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

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

Jian Ghomeshi Is Fired Because He Says A Woman Lied About Him: An Example of Rape Culture?

Canadian radio generally isn’t a big thing in other parts of the world, but here in Toronto, former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is kind of a big deal. He’s well known and well liked, for his views, for his interviews, and for his personality. Today, a decision came down from CBC firing Ghomeshi after he had tweeted that he was going to take some personal time off. The decision appeared to come out of nowhere, and I for one was a bit shocked....more
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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

Headless Horseman ... Favorite Halloween Story

Headless Horseman ... Favorite Halloween Story ...more

throwback (halloween) thursday: poltergeist

The kid and I just watched this again recently and it still holds up, not just as a great scary movie (which it is), but a great movie. Here is my take on it, originally published in 2011. they don't make 'em like this anymore —poltergeist Poltergeist...more

Pinocchio Unveils Second Teaser and More Lee Jong Seok Stills

Contrary to how the public sees the fictional character of Pinocchio, the K-drama version has been quite the tease with a veritable lockdown on stills and spoilers until the floodgates opened last weekend. I think it’s going to end up … Continue reading → ...more

<i>The Turning: What Curiosity Kills</i>, by Helen Ellis

This might be a stretch, but I'm including a novel about shape-shifting cats in my Halloween read-a-thon. I realize were-kittens aren't quite as threatening as zombies or whatever, but they fall somewhere along the monster spectrum, right? (On, like, the cuter end...?) The heroine of Helen Ellis's The Turning: What Curiosity Kills is 10th grader Mary Richards, a former foster kid adopted by a wealthy and loving Upper East Side couple ....more

Family Friendly Halloween Movies

My family loves Halloween, and I've always been crazy about Halloween movies.   However, I realize my children aren't exactly ready some of my old favorites.  So I brainstormed and came up with a list of movies that work pretty well for the younger crowd and we can still all enjoy as a family. Here is what I came up with:...more

Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Leaked Teaser Trailer

After the accidental leak of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer online earlier last week, Marvel decided to go on the offensive, and open the floodgates to all of their new projects coming up. Not that we should have been surprised, that they’ve got movies planned well into the next decade! Marvel’s Phase 3 is shaping up to be its strongest yet ....more

Dress… Appropriately? Twitch.tv Change of Policies Targets Women

Twitch has come out with a somewhat surprising change to their terms and conditions. Most of these changes are needed without further argument. A ban on hate speech, harassment, sexism and homophobia fall under the extremely necessary “To rid of” category ....more