The One with the Unlucky Boy

In the sleepy town of Appleton, a young loner follows a stray cat onto the road and is struck by a car. A leg is shattered, a summer is ruined, and the troubled life of Billy Brahm goes from bad… to cursed. “When things are good, it is because we remember a time when they…

Parade – the musical

Don’t think of this as a review because, as I’ve pointed out, I’m not really a reviewer. Think of it as the words of a person who went to a show and wants to tell you how she enjoyed it in case you are looking for something to do over the next week or so….

What is a donair?

A donair is a variation of the Turkish dish, doner kebab (gyros, shawarma), and was invented in Canada in 1972 by Peter Gamaoulakos, who had emigrated to Canada just before the 1960’s and met with little to no success with selling his Greek gyros. In an effort to adapt to local tastes, he used beef…

Riding a New Red Rocket

My son likes to write. He’s very serious about it and his ideas sometimes even astound me. Often, much like his mother, he finds it difficult to concentrate at home and is sometimes left without inspiration. I suggested we find some time and do what I used to do – sit in a coffee shop…

Christina Maria’s Straight Line: Album Review

Seven soulful songs, five different producers, one amazing singer and songwriter: Christina Maria delivers an album worth several listens. Christina Maria may have been born in Vancouver, but she spends a great deal of time traveling from city to city and often country to country. According to her website bio, the creation of Straight Line…

‘The Losers’ lost me

It’s probably wrong to choose to watch a movie based on the fact that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in it AND he does not die in the opening scene, but there you have it. I admit it. I watched the movie because I have a scary-wild (yet age-appropriate) crush on JDM. In all fairness, however,…