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Sunday, 13 November 2016

“miss you like hell” at la jolla playhouse

Miss You Like Hell

As we all know,  there are few things as emotionally charged and inherently dramatic as the mother-daughter relationship.

So it’s no surprise that Miss You Like Hell, La Jolla Playhouse’s new, highly-anticipated world premiere musical, is a combination of funny and sad and poignant. Plus, it’s got some great songs. read full story »

Saturday, 12 November 2016

“arrival” movie review


Arrival seems like a fitting movie for this election season, and I couldn’t help wishing it had been released before we voted so people could have seen the importance of having a strong, smart woman in charge.

But I digress. read full story »

Thursday, 10 November 2016

a post-election action plan for nasty women and bad hombres

safety pin

Like many people, I spent yesterday – the day after the election – grieving for the future of our country.

But today, inspired by Hillary herself, I am back up and ready to fight for the true United States – you know, the one where the Statue of Liberty welcomes immigrants; where all citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or religion; and where there’s a distinct separation between church and state.

I’m mad as hell about having to defend rights we’ve already fought so hard to win, and I’m appalled at the racism, sexism and violence that’s been unleashed during this election by the President-elect, but I’m going to put all of that outrage, devastation and energy into taking action. read full story »

“laughter on the 23rd floor” at north coast rep

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

What’s amazing about Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, now playing at North Coast Rep, is not just how well it’s held up over time but how relevant it still is today. read full story »

vote for clean air this election day

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Clean Air Moms

Thanks to Clean Air Moms Action for sponsoring this important post.
All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

This has been a terribly divisive election season but, despite our differences, there’s one thing I think we all agree on: we need to vote for the candidate who will fight for the environment. Because if we don’t address the very serious issue of climate change, there may be few elections left to change it. read full story »

win a copy of “inferno” by dan brown before the movie opens!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Inferno swag

I am a big Dan Brown fan — not to mention a big Tom Hanks fan — not to mention a big Felicity Jones fan — oh, not to mention a big Ron Howard fan — and I can’t wait to see Inferno, which is opening everywhere on Friday. read full story »

a crop of great products for fall – plus some big savings!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Babble Boxx

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition
Media. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Okay, everyone knows I don’t cook. But I sure do eat, and I love being introduced to new products.

So, I was excited when Babble Boxx asked me to check out their “Home and Harvest” box for fall and share it with you. Here’s what was inside: read full story »

set your dvr for “versailles” on ovation tv

Wednesday, 28 September 2016


When Michael and I visited Versailles a few years ago (note: that is not us in the photo above; ha ha ha!) we were blown away by its over-the-top opulence.

There is nothing subtle or understated about the lush gardens, the sensual fabrics, the dazzling jewels and the endless gold everywhere you look.

We loved learning about the palace’s rich (literally) history and listening to stories that took us back in time and set our imaginations running wild.

So, when Ovation TV invited me to write a sponsored post about Versailles, its new series which premieres Saturday, October 1 at 10 p.m., I pulled out our vacation photos and started daydreaming about Michael and me scampering hand in hand through the magnificent Hall of Mirrors. read full story »

3 hotel incidents: what would you have done?

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Because I travel so much, it’s no surprise that sometimes things just don’t go right.

I’ve had three hotel incidents in the past few years that I still think about. Luckily, none of them were terrible because I think I only handled one of them properly — although, honestly, I’m not sure I would have done anything differently for the first two even now.

I thought I’d share these with you to get your advice and get you thinking about what to do if you find yourself in one of these situations someday — which I hope you won’t! read full story »

“the cocktail hour” at north coast rep

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Cocktail Hour

Michael and I love seeing plays at North Coast Repertory Theatre because it’s small and intimate and always presents high quality, award-winning productions.

The Cocktail Hour, considered A.R. Gurney’s most autobiographical play, is the perfect opener for North Coast Rep’s 35th season because it represents what this top-notch regional theatre does best: leave audiences both shaken and stirred. read full story »

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