Here’s how I’d write it

The family is looking forward to watching the finale of The Big Bang Theory tonight. Here’s how I would end it (just to be on record): The gang discovers the caution tape around the elevator is gone and it seems to be working (after 12 years). They get in, and just as the doors close, Sheldon turns (you can’t see to whom) and says, “You’re in my spot…”



Jessica, at it again



My friend Jessica Rotolo is at it again. Here’s a note I recently received from her: “My friend Robert, who is the President of TJX Canada, (Winners, Marshalls and Homesense), commissioned me to paint him a picture of a hockey player ‘Captain Canada.’ I delivered the painting and was given a tour of the TJX head office here in Mississauga. I got a sneak peak of the new Spring fashions from the Women’s Apparel Team. It was the best day ever!!!!” Jessica’s mom Dorlean said Robert told her he always hoped he’d be successful enough to one day commission an artist. His grandfather played for Ottawa and the team won something called the Stanley Cup.

And, Jessica’s other “best day ever” lately was to model for the cover of a book coming out soon called Average Girl: A Guide to Loving Your Body. I’ll have more about it when it’s published, but Jessica auditioned and is one of four young women featured on the cover. Here’s a little bit about the book:

‘Photographer Emily Lauren Dick has been photographing women over a six year period for this book. It is a resource. A workbook. A source of body positivity. A perfect gift for any tween, teen or young woman. A total of 150 women have been interviewed and nearly half of them were photographed in nothing but their underwear. The goal of this beautiful book is to show young women what real bodies look like while explaining the topics that surround negative body image.’

Watch for a shot of that cover when the book is near publication. In the meantime, Emily took a few shots of the vivacious Ms. Rotolo just for fun.


Monster mash

I was happy to receive this unsolicited portrait from my neighbour Andrew recently. He told his mother that he wanted to make a picture “for Karin across the street.” He brought it over and presented it. At first I thought it was a picture of me, but he says, “No. It’s a monster.” His mom labelled it. Still, it looks like a bad hair day.



That something extra

Today, March 21st, we are honouring everyone out there with an extra 21st chromosome on Down Syndrome Awareness Day. I came across this short film that was made a while back, and also found this great blogger named Mariah Nichols, a mom who is a deaf career counselor and teacher. She has three kids, including a daughter with Down syndrome. Some viewers loved the film, some hated it and were left with the belief that the young woman with Down syndrome wanted to see herself as ‘normal,’ that she wanted to erase her disability. I’m with Mariah; I didn’t see it that way, either. It is her voice we hear throughout. I think it shows a confident young woman who sees herself as strong, capable, the player of many roles, living a full beautiful life. That’s what she believes. At the end, when she asks the viewer if they are able to see her as anything but her disability, there’s the rub.

A little something to think about.