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Friday, May 31, 2013

Sir Patrick Stewart, Ladies and Gentlemen - A Truly Class Act

A fan asked Sir Patrick Stewart what he was most proud of in his life, besides acting. He went on to make an impassioned speech about his efforts to end domestic violence and help victims of PTSD - something that connected very personally with this particular fan.

Watch, and be educated. Watch and be proud this man shares a planet with you.

Sir Patrick Stewart's Touching Response To A Fan's Question

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I Have A Mommy Super Power - Who Knew?

I am not the world's greatest mother. Trust me on this one. I do plenty wrong, and I've made plenty of mistakes in this parental journey of mine.

Neither would I ever consider motherhood - and parenthood in general - to be a complete cakewalk with prancing unicorns and happy sprinkles of sunshine falling gently from the fluffy clouds above me.

But I have to say this, because it's been weighing on my mind.

It has come to my attention, that I have some kind of Mommy Super Power that I've been mute about 'till now. In general, I haven't wanted to say much about it because I'm afraid I'll come off as very arrogant or self-righteous in some way. The thing is, though, this subject keeps coming up again and again and I really think I need to just come clean.

I mean literally - come clean.

So here's the lowdown on my apparently unheard of Mommy Super-Power:

When my kids were babies and toddlers, I took showers.

Every single day. Without a problem.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dear Somebody I Don't Know: Sorry, I Can't Trust You

Due to circumstances beyond control, I lost my babysitter, rather abruptly. We're a month away from the end of school, and Anna, being twelve now, is certainly old enough to keep an eye on David for the two hours between school ending and my coming home.

The problem is, this ties her down. She can't have friends over, and she can't go hang with friends. When you're twelve, that's pretty rotten. Luckily for me, my former babysitter's younger brother (who's nearly in high school) is a terrific kid that I know pretty well, and he's willing to step in and make some money. It's working out great. Since Anna's off and running with her friends right after school, he's spending most of his time with David, and David is having a blast.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Dear Toddler Mom From Chuck E. Cheese

Dear Toddler Mom From Chuck E. Cheese:

Hi there. Remember me? I'm the one who got hit in the back of the head with the heavy wooden skee ball you let your toddler throw. I'm also the one who gave you the dirty look as you retrieved it from between the legs of another child at a neighboring game and handed it back to your toddler to try again.

And again.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Daughter Was Thoughtless Yesterday, And My Heart Aches For It

Last night was a hard night. I got a call from a family friend, who put me on the phone with her daughter, and then I got my heart broken.

My beautiful, usually kind, mostly thoughtful girl did something awful yesterday.

She gossiped.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

These Are The Kinds Of Things That Make Autism Such A Fun Ride Sometimes

As some of you know, David is currently taking piano lessons. He's doing very well with them, too! I really don't have to nag him to practice, and his teacher says he's one of her best students.

So imagine my surprise when David's father tried to drop him off at his lesson week before last, and found that no one was home. I hadn't received an email cancelling his lesson, so I was clueless as to what was going on. It's not a huge deal, though - his teacher would surely set up a make-up lesson, so I forgot all about it.

Last week on lesson day, I got an email in the morning from his teacher, apologizing for not getting ahold of me sooner. Unfortunately, her father passed away the day of that missed lesson, and she was knee-deep in funeral plans and family visits. I wrote her back immediately to reassure her that it was not a problem and to offer my condolences to her and her family. How awful.

When I got home from work, I sat down with David and explained that there wouldn't be any piano that day, because something sad had happened. Miss Ginny's Daddy died.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What Happens When Men Get A Taste Of Childbirth? Check It Out!

I have no idea who these guys are, but they (and their high-fiving wives) just gave me the best laugh I've had in a month. Check out what happens when men get hooked up to a machine that simulates labor pains.

And then laugh. Laugh and laugh and laugh.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Once Upon A Time - Season 2, Episode 22 Recap: A Pirate's Life For Me

We begin - say it with me now- as I always like to begin: with Hook.

