Monday, September 03, 2012

From Facebook to Galatians

A longtime family friend wrote a beautiful piece on Emilys life and her ability to connect with people from all sides. I thought it was a fitting tribute to her.

From Facebook to Galatians.

A life Less Ordinary.

Emily Lauren McQueen-Borden, 35, died at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, La. on Aug. 21, 2012 from complications of multiple sclerosis. She was born on March 19, 1977 in Laurinburg to Dr. James and Linda McQueen. Emily was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Raleigh, Wake Forest University, and the University of Illinois in Chicago. Emily resided in New Orleans where she was lead physical therapist at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. A loving mother, partner, daughter, sister, and friend, Emily touched many lives with her unique personality and infectious sense of humor. Survivors include her partner Kara Kinser McQueen-Borden and daughter Margaret Kinser (Greta) McQueen-Borden of New Orleans, her parents James and Linda McQueen of Kill Devil Hills, and her brother Jason McQueen of Austin, Texas. Tulane University President Scott Cowen will be hosting a gathering of local friends and family at the president’s residence at Two Audubon Place on Thursday August 23, from 6-8 pm. A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2012 at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church in Laurinburg. The family will greet friends following the service. Emily’s legacy of providing exceptional care to athletes of all ages will continue through Emily’s Hope Fund for Sport-Related Brain Injury Rehabilitation. The fund will assist in keeping hope alive for high school student-athletes with sport-related brain injury by making grants available to charitable causes and to progressive physical medicine and rehabilitation research. Direct gifts may be made to Tulane University, Emily McQueen-Borden/Emily’s Hope Fund, PO Box 61075, New Orleans, La. 70161.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009


I love that Nancy Pelosi has the time to speak to Richard Gere about Tibet even more than I love the fact that CNN considers this a "developing story". Who gives a &^%*%) whats going on in Tibet and while I'm at it, why is Richard Gere even being received in Washington after the comments he's made in the past? Why Nancy isn't spending EVERY WAKING HOUR trying to sort through the nations financial crisis is beyond me.
I look forward to one day understanding what planet some liberals are living on. Until then, Ill remain tortured by their in-your-face obliviousness to the important issues.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


if this doesnt scare not sure what will..

worth a watch.

Click Here to Watch Frontline's "Inside The Meltdown"

Friday, February 06, 2009

The Kids Got it.

I admire Forrest in many ways but his work ethic really shines the brightest. Unlike many people his age (or mine) he works consistently not only to keep his head above the rising financial waterline but to prepare himself for a completely debt free, well financed future. Not only does he have a 9-to-5 career level job, he also works 30+ hours a week slinging flora and fauna at Lowes outdoor, something he has a real passion for. The most amazing part, I rarely (if ever) hear him complain about his jobs. In fact, he loves them both, even on the 16+ hour days, and he continues to rack up “gold stars” from all of his employers for jobs (more than) well done.

I don’t know many 25 year olds who were “anxious” to start contributing to their 401K’s at the highest level or who have less than a small car’s worth of debt to their name, but Forrest remains a shining example of responsibility in both those areas. I have told him many times that he is a rare breed and his exercising such responsibility will position him well for whatever life throws at him.

I’m embarrassed to say that I did not start contributing to my 401K until I was 30 and even then it was in menial doses, and god knows my debt load was much higher. I am proud to say that I am now 100% debt free, a homeowner and feel much better about my position on the dollar trail to retirement. I must say that witnessing Forrest’s hard work and determination makes me appreciate the financial freedoms I enjoy that much more. The best part is, I get to share them with someone who appreciates them just the same, but who would be just as happy eating beans from can on the wrong side of the tracks.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Wordsmithing 101

I found this lead story writeup on CNN a bit odd.... "tasted the flesh"? How about "attacked", bitten, scratched, tickled, anything else...

"Giant panda mauls third victim at Beijing Zoo
Gu Gu, a panda at the Beijing Zoo, has tasted the flesh of an unwitting intruder to his pen for the third time. Zhang Jiao, 28, told CNN he fell into the panda pen Wednesday while trying to catch a small toy thrown by his young son...."

So i've rewritten the story....

