genres and subgenres.  But, I also suggest studying outside your genre and subgenre.  For example, if you write Contemporary Romance, try Googling blog articles on writing Romantic Suspense.  It might just tighten up your storytelling.  Check out this one-   https://strandmag.com/ten-top-tips-for-writing-romantic-suspense/

Happy Writing!

Blogging Book Tours

They’re Book Tours…on blogs.  Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.

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If you’re a new book reviewer, this is a great way to get going.  You’ll learn the ropes and drive traffic to your new blog.  And they’re fun.

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If you’re an author, I suggest researching each carefully.  Look for one which tours books similar to yours or they tour to a readership you want to snag.  High traffic is nice, but not if it goes by readers who aren’t interested in your kind of book.  Then, it’s just a waste of promo money.

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I like Host for several different Blog Tour sites because my interests are so wide.  If I stuck with one, I’d get bored and stop.  I prefer a reading buffet.  I belong to three at the moment and the above images are for tours on their sites.  Here are their links-

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Happy Blog Hopping!

What in Tarnation is a Resurrected Stork?

Well, in my own little fantasy world, it’s me.  I love babies, I mean, really love babies a lot.  I was a nanny when my husband married me, so he should’ve known what he was getting himself into.

meandbaby2We have four children.  Three of them are bigger than me now and the last is almost bigger.  That’s her with me.  My husband’s a skyscraper so it didn’t take long for our offspring to tower over me too.

I used to collect angel dolls.  Now, I collect realistic baby dolls, so I can have that feeling of holding a baby in my arms again.  See the dresses hanging on the wall behind me in this picture?  I made those.  I’ll post about sewing and crafts on Sundays under the My Vintage Heart category.  The two dolls I’m holding are from http://www.ashtondrake.com/

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Besides that I still love real babies and will include everything having to do with them under this topic heading too.  Everything from baby sign language to awesome nannies the world over, like the nanny for the children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.  Here she is in uniform between the Queen and little Prince George-

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A Resurrected Stork is a baby-crazy person who’s come back to life.

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STAR TREK DISCOVERY Premier & Fathers & Daughters

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Good morning and Happy Monday!  I think Mondays will be brighter at least for the Trekkies among us, because Star Trek Discovery is on Sunday nights.  Now, we have Star Trek to talk about on Mondays!  Woo-hoo!   http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/

I’m still tweaking this blog, so I don’t know if this will go on the weekly posting schedule or not.  But, today I do feel compelled.  As expected, James Frain was freaking awesome as Sarek, who is Mr. Spock’s biological father.  His mother was human, Amanda.bbd6124693466ea016321432c5e55d88f67e1abbThe cool thing is the star of the show, Michael Burnham, is Sarek’s honorary daughter.  This makes her Spock’s honorary sister.  Very cool indeed.

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Sarek and Michael made a brilliant father/daughter relationship.  Star Trek has several of these jewels, another favorite being Data and Lal from The Next Generationhttp://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Offspring_(episode)

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I remember when Captain Kirk’s son turned up in The Wrath of Kahn and I wondered what if he’d had a daughter instead?  Ever notice how back in the day, the secret kid was always a son?  Like the adventurer was aging and regretting and then suddenly an adult son turns up, having been conveniently raised by his mother?  No dirty diapers or staying faithful during dangerous pregnancies or angsty teenagers?  Yeah, Indiana Jones had one of those too.

Now, it’s cool for a dad to have a daughter too.  (And to change diapers, but I talk that kind of thing on Saturdays.)

I loved the scene in which Michael is struggling with her emotions as a child on Vulcan.  Sarek wants to help her, but he can’t really comprehend the emotional side of her struggle.  Michael desperately wants to succeed and make her ‘daddy’ proud but she’s a human in a Vulcan world.  She cries.  It’s clear these two love each other, though they don’t always understand.  Isn’t that how it is in real life?

You don’t need to understand or have anything in common at all to love someone.

Happy Monday.  😉

Feeling Crafty

Crafting is even more fun with you make something with children based on their favorite books-   http://www.virtualbookclubforkids.com/10-book-inspired-fall-crafts-and-activities/10-lois-ehlert-fall-crafts-and-activitiesAutumn is finally here!  Oh, my gosh, I don’t know about you all, but I was so sick of summer.  To start with, I’m an Arctic Princess.  I don’t like the heat.  You can keep your beaches and palm trees.  Seriously.  To make matters worse though, we always get lots of wildfires here in the Pacific Northwest.  Since my mommy still lives out in the boonies, that really freaks me out.  Thank God that’s all over with and leaves are turning yellow, orange, and red.  Time to get crafty!CpbwU-iUkAA9CBAI love the holiday season.  I’m a Crazy Christmas Person.  Makes me want to craft and bake winterize the chicken coop and decorate the house.  My favorite place to help with that is Joann Fabrics and Crafts.  My beautiful stepmother hooked me on this place back when she really got me going with sewing and such.  At one point, I lived in walking distance to Joann’s and I spent a lot of time, and money, there!  Helped that a bookstore was only a couple of doors down too.  I miss that.  Anyway, I suggest you pop over there and check ’em out-  http://www.joann.com/

Also, Joann’s YouTube Channel is fantastic too.  https://www.youtube.com/user/Joanndotcom

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Now I must research.  Pioneer Woman has some great stuff out right now, gets me going with lots of ideas.  Happy Sunday, all.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-pioneer-woman-cooks-ree-drummond/1116149540?ean=9780062225221#/