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Amy is gearing up for her son’s third birthday party this weekend, which coincides with Cinco de Mayo. He only wants big kids at the party and he wants the theme to be pink. Pinko de Mayo, here we come!

Rebecca is coming off of a lovely birthday week. At first she didn’t really care much because so many other things were going on, most notably, her daughter was in a big play, and Rebecca is coming to the end of directing her own musical. It is a crazy season. However, her family and friends did not forget her birthday. On the actual day, her good friend Amy brought gluten-free cupcakes into their homeschooling group and everyone sang. It is good to be mothered by friends. The next day, her husband took her to see Jake Shimibukuro. AMAZING. And the next day, her niece pulled off a surprise party. Much happiness :)

After two years of trying, Sophie is finally going to attend a Free Comic Book Day event, even if it means having to catch a train to another city because nowhere in hers is participating. She is obscenely excited about getting her hands on the first mini issue of The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. In other news she is incredibly proud of her son who has finally mastered riding his scooter and is now happily riding to pre-school and back, even if there have been a few injuries along the way.

She’s been meaning to get to it for, oh, years, but Kris Bordessa has finally — mostly — updated her professional website. She still needs to add a page featuring Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself but keeps getting sidetracked with other writing projects. Cobblers shoes and all that.

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On April 23, Jules Sherred’s future father-in-law, former Congressman Bob Edgar, died suddenly. Jules has flown down from British Columbia to Virginia to attend the funeral and spend time this week with family.

Last Friday, GeekMom editor Corrina Lawson joined Jules on the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show. The conversation is now available for download.

Mandy is looking forward to spending some time with family. Her in-laws are coming down to NC to help her husband’s aunt move.

Dakster Sullivan is trying hard to contain her excitement for Free Comic Book Day next week. To let some of that energy out, her family plans on hitting up a theme park this weekend and maybe pick up a comic book or two. She’s not a big thrill rider, but she loves walking around and looking at the sites inside the parks.

Brigid is looking forward to a short trip home this weekend to Maryland to visit with her mother and to see the Pre-Raphaelite art exhibit in D.C.

Even though her family is diligently trying to eat a healthier diet, Kris Bordessa couldn’t help herself. She ordered a copy of Casey Barber’s Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. It was all downhill from there. So far, the hands down favorite: Homemade BBQ potato chips. In other less-fattening news, she’s joined forces with a number of authors and creators for the Great Mother’s Day Giveaway. Stop by and enter to win prizes for yourself or your mom!

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Dakster Sullivan has no plans this weekend, but if she did, this is what she imagines she would like to be doing: “First, I would be flying to LA for a meeting with executives about a Batgirl movie. Gail Simone would be in attendance, since she’s not only writing the script, but also the woman in charge of it all. After the meeting, Gail has me catching a flight to Chicago to scout out locations for the Gotham City scenes.”

Judy Berna spent Spring Break driving her kids across the long plains of Kansas to visit her parents in Missouri. The trip was made much easier since her third teen passed his driver’s test two weeks ago. In fact, she had so much time in the passenger’s seat, she got to devour Mary Roach’s fascinating new book, Gulp. Two days after arriving home she got a surprising email, saying she was a finalist in the Notes and Words essay contest. If you’d like to see her submission (and possibly click ‘like’ if you enjoy it) follow this link. Since the theme of the contest was ‘transitions’ she chose to write about the day, the moment, she realized that having her foot amputated was going to improve her life.

Kelly Knox is struggling to find time to do the reading and discussion topics for the Gender Through Comic Books online course. She did enjoy the first reading assignment, Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise, more than she expected. Kelly plans to set aside some time each week to sit and read and ponder, even if it means less time playing Skyrim. (Gasp!)

Rachel has a sports-filled weekend ahead, and she’s not entirely sure how she feels about that. However, she’s sort of excited for Saturday’s Harlem Globetrotters event, where she will relive part of her youth and watch her son practically pass out from laughter.

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United Federation of Planets
United Federation of Planets

Jules Sherred has been busy designing and launching another website: United Federation of Planets. It is a website all about Star Trek, curated by members of Jules’ G+ Star Trek community. Jules is also still busy planning for yet another trip, a child’s graduation, and a wedding in just over three short months.

Brigid is reveling in a clean studio this week and a fresh shiny new website. She’s looking forward to getting her hands dirty with some special projects in April.

