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Happy New Year 2022!!

With midnight only a few moments away, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations SAFELY and that you all will have a great time on New Year’s Day and throughout the first week of the New Year.

Please make sure to be cautious as you venture out for the holiday weekend. Please follow your local health mandates and make sure to wear your mask when you leave home.

Enjoy the holiday safely!

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While 2021 ended up being quite similar to 2020 – sans the “stay at home” mandates – thankfully, vaccines became much more prevalent, and our way of life slowly but surely started to improve. We most likely still have a long way to go before we get to a new “normal,” but if we try to focus on the good, and what makes us happy, that will hopefully help us all weather the rocky terrain that has been 2021.

We can also attempt to strive to be a little more like some of our everyday heroes who have made a difference throughout 2021 in their own ways. They include (in no particular order):

Amanda Gorman, the 22-year old Harvard grad from Los Angeles and Poet Laureate, wowed the nation reading her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ on January 20 in Washington D.C. for President Biden’s Inauguration and reading the poem ‘Chorus of the Captains’ in honor the three honorary captains of Super Bowl 55: U.S. Marine veteran James Martin, teacher Trimaine Davis and Nurse Suzie Dorner.

Sofia Sanchez, the 12-year-old actress, model and Downs Syndrome activist, became a viral sensation as the author of the book “You Are Enough” released by Scholastic Books. She was abandoned at birth in a very small town in Ukraine, being adopted by her forever mom and dad, who loved taking pictures of her, which set her on her career path.

David Jamison, the language arts teacher at Hickory Ridge Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee, who has been nicknamed “The Dope Educator,” first went viral in 2019 and over the course of four years, has memorized and performed elaborate, individual handshake routines for 250 students. He also took on his own battle with COVID-19 this year.

Dr. La Verne Ford Wimberly, the 82-year-old retired principal from Tulsa, Oklahoma, went viral for getting dressed every week up, since the start of the pandemic, for her virtual church services, posting photos of herself on Facebook in colorful dresses and a wide array of fancy hats and elaborate necklaces.

Here is a video report on Dr. Wimberly by David Muir:

Maya S. Penn, the 21-year-old Atlanta native, graced the TED Talk stage three times before the age of 13, has been commended by President Obama and was named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016, is a young sustainability consultant and advocate, social entrepreneur, animator and Simon & Schusster author.

David Cabello, a 25-year-old entrepreneur who lives near Philadelphia, along with help from his twin brother Aaron, created the country’s first Black Owned food delivery service, Black and Mobile, that exclusively partners with Black-Owned restaurants to give them more exposure and customers. The business launched in February of 2019 and, of course, was of crucial assistance during the pandemic, now services not only Philadelphia but also Atlanta, Baltimore and New York.

Ms. Opal Lee, the 95-year-old retired Texas teacher, counselor and activist, known as the Grandmorther of Juneteenth, who led a decades-long fight to make the day a U.S. holiday saw it come to fruition when President Joe Biden signed Senate Bill S. 475, making Juneteenth the 11th federal holiday.

Wally Funk, the 82-year-old member of the 1960’s Mercury 13, the 13 American woman who successfully underwent the same screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA, became the oldest non-celebrity woman to ever go into outer space. She did so with Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, marking her wait of 60 years to make this feat.

Eugene Goodman, the brave Capitol Police Officer, who stood against the January 6 rioters in Washington D.C., using himself as bait, luring the rioters away from the Senate and directly toward other police officers, received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Here is a video of Office Goodman’s brave actions:

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I want to thank everyone who has visited my site this year. I hope you’ll come back next year!

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas 2021!!!

Much like last year, the world has gone through another difficult year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is my hope that this holiday season, while you gather together with friends and family, that you do so carefully.

I know we are all tired of wearing masks, social distancing, travel restrictions and the like; but these practices are an important way to show that you care about those you come in contact with every day.

Please enjoy your holiday – no matter how you are spending the day – and thank you SO VERY MUCH for visiting Rueben’s Ramblings (it’s been 11 years now!).

Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas Day, and I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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After everything that took place in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic, everyone was hoping for a better year in 2021. To a certain degree things have gotten a tiny bit better. Vaccines have been rolling out, booster shots are available; people are getting back to work; the entertainment industry is getting back into production; but – sadly – too many people in the United States are balking at getting the vaccines and still creating problems over wearing masks as well as balking at following health mandates that are there for good and valid reasons. And the nation has been rocked by a lot of tragedies, school shootings, unprecedented weather patterns and political quagmires. We are also currently concerned with the latest Omicron variant that has been cropping up across the globe.

