Quiz: Which Christmas Movie Mom Are You?

At this joyous time of year, many things are top of mind in terms of importance: Family, giving, and kindness to name a few. If you're a mom, you probably have a few other things on your mind like keeping Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on a repetitive loop, referee-ing fights over whose turn it is to do the advent calendar, and trying to volunteer to bring paper plates instead of tiny finger sandwiches to your child's preschool class party....more
Home Alone. Told my kids Santa wasn't real.more

Team Festivus vs. Team Treat Yo Self: Pick a Day for Holiday Survival

Alright, all you winter holiday celebrants. I hear your attempts at ho-ho-hoing, but I also hear a backbeat of something else. I hear you desperately trying to do whatever it takes to simply survive the holiday season somewhat whole and unburdened, refreshed instead of exhausted, and ultimately ready to embrace a rad new year. ...more
I am 100% Team TYS! (I can't survive the Feats of Strength for Festivus, and I like to by shiny ...more

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

REVIEW: Wild

Anyone who has kept up with or read through my blog posts is aware of the close relationship I had with my mother. Her death 2 years ago was devastating. I still find it so strange that I have to visit her at the cemetery, and not just go into the next room to see her. So, whenever questions about “the love of your life” came up in conversations, it was natural that my mother was always the answer....more

Quiz: Which Christmas Movie Mom Are You?

At this joyous time of year, many things are top of mind in terms of importance: Family, giving, and kindness to name a few. If you're a mom, you probably have a few other things on your mind like keeping Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on a repetitive loop, referee-ing fights over whose turn it is to do the advent calendar, and trying to volunteer to bring paper plates instead of tiny finger sandwiches to your child's preschool class party....more
Home Alone. Told my kids Santa wasn't real.more

'The Babadook' review: classic horror that will genuinely creep you out

I have to start this out by saying that The Babadook was one of the best horror films I've seen in years. It doesn't rely on cheap scares or special effects. Instead, it's a character story, and its real horror comes from the relationship between the film's characters....more

Everyone needs to be watching 'Peaky Blinders' right now

For those of you who have been watching Peaky Blinders since it's inception, I applaud you. You have been doing the right thing. I am ashamed to say it took me this long to get on the Peaky Blinders train, but I'm here now, and I'm on a mission to recruit others to this incredible party....more

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – DAY 22 ELF

 Elf is the story of Buddy, an overly exuberant man played by Will Ferrell, who thinks he is one of Santa’s elves. He was adopted by Papa Elf as a baby and raised as one of their own, but in true human form is super sized compared to all of the other elves. Buddy is super duper happy and smiling is his favorite! He gets excited at the thought of seeing Santa....more

Why I'm OK with death in children's movies

At first it is disturbing: Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid...no mothers. Most people notice the trend of parents (especially mothers) dying in children's movies when they introduce the classics to their children....more

REVIEW: The Theory of Everything

Once upon a time, I was a Physics/Astronomy major. I spent 2 1/2  years in college studying the laws and beauty of our universe. I wanted to work for NASA. But, I fell out of love with it. I mean, I still like Physics and Astronomy. I just lost my desire to have it be the biggest part of my life....more