Monday, May 16, 2011

The Definition of Debonair

 Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.
                                 ~Cary Grant

 Cary Grant is the very definition of debonair.

Born  Archibald Leach in Horfield, Bristol on January 18, 1904, Cary Grant first got into performing as a stilt walker, acrobat, mime and juggler in Bob Pender Stage Troupe. The troupe took him to the U.S. in 1920 when he was 16 years old. When the troupe returned to England, he stayed behind to start a stage career. He entered the world of vaudeville working under his birth name. In 1931 he went to Hollywood, working under the name Cary Lockword. Paramount Pictures requested he change his last name. Cary allegedly chose the last name Grant because that would give him the initials similar to Clark Gable and Gary Cooper. From there on he was one his way to becoming a Hollywood legend.

I recently read an interview with Jennifer Grant, Cary Grant's only child, about her book on her father, Good Stuff. After watching Arsenic and Old Lace as a teenager, I became hooked on the tall, dark, and handsome Cary Grant. He could do comedy flawlessly--His Girl Friday, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and Bringing Up Baby--play a romantic lead unlike any other (past or present)--The Philadelphia Story, An Affair to Remember--and hold his own in Hitchcock movies--Notorious, North by Northwest, and Suspicion. After reading the interview, not only do I want to read Good Stuff but hold a Cary Grant movie Marathon. 

Sweet dreams,


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Puppies, Puppies, and More Puppies

The weather is getting warmer and everyone is out walking their dogs, which has once again given me a serious case of doggie fever. 


Hi! My name is Buttercup I am a spayed 5-year old tan/white beagle mix. I am a very easy going and laid back dog that is looking for my forever home. I would like to meet all of my future family before going home this includes any children or dogs I will be living with. My doctor here at the shelter said that I am in need of a good teeth cleaning so I have a reduced adoption fee! If you are interested please come and visit me at the Capital Area Humane Society, ask for A110210.


Hi! My name is Baxter and I am a neutered 9 month old, Pit Bull mix! I LOVE people and I am a very respectful young guy that already knows a few tricks! I would do good with obedience classes because I am eager to please and classes would also help boost my confidence. Please come check me out today because  I can't wait to go to my new forever home! (Capital Area Humane Society, Lansing MI)


This is one awesome little girl who has a very sweet personality! When you first meet her, Hayden might act shy and reserved and reluctant for your attention but once she gets to know you, she is more than ready to greet you and to cuddle near you if you are sitting down. She may even acknowledge you with a big husky smile if she really likes you! If you have other dogs, she is no problem with them and she even lived with a cat in her previous home. She does fine with small children but usually ignores them and hasn't actually lived with any. Because she is tentative about new humans, she shouldn't go to a home with really young children but she should be fine with visiting ones. (Petfinder, MI)

Sweet dreams,


Thursday, May 5, 2011

I'm a Leaf on the Wind

Every time I watch an episode of Joss Wheldon's Firefly, I am heartbroken all over again that it was canceled in 2003 after just 14 episodes, 11 that aired. For those of you that don't know about the TV show Firefly, it's space western that follows the adventures of the crew of Serenity, a renegade firefly spaceship. I generally don't gravitate towards space or western themed shows, movies or book, but I absolutely fell in love with the characters, stories, humor, scenery, and originality of Firefly

This show was cast absolutely perfectly. One wrong actor would have thrown the entire series off balance. But the creators got it just right with this group of actors.

Captain Malcolm Reynolds

The gorgeous and talented Nathan Fillion has become one of my all time favorite actors. He played Mal Reynolds, an ex-Independence soldier, captain of Serenity, and a badass guy with a good heart. Fillion has been in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Desperate Housewives, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (a must watch!). You can currently watch Mr. Fillion on ABC's Castle.  I do.

Zoe Washburne
Gina Torres (wife to Laurence Fishbourne) played Zoe Washburne, second in command of Serenity, wife to Wash, and warrior woman. Beautiful and voluptuous, Torres tends to play strong, kick-ass characters. She was in the TV show Alias and the Matrix movies. Last summer you could watch her the in teen drama Huge as the insecure, once overweight, manager of a fat camp. I sincerely hope that show comes back this summer.

The hilarious, quirky pilot of the ship and Zoe's husband, Wash, was played by the very talented Alan Tudyk. He's done voice work for Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and American Dad!. He was also in ABC's V (along side another Firefly cast mate) and Fox's Dollhouse. Tudyk is set to pilot an upcoming animated show called Good Vibes, which I can't wait to check out.

Adam Baldwin plays not so bright hired gun, Jayne. Baldwin has been in movies like 1980's Ordinary People, Full Metal Jacket, and Predator 2. You can currently watch him in the TV show Chuck. 

Kaylee Frye
Jewel Staite played the lovable, bubbly mechanic Kaylee Frye. Since Firefly she has guest starred on Warehouse 13 and Stargate Atlantis. She's also been in some made for TV movies such as Widow on the Hill and Mothman.

River Tam
River, played by Summer Glau, was the psychotic, psychic teenage genius stowaway. She has starred in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Cape since the demise of Firefly. She's also appeared in Dollhouse and Chuck.

Dr. Simon Tam

Sean Maher played Dr. Simon Tam, the brilliant ship doctor with a stick up his butt and brother to River. Since the show wrapped up, he's guest starred in an endless series of TV shows--Warehouse 13 (along side Jewel Straite), Human Target, The Mentalist, Drop Dead Diva, and Ghost Whisperer, just to name a few.

Inara Serra

Morena Baccarin played the beautiful and dazzling Inara, a companion (escort) and Mal's love interest. She, too, has been busy with other television series. She starred in V as a alien with a pixie cut and guest starred on The OC, Las Vegas, Medium, Dirt, Mentalist, and Numb3rs.

Shepherd Derrial Book
Ron Glass played Shepard Book, a religious man with a sordid past. Glass appeared in Shark, Dirty Sexy Money, CSI:NY and the movie Death at a Funeral.

The firefly-shaped ship Serenity was like a character on the show too.

Firefly also guest-starred this voluptous Mad Men actress:

Christina Hendricks as villainous Saffron.

The show ended so long ago that I know there will never be another episode of Firefly, no matter how hard I wish. At least in 2005 there was the movie Serenity based off the series. Maybe there will be a second movie. I can dream, right?

Sweet dreams,