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Dec. 14th, 2011


Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]
"White Christmas." Without a doubt.

Nov. 11th, 2010


Come and see my choir concert!

HAYDN: Maria Theresa Mass

Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston

Deborah Selig, soprano
Tania Mandzy, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Jones, tenor
Anton Belov, bass

Kevin Leong, conductor

Saturday, December 4, 2010
8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
Harvard University

Tickets: $20 general | $10 students & seniors
available from a chorus member
or from the Harvard Box Office
at 617.496.2222
or http://www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/cal/details.php?ID=41722

For more information, please visit


Now in its 31st season, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, conducted by
Kevin Leong, will join the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston to
perform Joseph Haydn's grand and lyrical "Maria Theresa Mass" on
Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 8:00 PM in Sanders Theatre at Harvard
University. With 170 voices, soprano Deborah Selig, mezzo-soprano
Tania Mandzy, tenor Lawrence Jones, and bass Anton Belov, this concert
promises to be a festive start to the holiday season.

Aug. 18th, 2010

Dulac falling star

More Texts from Last Life

Remember that site I linked to last week, "Texts from Last Life"? The spoof of "Texts from Last Night" except with historical figures, because my friends and I are big nerds with weird senses of humor? Well, it seems to be taking off rather well, but we're always looking for new people to submit things. Here is the latest one I did:

From @EmD_Gang$ta

I could not stand to stop 4 Death
That h8ter curbs my fun
So I cruised by in my phat ride
And capped him on the run

It amuses me.

Read more and submit your own here: http://textsfromlastlife.tumblr.com/

Aug. 9th, 2010


My friends and I are nerds. But you know you love it.

A bunch of us were sitting around last night drinking (that's how so many good stories begin) and we were talking about the website Texts from Last Night. We were saying, oh how funny it would be if there was a website like this, except for historical characters.

So... we made one.

Texts from Last Life

Read! Contribute your own! Bask in the nerdiness!

Feb. 16th, 2010

Gaia With Horns and Wings

My dad wins all the points EVER.

I got a Valentine's Day card from my dad today. It's clearly intended for a little girl; it's decorated in splashy, pastel-bordering-on-neon colors, complete with glittery rainbows and flowers. A cheerful crescent moon in the sky sports a mischievous grin and rosy cheeks. In fact, anything that could conceivably have a face does--the flowers, the butterflies, the stars nestled on the rainbow, all smiling in a vaguely maniacal fashion with blushing red cheeks that make them all look like they got into some Magical Pixie Punch. Right in the middle cavorts an ecstatic-looking unicorn that is trailing a bunch of balloons in its mouth as it leaps through the psychedelic meadow. At the top, twined within the colors of the rainbow, it says in loopy, red cursive, "For a Valentine Princess."

And on the belly of the unicorn, my dad wrote in dark blue ballpoint pen, "Charlie."

Because my dad is totally awesome. Now you guys can see where I get my sense of humor.

Thanks, Dad. :-)

Dec. 4th, 2009

Nightmare Moonlight

Random thought...

It seems unfair, somehow, that the new intriguing Roald Dahl book-turned-movie "Fantastic Mr. Fox" directed by Wes Anderson (of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tennenbaums" fame) gets a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and only makes $7 million, while a travesty like the second "Twilight" movie only rates a 29% and has made more that $42 million.


[EDIT: Oh, dear God, I was only reading the stats for the last weekend. The actual gross amounts are $10 million for "FMF" and $230 million for "Twilight." Now I'm even more depressed.]

Oct. 14th, 2009

Nightmare Moonlight

Which Tarot Card Am I?

Those of you who know me shouldn't be too surprised, I would think.

Under a cut, for the sake of your friends' page...Collapse )

Aug. 3rd, 2009

Dulac falling star

Economic Outlook in 3 Minutes.

The questions on everyone's lips is, "When is the economy going to recover?"

In a 3 minute YouTube video, here is my company's chief economist telling you just that.

Jun. 30th, 2009

Grammar Bitch

New blog entry up.

I entered the following in Glimmer Train “Best Start” contest. The terms of the contest:

Best Start is meant to encourage new writers to tackle that story!

This category is different from our others in that the piece should be an engaging and coherent narrative, but it does not need to be a complete story; it needs to be an important part of a story in progress. You could think of it as a writing sample, but we hope you’ll feel free to reach a bit. Maybe you’re experimenting with a new voice, developing a character, working on clarity in a complex bit of plot or trying to make your dialogue believable and significant. You could be playing with point of view, working to build tension, or looking for a satisfying ending. Or you might be two pages into something brand new.

What we want is to read is an engaging slice of a story you’re excited about writing.

So here it is.


Jun. 16th, 2009


Alert: FDA says Zicam CAN BE DANGEROUS.

I have been an advocate of Zicam for a number of years now. I have sworn it reduces the duration of my colds, recommended it to my friends, and claimed I have never had a really nasty cold since I started using it.

It's entirely possible that it was all placebo effect--and that it was putting my health in jeopardy. The FDA has asked the makers of Zicam to take their Zinc-containing products off the market while they investigate the significant reports that some consumers who have used the nasally-applied Zicam have permanently lost their senses of smell.

Yeah, so... lots of water, Vitamin C, and rest for all future colds.

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