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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

“san andreas” movie review

San Andreas

As I sat on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and shaking my head, at a screening of San Andreas in San Diego the other night, one thought kept going round and round in my head:

Why the hell did we ever move to California? read full story »

Monday, 25 May 2015

the time we got kicked out of a french b&b

Provence blue shutters

When one shutter closes …

Our trip to France began with us getting kicked out of a B&B in Provence — before we even left the States.

I know. read full story »

Friday, 22 May 2015

“i’ll see you in my dreams” movie review

I'll See You In My Dreams

Blythe Danner makes me believe it’s possible to age gracefully.

In I’ll See You In My Dreams, she plays Carol, a 70-something widow who lives with her beloved old lab, Hazel. Her friends try to convince her to move to their retirement community but she’s comfortable in her home, in her routine, in her skin.

Until life changes. (Hint: The words “beloved old.”) read full story »

my #solestory about vionic shoes

Monday, 18 May 2015

Vionic Venture Walker

Oh, if only I’d had these shoes when we were in Paris!

We walked so many miles every day, I would inevitably have to stop and put my feet up at some point while Michael, who had walked the 500+ mile Camino de Santiago last year, waited patiently. read full story »

“i am big bird: the caroll spinney story” movie review

Sunday, 17 May 2015

I Am Big Bird

What’s truly amazing about this documentary is that, even as you watch Caroll Spinney painstakingly don the 4000 feathers and all the accompanying regalia necessary to become the iconic character, it’s still virtually impossible not to believe that Big Bird is real. read full story »

let’s make shannon foster — ava’s mom — woman of the year

Friday, 15 May 2015

Ava flower

I met Shannon Foster a couple of years ago at a media event at the Hotel La Jolla, where she was General Manager. We spent a lot of time talking and laughing, and she is a doll.

She needs some help now, so I want to share her story. read full story »

i’m off to puerto vallarta for the natja conference!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Puerto Vallarta logo

Can you believe I’ve lived in Southern California for almost 17 years and still haven’t been to Mexico?

I’m happy to say that changes today as I head to Puerto Vallarta for the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) conference with my good friend, Ruth. read full story »

new at jenny craig!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Jenny Craig goodies

I love Jenny Craig!

I’ve lost 20 pounds since starting the program at the end of January — despite the fact that I’ve been on a lot of press trips, including two weeks in France. read full story »

“tangerines” movie review

Friday, 1 May 2015


Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

If you want to understand why some movies are referred to as art films, just take a look at that image from Tangerines, above. It could be hanging in a museum.

The first foreign-language film from Estonia to be nominated for a Foreign Language Academy Award, Tangerines is — in both its message and its cinematography — truly a work of art. read full story »

“still alice” blu-ray/dvd giveaway!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Julianne Moore in Still Alice

John Black, 42 West Street has been imprinted on my brain ever since I read Lisa Genova’s bestselling book, Still Alice, years ago.

That’s the name and address Alice’s neurologist uses to test her memory – a test she fails but I was determined to pass.

So when, in the movie version, John Black apparently moved to 42 Washington Street, it kind of freaked me out. Had I remembered it incorrectly all this time? Was I losing it?

I can’t imagine why the filmmakers would change an address that so many readers have reassuringly pulled out of their memories time and time again. Don’t they realize their audience is already worried they’re experiencing many of the same symptoms as Alice?

You see, Still Alice is the story of a 50-year-old woman who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s powerful, heartbreaking and a must-see. read full story »

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