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Congratulations Madam Speaker!

Aaand… I’m crying.


Heroes among us


What’s cracking me up today


You’ll thank me later.

The full story:

Pillow Talk (Slate, 12/15/2016)


Right here is where you pay… in sweat

I went to the Dreamscape dance performance at the Lincoln Theatre last night put on by CityDance, a D.C. organization that offers several programs to bring dance “to transform lives and communities through dance.” Debbie Allen hosted the event and they opened with the performers dancing to the chorus of Fame.

The performance was great, with all sorts of dance forms represented including ballet, modern, tap, ballroom, and African. Of course we weren’t allowed to take photos during the performance, but I was surprised when an usher told me I couldn’t take a pic of the stage before the show began. Personally, I think that’s ridiculous and puts the ushers in a bad situation since everyone’s doing it. Including me. 🙂

I did not take photos during the performance, but many other people did. Honestly, venues need to come up with a better solution than telling people not to do it. I recommend they create an online repository of images that people should be free to share on social media, which would hopefully reduce people taking their own shots while encouraging publicity.


To Infinity Mirrors… and beyond!

I’m not a connoisseur of modern art, but a friend of mine had extra tickets to the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibit at the Hirschorn Museum in D.C. today and since I like trying new things, I jumped at the chancce. I Googled about the show before I went and I was blown away at how popular it was. I had no. idea. Apparently it was almost impossible to get tickets, so I’m very grateful I had the chance to see it myself.

Scoring tickets to Hirshhorn’s mirrored Yayoi Kusama exhibit (WTOP, 02/28/17)

The show was interesting and some of the mirror rooms were amazing. It’s just too bad that because of the demand and the small size of the rooms, you only got 20 seconds in each one to really take them in.

Here are some of my shots from the exhibit, inside and outside the infinity mirror rooms.

After all the lineups, we were pretty peckish afterwards, so we stopped at Oyamel where I enjoyed some chips and salsa, Caesar salad, and a light margarita. All in all, a great way to celebrate both a Saturday afternoon and Cinco de Mayo!


A powerful message

“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”

Beautifully said, Jimmy. And congratulations on the birth of your new son!


I concur

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Ellen DeGeneres is awesome

I remember watching her coming out episode and the fallout from it. It’s awful that 20 years later there’s still so much discrimination, fear, and sometimes even hatred of the LGBTQ community, but today is a day to celebrate Ellen and her amazing act of courage—an act that helped those who came after her and that played such an important part in the many advances that have been made for gay, lesbian, and trans rights over the last two decades.

Happy 20th anniversary, Ellen!

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Wait… I’m supposed to be scared of these?

When I was in Grade 5 or 6, I was walking home from school when I saw a bunch of boys in front of one of their houses looking inside a big box in the yard. These boys were definitely on the bully spectrum and when I saw one of them looked up at me, I knew something bad was about to happen.

I ran as hard as I could to my house and when I reached the safety of my own yard, I turned around to see what horror the boy was intent on inflicting on me. He stood there grinning, waving a snake in my face.

“Oh, is that all it is?” I asked. “A snake???” I moved closer to get a better look.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more disappointed look in my life.

I saw this beauty sunning himself when I was walking around Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, Maryland.

Sunbathing Snake


Old shmold



Veep, baby!

The best political comedy show ever returns tonight at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.


Oh, and have I mentioned…?

Me and Some Lady in Pink

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Fantastic Friday

Wonderful thread. Best wishes to all those observing Passover and Easter this weekend!


Women rock… literally

And it’s high time they’re officially recognized for it.

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Glass ceiling alert!

Go, Reanne, go!

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So doggone lonesome

We laid my mother to rest today. Her favourite singer of all time was Johnny Cash, so this seems appropriate.


Girls just want to be ninja warriors

Also: Kudos to her awesome parents for encouraging her.

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Twenty Years of Slayage

I was 36 years old when Buffy hit the airwaves for the first time. Which probably explains why I didn’t start watching it from the get-go. I mean, a show about a high school girl who kills vampires doesn’t exactly scream “perfect for the over-30 crowd” does it?

Things changed when I caught an episode by accident. This was back in the pre-streaming days when if there was nothing on I wanted to watch and I’d already gone through all my VHS recordings (!) I would just channel surf to see if anything looked interesting. I think it was Episode 6: The Pack, aka Hyena Xander, but don’t ask me to swear to that in court. And I’m not even sure that first episode was enough to get me hooked, but after only a couple more, I was a total Buffy addict.


There was a lot to love about the show—great characters played by equally great actors, gripping plots, quote-worthy dialogue, AMAZING fight scenes—but what made it really stand out was its relatability—even if you just happened to be 20 years older than the protagonist.

The friendships. The foibles. The fears. These speak to everyone, no matter how old you are. (And honestly, I’m not entirely convinced I’ve ever completely left 16 behind emotionally, even 40 years later…)

These are some of my favourite episodes and moments:

  • Becoming – II. When Buffy thrust that sword into Angel during the Season 2 finale, I’m pretty sure I was every bit as devastated as she was. And to this day I cannot hear Sarah MacLachlan’s Full of Grace without picturing Buffy on a bus leaving Sunnydale.
  • Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered. Another Season 2 classic, this episode was a perfect example of Joss Whedon’s ability to find humour on the Hellmouth. Best bit had to be Drusilla protecting Xander from Angel. 🙂
  • Doppelgangland. Possibly my favourite exchange of dialogue in the whole series came in this Season 3 episode. Oz: Didn’t figure you to miss school. Willow: You think I’m boring. Oz: I’d call that a radical interpretation of the text.
  • The Prom. Four words that are guaranteed to make me cry? “Buffy Summers. Class Protector.” Every. Single. Time.
  • The Harsh Light of Day. In this fourth season episode, we get the return of Spike, the introduction of Vampire Harmony, and Bif Naked’s gorgeous song, Lucky. What’s not to love?
  • Intervention. While the part of the Season 5 episode where Buffy spends time in the desert trying to find her “gift,” didn’t do much for me, Spike allowing himself to be tortured because of his love for Buffy most definitely did.
  • Life Serial. Season 6 villains Jonathan, Warren, and Andrew weren’t my favourite, but I could watch the infinite loop sequence of Buffy at the Magic Shop for, well, infinity.
  • End of Days/Chosen The final two episodes of the final season have so much awesome, from Angel’s appearance to “You’re a dope. And a bonehead. And you’re shirty.” to the end of “she alone.” So. Much. Awesome.

So Happy Anniversary and Thank You to Joss, Sarah, David, Alyson, and all the rest of the members of the Scooby Gang and bringers of the Big Bad that made BTVS one of the best TV shows of all time.*

Follow the celebration on Twitter with hashtag #BuffySlays20.

Grr Argh.

Got any Buffy memories you’d like to share? Add them in the comments below!

* And special thanks for being one of the inspirations for the title—and logo—of this blog.


Teachers rock

These students will never forget Mr. White. Great job, sir!


Gorgeous at any age


One great group celebrating another

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