The Terror in the Torture Report
11 Dec 2014

The Terror in the Torture Report

It was several years after 9/11 before I had occasion to once again board a plane. Arriving at airport security, the sight of everyone in line, by rote, yanking off their belts and shoes shocked me enough that tears rolled down my face. That horrible day in September forever changed us. Suddenly we were no different than any other country vulnerable to terrorism. Remembering 9/11...

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Does Ray Rice Get to Hide Behind His Wife?
04 Dec 2014

Does Ray Rice Get to Hide Behind His Wife?

Months ago, I predicted Ray Rice’s permanent suspension from the NFL would be overturned. Does anyone doubt that he will play pro ball again? If the NFL didn’t want Rice back, would we see a continuation of the Janay Rice apology/justification/Ray-habilitation tour broadcast by none other than The Today Show? In the rush to stage this mea culpa, we risk losing focus on the video...

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The World’s Best Stuffing is Easy as Pie…Promise!
26 Nov 2014

The World’s Best Stuffing is Easy as Pie…Promise!

At a time when the news is dire on many fronts, here’s hoping you can take a moment to celebrate with those you hold dear.  Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and offering a little something yummy to go with it…. To me, there is nothing more wonderful than the mix of flavors in a Thanksgiving feast.  Moist roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes smothered in...

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Making Love Last Past Sex and a Sandwich
07 Nov 2014

Making Love Last Past Sex and a Sandwich

How can two people get – and stay – on their crazy ride together? Bill Murray crashed a bachelor party recently and offered his advice about lasting love. He said when you think you’ve found “the one,” don’t run for a marriage license. Get a passport. Travel as far as you can together to places that are “hard to get into and out of” and...

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Catcalling, Halloween and “Slutty” French Fries: Have We Jumped the Shark?
02 Nov 2014

Catcalling, Halloween and “Slutty” French Fries: Have We Jumped the Shark?

It may be Halloween, but whenever top syndicated radio host Jerry Doyle and I get to talking, the sky’s the limit in our conversation.  First, Jerry starts by sharing Chris Rock’s lowdown on the top five “slutty” costumes.  Typically, we are focused on the behavior and dress of woman. But we seem to have gotten bored with “sexy nurse” and have moved on to the...

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29 Oct 2014

To Politicians, Your Silence Equals a Yes Vote

The midterm elections are upon us and famously have lower turnouts, but it’s more important than ever to vote.  Midterms may not be as sexy.  But they matter.  If you get even one person into office who’s better than the suit currently there, you’ve made a difference…so share my PSA: To politicians, your silence equals “yes.” Make your voice heard. Share and vote!


27 Oct 2014

Did Renee Zellweger and Frances McDormand Capture Our Struggle with Aging?

I recently asked if we are now a Botox Nation, preferring Barbie and Ken’s wrinkle-free faces, boobs of steel that say Hi! to the ceiling and six pack abs to a less glamorous reality. It was both surprising and encouraging that so many readers voiced their objections to the lack of value our society places on those who age “gracefully” – or at least naturally.  Teacher...

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Have We Become a Botox Nation?
21 Oct 2014

Have We Become a Botox Nation?

Oscar and Tony award winning actress Frances McDormand has always relied on her immense talent, remaining committed to a Botox-free existence.  At 57, she saw the need to develop her own material since the film industry has no hunger to portray women of a certain age, as if “older” should mean “unseen.”  Soon to star as the prickly “Olive Kitteridge” in the HBO miniseries she...

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15 Oct 2014

Anita Finlay and Jerry Doyle Talk Tech Giants Freezing Women’s Eggs! 10/15/2014

When I read the headline that Apple and Facebook are now offering to freeze female employees’ eggs as a perk of employment, I thought I had entered the Twilight Zone! Is that taking progress a bit too far?  Is this move a way for companies to push women to push their choice to have children later and later in life? Convenient for the company.  Not necessarily...

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Getting Over Fear of the Spotlight
07 Oct 2014

Getting Over Fear of the Spotlight

Have you ever felt afraid to stand in your own spotlight? No matter how long I’ve been put putting myself out there, I felt awkward about showing myself standing next to an eight foot high billboard honoring my work.  Why?  I was embarrassed because it felt like too much me.  Then I remembered that I spend tons of time writing that women need to be...

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Feast on “Chef”
05 Oct 2014

Feast on “Chef”

Though I’m late to the party, I’m thrilled to have discovered Jon Favreau’s fabulous film, CHEF.  A sleeper hit when it was released in May on a modest budget with no marketing to speak of, CHEF gained traction solely by word of mouth and social media and is now having a successful second life on DVD. There is so much that CHEF gets right.  Favreau, who also wrote and directed, plays Carl...

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01 Oct 2014

The Sting of Cross-Pollinating Entertainment, Politics & News – Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle 9/30/14

In my recent post venting about The Good Wife‘s poor decision to have Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett appear as herself on the show, Jerry Doyle and I discuss the cheapening of news, politics and entertainment by using each one as if it is nothing more than an advertisement for the other. We really have taken a shocking turn if the phrase “political theatre” can be...

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