15 people i loved in 2010

Fun Facts about Dylan Larkin

DOB: July 30, 1996, in Pontiac, Michigan.

FIRST HOCKEY MEMORY: “Probably learning how to skate with my brother and cousins at Lakeland Ice Arena.”

HOCKEY HEROES: “Steve Yzerman, Doug Brown, my brother, and I’d probably say Mats Sundin. (Why Doug Brown?) Doug Brown coached me from the time I was 12 until I was 15 or 16. I learned a ton from him and just how much he loves hockey. I played with his son. People always ask when I learned to skate. I was always a pretty good skater, but he kind of made me into an exceptional skater I guess.”

LAST BOOK READ: “‘Unbroken’ it’s a great book. I saw the movie after I read the book. The book is way better.”

CURRENT CAR: “A black 2010 Jeep Cherokee.”

FIRST JOB: “I worked for my dad, making deliveries and working at the house for him. He owns his own business.”

GREATEST SPORTS MOMENT: “Winning the U18 World Championship.”

MOST PAINFUL MOMENT: “Probably losing in the Big Ten championship.”

FAVORITE UNIFORMS: “I love the Michigan football uniform.”

FAVORITE ARENA: “Yost (Arena in Ann Arbor). Just the atmosphere, the windows, and the Jumbotron.”

CLOSEST HOCKEY FRIENDS: “I have a lot. Niko Porikos, Zach Werenski are the biggest ones. I’d say the whole ’96 USNTDP class as well. (Important to be at this year’s draft for Werenski?) Yeah, for sure, it was cool to be on the other side of it and to see how fired up he was.”

FUNNIEST HOCKEY PERSON KNOWN: “Tyler Bertuzzi and Jake Paterson. Tyler’s always got something going on. He’s funny.”

TOUGHEST COMPETITORS FACED: “Probably (defenseman) Johnny MacLeod on my NTDP team. He’s just a tough guy, hits and blocks shots. He’s fast, strong, and as a forward you don’t want to go up against him in practice.”

MOST MEMORABLE GOAL: “Scored to win the International Silver Sticks, game-winning goal in Newmarket (Ontario), probably when I was 10.”

FUNNY HOCKEY MEMORY: “That’s a tough one. You’ll have to give me a minute. … A few times I forgot my jersey and had to wear a goalie jersey.”

FAVORITE PLAYERS TO WATCH: “Patrick Kane, I love watching Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk live is probably the best.”

FAVORITE SPORT OUTSIDE HOCKEY: “Soccer. I used to play and just love watching it on TV with all the best players in the world.”


FAVORITE MOVIE: “I’m not going to say ‘Miracle’. Probably ‘Happy Gilmore’.

IF NOT A HOCKEY PLAYER, WHAT: “A soccer player.”

HIDDEN TALENTS: “Maybe soccer.”



NICKNAME: “Larks.”

PREFERRED JERSEY NUMBER: “I wear No. 19 because my brother wore it and he wore it because Steve Yzerman wore it.”

OFF DAYS: “Hanging out, playing a little golf, putt putt.”


FIRST PURCHASE AFTER SIGNING CONTRACT: “I really didn’t buy anything big, I just went to Lululemon.”

GUILTY PLEASURES: “I love Goldfish, the crackers.”

ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO DO/HAVE BEFORE EVERY GAME: “I have to have coffee with cream and sugar.”


IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE’S TEAMMATE FOR A DAY, WHO: “Sidney Crosby because he’s my idol, and just to get to see how he is.”

GO BACK IN TIME MOMENT: “And everything would be the same? (Yes) Probably, when I was 14, just to relive it all.”

WHAT SCARES YOU: “Getting old, hockey ending.”

MOST EMBARRASSING CHILDHOOD MOMENT: “I was in a wrestling club in elementary school and that was embarrassing now that I look at it. (Were you bad at it?) No, it was like WWE and we would all watch it and try to reenact. (How’d that work out?) I don’t know, we thought we were cool.”

Source: https://www.nhl.com/redwings/news/wings-encounter-dylan-larkin/c-775581

#1 Favorite movies

Whip It (2009) dir. Drew Barrymore

“In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.”

Seriously, nothing screams girl power like this movie. Frankly I’d like to call it one of the best feminist movies out there. I love everything about it. The scenography, the soundtrack, the cast, the message - simply flawless. One of few movies that I can watch over and over again and never get tired of.

The To Do List (2013) dir. Maggie Carey

“Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.”

Oh, Aubrey Plaza. Another amazing performance. It’s like the role she’s playing (Brandy Klark) was made just for her. I think this is a super funny and charming teenage movie. Yes, it is a movie about virginity, but what I like about it so much is that Brandy Klark chooses to loose her virginity to this guy that neither know her nor love her - and that challenges the idea that a girl has to ‘save it’ for the right one.

Submarine (2010) dir. Richard Ayoade

“15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.”

Okay, I know what you think. Another virginity movie. Bur damn the scenography in this is spectacular. Some might think the director tried too hard to make it stand out (let’s be honest, no real people are like Oliver and Jordana), but I’m in love with it. Teenage anxiety, growing up, falling in love, dealing with your awkward parents and yeah, losing your virginity - that’s how I’d like to summarize it. It’s a quirky indie movie, you either hate it or love it.

Her (2013) dir. Spike Jonze

“A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.”

Wow. This is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. That’s all I can say. Watch it if you haven’t already.

Blue Is The Warmest Color/La vie d'Adèle (2013) dir. Abdellatif Kechiche

“Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.”

