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37 posts from June 2009

June 26, 2009

Christine Beyerstein, RIP

I'm very sorry to report that my grandmother, Christine Beyerstein, passed away yesterday. It's some consolation that she was 95 years old and in excellent health until about a week before her death.

Nana was a very strong woman. Her zest for life was undiminished by adversity.

To say she was a devoted mother and grandmother would be an understatement. She lavished love on her family and friends. My mom likes to say that Nana was the perfect mother-in-law--loving, supportive, and genuinely accepting.

She loved parties and she never showed up without a home-baked treat. I started baking with Nana when I was five. Every time I roll out a pie crust, I'm grateful to have had a 25-year apprenticeship with the master.

I'm always going to remember why Nana was never confirmed in the Lutheran Church. The pastor asked the class to forswear dancing. Christine loved to dance and she wasn't about to give it up to please anyone. In their church, the dance ban was a formality even in those days, but Nana absolutely refused to make a promise she wasn't going to keep. "I'm going to keep dancing, and so are all of you," she told her classmates. So, she failed confirmation--a minor scandal for the daughter of a single mother in a small Alberta town during the Great Depression.

Her quiet but firm refusal happened 80 years ago, but it symbolizes the self-possession and independence of mind that Nana displayed throughout her life.

Christine Beyerstein was a remarkable woman. We're going to miss her tremendously, but we're grateful to have been part of her exemplary life.

Morning Coffee - 26 June 2009

Cookie splash! v6, originally uploaded by Siebe.

Gov. Mark Sanford went on a "trade mission" to Argentina that wasn't authorized by the U.S. government.

The Commerce Department cancelled high-level trade talks with Argentina after the country defaulted on its international debt eight years ago, but that didn't stop Sanford and the US Embassy in Argentina from setting up talks with the governor of Buenos Aires.

All this and more with your Morning Coffee.

June 24, 2009

2:32 The governor is now musing on the nature of forgiveness

Entertaining liveblog of Mark Sanford's mea cupla press conference.

Update: Gov. Mark Sanford reportedly has some unusual hobbies, including digging pits on his property with a hydraulic excavator to "unwind."

Morning Coffee - 24 June 2009

Joe's Coffee Shop, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

Another protest in Iran, abuse allegations from Bagram, Taliban treachery in Pakistan... Coffee's On at UN Dispatch.

June 23, 2009

Morning Coffee - 23 June 2009

Coffee's on.

June 22, 2009

Take that, Twilight

Buffy the Vampire Slayer takes on creepy Edward Cullen the panty-sniffing vampire from Twilight in this mashup by Rebellious Pixels. Pure genius. This clip encapsulates everything that's awesome about Buffy and everything that's wrong with Twilight.

June 21, 2009

Leopard claws


A spectator at the Mermaid Parade. Those nails aren't fake and they're not part of a costume, they're her actual fingernails.

Her thumbnails are so long they coil like corkscrews. It's amazing to me that she can handle a phone and a camera.

The nails are decorated with leopard-print polish. (Click on the image to see a larger view.)

Mermaid Parade, 2009: The Claw


More frenetic last-minute prep for yesterday's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

June 20, 2009

Mermaid Parade, 2009

Mermaid Parade 2009, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

More pictures of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Mermaid Parade, 2009

Mermaid Parade 2009, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


More pictures of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.