Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I couldn't resist paying one last tribute to this incredible woman. So many times, shows and events she has made millions say "wow" and I just had to return the favor. Smile and enjoy.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ups, downs, drama, tragedy, hip replacements, husbands, Oscars, Emmys, sold out venues...she's still here...by the way, she's 63!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Well great! Now I've got to go watch "The Princess Bride" for the too-embarassingly-high-to-revealth time.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Singer, songwriter, humanitarian, trendsetter, and constant musical companion in my collection. What memories do you have of the beautiful Ms. Lennox?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
By far my favorite book I have read so far this year is "Skinny Bitch" by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin. The title is obviously meant to grab the consumer's attention (read: diet obsessed women) and it does, but the best part of the book for me has little to do with the "skinny" slant.
This book is brimming, nay, overflowing with great information regarding one's food choices and how those food choices affect the body and the world around us. That feature alone would make this book interesting once picked up, but we all know that no one wants to be told that potato chips are bad for you. We know it. We eat them anyway. Another book wagging it's finger at you will go virtually nowhere as you shove your hand down in the bag for another handful. Rory and Kim smartly found the way to keep you engaged even when they tell you not to eat chips, drink cow's milk, drink coffee, eat meat or fish,...you get the idea.
I definitely recommend this quick, informative read because it guides you and informs you at the same time. I think that is the key. Tell me why ______ is bad for me and the world around me. Teach a man to fish, people. Teach a man to fish.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The Beales were Jacqueline Kennedy's aunt and cousin, respectively. Set at Grey Gardens, the Bouviers' mansion in East Hampton, New York, the musical tracks the progression of their lives from their original status as rich and socially polished aristocrats to their eventual largely isolated existence in a home overridden by cats and cited for repeated health code violations. However, its more central purpose is to untangle the complicated dynamics of their dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship.
I posted about my obsession with this documentary a few months ago and I'd like to say it has subsided, but thanks to an HBO movie premiering Saturday, April 18th it has been revived and along with it, my love for the Broadway musical.
Every time I listen to the cast recording, watch my bootleg copy (shhh) or clips on YouTube, I am amazed at how this show brought to life the lives of these incredible women and their equally incredible, sad story. Actually, I should say the incredibly sad story of a mother's control over her child which results in mental instability and hermitic behavior.
Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, both nominated for Tony Awards, stunningly transform themselves into this dysfunctional mother/daughter duo and as an audience member, you become a fly on the wall watching their lives unfold.
Equally as magnificent is the soundtrack written for this show with music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. Once you familiarize yourself with the story, the beauty, irony, and heartbreaking accuracy of the lyrics and music are simply astounding. The song playing on the sidebar, "Around the World" pretty much tells the story from Little Edie's eyes highlighting the juxtaposition of sweet reminiscing and furious frustration over her life, void of choice and freedom. Grey Gardens premiered on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on November 2, 2006 and ran for 307 performances, closing on July 29, 2007. Tony nominations came flooding in at a total of 10 with wins for Ebersole and Wilson as Lead Actress and Featured Actress respectively as well as Best Costume Design in a Musical. Christine Ebersole played both Big Edie in her younger days during Act One, and Little Edie in her late 50's during Act Two. Does that count for two Tony's?
Take a look at the real Little Edie vs. the Broadway Little Edie. Brilliant.
Ugh, I could just go on and on, honestly.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
It will require progressive, smart, confident leaders to continue to make lasting changes to America until all are treated equally under the law.
Without the support of Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, efforts to amend the Iowa Constitution can not move forward in the Senate.
Below is Senator Gronstal's response to Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley on April 6, 2009, the first day the Senate met after the unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to allow same sex couples to marry.