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Goodbye Alan

Goodbye Alan

January 14th, 2016

It has been a difficult week for magic in this world, as we now bid goodbye to the unequalled Alan Rickman, also 69, also lost to cancer. While I feel conflicted about how much we make of celebrity deaths versus, say, the hundreds of unnamed refugees dying each day, I cannot help but mourn the passing of another giant in my own life (here’s one from the vaults expressing my love). As anyone who has ever read and loved Harry Potter knows, Rickman portrayed on film the magnificently complex character of Snape as no one else could. But Snape aside, his other works include some of my all-time favorite and formative films, such as Sense and Sensibility, Dogma, Blow Dry, Bottle Shock, and Love Actually. Not to mention his hugely humorous roles in Galaxy Quest and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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We Are All Stardust

We Are All Stardust

January 11th, 2016

Last night a little magic went out of the world with the death of the incomparable David Bowie. Many much more eloquent, and significantly more rested tongues than mine are/will be singing the praises of this great artist, but I wanted to share my own little celebration of his life. Thank you Ziggy Stardust for the music, style, and wonder you brought to the world. And for Jareth the Goblin King.

As another fun snippet, here is a link to his Formative Reading List, featuring 75 of the artist’s must-reads and including such gems as A People‚Äôs History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

Lastly, let us console ourselves knowing that while Tilda Swinton lives, Bowie can’t really be gone (because clearly they are in fact one person)…and that, when you get right down to it, we are all made up … Continue reading

Three Months

Three Months

December 9th, 2015 1 Comment

What what what?! It seems impossible but yes, Mr. Quentin is three months old today. I’ve snatched a few moments to share some photos from the past month or so (excuse the low quality cell pics…it is now a rare event indeed for mama to be able to bust out the real camera). I would also like to make it known that I do intend to return to other topics one day, but I know you will forgive this doting mother, as my whole world is currently contained within this little man. At any rate, whilst you peruse the below photos, here’s a season appropriate song for your listening pleasure:

Our tiny fellow has developed such personality: charming, engaged, flirtatious, rascally, cuddly, adoring, precocious, curious, funny, alert, and just as he was in my belly, super active! We are so hopeless in love with him.

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In Gratitude

In Gratitude

October 9th, 2015 1 Comment

Incredibly, Quentin is one month old today. The time has at once flown and dragged painfully by (3am feedings, I’m looking at you) through this period of what someone dear recently, and very appropriately, described as “bootcamp.” Certainly we’re experiencing both extreme psychological and physical challenges, though there is more muscle atrophy than muscle building happening currently.

As some of you know, Quentin’s birth was not an easy one. Certainly very few birth stories are especially easeful, but ours was one for the books. I wanted to take a moment today to thank all of you, my dear ones, who gathered around us in those early days, and those special few whose sustained support has been invaluable in the weeks since. I had grand visions of sending out proper thank you cards to each of you angels, but all hopes of that have flown to the wind along with such … Continue reading

He’s Here!

He’s Here!

September 16th, 2015 5 Comments

On September 9th, we welcomed Quentin Thomas Dubail, a big healthy boy at 8 lbs, 10 oz and 21 inches long. He’s such a special little being, and we’re completely enamored already.

Photo credit: Hannah Wahl

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