27.6.09


Ive never been fond of costuming ripped tee-shirt plays. Though I do like those 100 seat houses and the idea of not being that far from outside.
Lucky for me, I never wanted to be a stage actor. I am afraid of the dark and can’t walk off in blackout between scenes.

...His theater experience was noteworthy in that he tried to forget it. He hadn’t had a clue he couldn’t walk offstage in blackout between scenes. The glow tape on the back sides of the larger prop furniture did not inform him enough to exit gracefully. Footlights came back on (too soon) and the audience noticed him squinting, looking horrified and trapped against the back wall, up stage, edging himself along toward the wing. That evening had been opening night, and the people didn’t know the play would develop into a tragedy. They laughed nervously as the wall crawler faltered out of the set.
Haunted by this memory...

An actor turning around between speeches is the same as three dots.


Church is much like theater. For those of you feel differently, let me remind you of the facts. Going in the front door you are greeted, and become aware of the see and be seen aspect of the place you are in. The collection of money is taken sooner (or later) and you are handed a program and maybe a candle to light. Someone is there to help with finding a seat in the house. As the lights adjust, you are asked to be attentive toward the stage or soap box where you my or may not be asked into audience participation, see your handbill.
One usually exits with an enlightened feeling. Granted it may be spiked with
cathartic or pathos taint but it will be an uplifting elixir of life-changing life-lasting ability, or disappear after an afternoon visit. Or, I guess not.
Finally, you would never shorten the name of a holy person, just as you would never nickname an opera principal. You just don’t call Sparafucile, “Sparcey”.


25.6.09


You see someone on the street, and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw.
-Diane Arbus
The surface read is sometimes not the most interesting. Often it is our own subtext that is the best part of a story. But we need to be catapulted toward those inner
comments.


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Y
ou may have heard warnings a million times, you may have imagined danger in a thousand details, but just try to recall a saying someone asked you to remember in the face of instant danger, (will you be able to?) just before getting struck by lightening or bit by a snake...
Squat and go up on Your Toes!
Red on Black Okay Jack, Red on Yellow Kills a Fellow!
And I know, it will take a few moments to pull up the
mental index card of the crash position, when I'll only have a jiffy to assume the posture.

It is forbidden to enter the public garden carrying flowers.- Jean Paulhan Les Fleurs de Taebes

Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of. -Mark Twain


Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.

-Mickey
di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
...And then work through remembering the Court Jester mnemonic rhyme to which chalice holds the 'brew that is true'.

15.6.09






Even with only two, I can occasionally feel like mother Hubbard and not know what to do. Having one of each means sooner or later I’ll come up against every gender joy, toil and trouble. I’m broiled into thinking of how to get ‘Drew excused from the draft, even though its ten years and a WW away. I’m hoping that the refusal the spar in Karate class & walking out on two (so far) violent adventure flicks will count toward a ‘CO’ status when the time comes.
Drew and I where talking about following rules.
-If you look suspicious try not to say bomb at the airport.
-if your going to speed while driving try to have your paperwork up to date.
-If you are going to harass someone in another country try to know how to apologize in the native tongue.
T
he subject turned to temperaments of young friends. It is easier for ‘Drew to understand black and white, filling in the mid tones as they come up.
To turn a situation into a happy ending you may have to look at it a long time. Walk all the way around it. A big problem could mean a very long walk. Try it on without expecting it to fit. Throw it out and see how it lands. If it will only be just what it is, stubborn and unchangeable, then let it go. Sometimes there is not a happy ending. If someone is not civil even after you try the mirror method, think again. You can make as many excuses at there are people, bad day, up on the wrong, toothache. Remember the fact you already know, sometimes folks aren't in a phase, they are just that.
A person you can’t take probably doesn't want to be taken.

2.6.09




W
ar is not nice. -Barbara Bush You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. -Will Rogers The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on. -Ulysses S. Grant War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace. -Thomas Mann
It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it. -Robert E. Lee War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. -Jimmy Carter The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. -George Orwell Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come. -Carl Sandburg I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -Albert Einstein A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -Groucho Marx









(three unfinished works from Chance Neglected)

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L
ife is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else. -
Lenny da Vinci