This blog has moved to
« March 2005 »
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
When Tara Met Blog
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
I'm ready for my close up Mr. Demille
I just got back from hosting another TED-TV episode for Manhattan Cable TV. I had hosted the wild Greenwich Village parade for them in October.

This time it was for the 8th Annual Timmy Awards, which are awards given to up and coming talent featured in the magazine Talent In Motion. There was a fashion show and some musical performances.

The segment airs on Sunday, April 10th, 7:30 p.m. Manhattan Cable TV, channel 56 on Time Warner Cable. Channel 108 or 111 for RCN Cable.

I have no broadcast journalism training so I learned a lot from the Oct taping by just throwing myself into the deep end. So this time I think I did a better job. I did not dart my eyes away when the camera went close-up or ended my smile too soon.

It's difficult trying to interview someone on the fly or deliver the little intro spots off the top of my head, while also remember those annoying things, like facing the camera and not the person I'm talking to, smile, etc.

I think I'll stick to print and blogging.

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 9:40 PM PST
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Teri, euthanasia and my sister
I try not to have my blog be political and for the most part I keep it fluffy and stick to non heated issues. But I?d like to briefly talk about Teri Schiavo, after all she is currently the #1 blogged about person right now.

I feel for everyone involved in this case, Teri, her husband and her parents. I do believe that it is a personal decision and that it should be up to the family as well. I?ve held my tongue on the subject even when my fellow grad students were discussing the issue in class. One student commented that Teri?s husband obviously does not love her anymore. But if that was the case he would have taken the money that was offered from the anti-euthanasia people and let his wife continue as is.

Some feel that it?s not right to take life into your own hands and that taking Teri off the machines goes against God?s natural plan. But there is nothing natural about having machines breathe for you. Fifty years ago Teri would have died naturally by now--modern technology is what is keeping her alive. If her family allowed the media?s cameras to show Teri's current condition with her laboriously breathing in her hospital bed and photos of her bruised body, then there is no way you could think that this is natural. Not that starving the poor girl is any more humane, urghh its just a hard case because we have no idea what SHE wants.

Let?s go back 23 years, when my mother was pregnant with me (although she didn?t know it) and my sister Serina (isn?t that a beautiful name?) who was three years old. One autumn day she chased her dog Toto across the street in front of her house and was hit by a careless driver. Going through what no parent should, my mom saw her daughter lying lifeless underneath a car.

When I was 11 and taking a bath with my mom, she pulled me into her arms and told me she could still see Serina?s little feet when her body was lifted onto the stretcher and brought into an ambulance. Desperately holding one another, we both cried as my mom went into real detail for the first time about Serina?s death. The doctors said she was brain dead and would never truly be ?alive? again; she would only be a vegetable and would never breathe on her own. After a month of my parents living in the hospital, watching their daughter being poked with needles every couple of hours, and seeing her chest being lifted off the bed as the machines pumped air into her tiny lungs every couple of seconds, they realized as desperately as they wanted their child alive and always with them, they could not stand to see her exist like this. With a priest in the room, my parents turned off her machines and my mother gathered her child into her arms one last time, like she did to me in the tub that day, while she told me of how Serina?s skin turned blue and how her baby was finally able to rest peacefully and not simply existing in a comatose state for the rest of her days.

This was obviously not an easy decision on their part, nor anyone forced into a situation like this one. So, it seems the only way to have your beliefs be carried out in an event like this is by writing instructions in a living will for your family. I know several people who have done so already.

Live Wire Article: "NYU Students Prepare for Death" by Jennifer Richards

Stat: A woman's risk of untimely death increases by four times in the three years following the loss of a child (Newsweek)

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2005 10:48 AM PDT
Saturday, March 26, 2005
It's that time again!
If you thought Cadbury Cream Eggs, DING! We are on the same page.

Because one of my favorite things about Easter time are Cadbury Cream Eggs. The original ones, not the carmel ones because let's face it they are just an egg shaped Rolo. And why buy the chocolate-chocolate ones when you can just get a chocolate bar
to begin with. You cannot, however, buy the glorious cream ones in any other form.

In college my friends would buy them for me knowing how I love them so. Since they are only on sale once a year, I horde these tasty cream eggs, but then sometimes I wait to long to eat them and the chocolate goes stale :( My own fault. They also sell mini cadbury eggs now too, but BEWARE they are not as good, go for the normal size.

When I lived in London for six months I was in Cadbury heaven since they sell the treats all year long as well as the whole Cadbury line. But then when Cadbury was the only option, I started to miss Hershey's. Thus, I'll never be satisfied on either side of the pond ;)

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2005 9:48 PM PST
Friday, March 25, 2005
A Native New Yorker
When I was growing up, my Studio 54-dancing single mother would play the song "Native New Yorker" by the musical group Odyssey. Both of us being born in New York it was appropriate. Recently I downloaded the song to my iPod and last week when I was on the subway I really listened to the lyrics for the first time and they are depressing! Despite the upbeat disco sound the lyrics are proud but also cynical.
Below are the lyrics and I uploaded the song to my server, click HERE to play. Enjoy!

Runnin' pretty, New York City girl
Twenty-five, thirty-five
Hello, baby, New York City girl

You grew up ridin' the subways, running with people
Up in Harlem, down on Broadway
You're no tramp, but you're no lady, talkin' that street talk
You're the heart and soul of New York City

And love, love is just a passing word
It's the thought that you had in a taxi cab that got left on the curb
When he dropped you off and he stated firm

Oh, oh, oh [Oh, oh, oh]
You're a native New Yorker
You should know the score by now
You're a native New Yorker

New York girl, ooh, ooh, ooh

Music plays, everyone's dancin'
closer and closer
Makin' friends and findin' lovers
There you are lost in the shadows,
searchin' for someone
To set you free from New York City

And, whoa, where did all those yesterdays go?
When you still believed love could really be like a Broadway show
You are the star, win the applause

Oh, oh, oh [Oh, oh, oh]
You're a native New Yorker
No one opens the door
For a native New Yorker

You're a native New Yorker
You should know the score by now
You're a native New Yorker

What you waitin' for, no one opens the door
[You're a native New Yorker]
For a native, for a native New Yorker

Want another free mp3s?
Check out this old post for Tori Alamaze's, Don't Ya!

and go HERE for Nitty's Nasty Girl MP3

Posted by Tara at 12:51 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2005 8:37 AM PDT
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Winter Solstice
Last night I went to a GenArt advanced screening. It was an independent film released through Paramount Classics, Winter Solstice starring Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Aaron Stanford and Mark Webber. The director Josh Sternfeld and some of the actors were present, but I did not get to speak with them at the after party.

It's about a widowed father (LaPaglia) struggling to raise his two sons. When the eldest son leaves home, the family tries to come to grips with his departure.

The film did a good job of showing the awkwardness of the male characters while interacting with one another without any female presence in their household. There were several simple comedic moments and realistic fights and behavior, all of which I appreciated. Mark Webber stole the show as the younger brother. Allison Janney also did a cute job as the quirky new next door neighbor and love interest.

The acting was really great and I felt relaxed and mellow watching the film, but nothing pivitol happens and it ends rather abruptly with an up-in-the-air ending. I still liked it though. It was the winner of the Hamptons Film Festival and will be released theatrically starting April 8.

My friend Cindy who went with me had a beef with the over sentimental flower shots and the constant playing of the same instrumental music, but I hadn't noticed.

Official website:

Posted by Tara at 9:39 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2005 8:51 AM PST

Newer | Latest | Older