Posts in category "News & Views"

Celebrities doing the ALS Challenge right

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5Hh9NrOPppU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br>Ben Affleck<br><br>I love how natural this video feels. I love how, at least in this moment, Affleck and Jennifer Garner seem to generally have a good time together. I love how their kids are obviously cracking up in the background. If Ben Affleck ever finds himself having public image issues, he needs to make sure this video is rereleased.
I’ve mostly been a casual observer of the ALS Challenge. John did it, and I shot the video. If you’re someone I know and you’re in my Facebook feed, chances are I skimmed past your post without a second glance. But I have been drawn in by some of the celebrity videos. This is such... Read more »

Which classic TV shows do you watch with your kids?

Which classic TV shows do you watch with your kids?
I was on WGN Radio this weekend with Dave Plier. You can listen to our conversation here. It was 2:30 in the morning. Go easy on me. One thing we discussed was binge watching TV shows in the summer. He and his wife are catching up on “adult” shows, like Orange is the New Black... Read more »

It's Opposite Day...or is it?

My six-year-old blew my mind on Saturday night. We were out at dinner when he said, “Mom, tell me you don’t like me.” “No,” I said. “I love you. You are one of the best people I know. Whoever doesn’t like you is a darn fool.” “But it’s Opposite Day.” “Well, in that case, you’re... Read more »
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How to give your kids a '50s summer

How to give your kids a '50s summer
I witnessed something yesterday that warmed the cockles of my cold, dead heart. I took the kids to a park out in the suburbs, doesn’t matter which one. The park was big and rambling and had a large pond right in the center of it. We’d been to this park several times; but during our... Read more »

10 celebrities who'd write a better lifestyle blog than Blake Lively

10 celebrities who'd write a better lifestyle blog than Blake Lively
Blake Lively is starting a lifestyle brand, because, well, I don’t know why. To teach us how to share one pair of pants with your friends of varying sizes and having them look good on all of you? To share her secrets of acting without facial expression? Emma Fraser has come up with a fabulous... Read more »

What Are Your Movie and TV Dealbreakers?

What Are Your Movie and TV Dealbreakers?
Last week, Vince Mancini over at Uproxx wrote a piece about movie “dealbreakers” – those films that you use to gauge your compatibility with others in relationships or friendships.  It came in the wake of a story about a woman who divorced her husband because he didn’t like Frozen. That seems like a questionable move... Read more »
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Frozen's Princess Anna Apologizes

Frozen's Princess Anna Apologizes
Dear Esteemed Weseltonians, I am deeply remorseful that my mispronunciation of your town’s name made it back to you after my sister’s coronation. It has come to my attention how very wrong of me it was to compare the hardworking, proud people of Weselton to a sniveling rodent. My doing so only served to further... Read more »

Facebook Etiquette: Stop Spreading the News

Facebook Etiquette: Stop Spreading the News
Dear Emily Posts of Social Media, I witnessed something this weekend that got me thinking about Facebook etiquette and the dispensing of Big News. Here’s the gist. Two people experienced a big life event (engagement) on Friday night. Before either of the involved parties had a chance (read: had recovered from their hangovers enough) to... Read more »

Stone cold brewing iced coffee

Stone cold brewing iced coffee
This is my second post in two days about coffee. It’s like that time I kept writing about alcohol over and over again. Basically, this blog is all about me sharing my vices with you. Wait until I start writing about Skylanders. My sister-in-law (the same sister-in-law who told me about putting butter in your... Read more »
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5 ways writing a novel is like being pregnant

5 ways writing a novel is like being pregnant
I recently (as in yesterday) started writing a novel, a new novel. I wrote 720 words, and then I went on Twitter to announce that I was working on a new project. I called it a “zygote.” Naturally, that got me thinking about how writing the first draft of a novel is like being pregnant,... Read more »