June 15, 2022

Cineversary podcast rediscovers the magic behind E.T. 40 years later

In Cineversary podcast episode #48, host Erik Martin revisits suburbia circa 1982 through the lens of Steven Spielberg and arguably his best film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which marks a 40th birthday this month. Joining Erik for this installment is James Kendrick, a film professor at Baylor University who teaches courses on Spielberg and serves as the QNetwork.com movie critic; and Caseen Gaines, a director, educator, pop culture historian, and author of several books including the forthcoming E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: The Ultimate Visual History. Erik and his guests will examine how E.T. set a new template for sci-fi adventure films, why and how it has stood the test of time, reasons it’s worth celebrating four decades later, its cultural impact and legacy, and more.

To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download or subscribe to Cineversary wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, SpotifyStitcherCastboxGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsPodBeanRadioPublic, and Overcast.  

Learn more about the Cineversary podcast at anchor.fm/cineversary and email show comments or suggestions to cineversegroup@gmail.com.
James Kendrick and Caseen Gaines

June 7, 2022

Glass with class

Shakespeare once famously asked: What light through yonder window breaks? The answer is, not as much light as you’d like if your home’s windows are dirty or in need of maintenance.

Fact is, it’s easy to take windows for granted. While they may not appear to be dirty or in need of attention, the glass, screen mesh, and frame materials take a beating from the elements over time that can compromise the window’s operation and longevity. That’s why it’s wise to inspect, maintain, and repair your windows regularly, especially before cold weather comes around again later this year. 

Learn more by reading my newest article for The Post and Courier, available here.

May 30, 2022

Live a less stressful life by adopting these recommended financial habits

When your mind is cluttered with thoughts and you can’t focus, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The same is true when your financial house is in disarray. Money mismanagement, disorganized finances, poor credit, and lack of financial literacy can result in stress and anxiety.

But the situation is not hopeless. You can get fiscal matters in order and learn to better manage your dollars with patience, discipline, and recommended financial practices. For helpful tips and insights from experts, check out my newest story for Credit Sesame, available here.

May 25, 2022

When it's time to say sayonara to your swimming pool

Owning a swimming pool can be a great perk that provides plenty of fun and may even increase your home’s value. But if you no longer regularly use your pool, are facing expensive repairs, or want to reinvent your yard, it may be time to have it removed. Just be prepared: The bill for demolishing a pool and the cost to fill it in can be substantial.

Weigh the pros and cons carefully, crunch the numbers, learn about the process involved, and find the right experts for the job if you’re ready to pull the trigger. For more tips, read my newest article for Ownerly, available here.

May 18, 2022

Cineversary brings out the big guns to celebrate High Noon's 70th anniversary

In Cineversary podcast episode #47, host Erik Martin turns back the clock to commemorate the 70th birthday of one of the most beloved westerns of all time: High Noon, directed by Fred Zinnemann. In this installment, Erik serves as a trusty deputy of sorts to film scholar sheriff Glenn Frankel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. Erik and Glenn explore how High Noon changed the western genre, why it’s worth celebrating seven decades later, its cultural impact and legacy, and what we can learn from this study in temporal tension today.
Glenn Frankel


To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download or subscribe to the Cineversary podcast wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple PodcastsCastboxStitcherSpotifyGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsPodBeanRadioPublic, and Overcast.

Learn more about the Cineversary podcast at anchor.fm/cineversary and email show comments or suggestions to cineversegroup@gmail.com.

May 10, 2022

A playground right on the premises

Kids today are often consumed with staring at a screen and spending most of their free time indoors. Many neighborhoods lack nearby playgrounds, and concerned parents have frowned on public park visits over the past two years due to coronavirus fears. So where can parents point their children toward without feeling guilty – a place where young ones can benefit from body movement, frolic with friends, and avoid electronic overstimulation?

Look no further than your home’s backyard, the ideal spot for a playground you can have built. Find out more about how to create a backyard playset by reading my newest article for CTW Features, available here.