“I, Lorelei” By Yeardley Smith
My “sister”, Yeardley Smith, has written a delightful novel about a spunky, say-what’s-on-her-mind 11-year-old girl. It takes you through 3-months of her life while she shares her most personal feelings after the loss of her cat, Mud.
Once I got the book, I honestly couldn’t put it down. Lorelei is bright and smart and has keenness not usually associated with teens, much less “tweens”. To me, she carries an awareness of the world around her as her parents’ relationship crumbles and her friends at school evaluate and invalidate each other as a matter of course. This brings out an acerbic quality to her, but she is so darn likeable that it pulls the reader closer to Lorelei’s world.
I am just so proud of Yeardley for having committed several years to writing this charming piece that actually extends its’ readership to include adults of all ages.
Go to www.ilorelei.com for details on how to buy this novel. Don’t tell them Bart sent you.
Bringing Some Yellow to the Day of Green
Nancy has her bags packed and is ready to jet off to Ireland, just in time for St. Patty’s Day. ¼-Irish from her mother’s “Sullivan”-side of the family, Nancy and Exec Producers James L. Brooks and Al Jean are heading to Dublin for a short press tour. The trip will include the premiere screening of a Dublin-themed Simpsons episode at the Lighthouse Cinema on March 16th and a look at their annual parade from O’Connell Street in downtown Dublin.
When asked about bringing a little yellow to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, Nancy commented, “This is my 3rd trip to Dublin. They are totally dedicated fans and I love a parade! I can’t wait!”
International Family Film Festival
On an evening when many guest speakers playfully punctuated their award giving with multiple “Fs,” Nancy had the pleasure of presenting the annual IFF Fritz Freiling award to Phil Roman. “It’s always fun to give an award to a true friend and Phil had so much to do how our industry has grown.”
|Nancy with Lifetime Acheivement
Award recipient Phil Roman
Mr. Roman was honored for his groundbreaking work as an animator and producer.
The IFF, an annual Festival, solicits, screens and fetes family-friendly films from around the globe. Festival Executive Producer, Chris Shoemaker, has put together a truly useful organization to champion films that speak to the complexity of the human condition but are also generally appropriate for children.
Presenters joining Nancy included Dee Wallace Stone, star of the motion picture ET, and our hostess for the evening, Tara Honeywell, a voice-actress and theatre-trained actress who has performed in over 50 productions across the U.S.
|Nancy with host Tara Honeywell and President of her company, Peter Kjenaas
“I really love this Festival,” said Nancy. “We’re going to get more involved next year.”
The Way to Happiness Sets Sail!
On Sunday March 8, the newest ship in the Outdoors Club’s The Way to Happiness fleet was christened at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey.
Nancy joined dozens of Outdoors Club members along with Happy House volunteers for a sunny day of hot dogs and chips for the families and anchovy tossing for the sea gulls. At 2:00 PM, before turning the festivities over to Nancy, Ship Captain Bob Sullivan read from the ship’s log giving the history of the donation and renovation of the boat and then he named Nancy an honorary captain.
Following a brief welcome to all the kids enjoying the day, and a reminder to Safeguard and Protect the Environment, she shattered the specially wrapped champagne bottle on the anchor thus making the 27 foot fishing vessel an official The Way to Happiness ship.
For more information and to enjoy your day of fishing, boating and outdoor sports, go to www.twthoc.org
Gunsmoke Gets Smoked
The word is in; The Simpsons has been picked up for its 21st season! This breaks the tie with Gunsmoke for the longest-running show in television’s history. It will increase The Simpsons lead for longest running comedy series by episode over The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, adding 22 episodes to the already remarkable record of 449 episodes, boosting its total at the end of the new season to an astounding 471 episodes.
Here’s to another 21 seasons with America’s favorite yellow family!