Fainting Beaver Follies
My rad life can get a little crazy! Making theatre always has an element of the unexpected and the department’s spring production of a devised vaudeville-style show has been no exception. Last year, my colleague Marion became fascinated with this late 19th and early 20th century form of theatrical entertainment. He decided that he would direct and devise a production in the spirit of...
5 Rad Things That Make Me Smile Right Now
1. Adorable Pictures of Hedgehogs Seriously? Is there anything more adorable than those tiny little paws and snuffly little noses? I can’t get enough right now. She’s just so pretty! Bath time for a pretty hedgie. Hedge in the grass. Okay. Last one. But, am I right? How can you look at one of these and not smile? 2. The Cherry Blossoms Spring is springing everywhere!...
Rad Read: Beatrice and Virgil
From tigers and oceans to monkeys and donkeys. Our third book club selection was my choice, Yann Martel’s newest novel, Beatrice and Virgil. The Life of Pi, Martel’s breakout and critically acclaimed novel, is one of my all-time favorites. Strolling through the book section of a Costco, the elegant and simply rendered cover art depicting a little boy curled up beside a large orange...
The Crafty Beaver Does Easter
One of my pretty decoupage eggs. A longer-lasting alternative for Easter eggs. I’m a crafty kitten or a crafty “beaver,” as the case may be living in Oregon. My drive to create goes beyond theatre (my passion and profession) and food (my obsession) to pretty much anything that sparks my interest. I knit. I quilt. I embroider and cross-stitch. I refinish furniture. I think this...
The Sometimes Vegetarian
I am currently in the midst of my annual Lenten vegetarianism. My favorite religious festival isn’t really Christmas of Thanksgiving, but Lent. Something about the practice of self-denial makes me appreciate my privilege of choice that much more. I love to cook. I do practice moderation and mediate my more carnal desires with a balance of produce and I make it a habit to buy and consume...
Rad Read: Survivor
Our second foray into the office book club was Jordan’s choice, his “favorite” book of all time, Chuck Palahiuk’s Survivor. He explained that he re-reads this novel every year and quotes it frequently. When I flipped open the florescent orange cover, I felt as if I had opened a page into my friend’s brain. Outwardly, Jordan is an unrepentantly misanthropic grump...
Rad Ritual: Tea Time!
My cute tea pot and sugar bowl make a little afternoon ritual that much more rad. I’m a huge Anglophile. I’m a lover of Shakespeare, Ricky Gervais, Monty Python, the Tudor dynasty, the Tube, London, the charming dialects, and the amazing theatre scene. Among all of the cool Britishy things I’m into, my favorite is the tradition of taking afternoon tea. The idea of taking a few...