Why My Whole Family Loved "Big Hero 6," Including My Princess-Loving Daughter

My kids had been counting down the days until Big Hero 6 was released.  Now that we have seen it, they are counting down the days until it is available for purchase.  I knew from the previews that my son would love this movie but wasn’t sure what my diehard princess would think.  They BOTH loved it and here is why. Image: Walt Disney Studios ...more
Charlie and I want to see it. Probably this weekend.more

Trailer, Glorious "Into the Woods" Trailer Featuring Meryl Singing

The best part of seeing movies in fall might be the previews for the holiday releases.  We have so much truth, beauty, wonder and inanity in store, and I'm happy to sit through many minutes of trailers teasing me about all of the December movies I'm looking forward to.   ...more
I am so excited to see this movie. Love Into the Woods, love Sondheim, love musical theatre. So ...more

How Virginia Woolf Led Me to a Forgotten Female Author and My Novel, The Lodger

Like many of the world’s best discoveries, I stumbled on Dorothy Richardson by accident. I had always been fascinated by Virginia Woolf, and wanted to write a PhD thesis about her. One breathlessly hot June day, I went to the London University library to search for an angle that hadn’t been explored before. The shelves were crammed with critical and biographical works; it was impossible to find anything fresh to say. Frustration mounted: I remember sweat trickling down the back of my shirt, and my head beginning to feel dense and woolly, as though it was packed with raw cotton. ...more
This sounds really interesting. I've never heard of her.more

Lena Dunham and the Backlash Against Humble Creep Confessions

Have you ever taken an art class with life models? I’m horrible at sketching: my perspective is interminably squashed, but a class with models holding poses on center stage really helped. I thought their nakedness might make me nervous or feel embarrassed to stare at nude bodies, but it wasn’t weird at all. The beauty of diverse nude forms created focus and immediacy, and all of our sketches were better for it. The nudity of the models made sense. They were professionals, mostly artists themselves, and they knew what they were doing. ...more
Kiersten Evan It's such a relief, a BIG one to find other people who aren't on the "Lena is ...more

What I Wish Renee Zellweger Had Said

One of the weekly rituals I look forward to most is reading the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. No need to sugar coat it, it’s the upscale gossip column of the paper. Why then was I feeling so irritated this week as I finished the last story about another sweet newly married couple? Then I remembered, the article teased on page one with the headline, “Renee Zellweger Defends her New Look.” ...more
Well said!more

Banish Your Family And Prepare Yourself Because The Purple One Is On SNL This Weekend

I have instructed my family to get all their requests in on Saturday before 11:28 p.m. because by 11:30 I’ll be in a trance. I need those two minutes to mentally prepare for the beginning of a Saturday Night Live that won’t soon be forgotten, an SNL that will include (deep, meditating breath) Prince. Did that register in your mind? If so, did you flap your hands before fanning your face trying to get your blood pressure under control? ...more
NikkiG Listen to me, NIkkiG -- there is not one thing in that show outside of Prince that you ...more

I Hate the Things You Love, Can We Still Be Friends?

I cannot tell a lie. Maybe it's because I've never been good at lying. Or maybe I'm still traumatized from that time in 1986 when I told my mom that I was going to a late movie with friends but went to a party instead and awoke the next morning to a note that said simply, "Call me at work about last night."  Regardless of the reason, I am all about telling the truth...even when it gets me in trouble. So, today, I have a few things I must confess to you. ...more
JackieCangro NinaBadzin I’m glad you could smile despite my muppets feelings :)more

When Publishing a Powerful Memoir Means Your Mother Won't Speak to You

After Michelle Theall's book came out in February, her mother stopped talking to her. The story, which chronicles Michelle's childhood growing up in Texas, her struggle to come to terms with her sexuality and her tense relationship with her mother, a devoted Catholic, a hypochondriac and a constant critic, would be too painful to read, according to her mother. Instead, the book, which is now available in paperback would become a wall between them. ...more
Although I did not grow up in a Catholic area, it is probably just as bad. Welcome to the Bible ...more

10 Great Halloween TV Programs for Toddlers

I have to confess that we watch a lot of TV in my house. I’m not proud of it, but it’s a fact of life. All of us love TV. I try to limit my girls’ viewing, but there are some days that I suck at that, too. Grace seems to love TV the most. If the TV sits idle and dark, she will find the remote, hand it to my husband or me, then say, “TV on.” She really doesn’t like it if I refuse to turn on the television, and has been known to pitch a fit. The TV stays off but the rest of us are miserable. ...more
We had to plan to watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. No on on-demand - just had to be ...more

Jian Ghomeshi Is Fired Because He Says A Woman Lied About Him: An Example of Rape Culture?

Canadian radio generally isn’t a big thing in other parts of the world, but here in Toronto, former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is kind of a big deal. He’s well known and well liked, for his views, for his interviews, and for his personality. Today, a decision came down from CBC firing Ghomeshi after he had tweeted that he was going to take some personal time off. The decision appeared to come out of nowhere, and I for one was a bit shocked....more
Anyway, those are some of my thoughts.more