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Hard Candy Christmas
Richard J. Rosendall
Contributor, Washington Blade
God bless us, if not quite everyone. Nothing says Christmas to me more than buying cough medicine at the CVS and needing
Remembering The Quintessential American Hero -- And His Son - On Memorial Day
Screenwriter (Face/Off, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), private scre...
We remember Jimmy Stewart as the amiable Hollywood icon who appeared in many classic movies. Few Americans today know that Stewart was also a bona fide hero who served in World War II. Fewer still know that Stewart, in time, would also endure the grief of all families who lose a child to war.
John Kasich's Experience Will Win Him GOP Nomination in July
Writer, Teacher, Parent, Education Specialist, Consultant-Stra...
John Kasich will indeed be the Republican nominee elected at the Cleveland Convention. And he will be elected because of experience that no other candidate can bring to the table. He will also win the general election in November.
Of an Invisible Rabbit and an Unbelievable Resurrection (Ode to Jesus and Elwood P. Dowd)
Bert is an author, teacher, and minister living in Starkville,...
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say ... 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant
Jimmy Stewart, Hollywood's "It's a Wonderful Life" Archangel
In a sense, you could say that we once had a relationship. "Excuse me, Mrs. Helmsley," I said politely. "Your label is showing
Gay Men Share Their Favorite Holiday Movies, Books, Specials And More
Seattle-based writer & storyteller
Look, let's be honest: Christmas is super-gay. All that tinsel, the frolicsome dancing, mulled wine and all its fruity spices -- and oh goodness, all those holiday specials!
A Not So Wonderful Life Anymore
Writer, Humorist, & Human Resource Professional
Frankly you've seen this damn movie enough. Young or old, rich or poor, Jew or gentile, you've already spent enough time in Bedford Falls to qualify for residency status and a special parking permit in front of Mr. Potter's office.
Kevin Spacey's Jimmy Stewart Impression Had Carol Burnett In Tears
It's a wonderful impression.
Women's Rights at 87th Oscars: Why #AskHerMore Should Focus on Asking Actresses to Run for Office!
Writer/Call-in Radio Talk Host/News Anchor
The #AskHerMore twitter campaign highlighted at last night's 87th Academy Awards by Reese Witherspoon and others, points out the disparity in the types of questions asked of the 44 women nominees compared with those asked of their male counterparts.
It's a Wonderful Life, Comrade
Former senior writer, BillMoyers.com. President, Writers Guild...
The Hollywood Christmas classic was once accused of hiding a subversive Communist message. A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up.
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Know Who Died?
Author and TV producer
Instead, she asked in wonder: "He was still alive?" Charlie Carillo is a novelist and a producer for the TV show "Inside
It's a Wonderful Life
Get It Wrong?
Author, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
George's decision thwarts Mr. Potter's greedy attempts to control Bedford Falls, and improves the lives of George's family and friends. But what is the cost to George and the rest of us when we let our heart's desire wither and die?
Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World
Writer, History Professor, Retired Lieutenant Colonel (USAF)
If our celebrities who profit the most from America are unwilling to defend it the way Stewart and Williams did, perhaps that's not just a sign of societal rot. Perhaps it's a sign that our wars are simply not vital to us. And if that's the case, shouldn't we end them?
Random Notes and Fripperies
Media, Presentation and Speech trainer, speech writer and foun...
The average American watches 153 hours of TV a month or 18,036 per year. By age 70 that's almost 15 years of watching. Cate
Book Review: A Cookie To Go
Author, Dogwild & Board: Stories, Interviews and Musings from ...
Among many challenges of owning a dog, without question the most difficult is when the animal passes away, an experience most dog owners will have to deal with given their limited life spans.
Wendy Davis's Filibuster: Keeping Gridlock Alive
Samantha Paige Rosen
Writer & Editor
I support Senator Davis and I oppose the bill she fought against. However, that doesn't change my opinion of the filibuster tactic and the way it is used now, both in individual state senates and in the U.S. Senate.
CULTURE & ARTS
Hollywood Architects: The Story Of Four Budding Architects Who Made It In Tinsel Town
When interviewed by designboom.com, he admitted that he felt stifled as an architect. While fascinated with accessible mediums
My Strange Homage to Hitchcock
Freelance Writer, Breast Cancer Survivor and Activist
While I don't think that is what Hitchcock had in mind, I have gotten quite an education about my neighbors over the last
A Wonderful Life? Finding Capra in Today's Christmas
Attorney and Blogger
It's Christmas Eve. And for most of us, thank goodness, it's almost over. We've been too preoccupied with a lot of "holiday" crap to enjoy a real joyous sense of a true Christmas.
One Reason Why Abraham Lincoln Gets So Depressed
Robert J. Benz
Founder & Executive VP, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Last night I saw Lincoln. Not the Spielberg movie, I saw a vision of Abe Lincoln sitting at the foot of my bed. Of course, I became nervous and out from my mouth came the silliest question anyone has ever asked Abe Lincoln, "Why so sad?"
Fiction in New Forms
Saving literature one reader at a time
While writers may welcome the Oulipian challenge of crafting prose fit for a tweet, Twitter isn't the first outlet for experimental publishing. And it likely isn't the last.
Wild Bachelorette And Bachelor Parties: 9 Celebs Who Got Wild (And Weird)
Bachelor and bachelorette parties have a reputation for being nothing but trouble. Plenty of movies have captured the insanity
Paul Krugman: JPMorgan Makes The Case For Strong Regulation (With An Assist From Mitt Romney)
Sometimes it’s hard to explain why we need strong financial regulation — especially in an era saturated with pro-business
A Death in Bozeman
Former director of communications for the University of Wiscon...
My wife was glancing at the obituaries in today's newspaper and started to read aloud about the passing of an old, dear friend of mine. And then the goosebumps started and the memories came cascading.
CULTURE & ARTS
Jeff Desom's Insanely Intense "Rear Window" Single Timelapse Video (VIDEO)
Hitchcock may be the master of success, but Desom is the master of Photoshop. Enough with the explanations, watch it already
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