We're aboard the Jolly Roger, somewhere off the coast of Neverland, and Hook is looking longingly at the only remembrance he has of Milah, a drawing of her face. He asks Mr. Smee about the lad they pulled from the sea. Smee wonders with obvious fear if the boy might belong to "him." Hook points out that if the lad is indeed the one that "he" is looking for, he could be their ticket out of Neverland.

He heads below to question the lad himself, and discovers to his surprise that the boy is Baelfire, and that means he's the only piece of Milah left in the world. We see an uncharacteristically soft Hook offer the boy a blanket and berth, proclaiming "it's a pirate's life for you."

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sit Back, Enjoy The Song, Then Hug Somebody You Love

Zach Sobiech is dying of osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that mostly strikes children. He turned 18 on Friday, and went to prom with his girl. His class graduates next month, but he's not sure he'll be with them when they do.

Zach began writing music after his diagnosis, and uploaded his original song "Clouds" to YouTube, where it quickly went viral. On Monday, dozens of celebrities posted a love letter response -- joining forces to lip sync to Zach's voice, singing "Clouds."

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Video We All Need To See: "This Is Water"

I was going to start this post by saying "This video is for all the graduates out there," but the truth is, it's for all of us. We're all in here. All out there. All swimming in the same water.

The simple, unbridled humanity of this beautiful commencement address to Kenyon College by author David Foster Wallace in 2005 is made all the more poignant by the author's untimely death three years later. The original audio has been beautifully edited with this video, put together by the artists at

This one hit me right in the feels.

Maybe it's the kid in the video who displays some autistic-type behaviors (holding his ears, hugging himself). Maybe it's because I've been that tired, overworked, bored, frustrated person entirely too much of my life.

All I know is I watched this video, and I'm seeing people today. Really, really seeing them.

Seeing us.

Because we are all part of a bigger us.

Come on in, the water's fine.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Oh, Kim, This Is NOT A Good Look

Can anyone tell me what the hell Kim Kardashian was thinking when she donned this frock? She looks like a sofa! From your grandmother's house!

As one of my friends pointed out, all she needs are doilies on the shoulders to set the look.


Monday, May 6, 2013

I Lost My Mother Long Before I Had To

My mom would have been 75 yesterday. If only she'd lived.

Instead, she died in the wee hours of the morning after Christmas, at the age of sixty-four. My daughter, my firstborn, was a toddler in my arms and has no memory of the grandmother who thought she was beauty personified. She'll never remember her grandmother's arms, or her laugh, or the way she sang that silly song while she bounced her on her knee...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Once Upon A Time - Season 2, Episode 21 Recap: The Shadow Knows


This evening we begin back at the very moment that Rumplestiltskin abandoned young Baelfire, who has landed in London, somewhere in the 1800's. He lives on the streets for six months, and then breaks into an opulent home, looking for food. He's about to tear into a loaf of freshly baked bread when he's caught by the family dog, who barks an alarm. An amazingly beautiful young girl (seriously - this girl is incredibly pretty) comes running and realizes very quickly that Bae isn't there to harm her. She offers him extra bread, and a warm place to sleep, and then she gives him her name: Wendy Darling.

Forward to Storybrooke, where Tamara is suiting up to go for a morning run, leaving Neal in bed. Not for long, though, because he hears a commotion out his window. It turns out to be dear old Dad, terrorizing Dr. Whale because he thought Whale glanced a little too long in Lacey's direction.

Neal intercedes, reiterating once again that his father has never changed. He also harps on the fact that dad hasn't even asked to meet Tamara. Gold replies that Neal's not getting married - not as long he carries a torch for Emma. Neal tells him that he's done with him, and warns him to stay the hell away from both him and Henry.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

We're Just Doing Our Thing, Living With Autism

This morning, I was getting David ready for school and we were watching PBS. Arthur was coming on, and right on cue, he screamed "Sing it, Mom! Sing it!" And in my best goofy voice, I belted out:

Hey! It's a stinky butt kinda day! 

Because that's how we sing Arthur. Ever since David stretched once and managed to toot a bit in the process - right when Arthur was coming on. I think that was a couple of years ago. But it's a thing now.