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Apr.14.2014
Live! From Lafayette, California! It’s the second annual Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons Books awards! (A jazzy version of “Everyday I Write The Book” starts playing) And now here’s the host of our show, Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons! JKG walks out.   JKG: Thank you, thank you. It was another great...
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Apr.11.2014
  Mad Men is coming back! Mad Men is coming back! Yes I am excited that Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper crowd will be making their way on our screens on April 13th. One of them is Megan Calvet Draper (Jessica Pare) Some people don’t like her, but I do like Megan quite a bit. First off, she’...
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Apr.08.2014
Today marks a milestone in baseball history: Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record in home runs forty years ago. It was amazing of course because he did the impossible, but also because the months beforehand Aaron received racist threats and anger for even trying to break the record since he is...
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Apr.06.2014
He knew right away that Joseph Yule wasn't meant to be on a marquee. His mother tried another name for him: Mickey McGuire. However that name was being used by Fox, so it was scrapped. Then his mother thought of another name: Mickey Looney! Oh man. Then it was changed again: Mickey Rooney. ...
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Apr.04.2014
I missed it. I can't believe I missed it. It's only because I saw a posting by Lizzie Skurnick that I remembered. Harriet the Spy turned fifty. How could she be fifty? She's timeless, like Ramona, like Sara Crewe. However, the book is indeed fifty years old. In fifth grade, I read books that...
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Apr.01.2014
When I'm not writing about Heathers, I talk about books. I had the chance to talk about them with Vicki Perry at Never a Niche... I also write about love stories at Germ Magazine!   It is so hard being everywhere, I tell you...
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Apr.01.2014
The movie was playing at the Martinez movie theater. I hadn't heard anything about it, other than the fact that pretty girl from Beetlejuice was in it. It was a Saturday, sunny and bright. I sat in the theater, waiting for the movie to begin.   It started with a Kate Bush soundalike who...
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Mar.28.2014
At forty-one, I’m beginning to feel old. For instance: A popular meme issued this week said that thirty years ago on March 21st, six students had a Saturday detention at Shermer High School.They called themselves The Breakfast Club. Thirty years! I went and saw the new Muppet movie last night; my...
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Mar.25.2014
The odds were against this girl from Toledo, Ohio. A mother who was chronically depressed, a father absent most of the time. Somehow she knew in order to survive she had to escape. She started to escape with books. She spent most of her time at the library, reading. She received straight A's at...
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Mar.23.2014
He was one of those actors you'd see and think "Wait, where have I seen him before?"  He was the doctor who told Karen Silkwood her plutonium levels were high. He was the distant dad in If Lucy Fell. He played another doctor in Far from Heaven, telling Dennis Quaid that he had to do something...
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Mar.20.2014
Normally when someone notable dies I try to write a tribute to their life. I try to concentrate on the best parts of their life, how well it was lived. This isn’t one one of those times. Fred Phelps died today after a long illness. While I do send my condolences to his family, I feel like I did...
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Mar.16.2014
I've been a total blank in what to write about this year for St. Patrick's Day. Longtime readers of this blog know that this is one of my favorite days of the year.  It was explained to me that we celebrated St. Patrick for he chased all those bad snakes out of Ireland. How much of this is...
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Mar.12.2014
From Huffington Post. March 11, 2014 In an interview with conservative radio host Lars Larson during last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, Bachmann said the downfall of the bill, which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay individuals on religious grounds,...
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Mar.11.2014
Ahem! Good Evening, my name is Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons. Welcome to the Gibbons Forum, where important issues are discussed in a lively yet respectful manner. Tonight's topic: Bossy Or Leading? Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and author of the mega bestseller Lean In, has teamed up with...
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Mar.05.2014
This is the week of people leaving their beloved jobs. First Garry Trudeau announced that Doonesbury is going on an extended hiatus. I was just getting over it when news came out that Carl Kasell, one of the best voices of NPR, is retiring. What? Okay, now this is getting serious. Carl Kasell is...
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