'The Astronaut Wives Club' Looks Back at America’s First 'Real Housewives' Show

The Astronaut Wives Club, a limited run series based on Lily Koppel’s book of the same name, premiered Thursday, June 18 on ABC (right before the network’s 2-hour season 3 debut of Mistresses, which offered a pretty good idea of where ABC expected The Astronaut Wives Club to fit into its line-up demographically). Image: ABC ...more
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3 Big Themes in Season 3 of 'Orange is the New Black'

Season 3 of Orange is the New Black returns again and again to several themes. My big 3 are the difficulties of maintaining a family while in prison, the need for some sort of spiritual hope, and the need for love. If you haven't watched all of season 3 yet, there are spoilers ahead. Parents in Prison Image: Netflix ...more

3 Things My Family Learned from Watching the Women's World Cup Live

The scale of the stadium and the crowds of people decked out in the colors of their countries and the music pulsing and the Fanzone filled with face painting and bubble soccer and the smell of hot dogs and mini donuts and the shouts and applause as the players impress with their athleticism—this is the Women’s World Cup. Last Friday, my family went to Winnipeg for the Women's World Cup with our daughter's soccer team and their families. We saw five World Cup games and watched our girls play four games in a tournament hosted by the Winnipeg South End United Soccer Club. ...more

Kristina Wong Takes on Race and Hashtag Activism in Her One-Woman Show 'The Wong Street Journal'

Last winter, I caught up with performance artist Kristina Wong while she was doing a residency at the Montalvo Arts Center just outside Silicon Valley, developing material for her new one-woman show "The Wong Street Journal". There in a loft, she was writing material as well as doing the less glamorous work of sewing felt props for her show, which opens this week in her hometown of San Francisco. I checked in with Kristina again recently to find out what's new....more

'Game of Thrones' Season Finale Proves It Again: GoT Fans Love Pain

Fans of HBO's Game of Thrones are squealing, keening and bemoaning their fates in the aftermath of a death-filled season finale. They are questioning their misplaced loyalty with the show, and they are pondering the various ways the dead may magically be brought back from the dark. They are tortured fools, but hold no pity for them. Game of Thrones fans are nothing if not lovers of torture, even if it is their own pain as viewers.  Image: HBO ...more

Head Back into the Park with 'Jurassic World'

After much anticipation the roaring can begin! In theatres from director Colin Trevorrow, Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures comes Jurassic World. In 1993, director Steven Spielberg brought a film based on the novel by Michael Crichton to the big screen. There was no way the world was ready for what they were about to see as we all got a dose of dinosaurs the likes of which we’d never imagined. Computer generated and life-size animatronics delighted everyone. Jurassic Park would gross over $900 million and leave fans still hungry for more. ...more
I'm not surprised it broke weekend box office records. It was great fun. The audience I watched ...more

Peek at My Summer Reading List

Reading is obviously enjoyable all year round but there's just something about summer reading, am I right? It just seems like the time of year to dive into some fun books: lots of vacation and travel time, mixed with good weather in which to enjoy said books are the perfect combination. And while I love collecting book recommendations as I see things that interest me, it's fun to actually sit down and go through my list and create a goal for what I want to accomplish this summer.  ...more
So far I've read two on the list: Girl on a Train and Belong to Me. I've also read "Things You ...more

Seven DIY Books for Summer

I feel crafty in the summer. The sun is shining, and I just want to paint something (or stitch something or glue something or … ). So, I like to keep an arsenal of inspiring DIY books close at hand. ...more

Women's World Cup 2015 Fever Is Off to a Wild Start

The 2015 Women's World Cup is off to a strong start, and I'm already obsessed.  The U.S. Women's National Team has a great shot at bringing the Cup home from Canada, which would be our first win since 1999.  All fans are facing a month of exciting competition, with the Third-Place Match scheduled for July 4. The final game on July 5 in Vancouver will award the World Cup trophy, and we have hours of games this month to take us along on the journey. ...more

Who Learns Liza's Big Secret in the 'Younger' Series Finale?

My favorite guilty pleasure on TV of late is TV Land’s new series Younger, a show produced by Sex and the City creator Darren Star that zeroes in on a subject more important than almost anything to many women like me who are ages 40 and up: the sexist social impact of aging. ...more
Caught the finale last night. Fun series, although I don't care for how racy it is sometimes ...more