The Joke's on Us

(Source)In one of my classes, each of us was supposed to prepare a performance response to something that came up during the term.  Being a class on the theory of comedy, there were multiple discussions on what the line was in offensive comedy, and something the lecturer said over and over again was "Comedy changes the situation".  There's nothing wrong with comedy offending someone if the point of offending them is to get them to think about their assumptions, because that's a change in the situation.  In discussing with my lecturer one-on-one, we talked about how so often comedy just targets people who already get the short end of the stick in society, rehashing tired old stereotypes and only serving to put those people down.  This has bothered me for a long time, and this is what I decided to address in my performance response, and I knew that the way I had to do so was through slam poetry....more

Romantic movies that make you laugh.

Romantic movies are not generally my cup of tea. I don't mind watching them, sometimes I even like them, but you won't find me sleeping in a tent outside a movie theater just to be the first in line to see one. ...more

Recounting Tales of Sex & Love

 As a married woman the though of spending a moment with each of my lovers may seem an inappropritate one. In fact, as I published my first book, A Moment With Each of My Lovers, on Kindle just a couple weeks ago, the number one question I got from friends was, "Doesn't your husband mind?!" ...more

Movie Review: Jucy

Thanks to Twitter, I discovered the most adorable little Australian independent film called "Jucy" (2010), directed by Louise Alston. Jucy refers to a combination of the names of the two main characters: Jackie and Lucy (played by real life best friends Cindy Nelson and Francesca Gasteen). Jackie and Lucy have been best friends for most of their lives and are now in the mid-20's and working in a video store. Jackie lives alone in her funky apartment and is interested in make-up and fashion....more

Movie Review: Hysteria (2012)

Directed by: Tanya WexlerWritten by: Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa DyerRated: RRunning Time: 99 minutes...more

Movie Review: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

Director: John MaddenRated: PG-13Running Time: 123 minutes Cast:Judi Dench as Evelyn GreensladeTom Wilkinson as Graham DashwoodMaggie Smith as Muriel DonnellyBill Nighy as Douglas AinsliePenelope Wilton as Jean AinslieCelia Imrie as Madge HardcastleRonald Pickup as Norman CousinsDev Patel as Sonny Kapoor...more

The New Normal--Sofa's Choice (episode 2 recap)

The New Normal, created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), aired the second episode of the season Tuesday night. Compared to the pilot, episode two flows better, the dialog is great and you can really see what this show is going to be about....more

Stereotypes Run Wild in NBC's "The New Normal"

When I first heard that NBC was going to air a new series about a gay couple having a baby with a surrogate, I was hopeful. It's been a long time since the controversy surrounding the infamous Ellen episode where she came out (I had to watch this on a satellite dish since I was in Alabama at the time and it was banned)....more
There are a few stereotypes in this show, but I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as you say. ...more

My Memories of Phyllis Diller

Before a wave of texts, calls and emails informed me of Phyllis Diller's passing yesterday, there was an omen that morning. As I often do when showering, cleaning, cooking or, in this case, packing a suitcase, I play iTunes on shuffle. With 7,500 sound files, it's the only way to hear them all....more
 @HaBarb Wow, thanks so much for the compliment. She lived large and is a big inspiration to me, ...more

Do you know that Mr. Bean can help you lose weight ...

Do you know that laughing is the healthiest action we human could do? By laughing we actually stabilize our blood flow, increase our immune system, lower our blood sugar and most importantly reduce our stress. According to, “One pioneer in laughter research, William Fry, claimed it took 10 minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.” And it ......more
@HomeRearedChef Very true. Each writer has such a unique style and that makes their writings  ...more