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my interview with rumer willis

Rumer Willis and Val

The new season of Dancing With the Stars doesn’t start for another couple of  months and, I don’t know about you, but I need a fix so I’m posting my phone interview with Rumer Willis, who won Season 20 with cutie pie Val Chmerkovskiy.  [Read more…]

dancing with the stars live!

Dancing with the Stars group

Watching Dancing With the Stars has been my guilty pleasure for years.

I never thought I’d be interested in anything having to do with ballroom dancing but, like millions of viewers, I find the show irresistible. Plus, I’m enamored with Val Chmerkovskiy. [Read more…]

“elaine stritch: shoot me”

Elaine Stritch sitting

The other day, I wrote about the inspiring young girls in the must-see documentary, Girl Rising.

Today, I watched a documentary about another inspiring female that I have to share with you. At 89, she’s just a little older than those girls. [Read more…]

my 2014 academy awards predictions!


Watching the Academy Awards is akin to a religious experience to me.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic – in keeping with the subject matter – but it is my favorite night of the year and one that I take seriously. I turn down viewing parties, and the only people I will watch with are my family members. And even they have to be quiet. [Read more…]

“court and spark” turns 40: the event

Annie Ross

Joni Mitchell’s idol, Annie Ross, sings “Twisted” at “Court and Spark” Turns 40. 

As I wrote the other day, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s iconic Court and Spark. This album was so important to so many people that Louise Crawford, who runs Brooklyn Social Media, organized a very special event in her neighborhood to commemorate the occasion. It’s one of those times I wished I still lived in New York. [Read more…]

sheila weller on joni mitchell and the 40th anniversary of “court and spark”

Court and Spark

I vividly remember bringing home Joni Mitchell‘s Court and Spark, lying in my bed and listening to it on my record player, dreaming of love and heartbreak, and only getting up to turn over the album or put the needle back to the beginning.

So how can it be 40 years since that classic album was released?! [Read more…]

happy birthday, joni mitchell

I don’t remember the first time I heard Joni Mitchell because it seems like her songs have always been there, in the background, providing the soundtrack to my life. [Read more…]

talking to rachel mcadams and richard curtis about “about time”

Every once in a very rare while, a movie comes along that touches me so deeply, I know it will become one of those go-to favorites that I will happily watch over and over again throughout the years.

About Time, which opens today, is one of those movies. I’ve already seen it twice. [Read more…]

vicki lawrence and “mama’s family” by cathy chester

Mama's Family portrait

There are dysfunctional families, and then there are DYSFUNCTIONAL families. [Read more…]

anna, katie and edith: a week with my role models

Last week was amazing. I got a chance to see two fascinating movies, Arthur Newman and Mud, participate in World Book Night, have lunch with some of my local blogging friends, take a pizza-making class and meet two of my all-time favorite role models – Anna Quindlen and Katie Couric. I did most of these things with my other favorite role model, Edith Alter — my mom — who is better known to my readers as “The Cute Tomato.” [Read more…]