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Manly Magic? My Little Ponies gallop over rainbows and onto the soft-toy radar screen. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 19 April 2013 08:59

I wish I lived in a world permanently filled with sun-dappled rainbows and fluffy, puffy, floating clouds. It would be fabulous to emerge through my front door and be greeted by cavorting Care Bears and sweet, smiling, somersaulting Snuggles (the laundry detergent) teddy bear as well. Imagine strolling through a summer’s day, surrounded by gamboling woodland critters and flitting, fluttering sky dwellers. Magic!

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie - Annette Funicello (October 22, 1942 to April 8, 2013) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:33

Annette Funicello passed away on April 8, 2013, at the age of 70. I heard the news on the radio as I was working on an editing assignment for a book publisher. The subject matter was rather esoteric and scientific, and I needed a mental rest. Then I heard the ABC news anchor intone that “a vestige from many people’s childhoods has died today.” He went on to list Ms. Funicello’s achievements as a young TV star on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” her roles in the Frankie Avalon “Beach Party” movies, and her time spent as a pitchwoman for Skippy peanut butter. The announcement instantly struck me and transported me to a time nearly two decades ago.

Alive & Kicking: “Ted” and “Doc McStuffins” are worlds apart but oddly very much the same! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:36

The other night, we were watching the news and there was a heartbreaking story about a local fire that wiped out several houses on a block. As always, the film crews caught the scenes of flames shooting high into the air; firefighters standing and aiming high-powered hoses, attempting to extinguish the inferno; witnesses gathered around, trembling in the cold weather, watching half their neighborhood incinerate and become a memory.

Who Let the Dogs Out? Young Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis did this award season! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 11:25

I love the pageantry and flair of the Oscars. When movies, which I’ve seen and enjoyed, are nominated, that’s an extra added bing to all of the Academy Award bling. When I’m not familiar with most of the nominees, it’s a long night of gawking at glamour and rubbernecking at long-legged starlets and hunky, handsome heartthrobs. Luckily, this year, I had caught 6 of the 9 Best Picture candidates, and 3 of the Animated Movie choices. So, we were certainly excited to see how the evening would unfold.


Toy Fair 2013 Trends: Colors, clothes, critters, and cuteness! What more could a visitor want! PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 February 2013 15:59

Have you ever wondered what kind of a monkey you are? As a fan of the “Planet of the Apes” series, I’d sort of like to fancy myself as a Kim Hunter/Dr. Zira chimp: smart, sassy, compassionate, scientific but still daring. When it comes to sci-fi heroines, that inquisitive ingénue rules!
    I was confronted with that simian insight last week at Toy Fair, the annual avalanche of games, electronics, dolls, bikes, and plush creations. Held from February 10 to February 13, the event at Manhattan’s Javits Center is pumping with all types of quirky, kooky, honest-to-goodness great fun.

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