I shot this video for Oprah.com’s Dove campaign many months ago and I’m so excited to see it is finally up on the big O’s site. Please watch if you have a minute and pass it on! Here is the link. Oprah don’t allow no one embedding her videos, fool:
Nadine Rajabi (super awesome, sisterly friend of mine, VH1, The Zaz Report, Hot Tamales Live!) and Shondrella Avery (acquaintance friend – one of the stars of Girls Behaving Badly and you’ll remember her as “Lafawnduh” on Napoleon Dynomite) and myself talk about comedy and beauty. Woohoo!
This morning, Aubrey and I were treated to a special tour of the California ScienCenter’s Exploring Trees Inside and Out exhibit and we had so much fun, we almost couldn’t handle it. OK, Aubrey had a small breakdown of 3 year old proportions on the way home because it really was an exciting outing for her! Parents, take note – she has been post-morning activity napping for almost 3 hours! WOOHOO!
The California ScienCenter is one of those super fun, family/kid oriented science museums that is hands on, interactive and educational! There is so much to see, touch, climb, ride, sniff, listen to, watch and eat there, that you can’t actually cover it all in one day, but we went specifically to check out the Exploring Trees exhibit. Exploring Trees Inside and Out is a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and is sponsored by Doubletree Hotels as part of their Think Trees initiative… you know the hotel with those AMAZING chocolate chip cookies? Yeah – them. Am I eating one of those amazing cookies right now? Hell yes.
Aubrey sets up house as a mama bird!
“Hey Mommy! Come in with me!”
Exploring Trees Inside and Out is located in the center’s Ecosystems wing and is geared towards little ones aged 2 through 10. This exhibit aims to help them understand the significance of trees within our ecosystem and allows the kids to see different perspectives of life forms who live in harmony with trees – like birds, squirrels, bugs and humans!
Kids are beckoned by a climbing tree with tall canopies and a slide that lands in a pile of leaves, a crawl through log, a giant hollow acorn, an oversized bird nest, coloring stations, scented tree smells stations, bird house building stations and – what I thought was the coolest – a green screen/video monitor station where they can dress up in woodland creature costumes and star in their own wilderness show!
My little Duck-Footed Green Croc Cardinal! (It’s a VERY RARE species)
I can’t recommend this adventure enough for families with the appropriate aged kids. It can get a little rambunctious in the climbing tree for wee ones under two, so supervision is important.
Ron, the Head of Education for the ScienCenter tells us all about the exhibit
Best part: it’s FREE. They accept donations and parking is $8 per car (cash only) so overall, it’s a super affordable outing of an amazing caliber, especially if you have more than one child. Take advantage and treat your kids to a special, fun filled day that you’ll feel good about too!
Where: California ScienCenter
In Exposition Park near downtown – Click HERE for their general information
When: Open daily from 10am-5pm
Exploring Trees Inside and Out is there from May 28-September 26, 2010
Interracial Marriages: They're Not Just For Breakfast Anymore
I’m pretty excited about this article from CNN.com! According to a Pew Research Center report, interracial marriages are at an all time high! So I think this means I might be able to FINALLY marry one of these white dudes I keep dating.
Sometimes, brown people get crap from other similar brown people for not dating/marrying within their brownness. I’m going to be completely honest here and let it be known that I have never, ever dated (or married) a non-white guy. Or a woman. Or an animal. It’s not that I wouldn’t – the guy part, that is – but, I’m not kidding, a brown person has never asked me out. Except once an Asian American guy asked me out and he was shorter than me, bald and had a weird body. I would have said no to this guy in any shade of skin. It wasn’t because he was of Asian decent.
I have a nice white fella now and I’m hoping to hang on to this one. Hey he’s tall and can reach stuff on the top cabinet shelf without having to get out a step stool. Also good for lifting heavy objects (reason 1003 I could never be a lesbian – someone’s got to lift stuff). But at the end of the day, all I know is: People are people, so why should it be… we can’t just date and marry whomever the hell we want and everyone else can just mind their own business? Right?
Paul and Stevie pretty much summed it all up waaaay back in 1982. Easy listen on…