Marcia's birthday is on Valentine's Day. Pearl, Carrie, and Cody (with a special cameo by Finn) made this video in honor of the special occasion. Happy Birthday, sweetheart!
Pearl and Carrie are selling magazines with their Girl Scout troop. Here's their video sales pitch (time 1:30). If you'd like to make a purchase, click here please.
Yes, pals, it's time to ring in a new year. Happy 2010! Click here to check out the Holiday Sound Poem 2009. [time = 1:23] Remember it's audio, not video, so you won't see any pictures.
2008 holiday poem
with bonus grrrlville impossible video
If you miss the blog and want to keep up with our comings and goings, add Marcia and me as your friends on facebook. Hope it's a wondrous year for you and yours.
Longtime readers may or may not recall this song Pearl did when she was two. Hope you're having a great day! (Time = 14 seconds)
home sick. Meaning I am sick and therefore stayed home from work. As opposed to homesick, which is not all that different really. The cars pass by randomly but I don't see them. I hear lawn mowing outside the window. The machinery needs an oil change; even I can tell from the sound of metal whining. The dog is snoring. Time is moving but so slowly. I keep checking on the clocks. Must remember. Brave One DVD too scary. Visitor DVD, kinda slow. Like my me. Maybe perfect? Someone has left fresh cut flowers in a vase. People are living in his apartment. They leave. They return. I watch the movie, minutes passing. I am them. I am me again.
Kristi, Kelly, Elswhere, Guusje, and Jess. Congrats also to Nutty, the alternate from Monday who will get the DVDs because one of the 5 winners declined the prize. I have emailed the winners this morning. Congrats and thanks to everyone for participating. You rock. And of course, thanks also to my superhero blogging partner this week, Dana Rudolph of Mombian.
Okay. You've voted. The elections are behind us. And today is your last chance to win The L Word Season 5 DVD set. I've teamed up with Dana Rudolph of Mombian, and together we are giving away 20 DVD sets.
Winning is easy. You have until 11:59 PM Central time. To enter the contest, leave a comment today (U.S. central time) answering this question:
What is something that you've Lost that you wish you could get back? Stories, welcome but optional.
The 5 winners will be chosen randomly and announced tomorrow (10/6/08).
THE L WORD returns to DVD with THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON on October 21ST in a collectible 4-disc set. DVD includes all 12 dramatic and deliciously provocative Fifth season episodes from Showtime’s successful long-running series featuring all the beauty, chaos and complexities of a group of women who inhabit Los Angeles’ lesbian community plus behind-the-scenes special features.
© 2008 Showtime Networks Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Thanks, Lori Hahn, for posting this video of Mayor Jerry Sanders explaining his decision to support gay marriage. Below is a letter Marcia wrote to the San Diego mayor applauding his decision.
Dear Mayor Sanders,
I just saw a video of you and your wife on YouTube in which you
announced that you will sign the resolution passed by your city
council to file a brief in support of gay marriage. Thank you.
Last December my extended family came from many parts of the United
States to spend Christmas in your beautiful city San Diego. We were
not disappointed–the beaches were pristine, the skies blue, the city
stunning. There is only one problem with San Diego, we all agreed:
it’s too conservative.
You see, my sister and I are both lesbians with life-long partners and
2 kids each; our dad is a retired bishop in the United Methodist
Church who works unfailingly for justice for all; our mom is an
idealist who believes in unconditional love for everyone; and our
brother, his wife, and their 2 kids are activists committed to making
the world a better place. We are an amazing family, if I do say so
And your family, too, is amazing, if I do say so myself! Your change
of heart over gay marriage left me in tears. Truly. Transformation is
always courageous, but you get lots of bonus points because you chose
(okay, no doubt you felt forced) to explain your change in public to
your constituents and the world.
I just want you to know that I applaud your dedication to
enlightenment and equality. I hope that I will be as brave as you
have been if (no, WHEN!) the turn arises for me to grow or change my
views about an issue. You are an inspiration. Keep up your good
And maybe our family will see you next Christmas in San Diego after
all. It would be an honor.
