First robin sighting

I don’t know about you, but I’m always very excited to see the first robin of the season, especially when it’s not even officially spring yet. This actually happened earlier this week – Thursday, I think, as the days have been pretty much a blur right now.

Such an optimistic bird.


More New Ideas

Hey – I’m a very tired camper this morning, up late last night (well, late for a gal who has to be up at the crack of dawn to get to the office job early) at the opening of week two of the New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre.

Read all about it on the Alumnae blog:

Born This Way photo essay

About a week ago, I submitted a photo and essay to the Born This Way blog. You may have heard about this site in the news – it features photos of gay folks when they were children, along with short essays about the photo, their coming out experience, where they’re at today, their first same-sex celebrity crush and a message for gay youth. Here’s my photo essay, edited by the blog creator Paul V.:
And here’s the CNN coverage of the blog site:
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in submitting, visit:

Family drama & baroque music

Big artsy fartsy day yesterday, chickens, starting with the New Ideas Festival week one noon reading of Mythmaking up in the Alumnae Theatre Studio. Not to worry, the family drama was all on stage – at least, for me it was. For the scoop on that, check out my ‘New Ideas: week one reading’ post on the Alum blog:

Last night, it was off to Calvin Presbyterian Church – no, not for the religion, silly – for I Furiosi’s Baroque to the Future concert. I guess I should explain that these guys are not only exquisite musicians, but big, big fun – and come up with big fun themes and titles for their recitals, not to mention excellent costumes (e.g., guest violinist Edwin Huizinga dressed as the Professor and violoncellist/viola gambanist Felix Deak as Marty McFly from Back to the Future)! As always, I enjoyed myself a whole bunch. Check them out at:

Besides the usual program listings of music, bios and sponsors, they also included a brief Q&A with the musicians: Which invention/advancement in technology could you never live without? Most of the gang came up with two things.

That got me thinking – how would I respond to this? In the end, I have to go with Felix on the indoor plumbing. I’d also have to add: a coffeemaker.

Characters reimagined

The washing machine in my building has broken down, which meant I had to schlep my laundry to the neighbourhood laundromat last night. Not such a bad thing, though, as going to the laundromat affords the perfect excuse to catch up on some reading.

I took Dancing with Mr. Darcy with me; it’s a collection of short stories inspired by the writing and life of Jane Austen, and Chawton House Library. The various tales place Austen’s characters and themes – and even Austen herself – in some thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking situations. The collection was assembled following a writing competition, and features an introduction (and was selected by) author Sarah Waters. A must-read for Austen fans.

Today, I picked up a copy of Linda Griffith’s play Age of Arousal and have been reading that as well. I’ve seen it on stage twice: the Nightwood production at Factory Theatre in 2007 and the Shaw Festival production in 2010. The play was inspired by George Gissing’s novel The Odd Women, and I fear that I may do it a disservice in attempting a description here, so I’ll leave that up to the folks at Coach House Books:

What can I say – there’s something very sexy about intelligent, independent, forward-thinking women in period costume.