Laura’s toe is a lovely bluish purple, thanks to intersecting with furniture while ambulating Ministry of Silly Walks style. Despite her giant multi-hued toe she’s going full speed in her campaign to help out a neighboring eco-friendly farmer. He is trying to hang on to his cows and his land despite some difficulties.

Rachel is trying to nurse her family back to health in time for Easter Sunday. She’s going to spend the weekend using natural dyes on her eggs and stuffing the plastic ones with toxic candy. Does that seem wrong at all?

This week Patricia has been in Biloxi, Mississippi, where her husband has just received photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) laser eye surgery at Keesler Air Force Base. It’s been a trip down memory lane, seeing the base where she did her initial Air Force weather officer training in summer 1996, and it’s also been very educational learning about the devastation that the base and community experienced from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. It was heartbreaking to visit Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis’s home, this week and learn that over 40% of the property’s presidential library and museum collection were lost during Katrina. She looks forward to being back home this weekend to celebrate Easter with her kids and mother-in-law, who have been holding down the fort back home.

Rebecca Angel is busy getting ready for a gig on Friday with her daughter who plays drumset and steel drums. It is really fun having a kid that not only has the talent, but the joy of music, AND wants to perform with her mom!

This weekend, Dakster Sullivan is going to be creating colored eggs with Kool-Aid with her husband and son. They don’t have any troops lined up, so maybe they will take some time and just hang out and enjoy the weekend. Brandon’s been begging to go bowling again, so they might hit up the alleys for some family fun.

PBS Goes Steampunk

PBS Off Book
PBS Off Book

PBS Off Book is, according to their press release, “a new web series focused on experimental and non-traditional art forms on This 13-part, bi-weekly series explores the ever-changing definition of art in the hands of the next generation of artists taking creative reigns and melding art with new media.”

According to my daughter it’s just super awesome. I completely agree.

This relatively new addition to the PBS Arts line-up, Off Book is an online only series. But with slick production values and sexy contemporary music it’s raised the bar for online magazine episodes. So far the series has covered such topics as Typography, Light Painting, Visual Culture Online (Hello Nyan Cat), and most recently Steampunk.

The Steampunk episode in particular caught my attention not only because we love all things Steampunk here at, but also because of their commitment to look at Steampunk through the lens of “art” rather then just “cos-play” or “subculture”.

Thoughtful interviews with steampunk artist Dr. Grymm, composer David Bruce, and performance ensemble Third Rail Projects, are a refreshing and serious minded approach to understanding Steampunk’s allure among creative people.

Personally I was extra delighted at the interview with David Bruce regarding the composing of his steampunk-inspired piece. It’s always nice to see a fresh addition to the Steampunk music scene.

At 5 to 10 minutes an episode, PBS Off Book is a show you can enjoy while noshing on your hot pocket during a lunch break at work.  I encourage you to watch them all and subscribe to their channel. If your boss catches you YouTubein, at least you can point to the PBS logo on the screen and claim you’re educating yourself.







Printable Fun for Easter: Plus, the Link Between Eggs and Rabbits, Revealed!

Bunnies and Eggs! © Brigid Ashwood 2011
Bunnies and Eggs! © Brigid Ashwood 2011 (click to download)

“What the heck is it with Easter? I mean bunnies and eggs? What’s one got to do with the other?” Easter perplexes the heck out of my daughter. She loves the candy and the decorating of eggs of course, but she’s long been incredulous at the array of seemingly unconnected symbolism that is so associated with this spring holiday.

This year we decided to buckle down and do a little research. What we found was pretty interesting. Of course there is the usual history of Easter Egg decorating, the finest examples of course being the Pysanky designs of Ukrainian tradition. Who doesn’t love a good Pysanky egg? Wikipedia will tell you all about the pagan origins of Easter, and the tradition of eggs and bunnies as ultimate symbols of fertility. Still we’d found this information in the past. What we really wanted was a good solid link between bunnies and eggs.

Finally we found it! Well sort of. One theory oft repeated on various Easter history sites is that in the “olden times” people tended to confuse the ground nests of birds called plovers, with the forms (another word for nest) of hares. Occasionally an olden timer would come across one of these nests in the spring and confuse it with a hare nest, subsequently determining that hares must lay eggs in the spring. At least that’s the story the internet tells. I tend to think we don’t give folks enough credit, and probably this whole idea was just part of the overall Easter story grownups told to kids for amusement. Regardless in all the old stories the Easter rodent is always a hare, not a rabbit. Hares and rabbits are different animals, albeit related. Bunnies in particular are young rabbits, not hares. So in fact all this hullabaloo about the Easter Bunny is just kind of totally wrong. At least according to the internet.