Giant Panda bites deserving idiot at Beijing Zoo.
Gu Gu, a panda at the Beijing Zoo attacked an idiot tourist who felt it necessary to sacrifice his life over a small Chinese toy (full of lead) that was thrown into the cage by his unruly child. Zhang Jiao, 28, told CNN he refuses to teach his child a lesson about losing toys and would rather risk his life and limb by leaping into the cage himself to retrieve it. He's optimistic that the 5000 videos taken of the incident by the other Chinese tourist in attendance will make their way onto YouTube and make him an Internet sensation. He hopes to soon join the ranks of other idiot Chinese Internet sensations such as "William Hung" and all time favorite "Tina Chen" .

Friday, January 09, 2009

DC (Dismal City)

I decided to turn on the 11 o'clock news before winding down the evening here in Washington and was SHOCKED at the top story. 7 shootings, 4 stabbings and 3 new body discoveries all today. Holy shit..who actually wants to live here? Ok, Don't answer that.

In other glad you're not coming to the Inauguration. They have shut down the city, making it near impossible to get in or out on that day. Not sure how the 4+ million folks are planning on attending. My boss is talking about WALKING to the capital from his house in Alexandria, others are actually spending the night in our offices on the hill. Ok, so HOPE shines Eternal but not bright enough for me to sleep on a corporate hard floor and brave negative temperatures to catch a glimpse of the president elect a jumbo tron 1/4 mile from the Capitol Steps while dodging bullets.

In fact, ill probably just tivo the whole thing and watch it in between Oprah and The City episodes. That sounds stomachable.

One bright moment of my trip was sitting 1 row behind Mrs Barbara Bush on my flight from Houston to DC on Wednesday. Loaded to the gills with secret service and her personal staff, I eavesdropped into her conversations for the entire 2.5 hour flight. Yeah shes a complete bitch, but probably the last true "first lady" to hang her fabulous hat in the White House. Despite her dapper appearance my sick mind couldn't help but to think about one of my favorite MAD TV moments:

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Praha ha ha

Many Euros call New Years Eve "Sylvester". It has something to do with Saint Sylvester...whoever that is. despite the funny name, we had a great time. In Prague, new years starts off with a big meal at local restaurants or hotels. Odd food items like salted cod sashimi and bacon dumplings (disappointing) and goulash accompanied more traditional fare like Ham and roast beef. You can expect 3 to 4 hours of food and random entertainment before you venture out into the streets for a fireworks display that will put your personal safety in jeopardy.. Everyone heads out on the town after the fireworks and we followed suit. We stumbled home around 5am. Drinks and conversations with Russians, Englishmen, Germans, Canadians and surprisingly kept us busy and time got away from us. Despite the freezing cold and choke-worthy smoke filled bars, a good time was had by all

Monday, December 29, 2008

Munich Math


Plus This.......

Equals this:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Table for 2

Maple/Ginger glazed pork crown roast
Spinach Souffle
Steamed Green, White, Purple Asparagus with balsamic and garlic reduction
Roasted root vegetables with sea salt
Rosemary Bread

Friday, December 19, 2008

Neckin it

I'm sure this is going to make me unpopular with the "fashionistas" but I'm going to go out on a limb here and declare the cleverly-tied-wintry-scarf an annoying fashion item. My only caveat is for those of you living in (or visiting) frigid winter temperatures, where this woven piece of fabric does actually have purpose, namely keeping your neck from freezing solid. To all the austinites (epically the ones I saw today donning scarves at the post office in 70 degree weather) who have been anxiously tooling their wardrobes for the 5 below freezing days a year we get in this town, you look ridiculous. 360 days to plot a wardrobe results in an overly-styled walking GAP billboard that looks like it's tried too hard.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

All comes crashing down..

Things have kicked into high-gear at my new house. Walls coming down, new foundations being poured, roofs being raised...just in time for the holidays. Panic attack anyone? Anyone?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eurotrash Schizophrenia!

Which is it? I must know.


Forrest and I decorated my Christmas tree last night and then sat by the fire. We were talking about how lovely it would be if it were snowing outside...and low and behold... it was. It snowed in Austin last night. Granted not a flake stuck to the ground, but I saw it with my own eyes.

It made the inside feel that much cozier....

The mantle aglow
I insisted.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Want to know what that catchy tune is running in the background of an online commercial or video.


