Cuba to Australia

Theo asked me where I would love to live. I’ve visited a number of beautiful places. London stands out, New England is gorgeous, and, given a bazillion dollars, New York City would be hard to pass up. Ultimately, however, I always say, Miami. There are things about Miami that I don’t like. It’s expensive, congested, dirty, loud, and violent. The people are rude, superficial, have big egos and an even bigger sense of entitlement. Despite boasting…

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Les Miserables

WLRN, our local public television station, is showing an anniversary concert of “Les Miserables”, which is my favourite musical and novel. If you’re unfamiliar with “Les Miserables”, it’s complex and contains several plots, but the main thread is the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It explores many themes such as the nature of law and grace, moral philosophy, religion, justice, and love set in a tumultuous France during the early…

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My Mom Goes Online

My mom is awesome. My mom turns 65 next month. She doesn’t speak English, doesn’t know how to drive a car, or operate a camera properly. She brings me the telephone to delete the numbers from the caller ID. She loves her big TV and playing music DVDs very loudly over it, but that’s the extent of her tech knowledge. Well, it was until a purchased a laptop a few months ago. I bought a laptop…

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Side Trips from Melbourne

I think Theo and I will be able to get in the car, drive in any direction, and we’ll hit some beautiful place that he’ll struggle to tear me away from. That is, of course, until I spot some harmless critter that I’m sure to be convinced is the most toxic creature on the planet and wants to kill me. Then I’ll be running towards the car and crying to go home. For now, however,…

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Lady Melbourne’s Top 5 Must See Shops

I’m looking forward to doing many things in Melbourne including shopping! Lady Melbourne is one of my favourite fashion blogs so I went to editor Phoebe Montague for advice. The following article is reprinted with permission. I’m often asked about where to shop in Melbourne, and whether its online, op-shops or boutiques I LOVE TO SHOP! It’s part of my job to know about what’s happening out and about out there in this fair city…

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Shipping Boxes

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Four pairs of shoes, a tarot deck, a book, clothes, and a few toiletries. It didn’t seem like much and yet it takes up two boxes.

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SOPA / PIPA Blackout

On January 18 many websites, including Reddit and Boing Boing, are going dark in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), two dangerous bills that would dramatically alter the internet landscape and create a punishing censorship regime in ill-attempts at stopping copyright infringement.

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The Three Kings Parade

I live only one block away from the street that the Three Kings Parade travels on. I’ve lived on this street for about 30 years and so I’ve gone over to see it many times and watched it wax and wane over the years. It was pretty good this year, about two solid hours of marching bands, floats, various police departments, politicians, and local radio and television personalities.

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6 Travel Items I Need or Will Surely Die

Naturally I will pack things such as clothes, jewellery, makeup, important documents, and so forth, but this is my list of must-have-or-I-will-surely-die items. My iPhone I {heart} my iPhone. This one device lets me talk and text with friends, record sound, take and edit photographs, make videos, play games, listen to music, email, blog, and share on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and other sites. That’s just awesome. I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going…

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Aussie Rules Rules

I’m not really a sports fan. Sure, I’ve caught a Super Bowl or two and I even went to a Florida Marlins baseball game once, but I’ve never been able to get excited over sports. I think it’s a psychological block.

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Travel in Melbourne

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I’d given my Frommer’s Australia a cursory look, but I’ve started to read it more carefully now and begun putting together an itinerary.

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Barbie Girl Australia Day Ad

Barbie Girl, Australia Day

In the latest lamb industry advertising campaign for Australia Day 2012, “Lambassador” Sam Kekovich takes on “un-Australian” pop culture and turns it into chop culture with a new rendition of “Barbie Girl”.

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