Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of February 11, 2018
Mom and Dad have February birthdays a week apart, and are 10 years apart in age, so their milestones tend to line up. Mom turned 80 last Thursday (and the Eagles' Super Bowl win arranged for there to be a big parade the same day :) Every five years she throws herself a party, and this past Saturday, 70-plus people from all corners of her life gathered together in the church hall to eat and mingle together (plus bring some food for the local foodshelf). This coming weekend, I'll be heading to Martha's Vineyard where my dad and stepmom live, all her kids and their kids, plus me and my brother will gather around Dad at the nursing home and celebrate him turning 90.
For his birthday gift, Dad asked at Christmas if I'd pull together a rundown of all my scripts - a brief synopsis, a couple of sentences about where the play came from. It's been a very interesting project pulling them all together in one document. Given that there aren't any productions lined up in the immediate future - at least not yet - it's a good time to take stock. I'm also collecting several years of information together to create a more comprehensive calendar for submissions, plan ahead for regular annual opportunities, and fold in the new things that come along. Trying to find stories old and new a home in the coming months.
New songwriting class and another new song underway. Song from the last class in the fall getting finalized. Both from the play Love's Prick, which needs its next rewrite overhaul. Another student guitar showcase coming up. Need to learn to make my own demos to go with play submissions including songs. Much to learn, much to do - onward...
Moving into year 2 of 45, the podcasts currently keeping me sane on a political front are - Pod Save America, Pod Save The People, Lovett or Leave It, Pod Save The World, Crooked Conversations, Majority 54, Keep It, and With Friends Like These. Check them out if you want to stay informed, active, and have a laugh or two while you're at it.
Here's why I've read my last think piece on the death of American democracy back on December 1st, and some helpful hints for living under the new regime from a historian who's seen it all before.
Also, posted a Top Ten list (of what I saw) for theater in 2016, the good, bad and indifferent that year. Check it out.
One of the first writer friends I made after moving to Minnesota over 25 years ago died unexpectedly in his sleep over Labor Day weekend. It was good to see old friends at his memorial, though the reason was sad. I posted some thoughts about Sean online, to share a bit of who he was with people who didn't have the privilege of knowing him.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious