Portia Placino

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Portia’s Casket Rundown, September to November 2011

Here is a rundown of articles I have written as the Associate Editor for Voices for The Shakespeare Standard. Click the title to read the entire article. Portia’s Casket (Intersection) … Continue reading

December 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Portia’s Casket | Review of PETA’S William

I saw a re-staging of PETA‘s RATED:PG yesterday. A review is forthcoming due to the issues that I saw staged, as well as some experiential moments, good or otherwise, that needs to … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Perception and Theatrical Embodiment

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Once again, I am staring at a blank sheet of paper as I struggle with the topic I am working on–psychoanalysis and phenomenology. Neither … Continue reading

September 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

Portia’s Casket (More Stumbles) | Voices News for the Week of August 31

Repost of my weekly column for The Shakespeare Standard. See the original post here. So, given all the oddities I stumbled into last week, I decided to continue on stumbling … Continue reading

September 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Portia’s Casket (Oddities) | Voices News for the Week of August 24

A repost of my weekly column for The Shakespeare Standard, Wednesday Voices. See the original post here. Much oddities to Shakespeare’s voice today… Choices. Remember the Choose your own Adventure books? Well, now … Continue reading

September 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Portia’s Casket (Stumbling into) | Voices News for the Week of August 17

This is a repost of my weekly column at The Shakespeare Standard. See the original article and comments here. Looking, searching, and many times, just stumbling. Sometimes, you don’t have … Continue reading

September 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Portia’s Casket (On Censorship) | Voices News for the week of August 10, 2011

(This is a re-post from my weekly column at The Shakespeare Standard for Voices Wednesday. This was first published on August 10, 2011. See the orginal version here.) Censorship. It is one of the worst … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Portia’s Casket

(This is a re-post from my weekly column at The Shakespeare Standard for Wednesday Voices. Originally published on August 3, 2011. See the original version and comments here.) Hi! For my first column, … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · 6 Comments
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Sometimes, Momma Kangaroo needs to take care of herself. Been sick and stressed, so its time for a cut. We found a magic window of time when bébé just finished nursing and there's an available stylist on the dot. So here we are. #babynarratives
Pssst! Pikachu, come here, I have something to tell you. Lol. Its nice to see the little one happily play. She's been irritable last week, and as her pedia confirmed yesterday, she has atopic dermatitis (eczema). Good thing the anti-histamine helped her. I've been worrying about her rashes and I thought we did something terribly wrong. All her clothes are cotton or organic cotton and washed with delicate detergent, her body wash js hypoallergenic, and she's exclusively breastfed. With a bit of poking around, turns out its genetic, she got it from her Dad's side of the family. The doctor said she may still outgrow this. Tomorrow, we'll be out shopping for skincare products specifically for baby eczema. I was advised to continue breastfeeding her and to exclusively breastfeed as long as possible, the pedia said it is her best hope of outgrowing this. In a way, it is good that it was diagnosed early, so it can be addressed. The greater fear is for the condition to develop into asthma, something we really hope to avoid. The stakes for continuing to breastfeed just got higher. Sigh. Also, I need to avoid food with high allergens, as it may trigger flare-ups. As for the environment, we need to constantly keep dust in check and keep the air quality as good as possible. Hopefully this may convince people that smoke such as those from katol is indeed very bad. We'll work through this hiccup. 1 in 5 babies are apparently affected with atopic dermatitis and most will outgrow it by age 2. I really hope our little one does so as well. #babynarratives
This is why co-sleeping is really not for us. Aside from my fear if SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), the little girl just won't stay still. Being on bed just isn't safe for her. But this is so funny. She loves moving towards her Daddy and beating him like crazy. Lol. #babynarratives
You ARE your father's daughter. Lol. She fell asleep while playing. The little one attended my meeting with me. Then decided to pee, poop, poop, and poop, while her Daddy was changing her nappies. Suffice it to say that as challenging as today was, it was hilarious. #babynarratives
I got this catalog from the mail today. I miss Korea so badly... I wish I was able to see this show, but at least I got to see the catalog. Thanks @jpark782 and congrats @mark_salvatus #art #catalog #korea
The little one is 15 weeks old today... She's so active and she grew up so fast right before our eyes! She's having a bit of sleep regression right now, she can't seem to get back to sleep after waking up at 4-5 am. Still a good sleeper, considering, as she's in bed by 7pm. But rashes have begun to plague us, and we're still figuring it out. Our pedia thinks it might be allergic dermatitis, good thing we have a scheduled visit soon. Thank goodness I can text her anytime and send pictures through Viber. Her trunk, arms, and legs are affected. She already uses hypoallergenic soap, 100% cotton clothes, and her clothes are washed with gentle detergent. Next to check is the diet, as she only eats breastmilk, we are now checking MY diet. For now, no deep sea fishes, shrimps, or shellfish. I've already cut down on milk when she pooped watery green poop, especially with fenugreek, that I've also cut out. I ate peanut butter in the morning, and as nuts have high allergens, we're cutting that too. My goodness, this is not easy. We've also allowed a visit from the pet poodle the past week, so I'm cutting that again, just in case dander really irritates her. We'll just do a slow reintroduction of stuff once she gets better and older. So many worries, though the pedia told us not to be. Back to anti-histamine, amd hope we defeat the rashes soon! This is my last weekend as a stay at home mom and I'm still working on my syllabi for the upcoming semester. Whew. #babynarratives