My Strong, Good, Courageous, Positive-Thinking, Magical Marvelous Friend!

As soon as the call came through, the airplane cabin was flooded with light coming through my window

There is nothing quite like that call.
When someone is not well, or elderly, or in hospice care, and you get that call from their next of kin.
It may come in the form of a voicemail, their saddened shell-shocked voice asking simply to return the phone call. And of course, you know what’s happened, but they feel it’s impolite to leave such potentially devastating news on a voicemail.
And they are right about that.
It is certainly better to deliver such news in person.
It may come as a voicemail message delivering the news and requiring no return call, ‘She’s gone.’ I’ve been on the receiving end of that one, as well.
It may come as the name of their next of kin lights up on your cell phone screen, and you answer it, even as you are seated on a plane about to take off…
That’s what happened this time.
“This is the call you’ve been waiting for,” she began, her voice a combination of the triumph and weariness of Acceptance, when one has completed that final Journey with a Loved One.

My friend had been in hospice care for several weeks —
My Strong, Good, Courageous, Positive-Thinking, Magical Marvelous Friend!
My Incredible Friend who was so shy about social media and asked to never have pictures of herself posted here.
I shall not go against her wishes, now.
Ah, but how I wish I could show you!
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Listening

Kav10

A Meme from the Internet

It’s about Listening.

I find myself immersed in News these past few days.
Listening and Reading and Gravitating toward every speculation and interpretation about what is going on in our Country.
I seek Enlightenment.
I do not trust the current ruling Majority of the Senate to bring us that.
It is quite a muddle!
America has some skeletons in its closet.
And I hear lots of bones shaking and banging against the door to get out! (more…)

It’s Noble What We Do

geoffrey-owensGEOFFREY OWENS is a friend of mine.
He is a Class Act — a Wonderful Actor, and an even More Wonderful Human Being!
He achieved some celebrity status when right after graduating from the Yale School of Drama, he played the character of Elvin on THE COSBY SHOW.
I was the Casting Assistant on that show for several seasons, and between that and our mutual social circles, we have known one another some thirty years.

You may have heard some of the hubbub this week, created when some pathetic ignoramus took a picture of GEOFFREY working at Trader Joe’s and in an abuse of social media, (more…)

Community

CommunityIt has always been one of my Favorite Things!
People Coming Together!
I was a Theater Geek in High School — I think mainly because of the way people came together toward one Goal.
And it was tangible — the momentum of a Group of People
To Create a Show…
To Create a Country…
To Create some Vision of the World…

Lately, I find myself immersed in Community!
And Deeply Moved by its Power!
The Brahman!
The Expanse of one Soul! (more…)

#blessed

2018-07-27 22.32.15So, what’s been going on lately?
An Abundance of Miracles!
Can you see them?
Can you feel them?
Are you looking?
Look Harder!
They are there!

They often come in GiftWrap that makes it easy not to recognize them.
All those seemingly stressful and overwhelming things going on?
All those interruptions to your day to day plans, referred to as “Life Happens!”?
All those items cramming your “Things to Do” List?
They just might be Miracles!

Here’s a few on my List, Today…

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Independence Day 2018

 

4thofJuly

A Meme from the Internet

Today, We March.
We March for our Lives!
We March for Civil Rights!
We March for Equality!
We March for Freedom!
We March for Justice!
Though I have Marched countless times before,
Today is the first day in America I have had to March to keep Children out of Cages!
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Pride 2018

A Meme from the Internet

It’s Pride!
We March!
We Dance!
In Celebration of our Freedom!
It takes Courage Every Day
And we Dance in Celebration of the Courage to Be Who You Are!
For many Young People, it is a time for Dance Parties and showing off the Spectacular Toned Bodies of their Youthfulness!
Their Beauty and their Fire… So Full Of Wonder!
But there was a time when we danced in low-ceiling basements, hidden from the mainstream, without corporate sponsorship, and with way fewer folks lining Fifth Avenue.
We fought against Oppression and Marched Proudly for our right to exist (more…)

Gratitude and Helping Others

Kate Spade: Photo from the internet

Anthony Bourdain: A meme from the internet

KATE SPADE, 55 years old
ANTHONY BOURDAIN, 61 years old

…This Week joining the likes of
MARILYN MONROE, 36 years old
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, 61 years old
VINCENT VAN GOGH, 37 years old
SYLVIA PLATH, 30 years old
VIRGINIA WOOLF, 59 years old
FREDDIE PRINZ, 22 years old
SAWYER SWEETEN, 19 years old
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, 40 years old
DON CORNELIUS, 78 years old
ROBIN WILLIAMS, 63 years old

When I was in 2nd Grade in Catholic Grammar School, the Dominican Nun at the front of the room was teaching us about Sin and Forgiveness.
“Sister, is there any sin that is not forgivable?” myself or some other curious seven-year old raised their hand to ask.
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ReAwakening: Summer 2018

The Scent of Lilacs

The Desktop of my Computer usually has a plethora of Open Documents in the Dock,
Both Creative and Work-Related…
So many Undone Things!

Some of these Projects have been open and in development for a Year
or Two or Seven…
Some resurface periodically,
Others I am just always working on…
It is a slow-going Process.

The Birthing Process, takes a full nine months to make a tiny tiny human being,
one that needs everything — daily bathing, education, clothes, Love and Care…
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Things my Mother Taught Me

In honor of Mother’s Day 2018

Mothers are Precious and Beautiful Creatures.
They are Loving and Kind and it is in their Nature to Give.
They do their Best to help us; still, sometimes they succeed in driving us Crazy!
Sometimes this Act of Love — Birthing Us, i.e.: Opening Up the Avenue for us to come into our Physical Being — can lead to all kinds of dysfunction and even animosity or resentment, but regardless, they are the one person who was Always There!
Sometimes, they left too early, and this can cause confusion. But it is never due to a lack of Love! They made sure they got us here before they left!
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