13 Reasons Why

SHOULD We Discuss Suicide With Our Kids? (The “13 Reasons Why” Effect)

Everyone keeps telling me that I have to watch 13 Reasons Why. It’s a book about a teen-suicide that was turned into a Netflix series and it’s now taking over the internet. The chatter has come in waves, with people first touting the importance of the series and it’s focus on teen-suicide. That was followed by outrage from those who felt it actually glorified suicide. Now social media is discussing the importance of watching 13 Reasons Why with your kids, so you can answer any questions they have about it.

While I agree that this is all very important, I also wonder if we’re not putting the cart before the horse, so to speak. We don’t open discussions about drugs with our kids by showing them gruesome pictures of overdosed addicts. No, we usually just start by saying “DON’T DO DRUGS.”

Yes, that’s an oversimplification but I think opening a discussion about suicide should start with the feelings that could lead to it, like depression and anxiety. I say this not only as a parent, but as a grown-up kid who suffered from both. Continue reading →

4am

Life Gets Weird at 4am

You see some freaky stuff if you drive to work before the sun comes up. I spent about 15 years of my life leaving home at 4am, so I’ve seen volumes. I’ve encountered so much weirdness that I’ve even written about it before (read that HERE), but it wasn’t until recently that I tried to catalogue it all. I was sharing notes with a friend who also keeps strange hours when it occurred to me that I should write this stuff down. After all, what’s the point of living through weird shit if you don’t share it? Continue reading →

Justice
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Justice is (FINALLY) Served

“Have you ever witnessed a robbery?”

It was a random text from a friend of mine that arrived completely out of the blue this week. I was about to write back and tell him “NO,” when I remembered that sound.
It was years ago, when my daughters were both still very small. I was getting them out of the car in a drugstore parking lot when I heard the most horrible noise. It sounded like a cat caught under a rocking chair and when I turned towards it, I saw a woman being dragged by a car. Someone had apparently grabbed her purse as they drove by, but she was not letting go. I shoved both of my kids back in the car and (heroically, in my mind) started chasing the car on foot. It sped up, causing the woman to let go, but I got the license plate number before they drove away. I stayed with the woman while she waited for police, and the drugstore employees told us they had the men involved on surveillance cameras. They’d been hanging around the shop for a while, just waiting for someone small and frail to target. I thought we had these guys red-handed, between the license-plate and video, but the police weren’t so sure. In fact, a run of the plates showed that the car was stolen, so it was already a dead end. Continue reading →

Jane McGarry & Julie Fisk

OUT & ABOUT (Easter Edition) on “Good Morning Texas”

My kids are going to be out for Easter break for 5 straight days!!!
You’d better believe I’ve been looking for fun and CHEAP things to do with them, which is exactly what I shared on Good Morning Texas today. Watch that by clicking HERE, or look below for everything I mentioned, as well as a few I liked but didn’t have time to get to: Continue reading →

Stephen King's "It"
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Stephen King’s “It” & Why It Reminds Me of College Sex

I saw the trailer for the movie It today and immediately had a flashback of the book. Unlike most people, who probably envisioned Tim Curry in a clown suit, I saw my college dorm room with perfect clarity, and heard my roommate having sex in the bunk below me.
See, my roommate fell desperately in love our freshman year of college and did her best to consummate that love nightly.
In our room.
On the bottom bunk.
Those who’ve never shared a bunk bed don’t realize that nothing happens in the bottom bunk without the top bunk hearing it. I tried to clue my roommate into this one night by saying, “I know what you’re doing down there.” Continue reading →

Radio

The World’s Crappiest Radio Fan

One of the worst things about having a job as a radio personality is when you lose that job. Close friends and family tend to find out from each other, but the burden of filling in the rest of the world usually falls on you. This leads to some uncomfortable situations, but the good news is that it usually passes within a matter of months.
Unless you’re ME, that is.
See, I just ran into someone who thought I was still co-hosting a morning radio show that’s been defunct for 2.5 years.
I see this woman all the time. I don’t even recall how we became friendly, but she’s always quick with a hug and “Hello,” so it’s easy to like her. Our friendship has never gone beyond these pleasantries until recently, when we happened to be leaving a movie at the same time. We were waving our good-byes when she said, “I can’t wait to hear what you say about it on the radio tomorrow!”
What? Continue reading →

Sarabia, McGarry, Corning & Fisk

Oscar Predictions & “Get Out” Review on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I joined Jane McGarry, Alanna Sarabia and Ron Corning on Good Morning Texas today to review a movie I can’t stop thinking or talking about: Get Out. If I said, “Get out of your house and see Get Out this weekend,” would you want to punch me in the face? Continue reading →

Meryl Streep

The Meryl Streep Effect: Could There Be an Oscar Shake-Up This Year?

I was pretty underwhelmed when the Oscar Nominations were announced this year. Some of my favorites were ignored (namely Deadpool and Annette Benning’s performance in 20th Century Women) and I felt we were on our way to a repeat of the Golden Globes. I even predicted, in multiple radio interviews the day of the nominations, that La La Land would sweep it’s categories again, with some important nods going to Moonlight.

Then something interesting happened, possibly bolstered by the speech Meryl Streep gave when she accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. If you somehow missed it, you can read the transcript here.

Everyone got political after that. Continue reading →

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Business & Politics (Are You SURE You Want to Mix Them?)

Someone broke one of my knitting needles.
No one will own up to it but I assume it was Lucy, since she keeps trying to tape it back together. That didn’t work, so I decided to make a trip to the new knitting store nearby. I didn’t really mind because I’d enjoyed my last visit there and always like to help local businesses. Furthermore, the women who run the place are a hoot, so I looked forward to seeing them again.
Things were quite different today, though. They were in the heat of a political-discussion/knitting-circle, and BOY were they angry. They were especially peeved at the people who didn’t agree with their political views and tore into them like their knitting needles were teeth. Maybe they didn’t realize it, but they were insulting ME. Continue reading →

Dennis Quaid

The TRUTH About “A Dog’s Purpose” (And Why I Still Won’t See It)

A Dog’s Purpose opens in theaters this Friday (January 27th) but I won’t be seeing it. I, along with the almost 8 million people who watched the TMZ video, was pretty freaked out by that scared dog. That’s not why I’m skipping it, though.

Since then, I’ve read the comments from the book’s author, W. Bruce Cameron, who claimed the video reflects nothing like what he saw when he was on-set. I also read a statement from the film’s star, Dennis Quaid, who says essentially the same thing. The comments from the film’s producer, Gavin Polone, affected me the most though. I think everyone should read those before making any further decisions about seeing A Dog’s Purpose. See, Polone is an Animal Rights Activist who has been scrambling since the release of that video to figure out exactly what happened. His description of the events shed more light on everyone’s actions, though we’ll probably never REALLY know what went on that day.

The difficult truth is that any video can be misleading AND people who love animals can make mistakes in regards to their care. If you wanted to see A Dog’s Purpose and are conflicted now, I think you should read all of the comments above and make a decision from there. Continue reading →