The Greatest Showman


The Greatest Showman is a new film coming out December 25th, 2017 starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya. It is also the next film for the writing team of Pasek & Paul who wrote music and lyrics for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.

This film is a new musical telling of the tale of PT Barnum and his creation of the circus, The Greatest Show on Earth! as well as the birth of show business. Sure to be filled with incredible songs and performances.  Take a look at the trailer below.





Dixie Chili


Dixie Chili has a long history in my family. The original location opened in Newport, KY and is still open. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. Every  visit includes at least 2 trips to the iconic location.

From the website:

Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. “Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.”


Basically three options exist for us; coneys or chili, or both. Coneys are hot dogs with chili, mustard & cheese. Chili can be plain or eaten as a 3-way (chili, spaghetti & cheese) all the way up to a 6-way (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans, and garlic)

It’s a place that not only has great food, but memories of family and good times together.

It’s more than a restaurant for my family. It connects us to memories of the past and new experiences in the present.

And we always leave with cases of canned chili to take home.


The Humans


The Humans is a play written by Stephen Karam and it won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. It was also a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama in the year of Hamilton.

The story focuses on a family gathering on Thanksgiving in a 2-story duplex in Manhattan. There are strange sounds lurking about as well as family dynamics circling the space.

It was hard to predict where the story was going, the tensions increased as the happenings became more pronounced. But as the plot unfolds, secrets are revealed, pains are shared, common struggles exposed.

Funny, heartbreaking, creepy, and relevant.




Starbucks. Heard of it? Had a chance to visit the first location at the Fish Market in Seattle. Humble beginnings to quite a global brand. Starbucks has exceeded expectations for the general publics interest in coffee consumption. It’s like nothing we could have imagined even 10 years ago today.

There is something comforting about the consistency of the quality of coffee as one travels. They have also been innovative with their app and gift cards for celebrations are one of the more popular items to give and receive.

There is also an element of community at play in their concept. The idea you can go to your local coffee shop, sit down, read a book, go on the internet, grab a sandwich or treat.

For those of us who are fans, we celebrate the new locations. But I for one also continue to seek out other coffee shops as I travel. There is a familiar vibe to all of the coffee joints around the globe…a place to stop and smell the coffee.



Shout out to the hard working Baristas.




Home Alone


When Home Alone came out 25 years ago on November 16th, 1990 it was a sensation.

According to Wikipedia:

In its opening weekend, Home Alone grossed $17 million in 1,202 theaters, averaging $14,211 per site and just 6% of the final total. Home Alone proved so popular that it stayed in theaters well past the Christmas season. It was the No. 1 film at the box office for 12 straight weeks, from its release weekend of November 16–18, 1990 through the weekend of February 1–3, 1991.[11] It remained a top ten draw at the box office until the weekend of April 26 that year, which was well past Easter weekend. It made two more appearances in the top ten (the weekend of May 31 – June 2 and the weekend of June 14–16) before finally falling out of the top ten.[12] The film ended up making a final gross of $285,761,243, the top grossing film of its year in North America.[13] The film is listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever.[14]

By the time it had run its course in theaters, Home Alone was the third highest-grossing film of all time, according to the home video box. In total, its cinema run grossed $477,561,243 worldwide.[15]

According to William Goldman, the film’s success prompted the creation of a Hollywood verb: “to be Home Aloned“, meaning to have a film’s box office reduced by the impact of Home Alone.[16]

And it’s appeal still endures. It’s become a holiday classic. There’s something about it that just works. Maybe the missing and then reuniting with family, the fighting the bad guys comedy, the heart.





Anthropologie Ornaments


While there are many amazing ornaments throughout the world. Every year Anthropologie consistently delivers the most interesting, creative, and forward thinking ornaments. And every year it is an entirely new set.

While they are some of the more expensive ornaments, the quality is also rather high. One trick to obtain them during a season is to go online or to the store the day after Christmas when they are often 50% off. However, most of the really popular ones will most likely be gone.

So, if you see one you like now, better to hunker down and make the purchase. If history serves, they can be very difficult to find on the secondary markets such as eBay.

Happy Holidays.


  The Outer Banks in North Carolina. My family has been vacationing at the beaches of North Carolina for over 30 years. More recently we have been staying in the Outer Banks. Full of charming beaches, boutique shops, Duck Donuts!, Coconut Crunch Coffee at Duck’s Cottage. 

It has always been a place for family to decompress and reconnect. Swim in the pool, walk on the beach, play games, and eat. Constantly eat. Always eating…

We are so fortunate to have had these experiences over the years. The warm summer nights, the talks under the stars, the memories.