But really who cares? Easter is fun. Bunnies, candy, decorating eggs? Sign me up.

This months coloring page is a bunny (not a hare), surrounded by an assortment of pysanky eggs.

Happy coloring! And Happy Spring!

Rob Granito, (Alleged) Con Artist

rob-300x217I’m willing to bet that by this time next week the word “Granito” will be a shiny new entry on* It’s a broad term, with applications as a noun, a verb and even an adjective. It’s like a sad and deluded version of “smurfy,” suitable in any scenario where the user wishes to convey the depths of depravity that must dwell in a plagiarist’s soul.

The origins of this term lie squarely on the shoulders of one man, Rob Granito.

[Editor’s Note: statements about any legal wrongdoing by Mr. Granito should be considered alleged, as he has not been convicted of any crimes or sued for any copyright or other infringements.]

In case you have not yet heard, allow me to fill you in. Apparently, for a number of years (by some estimates as many as 15!) a fellow by the name of Rob Granito has been showing up at conventions around the country with a resume that takes padding to a new level. In that —  it’s all lies. He also brings with him to these cons a variety of “original works” and prints that are blatant copies of other artist’s work. I have not called them exact copies because frankly his skills are minimal and his attempts to change or hide the original pieces ham-handed and sad.

What’s interesting is that many people have suspected or even known about this issue for years, and it’s just now coming to an inter-splosion largely because of this article. Rich Johnston of was “sent a number of allegations saying that Rob is basically nothing but a chancer” and decided to do a bit of investigative blogging. He emailed Rob with pointed questions, and what he received in response was disturbing, and clearly worth sharing with the community at large.

The community was outraged.

The result has been a firestorm of blog posts, forum threads and Facebook shenanigans that Aaron Sorkin really should consider writing a bio-pic about. As luck would have it, Mr. Granito attended Mega Con in Florida this weekend, and well, he didn’t have the best time. Aside from being surreptitiously filmed via iPhone while talking about the very allegations that he’s currently so vilified for, he was also recipient of the world’s most gracious confrontation, courtesy of one of his “victims,” comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver.

If you missed all the hubbub and want to dive into some comic-art-geek-dramz on your lunch break, I’ve written a small primer to the situation, and collected a list of essential links for you. Enjoy! And don’t forget to support your favorite real artists.

Granito Primer

  • Mr. Granito’s deplorable grammar and spelling is one of his most unique and original qualities. As a result the interwebs are mimicking and of course mocking this mercilessly. So any posters exhibiting these traits are called out immediately as trolls, or as Rob himself (and most likely accurately).
  • Terms such as Legit-O-Mite, based on Rob’s initial misspellings, have become instant hits. There are already t-shirts.
  • Jay Diddilo is a writer that Rob has referenced repeatedly as someone he is currently working with. No one has ever heard of this dude, but he does have a fake Facebook page and website already — naturally.
  • One of the more notable and ridiculous claims on Mr. Granito’s resume is that he worked as an artist for Calvin and Hobbes. No one other then Bill Watterson has ever worked on that strip. Additionally, Watterson is know for his rigid opposition to any licensing involving Calvin and Hobbes.

The Dramz

Rob’s Sites

Food for Thought (links that aren’t directly related, but address the ideas relevant to this controversy)

*The fact that I submitted the term myself is beside the point. Lots of other people sent it in too. We were up late, and feeling rather touchy.

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Steampunk Philosophy

© Dave Clifton 2011

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure to host a steampunk discussion at Mythic Faire, a fantasy/myth/alt culture convention that features live music, masquerade balls and special guests. I had a stellar time, both as a guest and an attendee, with the steampunk panel discussion being the highlight of my weekend. I  type “panel discussion” with a bit of a smirk, because truth be told it was just me up there on the dais.  Every faire or convention has it’s little surprises and this wasn’t the first time I’ve found myself without panel partners. Thankfully I’m an experienced public speaker with a background in theater and improv, so crowds of people wearing expectant expressions don’t generally intimidate me. And hey, at least I know how to make an entrance.

