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I Heart Ann


July 8th, 2012

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Well, in case you haven’t noticed by my flurry of outraged tweets, I’m a little bit upset about this Ann Curry debacle. Can I just tell you how much I love Ann Curry? Ann Curry is amazing. She’s intelligent, poised, hard working, beautiful, a world class journalist, classy, and in my opinion the best thing that’s happened to the TODAY SHOW. Needless to say, I was less than pleased when they announced that Ann Curry was being replaced for not being FLUFFY ENOUGH FOR MORNING TV.

ann and mattThis picture says a thousand words. Apparently, a lot of people didn’t think she had good chemistry with Matt Lauer. Rumor has it that Matt has a lot of chemistry issues with people on the show. But we don’t need to go there. There is always google. Suffice to say that Matt’s ego has gotten pretty healthy since Katie left. And I think it’s always hard for people to have good chemistry with big egos. Especially for a person who is as accomplished as Ann.

ann curryAnn clearly has very good karma. And she has a lot of supporters. And I’m sure that she will find a better situation where she is more appreciated. But it’s always disappointing to see someone you respect and admire get the shaft. I think that NBC’s reaction to this situation was pretty telling about the internal culture there. And I have to say, I don’t think it bodes well for the future of the Today Show. I know that I, personally, will be switching to GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

annI just want to put this out there. Ann Curry, you are great! I have looked up to you forever. I am half-Japanese, and I have to say that there aren’t a lot of half-Japanese role models out there in the public eye. But you have definitely set the bar very high. And I love you for that. I appreciate you for your work. And for your grace in handling this situation. You ARE a groundbreaker. And the finish line doesn’t matter. It’s how you play the game. And you played fair. With style and grace. You put your truth out there. And your fans are still here. We haven’t gone anywhere. THANK YOU for everything that you do!

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I know what you’re thinking. I like Ann Curry, but what does this have to do with raw food? Isn’t this a raw food blog? Yes. It is. I digress. This happened once before. You doubted me over my LOVE FOR YOKO. But if you recall, it was related in the end. As is this. It’s a little tangential. But last week, I admit that I was obsessing about Ann. I was mad. So mad in fact, that I was even trolling TMZ looking at articles about her. And guess what I found? I found a VIDEO OF ANN ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CARRYING A ONE LUCKY DUCK BAG! Can you believe that? One Lucky Duck! One of the stores in NYC that CARRIES MY CHEESE! No wonder she looks so good. She obviously knows a thing or two about good food. :) So there. Related. See?

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I Heart Yoko


January 14th, 2012

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Happy New Year! This post is a little delayed. Forgive me. For I have been BUSY. But I had to take a moment to absorb this because it was so inspiring to me on so many levels. How did I ring in 2012? I spent it watching THE PLASTIC ONO BAND and the FLAMING LIPS in Oklahoma City. (Thus, the visit to my ALMA MATER).

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The show did not disappoint. It was so thrilling. I really struggled to be there (due to my MYSTERIOUS LUPUS-LIKE AILMENT). But I fought for it and one (this was a typo which I decided to leave as is). They really went all out. The lights and the balloons were incredible. No expense was spared. It was absolutely breathtaking. Yoko is an artist of the highest caliber. She is amazing. I can’t say enough nice things about her. She is such a rare gem. Intelligent, fierce, intuitive, compassionate, and actualized. Most people go through life living from the outside in. Only very rarely do you encounter a person who is truly actualized. From the inside out. Like Yoko. She is a woman who was so far ahead of her time that a lot of people still don’t get it.

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The show opened with Yoko singing, ‘It happened at a time in our life when I least expected…’ followed by the most gut-wrenching, raw, painful wail you have ever heard. It was abrasive. And it came out of nowhere. And just blew you away. So much pain. Transformed into art. Truly incredible.

yoko sean nels
The band was super tight. But also loose. In the best possible way. One of my favorite moments was watching Nels and Yoko going off on each other. Nels also plays in the band, Wilco. But he’s really versatile. My boyfriend has toured with him a couple times. So I’ve heard a lot of his more experimental stuff. And I’ve seen him play quite a few times. He can be pretty out there. The first time I saw him play, I was bowled over by this bizarre sound. I couldn’t figure out what it was. It was out of this world. So I started looking closer at what was going on. And I noticed that Nels was literally playing his guitar with a springed coil. Instead of a pic. The guy can get wacky! But Nels with Yoko is a very interesting combination. Yoko introduced this crazy noise jam by saying, ‘This is a song that I first played with John. And then Sean. And now Nels…It’s about my childhood or something.’ (Who knew that Yoko has such a dry sense of humor. I am particularly fascinated by this because my mother is Japanese. About the same age as Yoko. And I had always assumed it was because of the language barrier that she didn’t have a sense of humor. It’s not that she doesn’t have one exactly. But something like this would definitely fly under her radar. That is making a connection to another culture that is very unusual for a foreigner). She then proceeded to rock this jam with Nels.




She almost sounds like a guitar. She’s just fully out there. No holds barred. And Nels gets in there and juices it up. It’s unbelievable. She just has no fear. She’s just out there. No safety net. No predictable structure. She’s so fearless that it’s beautifully poetic. Not in a contrived way. But just real. And raw. And present. And truly her own. I feel like this was the reason I needed to be there. I needed to see this. And I needed to draw inspiration from it. This is supposed to be my mantra for 2012. ‘No fear’. It’s like when a person gets sick, they inevitably encounter all kinds of overwhelming situations where they don’t measure up. And I think that in response, a person naturally develops a sense of fear. Of being in situations where they will be overwhelmed. And this is protective and helpful to a point. But in order to rejoin the world of the living, you reach a point where you have to release that fear. I am at that point now. And I think this is why I needed to see Yoko. And why she resonated with me so much.

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The show was hard for me. Mostly the crowd. It was a very packed room. And I often felt overwhelmed. Like the air was too thin. And I might pass out. And I kept going to the back of the venue. To get more air. But I wasn’t leaving. No matter what.

The Lips set was also amazing. Wayne came out in his bubble again. My boyfriend shot this FOOTAGE OF HIM (For some reason, this drat computer won’t let me embed this video. So you have to click to it. Definitely worth it). Truly surreal. The amazing light show and the bubble plus the lips. It was like being in an alternate universe. It was so great that we went two nights in a row. I paid for it though. I spent the entire next day with my head in a garbage bag. But hey! That’s the price you pay sometimes.

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This is 2012. No more living in the protective bubble of being sick. It’s time to pop the bubble and get out there and rock. Just like Wayne. And Yoko. I am going to live my life on my terms. And that’s all there is to it. If I allow myself to live in fear of my illness, I will be defined by it. I don’t want that. I am the definer here! And guess what? No illness is going to hold this girl back. Watch out world. Because HERE I COME! Thanks for the inspiration Yoko!

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