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Maureen O’Hara (1920-2015)

She was truly born and bred in Ireland.  Her given name was Maureen FitzSimmons.  If she could have, she would have stayed with that name.  But her fellow actor and mentor Charles Laughton said that no one would get the last name right and said she should change it to O’Mara or O’Hara.  She balked, saying she wanted to stay FitzSimmons.  Laughton replied, “Very well, you’re Maureen O’Hara.”

Welcome Back to the Big Screen, Charlie Brown!

My brother introduced me to Charlie Brown and the gang.

For whatever reason, the evening newspaper my family got did not carry the Peanuts comic strip.  Perhaps it was in the morning paper.  (Yes, there was a time when cities had a morning paper and an evening one.)  So if my brother had not discovered Peanuts and bought paperback compilations of the daily strip, I’m not certain when I would’ve found the wonderful characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

All Aboard!

It starts when we’re very young.  We hear the story about The Little Engine That Could.  We watch Thomas the Tank Engine.  We see the trains on the tracks and count the cars as they pass before us.  And we become fascinated by trains.

Gulf Coast Reads -- The Promise

October brings the beginning of autumn – although in Southeast Texas, it still feels like summer.  Still, it’s a time of change.  School has been in session for a while and we get settled into the routines associated with that.  Holidays are getting close, and we start planning where we’ll be and who we might visit – or who will visit us.  We take advantage of the warmth and get in some outdoor activities before the winds change and we get cool, rainy weather.

Wes Craven (1939-2015)

Whether you love horror movies or absolutely hate them, one thing is certain – Wes Craven turned the genre on its head and reinvented it into something new and exciting.  Or maybe I should say, more terrifying.

Rainy Days and Nights

I love the rain.  Not a heavy downpour, of course.  No, I’m talking about when there’s a soft, steady rain and it’s kind of cool out and it’s possible to stay home and read or watch old movies and sip cocoa and listen to the rain on the roof and windows – well, what’s not to love?  Okay, I confess that I do tend to enjoy thunderstorms, too.  I even like to watch the lightning streak across the sky and hear the thunder – from safe inside and not too close, that is.

Who? What? Where? When? Why? And maybe How?

There’s nothing like a good mystery movie.  I love them.  I like observing and putting together the clues and trying to figure out whodunit. 

But what if a character in a movie has the daunting task of trying to figure out “Who am I?”

Cooling Off

It’s summertime in Houston.  And that means one thing: it’s hot.

It’s REALLY hot!

I’ve lived in Texas a long time.  Every year I'm probably like a lot of people who think, “I'll never get used to this!”  And, yet, we do seem to adjust – however little bit – to summer temps.

Of course, it’s nice to just get somewhere with air conditioning and have a cold drink and think cool thoughts.

Omar Sharif (1932-2015)

Last week saw the passing of fine actor.

American History and the Fourth of July

This weekend we Americans celebrate the birth of our country.  In fact, this is our 239th birthday.  I remember the excitement of the Bicentennial in 1976 and hope to be around for the Sestercentennial in 2026.  But, to tell the truth, I find every Independence Day to be exhilarating.

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