Our Spring Break trip was jinxed from the start.

The downward spiral started one hour into the drive when we hit stand-still traffic. Power lines had fallen across the highway so it was closed in both directions. People got out of their cars to stand in the road and stare angrily at the stopped traffic in front of them. This turned our 5.5 hour trip to Arkansas into an 8 hour drive. The rain found us not long after the traffic jam and followed us for 2 straight days. Fog joined the party as we drove up the mountain and we were soon socked in like a creepy Stephen King story. Continue reading →

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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 →


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 →