Robert Goes to Work

Friday, April 19th 2019


My brother heading to work 

This one’s for you MOM!

I asked Robert to let me take his picture for you before work this morning, and here it is.

And here is the live action version:

2019-04-19 ROBERT GOING TO WORK [0:16]


Love you Mom.  Sending love from Skyline!


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One Time at Science Fair

Tuesday, April 16th 2019


The kids at a Cambridge Science Fair event at M.I.T.


I am out performing shows again when Daddy texts me from MIT.  He and the kids have found their way to another Science Fair event.  Awesome!

Then I get this:



In that instant I become a customer of the very place I work.  Holy shit.


I’m thinking she had an episode of syncope (fainting spell) just like her mom’s had so many times.

But then I get more details. It started with her head feeling wonky -“floaty, like a balloon”- progressing to a headache severe enough to cause her to cry. Daddy swoops her up into his arms where her body suddenly feels strange and her TEETH sink into his NECK.


He starts yelling and flailing trying to pull her off his neck. Her teeth finally release and her body collapses to the floor where she lay unconscious. My poor husband pleads for someone to call an ambulance, and one comes.


Things are already calm when I arrive the Emergency Department. (Gavin even got to ride up front and help operate the siren!)


DaddyLove’s abrasion is pretty bad but doesn’t compare to the fright he had.

My first reflex was of course to send a mayday message to my hospital clown team mates who were on rounds that day. Their shift was just ending but that didn’t stop Dr. Gonzo (my clown brother Robb Preskins) from showing up and performing a downright *masterful* plain-clothes visit in no time flat. He brought gifts, made us laugh, broke the tension, made me instantly feel better and by his very presence elevated ClaraJane’s status to V.I.P.

I didn’t get a shot of Dr Gonzo but here is us afterwards, making memories!?!

Together forever no matter the weather. (Nice face mom.)

Sinus rhythm normal; neurologically intact; vitals normal and stable (except when she practiced hyperventilating on purpose to manipulate her 02-sat readings, lol.)

In conclusion this was *not* a seizure -even with that crazy teeth biting action- and was just plain ol’ benign syncope.

Froyo with gummy bears, a comfort unicorn from Dr. Gonzo (for mommy, lol), a sticker activity puzzle, and some QT with the World’s Best Brother.

Snuggling with mom, snuggling with dad, checking out the giant fish tank with brother, and getting a get well gift from him back at home.

Fortunately I have lots of experience to share with her and around managing Ye Olde Benign Syncope. She even practiced lying down pre-emptively the moment she felt weak on the way home. (That’s literally all it takes to avoid losing consciousness, *if* you recognize the warning signs in time.)

She was even cleared to fly cross country to see Grandpa the next day, as we are doing presently. the first entry in our travel journals already complete. In her brother’s words:


“So, it’s that week where all the science events happen. My sister, my dad & I were at one of those events and all of a sudden I hear dad yell ‘CLARAJANE! What’re you doing?’ I look up and see CJ hanging off dad’s neck. When I see him push her off him but then she goes completely LIMP and she falls to the floor. Dad picks her up and says, ‘This is a medical emergency. Someone call 911.” Skip ahead maybe 5 mins and I’m in shotgun of an ambulance with CJ & my dad in the back. We get to the hospital and it turns out she had syncopy (fainting).”


And in her own words:


“I fainted yesterday and I rode an ambulins. It was fun! And I went to the hospitul. We wachtded a movie it was the Jungel Book. the date I fainted was 4-16-19. It was a very stresfull exparyins. But overall it was fun!”

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Bullet dodged. She was even cleared to fly out to visit Grandpa in California as planned the very next day.  And we even got to bring their DIY spectrometers home from the Science Fair, as seen here from the inside.


Life in full spectrum.


Next up: ClaraJane’s booklet on How to Not Faint.

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Sunday Daddy

Sunday, April 14th 2019

As Spring unclenches her fingers and my dance card remains full, DaddyLove spends Sunday with the kids on an epic Roll n’ Stroll to Boston.

In addition to running into cousins (!!), the kids’ retelling featured some heated playground politics focused around the most prized resource; Who’s Turn It Is on the Zipline. And apparently some most delicious sandwiches.

My Hubsand is so lovely to share these experiences with me by text as I am scattered to the winds.

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2019 Cambridge Science Festival

Saturday, April 13th 2019

As I scatter myself to the winds North of Boston today, look where DaddyLove remembered to bring the children; the incomparable Cambridge Science Festival.

So awesome!

Finally, time to head home:

Thanks (so much!) DLove. ❤️


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Top 25 Children’s TV Intros from the 80’s

April 2019

I keep meaning to check these out with my kid so I’m posting them here for easy access.  A little cultural anthropology from the past, FWIW.

Top 25 80’s Childrens TV Intro’s [23:33]:


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Running Away with the Big Apple Circus

Thursday, April 11th 2019


My kids have asked me to “not get any more jobs.”  But the Big Apple Circus is in town, so alas I must!   A few of us have been lucky enough to perform with this wonderful institution for pre-show audiences.

Today I had the honor of performing for audiences of Circus of the Senses; a special presentation of the show for audience members with visual and/or hearing impairment.


Connecting with one of our visually challenged friends. 


With a wonderful kid of an old buddy; so grown up!



For 25+ years I’ve been singing a song that includes imagery of being “All Alone in the Empty Big Top” … and today for a moment it actually happened. (o:


So happy and psyched for my colleague, Stephanie Monseau; this year’s Big Apple Ringmaster.  Go Stephanie!

del Big-Apple-Circus-Ringmaster-1.jpg

“May all your days be circus days!”


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Hospital Clowning: City of the Unicorn

Thursday, April 4th 2019

So this amazing child, 🌈 Reem 🦄, wrote this song, City of the Unicorn.  And through the wonderful work of the Boston Children’s Hospital Child Life Specialists, Music Therapists, her medical team, the technicians from our in-house Seacrest Studio and clowns from the Laughter League, we produced this professional-grade music video.

And today, to my amazement and delight, I learned that this video is now PUBLIC and can be SHARED WITH THE WORLD.

So here she is folks, it’s REEM and the City of the Unicorn!!!!!

The City of the Unicorn [2:18]:

Boston Seacrest StudiosPublished on Apr 2, 2019
Our friend Reem wrote and performed this beautiful original song recently and it’s bound to be the next big hit! She even choreographed a dance to go along with it! Go, Reem!
Note:  As of this posting her video has been public for two days and she’s already received over 1,000 views!  GO REEM!!!

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I’m just glad I thought to suggest her song for our April Fools Clown Show or this might not have happened.  Now if she will only teach me the rest of the lyrics!


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