Sunday, May 31, 2009

Visiting the Bagleys

I returned last night from a workshop on the American Lyceum in Boston. On Tuesday, I went over to Erin and Paul's and met the famous Jack and Sophie. Both are adorable, although Jack is more mellow--he almost rivals Sonja in terms of lack of crying from a little baby. And did you know Sophie likes beer?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

BMCC Convocation 2009

One of my favorite academic duties is to present the students who received honors in our multimedia art major with their awards at honors convocation at BMCC. It is an extremely long event (two and a half to three hours of faculty talking) so it is a little exhausting, but it is great to hear the stories of many of the students who have excelled while at BMCC. It is also a picture taking opportunity. Here are a few pictures of some of my fabulous students with friends and family.









Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Times Square



Calvin and I walked around the pedestrian mall version of Times Square yesterday- it was great. Massive numbers of random lawn chairs, the usual wide range of people hanging out. Later we went to Kinokuniya Bookstore and drank green tea.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Anniversaries!

Memorial Day weekend is both Betsy and John's and Molly and Jerry's anniversary. Congratulations!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More Emmanuel Guibert in the Media

NPR did a piece today on Alan's War, another book by Emmanuel Guibert, also published by First Second. Kate wrote about this memoir of a World War II veteran living in France in PWCW. Kate seems to be their unofficial First Second/history correspondent. Go Kate! Go Emmanuel Guibert! Go First Second! Go Comics!

"The Photographer" Author on Rachel Maddow

This book, published by First Second, tells the story of late French photo-journalist Didier Lefèvre and his experience traveling with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan in 1986. Kate wrote about The Photographer for PWCW. Author Emmanuel Guibert and Juliette Fournot, director of the mission depicted in the book appeared on the Rachel Maddow show on Friday. Here is a review of the book in the NY Times Book Review.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sonja Wants to Come to NYC

Originally uploaded by neilsonabeel
Sonja eating her first NYC bagel, which convinced her that it might be a city worth checking out.

Star Trek

Has anyone else seen it? I thought it was fantastic.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


I have been working a lot lately and trying to buy a house, more on that later, and the feeling of overwhelmedness is exhausting. BUT the thing keeping me going is the premier of Glee tonight on Fox.

I cannot not express how excited I am, it better live up to my expectations or you will hear my scream of disappointment where ever you are.

Is anyone else excited about the little taste we are getting tonight? The creator, who is also the creator of Nip/Tuck was on Fresh Air yesterday and it was a great interview.

Geneva May 2009

Neilson and I had a brief but fun trip to Geneva this weekend. Highlights included eating at Connie's Diner, going to Eliza's rained out softball game (although she got a hit before the torential downpour began), seeing Mom (Trish) and Anders mow the law, watching Eliza and Anders play with the helicopters, the general sense of happiness that GrandMary felt well enough to come home from the hospital, watching the Preakness, and watching Sonja be cute. You can see the rest of Neilson's pictures on Flickr.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Fashion Show

Did anyone else watch the first episode of The Fashion Show- Bravo's knock-off of Project Runway with Isaac Mizrahi?

I love Isaac Mizrahi, but wow, almost all of those clothes were really bad, at least I thought so.


On of my colleagues, who turned 40 earlier in the year, made me this badge. It reads "BCC Wisdom at 40" conference.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

More Photos of the Yankee Game

I still think the Yankees should have gone the Fenway route, I still think it is horrible the team took over one of the few parks in the area, I still take glee in the empty over-priced seats, still obscene even now than the prices have been cut in half. But, I gotta say, the new stadium is a nice place to see a ball game. So along with cell phones and blogging and Facebook and Monster Energy Drink, the new stadium goes into the category of things I found kind of gross until I embraced them. Apparently I am very callow and easily bought.

Of course, the Yankees had a pathetic outing. The crowd got the most excited during a montage of Paul O'Neill's greatest moments played to "I Am the Warrior," a depressing reminder of how the mighty have fallen.

More pictures of the game and the bike ride are on Flickr.

Photographing the entrance.

These garlic fries are really terrific.

Slightly obstructed view from our seats in the back row, almost all the way over to the left. Cost $35 on stubhub. Too much money for a baseball game.

Calvin tweeting the game. We also posted to Facebook, texted, and, I think, called people on our cell phones, although maybe that is too passe.

If you click on this picture and enlarge it, you can see how many empty seats are behind home plate. Even now that these seats are half price.

We were all excited about the cup holders. And getting commemorative cups. In fact we collected empty cups on our way out, ending up with about 20 between the four of us.

We really liked our free caps.

The Couple that Photographs Together . . .

Across the Street
Originally uploaded by Red Peonies
A belated happy 6th anniversary to Calvin and Jody. I actually wished them that in person on May 2, when we were at the Yankee game, but is it real if it doesn't happen in cyberspace these days?

Monday, May 04, 2009

Yankee game!

We had a great time. The new stadium is cool, though weird to walk by the huge hulking old stadium.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Family Death March--5 borough bike tour edition

I have always had great luck with the 5 Borough Bike tour--dry, temperate weather and no mechanical problems. Today we had drizzle turning to outright rain, a high of 58 degrees, and a problem with Dad's brakes. But we still had a fun time, despite numb feet and very wet clothes (and skin) by the end.

Dad talking to the repairman, who loved his bike. It may be made bike of the week on the store's website.

At the Astoria rest stop, we added our banana peels to the compost pile.

At mile 30

At mile 42, waiting to get onto the Staten Island Ferry.