Bring on the April showers! I wrote about 10 Stylish Items That’ll Keep You Dry in a Downpour for USA Today 10Best. Bet you’ll especially love the cute boots and the heart-shaped umbrella!Read All Entries
Sunday, 2 April 2017
I’m finding that the only thing keeping me sane in these challenging times is reading.
Because I’m disgusted by the lack of education in our country — and, worse, the pride in that ignorance — I’m determined to keep learning, to keep seeking out different voices and to keep trying to understand the world.
I recently attended a One Day University course where professor Seth Lerer explained that reading teaches empathy, something we seem to be sadly lacking in these days. So please keep reading!
Here are a handful of books that kept my empathy level high in the past couple of weeks. Let me know what you think. read full story »
Friday, 31 March 2017
I was so happy to pull into the beautiful Hermosa Inn in Phoenix only to find an equally beautiful 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SEL Premium waiting for me to test-drive for the week.
The Passat was the first car we bought our son when he turned 16 so I have fond memories of it — especially how safe it felt during a couple of harrowing moments (only to me) when I drove with him on the freeway for the first time.
We had done a lot of research so we knew it had high safety ratings and was a great car for a teenage boy.
Apparently, it’s always a great car for a 50-something woman. read full story »
Thursday, 30 March 2017
I’m finding it harder and harder to watch movies about the Holocaust and I can’t bear to watch anything bad happen to animals so, in theory, The Zookeeper’s Wife should not be a movie I’d want to see.
But I love Jessica Chastain, I adore animals and I’m finding it more important than ever to learn as much as possible about the Holocaust.
With too many similarities happening today, I wish everyone would see The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is based on the true story of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Jan, who oversaw the Warsaw Zoo and who hid hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust.
It is an astonishing story of heroism and proof that every person has the power to make a difference in the world. read full story »
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures for sponsoring this post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.
Three of my favorite actors are starring together in a new movie, and I can’t wait to see it!
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up in director Zach Braff’’s Going in Style, a comedy about lifelong buddies who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Amazingly, this sounds like a very timely story and one that we will likely all be cheering. read full story »
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.
Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.
The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats. read full story »
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Although I’m going to write 399 more, there’s really only one word you need to know about Beauty and the Beast, and that’s “magical.”
Watching the new live action version of the Disney animated classic in IMAX was one of the most enjoyable and deeply satisfying theater experiences I’ve had in a long time. There were so many times I wanted to burst into applause. Or tears. Or simply with joy.
The movie is just magical. read full story »
Thursday, 9 March 2017
I received a Best Buy gift card for writing this post. Opinions are, as always, 100% my own.
As a film critic, I use Google Chromecast all the time to send screening links from my laptop to our TV so I can watch on a bigger screen while still being able to do my work. It’s one of the best devices we ever bought.
I was thrilled to see that there’s now a Google Chromecast Audio so I can do the same thing with my music.
Especially since I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack from Hamilton. read full story »
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Well, hello, Dollywood! Dolly Parton’s iconic theme parks opens for the season and I wrote about 10 Big Reasons to Go To Dollywood for USA Today 10Best!