Nashville, I’m Back…

Just like clockwork, April always brings… 1. The great un-thawing of Minnesota. (Well, except for last year when it actually decided to SNOW! Guess who wasn’t happy about that? Yep, you guessed it, yours truly. 2. Some sort of allergy/cold combo where I can’t breathe properly through my newly acquired Rudolph nose, usually before, after or during GM Week in Nashville (and thank goodness, it arrived right on schedule a week before my trip). 3. My annual trek to Music City for the aforementioned festivities. Much fruit tea and black bean salad is consumed with friends, music interviews are conducted,… Continue reading

Interviewing Nicholas Sparks

A couple of weeks ago I was in Santa Monica (I know, I know, tough job, but someone has to do it, right?) for a movie junket and had an opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, you know the guy who writes weepy love stories like The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe. This time around, he was talking about The Last Song, Miley Cyrus’ first big non-Hannah Montana role, not to mention a big first for him…his first screenplay. As a fellow author, I always love hearing how other writers make it all work, so I found what he had to… Continue reading

There’s Nothing Like SD-6 For the Holidays

Will and I recently revisited the first two seasons of “Alias” (and wow, it was just as good as I remembered), one of my all-time favorite TV shows (or before it went downhill from Season 4 on). Since I was a big fan of “Felicity,” another J.J. Abrams’ gem that Jennifer Garner made a cameo in, the spy adventures of Sydney Bristow were recommended to me a few times before I officially signed on for the mission. I’d been told many, many times that I’d be hooked as soon as I started watching. And of course, it didn’t take long… Continue reading

U2’s Opening Night

Considering I got engaged to my forever love only hours before U2’s last Chi-town stint, it definitely wasn’t going to be easy for our latest U2 concert experience to top that. Will upstaged Bono so beautifully, no easy feat, with four simple words: Will you marry me? But I must say, even without a magical marriage proposal beforehand, the opening night of the “360” tour on September 12 at Chicago’s Soldier Field was still pretty spectacular… Before the show, we were actually thisclose to saying hi to Bono himself when we noticed a crowd of people assembling at one of the… Continue reading

Hangin’ With Julia

After seeing Julie & Julia this summer (three times, no less), I was the movie marketer’s dream customer. Not only did I purchase a copy of Julia’s fabulous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (and no, for the record, I haven’t made anything from it yet), but her biography, My Life in France as well. And I’m thinking that if I didn’t already own a copy of Julie & Julia (I even blogged about it a few months ago ), I’m sure I’ve would’ve picked one of those up, too. Gotta hand it to those product placement folks, their… Continue reading

The Changing Face of Journalism

It’s no secret that reading the news isn’t a particularly uplifting experience. No longer a leisurely activity simply enjoyed with your morning coffee and pastry, one glance at most headlines is enough to shoot anyone’s mood from fancy-free to foul in a matter of seconds. And if you just happen to be a journalist? Well, there’s even more headlines to grumble about these days. Need proof? Just check out Gawker ( where the latest journalistic casualties are reported with the gusto of sports highlights on ESPN. Between all the newspapers and magazines going bankrupt (even my hometown paper—The Minneapolis Star… Continue reading