Category Archives: Quirky Stuff

Brooklyn–Movie Review

Brooklyn–Movie Review

My great-grandmother Stefanida Lisien (or Lizen, according immigration records) arrived at Ellis Island from Russian in 1914 at the age of 23. She came on her own, on a ship called the Czar, with her two young sons. I think of that often, of the strength that it takes to leave everything familiar behind and… [more]

Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Review

Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Review

As the first trapeze artist swung through the air overhead and did a straightforward release and catch, LadyBug leaned over and whispered, “I could do that.” The fact of the matter is that she has done a very similar trick successfully and so I nodded to her and smiled. But the familiarity of the act… [more]

Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Comes to Boston [Giveaway]

Big Apple Circus Metamorphosis Comes to Boston [Giveaway]

I’ve mentioned a few times that LadyBug loves the trapeze, but now both of my kids are taking circus classes. LadyBug is into the tricks, especially silks, trapeze, and stilts. Bug prefers the clowning, but now has taken to the silks as well. What I love is that with two vastly different personalities and skill… [more]