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Last updated February 6, 2005, 9:00 AM EDT

February Edition
Welcome to My Newsletter!

Barb (Xerraire) Whats new! Always something new.

As I write this, the Superbowl is on. {Go my favorite sports team, score a goal unit!} < Those who know me well might understand that one! I will reference to its origins in my "Xerraire Recommends"


A very new event in my web travels is I now have a BLOG. If you don't know what a BLOG is, Here it goes:

"Web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic posts on a common webpage. These posts are often but not necessarily in reverse chronological order. Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user.

Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs and corporations, and from one occasional author to having large communities of writers. Some are maintained by single authors, while others have multiple authors. Many weblogs enable visitors to leave public comments, which can lead to a community of readers centered around the blog; others are non-interactive. The totality of weblogs or blog-related websites is usually called the blogosphere. When a large amount of activity, information and opinion erupts around a particular subject or controversy in the blogosphere, it is commonly called a blogstorm"


Although I have not written it in anything riveting,I am enjoying my BLOG, you can find it HERE

"Petra Returns"
A scan of an old photo of Petra and Barb
Here we are all dressed up and ready for our Christmas Dance, a formal occasion, and mom made our gowns.

Its good to have Petra back home again. We've been to the Harbor where we went to the Aquarium, and we went to a quick trip to Annapolis. Petra has been treated to two snowfalls since being here and mom is already on her 3rd homemade cake, all in Petra's honor!

"Enric & Miranda's Engagement Photo"

Enric & Miranda


The date has been set, the photo taken, and I formally announce the engagement of Enric Lopez to Miranda Griffiths.

They are truly a very special couple, very cute together. As Enric's mom, I thought no one would ever be good enough for my son, but, he actually went out and found himself a gal who would more than meet my expectations and hopes. Enric is happier than I have ever seen him, and that is good enough for me!

I didn't get to take this engagement photo, but I am told that Miranda has requested that I do a serious photo session of two of them on their next trip back! Gee, just another reason to love this precious gal more!

Mama loves you two, don't get too mad I posted the photo. :)


Xerraire Recommends Corner
Brian Regan

This comedian has had my family in stitches ever since Enric asked us to listen to him for the first time...

Brian Regan

As a kid, Brian was a huge fan of Johnny Carson but his fascination with stand-up comedy really kicked in when Steve Martin came on the scene. It was Martin’s silly, but smart, comedic genius that inspired Brian.

At Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, Brian began his dream of becoming a comedian. As a freshman, having fallen so far behind in his major ‚ economics ‚ that he knew he could never catch up, Brian went to his football coach for advice. Knowing Brian was kind of funny, the coach recommended the Communication and Theater Arts Department. It was within this world that Brian began his quest for a career in comedy. From speech class to plays, Brian developed his love for performing and getting laughs.

In the early 80’s, when the Heidelberg years were done, Brian started performing at a small comedy club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, an hour’s drive from his hometown of Miami. Since he was just starting, Brian was more than just a comic ‚ he was a busboy, a dishwasher, and a cook. Oftentimes, Brian had to wrap up his shows to flip burgers for people in the crowd. They might not have liked those early jokes, but boy did they love those burgers! Over a two and a half year period, Brian actually became a better comic than cook. It was time to hit the road.

In ’86 Brian moved to New York City, where he based himself until ’94. Still hitting the road plenty during those years, Brian used his time in New York to learn the difference between getting laughs, and getting good laughs. Brian kept his comedy broad enough to work anywhere in the country, but interesting enough to make a name for himself in the demanding New York City scene. The tightrope paid off when he won $10,000 in the K-Rock ‚ Miller Lite Funniest Person in New York contest in 1988



From there things kicked into high gear. Brian moved to headliner status and began nailing down national T.V. appearances: MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour, Pat Sajak, Arsenio Hall, and…every comic’s dream ‚ The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. By the early 90’s Regan had developed into one of the top stand-up comedians in the country.




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