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“the year of magical thinking” at north coast rep

Year of Magical Thinking

If you’re anywhere near San Diego and are free tonight, order tickets for The Year of Magical Thinking at North Coast Rep right now.

The special two-night presentation is a must-see and tonight is your last chance to see it here.

Linda Purl is a powerhouse in this one-woman show based on Joan Didion’s bestselling book about losing her husband, author John Gregory Dunne, and their daughter, Quintana. [Read more…]

“molly’s game” book giveaway

Molly's Game

Happy New Year, everyone!

I thought I’d start 2018 with a giveaway of a book by someone who probably has a few New Year’s resolutions of her own. [Read more…]

“the greatest showman” movie review

Greatest Showman

I am so conflicted about my feelings for The Greatest Showman.

I should hate it because I strongly believe elephants and other animals have no place in the circus.

I should hate it because, from all accounts, P.T. Barnum was not a man to be admired.

I should hate it because there’s really a lot wrong with the story.

And yet I loved it. [Read more…]

last minute gifts that will make you a hero even if they arrive late – plus a giveaway!

gift wrap

I’ve discovered some great items lately, and I know they would make other people just as happy to receive them as I was.

So, because it’s only Tuesday, I want to share these with you so you can still order them in time for Christmas or a late Chanukah celebration. I can personally vouch for the happiness factor of each one of them! [Read more…]

“the post” movie review

The Post

With the free press being threatened daily by the current administration, The Post is, hands down, the most timely, relevant and important movie of the year. [Read more…]

A $5000 hamburger? The opportunity to be in control of the Bellagio Fountains? Here are 10 Ways to Experience the Luxurious Side of Las Vegas.


“jane” movie review

Jane Goodall and chimp

I have always admired Jane Goodall.

I’m a big fan of brave pioneering women who go out into the wild to learn about and help animals, like Jane and Dian Fossey. I don’t think I could do what they did. (OMG, that is the most ridiculous statement ever. Let me be more accurate: There is no way in hell I could ever do what they did.)

Instead, I devour everything I can watch or read about them, living vicariously through their adventures and doing what I can to support their work.

So I was excited to discover Jane, a new documentary featuring never-before-seen footage shot in Gombe National Park in Tanzania during the 1960s, a period she herself calls the “happiest time” of her life. [Read more…]

“step” movie review


If you could use a little hope for the future right about now, I’ve got just the movie for you.

Step, a documentary about the step dance team at The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, is empowering, timely and absolutely riveting. It’s one of my favorite movies of the year. [Read more…]

gabrielle union’s new shutterfly collection by julie lustbader



I love doing interesting things with photos so when Shutterfly invited me to a special holiday event to introduce their new Gabrielle Union collection, I was so excited. As I was about to put it on my calendar, I realized it was in New York, rolled my eyes and immediately emailed my son’s girlfriend, Julie, to see if she wanted to go in my place.


Here’s Julie’s take on the event. (Note:  I’m hoping for a Shutterfly book of my own for the holidays!) [Read more…]

Handmade gifts are the best, so check out the 10 Charleston artisans creating goods with a Southern accent I wrote about for USA Today 10Best and get your holiday shopping done!