Category: Pop Culture

6 lessons kids can learn from the High School Musical movies

I have two boys, ages 9 and 6. One look at the posters on their bedroom walls and you can tell they’re huge soccer fans. Manchester United fans to be exact. But, they’re not just sports fans. My boys are budding travel enthusiasts and secretly wish Hagrid would show up on their doorstep and whisk... Read more »

TGIF: The origins of the phrase and its use in countries around the world

The other day was one of those days when it was nearly impossible to get my two young sons out of bed and off to school. Before we walked out the door that morning, I said to my sons, “TGIF.” They replied to my quick comment with two tired, utterly blank stares. And, then it... Read more »

Winter holiday stamps: How does the US Postal Service select its stamp designs?

There are roughly three weeks until Hanukkah, four weeks until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and five weeks until New Year’s Day. As the amount of days until the start of each winter holiday gets smaller and smaller, the lines at local post offices seem to get longer and longer. Yes, as the holidays approach, more and more people head to the US post office to... Read more »

"Shelfies": Have you jumped on the Instagram trend?

Have you heard of (or taken) a “shelfie?” I hadn’t until recently, but I’m intrigued by the concept. While a “selfie” is a “self portrait” that captures your presence at a particular place or at a specific moment of time, a “shelfie” showcases the stuff you have displayed on your shelf. And, both are primarily shared on Instagram and other... Read more »

Multicultural emoji: More diverse options are on the way for your smartphone

Do you punctuate your texts, emails or comments with emoji? You know, those little symbols that range from a winking smiley face to a biker riding past mountains. I sure do. For me, the images help further illustrate a sentiment, a thought, an experience, a moment in time, or an emotion. I enjoy scrolling through... Read more »

My 50 seconds on the Howard Stern Show (or why my husband is SO jealous of me)

This was a big week in my house. On Sunday, while the fierce winds and rains were pummeling Chicago, I got a tweet from the famous Lisa G. of the Howard Stern Show inviting me to speak with her the next day. She wanted to interview me about the blog post I wrote about why I’m glad... Read more »

America's Got Talent: Why I'm glad my young sons are Howard Stern fans

If you’re kids are like mine, they picked out their Halloween costumes for next year before they even finished counting all the candy in their trick-or-treat bags. On Halloween eve, my younger son informed us he knew what he wanted to be next year: Howard Stern. I have to admit that I wasn’t really surprised... Read more »

Why I love the Spice Girls - and I'm not ashamed to admit it

I love the Spice Girls, the British pop girl group made up of five women: Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger). And, I’m proud to say that was the case well before their 2007-2008 reunion tour. I have all of their albums – and most... Read more »