Most of my writing is typically devoted to the portrayal of the humorous side of parental life; this isn't one of those times. This choice of topic is a departure for me, because it feels unbearably heavy, and I know that for some, it'll feel too ...more
The time of The X-Files return is almost upon us! The show that was one of the first to introduce me to the concept of "shipping" (wanting two characters to be in a relationship) will make a six episode return, starting later this month. ...more
My kids have wanted to play football since they were little boys, and my husband and I have always said no.
We allow them access to every other sport and hobby that they love. They take dance class and play on lacrosse and basketball teams. As a ...more
It’s a few hours before the Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party at the Experience Music Project, and I’m having a moment of fashion indecision: should I wear my black-framed Hello Kitty glasses, or the white-framed specs? Since I wore the white ...more
Reading challenges are a great way to find new books, reach goals, and remind yourself to... well... read. It's too easy to surf blogs and play games on your phone in the evening rather than picking up a good book.
Joining a reading challege will ...more
Let me be clear - if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, I will vote for him. I will enthusiastically support him. No hesitation, no bitterness, no hissy fits. Just pragmatic decisions to keep the country moving forward. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. However, I think Hillary is the better candidate. And I don't have to explain why....more
Beyoncé dropped that fire... I mean for a while I was NOT a fan. But I guess it's time I dust off my Bey Hive wings and glitter crown because she came out the woodworks with a mean black power trap banger. I won't lie, I once thought Bey was vapid and aloof and not paying attention in her glass tower; apparently I was wrong. She let everybody know that #blackgirlmagic is real.
The San Francisco Bay Area is rolling out the red and gold for one its biggest events of the year. Not the Super Bowl (although I hear plenty of people are celebrating that, too). It’s the Lunar New Year, most often called Chinese New Year, which begins on Monday, February 8. In a periodic alignment of the moon and the NFL calendar, football’s holiest day also lands on the same weekend as the biggest holiday for many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Vietnamese....more
Speaking of Shakespeare, I've been spending some time in Washington D.C., and the Metro is plastered with ads for the Folger Library's "The Wonder of Will: 400 Years of Shakespeare" celebration. The centerpiece of the event is, of course, the First Folio, but I'm far more interested in this: "Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity". The actual connection seems a little tenuous (they're both famous English writers, but so are a lot of other people), but whatever: I'm still sorry I won't be in D.C. to see it ....more
Literature-inspired clothing line Out of Print has just released a pair of new designs featuring Milton Glaser's cover art for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, and The Tempest. Glaser is probably best known for designing the "I [heart] NY" logo. His Shakespeare illustrations are in a totally different style, but they're equally memorable ....more
Drama: Heaven's Promise Country: KoreaEpisodes: 100+Airs: DailyNinja's Heaven's Promise Episode 1-5 Overview A bit frustrated at her mother, a young girl (Lee Na Yeon) complains at Mama Lee's insistence to make a big deal out of her birthday. Unbeknownst to the mother and daughter, at the same restaurant a girl who looks exactly like Na Yeon is also celebrating her birthday with her friends.Curiously flustered when Na Yeon informs her that there was supposedly someone that looked exactly like her at the restaurant, Mama Lee rushes back to the restaurant but was severely disappointed when the little girl had left already.Going by the show's synopsis, the mysterious little girl is actually the heroine who will end up taking the identity of Na Yeon after she dies. However, for the next bit Na Yeon will be our heroine for the time being ....more
Beyonce has finally won me over. I’ve not been a fan of Bey because I’ve always felt that she was disingenuous. That changed a couple of days ago. Her previous displays of being seemingly shallow and even obtuse annoyed me to no end. I cringed every time that I heard her speak. It was so, awkwardly, vanilla mixed with runaway slave that it was almost patronizing. She had no fire. She, always, had the “right” answers. It seemed that Beyonce never wanted to piss people off....more
It’s Black History Month. I have to admit, it hasn’t always been a month I looked forward to. As a kid, I went to school in at a predominantly white public school. Out of 80 kids in my class, I believe there were about 10 African Americans. And that’s including me. Every single year, during the month of February, slavery was the central focus of teaching Black History Month.
I hated it....more
With lunar new year over and done with, finally it feels like the never ending slew of holidays has passed and it’s time to get down to business. February marks the arrival of several high profile K-drama premieres, two of … Continue reading → ...more