The great thing about doing a panel discussion on your own is that you have the freedom to turn what would be an “us talking at all of you” experience into an “all of us talking to each other” experience. So that’s what we did. The result was a lively and informative discussion on the deep roots and underlying philosophy of steampunk. Beyond top hats and goggles, beyond modded keyboards and brassy rayguns, beyond cos-play, corsets, and Lord and Lady RPG – what exactly is at the heart of steampunk?

What we discovered as we explored this topic together is that to many of us (certainly to the people present in the room that day) steampunk is so much more then a simple aesthetic. It’s a philosophy for life. Steampunkian principles can be applied to any aspect of your life. A commitment to self sufficiency and the creativity of the individual, support of small and local business, respect of artisanship and traditional materials are core steampunk concepts. Hardcore steampunk enthusiasts tend towards a longing to downsize the material aspects of their lives, while simultaneously demanding more function, better design and romantic execution of the objects they choose to have around them.

In fact you might say that the steampunk philosophy could be summed up in this golden rule:

‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful‘

Guess who said that?

William Morris, the Victorian era designer and founder of the Arts and Crafts movement.

I firmly believe that steampunk as a philosophy has it’s deepest roots in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the 1860s. This movement was largely a backlash to the Industrial Revolution of the early 1800s. Arts and Crafts philosophy favored the skilled work of human hands and master craftsman over mass-produced and commercially made items. It was this same debate that dominated the discussion at Mythic Faire. Is the value of an object inherent only on it’s surface? What about how, or where the piece was made? Is an object steampunk because you’ve glued cogs to it, or because of it’s purpose? It’s this very same discussion that spurred on the development of glorious movements of art and design that we so treasure today. 150 years later we are having the same debates over mass produced imported goods, versus locally made and artisanal items. It’s a good debate, with complex questions and few simple answers.

For my part I enjoyed the lively discussion that manifested and look forward to exploring the connection that steampunk philosophy has to current social and economic issues more in the future. What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments!

Editor’s Note: There’s still time to enter to win one of Brigid’s Steampunk figurines! Deadline for the giveaway is Sunday night.

Steampunk Week Giveaway (Now Closed)

“Incomplete” Steampunk Art & Figurine © Brigid Ashwood 2011

When I heard we were going to be having a steampunk week here at I knew right away that I wanted to help celebrate the event with a giveaway. Just as I was deciding what, exactly, to give away, I received an email from a figurine company I work with.

Lo and behold, the new line of figurines they were producing based on my steampunk-inspired art were finished with production and on their way to me via UPS. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

All of the four figurines pictured here were based on drawings and paintings of my work. Since I can’t decided which of these to give away – I’ll let the winner choose. To enter simply comment in the thread below. The winner (chosen randomly) will receive a signed print and the matching signed figurine set of their choice!

This giveaway is open to everyone regardless of location. The deadline to enter is Sunday night. Lastly don’t fret if you don’t win. You can buy prints and figurines on my website. Good luck!

UPDATE MONDAY 3/28 9:06 AM – And the winner is ….. Jenny R. ! I’ll be contacting you via email Jenny R.

Printable Fun – Shamrocks

©Brigid Ashwood 2011 Shamrock Celtic Knot

Shamrocks have always been my favorite St. Patrick’s Day symbol. For the most part, shamrock imagery remains iconic, and has largely avoided the often offensive and stereotypical commercialization of Irish culture, that has long plagued the Leprechaun.

For many Irish Catholics the shamrock is synonymous with the concept of the Holy Trinity. Legend tells that St. Patrick used the “three leaves on one stem” of the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Pagan Irish Druids.

Personally, as a modern day Pagan and student of Celtic Lore and spirituality, I’ve always found this legend a little humorous. The ancient Celts were no stranger to the concept of “three in one” before St. Patrick’s appearance on the scene. Indeed the number three has long been a key symbol of Celtic spirituality, with the Celts revering the earthly elements, deities and other sacred concepts in triads as an inherent part of their culture.

Prized for its healing and mystical properties the shamrock was well known, and deeply treasured by the Druids for the very same triadic properties that St. Patrick demonstrated in his lesson of Christian doctrine. With its lush green color and consistent three leaved charm shamrocks enjoyed sacred status among the Druids, and was symbolic of the Spring Equinox, which not coincidentally happens at about the same time as the modern feast of St. Patrick’s Day.

