Last week I went down to South Florida to spend Xmas with my fam. We had lots of great meals (keeping it veg), went to a Miami Dolphins football game, played music, exchanged gifts, watched movies... it was a great time!
At the Christmas tree I received some neat presents this year, none of which I felt especially guilty about (I guess Santa took last year's letter to heart!) But easily the best gift that I received was a check made out to Word Up Books :D
Why should you donate to Word Up?
Because Washington Heights is full of families; and we, the community volunteer collective at Word Up Books, we're also a family. And as Steve Urkel and the Winslows once taught us in our favorite 90s sitcom, family matters! The video above is mostly made up of footage from the original IGG video (masterfully made by the one and only DJ Boy) and features my acoustic version of the Family Matters theme song as the soundtrack. I recorded this just before I left for the holiday and it will be featured on the second annual At Your Request cover album.
Though I did indeed have a ton of good times in South Florida last week, it wasn't all fun and games. I still had work to do!
As you may have noticed, things have really changed on this website. I've redesigned the layout, updated most of the links and pages, and - perhaps most significantly - I've consolidated all of my blogs onto this one website under the writing tab in the menu.
One of the blogs listed, called The Privilege Is All Mine, is brand-spankin-new. In fact the first post was written on Christmas day! As the title suggests, the blog page is all about privilege, a concept for which the inaugural entry provides a decent primer.
Finally, I wrote a new entry for the Kitchen Sink blog, a review on a new book called Keeping The Feast. Written by professional chef and fellow Wild Goose Fest volunteer, Milton Brasher-Cunningham, the book teaches much about food and the community that can be formed around it.
Thanks for checking in on things over here. I hope your wintry season is going just swell and if you're in or near NYC I hope you'll join me and my roommates for a New Years Eve and housewarming celebration at our new apartment :D Either way, be sure to stay safe and have fun.
Here's to a kickass 2013!