Cate Tayler

Mom, Wife, Writer, Catholic, Thinker, Reader, Amateur Gourmand, 'Phins Fan, Superwoman--not always in that order. Fueled by passion and too much caffeine. Lost my cape--it's buried somewhere under that mountain of laundry. Once I find it, look out world!
Cate Tayler has written 75 posts for A Common Sea

We Remember 9-11: Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

This is a repost from last year, but my sentiments haven’t changed, so I didn’t feel the need to update my words. Like our parents before us, who can tell you down to the detail where they were and what they were doing the day JFK was shot, most of us know where we were … Continue reading


How Much I Feel: Remembrances of Summer Past

I don’t know what it is about the summertime that makes me nostalgic. But this is the time of year when I am most reflective and introspective. I suppose it’s because so many of my childhood memories involve searching for perfect sea glass and exploring the rocky outcroppings that separated the private beaches from the … Continue reading

The Penultimate Post: Y is Young Guns I and II

It’s my last post for the A-Z Challenge (Katie will be taking on Z tomorrow) and I bring to you the Brat Pack’s version of a western: Young Guns and Young Guns II. When the first Young Guns came out, I was an excited pre-teen. Just look at the cast–it’s an 80s teeny-bopper fantasy: Emilio … Continue reading

W is When Harry Met Sally…

When Harry Met Sally… is one of my top five favorite movies of all time. The coupling of Rob Reiner’s direction with Nora Ephron’s script might be one of the most romantic—and funniest—match-ups to occur in Hollywood. Add the perfect comedic timing of Billy Crystal as Harry and adorable, former America’s Sweetheart Meg Ryan and … Continue reading

U is Up

This is going to be one of the shortest blog posts you will ever read on here. But if you’re visiting from the challenge, I’m sure you appreciate that! Today’s U topic is Up, as in the movie Up from Pixar. One of the best family movies to have come out in the past few … Continue reading

S is Springfield–Rick Springfield, that is…

Anyone who knows me knows I adore Rick Springfield. And by adore I mean love. And by love I mean obsessively devoted to. It began when I was about six and my Aunt Linda let me watch one of his performances on TV. After that I was hooked. I wore out my Working Class Dog … Continue reading

Q is Quan… or Qwan…

Jerry Maguire is my least favorite Cameron Crowe movie, but overall it’s not a terrible film. Although, honestly, I think without Ray (Jonathan Lipnicki), Dorothy’s (Renee Zellweger) son, and Rod (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), this would probably be a forgettable movie. Much of the dialogue seemed forced and Renee Zellweger’s character was awfully weak. I also … Continue reading

O is One Hit Wonders

Today’s O topic addresses One Hit Wonders, particularly from the 80s. You know, those musical acts that achieved fame with one great hit, but failed to follow-up with anything else significant enough to give them staying power. Still, these are the songs (and artists) that most of us probably remember fondly and, unless I’m the … Continue reading

M is the Miami Dolphins

I love football. Really, really love football. Not because I like to watch 300lb men jump all over each other, or because many of the tight ends live up to their name (though that’s certainly a plus). I love the game itself. The thrill when you’re team is on top, the bitter taste of defeat … Continue reading

K is Katniss, the Girl Who Was On Fire

When The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins first became “the book” to read, I refused to buy into the hype. Not just because it was so overhyped, but because by then I had given up on dystopian and post-apocalyptic entertainment. It is just too depressing. Unless there are zombies, because, well, I love zombies. I … Continue reading

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