In the 19th century the “Wearing of the Green” became a popular form of visible protest against the English government and a symbol of Irish rebellion. Today this phrase is interpreted to mean the wearing of anything green, particularly on St. Patrick’s Day. Offenders who forget to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day run the risk of getting pinched. Originally “wearing of the green” was very specific, and indeed referred to the wearing of the shamrock as a symbol of Irish independence and pride.

Today St. Patrick’s Day still has nationalist, cultural, spiritual and of course fun-loving relevance to many people. Consistent across all interpretations of the holiday is the shamrock. Ever green, ever free, ever three, ever Irish.
In honor of the Shamrock – March’s Printable Fun is a coloring page, and a sheet of Shamrock buttons for “Wearing of the Green!”

Buttons - Click to download
Buttons – Click to download
Coloring Page - Click to download
Coloring Page – Click to download














Little Girls Lost – No Fairy Tale For Disney Princesses

Demi Lovato in concert, Image: CC by karina y via Flickr

As the mother of a tween I know more than I ever wanted to about every Disney Channel and Nickelodeon teen star on the planet. I know who’s been in what movie or TV show, if they have a new album, what their unique fashion style is, if they’ve highlighted their hair recently, and of course, who is dating whom in the Hollywood social scene of young stars.

Demi Lovato happens to be one of my daughter’s favorites. As a brown-eyed brunette like Demi, my daughter directly identified with her realistic yet adorable physical image, but also her spunky, creative, and friendly attitude. Where other Disney stars’ personas seem to revolve around snappy comebacks and snark, most of Demi’s characters projected a team player attitude, set off by good humor and humility.

Tweens everywhere cheered for Demi when she announced she was dating Joe Jonas at the beginning of 2010, and they were devastated with her when the young relationship fell apart. I remember my daughter remarking at the time that she “knew it wouldn’t last.”

Indeed Joe Jonas has, in a relatively short amount of time, developed quite the reputation for himself as a breaker of young women’s hearts. Taylor Swift had rather choice things to say about the way in which she found out that they were over. Rumors of his breakup with Demi suggest a young man who has trouble ending relationships as smoothly as he’s entered them. (Don’t we all?)

Certainly his decision to invite his new girlfriend, Ashley Greene (Alice in the Twilight Movies) on tour with his brothers and Demi Lovato seems ill advised. If the new flame’s presence on the tour contributed to Demi’s breakdown, and subsequent decision to seek treatment for emotional and physical issues, we can’t know for sure. But I suspect, it certainly didn’t help. What adult could handle such a sticky situation perfectly? Let alone a young woman who’s been working, supporting her family, and in the public eye since the age of seven?

None of us can know the truth of what really goes on in the lives of these young people. I remind my daughter of that every time we sit down to discuss the latest sordid personal tragedy of a young Hollywood star. Unfortunately in the past few years, we’ve had quite a few of these conversations. Between Lindsay’s troubles, Britney’s meltdown, her younger sister Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy, Vanessa Hudgens‘ nude photo scandal and others, I’m getting rather sick of having these conversations. I’m not the type to forbid my daughter from television or media access.

I’m not offended or overly concerned about my daughter’s knowledge of these situations. In fact they’ve led to many healthy and informative discussions. Rather I’m sick of having these conversations because I’m scared for these young women. My heart breaks for them. And I’m sick of the silence and the lack of responsibility on the part of the companies and individuals profiting from these talented young people.

I realize that it’s easy to sit here in front of my computer and comment on a situation that I’m no part of, and have no real information about. But I’m going to do it anyway. Because there are some absolute truths in the world. Raising children is hard. Raising creative, artistic children can be especially challenging. You must temper your pride at their achievements and their passion to perform with realistic expectations. Greed and vanity have no place in parenting.

If I were to let her, my daughter — a natural performer since the age of two — would be on the next plane to Hollywood in two seconds. She’d show up bright-eyed and shiny at the Disney offices ready to try out as the next Disney star. I will never allow it. Why? Because she deserves a childhood. She does not need to bear the burden of such extreme failures and successes at such a young age. It is not her job to support our family; it is ours, her parents. It is not her job to raise herself. It is our job, the adults who run her life, to guide her on the path to healthy adulthood.

These children, like Demi and Lindsay and the rest, are being failed by the parents and the adults who run their lives.

