Donna S.'s blog

Sometimes Crime Does Pay

With all the movies and TV shows about cops and catching criminals, you’d think that there’d never be any circumstances that would have us cheering for the bad guys.  After all, they’re breaking the law.  They should be arrested and tried and put in jail.

But clever robberies?  Against some big company or crooked businessman?  Or maybe out-conning a con man who cheated people out of their hard-earned money?  Or maybe stealing for some greater good?  Well, that’s very different.

Houston's Got Talent

As I looked over the list of Emmy nominees this year, I saw that Jim Parsons – last year’s winner for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (The Big Bang Theory) – is nominated again. I admit that he’s my choice to win. Not only is he fantastic in the role of Sheldon Cooper, Parsons is a sentimental favorite because he’s from the Houston area and got his start in acting here.

Best Friends -- Male Edition

It’s a funny thing.  While female friendship seems fairly new to Hollywood, male friendship has been a part of movies and television from the beginning.  Even Wings, the first Academy Award for Best Picture winner, was about best friends serving together in World War I.

Best Friends -- Female Edition

My best friend came to visit me this summer.  She was able to stay about a month before returning to Canada.  During her visit, I was able to take some days off.  But I also had to work part of the time.  So we didn’t get to spend as much time together as we would have liked.  Still, we had a good time and look forward to more vacations together.  Maybe even as soon as next year.

Dog Days of Summer

It’s that time of year again.  Not just hot but HOT!  Incredibly, nasty, dangerously hot!  The kind of hot we get, oh, well, not every 5 or 10 years or even every other year here in Houston.  No, we seem to get it every year.
These days are called “dog days” of summer.  The term comes from a time when Sirius, the Dog Star – and the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation -- appeared to rise about the same time as the sun during the summer, thus adding to the heat of the sun.

Sequels and Prequels, Remakes and Reboots

This is a blog I should’ve done weeks ago.  But it’s a topic I’d not really thought about until the news of the premiere in London of the latest (last!) Harry Potter film.

Summertime!!!

Summer came this week!

I know what you’re thinking: It’s felt like summer for over a month now!  And you’re right.  The temperatures have certainly felt like July and August, rather than May and June.  Still, the calendar didn’t point to summer until June 21.

On the Air...

In 1979, there was a hit record titled Video Killed the Radio Star.  That idea is kind of funny to me now.  Radio may not be the big influence it once was, it doesn’t seem to be disappearing.  Yes, in the first half of the 20th century, radio had a much bigger role of our lives.  The radio provided the kind of programming we have on TV today.  There were sitcoms, police dramas, adventure series, soap operas, variety shows, news, and even gossip shows.  And in between all those were segments devoted to the hit songs of the day.

Memorial Day

Since I did a blog about Memorial Day last year, I wasn’t sure about doing one this year without repeating myself. In fact, I already had another blog subject ready to go. That will wait. Because I just felt I needed to focus on this coming Monday and what it means.

In November, in celebrate Veterans Day. We acknowledge all that we owe to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. But in May, we observe Memorial Day. We strive to remember those who gave their all for their country.

Mothers and Sons

Many months ago, I wrote a blog entry about Fathers and Daughters.  It’s high time that I looked at the subject of Mothers and Sons and how they are represented in the movies and on television.

The relationship between mothers and sons has been examined over and over again.  It’s been categorized and analyzed and is considered a mystery that can never be solved.  Which is just downright silly, if you ask me.  Because each relationship is as unique as the people in it.

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