A Totally Tubular Weekend Movie Binge

Ferris Bueller

One good thing about my neighborhood is that we like to party. We like to have parties, go to parties, plan parties, have impromptu parties. But my favorite kind of parties are theme parties. Last March, it was the St. Patrick’s Day party. We all dressed in green, wore plastic green beads, ate fish and […]

The Evolution of Chicken Noodle Soup

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It’s that time of year. The time when the quaintness of the holidays have passed and the joy of the first snow has come and gone and ONE MORE POLAR VORTEX IS HEADED OUR WAY. It becomes the time when we are simply chilled to the bone and longing, even aching, for the warmth of some Spring […]

Don’t Forget To Stuff Your Stockings

Peppermint Bark

When growing up, you assume that every household celebrates Christmas in exactly the same way. Even the Jewish ones because as a youngster, I pretty much thought the world was almost exactly like mine. As I got older I learned that everyone has their own traditions, particularly when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Sometimes Santa […]

Saving Mr. Banks: The Unexpected Story of Walt Disney and Mary Poppins


It’s tough for a non-movie review blog to write a movie review. But I love movies and I’ll take any good excuse I can to actually get out of the house and get immersed in a film at the theater. And this movie, THIS MOVIE, was one I’ve been waiting for months to see. But […]

Comforts of Home Giveaway: Trade Up Your Nostalgia for Luxury

Fall Giveaway

It’s amazing to me how many gadgets we have nowadays. I think back to when I was growing up and we lived pretty simply. There was a TV that required you to get up and move across the room to actually change the channel. There were telephones that required holding a heavy handset and actually […]

Sponsored Video: First Christmas, First Toy


Do you remember the very first toy you bought your child for Christmas? I was lucky that Evan was born in January. By the time his first Christmas rolled around, he was 11 months old and could almost understand the excitement of Christmas morning. He probably couldn’t understand the anticipation but I knew that I […]

My Best Halloween Costumes Ever


I miss Halloween of yore. I mean, sure, we had razor blades in apples and poisoned candy and all the stuff that went along with Halloween in the 70s. But we didn’t worry about peanut-free, gluten-free, food dye, and strangers. Not too much anyway. My biggest worry on Halloween night was whether or not it […]

My Kid Meets Campbell’s Wisest Kid

If you’ve been watching TV lately, you might have seen a kid that Campbell’s has “discovered.” It’s an 8 year old boy dubbed the Wisest Kid in the Whole World. He’s not just 8, he’s eternally 8. Now, my son is only 6 and he’s pretty darn smart but I can tell you at 6, he’s nowhere near […]

It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me


How do you feel about music?  I think this is important because I think it says a lot about how you are aging. Feel free to disagree with me on that but it’s been my personal observation for years. In my early years, I started with my very own record collection, full of hits like […]

The Irony of Summer Vacation


My son is spoiled. Or rather undisciplined. Whichever one makes me sound like the better parent, pick that one. I actually base a lot of my parenting on my own childhood. I don’t mean the way that I was parented, although I’m sure I have some traits that resemble my own parents and their style (hello, yelling). […]

Resurrecting My Wanderlust

New Orleans 010

I grew up in a small town on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Sounds idyllic and to a certain degree, it was. We’d ride our bikes a mile to the beach and play on the cliffs. We’d spend hours in the woods making up adventure games. We used the entire neighborhood for hide and […]