18 May 2015

EXTREME KIDS WONDERLAND GALA

You still have time to donate before the Extreme Kids and Crew Wonderland Gala

THIS WEDNESDAY MAY 20th 8-11pm at the stunning 501 Union

DONATE HERE TO ATTEND!

Even if you can't attend please donate what you can to help us put a ballpit in every borough!

And bid NOW and at the Gala on our incredible auction items!

CHECK OUT THE AUCTION!

There will be amazing food by Roquette!

Drinks from our generous sponsors!

The hilarious Maysoon Zayid talking with the also hilarious Katharine Heller, creator of the hit live show and podcast Tell the Bartender

Raffles galore!

More drinks! 

Music by the Luna Sisters!

A CURIOUSLY WONDROUS NIGHT WILL BE HAD BY ALL


27 April 2015

BIRTH PLAN


My birth plan can be summed up in the immortal words of Mike Tyson (whom I never EVER thought I would be quoting):

"Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the face"
- Mike Tyson


I'm due in the next few weeks with a good sized and consistently kicking baby boy.  It's all very strange; I thought since I have done this before it would seem less abstract this time but it's still a nebulous thing to prepare for.  Especially given the fact that nothing could have prepared me for reality last time. 

One thing that the birth of the twins has allowed me forgo this time is having the ultimate "Birth Plan".  I have some stuff I would prefer and not prefer.  Literally nothing went as hoped for last time and I still had a great birth experience. My midwives and I had talked so much and they were in my corner every step of the way for the nearly 6 days I was in the hospital.  Even the emergency OB doctors, the Fiasconaro brothers from Bay Ridge, whom I probably would have never ever chosen, turned out to be fantastic.  In the end I had one very healthy and one very sick baby, which none of us could control, no matter how the birth went.

I know everyone needs to prepare for birth in their own way but I can't help but feel a little impatient with people who fret about the lighting, the music, keeping the umbilical chord attached for 12 hours, the goo that goes on the babies eyes or not, etc.   If it happens great, but if not this is not your Sweet Sixteen. Just focus on the bigger picture!  Baby healthy?  You healthy? It's a home run!

Btw, this birth plan parody made me laugh out loud:


If nothing goes as you've planned it but you can still find incredible joy in the unexpected experience and let go of the imperfections I figure it's a perfect initiation into being a parent anyway.

31 March 2015

LETTER FROM MOM

I'm spring cleaning, doing the grand shuffle of trying to re-pack every nook and cranny of space in our apartment with the stuff we have no room for.  I do this at least twice a year. It's like trying to play Jenga in your refrigerator the day before Thanksgiving. 

In any case I found this letter from my mom.  She wrote out the directions from Brooklyn to the UP (Northern Michigan, where she grew up) one year when Sam and I drove up there and rented a cabin there in the winter. 

It's so entertaining and SO her.  She has always written me these great notes, always with acerbic wit and perfect grammar.  Yes, I'm Peach, don't laugh.


21 March 2015

MICAELA WALKER FOR SALE!

Not me, per se, but some of my photos.

Small, framed, gorgeous, and ready to go to your favorite aesthete,  these images (along with some others which have already sold) were last on exhibit at the Fiercely Curious Pop up Show in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

http://www.micaelawalkerphoto.com/new-products/

04 March 2015

BOOZY BAZAAR

Due to impending snow, Fiercely Curious LAST DAY and Boozy Bazaar is now on FRIDAY MARCH 6 from 7pm-Midnight! 

In addition to the 1 Year Anniversary Show, artists will be holding a bazaar of their other work, including pieces at huge discounts, because what artist has storage space in Brooklyn?! This is your chance to score some incredible work.


17 February 2015

FIERCELY CURIOUS 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW

I will have brand new, never before seen (and very covetable) artwork in this show alongside tons of other brilliantly creative Brooklyn based artists and craftsmen.

Come out of hibernation to see some great work!!


08 February 2015

INTERIORS

I have spent an unfortunate amount of time in pediatric hospital wards in my day.  So-so hospitals, top-rate hospitals, huge hospitals and smaller ones, clinics, doctors offices, you name it.  They all have one singular thing in common that I believe to be one of the most soul sucking elements on earth: fluorescent lighting.  If there is anything that can make even a healthy person look and feel sick it is the greenish hue of corporate strip lights.

There is little hope to counter this malaise, but invariably hospitals only make it worse by decorating in the soft mauves and beiges and greys of a 1980's Holiday Inn.  On the pediatric ward they might tape up a cut out of a monkey or a dinosaur but, honestly, that only makes it more depressing.  The space itself and it's effects on patients is, of course an afterthought.  They are there for MEDICINE  in big gold lights, not a spa day.

This hospital in London, however, has received the memo that the environment you are treated in, especially if you are a child, has a massive impact on your overall experience. It will not negate that having to be in a pediatric ward is often terrifying, devastating, incredibly boring and claustrophobic, but being in a space that is designed with joyous creativity sends the message to visitors that says "your comfort and and your feelings matter to us while you are here". 

http://www.boredpanda.com/artists-mural-design-royal-london-children-hospital-vital-arts/