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Lisa Rinkus
Lisa Rinkus is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics including pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and parenting. She is president of LJPR, a public relations consultancy in the Boston area. Her blog, Modern Musings by an Old-Fashioned Girl, can be found at Lisa is an avid cook and news hound who adores getting handwritten missives. Follow her @LJPR.

Entries by Lisa Rinkus

The Many Shades of White(y) -- Johnny Depp Nails Notorious Gangster in "Black Mass"

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Whitey Bulger, portrayed by Johnny Depp, plays cards with his mother in their S. Boston home. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Anyone who's ever painted a room knows there are a mind boggling number of whites. There's linen, simply white, eggshell and...

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The Upside of Deflategate

(8) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Never in the history of modern times have we been presented with such a golden opportunity to teach our children as with the sensational phenomenon known as 'Deflategate.' Its lessons can particularly resonate with adolescents, who know of Tom Brady and the Patriots, whether they are football fans or not....

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Serious Journalism and That Baby From "American Sniper"

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:59 PM

This is a fake baby.

(Photo credit: Alena Dvorakova)

Riveted to the screen, I am awestruck by this suspenseful, humanized version of what war does to people when suddenly, my 'out-of-body' cinema experience is jolted back to reality. The scene takes place...

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Hosting the Olympics Could (Finally!) Raise Boston's Profile

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Credit: Igor Golovniov

Perhaps no other location in a bid for the 2024 Olympics has stimulated more controversy than Boston has. Some are vehemently opposed. There's even an organized group to rally people against the effort, called No Boston Olympics. But for those who...

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My Teen Got a Smartphone the Old-Fashioned Way: She Earned It

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:54 PM


That's what everybody accuses me of when they hear the unthinkable. Last year, I wrote an article about why I would not be buying a smartphone for my teenager. Of course she was not too thrilled. But over time, my reasoning started to make...

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In the Age of #CancelColbert, The Show Must Go On

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Nothing says Americana quite like musical theater.

Despite rampant stereotypes, it's still one of the most popular entertainment venues in the country. (Just ask anyone who has stood in line at the TKTS booth in Times Square.) Many shows take place in another era, so exaggerated characters are often...

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Knee Jerk Headlines and The Captain and Tennille

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Can't the media be more original?

News outlets all over the world -- from The Guardian, to Time magazine and hundreds of blogs, radio stations and websites in between, have impulsively kicked off their stories this week with the exact same sentiment: Love couldn't keep the Captain...

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What All Good Clients Have in Common

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:57 PM

"This business would be great if it weren't for the clients."

A partner at the PR agency where I got my first job made this statement. While not exactly encouraging for an aspiring professional to hear, I've heard it many times throughout my career. Of course, clients pay the bills...

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My Date With Bobby Orr

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:37 AM

"Bobby Orr is on the line."

When the receptionist chirped this over the intercom, my heart skipped a beat and my palms got sweaty. I was organizing an event that the former Boston Bruin was involved in, but I never expected him to call me. He wondered...

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Call Me Mean (Maybe): Why I Won't Get a Smartphone for My Teen

(20) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 1:27 PM

While watching Teen Wolf with my daughter last night, a TV commercial for a smartphone came on. My thinly-veiled attempt to distract her failed. Before I could say, "I don't think Lydia had dimples last season," she seized her opportunity.

"When can I have an iPhone?"


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