Taking It To The Streets of NY at the Dance Parade

NYC Parade Life

IMG_4879 Tribal Belly dancers Having Fun

     As diverse and multi cultural as New York City is, one parade that brings every one together to celebrate the most ancient of art forms is the Dance Parade. This young parade celebrated its 13th year and just like most teens, the parade was wild and full of life and energy. Over 10,000 dancers showed off their moves along the parade route starting on 20th St. and Broadway to 8th St. and then turning towards Tompkins Square Park where a huge festival took place after the parade. Along the way, dancers stopped by the reviewing stand at Astor Place to demonstrate their dance moves.

IMG_5890 Bolivian Caporales 

IMG_5691 Flamenco Dancers

IMG_6059 Classy ladies in synch

     This years parade theme was Movement of the People and kicking things off was a float dedicated to the original ones. Honoring Indigenous people was a float carrying…

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Please Don’t Tell Me I’m ‘Lucky’

Picking the Day

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It’s a given that announcing a pregnancy brings with it a lot of congratulations. It’s a major life event and something a lot of us will look forward to with great anticipation. Even if you aren’t one of the expectant parents yourself, the arrival of a new family member or the offspring of a close friend is a very exciting thing. I’ve got to the point where I’ve completely lost track of who I have and haven’t seen since announcing ours, so even now, more than halfway through, we’re still getting well wishes from those we bump into or haven’t seen in a while. Sometimes I actually have to remind myself what it is they are congratulating us for! On the other hand though, people can say some really annoying things when you’re pregnant – something I’m sure I’ll whine about on here many a time before this sprog makes…

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Review: Stormcaster


Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 9.14.42 AM.pngStormcaster (Shattered Realms #3)

By: Cinda Williams Chima

My Rating 4/5 Stars

4-starsGenre: High fantasy, YA

Synopsis: The third book in the thrilling four-book Shattered Realms series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima

The empress in the east—the unspeakably cruel ruler whose power grew in Flamecaster and Shadowcaster—tightens her grip in this chilling third installment in the series.

Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move the ocean and the wind, but his magical abilities seem paltry in comparison to Empress Celestine’s. As Celestine’s bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom of her imminent invasion. If he can’t convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall. Among the dead will be the one person Evan can’t stand to lose.

Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’s…

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