Once Upon A Time

Cinderella, like Treasure Island, has been done over and over and over again. Only instead of the adaptations all drawing on a single original source, every culture has its own version, the earliest-known being found in ancient Greece. Some versions have one royal ball, some have three, some have a fairy godmother and one has a … Continue reading Once Upon A Time

Page To Screen: Around the World In Eighty Days

Jules Verne's Around the World In Eighty Days has captured the public's imagination ever since its publication in 1873. It follows Englishman Phileas Fogg and his valet, Frenchman Jean Passepartout, as they go around the world in (surprise, surprise!) eighty days or less. To say Phileas Fogg is precise and punctual is an understatement. We're talking … Continue reading Page To Screen: Around the World In Eighty Days

Adulting With Laura Ingalls Wilder

It's rare to find kids and grown-ups these days who aren't at least a little familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books, even if it's just via the classic-but-mostly-inaccurate TV show, Little House On the Prairie. The original chronicles of Wilder's life are staples on library and home bookshelves all over the world. It may seem … Continue reading Adulting With Laura Ingalls Wilder

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 🙂 ), 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.”