Home Sweet Home: The Wrapup

The Home Sweet Home Blogathon has come to an end. Well, sort of. If anyone has any late posts, please feel free to send them to Gill or I and we'll be happy to add them. And here are links to Days One, Two, and Three in case anyone wants to read (or reread) any … Continue reading Home Sweet Home: The Wrapup

Warts and All

Obviously, not every family is perfect. There are families that are together in name only, and sometimes not even that. Even seemingly perfect families may not be so perfect under the surface because the plain and simple fact is that we're all human. Regardless of which scenario applies, life often forces us to deal with … Continue reading Warts and All

Coming To America

Homeward bound... Who can forget when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were the world's It couple? And their smoldering chemistry? Who can forget 1992's Far And Away, when they put on Irish brogues? I saw Far And Away on VHS with my friend, Nikki in high school, and we kinda got into it. During the last ten minutes … Continue reading Coming To America

The Home Sweet Home Blogathon Has Arrived

We have arrived, folks. Are you ready for all of this home and family stuff? All the warm fuzzies, the dysfunction, the foibles, the terms of endearment? And, at the risk of of looking mushy, the laughter and tears? Now that you're primed, or maybe cringing, let's do this. Gill and I are ready to … Continue reading The Home Sweet Home Blogathon Has Arrived

One Month Until the Third So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

We're a month away, people. One month until we peer sheepishly into the world of awful and hilariously awful. Plenty of thanks to the brave souls who have already signed up--I know you'll wow everyone this year. You always do. If anyone would like to join us, there's plenty of room. There's always room for … Continue reading One Month Until the Third So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

The Talk of the Town

About a year ago I did an "Origins" post on Judy, and it's kinda nice that Amazon brought the movie to Prime. Were my first impressions correct? Yes and no. The movie alternates between scenes of Judy as a youngster and as an adult, up to about six months before she passed away. There's music, of course, … Continue reading The Talk of the Town

Seven Days Until the Home Sweet Home Blogathon

One more week and it's on, everyone. The Home Sweet Home Blogathon is gonna drop. Are you ready? Have you signed up yet? Do you want to sign up? Thanks very much to our many participants who have already joined--it's awesome that people are so enthusiastic about this event! Gill and I appreciate all of … Continue reading Seven Days Until the Home Sweet Home Blogathon

Reading Rarities: A Baggage Car With Lace Curtains

Like local history? I love it. Some years ago I found an intriguing little book at the Rocklin Library: A Baggage Car With Lace Curtains by Kay Fisher, a native of the Sacramento area. Kay's husband, Bill, worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad starting in the nineteen-forties, and their story gives a whole new meaning to … Continue reading Reading Rarities: A Baggage Car With Lace Curtains

The Lady In the Tutti-Frutti Hat

Taking Up Room's first blogathon of 2021... Carmen Miranda's star rose very quickly in the United States, and it didn't take long for Twentieth Century Fox to play that up in a big way. The most overt example of was 1943's The Gang's All Here. The film appears to be an homage to the Good Neighbor … Continue reading The Lady In the Tutti-Frutti Hat

It’s Witchcraft

Remember 2005's Bewitched? I don't know what anyone was expecting with this Ephron flick. A remake of Bewitched, of course, but...eh. It was a bit more than that. Or a bit less, depending on how people want to look at it. Glass half-full versus glass half-empty. Anyway... Isabel (Nicole Kidman) doesn't want to be a witch … Continue reading It’s Witchcraft

Stage To Screen: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum

Happy New Year! Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. I did. I could have used another week of vacay, but it's all good. On to 2021.... The one and only time I saw Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum was in college. I tried out for it as part of my Broadway performance … Continue reading Stage To Screen: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum