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One of the many reasons I like living on the East Coast is that it's relatively easy to get around. If I were living in LA, for example, I don't think I'd just pop over to San Diego for the evening. But that's what I did for my lightning quick visit to Philly to speak to the "building global bridges" class at Drexel. I had originally planned a four day visit, but since we had a staff retreat on Monday, I just went up for Tuesday evening. My talk went well, and the kids had good questions - and I was envious because they were learning all sorts of stuff that I didn't even get in grad school, like how to write a proposal. I exchanged my ticket home for an earlier Acela train. Very nice and well worth the extra cash.

I went to a presentation from the nutrition research center on links between agriculture and nutrition. i.e. there is no automatic correlation between more stuff grown or more money with lower malnutrition rates. I pointed out that for the Bangladesh info we should talk about how men do the grocery shopping, and one of my (female) colleagues (with a PhD in plant physiology from Harvard) chirped up, "Can I move there?" ha ha sigh.

We went to see our dear friend Maryam talk about her new book. She looked as wonderful as always, and it was just so much fun to catch up with her and other friends from Morocco (Moroccan and not).

On Friday afternoon (working from home!) I finished up early and ventured over to the flower market at the National Cathedral. The craft kiosks and food trucks greatly numbered the number of actual flower/plant stalls, and there were performances and a real merry-go-round (or carousel?). It really was a different world - I never knew there were even flower patterned lacrosse bags. I strolled inside the cathedral and though I didn't see Darth Vader I was happy to look at the space window.

This afternoon I attended a delightful lecture on comedy in ballet. Or, rather, comedic ballets. I especially loved the excerpts from Jerome Robbins' "The Concert" which even non-ballet specialists can enjoy.






maryam by sylviaburkina  on 500px.com
maryam by sylviaburkina

national cathedral by sylviaburkina  on 500px.com
national cathedral by sylviaburkina

national cathedral by sylviaburkina  on 500px.com
national cathedral by sylviaburkina
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On May 6th, 2012 08:29 am (UTC), 13oct commented:
I loved this vid. I'm going to show this to my little ballerina as she enjoys stuff like this. Thanks!
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On May 6th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Love the ballerina with the glasses - and how they all get mad over the course of the performance but still turn out beautifully!
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On May 6th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC), mortuus commented:
LOL! I didn't know ballet came in a comedic flavor. That was a fabulous video!
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On May 6th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
We watched several additional clips - all hilarious like that - and I'm actually thinking of getting the DVD. Of course I'd love to see it live too!
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On June 3rd, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I didn't know that you actually "knew" Maryam from My Marrakesh. We've of course never met her but think she is so cool and have been following her blog for years. So cool that she got to come to some book signings in the US.
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On June 3rd, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
We worked together and became friends in Morocco - I wish she'd give up her current job and just concentrate on the fun stuff!
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