Donna S.'s blog

James Garner (1928-2014)

James Garner’s passing was very sad to hear about.  He was always a welcome presence in movies and TV series.  An actor who could handle any genre, from comedy to action-adventure, from romance to western.  I grew up watching his TV shows and fil

Dear Sir or Madam.....

It’s an idea that dates back centuries.  A character in a play – comedy or drama – will dress as a member of the opposite sex.  Sometimes it’s for money.  Sometimes to trick another person for a noble cause.  Sometimes just to hide out for a while.  Shakespeare was fond of having a strong female character disguise herself as a

The Great American Road Trip

It’s summer!  Vacation time!  And what’s more American than traveling this beautiful country and seeing what’s beyond the horizon.  And what better time than the Fourth of July to contemplate the great American road trip.

Eli Wallach (1915-2014)

I can’t remember the first time I saw Eli Wallach on TV or in a movie.  He just always seemed to

Ruby Dee (1922-2014)

It was very sad to read about the passing of one of America’s great actresses: <

D-Day

The planning took months, coordinating armed forces of several countries – primarily the United States, Great Britain, and Canada -- and underground forces of others, especially the occupied country of France.  The timing had to be as precise as possible, taking into consideration communication, weather, the phases of the moon, and the tides.  And though we recall the date of June 6, 1944, as key to the success of the Allied Force

In Another Time or Place...

Game of Thrones.  As exciting as the television series is, I had never read the books by George R. R.

Jack's Back!

We never expected to see him again.  Like the cowboys in the old movies, Jack Bauer was supposed to just ride away before anyone had a chance to say, “Thanks for saving the world – again.”  Because, of course, he doesn’t expect any thanks.  He’s just doing his job.

But now he’s back.

24 has returned with another day for Jack to save the world.  And for all his flaws, I still like having him around to fight the bad guys.

For the Birds

It’s Spring!  The air is warmer.  The sun is a bit brighter.  And we seems to notice the birds a lot more.  Well, maybe I should say that I notice birds more.

Now I don’t know much about birds and there are few species I can recognize without referring to a guidebook.  But birding is a growing activity in the United States.  Maybe because it doesn’t take special equipment -- just binoculars, maybe a camera, a notebook to write down the species seen, maybe a guidebook.  Or maybe birding is growing because baby boomers like myself are retiring and have more time to go for walks in parks and woods.  Or maybe because birds are just beautiful and are lovely to hear.
 

Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)

He was born Joe Yule, Jr.  His parents were vaudeville performers who brought their toddler on stage when he was only 15 months old.  He made his screen debut during the silent era in 1926.  The following year he began a series of films playing a boy named Mickey McGuire.  By 1932 he changed his name permanently.  He kept “Mickey” and made his last name “Rooney.”  He could act, sing, dance, and play several musical instruments. He was at home in comedies, dramas, and musicals.  By 1939 Mickey Rooney was the number one box office star in America.

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