Favorite Thing Friday: Ichabod Crane

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Oh, the things I find on Hulu. After catching up on Arrow, The Goldbergs, and Grimm, I found myself in the predicament of having nothing to watch while I grade papers. I’d heard good things about Sleepy Hollow, so I decided to give it  a shot. Within five minutes, I was completely hooked.

While the premise is intriguing (the show is a loose interpretation of Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), the character of Ichabod Crane and the brilliant actor who plays him (Tom Mison) are what truly captured my TV heart.

I’m only six episodes into the first season, so I know I may be claiming him as a TV boyfriend a bit early in the game, but I can’t help myself. And here are 10 reasons why:

1. He is literally a piece of living history. In the first episode, he “died” during the Revolutionary War and then woke up in 2014. The man rattles off Colonial and Revolutionary War history like an encyclopedia, but with the sensibility of someone who lived through it. The history teacher in me is swooning, (as the rest of me is fact-checking).

2. While he is a man stuck far away from his own time, he is surprisingly objective in dealing with his surroundings. Rather than panic, he explores the modern era with the mind of an academic or scientist. It’s fascinating to watch him mesh his knowledge of life in the past with his existence in the present.

3. He has a proper British accent. Need I say more?

4. Perhaps, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s pretty easy on the eyes.

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5. He says stuff like this … (in reference to what eventually becomes a Headless Horseman)

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6. And this …

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7.  Despite everything, he doesn’t forget who he is. Modern life doesn’t rob him of his manners, personality, or morals. Even when those things don’t jive with modern civilization, he refuses to let them go. I’m still wondering if he’s going to change out of those 18th century clothes!

8. At the same time, he’s not afraid to try new things. Like doughnut holes.

9. According to him, he instigated the Boston Tea Party (as a means for a diversion for a secret mission).

10. He can speak German and Middle English. Beautifully.

I’m sure I’ll have more to add to this list after the next six episodes. :-)

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Hindsight

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Sinners and saints,
know this place
Renaissance streets,
paved with mistakes
From domes and spires,
peering angels 
See old men’s souls,
and scold the young
Sunset soaked tiles,
hold our secrets
Of time gone by
to this moment
None are immune,
yet can be saved
God’s forgiveness
or lessons learned

 

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Photo: Florence, Italy, c.b.w. 2005

Words: c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 3-4

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In the continuing celebration of the  April Poem A Day Challenge and National Poetry Month here’s another round of daily poetry:

April 3, 2014
Prompt: Write a message poem.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Iceberg hit,
damaged hull

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Lifeboats full,
not enough

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Sinking fast,
out of time

Tap. Tap. Tap.

CQD!

CQD!

Anyone?

Tap. Ta …

Inspiration: Titanic (with DiCaprio and Winslet) was on TV and I actually watched it even though I have the movie on DVD. The music played in my head for days, so I had no choice but to write a poem about the ill-fated ocean liner.

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RMS Titanic, 1912

 

April 4, 2014
Prompt: Since _______. Fill in the blank and make this phrase your title. Then write a poem.

Since 2000

Two towers crashed down
and started a war
Money bubbles popped,
all innocence lost
Computers are flat
and don’t need a desk
Books lost their pages
to downloads and screens
VCRs retired
and took tapes with them
Lockdowns in airports,
GPS in cars
The art of travel
has lost its compass
Smartphones invaded
and killed the payphone
Buttons lost the fight
to touchscreen icons
The virtual world
replaces the real
Too busy too care
or even look up
When the lights go out,
can we face the dark?

Inspiration: I often marvel at how much has changed over the last decade or so. Almost daily, my students are in awe that I didn’t have a cell phone when I was in high school (I had a pager) and that phones didn’t have cameras.

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How goes your poetry month?

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c.b.w. 2014