Movies

Halloween Screams

With Halloween only a week away, this weekend is the perfect time to stay in and have a scary movie marathon. Personally, I don’t watch many of the horror films that have come out in recent years. There is too much gore for me and, frankly, I’m just too easily spooked. Ever since watching The Ring while home alone and almost having a heart attack from all the scares, I just can’t handle most contemporary horror movies.

America in World War I

The United States entry into World War I was in 1917.  At least, that is the official date.  For the most part, America chose to stay out, even after German forces torpedoed the British passenger ship the Lusitania in 1915, killing over 1,000 people, including 128 Americans.  President Wilson continued to resist becoming a part of the conflict, until German submarines began targeting U.S.

Vampires Bite

vampireDespite the continuing heat outdoors, fall has arrived in Houston and Halloween is just around the corner! As a kid, I loved Halloween. I loved dressing up each year in a homemade costume and trick-or-treating with my friends, eating more candy than I was supposed to, and staying up too late watching old black and white scary movies. Now, my Halloweens are quieter.

Banned Books at the Movies

banned booksBanned Books Week, celebrated annually during the last week of September, was established in the 1980's to bring awareness to the long-lasting effects of book challenges. It is a recognition of every person’s freedom to read.

Before The Great War...

As you may have seen on our website and Facebook page, this year’s Gulf Coast Reads will take place during the month of October.  Now you might ask, “What’s Gulf Coast Reads?”  Well, simply put, it’s an event encouraging residents of the Gulf Coast area to read or listen

When History Isn't History: Legacies of the Great War

Marching toward the Battle of the SommeRegrettably for humankind, the “War to End All Wars” did not live up to that hopelessly hopeful appellation. In fact, most historians will tell you that it and the treaty that ended it, were the chief causes of the Second World War which remains the only war in human history to surpass it in the cost of human life.

As you will have heard by now, over the next four or so years, the world will be commemorating the hundred year anniversaries of the events of what has come to be known—exactly because it could not measure up to that overly optimistic sobriquet—World War I.

Chicago

It’s been years since I’ve been to Chicago.  I mean years!  And that was just a day trip.  But I have to say, I thought it was one of the greatest cities I’d ever been to.  I’ve been wanting to return, but circumstances have kept me from going again.  One of my best friends lives in Illinois and visits the city quite often.  She invited me to visit her next year and sai

Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

First, we have to acknowledge the voice.  That slightly rough, very smooth, absolutely arresting voice.  Then the look.  Chin down, gaze up, right-in-the-eyes look.  And finally, the attitude.  Tough with a streak of vulnerability.  Is it any wonder that men fell hard for

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Most of us first saw him on Happy Days, where he played Mork from Ork.  From there, he went on to a spinoff series Mork & Mindy<

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