Netflix TV Recommendation: Grace & Frankie (2015-2022)

Old age comes to an end, even TV shows dealing with major family changes, and this includes Grace & Frankie. There were many good episodes from each season. The chemistry between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie was about as strong as they come. The comedic chemistry between Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson came as a surprise. They too were strong characters. The show revolves around their husbands declaring their love for each other, which leads to two divorces and their families turned upside down. Not only do Grace and Frankie feel betrayed after all these years of marriage. Their adult children try to come to terms with the news while asserting their own individual freedoms from their parents. Grace & Frankie is about the meaning of family, the testing of friendship, and the inevitable part of getting older. There were seven seasons from 2015 to 2022 and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. The rating is TV-MA. My all-time favorite episode is when Coyote meets his birth mother in season two. These are my favorite episodes in each season and there were 94 episodes.

Season 1: episode 5 where Grace falls and breaks her hip while getting frozen yogurt with Frankie. It aired May 8, 2015.

Season 2: episode 11 where Bud and Coyote meet Jacob, Frankie’s boyfriend, and Grace makes a fool out of herself by getting drunk. It aired May 6, 2016.

Season 3: episode 4 where Sol has a party for Robert’s theatre friends. It aired March 24, 2017.

Season 4: episode 13 where Grace and Frankie decide to live in a retirement home. It aired on January 19, 2018.

Season 5: episode 4 where Frankie fights to get a crosswalk wait time extended. It aired January 18, 2019.

Season 6: episode 3 where Sol and Robert have a family game night. It aired January 15, 2020.

Season 7: episode 15 where Frankie holds her own funeral. It aired April 29, 2022.

I rate Grace & Frankie FOUR FINGERS and ONE THUMB at 100%

Random Calendar Info #18

President Abraham Lincoln of the U.S. signed the Homestead Act in 1862.

Movie legend John Wayne died in 1979.

Niagara Falls is 167 feet on the Canadian side and 120 feet on the United States side.

A blue whale’s heart beats 2 to 4 times every minute when its deep underwater.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897.

The most powerful earthquake was 9.2 magnitude in 1964.

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971 in the U.S.

Random Calendar Info #17

The Sean John clothing line was launched in 1998.

The Caribbean Sea is next to Nicaragua.

You need a permit to gather in Singapore.

Liechtenstein has over 100 winegrowers in its country.

John Teal reintroduced musk ox in 1964 in Alaska.

Canoelike fishing boats is used in Mauritania and are 10 or 70 feet long.

Monument rocks in Kansas are 70 feet or 21 meters high.

Vladimir Nabokov took a job as a curator at Harvard Museum.

The highest dam in the U.S. is the Oroville in California.

Female bats give birth upside-down.

Advice Type #3: Should You Believe in Horoscopes?

I suppose horoscopes should be commented on since the total lunar eclipse recently happened. Horoscopes correspond to the 12 Zodiac signs and usually include daily, weekly, and monthly information relating to love, career, relationships, and more. If you browse the Internet, they are general for a reason, much like psychic readings. I’m not saying all psychics are fake. I’m confident there are legitimate psychics and mediums out there. A lot of horoscopes deal with predictions and things that might happen during a specific time that is based on your birth sign and chart. With anything generic, I would take this kind of information with some discernment. This isn’t to say astrology doesn’t have a purpose in society. It surely does because if you get comfort and peace from reading horoscopes, it has done its job. Every zodiac sign is ruled by a planet and when the planet moves, the energy changes. Horoscopes are a part of astrology where astronomy studies everything outside of the earth’s atmosphere including planets, stars, asteroids, and galaxies. Basically, the way stars and planets move affects what happens on earth. On the other hand, astronomers research and observe the solar system and planets. Either one is worth learning more about. It’s just that astrology appears to be more fun to learn versus astronomy. So, should you believe in horoscopes? Why not? Both good and bad happen in actual life. It’s a reflection of this.

Poem: Reds and Oranges

Surfing the sky, 
red waves and orange clouds,
I want to be there.

Floating high and mighty,
like a shaman cultivating power,
tending to her fingernails,
making sure the toenails are sharp.

Flying this powerful,
between the folds of the waves,
the sea creatures among us.

Sitting dignified with visions,
I can contribute much,
make sacrifices to the mountains,
bleed for nothing.

Advice Type #2: Should You Get Divorced?

