I don’t think I’ve posted this on here, have I? I’ve been really busy, or rather tired, due to my internship, health, personal stuff (both good and bad) … that have made me be online less. But I’m excited for the new episode! Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch until Friday evening, when I’ve invited my best friend over for dinner and tv. I’m gonna need a quiet night bc I’m getting a nasty headcold! Although I actually always have a quiet night in, lol.
The photo was taken on my birthday last month, having coffee to celebrate. (A ginger and honey capuccino with oat milk … don’t judge me!)
In “Terminator II” Sarah Connor is saved by her son from a mental institution where she’s been locked up because nobody believes what she’s saying is real. “Operation Mongoose II” shows us how Henry saves Emma from a tower - a Jungian symbol of the mind. Emma has been locked up in there by her parents, the villains of this story. This works on two levels. Her true self is trapped inside, her real memories and desires hidden because of their parental expectations. Digging a little deeper it also means she is stuck in her magical world because she doesn’t want to let go of her parents.
She is called the “Mad Hag”, a reference to Mad Hatter Jefferson, the person who had two lives in his head during the first curse. Again, the metaphor works on two levels. Emma knows the truth of the life she actually needs, versus the life that she is currently forcing herself to live. The life she wants - the life her mother wants for her. On a deeper level, it’s about the memories of the life before she came to Storybrooke that she has repressed and the memories of this new life, with new memories, that seems equally real to her.
Isaac: “Regina’s True Love is about to marry another. She’s going to try and stop the wedding. You cannot let her succeed. You have to kill her.”
“Operation Mongoose II” was centered around a race against time to stop a wedding. True Love’s kiss between a Regina who didn’t remember who she was and Robin Hood was supposed to end the Author’s story, but instead Regina’s sacrifice and Henry’s author powers showed them a third way and as a result they return to the real Storybrooke.
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black female judge in the New York State Court of Appeals and the first female Muslim judge in the United States, was found dead on April 12, 2017. Sheila Abdus-Salaam was born Sheila Turner to working-class parents in Washington DC on March 14, 1952. Her inspiration to become a lawyer came from the TV shows she loved as a girl and from Frankie Muse Freeman, a civil rights activist and lawyer, who visited her school. Among her many accomplishments, Sheila Abdus-Salaam made the groundbreaking decision in a case that allowed LGBT parents to pursue equal parenting rights. Lacking a final statement from a medical examiner or a suicide note, the police and the media have still been quick to label her death a suicide, citing that she was ‘stressed at work.’ We can only wait for further investigation and hope that she receives as much justice in death as she offered to the world in life. For the time being, until we know the results of the investigation, SAY HER NAME.
Books, like landscapes, leave their marks in us. Sometimes these traces are so faint as to be imperceptible - tiny shifts in the weather of the spirit that do not register on the usual instruments. Mostly, these marks are temporary: we close a book, and for the next hour or two the world seems oddly brighter at its edges; or we are moved to a kindness or meanness that would otherwise have gone unexpressed. Certain books, though, like landscapes, stay with us even when we have left them, changing not just our weathers but our climates.