As a kid I marked time not by the seasons but by events. My most favorite event was the annual back to school shopping trip. My siblings and I would munch down on K-Mart’s blue light special sandwiches and parade like five hungry caterpillars collecting our yellow no. 2 pencils, pink erasers, and crayons. There is nothing like opening up a new box of crayons and breathing deeply.
I still celebrate the season by taking stock in my apartment. What needs a fresh coat of paint or where I can add new color? Renovation expectations are managed by a limited budget and talent. I rely on the experts like Todd Oldham, Libby Langdon, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan but the library has so many talented designers you can take home for a weekend.
Determined to put a stop to this and introduce some diversity, I asked an unsuspecting table of diners last evening: Why not Funny Girl? One diner felt the film had received too much bad press when first released in 1968 because Omar Sharif, a Franco-Arabic actor, was playing romantic lead to a young Jewish Barbara Streisand. He didn't know that Streisand had earned an Oscar for her performance. Another diner felt the story was too dated (like Maria in the Alps isn’t).
I gained 60 lbs back this year after acquiring a DVR and serving on a book committee. One of my helpful siblings offered me a roll of duct tape or the loan of a treadmill. I chose the treadmill.
So I happily gave my treadmill a trial run while watching the previously recorded BET awards hosted by one of my favorite performers, Queen Latifah. What a show! The press mainly reported on Chris Brown's emotional performance but the highlight for me was the musical tribute by various artists (including
LeBron James is announcing his decision live on Thursday, July 8 at 9 PM ET on ESPN.
I was reminded while watching Hoop Reality, that only 1.2% of all college basketball players are recruited to the NBA. James is a very talented and lucky man. A recent trip to watch the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks (sans an injured Candace Parker) had me wondering about the percentage of young women being recruited to the WNBA.
The baby boom among staff here at Denver Public Library has me wishing for a "kiss-and-cry" area similar to that for the skaters at the Olympics.
I am overjoyed for my colleagues and more than ever, feel called to make a meaningful contribution to society. Somehow, just caring for my pet cockatiel is not enough. Not one to play the tax card, I started to think about practical ways I can contribute to the success of children in my own community. And while the prospect is overwhelming, I have narrowed my tasks to three simple actions:
1) Don't text and drive,
2) Offer to baby-sit for friends and family waiving my required nonrefundable furniture deposit, and