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Superbowl Afterglow

By evidentlyblog, published on Feb 6, 2014

How 'bout them apples? The city of Seattle is beside itself after the rare event that one of its teams not just won but dominated a world championship sporting contest. Admittedly, it felt so righteous to be on the dishing side of a monumental walloping. Most definitely I give homage to the true fans who live and breathe the ups and downs of the team and commit to it on a very deep level. I understand this commitment as seen through my grandpa and dad where the WSU Cougs are concerned. As the years tick by, a connection to a team can sometimes become so engrained that you wonder if you ever... (more)

Tags: seattle, super bowl, seahawks, conflicted feelings, civic pride, moral objections

What to Say About Things Like This

By evidentlyblog, published on Dec 14, 2012

One of the biggest challenges as a parent is to have to explain this chaotic world to an unspoiled mind. To find a way to put words to things that defy reason but are important to understand. My daughter is too young to know about what happened today in Connecticut but this is the world she inhabits and the world she will need to be able to navigate. I think about what I would say to her if she were a few years older.

Any normal human would feel empathy for the victims' families and as a fellow parent even more so. But to have an intimate understanding of how piercing the loss those... (more)

Tags: parenting, compassion, sadness, fury, connecticut shooting, explaining to kids

Peevish Social Media

By evidentlyblog, published on Jul 3, 2012

After writing a blog for over six years and being on Facebook for five, you start to consider yourself a connoisseur of user generated/social media--especially being able to distinguish between what is “within the norm” versus “cringe-worthy.” I have learned from bloggers before me that obscurity is a protection from ridicule until the moment it’s not--in other words, once you are found to be interesting in either a good or bad way, you’re anonymity can be erased by one well-followed tweet or blog entry with a hyperlink. Bolder bloggers than I have fallen upon their own words and found this... (more)

Tags: facebook, blogging, social media, pet peeves, writing standards, lamebook

Everyday Should Be Mother's Day

By evidentlyblog, published on May 2, 2012

All the retail stores and websites are gearing up for the most over-rated, under-delivered "holiday" known as Mother's Day. The anticipation is sometimes met with a valiant attempt of appreciation but usually it just doesn't live up to the hype. That's because nothing anyone can do in a single day can embody the sacrifices, logistical wherewithal and good times that moms bring to our lives year in and year out. But I don't say this because I didn't get diamonds or a spa day last year, I say that because as cliche' as it sounds, doing something nice for your mom/a mom-like figure/the mom... (more)

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Christmas Currency: Cookies

By evidentlyblog, published on Dec 27, 2011

We're back from the distant lands of Portland/Vancouver and all the holiday hubbub. While it was a wonderful time away on many fronts, being back here at home is sort of a relief--especially in regards to sweets. It became apparent to me after observing my family and attending a few gatherings that Christmas cookies & sweets really are the "Currency of Christmas". (Tisk, tisk that you would ever enter another's home without bearing some currency.)

Apparently in normal households, multiple kinds of these baked goods are made and then placed in tins or on festive paper plates.... (more)

Tags: christmas, holiday, cookies, baking, waste, tradition, obligation, indulgence, currency

WA Dental Service Knows What's Best ...for it's bottom line

By evidentlyblog, published on Nov 16, 2011

When your dad is your dentist for all of your childhood (like mine), you get used to knowing the person who is doing your dentistry will do everything in their power to make sure it turns out right. And because he made no money on it, he did what was needed--no more, no less. That should be everybody's experience but economics and insurance interests conspire to punish that sort of long-term patient care approach.I think a lot of people make the assumption that dentists must live high on the hog, raking in extraordinary fees just because they can. We're led to believe that insurers have... (more)

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Family Dinners

By evidentlyblog, published on Nov 9, 2011

Back when I was 9 or 10, I can remember dinners out with the Japanese side of the family. We always met up in the banquet rooms of Chinese restaurants. You might be asking why would Japanese people do this and I have no idea. I liked Chinese food at that time so I didn't complain. (Now I find it too greasy, salty and "sauced," but I digress.) We met up with my many great-aunts and uncles, 1st and 2nd cousins and occasionally my grandpa and grandma (if they were in town) to talk, drink tea and eat lots of Chow Mein.

My younger brother and I were usually the only children present... (more)

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Please, Thank you, You're Welcome

By evidentlyblog, published on Oct 29, 2011

The foibles of parents can create blind spots for kids and even as a parent when you want to provide broad, correct and useful guidance--sometimes you can't get out of your own way to see that you are biased. Case in point: niceties.

Please, Thank you, You're Welcome. Are they necessary to get you what you want in life? Yes. Are they what civilized, enlightened people say to one another? Yes. Do they expend extra energy & time to say and sometimes smack of formality and expose weakness? Yes. Back in college, when I was learning to direct television programs and television news... (more)

Tags: manners, language, thank you, please, you're welcome, nicety bootcamp

New Path and Maestro for the Seattle Symphony

By evidentlyblog, published on Oct 27, 2011

I think I was 15 when I heard a live symphony orchestra for the first time. It was in a church and my high school boyfriend's mother played violin in this group. I never forgot that sensation, that tickle in my ear upon hearing live stringed instruments. There is no other way for me to describe it but live music especially violins, violas, cellos, basses...taps into something deep and is unlike any other experience. Also as a non-musician, I acknowledge the extent to what I absorb of the classic masterworks is small. The complexity and emotion is apparent but there is so much more.

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Tags: seattle symphony morlot expectation composition modern music

Letter to my Daughter on her 2nd Birthday

By evidentlyblog, published on Oct 24, 2011

Dear Sidney,

You just turned 2 and none of us can believe it. You are so much a little girl and so less a baby that I think we now believe all those sage parents who advised us to cherish every moment of your young life because it floats away. But I'll be honest, I love this age on you. Nothing gets by you and I'm sure you pick up a lot more of our adult conversations than you let on. Your vocabulary and ability to mimic sounds has exploded. I credit your father with his diligent (yet exhaustive) work with you on your annunciation. I am prone to correct you but let things go by... (more)

Tags: letter toddler mother 2-year-old birthday parenting

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