“F*&%ing A!” Hayden Panettiere a.k.a. Juliette Barnes of television’s Nashville exclaimed. She threw her head back, nearly tipping off her stool on the brightly lit stage and clapped her hand across her mouth, laughing. “I can’t believe I just said that in the Ryman! I’m so sorry, guys!” In front of an audience, every bit […]


Last weekend my daughter and I watched 180 Degrees South, a documentary that follows Jeff Johnson, a surfer, photographer, climber–who is retracing an epic journey that his heroes, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins made in 1968. I was initially watching it for a work project (homework), but as soon as we were done with it, […]

the office

My husband just sent me the announcement from Netflix that Season 9 is now on Netflix, and his subject line was “birth control”. There are very few shows I can watch on the iPad in bed, because most are either too scary, too suspenseful (I can watch Homeland, but only on the couch!), or too […]


I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have started to watch a series ostensibly for my 9 and 11 year-old-boys when really it’s for me: The Adventures of Horatio Hornblower. Have you seen these BBC productions? It kind of quenches the Downton Abbey thirst when you are looking to watch something with the pre-teens. […]

downton abbey

If, like us, you are experiencing serious Downton Abbey withdrawal, here are a few period pieces that you may want to check out.  Some aren’t quite on the level of Downton, but if you’re craving the costumes, the class struggles, the accents… they’ll do the trick.  You should be able to find them on iTunes […]

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