31 Oct 2010 04:43 pm


Cell phone photo of my spooky line drawing done on the white board in my art class.

It’s Halloween and in our city the children are observing the actual date on the calendar. It will be a spooky (and fun) evening here in flyover land.

Chills will be running down the spines. Hands will be shaking and twisting in fear. As the night goes up to day what kind of destruction will be left in the wake of the tricksters and treaters?

Oh, I’m not talking about tonight but Tuesday night. November 2nd is Election day in America. Will the witches of the left coast be shrieking in rage at the results or will that spooky “once upon a time witch for a day” be victorious?

We will see.

20 Jul 2008 09:58 pm


My niece, Maine has been a busy girl this year. She just completed her first year of her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin and has been in Provincetown, MA acting in a play this summer. The name of the play is The Wild Party and Maine plays a flapper. A review is here.

In June she completed a role as a “featured extra” in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life.

Maine also plays the role of the sister of the female lead in a film called Artois the Goat. Four of the actors in the movie are her classmates. The film looks good. It’s kind of like A Room with a View in Texas.

Artois the goat seems to be the star, or at least an important player.

Then there is the cheese.

12 Jun 2007 02:49 pm


My husband and I watched the finale of The Sopranos Sunday night.

Although we’d missed most of the episodes this season, in many ways, life for Tony has proceeded much like former seasons. (when we didn’t miss an episode) Tony and associates were just a few steps ahead of the Feds, his kids were growing up like many American kids today, without direction or focus.

Somehow, Tony’s life seemed to be spiraling down. Christopher is dead, Bobby was knocked off, and last week, Silvio nearly died and is on life-support. Tony’s left with Paulie and Patsy. Little Italy is shrinking.

Carmela as always, was still the devoted wife and mother, trying to keep her family together, with limited success.

Paulie Walnuts remained the same, odd, nervous, and superstitious human being. That he called the orange cat, “a snake in fur,” irritated me; I’m a cat lover and that the cat had a strange affinity for staring at the photo of Christopher didn’t surprise me at all. Cats pick whom they love without any input from the human that is chosen.

Hearts have their reasons of which reason knows nothing. Blaise Pascal

Tony always did love animals. From the early episodes with the ducks in his yard to the finale with the orange cat in the pork store, Tony remained an animal lover.

As the minutes of the show began to wind down, I started to watch the clock below the television. At 8:50, I started to wonder where the plot was going. Would Tony get wiped out in Uncle Junior’s nursing home with the cheesy “Have a Nice Day” sign above the mantle?

More moments were gone. It was 8:55. Tony arrived at Holsten’s and waited for his family as he sat in a booth checking out the tunes in the jukebox.

Having spent some time this past weekend playing the jukebox, it was amusing to see Tony at The Last Supper going through a list of tunes on the jukebox. He picked Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. The lyrics included this line……’the movie never ends, it goes on and on and on and on’

I never stop believing in life. Apparently David Chase doesn’t either.

Carmela was next to arrive and I wondered if she was going to suddenly pull a gun on Tony but that would have been totally out of her character. She asked Tony about his meeting with Mink and he told her that Carlo was going to testify. Carmela sighed and popped an onion ring in her mouth.

At 8:57, AJ arrived. He complained about the job his parents got him as a bribe to keep him from joining the Army. In a sign of some maturity, the Yeats quoting, AJ reminded Tony of some old advice he had once given him, “Try to remember the times that were good.”

Shady characters were coming and going in Holsten’s and I was wondering which one would do the hit on Tony.

Meadow was trying to parallel park outside in the darkness and that increased the tension. Having never achieved the ability to parallel park, I was sitting on the edge of my seat, still glancing down at the clock.


Finally, Meadow got the car parked and started to run inside to join her family. I heard the door start to open.

Then the screen went black. No sound. Nothing. My husband and I looked at each other and he actually said, “Damn Cox!” (we’ve lost our cable before at important moments in television shows)

Then the credits started to roll and realization set in. Tony and family were left at the table at Holstens for eternity with Meadow just outside.

I will miss Tony and the rest of the Sopranos.

The Anchoress’ take is here.

24 May 2007 09:40 pm

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I wouldn’t say I am addicted to coffee. I just like coffee an awful lot. This morning I got up earlier than usual to get to school to prepare for the play. I went downstairs, flipped on the coffeemaker and trudged back upstairs to sit for a while, check the news and wake up.

After a bit I went down for the coffee and the coffeemaker had stopped with just about an inch of coffee in the pot. The switch had turned off. I think my cat, Sabby did it. He’s mad because I’ve been so busy lately that he hasn’t received his requisite attention. He does stuff like that. I think Sabby is really short for sabotage, not Sebastian. I turned the pot back on and went back upstairs.

I returned after a while and the coffee was ready. It wouldn’t have been a pleasant morning if I hadn’t had a few cups of caffeinated courage.

24 May 2007 11:08 am


The play, Demeter and Persephone is over. The fourth grade students did an awesome job this morning. The photos posted here were part of the scenery that I spent all weekend painting.


The student who was to play Zeus was home sick in bed but the boy who took his place did a great job. He was to play Charon but had to quickly switch over to Zeus. I read the lines of Charon from backstage using my deep, creepy voice.


This Greek Corinthian order temple was hanging on the back of the stage. When the ground shook (beating tamborines) as Hades emerged to kidnap Persephone, the temple fell halfway down the wall. A mistake but perfectly timed.


After the play was over and all the photos were taken I went to get the kids Irish Maid Donuts. Some of the kids still had their costumes on when I returned. I’m sure they will savor their moment in the sun for quite some time. It was a great experience for me to watch them stand up, remember their lines (for the most part) and act.

22 May 2007 12:25 am


Poster of Hades adapted from an illustration in D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths

I created this poster of Hades with his bride, Persephone as part of a prop for the play, Demeter and Persephone that I am directing for a fourth grade class at one of the two schools where I teach art. We were studying Greek architecture about a month ago when I mentioned to the students that I had a really cool play that I had produced when I was teaching fifth grade in Fairfax County, VA.

The students clamored for me to let them read it, then they insisted on doing the play. Since I only have the students for one forty minute class a week I thought it would be quite a challenge but I absolutely love drama and doing a play is a blast.

The students fourth grade teacher tells me she has never seen them so engaged in a school project before. They are checking Greek Mythology books out of the school library and getting together on their own to practice their lines.

The kids have memorized their lines and learned some drama lingo to boot. They know that on the stage they must “cheat”, they should never “step on each other’s lines, they need to play to the lady in row Z and if they forget their lines say whatever they can think.

I am working on finishing up the scenery in the next two days because the play is this coming Thursday.

It’s funny that the word Cerberus has been in the news lately. In Greek mythology, Cerberus is a monstrous three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades. In our modern day culture the private equity firm, Cerberus just bought out the Chrysler Group from Daimler.