Marcia in Texas
As you may have noticed in your own family, having only one parent working can make finances a little tricky. I've been holding off as long as I could but finally this weekend I ordered a new Dell computer. Part of the irresistibility of this purchasing moment was that the laptop came with a free FLIP camcorder. The computer hasn't arrived, yet but the camcorder arrived yesterday. I popped some batteries into this cell phone sized gadget, pressed play, and made this, my first video. (time = 1:43)
While I'm on the topic of my own opinions, here is my favorite kid song of the month: "Seven" by They Might Be Giants. You can hear/see it in 2 different versions. The first video link is one of TMBG performing the song. The second one is an animated music video of the song in the TMBG series of podcasts for kids. Warning about the song: it's sticky.
Pearl came to me Sunday morning saying she wanted to make a DVD. She needed help. Okay, I said. How can I help? I want to trace a circle onto this paper. Would you cut it out for me with scissors?
So I cut out a circle of white paper, and Pearl drew puppies and sunsets with colored pencils.
Now I need some glass, she announced after the picture was complete. Oh, and the DVD will be called Puppies to the Rescue 1.
Glass? Yes, Pearl said, a circle of glass so I can make the DVD.
I guess that because DVDs are shiny, she assumed they were made of glass. Also she seemed to assume that if she attached this picture and title onto a DVD, she could insert them into the DVD player and see the entire story unfold on the television.
Let's see, I said. We can make a DVD, but there might be a few steps more to it than it might seem.
So I took dictation for her in her 100 page book,explaining that to make the DVD we would need a story first. Pearl told me two stories, "Puppies to the Rescue 1" and "The Elephants Will Be Kings." She rattled them off so fast that I only jotted down a third of the words. I read them back to her, but she was--in her mind--on to the next step.
Marcia is the family filmmaker, and she helped Pearl videotape and edit the story that afternoon. The story that Pearl narrates in the video is different from the one she told me. In neither version of "Puppies to the Rescue" do the puppies rescue anyone. Perhaps we must wait for Puppies 2?
As I mentioned in the previous post, she was disappointed in the results. But she has responded well to all the encouragement from the family. Carrie has watched the clip dozens of times. If a sequel does surface, you will be the first to know.
This is my first experiment with FLIP video. Thanks to S & J for the lesson. (time 3:15)
Marcia's family has a no-gift policy this year, which is how our holiday slide show got its name. Click play to view the past year in Grrrlville condensed down to 11 minutes. Happy holidays, dear reader!
I've been combing through my archives tonight and found a little clip of Carrie eating lunch. She was 13 months old. (Now she's 2!) It was made with one of those disposable camcorders, and the quality is poor, but I still thought it might amuse you. Find it in the side bar on the right or click on the icon below.
Yes, I want to write about The L Word, only I am even more woefully behind than ever. AfterEllen is the first blog to cover these TV spectacles, and I am the very last. Just finished Season 3 this week so bear with me.
Just to remind you where Season 3 ends, Dana has died, Shane has left Carmen alone at the altar, post-menopausal Kit is pregnant, and Helena has been cut off from her wealthy family. Some rough stuff, right?
With characters in, characters out, have your impressions changed? Who's irritating? Who's sexy? Who would be your friend? What do you think about Max and the trans narrative? Were you surprised that Shane flew the coop?
Here are a few randoms from yours truly. Alice is the ultimate lesbian friend. She's funny, smart, loyal, gossipy, and cute. For some reason, I never had a clear sense of Carmen. She doesn't stand out for me. On the DVD bonus footage, a bunch of women said Carmen was there favorite character, so I thought that was interesting. As you may recall, Jenny has always annoyed me. She doesn't seem like a writer, and her character doesn't ring true for me. Max is interesting to me, in his lostness. I found the scenes between Dylan and Helena very hot. I'm letting my authority
issues hang out in saying this, but Helena is sexy as was Marina in Season 1. Maybe I'm just a sucker for foreign accents?
So tell me your thoughts! And don't worry about spoiling Season 4 for me. I can take it.
For all you moms out there, this one is for you. (Time = 14 seconds)