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Dia de los Reyes

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 | 1 comment

Dia de los Reyes

I don’t often reminisce about my childhood in this space or anywhere else. As I said in my last post about meeting Buzz Aldrin much of my childhood is a murky place and there are few things I remember with anything like clarity. One thing I do remember though, is celebrating the Dia de los Reyes. In my house, it was an even bigger deal than Christmas. I hate to tell you that you’ve been celebrating the birth of Christ wrong all these years, but you really have. The tradition of giving gifts started with the three kings who didn’t arrive until twelve days after his birth on...

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A story about a Girl and an Astronaut

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 | Comments Off on A story about a Girl and an Astronaut

A story about a Girl and an Astronaut

I met an astronaut when I was in fifth grade. It wasn’t John Glenn, though his passing today has reminded me of the experience and the lasting impact it had on my life.   I was a girl who wasn’t particularly interested in math or science. What I was interested in was astronauts. I don’t know where the obsession came from. I’m a few years too young to be caught up in the moon landing craze, but for some reason astronauts have always seemed like the pinnacle of exploration and adventure. There was an essay contest for girls and the winners were going to the Talcott...

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Top Seven Movies

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Top Seven Movies

Top Seven Movies

I saw this floating around on Twitter last week, and I knew 140 characters wasn’t going to be enough to say what I really wanted to say about all these movies, so I decided to make it a blog post instead. Here they are, in no particular order. The Abyss Adventures on an underwater drilling platform. To tell you much more is to spoil the best thing about this movie. Main female character is the on who designed the platform.                 Aliens It’s got everything: creepy aliens, space marines, women kicking ass, and most especially witty...

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Making the Case for Empathy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Making the Case for Empathy

Making the Case for Empathy

Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy. The catalyst for all of this pondering was Pam Bondi speaking at the Republican National Convention. She said this: Hillary believes our enemies deserve our respect and empathy. The crowd booed. This reaction really got under my skin. The idea that we should treat our enemies without respect and empathy is monstrous. Full stop. Empathy is what makes us human. If we discard empathy, we lose an integral piece of our humanity. We lose the ability to understand the plight of others. We lose the ability to connect with others...

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Tanks A Lot

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Tanks A Lot

Tanks A Lot

I’ve been struggling trying to figure out what to make a blog post about this week. It’s part of my fairly nebulous ‘become a real writer’ plan to write a blog post a week and here I was set to fail in week two. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized why should this blog only be about writing and writing related stuff? I mean, it’s my blog after all. I make the rules! So the rule now is that there are no rules! So here you are, at the first inaugural post about random crap that interests me. This week’s edition is aquariums! I took up...

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Which Switch Is Which?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 | Comments Off on Which Switch Is Which?

Which Switch Is Which?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, and this week seemed like a golden opportunity because the second Wachowski sibling of the famed Hollywood pair came out as transgender. The Matrix is a movie near and dear to my teen-in-the-90’s heart. It’s the kind of gritty cyberpunk that I adore with deep-layered messages that people are still sorting out nearly fifteen years later, myself included. I’m not just here to talk about how awesome the Matrix is though, I’m here to talk about one of the secondary characters, and a rumor about the original...

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