Archive for March, 2010

WAMU Commentary – Civility = Fear

Posted on March 31, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries | Tags: , , , |

My latest commentary aired last week on WAMU and was inspired by my experience renting out my townhouse.  Believe or not, it has very little to do with the real estate market.

Listen to the commentary here!

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SWAN Day DC Success Story

Posted on March 30, 2010. Filed under: Short Stories, storytelling | Tags: , , |

I had a great time participating in SWAN Day, and met some really fantastic female artists.

At noon, I was honored to be a part of a panel discussion on women in the arts, led by Catherine Aselford.  By the end of the hour long discussion, we managed to solve problems of typecasting, stereotyping, pay scale differences, and misperceptions.  All fixed!

At 2P, I lead a storytelling, live reading performance at a great space at Hickok Cole!  Included below is a short clip from my performance there of my story, Ball Breaker.

As I have performed this story with better audio and lighting before, this is just a short clip.  You can view the full story at: Ball Breaker

I also performed a reading of my short story, “Class Act,” but, as that hasn’t been published yet, I will wait to share that video.

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Commentary on Health – September 2009 – Meets In Defense of Food

Posted on March 24, 2010. Filed under: Books, Commentaries | Tags: , , , , |

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book reads like Fast Food Nation meets The Schwarzbein Principle. In other words, it has a lot of great information about the way we, as Americans, should be eating, but in a very easy to digest (hehe) format. I read the whole book in two days and felt like the research put into how “nutrition research” is done was very interesting and I agree with his points on taking food as a sum of it’s part rather than breaking them down into one element or another. He quoted a lot from the Schwarzbein Principle, whether he knew it or not, especially with the idea of shopping around the supermarket. I was also happy to see that he agreed with the hypothesis I put forth in my WAMU commentary September 2009… and had the research to back it up! View all my reviews >>

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SWAN Day in the Washington Post

Posted on March 24, 2010. Filed under: Press, Short Stories, storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Even though I wasn’t personally mentioned in the various performances to check out, 🙂  I am still pretty excited that SWAN Day was listed as something fun to do this weekend in the Washington Post.

Read the full article here!

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SWAN Day in DC

Posted on March 19, 2010. Filed under: Short Stories, storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , |

I will be Dishing with the Girls,  MC’ing the Hickok  Cole event, and  performing a story and reading a piece of short fiction at Hickok Cole.  I am excited to be part of such a great day for women artists!

DC SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day in Georgetown

Washington Women join their International Sisters to offer FREE performances, readings and film screenings

On Saturday, March 27, 2010, The Georgetown Theatre Company and Women in Film & Video will host the 3rd Annual DC SWAN Day, an all-day event featuring FREE Performances, Readings and Film Screenings in Georgetown.

DC SWAN Day begins at 12:00noon with an open discussion between a panel of women artists and the community, Dishing with the Girls, at Barnes & Noble (corner of M & Thomas Jefferson Streets, NW). Also at Barnes & Noble, performances and readings by local poets and actors, including BodyLogue, Deepti Gupta’s story of growing up in India, surrounded by negative messages about dark skin, weight
and being a woman, begin at 1:00pm.

1:00-6:00pm at Grace Church: (1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW): Staged Reading Marathon — full-length, one-act and 15-minute plays by women playwrights from all over the USA — and abroad features readings of The Owl Girl by award-winning playwright and poet Monica Raymond, Immortal Beloved by Rebecca Nesvet and several short new plays by leading female playwrights,

1:00pm CDIA Boston in The Foundry: (1055 Thomas Jefferson St., NW) Women in Film & Video will present a screening of the WIFTI Shorts Showcase featuring films from women-directors across the globe.

2:00pm Hickok Cole: (1023 31st Street, NW) Storytelling, Poetry and Monologues by DC Artists.

2:00pm MOCA Gallery in Canal Square: (1054 31st St, NW — or enter Canal Square from M St.) readings and performances, including sketch comedy by New York’s Curvy By Nature.

7:00pm MOCA Gallery in Canal Square: Belle Parricide — first reading of a new, collaborative theatre piece, followed by a discussion led by Psychodramatist Kimberley Rattley of Playback Theatre

For more information about SWAN Day events happening around the world, please visit   For information on DC’s SWAN Day event in Georgetown, please contact Catherine Aselford at 703-915-1061, or visit

The Staged Reading Marathon is funded in part by the International Centre for Women Playwrights

DC SWAN Day is funded in part by Giant Foods, Inc.

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New WAMU Commentary

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Commentaries, writing | Tags: , |

I just recorded my next commentary at the WAMU studio.  I really enjoy going down there, hanging out with David Furst, and recording the commentary.  He often has little notes for me along the way, which I would begrudgingly say are usually helpful.

I was inspired, as usual, when I got back from recording so I just submitted my story, “A Long Time,” to Cream City, an online magazine.  At this rate, with multiple submissions a month, I am going to actually run out of short stories fairly quickly and may need to start writing some more.  Oy vey!

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Submission Updates. etc.

Posted on March 5, 2010. Filed under: Short Stories, writing | Tags: , , , |

Submitted two more fiction stories.  Will see how that goes.  I am really loving Duotrope and how easy they make finding places to submit.  I have to say that I am still not motivated enough to actually mail a submission, so just sticking to online submissions for now.

I did just write another commentary and will be going in to the WAMU studio to record again next week.  And I signed up to perform at some arts festival in March.  I had never heard of it and it may very well be a disaster waiting to happen, but disasters have great potential for fiction.

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