Donna S.'s blog

There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters...

Often it starts with a story like Beezus and Ramona. After that, we might find Ballet Shoes. Then we move on to Little Women.

Doctor in the House

Now that the 12th Doctor Who has been decided, I thought we'd take a look at some other doctors – and nurses -- of primetime TV.

Medical drama has been a staple of television from the beginning.  I have vague memories of the series Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare.  In the late 60s and early 70s, I faithfully watched Medical Center, Marcus Welby, M.D., and The Bold Ones: the Doctors.  The 80s brought St. Elsewhere.  The 90s gave us ER.  The 21st century ushered the brilliant but deeply flawed Dr. Gregory House into our homes. 

2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

Let’s face it.  Some of us go for comedy.  Others go for drama.

I freely admit to being a drama fan. 

Most of the nominees this year have been honored at previous Emmy Award shows.  A few are newcomers to the Primetime Emmys.  All of the actors and actresses listed have given performances that made viewers sit up and take notice.


The Canadians Among Us

Yep.  They’re here.  In fact, they’ve always been here.  From the earliest days of movies and television, Canadians have been a big part of our entertainment. 

If you’ve read my previous blog entries, it should not come as a surprise that I love Canada.  It’s my second favorite country.  I’ve visited there several times.  My best friend is Canadian.  And while most people may not claim friendship with a citizen of Canada, there’s little doubt that many of our favorite actors and actresses have come from there.

Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

Richard Matheson might not be a household name, but he has influenced storytelling in movies and television since the 1950s. 

Celebrate!

This week we celebrated the founding of America.  We had parades and ate hot dogs (one person won a contest eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes!).  We listened to patriotic songs and watched fireworks.  We spent time with family and friends and thought about how fortunate we are to live in America.

Swordplay

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had fun watching some favorite old movies.  They included The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Princess Bride, and Scaramouche.  And one of the reasons I love these films is that they include a particular event that has enthralled audiences since the earliest days of theatre and then movies: a great sword fight.

In my last blog entry, I wrote about women archers in movies.  This time, I thought I’d feature swordsmen.  In the past, sword fighting was not only a part of war, it might also be used in a duel to settle a matter of honor.  These days swordsmanship is most often on display as a sport, with special gear to protect the participants.

Girls and Bows -- and Arrows

This is one of those blogs inspired by something personal.  And I have my 3-year-old great-niece to thank for it.  Her mother told me that while they were watching the Disney movie Brave, the little girl picked up a clothes hanger and pretended it was her bow, mimicking the character Princess Merida’s archery skills.

Those Who Serve -- and Those Who Wait

As we approach this coming Memorial Day, I considered this holiday in a little different way.  Since Armed Forces Day is also celebrated in May – on the third Saturday each year – I decided to broaden the subject.

Traditionally it was men who marched off to serve their country, in peacetime and in war.  Eventually, for various reasons, women became a part of the military as well.  In the beginning, the roles of women were supportive.  They worked in offices and in hospitals.  Today, women work in a wide variety of jobs in the armed forces, and their duties continue to expand.

Oscar Winning Voices

I read once – I’m sorry I can't remember where – that Doc Hudson in the movie Cars was the definitive role for Paul Newman.

I heartily agree.

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