The Borgias

I rarely write about television programs. Most of them bore me to death. But occasionally I find a series that really compels me to engage with it. The Borgias, a historical-fiction drama created by Neil Jordan (created for Showtime), that aired from 2011 – 2013, is such a TV series. You can find it on Netflix. Originally conceived as a… Continue reading

My Latest Binge Watching: Mad Men

In the last few of years I’ve been watching more TV than I’ve ever watched in my adult life. Since I loath advertising, I rarely ever watch live TV. Instead, I’ve been watching Netflix or programs I’ve recorded on the TiVo, where I can skip the ads. My latest binge watching obsession has been Mad Man. I’ve heard about the… Continue reading

Golden Age of Television

I read, or a friend of mine suggested—I don’t recall which, that we are in a golden age for television. Numerous excellent programs are available. So, I’ve been thinking about this: Are we really in a golden age for television programming? As a child, we had to center our schedules around our favorite TV programs. If you missed them, they… Continue reading

Fair and Balanced or Unhinged from Reality?

This post is NOT about Fox News or climate change, though both are referenced to explain something else. John Oliver: Last Week Tonight [dropcap]I[/dropcap] thought that the ending of Season 1, Episode 3, of John Oliver’s HBO series, “Last Week Tonight” was sheer brilliance. Not only was he funny (He’s always hysterical.), he made a profoundly important point. His point… Continue reading

Jean Stapleton, RIP

I neglected to pay a small tribute to Jean Stapleton, whose work in the TV series All in the Family, I remember fondly as a teenager. She had a prolific career. Of her passing Sally Struthers, who also played in All in the Family,  said, “Jean lived so in the present. She was a Christian Scientist who didn’t say or… Continue reading

Micro Apartment!

I came across this post some months back and keep returning to it. This tiny little space, only 130 square feet, catches my imagination. (That’s a space that’s 10 feet by 13 feet! That’s the size of a tiny bedroom!) I can’t imagine living in a space as small as this itty bitty apartment in Paris, France. This space includes… Continue reading


Tip of the fedora to KB for introducing me to ThePianoGuys! I had heard of them before but had not explored their music until she pointed me their way back in December. I’ve enjoyed their music a great deal since. I’ve especially enjoyed their YouTube channel. In fact, today, while working out on the elliptical, I got all tech-ed out… Continue reading

Weeping Hysterically

I’m not a huge fan of TV, but I have watched the past 3 seasons of The Closer. I’ve even blogged about the show. I’ve been a huge fan of the show. Well, tonight is the final episode of a great TV series. I will miss it. Terribly. While Kyra Sedgwick has done a brilliant job as the main character,… Continue reading

The Closer Rocked!

Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of The Closer TV series. I just caught up to the end of the 7th season’s final episode this week. I hate to see the series come to an end. It was some of the best TV I’ve seen in years! The season/series finale was a huge success. With The Closer, you never see… Continue reading

The Latest Beauty Treatment

I came across this on Twitter. It would be hysterical if it were not true, and I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else. Almost nothing that we see in photography and videography is actually true to life. For better or worse, just about everything is “enhanced.” Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo. This commercial isn’t real,… Continue reading