Donna S.'s blog

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.

James Horner (1953-2015)

Music brings something special to movies.  Certain film scores bring memories of favorite movie scenes and the emotions those scenes evoked.  Think of Kevin Costner’s Ray Kinsella playing catch with his dad in Field of Dreams.  Or Sam Wort

Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

Last week, we lost a fine actor with the passing of Sir Christopher Lee.  During his long career, he gave us one outstanding performance after another.  We probably know him best for his villainous roles, from

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