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Whether you are already familiar with her music or not, this TED talk is guaranteed to get you thinking ….and might even bring a tear.

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SUMMER TIME…AND THE LIVIN’ IS AWEEEEEEESOOOMMMEEEE.

HUZZAH!!! Another task crossed off on my to-do. And this was a really important one to me. Seeing Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald on Broadway. Well…

Gerhardt & I after seeing Porgy and Bess

BA-BAM! Done.

My dear, dear friend Gerhardt ( who is visiting from Atlanta ) and I spent the afternoon and evening together- starting with Porgy & Bess and after a yummy dinner in Greenpoint, ending the evening with a walk to the Williamsburg pier and

View of NYC from Williamsburg

McCarren Park

McCarren Park to watch the kickballers kick…balls.

All around, a really wonderful day (I was even productive with work in the morning!) and I’m so happy that one of my bffls got to see my digs and community. Smiles all around.

Focus on the moon.

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An incredible last Saturday (for the next three months) in New York.

Woke up. Showered. Cooked some eggs. Met up with Natalie. Decided the day’s game plan of going to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and then to a star gazing event under the Brooklyn Bridge. Headed to Brooklyn.

Arriving with Natalie at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Arrived in Brooklyn. Found the Botanical Gardens. LOVED the Gardens- we saw the rose garden, Japanese garden, this huge field of grass which we laid in and listened to the solar powered chime-like thingys. Called our mutual best girl friend who proceeded to ask us to be her bridesmaids in her wedding! Wandered through the gardens a bit more then went to the Brooklyn Museum where we listened to live music.

So excited!!!

Decided to walk the mile and a half to the bridge, along the way discovering a Lebanese street fair where we enjoyed fresh food, live music, dancing, and saw Miss Lebanese Immigrant USA (yeahh buddy).

Enjoying the festivities at the Lebanese street fair

After dancing with fantastic people,

Miss Lebanese Immigrant USA

we left the party to go to the Brooklyn Bridge world science fair for star gazing. At the science fair we listened to scientist and astronomers talk about the galaxy, the search for to find other inhabitable planets, and black holes (awesomeness) and we saw Saturn (SOO bright).

Fixin to star gaze under the Brooklyn Bridge

Saturn under the Brooklyn Bridge

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Today’s first day of the 21 days of midsummer corresponds with my first day working on CBGB as the extras casting director.

Here is a photo reflecting how I feel. Do not be deceived by my frazzled look, I am INCREDIBLY excited, and I look forward to sharing more about my summer as the days continue.

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I have gotten really into signing up for newsletters’, blogs’, and discount services’ daily notifications. I like them all for different reasons, and I have a few I really like and plan to keep, and a few others I plan to rotate out every few months in search of better newsletters, blogs, etc.

One subscription I am very happy to have made is receiving the Writer’s Almanac. It comes into my inbox every day in the wee hours between 1 and 3 am and I usually save reading it to pull up and read while I’m on the subway. If I’m at home, I can stream Garrison Keeler’s sweet voice and hear the information that way. Included in the podcast and text version, I am sent a daily poem, and information about things that happened and people who were born on this day in history. And it’s always awesome information! It’s quick, informative, and I’m happier after reading it.

Today I received an inspiring poem by Ron Padgett from his book “How to be Perfect” it is basically a poem in a list form poetically written. I think I may think over it and post my own in the near future.

I have a few other subscriptions I love and adore, and I encourage you to research things you are interested in, though you may not know much about, and expand your knowledge by subscribing to a newsletter, blog, RSS feed, etc.

In signing off Writer’s Almanac style, and inspired by a mentor of mine with a personal twist,

Work hard. Play hard. And love often.

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Had the pleasure this evening of seeing Old Jews Telling Jokes, created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, and filled with funny jokes, songs, and sweet stories that make you appreciate the  necessity of laughter. An all around enjoyed evening, and a fantastic learning experience for someone looking to produce live theatre. The show’s set was simple, a large screen TV mounted on a rig that was moveable, and used to introduce the various comedy segments and supply attractive and interesting scenic elements. For example, when the “A man is stranded on an island for 7 years and a…” type jokes happened, a palm tree with a boat, raft, etc, would appear, supporting the joke’s scene, and when jokes in a doctor’s office happened, the TV was strategically moved from side to side of the stage, and while moving, the synchronized screen graphics would show different parts of the doctor’s hallway-different doors, signs, etc.; it was very well executed and was worked in seamlessly.

The story was simple. Jokes, a few funny songs, and each actor (5) had a monologue moment with the audience sharing a more personal story, which gave the jokes purpose, and brought importance to the show and the otherwise overly simple “plot”….of jokes. I think I head just about every type of joke- except maybe a “knock-knock”- and they were all delivered with suburb timing and genuineness. Which brings me to the actors, who were outstanding, and despite the shows title, were not all old. A young girl and guy, Bill Army and Audrey Lynn Weston,  two older men, Lenny Wolpe and Todd Susman, and a outstanding Marilyn Sokol made up the cast and couldn’t have seemed more at home together on stage. Unafraid to laugh and cut up with one another after a well, or overly well landed joke, the cast was a joy to watch work.

I would recommend this show to anyone who wants a guaranteed laugh (or 50), and thank the creators for a great Off-Broadway show, and making me realize that with great actors and a solid vision, the simplest of plots can make smashingly good entertainment.

I leave you with this, a similar version was in the show:

A young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and that he is going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over three women and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.” The mother agrees.

The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while. He then says, “Okay, Ma, guess which one I’m going to marry.”

She immediately replies, “The one on the right.”

“That’s amazing, Ma. You’re right. How did you know?

The Jewish mother replies, “I don’t like her.”

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I love making lists. I’ve determined however that my love is less about writing out what I have to do, and more focused on the act of crossing out a

to-do and making it a to-done.

After a bit of internal analyzing, I have mapped this crossin’ off love back to my high school drama teacher. She always carried a yellow steno-pad with her.  IT kept track of everything from to-do set building, to to-do PTA needs  for our current production.

The wonderful feeling of releasing a to-do

Most vividly, I remember her ferociously scribbling  notes during rehearsals which were then used to recite back to us in (less beloved) “notes” time. (You theatre people know exactly what I mean.)

I would watch her, after every note spoken, take her black ball-tip pen and cross out the note. That cross equaled a release. The instruction given was no longer on her shoulders, it was officially passed off onto someone else.

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So yeah, thanks to her I love list making. If you’ve never experienced the sensation of scratching through a to-do, I highly recommend you try it. Start small, like a grocery list. You’ll soon join the rest of us addicts.

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