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Starting with a “CLEAN” Slate

I’m starting CLEAN tomorrow.  It’s a 21 day cleanse, detox and diet program.  You have a shake for breakfast, a solid lunch from a list of approved foods, a shake for dinner, and your supplements throughout the day.  I’ve done it once before, but I did the do-it-yourself version that was described in the book.  This time I ordered the program, and I think it will be easier to follow the program and see the results I want.  I’m specifically looking to reduce my dependency on sugar, and just remove some of the toxins that are inevitable in this busy, city life.  I got my box of cleanse materials in the mail a couple days ago, and I’m so excited to start!  The support community is robust and there is a whole meal plan of appetizing foods to choose from, so I’ll be sharing some of my favorite “clean” recipes over the next few weeks.  Wish me luck!

image - Clean Box

2/3 of my meals for the next 3 weeks

In Lifestyle

Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel

Kristy Johnson and Vanessa Williams in INTIMATE APPAREL
Photo credit Jim Cox

I had the distinct pleasure of watching my beautiful and talented college friend, Kristy Johnson, light up the stage tonight at the Pasadena Playhouse.  She was terrific!  I have loved this play since I first read it years ago, although (as my writer friend points out) the “plot twist” is not so much a twist as expected the entire time.  Sure, you pretty much know what’s going to happen from the start.  But the characters are multi-dimensional and we can easily identify a piece of our own pathology in each thwarted romance.  The acting was superb in general.  In addition to Kristy, the performance of Adam J. Smith (as Mr. Marks, the Jewish fabric merchant who longs for the Black seamstress) was also a stand out for me.  The show runs through December 2 at the Pasadena Playhouse.  If you’re in town, don’t miss it.

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Halloween 2012

Titania the Fairy Queen

This year I went to Carnaval in West Hollywood (for the first time – what!) as Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream accompanied by my friend Demetrius who went as Puck.  I loved my costume, but if I’m going to be honest, I probably wasn’t the best fairy queen.  In hindsight, I should have had a wand or wings, or something.  My main focus was the mask.  I saw the mask, I loved the mask and then so tried to come up with a character to fit the mask.  I don’t know if that’s the right approach, but that’s what happened.  I also like tutus, so I decided to incorporate one of those.  So there.  That’s the story of my costume for 2012.  Next year, I might incorporate some more substantial outerwear… West Hollywood gets cold at midnight or so.  The End.


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21 Days of No Negativity

So I’m reading – actually, I’m listening to – this book called The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance by Edwene Gaines.  One of this lady’s recommendations that I found intriguing is to avoid negative talk for 21 days straight.  No gossiping, no complaining, no sarcasm… no sarcasm?!  What will I say?

I’ve noticed over the last several weeks that I’ve grown increasingly more weary of hearing negative talk around me.  I’m even kind of tired of hearing (and of making!) the sarcastically caustic comments that I used to find sooo funny and clever.  I’m going to take Ms. Edwene’s challenge and try this.  For 21 days, I am not going to engage in negative talk of any kind.  Day 1 starts August 16.

This should be interesting.

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I met my Pencil Pal today!

Amberlyn and Ajarae

hanging out with Amberlyn, my PencilPAL

Today I finally met Amberlyn, my Pencil Pal for this school year at Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School in Wilmington!  We had a blast talking to each other for the first time after exchanging letters all year.  We played Connect Four and ate pizza in the school courtyard, and chatted with the rest of Amberlyn’s class.  Being a PencilPAL, or a BookPAL (reading to a classroom for at least one hour a week) is a hugely rewarding experience.  If you’re a SAG-AFTRA member, and want to check out this SAG Foundation program, visit the BookPALS website.