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MOVIE REVIEW: The New “Cinderella” & Cate Blanchett as the Original Mean Girl

A quick GOOGLE search will tell you that a “Cinderella Complex” describes a woman who isn’t capable of changing her bad situation. She needs to be rescued by a man. I’m very familiar with this term because my mother warned my sister and I about it when we were young. We would read the Disney Princess stories and then discuss the elaborate weddings we’d have with our own beautiful, wealthy Princes.

“YOU have a Cinderella Complex,” Mom would say and even though we were little and didn’t know what it meant, it effectively killed the fantasy. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: “Arbor Hills” & Tarantula Valleys

The snow cleared in time for us to take a hike this week so we headed to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. Arbor Hills has paved as well as unpaved & bike trails so we were able to avoid all the mud the snow left in its wake (there WAS enough left for a miniature snowball fight though). The Arbor Hills website (http://www.plano.gov/facilities/facility/details/Arbor-Hills-Nature-Preserve-20) claims that it offers about 200-acres of natural beauty. I missed most of it though because I brought along three little girls who started complaining minutes into our hike. What I saw in that time though was gorgeous. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Chappie” & Why Humans Suck

One thing is abundantly clear from Director Neill Blomkamp’s movies.

Human Beings suck.

We’re heartless and self-serving and usually very dangerous. The humans who AREN’T hell-bent on world domination are most often blindly serving some terrible political machine. Blomkamp made his thoughts clear to audiences in the excellent District 9 and then the disappointing Elysium so it’s no surprise that his new hero is a robot. Continue reading →

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A Tribute to My Rock ‘n’ Roll Crush: Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr wasn’t my very first Rock ‘n’ Roll crush. That would be Tommy Shaw, whom I saw playing with Styx on the Grand Illusion tour. I was 6-years-old and I don’t know WHY I was at that concert, but I was transfixed by his flowing blonde locks.

Benjamin Orr of The Cars was different because I loved his voice long before I saw him. It was the early 1980s and still the golden age of RADIO, so I didn’t know what my favorite musicians looked like until I saw them on “American Bandstand” or in my sister’s Teen Beat Magazine. Even then, everyone seemed focused on Ric Ocasek and his giraffe-like neck so I didn’t really SEE Benjamin Orr until The Cars Drive video. I had no idea a man could be that pretty. Seriously, even prettier than Paulina Prizkova (who after a fresh viewing, was batshit crazy in that video. Never noticed THAT before either!) Continue reading →