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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.

Summertime!!!

Summer came this week!

I know what you’re thinking: It’s felt like summer for over a month now!  And you’re right.  The temperatures have certainly felt like July and August, rather than May and June.  Still, the calendar didn’t point to summer until June 21.

On the Air...

In 1979, there was a hit record titled Video Killed the Radio Star.  That idea is kind of funny to me now.  Radio may not be the big influence it once was, it doesn’t seem to be disappearing.  Yes, in the first half of the 20th century, radio had a much bigger role of our lives.  The radio provided the kind of programming we have on TV today.  There were sitcoms, police dramas, adventure series, soap operas, variety shows, news, and even gossip shows.  And in between all those were segments devoted to the hit songs of the day.

Memorial Day

Since I did a blog about Memorial Day last year, I wasn’t sure about doing one this year without repeating myself. In fact, I already had another blog subject ready to go. That will wait. Because I just felt I needed to focus on this coming Monday and what it means.

In November, in celebrate Veterans Day. We acknowledge all that we owe to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. But in May, we observe Memorial Day. We strive to remember those who gave their all for their country.

Mothers and Sons

Many months ago, I wrote a blog entry about Fathers and Daughters.  It’s high time that I looked at the subject of Mothers and Sons and how they are represented in the movies and on television.

The relationship between mothers and sons has been examined over and over again.  It’s been categorized and analyzed and is considered a mystery that can never be solved.  Which is just downright silly, if you ask me.  Because each relationship is as unique as the people in it.

Back to Basics

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker was telling me about a movie she’d recently seen. It was a romantic comedy, but she found it difficult to get involved in the story. I suggested she try some older films and gave her a couple of titles. I started wondering if maybe that’s a good idea in general for us movie fans. Perhaps there are times we think there’s nothing new that we want to see, even though there are dozens and dozens of excellent films released every year.

A Royal Who's Who

The royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton is scheduled for next Friday – and I’m one of those Americans looking forward to it.  I recall setting my alarm to wake up early and get out of bed and watch the wedding of William’s parents, Charles and Diana.  I did the same for Andrew and Sarah.  Even though I’ll not be able to watch the wedding as it’s being broadcast, I will be recording it to watch that ev

Amateur Hour

My love for television detectives has been well-documented here in my blog.  I can’t help it.  I was raised on Perry Mason, Mannix, Columbo, The Streets of San Francisco, and many other

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

She was born in England to American parents and was an international star by the time she was a teenager.

She entranced people all over the world with her beauty – especially with those incredible violet eyes.  Yet she never really thought of herself as a great beauty and said that Ava Gardner truly deserved that title.

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