I’m with Child

Sunday, July 27, 2014 Permalink 0

  I’m with child.   My great niece Grace is visiting.  For two weeks, she is going to Emerald City Theatre Camp.  She has always had a theatrical flair.  When mom and I took her to the movie “Tangled,” she entertained us on the way home singing the story highlights.  Her song was a complete original and ...

Review “Intimate Apparel” (Eclipse Theatre): Tightly woven patchwork quilt

Saturday, July 26, 2014 Permalink 0

  Eclipse Theatre presents INTIMATE APPAREL as the second offering in their Lynn Nottage season, one playwright-one season. This play about a seamstress is all about the detailed construction.  Scenic Designer Kevin Hagan creates a variety of rooms in limited space.  Director Steve Scott assembles the multiple lives within these individual locales.  Playwright Lynn Nottage establishes a ...

My power is restored

Saturday, July 26, 2014 Permalink 0

  Today, I awoke with a heightened sense of my body.  My Friday had started with training with Josh and ended with a two hour restorative yoga class. In between, I got in 14,064 steps.  It was a Friday fitness feast.   I’m completing my second month of personal training.  It has exceeded my every expectation.  I ...

“This” is an important distinction

Friday, July 25, 2014 Permalink 0

I blogged a sentence on Wednesday that got a frenzied response.  People in their Facebook skimming read my line without the word ‘this.‘  It sounded like I announced someone’s death.  EGADS!  Facebook is not the first place I make life-altering announcements.  That’s what email is for ;-) I was talking to Richard last night about a ...

Review “The Jungle” (Oracle Theatre): Unique, Blood-Splattering Spectacle

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Permalink 0

  Oracle Theatre presents the world premiere adaptation of THE JUNGLE. Upton Sinclair’s classic novel is a grim reflection of the ugly reality of Chicago stockyards in the early 1900s.  Director and adapter Matt Foss actualizes Sinclair’s vision in what can best be described as a unique, blood-splattering spectacle.  This show is the epitome of performing arts.  ...

Life gets better

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Permalink 0

Mom and dad in Dublin Dad passed this on this morning.  I don't know who wrote it but I concur! And I added one ;-) Life Gets Better I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night". Age 5 I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7 I've learned ...

Watch out for incoming dirt balls!

Monday, July 21, 2014 Permalink 0

I live in fear of wearing white. During the summer, I’m envious of carefree people in their long white linen and gauze.  They seemingly stroll in confidence and tranquility on the beach, through the meadow, along a city sidewalk.  They move like they are in a Downy fabric softener commercial.  Unfazed.  Unintimidated. Unconcerned.  Why can’t I ...

Review “Much Ado About Nothing” (Midsommer Flight): Something to fall in love with

Monday, July 21, 2014 Permalink 0

  Midsommer Flight announces its third summer season of Shakespeare in the Park with Much Ado About Nothing. Well, this is much ado about something.  The show is a tightly-packed comedy.  Director  Beth Wolf has actors entering and exiting the makeshift stage by running.  The action clips.  The barbs fly.  The love grows.  It’s time to fall ...

Review “Men Should Weep” (Griffin Theatre): A Powerful Tribute to Lassies

Saturday, July 19, 2014 Permalink 0

  Griffin Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of MEN SHOULD WEEP.  Playwright Ena Lamont Stewart wrote about working class reality in 1930s Glasgow, Scotland.  Lamont Stewart gives a gritty portrayal of a depression era family.  Maggie Morrison lives with an unemployed husband, 5 kids, a daughter-in-law and granny in a tiny three room flat. She also ...

Ten Year = Dilly Bars

Saturday, July 19, 2014 Permalink 0

  Today is my ten year anniversary working at the National Runaway Safeline.  To celebrate, I bought the staff and volunteers dilly bars yesterday.  Someone made a crack that I hadn’t waited to be recognized the but went ahead and threw my own party.  Yeah?!  I don’t need someone else to honor my achievements.  I usually ...