Eva T. Made Vaudeville

Eva T. Made Vaudeville
New York, New York, USA
April 25
Reverend Mother (yes, for real!)
Interfaith Minister/Progressive Episcopal priest.Actress, poet, essayist; fitness freak/geek. Part time acting and dance teacher. Writer for various LGBTQ publications (from my bisexual perspective.) Bronze level competitive ballroom dancer.Extreme Cat Person.Native New Yorker who is madly in love with my city. Currently living in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn and missing Manhattan a lot. Married to my Beloved, the fair Lady Lucia, who works, with me, for the God Squad and for our feline employers, Alice and Gracie.Daughter of some-time OS blogger, Rosy Cheeks.

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A house on our block

The house pictured above is on our block, in Dyker Heights (youse can see why I call it "suburban Brooklyn;" though we live in an aprtment building, it's mostly single family houses like this one). The tree knocked some tiles off the roof of this… Read full post »

Hello. Just checking in to let y'all know that Lady Lucia and I are alive, well and even still have power (obviously!)

The subways and buses are still shut down and many businesses closed. My jury service was canceled because courts were closed. I'll be receiving a new summons for… Read full post »

Just in case anyone is still reading OS...this is to say that Lady Lucia and I are safely snug in our Brooklyn apartment, as Hurricane Sandy approaches. We stocked up on food, put batteries into our many flashlights, filled our water bottles and...that's all we can do. This neighborhood is not… Read full post »

Hi, y'all. I just realized that it had been over two weeks since my last post. Things have been pretty dull and depressing lately (nothing tragic; just the usual dead-end, woefully underpaid day job and life in an inconvenient, boring neighborhood.) I've also been depressed because Fall means that Wi… Read full post »


I needed a job. Desperately. The sign said, "Help Wanted," so I walked in."What kind of help do you need?" I asked the cashier.

"Are you desperate?" she asked me."Yes," I replied.

"Okay then..." She vaulted over the counter, grabbed me; kissed me hard...

"Thanks for helping. Here's aRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 9:28PM

Alice and Trixie: The Brooklyn Goils!

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Trixie Wash 


Both Cats Now Self-Cleaning!


Alice and Trixie were actually born on Staten Island but we don't talk about that (much). There are too many Republicans on Staten Island (even more than the unfortunate number who make Dyker Heights and Bay Rid… Read full post »


Cat In an Empty Philadelphia Storefront: A Marvellous Mystery

 For the last few weeks, I've been using my cool new phone camera to take pictures of my many "working" feline friends. All but two of them are employed by Brooklyn businesses (the two non-Brooklynite felines were encountered… Read full post »

I have another photo blog in the works but am still trying to get all the pictures for it (some of my subjects being elusive). Just so y'all won't think I fell off the edge of the earth ('though it sometimes feels that way to me) I'll write about what little… Read full post »

It's Labor Day and I went to work, as did Lady Lucia, because we work in social services and don't automatically get holidays off. (She is paid much better than I but, in many ways, her job is also even more of a pain-in-the-tush than mine). Anyway...I went to work and… Read full post »

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Two Lions Watching the gate of a Bay Ridge House

Recently (in response to my kvetching about how bored I am in "suburban" Brooklyn and how little this neighborhood inspires me to write, when compared with Manhattan) OS blogger Alysa Salzberg gave me a writing exercise: stop kvetchi… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2012 8:52PM

Three Days and a Few Centuries Away

Lady Lucia and I went to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire for our "belated mini honeymoon" and ended up taking a second, unplanned "Magical Mystery Tour" on Sunday (after doing the Ren Faire on Saturday). To backtrack...

We left Brooklyn on Friday afternoon and took our time getting to PA, stopping… Read full post »

It's been too long since my last post. These days, I seem to have Blogger's Block, mainly because my life has gotten so routine. I feel like a hamster on a wheel, either walking or riding the bus (depending on weather) to and from the Home six times per week (Monday… Read full post »

Since I wrote my last list, I have acquired a few new favorite things, some of which will probably be lasting and others which are likely to be more ephemeral.

1. My Holy Union and Engagement rings. Lady Lucia and I have matching ring sets (they didn't come as sets; we… Read full post »

I have written, many times, in this space, about my passionate love for my home town (which happens to be Manhattan). Reading Alysa Salzberg's writing about her beloved Paris has inspired me to share a poem I wrote (back in 2008, while sitting in Straus Park on West 107th Street and… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2012 8:56PM

A Hack Gets Hacked

I've always been proud of my skill as a Hack writer. I can crank out a decent blog post, sermon or poem, pretty much on demand, usually in less than half an hour. Give me an assignment and I'll run with it. Fast. I almost never revise, except for typos. Yes,… Read full post »

  My Grandpa Joe was born in the USA, but just barely. His mother was pregnant (very pregnant) on the boat, and he was born about a day after they got off Ellis Island. My great-granparents hated it here and brought Grandpa Joe back to Italy (Sambucca; where the great liquor… Read full post »

Well, it seems that OS is still here. Until such time as the rumors of her demise prove true, I'll continue posting. While I don't want to lose touch with any of youse, I have a genuine love-hate relationship with FaceBook, and find it more irksome than most other forms of… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2012 6:51PM

"Make New Friends, Keep the Old"

We did "A Midsummer Night's Dream" yesterday. I had fun playing Hippolyta and was flattered that the company's founding Director (who had not seen me in many years but was there to play the role of Oberon) recognized me immediately. Of course I recognized him immediately, too. But I had this… Read full post »

It's been nearly two years since I moved in with Lady Lucia. Two years with her (and with Alice and Trixie). That part is and has been wonderful. The two years in Brooklyn part has been less wonderful. Still, being in Brooklyn means being with my three "blonde blue-eyed girls" (as… Read full post »

Read the following on the back of a teenaged girl's t-shirt this afternoon: "In case of emergency, use your problem-solving skills." I will try to remember that.

Yesterday I got an email informing me that I'd been cast as Hippolyta (the Queen of the Amazons, not to be confused with my… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2012 8:08PM

Enough "Energy" To Kick Butt...

This afternoon, I received a call from an HR representative at a social service agency, whose craigslist posting I'd answered. I'd heard of the agency, which administers health and recreation programs for seniors in various nursing homes and residences; they were seeking a Program Assistant, who woul… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2012 6:05PM

Next Year In...My Dreams?

Lady Lucia was home for a week before she had to go away without me AGAIN. This time just for two days instead of eight, but still...

She's away attending a clergy gathering, to which I was also invited, but couldn't go because I don't get any paid time off from… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2012 7:25PM

22 Hours and Counting...

I've washed my hair and cleaned the bathroom. Cleaned the kitchen a bit, too. It still feels too early for dinner, so, here I am, filling time and my computer screen with letters, like little ants marching in a line. This is the last of my EIGHT long nights alone. Lady… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2012 8:42PM

One Wedding and One Funeral

Those of youse who have been reading this blog for a while were aware that Lady Lucia and I had been planning our Holy Union ceremony for nearly a year and would be having it in late April. (I hadn't wanted to specify the exact date on this blog until after… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2012 9:18PM

Other "Stars" Born on April 25th

Interesting. Just a few days before my 50th birthday, I have discovered that two  artists I really admire were also born on April 25th. Maude Hart Lovelace, the author of the "Betsey-Tacey" books, which I loved reading as a child and am re-reading now (I found a bunch in a second-hand… Read full post »