Author: tdumpling

I'm an ABC--American Born Chinese. I work in development and fundraising by profession and cause trouble with my inability to filter or shut up by nature.

Backlash on White Privilege Essay Contest Demonstrates…Uh…White Privilege


Westport’s Diversity Council had the seemingly progressive idea to hold an essay contest on the subject of “White Privilege”…and were surprised to find themselves facing backlash. Now, I don’t know what’s surprising about the push back because, if anything, the past couple of years have taught us that people who believe they are basically good don’t like the implication that they might not be perfect. Especially “good white people” which I’m sure Westport is full of…because the law of averages says that when there are that many white people in one place, many of them have to be good humans. (more…)


What to Do This Weekend: May 8-10

By Miami U. Libraries – Digital Collections [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s Mother’s Day so you’ll either be doing your duty as a child, being mildly disappointed as a mother, or just avoiding it altogether because you have an angsty relationship with your mother. So here are some things to do for Mother’s Day or in avoidance of it.

What to Do This Weekend: May 1-3

SPRING! From Flickr Creative Commons: Professor Bop

SPRING! From Flickr Creative Commons: Professor Bop

We are mentally preparing our gardens even though it’s not quite time. However, with the weather (finally) becoming more spring-like, it’s the perfect time to keep taking advantage of everything CT has to offer. So get off your duffs.

Doomsday Prepping for Juno

As we all know10428028_10152504751131256_7315380781291982804_n from elementary school, Juno is a Roman Goddess in an incestuous relationship with Saturn. So it’s no wonder that this first real snowstorm of the season is named after this formidable female.

Since we’ve all been receiving warnings from CL&P about how losing power is a “when”, not an “if”, we realized that live blogging this snowshitstorm would probably not be possible. Unlike the brainiacs at CL&P, we realize that if you lose power, you can’t use your home computer. This fact seems to have escaped our electricity providers, as they give your home computer as an option for reporting a power outage via their website. This doesn’t seem to bode well for us as customers.

Since we like to purport ourselves as experts, we thought we’d share our preparations for the impending whiteness. (more…)

Add Some Nutmeg to Your Holiday with These Local Events

If anyone tells me there’s nothing to do in Connecticut this holiday season, they are going to get a big fistful of “shut the hell up, you idiot”. But, to make it easy for you, we’ve compiled some great happenings for just about every budget and level of Scroogery.

Obviously, you should gift local. That’s a whole thing of it’s ownBut, get out there and check out everything Connecticut has to offer for the holidays. These are just some of our favorites.

Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours are a theatrical production running now until December 27th, based on the twelve days of Christmas and guaranteed to be hilarious as this year’s production was written by Jacques Lamarre. Rumor has it that a horse met its maker this past weekend.

We know you’ve done Nutcracker to death, but have you ever checked out CONNetic Dance’s Suite & Spicy Nutcracker? It’s seriously more awesome than any other Nutcracker you can fathom. We’re talking ugly sweater parties, tap, jazz, hip hop, and more. It also benefits from a seriously good looking cast and company. (more…)

Doing Good in the Nutmeg State: The Holiday 2014 Edition

Don’t give this crap.

You’ve got a lot to do during the holiday season, and if you’re anything like me, you have a TON of people to buy gifts for. Supporting local organizations, businesses, and more will do a hell of a lot more for your holiday karma than shopping at the big box stores. You may also save what precious sanity you have left! As always, we have ideas

Give a membership to a local organization.

I’m not talking the Elks Club (what do elks do?). I mean a membership to the New Britain Museum of Art for the art lover, The Mark Twain House & Museum for the reader or writer, Beardsley Zoo or Mystic Aquarium for the animal lover. If the animal lovers in your life have a problem with zoos and aquariums, then donate to a local rescue or shelter in their name (CT Humane Society, Our Companions, and Protectors of Animals are all good choices). Have an entire family to buy for? Go for the Lutz Museum or the CT Science Center. You get the idea. It’s one of those gifts that keeps giving all year long. (more…)

Two Wrasslin’ Cats in East Haddam

Last week was The Pilot’s and my anniversary. We decided to ditch the kid, take the day off and celebrate. It was pouring rain for most of the day but we decided to go on an adventure anyway. Our travels took us to East Haddam and Two Wrasslin’ Cats which purports itself to be a coffeehouse, art gallery, and cafe. We decided to try it for lunch as those Yelpers gave it good reviews.

photo 2(1)The atmosphere was lovely–bright and warm, with happy colors, tchotchkes, eclectic furniture, exposed wood beams, and fireplaces. There were side rooms where you could curl up with a coffee and a book if you wanted as well. The art was sort of what you would expect–nothing outlandish or revolutionary but colorful and what your eccentric aunt might create. However, I did not actually see two cats wrasslin, which was disappointing. (more…)

My Boyfriends Are All At Tangiers

Yes, it’s true. My boyfriends are all at Tangiers. They are not my boyfriends just because they are good looking, well groomed, nice, friendly men (they are), but because they make me delicious food. Ever since Tangiers Market moved to its new location on Farmington Ave. across from Tisane, they’ve been five minutes closer to my office. That five minutes has made all the difference.

The new location is no fancier than the old location, but it seems bigger and brighter. It’s always incredibly clean and well stocked with products from the Middle East and Mediterranean. Think dates and figs, Greek cheeses, falafel, couscous, olive oils, and delicious desserts. They even have bread from the Hartford Baking Company. (more…)