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    Portraits of Gratitude

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And, while I am quite keen on words in general, this year I thought I’d show you (instead of tell you) just what I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving season.  And so, with all the love in the world to the wonderful people, places and things in my life, here goes…

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Nov 12 2012 7:44PM | 0 comments

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    At Least You're Not That Girl (Anymore)

    Recently, one of my best friends from college sent me a photograph, with the subject line, "At Least You're Not That Girl (Anymore)". It was a picture from 1992 - the two of us standing in front of Branner right before our end-of-the-year party. At the time, I thought I looked quite fetching. Newly permed and a vision in a black sheath dress, the image in my head of myself that night and the reality of this photograph were, dare I say, competitive. Let's take a peek, shall we? (I've removed his face to save face.)

    Now, in my defense, the wind was particularly strong behind me that day. Ahem. But, gust or no gust, that is one large head of hair, lady.  Honestly, my first reaction was, well, sheer horror. Then I snorted, which I tend to do when I'm laughing uncontrollably. Then there was that brief moment of "Dear God, this photograph must be destroyed." Which is a sentiment I usually feel w...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Apr 13 2012 12:53PM | 1 comments

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    Simply Adorkable

    What an amazing time for geeks! First, Stanford is ranked as the 2nd nerdiest college in the United States by Localicious (http://www.local-icious.com/blog/10-nerdiest-american-colleges/). Then, this week I was introduced to a new term which will forever be cemented into the lexicon of my geeky life: "Adorkable." Seriously? Adorkable? How have I missed this? Or rather, how did I not coin this phrase years ago? Regardless, whatever FOX intern/producer/writer coined the phrase to describe Zooey Deschanel's character on the new sitcom New Girl is my new hero. 

    For anyone who has watched the pilot and 2nd episode of New Girl, you'll totally get what I'm talking about here. Zooey's character is quirky, smart, geeky, prone to spilling and, well, simply adorkable. With her glasses askew and a proclivity for singing her own theme song ("It's Jess!"), Zooey's role captures all that I love about geeks, dorks and nerds - the ability to be completely self-effac...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Sep 29 2011 5:05PM | 0 comments

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    Old Flames and Stanford Games

    It seems all the interesting things happen to me either during a Stanford football game or after. In college, sleeping out the night before the Oregon State game led to my first long-term boyfriend, I once fell down the stairs at Big Game, landing in the lap of an irate Cal fan, my in-laws met my family for the first time over the din of a Notre Dame/Stanford game..and then there was the infamous ex sighting.

    My husband Bram and I were having pizza in Palo Alto with my dear friend Peter and his fabulous girlfriend (now fabulous wife). And there, amid the smell of pepperoni and tales of motherhood, I looked up from my imported beer and saw "the ex": the man who, on his birthday, told me I smelled like onions..the one in college who told me the way I looked at him with love in my eyes was, “downright irritating.”

    Now, I am a married woman. I adore my husband. I have two sons, a great job writing and creating artwork and teaching art to childre...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Aug 17 2011 12:36PM | 0 comments

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    My Life as a Geek: Defining Moments

    Just this week, the United States National Science Foundation released its annual report listing the "geekiest cities in America." The findings were less than surprising. Hello, San Francisco! Great to see you, San Mateo! How's the weather, Boston? A few dark horses threw themselves in here and there (Nice to meet you, Destin, Florida!), but for the most part the so-called "geekiest" cities were just about where you'd expect them to be. What was surprising about the report was the definition of "geek" as detailed by the Foundation. According to them, a geek is "any worker with a bachelor's level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training." Now, granted, this definition of geek works specifically within the parameters of the Foundation itself and is meant more as a broad term for those engaged in the technical or scientific professions. But then are they really geeks? Are...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Aug 10 2011 8:24PM | 2 comments