The Movie Is Probably Better

I can't wait to see The Martian starring Matt Damon, because I'm positive it is going to be better than the book of the same name by Andy Weir. I decided to read Weir's The Martian (2011) after I saw a friend reading it, and I always like to read book versions before I see... Continue Reading →

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Babette’s Feast

For a recent holiday dinner with my in-laws, I was asked to bring a dessert.  I volunteered to bring apple pie.  Now, I don't even like apple pie, but I like sour cream apple pie, and I've made it a holiday tradition for the last ten years or so to make this pie on Thanksgiving... Continue Reading →

Classic Movies

My husband and I have taken to watching old movies.  Here is what we have watched so far. Casablanca (1942) It Happened One Night (1934) North by Northwest (1959) Paper Moon (1973) Rear Window (1954) I enjoyed all of them.  I absolutely loved Paper Moon, and Rear Window has long been a favorite of mine. ... Continue Reading →

Girls’ Studies: The Violence Interrupters

I watched a documentary called The Interrupters (2011), which is about interrupting the violence occurring on Chicago’s streets. There are many organizations working to curb this violence, which kills many children each week, and one of them is The Interrupters. It is a group of former gang members who have decided to use their street... Continue Reading →

Nora Ephron’s Cheesecake Recipe

The talented Nora Ephron, born May 19, 1941, died yesterday (June 26, 2012) at the age of 71.  She is best known for her screenwriting of “Sleepless in Seattle” (which she also directed) and “When Harry Met Sally.”  She also wrote plays, essays, and novels.  I enjoyed reading her book of essays I Feel Bad... Continue Reading →

Dune: A Concoction of Myth

I watched a movie from 1984 last night.  These were the highlights: Patrick Stewart with a mullet, clumsy fight scenes meant to be exciting and fast-paced, Sting as a villain with clown hair, Styrofoam rocks, red-headed villains, Kyle Maclachlan’s lion mane of hair, a boil-faced baron, sweat (way to much sweat), spittle, eyebrows the size... Continue Reading →

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