Month: December 2010

Holiday Feast

I’m trying to decide whether no one truly cares about this woman or they’re all being supportive to a fault.  Regardless, let’s get to know Donna Simpson, shall we, because she doesn’t have a lot of time. …

Losing a Grip

We don’t do Boxing Day shopping.  There isn’t a deal that’s good enough to get me out into a retail melee on this day.  Besides, I’d rather randt….   …

The Reality of Voice Work

I hear it often.  Lots of people want to get into voice-over work.  Sure, it seems like a sweet and easy gig!  And sometimes it is.  Other times you’re stared down by a producer as he insists that you spit out 45 seconds worth of copy in 30, or pronounce several nearly impossible brand names in a row, fast!  Even worse, you’re made to do the spot or the line dozens of times and then they go with the first take after all.  It can make you feel like a puppet whose master thinks you’re an idiot even though they can’t seem to get across what it is that they want.  …

The Grinch Who Stole Grammar

I’d like to know if people have always been so lax about their use of the English language or if it’s just a recent phenomenon.  My guess is that it’s more prevalent today but I don’t claim (as so many others do) to know why.  And to be sure one would really need to look over the past couple of hundred years of human communication.  Only Larry King is old enough to do that and he’ s not talking about it.  …

Oh Danny Girl

Longtime 680 News listeners will likely remember the name Daniela Bilotta.  Daniela, Danny or Dan as she’s known off the air, still occasionally shows up on that radio station and hundreds of others in her role as anchor and reporter at ABC News Radio out of Manhattan. …

Decor Delight

Recently I’ve discovered two online sources that feed my constant craving for new and fresh decor ideas.  In one, the photos are rich and beautiful.  The rooms are lush and gorgeous.  …

Unnatural Childbirth

The world’s oldest mother is dying.  The 70 year old Indian woman lied to doctors when she underwent in vitro fertilization 3 years ago, claiming she was 55 – the legal cutoff age for the procedure.  She and her husband are poor farmers who have been “desperate” to have their own child during their 56 year marriage.  …

Room – Book Review

If you browse bookstores, check the best-seller lists or read about literary awards you already know that London-based novelist Emma Donoghue has won the Rogers’ Writers Trust Fiction Prize here in Canada and a major literary award in her native Ireland.  She missed out on the Man Booker Prize but her latest novel, Room, is the third best-selling book in Canada right now.  …