I have never been married, not in this lifetime, and whether in a past life, well. probably. I bring this up because while I don’t plan on ever getting married, it still baffles me why people who get married then kill their husbands or wives because divorce isn’t an option. I’ve watched enough TV shows about crime to know you are more likely to get killed by someone you know than someone you don’t know. A stranger coming out of the shadow in the night is not likely although it does happen. I have yet to write a story about a guy I saw (assumed it was a guy) as I was running late at night over 20 years ago. I saw the outline of a guy carrying a woman who was limp. I couldn’t see where her head was (resting on his chest or hanging down because that’s what gravity does when you die) but I could see both outlines clear enough to know he was carrying the person somewhere. By the time I got to where they were, he and the woman (assumed it was a woman) were gone. What I don’t remember is if he got in a car, but I think he went inside his house. I was running in a residential area. When I passed the area, I said to myself I hope she’s okay. This has crossed my mind a few times since it occurred.

I know married couples who’ve gotten divorces, expected and are still friends, as well as couples who clearly are better off not speaking to each other ever again. If you find yourself not getting along with someone you used to care about and spent most likely a chunk of money to celebrate your union, go to couples therapy to see if you can find common ground and make it work. I can tell you from personal experience that I’ve been through hell and back with the person I’m seeing. We’ve been together for almost 15 years and at that point where yes, we sometimes act like a married couple even though we aren’t. He says I eat old lady candy and I tell him he’s stupid when he says the dumbest things. The point is nothing is forever. I’ve said this many times to him. I said we could not be forever even though I am at a point where I’ve been the most committed to someone in my life. If I die first, my money will go to him and not a relative. So yes, it is that serious (in a way). If we ever did get married, we would sign prenuptial agreements. Hell yes, we would, because people get crazy when they separate and divorce.

I remember some breakups in my 20s and they did not go well. I can’t imagine being married to someone and having to split up your belongings without a prenup. I don’t have as much as millionaires do but I’ll be damned anyone gets my magnet collection. When children are involved, jeez, look out for all out battles occurring. One only has to look at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to see it goes sour really quickly and stays that way for a long time when one or both parties decide to play this game of who can be the top dog. I’m not saying it’s easy to get divorced. I think in this time period, it should not be looked down upon to legally separate from someone you once committed your life to, and you know why? Because people’s minds change when it comes to interests and while you might have committed to something in your 20s, you obviously don’t feel the same passion you once felt. The same goes for people where when you stop learning and the feelings are radically different from long ago, it’s time to move on when you’ve exhausted all possibilities within your means. This doesn’t include abusive relationships in any way. I have to say this because this is another reason why I never wanted to get married. I didn’t have the greatest example set by my biological parents and because of this, well, here I am needing to claim single on my tax return every year even though I’m not (in partial reality).

So, should a person get married and not feel pressured? Yes. Should a person get divorced and not be ashamed of it? Yes. Should you get married as many times as you want? I suppose. To me, it’s a big waste of money unless you are Liz Taylor. The bottom line is while the institution of marriage is rooted in patriarchy, there is something to be said about the love of two people. There is also the need for getting out of a marriage that isn’t working. So yes, divorce is definitely necessary. I don’t think religion should dictate whether you get divorced. There are no perfect marriages, not even among royalty, just ask Prince Charles. That’s my take on marriage and divorce from someone who has thought about marriage here and there (if I’m honest) but never will take the plunge.

Not Too Late Mid-May Quotes

People experience depression at some point in their lives. Not everyone can be strong, resilient, happy, positive all the time. It doesn’t happen especially given the complexity of our brains and the stimuli occurring around us. We take much out on ourselves including our faults, other people’s faults, and countless other things. These quotes are for those people who struggled to live, survive, keep their heads above the waterline. These quotes are for those who didn’t make it past the pain, darkness, turmoil, and for lack of better words, utter hell. I know people who have committed suicide, who tried to commit suicide, and those who have faulted these people because they don’t understand. The pain in real and so is the projection of everything is okay when it is clearly not okay. Maybe one day, I will talk more in depth about it.

Trifecta #87

Random Calendar Info #16

Elihu Root, Frank Kellogg, Cordell Hull, Al Gore, and Barack Obama all received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Bea Arthur died in 2009 who played Dorothy on The Golden Girls.

The smallest state in the U.S. is Rhode Island at 1,545 square miles.

The first Euro coin was minted in France in 1998.

Dark matter was created to account for gravitational forced in space.

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear to the number 13.

Dennis Hopper who was the bad guy in Speed died of cancer at the age of 74.

Random Calendar Info #15

Cinco de Mayo is the victory of Mexico at the battle with France.

Rosalynn Carter became a deacon in 2006 in Georgia.

AFIS was created in 1974 that helps identify victims and criminals.

The largest truck stop in the U.S. is in Iowa.

Tree of Life in Bahrain has existed over 400 years.

East Timor gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

The tallest mountain in South America is Aconcagua in Argentina at 22,831 feet.

The Kentucky Derby was on TV for the first time in 1952.

Alan Shepard was the first American to travel into space.

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