Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year - Best Wishes to you and #MeToo in 2018

Tarana Burke via

Who is the creator of #metoo? Video (Dutch) via De Volkskrant on Facebook

Related link: Meet Tarana Burke, the Real Woman Behind Me Too - December 17, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

I Called Him Morgan: Lee Morgan Documentary

I Called Him Morgan | Trailer | New Release

Published by Film Society of Lincoln Center on Mar 23, 2017 on YouTube

Kasper Collin's "I Called Him Morgan" opens March 24th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center:

Review: 'I Called Him Morgan,' a Jazz Tale of Talent and Tragedy by A. O. Scott, March 23, 2017 The New York Times

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Wendi Deng

My Person of the Year: Wendi Deng Oh, look, May-December! If it's about money and not love, it's only because money affords them power to get away from the people who can't afford to lose something more important to them than love...if they were them, for a day.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

#MeToo Creator Tarana Burke Will Kick Off New Year’s Eve Countdown

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"New Year’s Eve will be especially woke this year..." Read the article: #MeToo Creator Tarana Burke Will Kick Off New Year’s Eve Countdown -

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Meet Tarana Burke, the Real Woman Behind Me Too

"When sexual violence happens, it happens to the individual, but it also happens to families, it happens to schools, it happens to communities." --Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement (Watch the VIDEO posted by The Root on Facebook)

Another problem with Me Too is that empathy doesn't always flow the way we want, but gotta keep spreading love!❤

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Alyssa Milano

A limerick (in the rhythm of Hickory Dickory Dock) by me:

Alyssa said Women ain't yo
Communal property!
You do the deed,
You lose your seat,
Think you can have all this fo' free?


Ain't I a Woman (a speech by Sojourner Truth) - Wikipedia

Friday, December 15, 2017

How #MeToo Has Spread Like Wildfire Around the World

TIME magazine cover,

(...) "In fact, the MeToo campaign was created by a black woman, Tarana Burke, ten years ago, before hashtags even existed.

(...) "Time magazine named these and other such “silence breakers” as their 2017 Person of the Year, profiling not only Milano and Burke, but numerous other women who have spoken out as part of the #MeToo movement." Read the article: How #MeToo Has Spread Like Wildfire Around the World by Catherine Powell 12/15/17 Newsweek

Related articles:

" ‘Me too’ is about using the power of empathy to stomp out shame. ~Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement*" #MeToo and the do-gooders - Let’s show the extent of sexual assault and harassment among people “doing good” around the world. By Jennifer Lentfer Dec 6 The Medium

Letter: The #MeToo Movement has thrown due process out the window - Chicago Tribune

"Tarana Burke is a social activist. She is currently Senior Director of Programs at Girls for Gender Equity." Tarana Burke - Wikipedia

VIDEO: Tarana Burke on why she created the #MeToo movement — and where it’s headed by Chris Snyder and Linette Lopez Dec. 13, 2017 Business Insider

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

PSA from Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai

Hey everyone, meet Ajit Pai! I know, he's not the most popular guy today, but you know what? I agree with him if it means people have been buying services to hide smut and whatever else that doesn't fit a normal, sane family lifestyle, and people can still buy those things separately if they want it...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Top Fragrance Favorites 2017 & Season's Greetings

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I can't remember what perfume or body mist I put in this unlabeled rollerball I found, but I've been wearing it. It could be Chopard Wish or the now rare & discontinued Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Hot, Delices eau Fruitee de Cartier or Avril Lavigne Black Star. It could very well be a Bond No. 9 scent, named for a neighborhood I can't recall. Most likely, it's not one of my Bath & Body Works mists that lately I find too harshly aqueous (sporty scents perform better in the heat), but in a whiff it resembles Tutti Dolci White Mocha Kiss (and it must be noted Honolulu Sun still rocks my world; piña coladas for life!). The spirited floral fruity patchouli composition could be Vera Wang Princess, or any one of a billion Thierry Mugler Angel clones that are supposed to smell like Alsatian Christmas. I shouldn't have been so cocky as to think I'd recognize a long lost fragrance forever. Tastes change. Memories can also change over time. I'm not talking frogs-on-atrazine-level drastic change, though that can happen to some people as well...but that change is part of life.

The holidays are here, just 2 sundowns till Hanukkah and a fortnight till Christmas. I'm almost done buying gifts for my kids, and can't help but reflect on the big changes this year, like my son transposing every note of his favorite melodies to sing an octave down, or my daughter trading in her love of vivid Jeffree Star palettes for more subdued tones inspired by "Gigi Hadid runway looks." I've eschewed more perfumes in favor of Chanel lipsticks, myself. Adrienne is my top choice, and I don't think I'll find a better your-lips-but-better neutral brown shade (or a better quality lipstick), anywhere ever again, but I sure felt the same way about those ubiquitous woody florals that were both seemingly gentle yet increasingly brusque, once upon a time.

I will leave you with one last holiday suggestion before I present my 2017 Top Fragrance list of favorites. The only way to tolerate Limoncello liqueur, which is VERY medicinal-tasting, not what I was expecting, is with copious amounts of milk and honey. I will not go as far as to say locusts would taste better. I added the mixture to coffee, and voila, I ended up with something akin to lemony tiramisu or a Nikoleshka drink, which I'm not even sure if there are still places that serve it in the Village cafè where some new-ish immigrant date, on a date that went nowhere, once took me. In retrospect, maybe those are the best ones.

