Accentuate the Positive

Here we go--time to talk about Miss Show Business! I've said it before and I'll say it again: When people think of Judy Garland, they most often go right to the sordid parts of her life. This is a huge shame, because to the people who knew her, Judy had such a gift for bringing … Continue reading Accentuate the Positive

Page To Screen: Now, Voyager

A little housekeeping: As of today, "Page To Screen" will be appearing here on the first Wednesday of the even-numbered months (as if it's had much time to be anywhere ūüôā ), while the odd-numbered months will feature a companion series. More details coming later. Onward... Now, Voyager is one of Bette Davis's best-known films … Continue reading Page To Screen: Now, Voyager

Page To Screen: Anne of Green Gables

This is the first installment in¬†my new, semi-regular series,¬†"Page To Screen". I thought it would be interesting to analyze books that have been made into films--what was changed, cut, expanded, whether or not the adaptation was effective, and so on. I wasn't planning on starting with¬†Anne of Green Gables,¬†but you know how life is. It … Continue reading Page To Screen: Anne of Green Gables

Battle of the Backlots

(Cue¬†Rocky¬†theme music.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I33u_EHLI3w Welcome, film fans! We have come to a big face-off between two movie heavyweights. Both are scrappy and determined, but only one will win the title of Best Backlot. In this corner, we have M-G-M, which roared onto the scene in 1924. Called by industry professionals "the Tiffany of the business," M-G-M … Continue reading Battle of the Backlots

Iron Sharpens Iron

It's spring! Well, kinda. I know a lot of people are still getting wild and crazy weather, but what can you do? Happy Easter or Passover to those who celebrate them, and I hope everyone's having a great month so far. My son has another four days of Spring Break as of today, and we've … Continue reading Iron Sharpens Iron

Eating For Victory

I don't have to tell you that we're in the thick of the holiday party season. Fun, frolic, and for some, a fitness wrecker (Not that I'm complaining, but suffice it to say, I'm stepping up my workouts just in case.). Imagine, though, if you couldn't get as much food as you wanted when you … Continue reading Eating For Victory

“Is Good. We Do Not Have To Go To the Bank.”

Today my son started fourth grade (yipe), and you know what that means: Time to study state history. In our case, that of course is California, which¬†I love, and I'm excited because we've got a ton of history right in our own backyard. Our curriculum looks fairly awesome, too. Besides a Friday class at our … Continue reading “Is Good. We Do Not Have To Go To the Bank.”

A Tale of Two Hiding Places

I don't know about you guys, but my bucket list seems to get longer all the time. I have managed to check off some of the items, like seeing the Ruby Slippers, meeting Bryan Duncan, or climbing around inside a B-17. Other things are real long shots, such as handling a genuine First Folio or … Continue reading A Tale of Two Hiding Places

I’m Going To Bodie

Have you ever been to Bodie? It's pretty unforgettable. I went there the summer before starting high school, and have always wanted to go back. Established after the Gold Rush, Bodie had a short-lived run as a boomtown in the 1880s, and it's never been anything but notorious. It went from having 10,000 people at … Continue reading I’m Going To Bodie

In Memoriam

As you know, Harper Lee died yesterday. Wow, I don't know where to begin here. What can I say that doesn't seem like plagiarism? I feel like paraphrasing Reverend Sykes after Atticus lost the Robinson case: "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Ms. Lee's passing." Harper Lee was a woman who famously shunned the spotlight after … Continue reading In Memoriam