I’m finally sobering up after a night that was intoxicatingly special. Friday night I was one of 6 storytellers at a public event held at the Linda Auditorium. The occasion was a celebration of the 8th anniversary of our local take on the Moth Story Hour, The Front Parlor Series, which occurs monthly in two … Continue reading Telling the story of A Fire, a Phonebook Page and Finding My Father
23 and me – yes, me!
As a Christmas gift to myself, I bought a 23 and Me kit. I grew up not knowing any biological family members and I was curious to see how much of the limited family lore might be confirmed - or disproven. For years I had considered my heritage to be pretty cut and dry (50% … Continue reading 23 and me – yes, me!
The lively Dead Rabbit
Earlier this month, my oldest son and I went to the city and got us some culture. It began with a cheap (less than $120 for the night) hotel way downtown, which became an afternoon performance at the Met, a Downton Abbey exhibit and visit to the super cool oculus. Our time in NYC coincided … Continue reading The lively Dead Rabbit
What William Kennedy gave me on his 90th birthday
Tuesday night I was lucky enough to join an already in progress festive event down at Cafe Capriccio. Gathered together to celebrate Albany’s literary native son William Kennedy’s birthday were dozens of family members, friends and colleagues. I arrived as speakers began to share their thoughts, memories and best wishes and it was remarkable. The … Continue reading What William Kennedy gave me on his 90th birthday
Seeing the whole of the moon – U2 at MetLife
I've seen U2 a half dozen times, but I don't think I've ever been as excited for a show as I was last Wednesday. Every single thing aligned to make for a perfect night - the weather was phenomenal, the company was sublime and our seats exceeded my expectations. The foundation was all in place … Continue reading Seeing the whole of the moon – U2 at MetLife
New St. Patrick’s Day parade rules
I couldn't be happier about the new rules announced this morning regarding Albany's St. Patrick's Day parade. In years past this event has been an absolute sh*t show and I haven't felt comfortable taking my kids there in many years. If you know me, you know I'm all about having fun and a couple of … Continue reading New St. Patrick’s Day parade rules
You may not know this, but both of my parents came from large Catholic families. Is that redundant? I actually have an aunt and two deceased great aunts, who became nuns, for real. I grew up hearing about how my mother's family went to morning mass every day, staying for a marathon mass on Sundays. … Continue reading Giving up