Here's what I enjoyed the most this year:

Bath & Body Works Honolulu Sun
Bath & Body Works Summer Coconut
This scent I'm wearing...which I just figured out is most likely:
Bond No. 9 Bryant Park. OK, so I AM good.

They're mostly cheapies this year! But a variety of mists, soaps and shower gels add up over time, too. What I gleaned the most from this year is that I'd MUCH rather consume nice things than fall prey to anti-consumerist trends, some of which are quite scary. I wasn't wrong about those posters on makeup forums having a political bend, what with their no-buy abstinence programs on commercial boards, and countless suggestions to appreciate libertine France and music and books unsolicited. It still feels like the way it was described by the author of Magic and Loss (which I haven't read but seems like a veritable new The Fountainhead), Virginia Heffernan, in this New York Magazine article entitled, Commie Chic; so appropos, it seems. Yet, authoritarian tactics to sell ideas don't work too well here, at least not forever. Shoulda known this is the WORLD wide web, but onwards.

Happy shopping! Thanks to the GREAT ladies who said, "More is more!" and Earth, Wind & Fire who sang, "Stay young at heart!" And do share this season with loved ones!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv, but Recognize Jerusalem as Capital

Naysayers around the world aren't a surprise, but the American Jewish voice of dissent against our support of Israel on this issue is shocking to hear. I think this is a fine move, since Americans ALREADY SEE Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for 70 years. A physical move of our Embassy won't change this fact. President Trump's decision to recognize Israel's point of view as the legitimate one officially here seems to have been more of a test to see who our friends in the world really are. Trump to Keep Embassy in Tel Aviv, but Recognize Jerusalem as Capital - No president, Republican or Democrat, has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel since the state was established in 1948. By Mark Landler and Julie Hirshfeld Davis December 1, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017

Seinfeld - The Puerto Rican Day

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Still one of the best sitcoms - and this is the funniest episode!

We hope our friends who are still traveling back and forth to PR find normalcy soon.

WATCH Seinfeld Season 9 Episode 20 @ dailymotion (Video is sped up but more or less intelligible)

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Netanyahu applauds U.S. decision on Jerusalem

A historic moment, indeed! May we celebrate a most Happy Hanukkah this year.

CBS News
Published on Dec 6, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called President Trump’s announcement Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “courageous and just.” CBS News correspondent Seth Doane joins CBSN with more on reaction to the announcement.

Celebrating 175 Years of the New York Philharmonic With a December 7 Concert

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Celebrating 175 Years of the New York Philharmonic With a December 7 Concert By Rebecca Winzenried Dec. 05, 2017
The milestone birthday celebrates a legacy of innovation and invention.

Monday, December 04, 2017

‘I Thought I Was Lazy’: The Invisible Day-To-Day Struggle For Autistic Women

"The stereotype with autism, women including, is that they are really neat and tidy.’

"Different executive abilities particularly hurt those socialized as women or who identify as such. “Women are expected to just pick up daily skills naturally. You’re tainted as a moral failure if you can’t get organized,” says Becker." Read the article: ‘I Thought I Was Lazy’: The Invisible Day-To-Day Struggle For Autistic Women - Adapting to daily life is not often factored into the diagnostic process for autism. It should be. By Reese Piper, The Establishment

Someone Asked My Son With Autism Why Eye Contact Is Hard. This Was His Answer.

"A seat on the side keeps me focused on your voice and not on visual distractions. I am assessing many sounds too. I have to erase some stimuli to access my answers to people’s questions and meet their demands. That is why I don’t make eye contact. I am always listening." Someone Asked My Son With Autism Why Eye Contact Is Hard. This Was His Answer.January 27, 2015

Sunday, December 03, 2017

1% chocolate milk back on school menus as Obama-era rules are eased

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Dear ABC News, since when is 1% milk 'regular?' Reduced fat milk should never be called regular, as regular milk is whole milk. Praising Trump for undoing what Michelle "Cruella deVille" Obama did isn't addressing that Trump only brought back 1% milk fat chocolate milk. You don't usually praise a person for going just half way. But it's an improvement from total deprivation for the non-lactose intolerant being the norm. Regular chocolate milk back on school menus as Obama-era rules are eased by Stephanie Ebbs and Erin Dooley Dec 1, 2017, abcnews

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Yentl: The original Mulan

Barbara Streisand sings "Where Is It Written?" from Yentl (film)

Before Disney's Mulan, the story of a tomboy princess in love with a cause in pursuit of an ideal, there was Yentl. With song and performance this powerfully moving, if only all musicals lived up to this standard! From Wikipedia: "Based on Singer's short story "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy," it centers on a young girl who defies tradition by discussing and debating Jewish law and theology with her rabbi father. When he dies, she cuts her hair, dresses as a man, and sets out to find a yeshiva where she can continue to study Talmud and live secretly as a male named Anshel. When her study partner Avigdor discovers the truth, Yentl's assertions that she is "neither one sex nor the other" and has "the soul of a man in the body of a woman" suggest the character is undergoing a gender identity crisis, especially when she opts to remain living as Anshel for the rest of her life.

"After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Kalfin, opened on October 23, 1975 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 223 performances. The cast included Tovah Feldshuh, John Shea, and Lynn Ann Leveridge.

"As early as 1968, Barbra Streisand had expressed interest in a film adaptation of Singer's short story. Using the Napolin/Singer play as her source material, she wrote a detailed forty-two page treatment, the first to conceive of the movie version as a musical. The resulting 1983 production veered dramatically from the original short story and play by allowing Yentl to reveal her true feelings for Avigdor and having her return to her female self and sail for the United States at the end." Read the article: Yentl - Wikipedia