It all started on January 6 when the orange-faced baboon incited the riots that took place in Washington, D.C., culminating in the insurrection at the Capitol Building. What a horrible display of human behavior that was; and what’s worse, not enough people have been prosecuted for those vial acts of treason against our country.

Only a few weeks later, the United States marked one year since the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Washington State with a death toll of 650,000 people as of February [sadly, that number continues to grow]. And then the second impeachment of the orange-faced baboon was announced without an indictment being handed down – yet again!

Then there were the Andrew Cuomo and Matt Gaetz scandals; the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, and the Russian hackers – known as Darkside – causing a massive fuel shortage across the East Coast because of their attack on the Colonial Pipeline. There were vaccine protests throughout the country and a criminal investigation lodged against the Trump Organization; and the missile strikes between Israel and Palestine.

By the summer, it was announced that 4 million worldwide deaths were on record due to the COVID pandemic. As summer began to fade, the United States finally withdrew from Afghanistan only to have the Taliban take over that country in about a week’s time, not to mention the devastating bombing that took place at the airport there as people were desperately trying to evacuate.

And then there was the Facebook whistleblower who testified on Capitol Hill; the Navy engineer and his wife who were arrested for espionage; the French Catholic Church scandal; the recent Astroworld Festival tragedy; the extremely disappointing results of the Kyle Rittenhouse case, finding him not guilty on all counts (so very, very wrong!) while the three men in the Ahmaud Arbery case were rightfully found guilty on all counts.

Turning to weather tragedies: there were earthquakes in Indonesia and Haiti; a deadly Nor’easter that hit Texas; countless tornadoes and hurricanes throughout the South and Northeast; massive floods in Germany and Belgium as well as many parts of the U.S. South; volcanic eruptions on the Island of St. Vincent and on the Canary Islands in Spain and countless wildfires in the Pacific West.

Throughout the year it seemed like every state reported shootings at schools or malls; places of business; on military bases; at the Capitol; at a FedEx hub in Indiana and countless more. There was the horrific collapse of that condo building in Surfside, Florida; the train derailment in Montana and the horrible oil spill in Huntington Beach, California.

There were triumphs in 2021, however, including the Perseverance Rover successfully landing on Mars; President Biden signing into law making Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday; the medal success of all the athletes at the Summer Olympics in Japan (which were delayed one year because of the pandemic) and Matt Amodio becoming the 3rd highest regular season earner ever on Jeopardy.

Let’s all hold onto the small glimmers of hope and joy that we have been able to find throughout the year; and hold out for more good things to happen in 2022.

I hope that you will join me through the end of this year, as I focus on the best and the worst of 2021 in the worlds of TV and movies, TV ratings and so much more.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I might have made, but I definitely don’t apologize for any choices I made.

TOMORROW: TV Highlights

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

We have all had yet another difficult year so please enjoy this Thanksgiving carefully, cherish the time with your friends and family, and be safe.

Take time today to call or video chat with your friends and family who you will not see in-person; have a virtual dinner with them through Zoom or Facetime; share food with your neighbors and be thankful for what you have especially given all that has happened over this past year (and since the pandemic started).

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Happy New Year 2021!!

With midnight only a few moments away, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations SAFELY and that will have a great time today and throughout the first week of the New Year.

Please make sure to be cautious, following health mandates of social distancing, washing your hands, not gathering with others outside of your home and wearing your mask when you do leave home.

Enjoy the holiday safely!

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2020 may be behind us, but the pandemic that drove us all inside and has separated us from those we care about the most is still very much alive. 2021, unfortunately, could very well be much the same; but as I have said before, we have to look for the small things that make us happy, that put a smile on our faces and that lighten the heavy load for which we are dealing.

Despite all the bad that has happened this year, I hope that each of you have found some good things to keep you entertained, keep your mind off the world’s problems (even for a short time) and has allowed you to carry on in the face of all the odds stacked against us.

Here is to hoping that things will get back to whatever new “normal” awaits us; here is to hoping that 2021 can start to improve upon the year that was 2020; and here is to as prosperous a New Year as possible.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my site this year. I hope you’ll come back next year!

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas 2020!!!

Yes, this year has been extremely difficult for all of us because of the Coronavirus pandemic; and all of us (I sure hope ALL of us!) will not be celebrating the holiday as we normally do, staying safe at home without gathering with family or those outside of the home, wearing our masks when we are out, social distancing as much as possible and washing our hands.

