favorite song friday: awesome mix vol. 1

The runaway film hit of the summer, Guardians of The Galaxy, didn't just introduce the coolest talking tree ever and make comic book movies cool again, but it also spawned a hit soundtrack of decades-old jukebox hits, "Awesome Mix Vol. 1": 1. Blue Swede – "Hooked on a Feeling"2 ....more

throwback thursday: star wars, summer of '77

In the summer of 1977 the biggest movie of the summer was Star Wars. I had been eagerly tracking the progress of the film's opening through various fan magazines, and was not disappointed when we finally went to see it, on Long Beach Island (at a theater in Beach Haven, which alas, is no more). My family were all big science-fiction fans and loved the movie, from the corny crawl-titles at the start to the space battle at the end ....more

guardians of the galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy...more

the love of trees in movies — we are groot!

Groot was such a terrific character in Guardians of the Galaxy. Even with his many variations on his one line of dialogue, "I am Groot!", he was able to become lovable and memorable. How did a walking, talking tree capture viewers hearts? ...more

back to school

Fifth grade ?!?Time sure flies. The kid is super-excited about going back to school, being a fifth grader, a safety patrol, and seeing all her friends. I'm a little less excited about early mornings, but can't help but smile at her enthusiasm and hope it rubs off on me a little bit.Here we go .. ....more

throwback thursday: old barney

I grew up at the Jersey Shore and spent loads of time on Long Beach Island, but I don't think I ever climbed Old Barney, its lighthouse — that is, until last week. I wasn't sure at first that I'd make it all the way up, but thanks to some way stains along the way, I did. And it was great ....more

r.i.p. lauren bacall, 1924-2014

“If you want me just whistle. You know how to whistle don't you? Just put your lips together and blow.” "Stardom isn't a profession, it's an accident." "I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that." She was gorgeous, talented, a woman not afraid to speak her mind ....more

favorite song friday: fireball

The kid has to go back to school on Monday. Yikes! But both of us are still in vacation mode, and this song by Pitbull seems to capture the fun and rhythm of summertime ....more

r.i.p. robin williams

Like so many, I first encountered him as Mork, grew to love his crazy, improvisational stand-up routines, and loved his funny and serious turns in movies. Some of my favorite of his film performances are in The Birdcage and The Fisher King. When I picture Robin Williams I see him in his stand-up persona, wearing crazy rainbow suspenders, complete with cloud buckles as he hopped and joked and did his impressions all over the stage ....more

i love the ocean

I always have. I don't think I ever want to live too far away from it. I've been told my natural homeopathic remedy is Natrum muriaticum, or sea salt ....more