I love technology... really.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pardon me! is reporting the most likely candidates for Pardon by George bush in anticipation of his exit from power this winter. The usual suspects are all there. The Enron guys, Michael Milken, some sleazy republican ex-congressmen, and other shamed non-notables. Even Marion Jones and Michael Vick could grab themselves a get-out-of-jail-free card, although unlikely.

There is, however, one person on the short list who I fully support even though I know she was guilty as hell. A momentary lapse in greed for an otherwise fine purveyor of household taste.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

When last names attack

Theres one in every crowd.

The big three Auto makers have been in Washington these past few days fighting for their lives. Of course this comes in the form of a 25 Billion dollar bail out loan they expect the US (ie taxpayers) to pony up. My feelings remain, they shouldn't get a dime. They've spent the last 15 years ignoring rising fuel costs, continuing to pump out lack-luster gas guzzlers and watching foreign automakers loop them in sales and concepts; all the while continuing to pay their top executives Millions in salaries and "performance" bonuses, company-supplied lavish business lifestyles and other massive corporate financial wastes. I found it sadly ironic that the Auto CEO's touted of recent severe cost cutting measures within their industries when they all three travelled to these hearing in Washington aboard private jets ($20,000 per round trip).

Despite all this ridiculousness, BY FAR my favorite thing to come out of these meetings was Rep. Maxine Waters insistence to insert racism into the already convoluted mix. She felt it appropriate to bypass all the obvious financial conversations and go straight for the race jugular. Her ONLY contribution to the hearings were her comments about the automakers "lack of support" for minority-owned dealerships. Im sure that'll score her a 5 ham hock rating among her constituency in east Atlanta. Way to play to the home crowd Maxine!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Collard Stalk gets 3 to 5

Oh My F%$#(*%) god! News from my country fried hometown. God I miss that place.

Mayor in collard costume accused of assaulting entertainer at annual Maxton Collard Festival.

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:43 PM EST
The Laurinburg Exchange

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Maxton Mayor Gladys Dean on a charge that she assaulted an entertainer at the town's Collard Festival on Saturday. Dean, mayor since January 2008, is charged with simple assault. She is accused of grabbing Rene Ward, the director and owner of Step 2 It Dance Studio, during the dance troupe's performance. Dean has denied assaulting Ward. The warrant was issued in Lumberton late Tuesday afternoon after a Maxton magistrate recused herself from the case. As of Thursday, the warrant had not been served on the mayor.

The incident allegedly began when Dean — who was dressed as a collard stalk — approached Ward and asked her to cut the performance short so that another group could perform.“We don’t perform a concert at a festival,” Dean said. “I didn’t ask her to stop. I just asked her to suspend her performance and then come back after the other group performed.”Dean said when she asked Ward to stop, the director reacted violently.“She started screaming and yelling. She went crazy,” the mayor said. “I lightly touched her arm and lowered my voice in an effort to calm her down. I never grabbed her.”The mayor added that she told Ward she was sorry if she offended her by touching her arm.

A Robeson County District Court hearing is set for Dec. 12

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

you get a get a all get bailouts

The Bush "administration" released yet another bailout plan for mortgage holders today. And of course my hyde is continuing to be chapped by these "emergency measures". Theres been nothing but finger pointing and bank blame since the consumers widespread, inexcusable ignorance finally caught up with them. Personally I say let them all fail and learn first hand what happens when you lie to yourself and buy things you know you cant afford. If Joe the plumber has the faculties to fill out a mortgage loan application, he has enough sense to KNOW that he cant afford a $750,00 home on a $50,00 salary. Let him lose his house and live on the street. It's called survival of the fittest.

I cant wait to see what the Obama camp does to continue the sympathy parade in this country. It's no secret that the Dems have always supported that notion. Welfare, free health care, free money, free food, basically free living for the bottom half of the country. Well when the bottom half stops buying $400 sneakers, $50,000 cars and homes WAAAY out of their league, maybe then I'll sympathize.
Until then....

