NPH and the 2015 Vanilla Oscars

Let’s start with honesty.  I honestly did not see many of the Oscar nominated films this year.  I also read that this year’s nominated films earned the least amount at the box office than any other crop of hopefuls EVER.  Why you might wonder?  I think it’s because these little gems (Whiplash, Boyhood etc) don’t... Read more »

"Boys Will Be Boys" Is Cute, But What Will Girls Be?

"Boys Will Be Boys" Is Cute, But What Will Girls Be?
I grew up with two younger brothers, so I heard the term “boys will be boys” more than a few times.  I remember once when my brothers went for a long bike ride, it started pouring, the bikes got stuck and deserted in a mud puddle and when the boys came to the front door... Read more »

Emmys 2014 Why Orange Ruled

Thanks MTV for making me watch one of my favorite award shows on a Monday night.  I feel like we got gypped (such a politically incorrect word, I know), but as host, Seth Meyers, acknowledged it about 3 times in the opening monologue, the Emmys were regulated to a Monday night, the first time in... Read more »
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My Summer Love Letter

Dear Overnight Camp, When I first met you I was with my sister.  I was going into fourth grade and she was going into sixth grade.  I don’t remember who first introduced us, actually, my mother recently told me that we got wait listed at another camp and that’s how we ended up with you.... Read more »

I Know Someone

I Know Someone
I know someone who went on vacation and when she came home after a week in paradise  she found her kitchen was destroyed because a hot water pipe exploded in her dishwasher.  The paint on her walls literally peeled off.  Everything on the first floor of her home had melted and was destroyed.  I know... Read more »

Matthew McConaughey is a King and so is My Husband!

There have many blogs and articles dedicated to the current award season (in fact, I wrote a funny one after the Golden Globes), but this particular blog isn’t about the awards, the celebs, or even the disses and dresses.  No, this blog is about an acceptance speech that I just can’t get out of my... Read more »
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Golden Globes: Lips, Hair, and Making Chicago Proud

The seventy first Golden Globes aired last night and I was ready for them in some ways, but in others I felt like I was very unprepared.  I used to live vicariously through the stars and made it my business to watch most of the movies and television shows before the big award season started,... Read more »

Tony Soprano, Nucky Thompson and Kim Kardashian?

Tony Soprano, Nucky Thompson and Kim Kardashian?
It’s no surprise that Hollywood is ruled, both on and off screen, by men (mostly Caucasian, but that’s another blog.)   The mold has been set….hire the hunky leading man and the beautiful young actress and the target demographic will come knocking at the door.  I’m not making this up.  A little background, I studied TV... Read more »

The Challenge of My Marriage After Our First Year

This post is part of the ChicagoNow monthly collective “blogapalooza” wherein one topic is presented at 9 p.m. and bloggers are afforded one hour to write their little blogger hearts out, publishing whatever they have by 10 p.m. Today’s topic: Write about a great challenge faced by you, by someone else, by an entity, at... Read more »
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What do Robert Redford, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford Have in Common?

There are so many obvious answers to the question above.  Let’s start with the obvious; they’re all older white men who have had very successful careers in the film industry.  They all have been married and divorced.  They all have aged pretty well.  Each of them has made big movies in the Chicago area; Ordinary... Read more »