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Primetime Emmy Awards 2010

The nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday, and I confess that I was pleased to see some of my favorites make the list.

Movies I Thought I’d Hate – But Now I Like

I admit it. Sometimes when I see commercials or previews for some TV shows and movies, I think, “I wanna see that! Looks great!” And then there are times when I see ads and think, “That looks terrible!!!” and “I know I’d hate it!” When it comes to the latter, I don’t even bother seeing the movie. My mind’s made up. And then, I finally break down and see it -- and, sometimes, I like it.

“I Spy With My Little Eye...” part two – Spies of the Small Screen

In my last entry, I talked about great spy movies. But, of course, the big screen isn’t the only one with espionage agents that thrill us. Television has its own history of shows featuring spies. And the series run from very serious and secretive to shows with a light touch – and even some in between.

"I spy with my little eye..."

A couple of weeks ago, I read that production for the next James Bond movie has been halted. That’s just not right! We’re supposed to get a big, blockbuster, special effects-laden Bond film every couple of years!
To get us through this dry spell, I tried to think of some of my favorite spies, counterspies, and ex-spies of the big and small screen.

Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, I want to take a moment to remember our Armed Forces. We can be grateful each day for those who have defended our country and our freedoms – and honor those who have died for us. This coming Monday – the last Monday of every May – we take time to do just that. We remember those who have died in the line of duty and acknowledge their sacrifice. Because this really is a serious and solemn occasion, I’d like to draw attention to some documentaries that present a true, non-Hollywood accounting of what the men and women of our Armed Forces have given for us.
 

Lena Horne (1917-2010)

When it comes to certain celebrated people, we find ourselves mulling over appropriate adjectives to describe them.

Exceptional. Courageous. Talented. Strong. Unique. Beautiful.

All of these words can be used to describe Lena Horne. We lost her last week. She was 92 years old.

Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010)

Lynn Redgrave passed away this week. A member of an influential acting family, she was intelligent, talented, beautiful, and inspirational. She came to the attention of most Americans back in 1966 when she played the title character in Georgy Girl. Long before Bridget Jones there was Georgy. Redgrave received an Oscar nomination for the role and won the Golden Globe for it.

Shakespeare for People Who Don't Like Shakespeare

This week we celebrated the birthday of William Shakespeare, a man who gave us some of the finest plays ever written and whose works continue to be performed. Now let me be honest and say that I love Shakespeare in just about every form in which he appears. Traditional staging to updated to re-imagined. However, I know that some folks out there just can’t sit through the long plays and Elizabethan language without getting bored or distracted. So here are some recommendations for people who might like to get the gist of the Shakespearean story without all the fancy dialogue.

 

National Poetry Month

There was a time – many, many years ago, before radio and television – that people found entertainment through reading. Not just silently to themselves, but aloud, for everyone. And not just popular novels of the day. People were hungry for education as well as entertainment. They also read the newspaper – and poetry. Almost everyone remembers learning some poems in school, and many of us probably have favorites that we can recite. Poems that touched us in a way that made us want to remember that moment, so we learned them by heart. Poems that were, in fact, made to be read aloud.

"I am proud of what I am. I am a librarian."

Libraries are such an integral part of our community, we often take them for granted. So once a year, we have National Library Week – this year April 11-17 – to allow us time to acknowledge their value. Libraries provide information and entertainment for millions of people everyday all over the world, whether on a college campus or a major city or a small town. And there are the librarians who help us find what we need.

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