It’s a mantra we’ve all gotten used to (albeit sick of practicing), but very necessary.

With that said, I do want to to wish everyone who has visited this site for the past 10 years a very blessed and wonderful Christmas Day!

Please stay safe, and celebrate quietly at home.

And, thank you SO VERY MUCH for visiting Rueben’s Ramblings and I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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This year, unlike any other – for 100 years anyway – has been extremely difficult because we – all of us, in every country on the planet – have faced a fierce and unfailing foe: COVID-19.

This horrible virus has caused the, quite honestly, needless deaths of over 315,000 Americans (with the number growing exponentially each day over the last couple weeks), unemployment levels are at an all-time high and all the other collected stats throughout the United States (and the world) are staggering to say the least.

In the middle of March everything came to a grinding halt in the US. Businesses closed down, the country went into lockdown and we all started on this “journey” into disinfecting, wearing masks, learning about social distancing, washing our hands and everything else that came with this worldwide pandemic; including the shut down of nearly all productions in the US, little to no movie theatres being open, restaurants (and every other business) struggling to stay open – when it has been safe to do so – and so much more.

Needless to say, it’s been an extremely stressful and excruciatingly cruel year for everyone. Beyond the virus, there have been some other horrible occurrences in the weather ranging from wildfires in Australia, tornadoes in the South, unprecedented tropical storms, intense heat waves on both coasts of the US and horrific fires throughout the Pacific West.

There were also public scandals like Harvey Weinstein FINALLY being found guilty of rape and sexual assault. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex crimes, effectively putting the 67-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life. There was also the conviction of NVIXM cult leader Keith Raniere who was sentenced to 120 years in prison. Now we just have to wait to learn what will happen to Raniere’s right-hand woman – disgraced Smallville actress Allison Mack. But, thank you, God, these two despicable men have been put behind bars!!

Also upsetting was the fact that near the end of November, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who shoot and killed non-violent protesters in Wisconsin [crossing state lines with an AR-15 assault rifle, keep in mind] was able to post a $2 million bail; and some of that money reportedly came from right-wing supporters Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow, Inc., and former Silver Spoons actor Ricky Schroder. This basically makes Ricky Schroder the Kirk Cameron of Scott Baios (as has become the joke on social media). For shame you men, for shame!!

Then there was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family, basically losing, or more to the point, giving up their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex in an effort to be financially independent, and moving to Los Angeles to live.

There was also that devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon where 2 ½ thousand pounds of chemicals went off, rocking that city; as well as the downing of a Ukranian jet by Iran (they took credit for it too – damn bastards!); and the continued (and needless) murders of people of color all over the country that led to countless protests all over the globe.

[Photo Credit: Paul Zeaiter, Artist for the Biden United Campaign]

And then there is the state of politics in the United States. Americans have that orange-faced baboon in the White House, who has decimated our country, making us a laughing stock all over the globe and clearly proving that he is a racist, egotistical megalomaniac with the ego the size of Texas. He was defeated – DEFEATED!!! – in the 2020 Presidential election by Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. It’s even worse that the soon to be “dethroned dictator” still hasn’t conceded that he lost; he has hosted Christmas parties where most of the attendees DO NOT have masks on; he isn’t really addressing the critical state of the entire country with the rapidly increasing pandemic numbers; and he seems more interesting in playing golf than doing his damn job! It’s deplorable!!!

The result of the election is one of the few shining moments out of the entire year. Please allow the fantastic artwork included in this post to brighten your day and provide a complete “laugh your ass off” moment.

Photo Credit: “The Slingshot” by Portuguese Cartoonist Vasco Gargalo

Needless to say, it’s been a grim year, and while two vaccines are now being sent out – mainly to front-line workers and those in senior living facilities – the new year is still going to be a bit bleak, as it’s going to take time to get vaccines out to every single person in the country (let alone to all those suffering all over the globe).

All that being said, we all have to look for the little glimmers of hope, the little things that make us smile, laugh and feel good.

So with all of that in mind, over the course of the next 9 days, starting tomorrow, I will focus on the best and the worst of 2020 in the worlds of TV and movies, TV ratings and so much more.

NOTE: I apologize in advance for any omissions, spelling errors or oversights I might have made, but I definitely don’t apologize for any choices I have made.

TOMORROW: TV Highlights

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I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy the holiday as safely as possible given our current circumstances.

Take time today to call or video chat with your friends and family; have a virtual dinner with them through Zoom or Facetime; share food with your neighbors and be thankful for what you have especially given all has been happening this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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