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RECIPES: Mary’s Strata

When I was a little girl, my mother would make a breakfast casserole for us every Christmas. It was filled with eggs, crumbled sausage and that sharp cheddar cheese that comes in a block. It was incredibly tasty, but she had to make it the night before so the eggs could properly soak the bread. That’s what gave it such an awesome, custardy texture. It was always strange to watch Mom fry sausage and whisk eggs on Christmas Eve though and she did seem annoyed by the interruption. I clearly remember her working on that late-night-breakfast while drinking a glass of Cold Duck. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows (“Real World” for Vampires)

The first thing you need to know about “What We Do in the Shadows” is that it’s really stupid. This mockumentary about vampires sharing a “flat” in modern times is little more than an extended comedy sketch repeating the same jokes. If you DON’T prepare yourself for this fact then you will be like my husband, who declared 5 minutes into the film, “This is barely watchable.”

It’s an entirely different story for those who prepare themselves for something light and goofy. If you’re like ME and love the deadpan Kiwi wit of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (who wrote and directed this) then you will adore “What We Do in the Shadows.” Continue reading →

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WINE ‘N FILM CRITICS: The Lazarus Effect “3 Paws Up”

I saw “The Lazarus Effect” last night with Rebekah Black, Sybil Summers, Richie Whitt & Guest Critic James Lane. Then we chatted about it after drinking copious amounts of cheap wine. Believe me, we NEEDED the wine for this one! Enjoy & please forgive the swear words. I dropped my recorder!

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Oral Fixation “Regrets” & Ronnie the Liar

There’s a great program here in North Texas called Oral Fixation. It’s a website where writers are challenged to tell a story about a given subject, then have a chance to tell their story onstage at the Wyle Theater. I learned about Oral Fixation from my friend Emily Trube, who was able to tell her “Go With the Flow” story just a few months ago. You can find her video and learn more about submitting here:

http://oralfixationshow.com/

I turned in my own story for their “Writing on the Wall” show and received my REGRETS email earlier this week (dammit!). I decided to go ahead and post it here because…well, because I like it. Telling stories about my Mom always makes me feel like she’s as close as the other room, and not deceased for almost 10 years. This was also a very important time for both of us, so I give you:

RONNIE THE LIAR *names have been changed to protect the liars Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: Dogwood Canyon & Babe’s Scary Bunny

This weeks hike took me back to Cedar Hill because I was interested in the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. I discovered it when I got lost leaving the Cedar Hill State Park and the FREE ADMISSION sign virtually screamed at me from the side of the road. Sorry but as much as I love exploring these trails, paying the entrance fees is getting expensive. Especially if I’m taking my kids, like I did this time.

Dogwood Canyon is also right next door to the Cedar Hill State Park which has been my favorite hike so far. I thought it might be the “Lite” version of CHSP and that it might offer a glimpse of the rumored Cedar Hill black panther we’ve heard about. That said, the Dogwood Canyon volunteers looked at me like I was crazy when I asked about the panther so…maybe not. Continue reading →

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Discussing the Oscars with Krys Boyd on “THINK”

Several months ago, Stephen Becker from KERA reached out to me about being on THINK. He and Chris Vognar from The Dallas Morning News were going to discuss the 2015 Oscar nominees with Krys Boyd and he wondered if I would like to join in. I have TREMENDOUS respect for Stephen and Chris and the girl-crush I have on Krys is boarderline gross, so YES I wanted to join in.   I COULDN’T though because of a stupid work conflict and I can’t tell you how upset I was.

Fortunately, Stephen contacted me about a pre-Oscar chat again and THIS TIME I had no work conflicts to muck it up. If you missed our hour on THINK, here it is.

http://www.kera.org/2015/02/19/the-underdogs-of-the-oscars/

Wine ‘n Film Critics: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 & 2015 Oscar Chat

I saw Hot Tub Time Machine 2 this week with Rebekah Black, Sybil Summers & Richie Whitt and this is our review…sort of. We think that talking about movies is far more fun when you’re drinking a frosty beverage but we DO tend to lose focus. That explains the random gay-porn chat. We DO eventually get around to reviewing the movie though so ENJOY! 

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