Easy Pop Culture Halloween Costume Ideas

Bored with being a generic devil, cat or ubiquitous Freudian Slip again this year? I know you are. A costume drawn from pop culture hits all the marks, because it lets you find your tribe of fellow fans and lets you enter a universe you love without ...more

Best New Books to Read This Fall

So Pumpkin Spice Latte has become the contemporary North American symbol for autumn, has it? Well, that's all fine and good: I love a good PSL as much as the next person, and fall is the best season of all. But why does the story stop there? After ...more

New Pew Research Confirms the Worst About Online Harassment

A new study from Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life confirms the worst news about online harassment. It is pervasive, endemic, and disproportionately levied against women. What we have done so far to deal with it isn't helping. As ...more

"Transparent" on Amazon Is Your Next New Fall TV Binge

After suffering through the last season of The Fosters, ABC Family’s Little House on the Prairie treatment of parenting while gay, I was desperate to watch a queer series about queers and families made for grown ups. In other ...more

5 Best Walking Dead Premiere Moments

Wow is The Walking Dead back! The show racked in 17.3 million viewers on Sunday night. It beat out Sunday Night Football for ratings. Does that register? Walkers totally beat out sports. That is just crazy, plus The Walking Dead is an AMC show and is ...more

I Hate the Things You Love, Can We Still Be Friends?

I cannot tell a lie. Maybe it's because I've never been good at lying. Or maybe I'm still traumatized from that time in 1986 when I told my mom that I was going to a late movie with friends but went to a party instead and awoke the next morning to a note that said simply, "Call me at work about last night."  Regardless of the reason, I am all about telling the truth...even when it gets me in trouble. So, today, I have a few things I must confess to you. ...more
I hate the Muppets too! I just can't. They drive me crazy.more

When Publishing a Powerful Memoir Means Your Mother Won't Speak to You

After Michelle Theall's book came out in February, her mother stopped talking to her. The story, which chronicles Michelle's childhood growing up in Texas, her struggle to come to terms with her sexuality and her tense relationship with her mother, a devoted Catholic, a hypochondriac and a constant critic, would be too painful to read, according to her mother. Instead, the book, which is now available in paperback would become a wall between them. ...more
This post resonates with me so much, in such sad ways. I'm only beginning to deconstruct these ...more

10 Great Halloween TV Programs for Toddlers

I have to confess that we watch a lot of TV in my house. I’m not proud of it, but it’s a fact of life. All of us love TV. I try to limit my girls’ viewing, but there are some days that I suck at that, too. Grace seems to love TV the most. If the TV sits idle and dark, she will find the remote, hand it to my husband or me, then say, “TV on.” She really doesn’t like it if I refuse to turn on the television, and has been known to pitch a fit. The TV stays off but the rest of us are miserable. ...more
We had to plan to watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. No on on-demand - just had to be ...more

Debunking Myths Associated with Travel to South France

What comes to mind when you think of Southern France? Even if you have not yet been there, it will most likely conjure images of glamour, royalty, glitz, and of course expensive vacationing. While this might be true to an extent, South France has much more to offer even the ordinary traveler.Legion of Misconceptions ...more

The Lonely Grave of Rosa Bevan

It's Halloween ... . Do you want to hear a spooky story?This one's a weird tale, and, if I live to be a hundred, I don't think I’ll ever be able to come up with a rational explanation for what took place that day.It had been a bitterly cold October. Normally in London, we enjoy soft, gentle autumns with just a hint of summer lingering on into November. But that year winter had come early....more

The Comedy Corner: 4 Questions With Jon Cryer

As “Two and a Half Men” begins its 12th and final season, we bring you the funny, charming, and all-around-nice guy, Jon Cryer. 1. If you could work with anyone in the comedy field, living or dead, who would it be and why? And on what kind of project? ...more

I Hate the Things You Love, Can We Still Be Friends?

I cannot tell a lie. Maybe it's because I've never been good at lying. Or maybe I'm still traumatized from that time in 1986 when I told my mom that I was going to a late movie with friends but went to a party instead and awoke the next morning to a note that said simply, "Call me at work about last night."  Regardless of the reason, I am all about telling the truth...even when it gets me in trouble. So, today, I have a few things I must confess to you. ...more
I hate the Muppets too! I just can't. They drive me crazy.more

Culture and Chemistry Matter

Wow… that was an unbelievable World Series!  If you watched it passionately as I did, you know what I’m talking about.  Even if you didn’t and you don’t know or care that much about baseball or sports, there are a number of things that made this World Series remarkable and also some important things we can learn from it that go way beyond baseball and sports in general....more

Artist Mari Marks @ 2014 Annual Juried Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts

A dear friend and one my favorite people, encaustic painter Mari Marks let me know she has a piece in the Annual Juried Show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts in Piedmont CA. The public is invited to an opening reception this Saturday, November 1, from 5:00 to 8:00. You can also see the work on Saturdays and Sundays in November from 12:00 to 3:00....more

WNBA players honor dying Mount St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill

Lauren Hill committed to Mount St. Joseph to play basketball on her 18th birthday....more

Why I wrote The Lodger

WHY I WROTE THE LODGER ...more

Interview with Juan Carlos Marcos, author of Warriors at the Helm

 Title: Warriors at the HelmAuthor: Juan Carlos MarcosPublisher: Elie PressPages: 174Genre: BusinessFormat: Hardcopy/Ebook...more

Ariel Lin Gets Engaged at Star-studded Banquet in Taipei

We all know how quickly fame and fortune can flee, especially in the entertainment industry with a lot of temptation and a fickle audience as consumers. That makes Ariel Lin’s reign as one of Taiwan’s top actresses and entertainers all … Continue reading → ...more