Probably the best romantic movie that’s not about a hetero couple. Some think it’s a movie for lesbians, but gee, no. Anyone can watch this. This one is far better than all the stereotypical-heteronormative-love-tringle movies out there (in my opinion). Adele’s and Emma’s romance is based on lust to the most extent, but that doesn’t make it any less heart-breaking. I cried my heart out to this one.

Donnie Darko (2001) dir. Richard Kelly

“A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.”

Honestly, I didn’t understand at all what was going on in this movie until I read an explanation. But after I did that, I realized what I just had seen. The plot is kinda complex and hard to understand, but it really is a masterpiece of a movie. 

Might make another list like this some other time, I hope you enjoyed it!

Us being 15&16 in San Diego 2010 and 21&22 in Portland 2015 ☺️

Note to all: Don’t ever give up on the people you love and the ones you know in your heart are worth fighting for

You’ve been worth every second and bump along the way love 💘

As A White Mom, Helping My Multiracial Kids Feel At Home In Their Skin
As more families resemble my own, more parents are going to have to figure out how to talk to their kids about what it means to be mixed race. Here are a few things I've learned.

Last year, after months of watching — and re-watching — the movie Frozen, my daughter Selma, who is 6, announced she didn’t want to be brown. “I wish my skin was white,” she told me one day in our living room, where we were hanging out after school.

I knew she idolized the film’s alabaster-skinned heroines, and it made my heart ache. Our daughters started picking up on the differences in our family’s skin color at a very young age — I’m a white-skinned woman raised in the South, my husband, Jason, is part-white, part-American Indian, with medium-brown skin, and, depending on the season, both of our girls look more brown than white. There’s research showing that children can recognize differences in race as early as infancy, and can develop racial biases as early as 3.

Knowing all this, we’ve tried to raise our daughters to be comfortable in their skin, making sure they’re in schools with other black and brown children, searching out books and movies with black and brown main characters. I had even tried, unsuccessfully, to steer her away from the snowy princesses.

But our attempts clearly weren’t foolproof. “You’re beautiful the way you are,” I told Selma, stroking her long hair and trying to mask my sadness. “I love your brown skin.” She wasn’t convinced. “I wish it was like yours,” she told me.

As more families resemble my own, more parents will have to figure out how to talk to their kids about being mixed-race. The Pew Research Center found that in 2010, about 15 percent of new marriages in the U.S. were mixed, up from about 7 percent 30 years earlier. Multiracial children are the fastest-growing group of children in the country. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of children like mine — a mix of two or more races — increased almost 50 percent. By 2022, the number of multiracial students in American elementary schools is expected to have grown 44 percent.

At the girls’ schools, on the playground, at the swimming pool, I notice people scanning my multicolor family, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume they’re trying to figure out what’s going on: Who belongs to whom? How are these people related? From a young age, we want to help our daughters feel at home in a world that’s still getting used to kids who look like them.

Jason and I met 15 years ago in San Francisco, where being an interracial couple felt to us like a total non-issue. Our young family moved to my home state of Virginia in 2010 to be closer to relatives, and, for the first time, I worried about how we would be received. Virginia is home to the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which overthrew laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The case was brought by a married couple — Mildred Loving, a part-American Indian, part-black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man — after they were awakened in the middle of the night in 1958 and arrested for violating an anti-miscegenation statute in place in Virginia at the time. That was decades ago, but I still worried how we would be welcomed in Richmond, where racial segregation remains severe and Confederate statues line the streets near our home.

One day, a white boy who attends school with my daughters ran laps with us during before-school running club. “Is that your daughter?” he asked. I said of course she was. “But she looks nothing like you,” he replied. “That’s the funny thing about genetics!” I said, trying to keep it light. “She looks just like her father.”

Selma was listening to every word, wide-eyed, keeping pace with us. In these conversations with strangers, I find I’m really talking to my daughters; what I say could end up being what they say in situations where they’re on their own, and I want to equip them well. The boy needed a little more convincing, but he eventually seemed satisfied and left to run with other kids. Selma never mentioned it again, but I know these interactions stick in my daughters’ minds.

The night Selma announced her Frozen wish, I shared it with my husband. I could see he was bothered by her words but also unsurprised. “She’ll have to come to this on her own,” he told me, but he promised to talk to her about it. Tucking her in that night, he told her that her brown skin was something to be proud of and that it made her special. She nodded and kissed him goodnight, but we’ve been trying to come up with everyday ways to give Selma more positive messages about her skin color. I started referring to her as Jason’s “twinsie” to make her feel connected to him — and his dark skin color — and she embraced the nickname. Just last week, she requested a Barbie for her birthday, and we bought her a brown-skinned, brunette one, as well as a Doc McStuffins doll set, which features a black female doctor.

Lately, both girls seem to be developing a more complex vocabulary for skin color — their own, and everyone else’s too. Just the other day, Selma informed me that I am a blend of peach and white, while she’s a blend of brown and white, explaining that that’s why she is “light brown.” Amaya, who’s 7, currently calls herself “tan,” while labeling her sister “brown.” Sometimes they want us all to put our arms next to each other poolside to see who is darkest and who is lightest. When the girls talk about this with each other, I typically listen without commenting. As much as our daughters need messages from Jason and me, they also need to consider this on their own.

I’m sure this is just the beginning of their exploration of race. Some parts will be under their control. Whether their skin color becomes a key part of how they understand their own identities and personalities, that’s their decision. How they refer to themselves — mixed, multiracial, American Indian, part-white, or some other term — is also their decision. But we also know people will put their own perceptions of identity on our girls, and we want them to have plenty of practice having these conversations without fear or embarrassment.

In the meantime, it’s about small signs. I’ve noticed that Selma’s obsession with the Frozen princesses seems to be on the way out, and I’ve decided to take that as a good omen.