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So, apparently, my relationship with Bruce Springsteen has changed over the years. See how in Dancing in the Dark, the essay I wrote for Purple Clover.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

2106 hyundai tucson limited

Hyundai Tucson side

Here’s the funny thing about the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited.

I usually take photos throughout the week of the cars I’m reviewing but I felt so at home in this one that I kept forgetting it wasn’t mine!

Honestly, it feels just like my Kia Sorento’s younger and slighter smaller sibling. Which means I love it. read full story »

Monday, 27 June 2016

“the music of strangers” movie review

The Music of Strangers

Boy, if there was ever a movie that came out just when it was needed most in the world, this is it.

At a time when too many people are focusing on the differences between us, The Music of Strangers shows the power of music to act as a universal language and bring us together. read full story »

Sunday, 26 June 2016

“the witness” movie review

The Witness

Anyone who lived in New York in the ’60s was haunted by the story of Kitty Genovese.

In March 1964, the 28 year old was coming home from her job at a local bar in Kew Gardens, Queens at 3 a.m. when a man came out of nowhere and stabbed her. As she screamed for help, he ran away and she made it into the hallway of her building. He came back, found her and stabbed her again.

Despite her screams and the fact that 38 neighbors witnessed the attack, no one came to her rescue and she died.

That fact was turned into a front page New York Times story about apathy and anonymity, revealing the uncaring people who lived in the city.

“It was one of the most shameful events in New York City history,” said one reporter.

As a little girl growing up in Queens, it was terrifying to me.

Now, fifty years later, The Witness follows Kitty’s brother, Bill, as he tries to make sense of what happened that night. read full story »

“gurukulam” movie review

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Gurukulam Swami

Thank goodness I watched this with Michael because it is more his kind of movie than mine, and now I can also give you a perspective from someone to whom Gurukulam is actually geared.

Gurukulam is a documentary set in the Arsha Vidya ashram in Southern India. The filmmakers take us into the everyday world of Swami Dayananda Saraswati (who died last year at the age of 85) as he leads meditations, discusses philosophy with his students and educates children about the importance of thinking good thoughts. read full story »

“my big fat greek wedding 2” giveaway!

Friday, 24 June 2016

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

They’re baaaack!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding taught us the meaning of “opa” and introduced us to creative new ways to use Windex.

I loved that movie, and it’s no wonder it’s the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. read full story »

jenny craig – again!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Jenny Craig freezer

A friend of mine asked me how I don’t weigh 300 pounds after all my traveling and press trips where half the activities revolve around food.

There is literally only one reason: Jenny Craig. read full story »

langham huntington, pasadena – club level

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Langham Club Lounge

Now that I whet your appetite yesterday, I’m excited to tell you about the Club at Langham Huntington, Pasadena, which is definitely worth a splurge for a special weekend.

It’s basically the concierge floor and, although we’ve enjoyed staying on those at dozens of hotels, nothing prepared us for The Langham Club experience.

We’re grateful to Langham for giving us this opportunity because — well, let me show you. read full story »

the langham huntington, pasadena

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Langham Pasadena

I am dreaming about the Langham Huntington today so I thought I’d share our visit there with you so you can dream about it, too. (Or, even better, plan a vacation!)

A few months ago, Michael was invited to participate in a poetry reading at Vroman’s, a fantastic book store in Pasadena, California. He had once stayed at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena on a business trip and LOVED it, so we booked a room and were excited that the hotel generously offered to host us on their Club level.

Okay, I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing Club level is — but I will tomorrow! read full story »

“the lobster” movie review

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Lobster

I just learned that today is National Lobster Day, so it’s the perfect day for me to review The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. read full story »

right in time for summer reading: the boxes of books promotion is back!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Filled with vacations and lazy weekends, summer is a big reading season. So, back by popular demand, I’m offering another Boxes of Books promotion!

Many of you have been asking me to do one before the Fourth of July so here you go, my fellow book lovers.

All you have to do to get a big fat box filled with books meant for long flights or chaise lounges is follow these steps: read full story »

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