I have been totally spoiled this week! I mentioned earlier that I had a hairline fracture in my foot and was supposed to stay off my feet. I’ve been doing that as much as I can, but just taking care of daily needs ends up taking a lot of steps. But this week, several of … More Celebrations, Community, and Sababa
This morning in North Carolina, it is cool, dark, and rainy. Still, I know that Spring is here. This month I have been studying Persian mythology with the students of my literature classes. In the Persian, now Iranian, culture, the New Year, called Nowruz, occurs on March 21. The picture above displays a typical Nowruz … More Did You Hear that Winter’s Over?
Well, it’s been another one of those weeks, hasn’t it? I’m sure we could all use something to brighten up our weekend. Don’t you think an hour and a half of Latinx Broadway performances would do the trick? A free show on YouTube called Viva Broadway: Hear Our Voices pays tribute to the vibrant contribution … More Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Free Broadway Performances
Today I’m mourning the loss of a giant in jurisprudence and an indomitable spirit after the death of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If there are others who are also looking to lift their spirits, I recommend the video below. The video poses the question: Who is smarter, a former NASA engineer or a squirrel? … More Need a laugh? Check out this video of NASA vs. Squirrels
Today, July 24, is National Tequila Day! What a great reason for celebrating what, at least in North Carolina, has been a really hot, humid, stormy week. While Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has run out of free videos to show for your weekend’s entertainment, Sir Elton John is stepping up to fill the void! Sir … More Songs, Sips, Sups, Science, and Social Action for National Tequila Day
“Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”—Squire Bill Widener (although usually attributed to President Theodore Roosevelt, who quoted Widener in his 1913 Autobiography) “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”—Arthur Ashe (first African American tennis player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: An Introduction
One of the ways I’ve been passing the time at home in coronavirus-ville is experimenting more in the kitchen. I’m trying new recipes and new techniques, like making my own yogurt. One of the resources I rely on is America’s Test Kitchen, publishers of Cook’s Magazine among other things. I love Cook’s Magazine because it … More Two Weeks of Free Cooking Lessons Starts Today (5/18)
As I’ve written about before, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s YouTube channel is displaying one of his works for free over these coronavirus weekends (in the East Coast Time Zone, from 2:00 PM Friday May 15 – 2:00 PM Sunday May 17). This weekend’s production is the musical Cats. I really like Cats. But you have … More Broadway Blessings 7: Cats!
Of course, Barbra Streisand is more than just a Broadway star. But Broadway was where she got her start (who can forget her Fanny Brice?) and her Broadway songs are many of my favorites of her recordings, so I’m counting her as a Broadway Blessing. On May 5, Barbra released this video in honor of … More Broadway Blessings #6: Barbra!
After such a healthy Meatless Monday, perhaps Tuesday is a day will a little more indulgence. One of the things that people have been doing to keep their “spirits” up is to organize virtual Happy Hours over Zoom where they drink cocktails together. The Internet was all abuzz when Stanley Tucci fixed this wonderful Negroni … More Stay At Home Happy Hour