we have two winners!

Hooray, we have two winners!

Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President!!

*thunderous applause*

Oh, you were wondering about the action figure giveaway? 🙂

Well, it just so happens that Monsieur Random Integer Generator picked someone who wanted Joe, and someone who wanted Kamala. Maybe it’s his way of celebrating the most awesome Presidential election victory in America’s history (he’s cool that way).

So, are you ready?

*rubs hands together*

*deep breath*

*a little tap dance*

**trumpet fanfare**

***la la la la la***

The first winner, who requested a Joey action figure (and who just happens to live in Delaware) is:

🐞 BARBARA V.!! 🍓

And the second winner, who wanted a Kamala action figure (and who’s from Barack’s and my home state) is:

🌴 LI ANN!! 🌺


🎈WOO HOO!! 🎈



*high fives*

I’m sure Joey and Kamala will love living with you (make sure you stock up on ice cream for Joey and Special K cereal for Kamala).

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was especially wonderful hearing your enthusiasm for the trail blazing women who continue to inspire us.

Now, on to the Georgia run-offs, and then the inauguration in January.

We are in good hands with Joey and Kamala!!

As I said before, WE HAVE TWO WINNERS! 🙂

*Copyright © 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

surprise action figure giveaway!

In the spirit of the season, Mr Cornelius suggested we give away a real life action figure to two lucky Alphabet Soup readers.

No doubt you’ve seen us having fun with Joey, Kamala, Barack, Ruth, Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton in past posts. Yes, we love to play, and we want you to play too!

The action figures are made by the good folks at FCTRY, a Brooklyn-based product design company who “marry pop design with mass production.” They’re run by artists, designers and writers; what is especially nice is that they donate part of their proceeds to great causes (in the past they’ve supported political campaigns, and most recently, they donated to the largest soup kitchen in NYC).

Each of the figures is about 6 inches tall, they’re free-standing, and their arms are jointed at the elbow. We like the quality of these and they stand up well to handling (even by kids).

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment at this post telling us which action figure you’d like (brand new, in box): Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Barack Obama (he’s currently out of stock so you may have to wait a little longer for him).

Deadline for entries: Midnight (EST) Sunday, December 6, 2020. Two winners will be announced Monday, December 7. (We’re making this a short giveaway so you can receive your figures in time for Christmas.)

Good Luck!!

*Copyright © 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

happy blue day, america!

Hooray Hooray Hooray!

For the past four years, we thought, dreamed, and believed in blue. This week, after we voted for blue, it finally came through.

Art by Matthew Cordell

Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for prevailing in a historic election.

What a relief (maybe we’ll be able to sleep at night again?)!

And now, chocolate chip ice cream for everyone!

*Copyright © 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

the reading blues

“Portrait of Artist’s Wife,” by Pronaszko Zbigniew (1935)


I’ve got the reading blues!

I love figurative paintings of readers, and have noted through the years that there are oodles of them. Most of the subjects are women, and many appear to be well-to-do, with the leisure to lounge on plush sofas or perch on uncomfortable chairs near a window, lost in the printed word.

Of course I always wonder what they’re reading and what their daily lives are like. Since I also love books, I feel a decided kinship with them, even though thousands of miles and more than a century may separate us.

Recently, readers dressed in blue have been calling out to me. Perhaps I’m drawn to blue’s peace, calm, and serenity. Spiritually, the color blue symbolizes the healing power of God — much needed in these terribly troubling times. And the readers themselves seem content and contemplative, making me feel better.

In any case, I hope you enjoy gazing at these blue readers, joining them, for just a few minutes, in their fascinating worlds (I also managed to dig up a few men). 🙂


“In the Library,” by Auguste Toulmouche (1872)


“The Reader Wreathed with Flowers,” by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1845)


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a little sweetness goes a long way


Happy Spring!

You know what they say, when the going gets tough, the tough eat chocolate!!

If you’re self isolating and need a little lift, or you’re in the market for some Easter candy, consider buying your goodies online at Chocolate Chocolate, the DC area’s BEST shop (a family business co-owned by authors Frances Park and Ginger Park).

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Chocolate Chocolate is closing its doors to walk-in trade for now, but they’ll be in the shop between 11-4 p.m. weekdays to fill phone and online orders. If you’re in the DC area, they’re also offering curbside delivery.

Best of all, FREE SHIPPING!! Just use code Freeshipping4u at checkout.


Frances Park and Ginger Park at Chocolate Chocolate, Washington, D.C.


You may remember when Frances and Ginger dropped by to talk about their delectable memoir, Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could (Thomas Dunne, 2011), and their unique cookbook, Allergies, Away!: Creative Eats and Mouthwatering Treats for Kids Allergic to Nuts, Dairy, and Eggs (St. Martin’s, 2013).

Did you know you can also order autographed copies of all their books via the Chocolate Chocolate website? Check out their award-winning books here.

As you can see, Mr Cornelius is thrilled with his Easter candy — and the order got here in record time (less than 24 hours). Can’t beat the fast, personalized service. So, don’t fret about going out to the store and risking exposure for any of your chocolate needs. A few clicks, and you’re all set.

Visit Chocolate Chocolate!!

Copyright © 2020 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.