I was having a particularly good day a couple of days ago. My recent birthday was happy. Work is picking up. But the icing on the cake was an email from Wall Street Journal reporter Valerie Bauerlein asking if she could quote me in an upcoming article. Of course I immediately called her. Continue reading
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He was born on Valentine’s Day in 2000. He was a sweetheart and a brat. Insistent, tenacious, athletic and super smart. He loved mushrooms and bacon.
Rudy was the Cornish Rex cat that kept us entertained for 14 years. He fetched, and he devised special tortures for each of us. Continue reading
It’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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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.
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
At first glance, The BeachSide Cafe looks like just another hole-in-the-wall dive. Continue reading
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Now 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.
I’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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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
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It’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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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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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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