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Moved to tears


Lina with sister Katie who yawns

Every now and then you come across a story that takes your breath away. One that is so heavy on your heart that it moves you to tears. You can’t stop reading or watching it.  Sometimes they are stories of hate, the unthinkable, insurmountable strength and many times love. This is a love story like no other. Many don’t know I have an older sister who lives in Texas. I was deeply touched after she shared the story of Katie- who was born this month… with expectations she would soon die.  My sister writes…

During the months leading up to birth, most parents excitedly plan their newborn’s first photo shoot, what matching outfit will be worn home, or maybe what nursery decor will welcome their healthy baby.

Dawn and Michael made funeral arrangements. They selected a casket. They put the coroner’s number on speed dial. They ensured a priest was on stand-by so their daughter could be baptized. They explained to their five year old, that her baby sister will be born, but that she will go to Jesus quickly. They picked out a welcoming outfit. And then they picked one to bury her in.

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Katie is an anencephalic baby— nearly 1 in 4,859 babies are born this way. It’s a serious neural tube defect leaving the baby without parts of her brain or skull. Katie has a fleshy notch on her head, a cleft palate, eyelids that failed to separate leaving the 4 pound angel with a bump protruding from where her left eye should be. Despite all this the pictures will show that Katie yawns, grips and even smiles. She is a true warrior. I never knew that this condition existed and have been inspired to learn more about Anencephaly.  Katie has already held on for  2 weeks… and I hope you can join me in sending your prayers to her strong family Michael, Dawn and Lina.  With that I’ll leave you with some words from my sister.. you can read more from her here

When Katie’s hardest battle is over, her warrior spirit and small body will be comforted and warmed for eternity in a blanket her mother made for her, that is now filled with the full energy of unexpected memories, undeterred faith, intense gratitude, the ripples of her movement, and transcendant love.


Thoughts of a Butterfly

Art Soiree hosted a private event for ‘Thoughts of a Butterfly’ book release at Puro Lounge in Georgetown. The crowd, like the awe-inspiring book, was in good spirits enjoying drinks and live jazz music outdoors.

Watch ‘Thoughts of a Butterfly’ book release on WUSA9 Friday morning!

Let go, laugh, live, love is Shirley Ramos personal credo and motif in her new book ‘Thoughts of a Butterfly’. After suffering a stroke at the young age of 29, Shirley grabs her second chance at life with passion, even writing a book of poems about her journey. Yoni Lee contributed to this OMG report.

MORE: Read Ramos’ blog

Coverage of event on WUSA9 Below

Royal Wedding: Local Viewing Parties to London Deals

I love it: Capitalizing off the the Royal ‘I Dos’ across the pond. There are a couple local events going on in celebration of Prince William & Kate Middleton’s big day. For the more adventurous andfortunate– we’ve got the inside skinny on how you can partake in the celebration in England.

DC Royal Wedding Events

Prelude to the Royal Wedding at Peacock Cafe’, Georgetown:

April 28th, 6:30 pm. Get dressed to the nines and join D.C’s elite in anticipation of the British social event of the decade! Mingle with British-inspired drinks on the eve of Prince William’s Royal Wedding to Kate Middleton. The night will raise money for Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC). Walter Grio, founder of Shoot for Change, will be snapping photographs of you in your finest attire! Tickets will be $40. Watch Facebook for updates.

Royal Wedding Watch Party at Ritz- Carlton Washington DC:

April 29th: Forget March Madness… it’s all about April Anticipation.. the gown, the cake, the Queen oh my! The Ritz in DC is hosting a Viewing Party and breakfast at the hotel the morning of the wedding. Enjoy the big day on 60 inch flat screen TVs in the Lobby Cafe. A full breakfast bufft will include English specialties . There will even be a Royal Wedding Hat contest!  The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC is located at 1150 22nd Street, NW.

Getting Married?:

See how local couples can recreate their dream day totally inspired by the Royal Wedding. To see how you can get the ultimate Royal Wedding Experience Click here

London Weekend Celebration & Royal Tour:

April 2011: The weekend will be hosted by founder of The English Manner, Alexandra Messervy, formerly of The Royal Household of Her Majesty The Queen.

