Professor Media Matters

I am a media professional with 6 years as a TV producer and reporter, and college professor in the field of Communications. I am also a Conservative with a passion for pop culture. This will be my attempt to put the "me" in media. It will be my take on movies, TV, books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet and all that is the worldwide media.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Quote of the Day - Watty Piper

"I think I can, I think I can." The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper


181.7 is today's weight. That is 7/10 of one pound less than yesterday. Amen! All of the walking from our early Mother's Day outing to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom yesterday helped a ton. I tried not to overload on water and liquids and that helped keep the water weight gain to a minimum. I did splurge yesterday with a giant chocolate cookie at the theme park and still managed to lose weight. So I am grateful. Thank you Jesus for a blessed day and weight loss to boot!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: The Beach House

Disclosure: I have ALWAYS loved Hallmark Hall of Fame (HHOF) movies, including the commercials. Even they make me cry. So the fact that I enjoyed the latest HHOF entry The Beach House is not that surprising. The reason why I liked it so much did catch me off guard. My favorite part of this television movie was the luminescent and endearing Minka Kelly. I had heard of this actress before but this is the first thing I ever remember seeing her in. I was captivated by her smile, her heart and her performance. She carries the film and I will look forward to seeing her in other projects. Chad Michael Murray does a decent job as her ex-, and soon to be again, boyfriend. I believed they could be a couple and their chemistry was subtle but genuine. The weakest link in the cast was the most well-known star, Andie McDowell. Her performance as Kelly's dying mother was uneven. Her energy level, along with her accent, fell flat in key moments. I didn't dislike her, she just didn't light up the screen with star power like her co-stars. The plot isn't overly exciting or involved. It's predictable, low key and easy to follow. Of course there is plenty of family drama, as there is in most HHOFs. And that is their hallmark, if you will. The emotional dynamics bring on the tears and lead right into a schmaltzy but effective Hallmark card commercial that leads to more tears. If that is what you are longing for, this TV movie won't disappoint.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Quote of the Day - Toby Mac

"Raise your thoughts a little higher. Use your words to inspire.
Joy will fall like rain, when you speak life with the things you say."
Speak Life sung by Toby Mac  

Thursday, May 10, 2018


182.7 is today's weight. I'm up 8/10 of one pound. I am at 74 pounds lost overall. I ate nachos for dinner which is most likely the culprit for the weight gain. However, instead of using the entire can of turkey chili as would be standard, I only used 1/3 of it on my nachos. So that is progress. Thanks for your help in that progress Jesus.

Quote of the Day: George Matthew Adams

"There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause." - George Matthew Adams (American newspaper columnist)

Wednesday, May 09, 2018


"Nine tenths of education is encouragement." – Anatole France (French novelist)

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


181.5 is today's weight. I am down 1 and 8/10 of a pound. Yay. Having a bout of the stomach flu and all that comes with that in the wee hours of the morning helps with the weight loss. I did have a better day yesterday food intake-wise as well. I had high protein for dinner: my old standby of pork chops. Plus I did not overindulge in the liquids later in the day so my water retention wasn't a problem. I did have a sip of caffeinated tea in the evening and I need to avoid that. Caffeine messes with my system and alters my attitude and mood. I am back to 75 pounds lost in total. Thank you God for helping me rebound with a better day.

Monday, May 07, 2018


183.3 is my weight. Ugh. I don't understand how I could gain 2+ pounds. It did not seem like a bad diet day for me. I'm at 73 pounds lost overall. Thanks God for overall blessings in this process.