Thursday, June 30, 2016

Allure of the Mermaid

Columnist Lyz Lenz and her young daughter both love mermaids. In an article found at Jezebel, Ms. Lenz explores the Eternal Allure of the Mermaid. The discussion quickly turns to a history of mermaids.

"The history of mermaids begins with the ancient Syrians, who worshiped the goddess Atergatis. The goddess of fertility, she was often depicted with a fish body, although the mythologies surrounding her describe her as anthropomorphic."

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The reader comments also contain a reference to the 1994 film, The Secret of Roan Inish. Worth checking out I would say, as it is also mentioned in the following article.

Vermont Mermaid School

Summer is here, and mermaid schools are back in the news. In this first of two related articles, writer Sarah Tuff Dunn shares her first experiences as a mermaid.

Ms. Dunn found her inner mermaid at The Selkie Mermaid School in Vermont, the first such school in New England.

"I was so enchanted by the fluidity and the fun that I found myself floating, sidestroking and undulating from one end of the pool to the other. I flashed through colorful hoops and floated on my back, feeling more and more at peace with the singular sensation of a fused fin."

For the full story, swim on over to Ms. Dunn's article at Seven Days Vermont.

France's Mermaid Schools

Mermaid schools are making their way around the globe. Julia Sardella, a French synchronized swimmer, has opened a school in France.

"Ms. Sardella said that about 500 people took her introductory courses at a hotel in Marseille, with some returning for more advanced instruction."

Read more in this article by Alissa J. Rubin at The New York Times.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mermaid Fitness

A recent article at Pure Wow Wellness is ready to answer your basic questions on mermaid fitness classes.

"There’s a new workout trend that will help you get a super-toned mermaid bod without having to live under the sea for the next 20 years."

Mermaid fitness classes aren't available everywhere, but that will probably change in the not too distant future.

Magical Tights

Most of us merfolk do have to leave the oceans and streams occasionally. When this happens, it can be fun to give subtle hints as to your secret merfolk identity. Ellen Scott at Metro UK has just the thing.

"Tinkercast has made some snazzy tights that let you be more mermaid-y and still maintain your human legs."

Several styles and colors are available. A link to Tinkercast of Germany can be found in the article.

The Lure

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczynska brought her feature film, The Lure, to the US in January. The Lure is a horror film... with mermaids, a musical drama, set in Poland.

"This feature film, her first, premiered in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance in January, winning rave reviews and the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design, while her other projects have netted awards at Polish film festivals."

For the full story, head on over to this article by Libby Coleman at Ozy.

Artist Steph Lew

Artist Steph Lew has been very busy. She has been creating unique mermaid personas of Disney characters as well as Princess Leia, Marilyn Monroe, and many others.

"Basically, she is crazy talented, and one quick look at her Instagram account totally solidifies this!"

Several of Ms. Lew's creations can be seen in this article by Crystal Ro at Hello Giggles. Which is your favorite?

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-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Splash Remake

According to an article at Comic Book Resources, Brian Grazer is set to produce a remake of one of our favorite movies, Splash (1984). If you are not familiar with Mr. Grazer, note that he wrote the original script for Splash, and co-produced the film with Ron Howard, the director of the film.

Grazer is not offering many clues about the remake at this point, simply stating that 'a movie star is involved', and 'there will be some form of plot twist.'

The article includes a 12+ minute video interview of Mr. Grazer, who has a number of films to his credit.

Some of you may remember 'Splash Too', the 1988 made-for-television sequel to Splash, directed by Greg Antonacci. The sequel did not fare well with the limited number of viewers that were able to catch it, rating only a 3.5 out of 10 on imdb.

The Aquatic World

Swim on over to Book Riot for a recent article by Bronwyn Averett, 'The Aquatic World, 5 Books About Mermaids.'

"Mermaids are great. Every storytelling tradition has a version of this original femme fatale, and whether she is called a siren, a rusalka, Mami Wata, or M̩lusine, she is a powerful representative of the aquatic world Рboth life-giving and deathly, like water itself."

The article features five titles that you may not have heard about already, including The Mermaid Girl by Erika Swyler, and Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.

When you go out to relax by the pool, remember to take along a fine mermaid novel.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Project Mermaids Update

Editor Juan Hernandez at The Inertia brings us an update on Project Mermaids. The project was started by Angelina Venturella to bring attention to ocean conservation, and earth conservation in general.

"What started out in Los Angeles, photographing celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Brooke Burke as mermaids while raising awareness for ocean conservation, has now become a worldwide viral tour."

The article contains links where you can learn more about the Project Mermaids campaign and the Project Mermaids Tour.

Mako Mermaids Update

In case you missed the news... Mako Mermaids season 4 has come to Netflix. I would like to thank Second Life mermaid Faye for being the first to bring this news to my attention.

If you don't mind the spoilers, the official trailer for the new season can be found at the Mako Island Resort web site.  The site also has some great photos of the cast, both in and out of the water.

Mako Mermaids is the sequel to the popular H2O: Just Add Water. Both shows are the product of Jonathan M. Shiff Productions of Australia.

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-Mermaid Cynthia
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