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Candy Corn: Demon Confection or Harmless Fun?

IMGP4389W.jpg-1I really hate candy corn. Growing up in a family with a seemingly insatiable sweet tooth, hating any candy, let alone such a classic symbol of pure unadulterated sugar love, was a capital crime. Come Halloween we’d dress up and lumber over to my Grandmother’s house to meet the rest of the cousins for some hardcore trick or treating in Nana’s upscale neighborhood. I remember scrambling in the front door and making a beeline for the living room, anxious to see what delicious candy she’d chosen to set out.

Every holiday, every year, our Nana would set out tiny bowlfuls of colorful candies placed strategically around the house, in key snacking locations.  Christmas featured rows of Andes mints and mini candy canes. Easter was Cadbury Eggs and pastel peanut M&Ms. At Thanksgiving she’d mix it up with some roasted nuts, and if we were lucky, caramels. But Halloween was always dangerously unpredictable for a kid with extreme candy prejudices. Would this be a Reese’s and M&Ms year? (Oh Please!) Or would those glittering crystal bowls be filled with my dreaded flavor nemesis, the Candy Corn? Talk about Halloween Horrors!

Originally created in the 1880s by Wunderlee Candy Company, candy corn was designed to imitate, well, corn of course. (What was up with boring candy back then? Who thought making a corn shaped candy was a great idea?) Its primary ingredients are sugar, corn syrup, color and binders. The original recipe was considered a “mellow cream” — a type of candy with a marshmallow flavor.  In fact, they achieved this flavor by throwing marshmallows into the slurry as they cooked it. This slurry was then poured into molds using a three pass method, to create the  tricolor that is candy corn’s signature.

Now while this is the official recipe, I think anyone that grew up in the 60s and 70s is likely to agree with me that at some point, a major component of that recipe, was replaced with wax. In fact personally I think the recipe was revised to just corn syrup and cheap wax. How else do you explain the pale “wax bloom” present on the hard coating of most candy corn kernels? Combine that with the crumbly cheap

crayon texture, the persistent orange finger stain of candy corn addicts, and the ability to write on paper with the bitten off ends of these things, and I think we have very good reason to suspect that all the candy corn of the past century was really manufactured by a defunct crayon company looking to unload some cheap product. And I’m not alone in my candy corn conspiracy theories! (VIDEO)

For many, candy corn has become as familiar a marker of Halloween as pumpkins. My friend, artist Ash Evans tweeted to me: “Candy corn is like the kid your Mom made you invite to your party. Nobody really wants them there, but it is required.” She’s got a very good point. Candy corn sticks around because it hits all the right nostalgic notes with people. It’s only available seasonally, which means we don’t get jaded by the sight of it the rest of the year. In fact, its presence in the stores signifies the beginning the winter holidays, and triggers warm and fuzzy childhood memories.

For years I’ve conducted an informal poll on the nature of candy lover’s relationships to candy corn. And my research has borne out the nostalgia over taste hypothesis. Do people love what candy corn symbolizes? Yes. Do they actually EAT the stuff? Not necessarily. When pressed to consider the question, I’ve found very few people who actually admit to liking the way it tastes.

Shockingly, one of the rare exceptions I’ve found is, alas, my own daughter. While she’s definitely inherited the family sweet tooth, I’m happy to report she exercises restraint, and has a discerning palette. Well, I should say she usually has a discerning palette. Her love of candy corn is clearly a tragic lapse in good taste. After I got over my initial shock to the horrifying revelation, I of course quizzed the little candy traitor thoroughly.

“Why do you like it!” I demanded.

“It’s fun! It’s colorful! It’s Halloween!” she shamelessly declared.

I suspected as much. My own daughter has been thoroughly brainwashed by the candy corn Illuminati. “But what about the texture? The taste?” I cried.

“Mom!” she rolled her eyes. “You can’t just eat any brand! Brach’s is the best!” Why? Well, my daughter reports, it the only brand she’s found that has a “flavor”.  In fact Brach’s now has many “flavors” of candy corn aside from the original. Somehow that feels like cheating.

Ugh, what’s a mother to do? The Candy Corn Demon has come after my own kin! Next thing you know she’ll be joining that candy corn lovers group on Facebook.

Maybe I’ll just make a Facebook group of my own. (Insert maniacal laughter here).

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