Archive for the ‘Gallimaufry’ Category

Why Blame the Victim?

Posted on June 23rd, 2021 by Viveca

Silhouettes of men point at a silhouette of a woman

My incredible sister Carita Gardiner writes a thoughtful weekly blog called Why Wednesdays. This week, she published a guest post … by me! I could copy and paste it in here. But instead, I’m going to encourage you to visit her website, and read my post there!

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Where Do You Get Your Crabs?

Posted on April 30th, 2020 by Viveca

On a business trip to Baltimore, I walked to Inner Harbor and was enticed by a Blue Crab Special sign at a tourist restaurant. I like crab, and I love eating the local specialty when I travel. I took a seat at an outdoor table. The waitress came over to explain the details on the […]

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Life in Links

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Viveca

red hat red wall

Places I’ve been, stuff I’ve done. This is most of my life in links.   Now David Gallo Design, 2014–Present CircusNYC, 2004–present JuggleNYC, 2002–present Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, 2002–present Playful Productions, 2001–Present   Then Big Apple Circus, 2015-2016 CircusTalk, 2014-2015 Circus of the Kids, 2013–2015 Wuqiao Circus Festival & Tour, 2009 Kaplan and Kaplan International, 2004–2013 […]

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Posted on April 26th, 2012 by Viveca

hearing aid

One time when I was visiting Al he asked me to help him deal with some bureaucratic VA stuff. He often wants help with that kind of thing. This time he wanted to know how to get a new pair of glasses and hearing aids. He said he was entitled to them, once a year, […]

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Me or a Ham Sandwich

Posted on April 20th, 2012 by Viveca

ham sandwich

By late 2011, I was finally beginning to get some recognition from Al’s caregivers at the VA nursing home, and they invited me to attend his care meeting. I met a roomful of nutritionists, nurses, physical therapists, chaplains, doctors, social workers, and other hospital staff. They were all very kind and respectful and listened to […]

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High Five, Wi-Fi, & Dares

Posted on April 16th, 2012 by Viveca

Pedro Friedeberg hand chair

I have a hillbilly friend who stays here once a year for the unicycle festival. I also have an old wooden chair shaped like a hand. It was my grandmother’s. In my family we call it the hand chair. Among my friends we call the hillbilly either Kentucky John or Boomhauer, because he talks like […]

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Chooze Something Else

Posted on April 15th, 2012 by Viveca

Ronne's Rugelach

Who the hell puts cream cheese in ice cream? Cream cheese is okay. Cheesecake is okay. Cheesecake ice cream? Blech. Tastes like sour milk. Tonight’s culprit pulled a marketing trick that would have left a sour taste in my mouth even if the ice cream hadn’t. Doesn’t this sound delicious? Chozen All-Natural Ice Cream: Ronne’s […]

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Annika, Auntika, & Grandma-ika

Posted on April 4th, 2012 by Viveca


Today is my niece Eden’s tenth birthday. Next week she’s coming to spend her spring break at “Camp Viveca.” I can’t wait! I already have tickets to two circuses and a long list of other activities planned. Eden and her older sister, Annika, have stayed with me a few times, but this is the first […]

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Reflections on an Inspiring Teacher

Posted on March 31st, 2012 by Viveca

Salamanca, summer 1982

Last weekend while I was in Chicago for my high school reunion, I visited one of my favorite teachers and sat in on her class. I was determined to tell her how much her teaching had meant to me. Can you ever do that at the right time? Back then, sure, I knew I liked […]

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Poetry is Fancy

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Viveca

Sparkly Book

My sister, who teaches high school English, had to leave home for a meeting with a visiting poet. Her young daughter asked, “What’s the meeting about?” My sister answered, “Poetry.” “What’s poetry, mommy?” How do you explain poetry to a child whose stories all rhyme? My sister answered, “It’s when you take nice words and […]

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