Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger, by author Lisa Lutz, is an intense and intriguing tale of a woman on the run told both in present time and in flashback emails.

Saltwood at Loews Atlanta a Must for Foodies

Saltwood at the Loews Atlanta

Often times, hotel restaurants are nothing worth getting excited about, but Saltwood at the Loews Atlanta will make any foodie very happy to dine there.

During a recent trip to Atlanta, I had the opportunity to try two of the restaurant’s menus with a friend, and none of the dishes disappointed.


Netflix April 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in April 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include a slew of reality shows like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S5 and Giada at Home S7, as well as the return of great films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Chaplin, and The Princess Bride. New films that might be worth adding to your queue include Minions, Walt Before Mickey and Codegirl.

And let’s not forget season 2 of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and a new Patton Oswalt comedy special.

The bad news is all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H are leaving April 1. One of the best dramedies ever, in my opinion.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in April 2016:


Book Review: Sage’s Eyes by V.C. Andrews

Sage's Eyes by V.C. Andrews

Sage’s Eyes, by V.C. Andrews, is the first book in what may be a continuing story of Sage, a teenager with possibly supernatural powers. I found it engaging, but predictable and a little TV movie-of-the-week in substance and character development.

Loews Atlanta Offers Luxury Accomodations in a Great Location For Exploring Atlanta

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It’s midnight on a Friday and I’m staring out the floor-to-ceiling window in my Loews Atlanta suite at downtown Atlanta. The lights of the city are enticing, yet oddly peaceful.

I’ve only been at the hotel for twelve hours, and yet, I feel like this is perfect place from which to explore the city. Its Midtown location is close to all the action downtown, yet, just enough removed that it doesn’t feel as hectic.


Netflix March 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in March 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil (March 18), Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday (yes-new Pee-Wee, with a side of Joe Manganiello), and Season 4 of House of Cards (March 4).

The bad news is if you’re a fan of TED Talks, a whole bunch of them are leaving Netflix on March 15.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in March 2016:


This Is My One Year Anniversary of Being Cancer-Free

Me on my last day of radiation treatment.

Well, actually, it was Friday, but this post was delayed by a brief bout with the flu. Thanks immune system. But it has now been a year since I got my cancer free diagnosis, and a visit to my cancer doc last week confirmed I am still cancer free.

Yay me!

I know I was very lucky to have beaten my cancer and to have gotten it before it reached my lymph nodes. Having lost both my mother and father to cancer, and having several of my friends dealing with cancer currently, I am amazed that I am a survivor.


Make a Map of Your North American Travels

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During my regular morning reads, I happened upon a cool map generator over at Gas Food No Lodging, which allows you to input locations you’ve been to in North America (U.S. and Canada).

Better yet, it has four degrees of how well you’ve visited that state:


I’m Headed to Atlanta #ZengrrlInAtlanta

This weekend I’m heading to Atlanta for a weekend press trip and I’m really looking forward to exploring the city.

Downtown Atlanta - photo courtesy Discover Atlanta

My base is going to be the lovely Loews Atlanta in the Midtown area. It looks to be centrally located, with easy access to lots of great restaurants, including the in-house Saltwood and nearby STK Atlanta.


Tahiti Tourisme Launches New Campaign to Invite Visitors to the Islands

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Tahiti Tourisme has launched a new global campaign to reinforce the iconic beauty of the destination while creating awareness and interest in the unique Tahitian culture.

Central to Tahiti’s campaign is a new tagline, “Embraced by Mana.” Tahitians believe in Mana as a life force and spirit that connects all living things.


Australia Launches New Tourism Campaign Featuring Global Ambassador Chris Hemsworth

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Tourism Australia has launched its latest campaign, which is focused on highlighting the country’s world-class aquatic and coastal experiences, in a bid to lure more international visitors to Australia.

The campaign, There’s Nothing Like Australia, features a voice over by new Tourism Australia global ambassador actor Chris Hemsworth, as the video features over a dozen distinct experiences representing every Australian state and territory.


Netflix February 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in February 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

On the plus side, the new “Fuller House” debuts, as well as the first season of “Better Call Saul.” Last year’s Sundance favorite “Dope” and the final episodes of “Mad Man: Season 7” are also welcome additions.

But it’s bad news for Doctor Who fans – the entire Netflix library of the series is leaving February 1. You have a little more time to enjoy season 1 of Felicia Day’s funny series, “The Guild” – it departs February 25.


Golden Globes 2016 – The Fashion

Golden Globes 2016 - The Fashion

You can’t have a major awards show without the fashion critiques, and this year I saw a lot of dresses that I really liked, along with a few that did nothing for me or the person wearing them.

The big trends of the night I noticed were deep plunging necklines, metallic and sequined fabrics, and lots of nude colors.

So let’s start with my favorites of the night:


Golden Globes 2016 – The Winners and My 2 Cents

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The Golden Globes, one of the first major awards shows of 2016, broadcast last night and there were some definite hits and misses.

Host Ricky Gervais returned to the role after saying the last time he hosted in 2010 he wasn’t coming back. Money must talk. I get that his schtick is sarcasm, snark, and being offensive, but last night, it seemed the more he drank, the more he was unable to tell the difference between being funny and being cruel. Also, the more he drank, the more U.S. television censors bleeped him.


Ground Control to Major Tom…I’ll Miss You David Bowie

It’s early morning, Monday, January 11, 2016. I’m up late writing when the news comes over my Facebook feed: David Bowie had passed. Apparently he had been battling cancer for over a year, and nobody but those close to him really knew.

David Bowie

Hit me in the heart with a hammer. I didn’t want to believe it, but his official Facebook and Twitter confirmed the news, as did his son Duncan’s Twitter: