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It's peculiar alright: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (a movie review)

  It’s been ages since a movie I’ve wanted to pay 13 American dollars to see has hit the theaters. I feel like there’s a dead zone in the movie industry between, like, Labor Day and October. Alas, fall is here and that means movies-worth-seeing season is upon us! This weekend brought us Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Queen of Katwe – two that have been on my list since early this year. I loaded up my three dudes and decided to start with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was a little more appealing to my older kid than Queen of Katwe, and to be honest,…

How To Know If You're A Die-Hard "Supernatural" Fan: 15 Tips!

Okay, you guys. Okay. I have a confession. A secret that, up until now, I’ve been a tad ashamed of … and that I’ve only told a few select people about. It involves two brothers, one angel, the King of Hell, and a ’67 Chevy Impala. Some of you are nodding your heads right now. You know where I’m going with this. I’m a Supernatural fan. No, strike that. I’m a die-hard Supernatural uber-fan. It all started innocently enough. One of my kids suggested we give it a try, so we watched an episode or two. AS IF one could stop…

Why Every Gen Xer Loves "Stranger Things" on Netflix!

It’s been about a month since I finished watching the Netflix original series Stranger Things. To be more precise, July 17 was the date I crossed the finish line with episode eight, a mere two days after Netflix released all the episodes. That’s eight nearly-hour-long, commercial-free episodes, my friends. IN. TWO. DAYS. Sure, I’ve enjoyed plenty of binge-worthy TV shows over the years, but it’s been a while since a series has pulled me in so completely, and so early in its availability. Like, before the wave of obsession hit the mainstream. I was late to the game with The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Fringe, and…

"The BFG" — the funniest, fartiest, friendliest giant you'll ever meet!

  I have never been a huge Roald Dahl literary fan. I like all of his books-turned-movies; but, I never really enjoyed the book version of his stories. I know, weird. The books are always better than the movies! Always! But, I guess Roald is just not my jam. The BFG was no different. I have no less than three copies of that book tucked into various shelves and nooks and crannies in my home (I was a teacher, I have young kids, people give me free books all of the time, and I am a hoarder), and I never…

Why You Should Give Snapchat A Try

  I’m not supposed to like Snapchat. I’m absolutely the wrong demographic. Snapchat’s supposed to be something that only Millennials “get.” I’m GenX. (I remember a time when the internet wasn’t invented, for crying out loud.) And yet here I am. Obsessed. I’m all in, with three — yes, THREE — different accounts: personal, blog and one for my job. I’ve become quite addicted. And I’m here to tell you why you should finally give Snapchat a try. Stick with me… Breaking it down for the newbies Snapchat is an app you download on your smart phone. It allows you to take pictures and…