This tour programme will include…

  • Accommodation at a four star hotel in central London or a very special private members’ Club
  • Welcome brunch with invited guests
  • MasterClass and wedding flower demonstration with celebrated international florist, Judith Blacklock, with afternoon tea
  • Visit to Kensington Palace and the new restoration project of Kensington Palace Gardens, overseen by Royal Gardens Historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
  • A Tour of Royal St James’s with a MasterClass on etiquette, style and the Royal Wedding with television expert DianaMather
  • A Private visit to some of Her Majesty’s Royal Warrant Holders
  • A Bird’s Eye View of the Royal Procession on Friday 29th April and the opportunity to join in the fun on the streets as celebratory parties take hold, an official balcony appearance and fly past Buckingham Palace for the Royal Couple
  • A Champagne Celebratory Dinner joined by specially invited guests and commentators on the Day
  • A special visit to Westminster Abbey to view the decorations and flowers for the Wedding Day
  • A Private tour of the Gardens of Hampton Court Palace and a visit to the magnificent Loseley Park, with a Celebratory Afternoon Tea

Private transport throughout, superb accommodation, and commemorative gifts, the cost of this tour is just £1,850 per person  or about $2,990

Lincoln: A President who's Poppin'

By Leigh Macdonald

Tomorrow evening, I’m hitting one of the hottest new night-out scenes in D.C.

Meet ArtJamz: an uncommonly creative concept by Michael M. Clements, Executive Editor of Washington Life Magazine. Last June, Clements launched ArtJamz, the first for-profit production of Genki Media LLC. Genki is a combination of the Japanese characters “Gen” and “Ki,” and it means “happy and healthy condition.” Well . . . by all accounts, it seems that Clements—through his wildly popular ArtJamz series—is indeed making meaningful strides toward the happy and healthy condition of Washingtonians.

What is ArtJamz? It’s open to anyone, online registration is easy, and ArtJammers needn’t bring a thing since Clements provides all needed materials. Indeed, upon arrival, you’ll receive a canvas (already set up on an easel, of course), paint, and materials. For the next few hours, you’ll enjoy wine, soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres, great music, and an artsy ArtJamz host. All the while, you and your fellow ArtJammers will be creating your very own original works of art. “Whoa!” you say, “I’m not an artist.” Not to worry . . . the ArtJamz sessions bring out the creative juices in even the most uncreative souls.

This weekend, ArtJamz is hosting its Lincoln Sessions. The Lincoln Sessions will take place on the 10th, 11th and 12th and will give ArtJammers a sneak peek at the highly anticipated opening of Lincoln Restaurant. Lincoln is owned and operated by Hudson Restaurant owner Alan Popovsky, and the destination will feature pop art from local artist, Maggie O’Neill.

At each of the three Lincoln Sessions, Maggie will paint alongside ArtJammers. February 10th is an invite-only affair aimed to bring in a who’s who of creative District influencers. The 11th and 12th sessions are open to anyone. By the way, Feb 12 is Abe Lincoln’s birthday, and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate honest Abe than with ArtJamz at the city’s newest and most creative restaurant concept.

Watch Angie’s previous report on Artjamz on WUSA9′s Morning Show below:

Reporters Rock Journopalooza 2011

By Leigh Macdonald, WUSA9 Content Contributor. See more pics and full story at WUSA9.com

The National Press Club was rockin’ recently as reporters hit the stage armed with their instruments, musical talent, and rock star finery. At Journopalooza III, “journo-bands” competed to raise money for three charitable media organizations: The Committee to Protect Journalists/Journalist Assistance Program, The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, and Reporters Without Borders.

The bands delivered fun and high-energy performances as an enthusiastic crowd—of more than 600 people—danced and cheered on the musicians. In all, seven bands performed, including: Dirty Bomb, Nobody’s Business, NRBK, Rebecca Christie & Peter Fields, Suspicious Package, The Charm Offensive, and The Stepping Stones.

