pharrell takes over the world

In case you missed it, Pharrell Williams got something in his eye when he sat down to talk to Oprah the other day. It is pretty amazing how infectious his song "happy" is. It is definitely striking a chord with people all over the world ....more

superhero fatigue

I have been known to geek out and watch superhero movies, although I tend to be more interested in sci-fi and fantasy than famous comic book characters. But I have to admit that as cute as Chris Hemsworth is as Thor (and even cuter Tom Hiddleston as Loki) I am experiencing some serious superhero fatigue. I can't tell the difference between Iron Man 1, 2 or 3 and I simply don't care ....more

grimm: below the surface

Grimm is a television show that has been running on NBC since the 2011 fall season. Part procedural cop show, part fantasy, the series follows Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who is descended from a long line of hunter/protectors known as Grimms. After his Aunt Marie is killed, Nick inherits the family business, from her extensive weapon collection to some super-human abilities ....more

favorite song friday: frankie say relax

Dangerous Minds had a fun piece on the '80s band Frankie Goes to Hollywood, tracing the evolution of their most well-known hit, "Relax." The article did miss the song's prominent appearance in Brian De Palma's Body Double, however. The song, which sounds just as fresh today as when it debuted in 1983, spawned a line of ubiquitous tee shirts for a time. Ross from Friends say relax...more

this house is clean

Yesterday I did a cleansing in our home — I lit a white sage smudge stick and went through every room in the house, smoking away any bad vibes and clearing the air for good times and feelings. At the end of the ritual I put cups of sea salt in the four corners. It's been a difficult year, and there are still stressors in our lives, but lately I have been feeling a lightening of spirit, and I wanted to extend that to hearth and home ....more

Not That There Ever Was Any Doubt ...

.... but Game of Thrones has already been renewed by HBO for two more seasons, after its fourth season premiere (which got record ratings) last Sunday night. In fact, the first episode was so popular that it crashed HBO's streaming site, HBO GO....more


Last weekend the kid and I attended the Hatsume Fair at one of our favorite haunts, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. One of the highlights of the afternoon was face painting for Junior. She makes an adorable snow leopard, doncha think? ...more

agatha christie's poirot: series 11

David Suchet is as wonderful as ever as Hercule Poirot in this latest DVD collection from Acorn Media,...more

favorite song friday: game of thrones

Getting ready for my favorite show to come back (Sunday!) I couldn't resist sharing this as my song pick this week. Here is a wonderful cover of the Game of Thrones theme song by a quartet of talented musicians: And here is the official series theme song, along with its creative Westeros animation, from Season 1 (Sean Bean, [sniff]): ...more