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

How Women Are Changing the Humor in Hollywood

As the Golden Globes showed us now that awards season is underway, it is notable that female-driven comedies on the silver screen and TV are conspicuously outstanding. Hollywood mainstays like Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie & Grandma), Meryl ...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

Yay, 'Scandal' and HTGAWM Are Back — But, Wait, Why Can't I Remember What's Going On?

Good news, Gladiators! The grand Thursday night Shondaland #TGIT line-up is back in play, with Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder returning after a midseason's break. Fantastic! Pop some corn, aerate some wine, and get ready to pick up where we left of with Annalise's... um, hmm? I can't seem to remember what, but it was good.  And Olitz was hot and heavy with the...wait, or did that happen with Jake? Was there a cliffhanger? ...more

Beyoncé's Formation Is Full of the Unapologetically Black Messages My Daughters Need

Beyoncé dropped that fire... I mean for a while I was NOT a fan. But I guess it's time I dust off my Bey Hive wings and glitter crown because she came out the woodworks with a mean black power trap banger.  I won't lie, I once thought Bey was vapid and aloof and not paying attention in her glass tower; apparently I was wrong. She let everybody know that #blackgirlmagic is real. ...more
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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
No. I don't watch the voice.more

Yay, 'Scandal' and HTGAWM Are Back — But, Wait, Why Can't I Remember What's Going On?

Good news, Gladiators! The grand Thursday night Shondaland #TGIT line-up is back in play, with Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder returning after a midseason's break. Fantastic! Pop some corn, aerate some wine, and get ready to pick up where we left of with Annalise's... um, hmm? I can't seem to remember what, but it was good.  And Olitz was hot and heavy with the...wait, or did that happen with Jake? Was there a cliffhanger? ...more

A CUPPA TEA, A SLICE OF MURDER

What is it about cozy mystery lovers and tea? Whether you are a devoted reader or a world-class novelist, you probably enjoy a good “cuppa” from time to time. And if you enjoy British cozies, the odds are spot on that you’ll recognize your favorite brew (everything from Ceylon to Darjeeling) in your reading....more

#MusicLyricsMatter: A Primer for Beygency Supporters and Detractors

Just because the NFL championship game features a Black quarterback, clad in a uniform with a black panther on it, and the game is held down the street from where the Black Panthers were founded and where Mario Woods became yet another unarmed Black man senselessly gunned down by police, it doesn’t make the Super Bowl a civil rights rally. Nor does it make the hyper-sexual, all about Bey, braggadocious  song Formation a socially-conscious anthem....more

BAD HURT Burrows Deep into the Heart

Coming to theatres from Screen Media Films and writer/director Mark Kemble is the story of struggle, devotion and love all wrapped up in BAD HURT. The Kendall’s are living an extraordinarily difficult life. Mom Elaine (Karen Allen) begins and ends her days looking after daughter with special needs DeeDee (Iris Gilad) and war-torn son Kent (Johnny Whitworth) who suffers from PTSD. Dad Ed (Michael Harney) is completely overwhelmed by it all and tries to find solace in a shed in the backyard. ...more

GIRLS-The Complete Fourth Season is Growing Up

Coming to Bluray and Digital HD from HBO with Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham is the amazing series GIRLS: The Complete Fourth Season. Hannah (Lena Dunham) is a writer who is smacked with reality when her parents decide that she needs to make a change in her life. Heading to Greenpoint, Brooklyn she makes mistakes along with friends Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). ...more

It’s a Time of TOGETHERNESS: The Complete First Season on Bluray

There is nothing like a little TOGETHERNESS as HBO Entertainment brings the first Season to Bluray. Living in Los Angeles is married couple Brett (Mark Duplass) and Michelle (Melanie Lynskey). They are in the process of working out the kinks of marriage while also coming to grips with being parents. Best bud Alex (Steve Zissis) is hanging out with Tina (Amanda Peet), who also happens to be Michelle’s sister! Alex can’t decide if he can return to his acting gig and Tina is trying to accept getting older. ...more

Boundaries

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My 2nd post on BlogHer - Tarotscopes for February

As the evening descends here in England, I realise many people across the world are waking up to a new day.Many of us will have issues to deal with, and problems to solve, or maybe even just need an incentive to appreciate what we have around us.That is why I thought I would post my recent Tarotscopes here for you to have a look at - a Tarotscope is very like a horoscope, but it is a tarot reading for the month ahead based on your star sign....more

Newbie on the Block

As I sit and write this first post on BlogHer, I feel slightly nervous, like starting at a new school.....yes, even at 57 years old, entering this new (for me) virtual portal is like standing in the playground, looking at the groups of children playing with each other and who occasionally shoot a stare or two at the Newbie.I am excited to be here though, and thought just a little introduction might help me get a friend or two to start with....more
Writewhatmatters Thank you so much!  What a delightful welcome!  :)more

Bachelor Ben H: Episode 6 Recap

Following last week's cliff-hanger, episode 6 jumps in right where we left off. Directly before Rose Ceremony #5, Ben pulls Olivia aside to find out why everyone else is throwing shade....more