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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MARCH 10, 2015 11:56AM

Ready For My Miracle, Mister De Mille

It has sometimes been said that a good makeup artist can "do miracles" of transformation in someone's looks. Many of us are much more aware of the possibilities of makeup now than we were before social media became ubiquitous, because makeup tutorial videos are all over the 'net, and the additional… Read full post »

me rhythm dress by lynn fall 14

This is the body that chicken soup built.

chicken soup 

This is the soup that built the body that chicken soup built.

bathroom selfie

This the woman who took her own picture and cooked her own soup (the soup that built the body that chicken soup built.)

a and g christmas 14 

These are the cats… Read full post »

The kitten whose growth (in Brooklyn) was so carefully documented by me, is TWO whole years old today. She is still very much our baby, but I must admit that she really looks like a grownup lady cat now:


2 yr old gracie 

2 Year Old Gracie 

 I call the photo above, Gracie's… Read full post »

My main dance teacher and Pro-Am competition partner, David, gave me a form to fill out, a couple of weeks ago. He wanted me to make a list of "New Years Resolutions" for my ballroom dancing. He said that he was giving these forms to all of his students, in hopes… Read full post »

I thought, when I started doing ballroom dance two years ago, that it would be challenging to dance in high heeled shoes. I was right. It is. But I also thought that nothing could be more dangerous or damaging to one's feet than the pointe shoes I wore in my youth,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2014 12:06PM

"Carded" 38 Years Late and Other Surprises

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Would you serve a hard cider to this woman? 

 Lady Lucia and I had a wonderful Boxing Day. We attended the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall (yay, Rockettes!) and then went down to the Village, to one of our favorite restaurants, The Olive Tree (not to be confused… Read full post »

I'm writing this in the Citi Corp Center Atrium. One of the wonders of New York City. Sad that it's sponsored by a bank, but it goes to show that even the corporate Fat Cats will, at times, allow a few crumbs to fall. There are gorgeously decorated Christmas trees in… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2014 11:13AM

Cyber Monday Reflections

No, I'm not shopping online today, but lots of other people are, so I might as well call it Cyber Monday, too. Actually most days are "Cyber" for me, now, in the sense that I do so much of my communicating online. This has been especially true since I started my… Read full post »

There's a Thanksgiving snowstorm en route, according to the Weather Wizards. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday) and lasting through Thanksgiving morning. At first, they said we wouldn't be getting any accumulation in New York City. Now they're saying it's likely that we'll get 5 or 6 inches. Enough for in… Read full post »

Approximately 3 hours of sleep last night. 'Though our dancing was finished by 8:30, the competing went on until about 11:50 PM (and of course we wanted to watch the other dancers and cheer for our friends.) Then there was the after party! We only stayed about half an hour at… Read full post »

A couple of hours ago, I did Tai Chi Chuan practice in our hotel room. I'd just had my dance makeup (including humongous false eyelashes) applied. I remembered my Tai Chi Sifu's instruction to practice with "soft eyes" (meaning, eyes open but not focused; keeping the internal focus of the form.)… Read full post »

The "one hour" drive mentioned in this afternoons's post took three hours. We stopped at a diner en route because we didn't want to have dinner too extremely late. Tilapia for me and crab cakes for Lady L, if youse must know. The meal came with dessert, most of which is… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 12:55PM

Planet Ballroom, the Prequel

 In a couple of hours, my wife, Lynn (aka "Lady Lucia") and I will be leaving for the Fall Classic dance competition, in Mahwah, NJ (about an hour from this neighborhood - the wilds of Southern Brooklyn - by car.) I have packed three bags worth of paraphernalia (checking off a… Read full post »

  Groucho Marx once said, " I would never want to belong to a club that would have me as a member." That was Groucho's way; back-handed self deprecation. It's one of the reasons I've been such a fan of his all my life. He was a really smart man with… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2014 12:32PM

Awkward October

There are contractors renovating the recently-vacated apartment downstairs. Loud top-40 radio music. Hammering. Drilling. Shouting in Spanglish.

Alice is on my lap, purring. That helps.

It's that awkward time of year, when the weather is starting to really feel autumnal but we're not getting any heat… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 6:05PM

Don't Get Around (So) Much Anymore

Sometimes it takes hearing another person's perspective, to realize how weird one's own life is. This happened to me recently during a meeting with the Senior Minister (my direct supervisor and the nicest, smartest "boss" I've had in years.) She grew up in rural Tennessee and, though she has spent ti… Read full post »

When I started my ballroom dance lesson last week, my teacher noted that the Viennese Waltz (my newest and most challenging dance) had improved. I told him, "I finally found a place to practice these big steps; we had Tai Chi class on a basketball court this morning and I practiced… Read full post »

I think they should really call it "incognita" when a woman is the one on the DL, but I get zapped by the spell-checker when I try to write it that way. It's an early, slightly cloudy evening on the eerily quiet streets of the Bensonhurst/Dyker Heights border, and I'm about… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 10:21PM

Nonna Mia, or, My Inner Grandma Emerges

Somehow, I hit the jackpot. Okay. I know how I hit the jackpot. I did it by marrying a woman who had a married adult son. Lady Lucia's son and DIL now have two boys. Senior Grandson is 2 3/4 years old and Junior Grandson is 4 1/2 months old. They… Read full post »


"All You Need Is Love" - Grand Finale of our Valentine's Day Show 

  They were impossibly adorable little princesses (most of whom dressed in ridiculous amounts of pink almost every day) but they were so much more than that. They were "The Snakey Sisters." There was nothing snake-li… Read full post »

 My Pride Sunday started with encouragement from Gracie, who struck this lovely pose, highlighted by a sunbeam on my desk, with miniature rainbow  LGBT Pride and Marriage Equality flags in the background. Of course, it's hard to leave an apartment that has such adorable cats in it, but I di… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2014 4:17PM

Bo-Go Fro-Yo Bootylicious

This will be a short post. I just had to share. I  just got home from the local supermarket, where I'd intended to buy just one container of frozen yogurt (as a lactose-intolerant person, I can't eat regular ice cream without getting sick, but can eat fro-yo if it has "active… Read full post »

After all the fuss and bother, I decided not to have the CAT scan and to cancel the tentatively scheduled surgery to remove the cyst from my jaw. Why? Well, I did plan to have the CAT scan. Went to the hospital and waited, and waited, and waited...

During the wait,… Read full post »

Those of you who have been reading this blog for the last couple of years are aware of how much I've come to love ballroom dancing. Having just completed my first "real" competition (meaning that I was competing as an individual and actually ranked, as opposed to merely having my scores… Read full post »

The surgery to remove the cyst on my jaw has been postponed by the surgeon, who told me that it looked simple and benign to her, but that she wanted me to have a CAT scan and blood work in order to be sure, before doing the surgery. She had initially… Read full post »