Movie Review: The Greatest Showman

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Joanne Guidoccio

Inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of show business with an empowering storyline, eleven original songs by the Academy-Award-winning lyricists of LaLa Land, and spectacular choreography.

Hugh Jackman dominates practically all the scenes as he assumes the role of the larger-than-life visionary, who rose from humble beginnings to create a worldwide sensation. A long-time fan of Jackman, I found him irresistible as he sang and danced in his red impresario’s coat and top hat. Definitely a contender in the award season ahead.

I was also impressed by the supporting cast.

Michelle Williams delivers an excellent performance as Barnum’s behind-the-scenes wife, Charity. Possessing a strong, clear voice, she comes across as supportive and adventurous, choosing to leave behind a privileged background to follow Barnum on his entrepreneurial journey.

Zac Efron embraces the role of playwright and society boy Phillip Carlyle. An unlikely collaborator, Carlyle…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about all things NEW #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about all things NEW to start the week . Happy New Year!


Craig’s slight smirk suggested he recognized a new player in the game. “Oh, the princess has an opinion?”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Miller simply couldn’t believe it. Not only had Angie run out on him without any notice, but she took his last, new bar of Irish Spring with her.

Claire Gem


Would my third act be an off-shoot of ReCareering, or would I venture off in a new direction?

Joanne Guidoccio


She remembered all the boxes of new Christmas decorations she’d bought sitting unopened in her living room; a glittery blue garland with snowflake-shaped lights, a box of ornaments with hand-painted country scenes on them, two dozen candy canes so fresh the mint smelled right through the box.

Jeannie Hall


“Well, forgive me for thinking mistletoe mysteriously moving around the barn to…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about CHRISTMAS #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about CHRISTMAS to celebrate the season. Happy Holidays!


“Santa’s comin’ to town ‘n’ he’s keeping a list, so I better be good,” Jill sang off-key, mangling the well-known Christmas tune.

Jacquie Biggar


I work extra shifts to send them money at Christmas. They need money more than they need me.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Last year, Zoe had dug out her tiny, tabletop tree from her storage space, pulled the wire branches down into position, and simply plugged it in. Voila, instant Christmas.

Claire Gem


At Christmas, she had appeared very much at home in her father’s house and not in any hurry to leave.

Joanne Guidoccio


She tilted her head back and imagined him standing behind her, his hands strong on her shoulders, while they looked out over their land, celebrated yet another Christmas together.

Kathryn Jane


I dart to the basement like a…

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Sharing a Christmas Poem: Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou read this beautiful poem at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2005.  In it, she affirms the goodness of life and encourages us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas.

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic CELEBRATION #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic CELEBRATION for a joyous start to the week. Enjoy!


Your mom will take to the streets and do a riotous dance in celebration complete with a megaphone when she hears about this opportunity.

Vicki Batman


He grinned and shut off the truck. “Of course, I did. The eldest son is bringing home his future bride. It’s cause for celebration.”

Jacquie Biggar


“Baby, I’d marry you naked if it would make you happy.”

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


She grinned. “Well, it might get the honeymoon started sooner.”

Veronica Forand


“Tiny trees took the place of hedges in the huge stone planters, and their multicolored lights twinkled in the early darkness. White fairy lights rimmed the entire perimeter of the rink, where couples holding hands and laughing groups of teenagers glided across the ice.

Claire Gem


Right now, the priority was the dinner. Both…

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Tough Year, Still a Crazy Lucky Wife

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Patience Bloom

At the beginning of 2017, I reasoned that we should adopt a cat because it would help offset the raging depression sure to come after the inauguration. You said no. I asked if I needed to be gravely ill before we finally got a cat. Don’t be silly, you said. It was a shameful thing for me to suggest (a few times) and you didn’t fall for it.

Accepting this pet-less fate, I went along with my year, so focused on current events that I couldn’t have spared love for anyone else. You are sort of right about everything (except MSNBC is amazing, no matter what you say). Would an adorable, twitchy feline make the horror go away? Or in that never-ending trigger-fog, would I remain absent, as I’ve been most of this year? It’s one thing to be alert, and another to be obsessed with that darkness. I don’t…

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Sharing My Christmas Reads

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Joanne Guidoccio

christmasreading2After surviving a grueling (but gratifying) November where I focused exclusively on my NaNoWriMo project, I needed to destress and start preparing for Christmas. To get into the mood of the season, I decided to look for Christmas novellas that can be easily read in one sitting.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to look too far.

Over the past year, six author friends–two Canadian and four American–have released delightful reads that transported me from the west coast of Canada, across the American Midwest and Southwest, to the eastern seaboard.

biggarnovellaWill a Christmas wish give a lonely author a family?

Mystery writer, Joel Carpenter, has no time for romance. He has a deadline to meet, and too many skeletons in his closet to trust the slightly spinny artist renting his house.

Christy Taylor has her hands full dealing with an ailing business and a diabetic daughter, she doesn’t need the temptation that…

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