Donna S.'s blog

Steampunk

I’m coming late to this party.  Yes, I’ve seen the movies and watched some of the TV shows.  But overall, the concept of steampunk is fairly new to me.

Veterans Day

On November 11, 1918, an Armistice to end the First World War was signed.  “The war to end all wars” was over.  Sadly, we know that was wishful thinking.  Wars continue.  We send men and women off to defend us and fight for us.  They sacrifice so much, and we should be ever mindful of that.  That might mean care packages to those serving overseas; contributions to organizations; or even a simple “Thank you!” when we meet those who are in or have been part of the Armed Forces of the United States.  And remember that their families do that time with them, whether stateside or

Zombie Jamboree

Wow!  When did that happen?! 

When did zombies become the number one threat to humanity in horror movies and TV?
 

Letters

Last week, the passing of Steve Jobs had everyone talking.  And writing.  Or should I say “tweeting?”  Apparently, Twitter accounts all over the world were busier than usual as the news spread.  Jobs didn’t invent computers or cell phones.  But he made them exciting in a way no one else had.  He took the world of information and put it in the palms of our hands, directing his company to concentrate on ease of use – as well as a cool, “wow” factor.

Sometimes Crime Does Pay

With all the movies and TV shows about cops and catching criminals, you’d think that there’d never be any circumstances that would have us cheering for the bad guys.  After all, they’re breaking the law.  They should be arrested and tried and put in jail.

But clever robberies?  Against some big company or crooked businessman?  Or maybe out-conning a con man who cheated people out of their hard-earned money?  Or maybe stealing for some greater good?  Well, that’s very different.

Houston's Got Talent

As I looked over the list of Emmy nominees this year, I saw that Jim Parsons – last year’s winner for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (The Big Bang Theory) – is nominated again. I admit that he’s my choice to win. Not only is he fantastic in the role of Sheldon Cooper, Parsons is a sentimental favorite because he’s from the Houston area and got his start in acting here.

Best Friends -- Male Edition

It’s a funny thing.  While female friendship seems fairly new to Hollywood, male friendship has been a part of movies and television from the beginning.  Even Wings, the first Academy Award for Best Picture winner, was about best friends serving together in World War I.

Best Friends -- Female Edition

My best friend came to visit me this summer.  She was able to stay about a month before returning to Canada.  During her visit, I was able to take some days off.  But I also had to work part of the time.  So we didn’t get to spend as much time together as we would have liked.  Still, we had a good time and look forward to more vacations together.  Maybe even as soon as next year.

Dog Days of Summer

It’s that time of year again.  Not just hot but HOT!  Incredibly, nasty, dangerously hot!  The kind of hot we get, oh, well, not every 5 or 10 years or even every other year here in Houston.  No, we seem to get it every year.
These days are called “dog days” of summer.  The term comes from a time when Sirius, the Dog Star – and the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation -- appeared to rise about the same time as the sun during the summer, thus adding to the heat of the sun.

Sequels and Prequels, Remakes and Reboots

This is a blog I should’ve done weeks ago.  But it’s a topic I’d not really thought about until the news of the premiere in London of the latest (last!) Harry Potter film.

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