Quick Hits: May 12

The 2021 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced: Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren. Tina Turner is now the second woman, after Stevie Nicks, to be inducted twice (she was inducted with ex-husband Ike in 1991). The Go-Go’s, after fifteen years of eligibility,Continue reading “Quick Hits: May 12”

My Favorite (Pop Culture) Moms

If Mother’s Day is difficult for you due to a loss, an estrangement, infertility or any other reason – I see you, and I’m sorry. Earlier this week, I talked about my own unsuccessful quest to have a baby (https://peanut-butter-and-julie.com/2021/05/05/the-baroness-of-barrenness/). Mother’s Day is really hard for me, not because I don’t want to celebrate theContinue reading “My Favorite (Pop Culture) Moms”

Quick Hits: May 8

On this day in 1958, Hammer Horror films released Dracula (titled Horror of Dracula in the US to avoid confusion with the 1931 Bela Legosi film). Christopher Lee’s Dracula was brooding and sensual, and was the first to incorporate many of the characteristics of the character as we know him today, including fangs and redContinue reading “Quick Hits: May 8”

The Baroness of Barrenness

***** Content warning: infertility ***** Infertility sucks. Obviously, the emotions are infinitely more nuanced than that, but that’s the gist of it. Many people struggle with infertility; an estimated 10-15% of married couples are infertile. Infertility testing is invasive, and treatments are expensive. The stress of the process is intense; relationships have been known toContinue reading “The Baroness of Barrenness”

Quick Hits: May 4

Happy Star Wars day – May the Fourth be with all of you today! The Mummy, starring the delightful Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah, opened on this day in 1999. Oscar-winning actor, humanitarian and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn was born on this day in 1929. Today would have been Paul Gleason’s 82nd birthday.Continue reading “Quick Hits: May 4”

Oscar-palooza, Vol. 2

Continuing my coverage of the Academy Awards, here are some memorable moments from years past. Three winners of the top five awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay): Oscar records: Most nominations for a single movie – 14 Most wins for a single movie – 11: Most nominated individuals: MostContinue reading “Oscar-palooza, Vol. 2”

Happy 4/20!

April 20th is the day we celebrate cannibis culture. According to legend, the roots of the holiday stem to a group of teens in early 1970s San Rafael, California, who used the term “4:20” for their search for an abandoned cannibis crop (they met after school, at 4:20 pm). They never found the crop, butContinue reading “Happy 4/20!”