The Book of Mormon

The Book of MormonIt’s a raunchy, provocative over the top parody.  It’s offensive to some and hilarious to others, including me. No wonder. The Broadway hit musical The Book of Mormon is by the same people who brought us the irreverent Colorado based cartoon South Park.

No surprise that Trey Parker and Matt Stone would take on this subject. Religion has been a giant target for South Park topics. Their very first animated version based on the South Park characters was called Jesus vs. Frosty. That morphed into a 1995 Christmas video for a Fox executive called Jesus vs. Santa. Continue reading

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Nan & Byron’s Restaurant

I’m always game to try a new restaurant. A place called Nan & Byron’s recently made its debut in the old Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar spot on South Boulevard near East. The folks from 5Church are behind this new venture. All the cupboards were bare. So we figured what the heck.

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Florida’s Space Coast Eats

Besides turkey, we ate fairly well while in Florida for the week of Thanksgiving. My brother and his family recently moved to Indialantic. We’re always game for exploring a new area, especially for its restaurants. Also, about an hour away in Port St. Lucie, I met up with a dear friend at a popular breakfast place. What follows is a wrap-up of my  dining adventures including the best home fries EVER!

BeachSide Cafe, 109 5th Ave., Indialantic, FL  321.953.8444 

BeachSide Cafe Eggs Benedict Florentine

BeachSide Cafe Eggs Benedict Florentine

At first glance, The BeachSide Cafe looks like just another hole-in-the-wall dive. Continue reading

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It’s a Go for the Kennedy Space Center!

Kennedy Space Center EntranceNow I know that when I asked if the Kennedy Space Center was appropriate for a 6-year-old, I was asking what might be the dumbest question ever. There is a whole universe of stuff for kids to do there.

Challenger Space ShuttleI’ve been to the Kennedy Space Center once: in January 1986, the day after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during lift-off. I was producing a radio talk show hosted by Woody Paige (columnist for the Denver Post and on ESPN) for a radio station in Denver, Colorado. The plan was to spend a few days at EPCOT and then cover the launch. Adding to the pre-launch excitement, Christa McAuliffe was scheduled to make history as the first teacher in space. Continue reading

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Stars shine on Mountain Top

How lucky I am to have had a chance to work on the movie Mountain Top! For about a month and a half I worked very long days and loved every minute. Besides the family-like crew, I had the chance to spend many hours getting to know our wonderful cast on our way to and from locations around Charlotte and in the mountains of North Carolina.

Coby Ryan McLaughlin and Jill

Coby Ryan McLaughlin and Jill

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Mountain Top

View from Mountain TopIt’s day 18 of an 18-day movie shoot and we’re all exhausted from 12+ hour days so it’s quite wonderful to spend the last day on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, North Carolina. Continue reading

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Playing Tourist in Charlotte Day 3

Corn mazes are something that I always thought were child’s play. That is until hubby Mike and I, along with Boston visitor Bill decided to take on the biggest one in the southeast. Continue reading

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Eureka! There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills! Playing Tourist in Charlotte Day 2

5Church Ceiling I was excited about the Saturday plan for our friend Bill’s yearly trip. This involved the dirty clothes day that I warned him to pack for. Continue reading

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Charlotte Tourists 2013 – Day 1

As the years fly by, hosting our friend Bill’s annual visit to Charlotte gets more and more challenging to plan. We’ve hit most of the top touristy spots and I have a self-imposed rule of not repeating things.

It’s a chance to do things we wouldn’t normally seek out so I start collecting ideas months before his flight lifts off the ground in Boston. I’m happy to report this was the most fun “Bill” trip yet! It began when I cryptically told Bill to bring clothes that he didn’t mind getting dirty and, that he must arrive before the end of October. Continue reading

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Barbara Jean’s Restaurant

Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Delicious crab cakes and fat shrimp. That’s how a friend described her last meal at Barbara Jean’s Restaurant in the Jacksonville, Florida area. That was enough to pique my interest. There are four restaurants in the chain. The one my friend suggested is in Ponte Vedra on the Intracoastal Waterway.

While enticing, it is south of where we’re staying and we are heading north on I-95. Instead, we opt to try the original restaurant in Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Saint Simons Island is a lovely little upscale area with world-class golf courses, a lighthouse near a pier and Spanish moss hanging on the trees. It’s dripping with quaint. Continue reading

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