Happy Birthday Michelle Obama!

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This ray of sunshine came into my life in 2007.

This woman is smart, fierce, loyal, and I admire her more than I can say.

But, let me try.

She’s a superb mother:

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She’s an equal partner and loyal mate:

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She’s a terrific daughter:

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She’s a true, loving sister who has her brother’s back:

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She’s a smart, educated woman:

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Who understands that education changes everything:

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She’s a professional (and I won’t even hold the fact that she’s a lawyer against her, tee hee):

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She is compassionate:

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She’s a serious gardener, who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty:

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She’s full of grace:

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She’s shrewd:

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She’s all about girl power and women’s rights:

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She values travel and loves going to new places.  She dives right in wherever she is:

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She’s fearless:

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She’s diplomatic:

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She’s full of life no matter what she does:

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She walks with confidence:

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She can be quite silly:

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Because she has a well-developed sense of humor:

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She can cut a rug:

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She can be tough when she needs to be:

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And sweet when she wants to be:

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She enjoys some retail therapy, even as First Lady:

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She’s enthusiastic:

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And I doubt that she suffers fools gladly:

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She hangs with good people:

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In every way, on every day, I love her.  She is my kind of woman.

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In short, she’s practically perfect in every way.  She is FLOTUS:

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It has been our honor to have you as our First Lady for the past 7 years.  I hope your last year is your best yet!

Please don’t be a stranger when you regain your private life next year.

Happy birthday, Michelle, happy birthday to you!

 

 

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, part 2. Run to see it!

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Yes, the peacock was sublime!

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Yes, the harlequins were a delight!

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But, let’s looks at some other aspects of the extravaganza.

For example, the warring factions, on the part of the Nutcracker and the Mice, were picturesque beyond belief.

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I can’t locate a good photograph of the cavalry component of this Nutcracker online, but I did find this illustration.

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You’ll have to take my word for it: the cavalry rocked!  I’ve never seen anything like their spectacular horse costumes.

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The ethereal dance sequence with the corps de ballet dancing in a lightly falling snow was awesome.

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Can you see what I mean?  It snows rarely in Seattle, so this aspect of the ballet is beloved locally.  By me for sure!

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I’ve run out of superlatives to describe the Nutcracker, so I just show you some random photos of some great parts. A picture is worth a thousand words anyway.

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And yes, I had to sneak in the peacock again.  I can’t help it.  I love it so much!

So, to close, let me remind you that this is the very last year to see the Stowell-Sendak version of The Nutcracker in Seattle. So, what are you waiting for, people?  Go!