All of the bands were impressive, but one band was ultimately named the evening’s winner, as determined by monetary votes from the crowd. That band, Suspicious Package, comprises Tom Toles (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoonist at The Washington Post), Dr. Christina Sevilla(Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison of the U.S. Trade Representative), Bryan Greene (General Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD), Tim Berger (Journalist), and Josh Meyer(Director of Education and Outreach, National Security Journalism Initiative at Medill Northwestern). Watch the video here

WTG to two women we LOVE!

Congrats to my friend Pamela Sorensen for 4 fabulous years of keeping Washington in the know! She recently celebrated the blogiversary  of Pamela’s Punch with style at the Sofitel Lafayette Square. The Parisian Party got poppin’ with a champagne toast from Perriet Jouet! And lucky Lindley Thornburg walked away the big winner of the night… scoring a free tip to Paris! Oui Oui!  See more pictures from the party here…

Also this week… a very important milestone for Maimah Karmo. She celebrates 4 years TOO … but 4 years of being cancer-free! The founder of the Tigerlily Foundation has gone on to help young women across DC cope with the emotional and financial challenges involved in fighting breast cancer. She is a rock and an inspiration. We congratulate her on her 4 year Cancerversary! Check out Maimah’s primp and pamper brunch at Panache in Tysons Corner here

Inspiration comes daily.. with a click

What a gem for art lovers in the district.  ‘Head for Art’ is a ‘hub’ of art activites that will keep creatives satisfied 365 days a year.  Everyday, Cambridge graduate, writer and artista, Aleid Schneider-Ford, chooses one art work from DC’s National Gallery of Art and then discusses the piece in her post. 

RELATED:  Unleash your inner artist with ArtJamz

Ford’s blog,  ’Art 2010′, explores new ways of exploring life and just by opening our eyes and mind to art.  ‘Head for Art’ also includes ‘on tour’ experiences to exciting destinations, links to Ford’s published work, and archives of previous days’ posts. 

 Visit ‘Head for Art’ now!  

I'm expecting! (VIDEO)

Yes… the rumor circulating among the WUSA9 morning team for the last four months is TRUE.

WATCH VIDEO: Sharing the baby news today on the morning show

America's New Pin-Up Girl: Betty White Calendar

12 months of Betty? All I have to say is ‘GET IT GIRL’

 

You can have 88-year-old Betty White all year long with the release of the Betty White Calendar this September.

From comedian to centerfold it features everything from her new hit television comedy – Hot in Cleveland to her #1 Super Bowl commercial with Abe Vigoda. It’ll cost $12.99 and all proceeds benefit The Morris Animal Foundation based in Denver, Colorado. www.morrisanimalfoundation.org

Colbie Caillat & Why I'm the Worst Sister Ever

Big hug to my boy Tommy McFly from MIX 107.3 for hooking me and little Goff up with a very private concert with the mesmerizing Coblie Caillat.

Colbie  was so cute admitting that she’s still trying to overcome her fear of performing and speaking in front of  people. Say what?

Colbie sang fan favorites like Bubbly and Lucky to an intimate group of about 70 people comfortably packed in the Gibson Guitar Showroom downtown on G Street.  It was the perfect way to spend the afternoon although I officially deserve the ‘Worst Sister in the World’ Award.

Watch: MIX 107.3 Livestream of Colbie’s Show

While everyone was crazy over getting a pic with the singer… my little sis was ga-ga over getting a shot with Coblie’s hot song writing guitarist- Justin.

We nabbed him on his way out. He happily stopped to pose with my speechless, nervous  sister. Snap! I got it.

So I thought.

After he walked away… off to the next city perhaps we immediately turned to the digi cam for our ‘picture preview’.

It was then when the unthinkable was apparent. During my sisters ‘moment’ my memory card must have run out.

I am the worst sister ever.

OMG Extras… below check out my WUSA TV report with video of Colbie’s opening song ‘Realize’ and Q & A with Tommy McFly who asked the singer what the tattoos on her arm meant.

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