Every Child Is Our Child (RIP Noah Chamberlin)

Most of my writing is typically devoted to the portrayal of the humorous side of parental life; this isn't one of those times. This choice of topic is a departure for me, because it feels unbearably heavy, and I know that for some, it'll feel too ...more

Top 5 Reasons I'm Excited 'The X-Files' is Back

The time of The X-Files return is almost upon us! The show that was one of the first to introduce me to the concept of "shipping" (wanting two characters to be in a relationship) will make a six episode return, starting later this month. ...more

Why the Movie 'Concussion' Made My Sons NOT Want to Play Football

My kids have wanted to play football since they were little boys, and my husband and I have always said no. We allow them access to every other sport and hobby that they love. They take dance class and play on lacrosse and basketball teams. As a ...more

Exploring the Supercute World and Cultural Import of Hello Kitty

It’s a few hours before the Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party at the Experience Music Project, and I’m having a moment of fashion indecision: should I wear my black-framed Hello Kitty glasses, or the white-framed specs? Since I wore the white ...more

5 Book Challenges to Kick Off 2016

Reading challenges are a great way to find new books, reach goals, and remind yourself to... well... read. It's too easy to surf blogs and play games on your phone in the evening rather than picking up a good book. Joining a reading challege will ...more

Is Lunar New Year Finally Becoming Mainstream?

The San Francisco Bay Area is rolling out the red and gold for one its biggest events of the year. Not the Super Bowl (although I hear plenty of people are celebrating that, too). It’s the Lunar New Year, most often called Chinese New Year, which begins on Monday, February 8. In a periodic alignment of the moon and the NFL calendar, football’s holiest day also lands on the same weekend as the biggest holiday for many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Vietnamese....more

Barbie Just Got A Lot More Bootylicious

News flash: Barbie’s got some junk in her trunk! After nearly 57 years, Barbie is finally packing on some healthy pounds and she's not rushing to sign up with Jenny Craig to shed them! In fact, she's quite okay with it, and so are we....more
Darn Barbie.....LOL! Interesting article. This millennium has brought forth numerous change that ...more

Joining the Cast of the "Biggest Loser" Is My Way Out of the Darkness of Self Destruction

People have always looked up to me. I don't mean to sound self involved, but they have. I have been a class clown far before I was voted one in the school yearbook. I have marched to the beat of my own drum, and people recognize that. I appreciated the recognition, because I continuously strived to be the entertainer and fulfill something in people that they were too scared to find. But as I hit adulthood I started to realize how unfulfilled I was: spending so much time on others so that when I looked in the mirror I had too much to piece together it was overwhelming. ...more
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This Lesbian Supports Hillary Clinton for President

Let me be clear - if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, I will vote for him. I will enthusiastically support him. No hesitation, no bitterness, no hissy fits. Just pragmatic decisions to keep the country moving forward. It is ridiculous to think otherwise.However, I think Hillary is the better candidate....more

DEADPOOL Wins for the Entire Year!

Coming to theatres this week from director Tim Miller, Marvel and 20th Century Fox comes the most anticipated anti-hero film and all because of DEADPOOL. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary who doesn’t play well with – well most anyone. For a price he will take care of any problem you may have and do it with relish. It becomes even more exciting when he meets his match in Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) who has the same cutting wit! ...more

BURNT is Delicious on Bluray!

On Bluray from director John Wells, The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay comes a film full of bite even if the chef is a little BURNT. Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef with a lot of problems. Recovering from screwing up his life as a chef in Europe because of drugs and alcohol, Jones does what he considers a penance. Once the last shell is shucked, he returns to London with a dream. ...more


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The Choice Working Moms Shouldn't Have to Make

I’ve wanted to write this post since I created my blog. I started this post on multiple occasions, only to stop because it just wasn’t “ready.” I was ready to talk about it, but for some reason the right words weren’t there yet. Since it is something I feel so passionate about, I made myself wait until the post essentially came to me, wrote itself....more

Sunday Salon

This week in Marie's Life in New York includes bookstores, food, exploring neighborhoods and finding a new place to hang out. In other words, it was pretty typical....more

A Violent Prosecutor with Hwang Jung Min and Kang Dong Won Breaks 1 Million Ticket Sales in First Two Days

In all my recent barrage of posts about Kang Dong Won‘s scene-stealing fashions while promoting the K-movie A Violent Prosecutor, I actually never discussed the movie even though I figured it would do well at the box office since the … Continue reading → ...more

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The Vegetarian, by Han Kang: The Great Polarizor

When I tweet the title of a book and "whoa," it can mean several different things, but in the case of Han Kang's The Vegetarian, it meant "this is f-blanking weird and kind of amazing." Bizarre because it's about a woman who suddenly rejects eating meat after a series of bad dreams and whose life fully falls into the realm of the creepy for the rest of the book. Amazing because it's compelling enough that I read it in one sitting mostly because it was creepy and bizarre. Catch-22, yo ....more

Sunday palate cleanser: #7DaysOfJordiSavall

#7DaysOfJordiSavall Day 7: Les voix humaines. Jordi Savall https://t.co/NzgTXCyS7z via @YouTube — Fausta (@Fausta) February 6, 2016 https://t.co/OWqCuJE7lc #7DaysOfJordiSavall Day 6 — Fausta (@Fausta) February 6, 2016 #7DaysOfJordiSavall Day 5: Lachrimae Caravaggio. https://t.co/l9MMu6cAt1 via @YouTube — Fausta (@Fausta) February 5, 2016 #7DaysOfJordiSavall Day 4: Rameau: L'Orchestre de Louis XV | Jordi Savall https://t.co/KW7HNQHprx via @YouTube […] ...more