Thursday, November 06, 2008

We've been Propositioned

Should we be surprised that the black and Hispanic voters in California made up a significant portion of the population who voted yes on Proposition 8? Not really. The Christian evangelicals (i.e hate aficionados) knew exactly who their go-to voters were. The poor, the uneducated, the easily swayed. Unfortunately for these populations, their participation in the passage of this very discriminatory proposition makes them look like complete fools. These are demographics who have cried foul many many times in the past claiming discrimination and unfair treatment yet they had no problems biting many of the hands that helped feed them all along the way.

In the end I continue to be flattered that my very existence threatens so many people’s way of life. I am truly honored that my “lifestyle” so invades the psyches of small minded, ignorant people that they must take time out of their own lives to lobby against my rights to equal treatment under the law. I had no idea I was such a celebrity. I also understand that more often than not, there are sinister, secretive reasons why certain people politic so aggressively against equal treatment for gays and lesbians. Whether it’s struggling with their own sexual identity internally, crippling insecurities within their own lives or just a pathetic need to feel “above” others in some way, it’s a clear and direct indication that these sad people are suffering from some very complicated demons. I personally believe that they will have plenty time in the hottest part of Hell to work through things and rethink their position later on.

So we remain second class citizens. We can be fired from jobs for loving someone, our long term relationships have no legal definition or protection, we have no tax relief, we have no end-of-life/familial rights, and we are shunned from most religious communities. We will continue to be gawked at, talked about, ignored, secluded and abandoned. The media and pop culture will continue to sensationalize us and our community as a whole will struggle with its own identity and avoid responsibility as a result.

Personally, I don’t let any of this affect me. Gay or straight, I believe relationships are personal and not to be publicly declared, I do however believe that the law should intervene at some point and provide protections to all parties involved. I pay zero attention to the “god warriors” and would rather not be included in their inner circle anyway. Most importantly, I enter into my relationships with the same fervor and determination that my straight counterparts do. The love I give is no less real than theirs and that should be recognized by both humans and the law.

Despite my mild ambivalence, I continue to be amused by the irony all the while saddened by the deliberateness of it all

Monday, November 03, 2008

Epicurially Speaking

Some farm fresh produce we picked up at the Farmers Market on Saturday proved it's point.... Purple Okra and all...

PS...I'd love to be a food stylist.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Breast Stroke

You know it's love when you get up out of bed at 7am on a Sunday morning and battle a crowd 30,000 strong to watch your boyfriend run in the Race for a Cure. He did brilliantly....5Kin 23 mins. Not bad for his first official timed race. I felt like a proud momma, all camera ready and all.



And End.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Picture Perfect Weekend

Saturday reminded me, again, why I love Austin! Forrest and I hit up The farmers Market, Austin Botanical Gardens and The Texas State History Museum.
I photologed all day.

Reflections in the Rose Garden
Asian garden Nymph

Stately Monarch
Forrest imparting his vast knowledge of roses

The Long Center Arch

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Death by Chocolate

Wanna enjoy the cool weather and give your arteries a good hardening at the same time? I suggest you cook this up. Best you’ll ever have.

16 Oz Whole Milk
16 Oz Heavy cream
8 Table Spoons Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Cocoa Powder
¼ tsp Vanilla Extract (Preferably Mexican)
Marshmallow Crème

Mix milk, cream, cocoa powder in a medium saucepan with heavy bottom under medium heat. Aggressively mix powder into milk/cream mixture (Will take a while for powder to saturate). Consistently whisk mixture as it heats (will become less frothy and more liquid). Add Mexican vanilla. Once it’s reached a desirable temperature (personal taste) remove from heat. Drop one heaping spoonful of marshmallow crème into the bottom of a large mug and pour hot chocolate over it. When marshmallow lump floats to the top, it’s ready to drink.

Suggestion: Serve with lavender caramels topped with Fleur De Sel click here

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kitchen Confidential

I bit the bullet in a big way today and bought my first appliances for my soon-to-be remodeled new home.

First, the refrigerator to end all refrigerators.

Up next, a Wolfe that can feed an army

Monday, October 20, 2008

Calculate This

It really is the little things..

JT sent me a link to an online percent change calculator. For mathmatically challenged media folks like me, shortcuts like this can mean more time time perfecting my ping pong game and less time nursing media math-related headaches.

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Heres a long laundry list of web calculators for other lazy folks:

Wanna know how long you're gonna live?