Tell Me Something Good

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Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

  • I’m almost done reading The Wings of the Dove. I don’t like the book but I agreed to read it with a friend for our online summer novel discussion. I’m just glad to be finished with this onerous task.
  • I loved the film Fanny’s Journey, a tale of courage during WWII.
  • We got some rain. We need more because the the leaves are withering and the grass is brown.

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Tell Me Something Good

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Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

  • I’ve been learning to use Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop. While you can fiddle around with them and get some good effects, I’m amazed by all things you can do with these programs. (The problem is they’re so expensive and I don’t need them for work so I have to practice at the library.) I highly recommend Lynda.com’s course Illustrator for Non-Illustrators.
  • We had a nice neighborhood cocktail night, as always on Mondays. Down the road, one woman always hosts a BYOB and appetizers evening on her patio. It’s a simple way to promote community.
  • Positive News: Here’s something I learned last week from reading When by Dan Pink. Singing in a group like a choir has similar health benefits to exercise. It’ll lower your blood pressure, improve cardio health, increased sense of well-being and it helps children learn to read. You can read more here.
  • Wisdom: We live in a rainbow of chaos. Paul Cezanne.

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Pamplona at the Goodman

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I was lucky to get to see Pamplona starring Stacy Keach at the Goodman Theater. Set in a hotel room in Spain, Pamplona shows Ernest Hemingway struggle with writer’s block as the tries to write an article on bullfighting for Life magazine. As he struggles, Hemingway looks back on his life – all four of his marriages, his conflicts with his father and mother, his writing career and his love and respect for bullfighters and their sport.

Throughout the play, vintage photos are projected on the hotel walls placing the set in history. Pamplona is staged in Goodman’s smaller theater, which resembles Chicago’s Shakespeare Theater so every seat provides a good view in an intimate setting.

Keach brings Hemingway to life and is wonderful in this show. You have to be a powerful performer to captivate an audience for 90 minutes. Kudos to Keach.

I enjoyed learning more about this writer and was pleased with the surprising ending. Just masterful. The play was one of the best of this year’s season.

Tell Me Something Good

monday-morning-inspiration-quotes-e1442491467149
Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

  • My niece has been visiting from Connecticut so I’m learning about teen culture.
  • My sister’s in town for work and has shared her wedding plans. It looks like I’ll be in New York for at least 5 days at the end of September.
  • Work is going well in a general way. No big milestones to report.
  • Good News: Scientists have made a small-molecule drug that has helped paralyzed mice walk again. Check that out here.
  • A bit of wisdom: If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. ~Lao Tzu

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Tell Me Something Good

monday-morning-inspiration-quotes-e1442491467149
Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

  • The summer reunions continue. On Saturday I had lunch with a friend I probably see just three times a year, though I wish our schedules allowed for more. Yuki’s a professor and just returned from Japan where she worked on a project interviewing victims of the Fukashima. As you’d imagine we had a fascinating talk. Then my friend Theresa’s in town from Georgia. We went to high school together. Theresa’s a smart and very fair woman able to bring new insights to any discussion. I also like how she sticks up for the ideas louder voices try to drown out.
    After meeting for church Theresa and I had lunch with another high school friend and her fiancé . So  I got to meet him for the first time.
  • I had a good week at work that included a shift on the bookmobile, a wonderful outreach. I was impressed by how well rounded the smaller collection on the bus was so that there really was something for everyone. We stopped at the park, an apartment complex and three senior living centers before noon.
  • I went to a good play at the Goodman Theater. Starring Stacy Keach, Pamplona was about Ernest Hemingway’s life.
  • We’ve had some delightful summer weather. Even Saturday’s rain was welcome and didn’t interfere.

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Photo a Week Challenge: From Below

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Since WordPress abruptly stopped their Weekly Photo Challenge I’ve been on the look-out for something new. So I’m giving Nancy Merrill’s challenge, A Photo a Week, a try. I hope other bloggers like the creators of Stenoodie, Spirit in Politics, The Narrow Bamboo Gate or so many more join.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO SHOT FROM BELOW YOUR SUBJECT.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  • To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  • Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
    Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Thank you, Nancy!

Jesus Christ Superstar

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I had such high hopes for the Lyric Opera’s Jesus Christ Superstar. I was too young to see the show when it first came out. I’m pretty sure I never saw the 1973 movie either though I knew a couple of the songs. The Lyric has high standards so I didn’t feel I had to lower expectations. On Wednesday two performers were interviewed on Chicago Tonight, our local PBS news program and that whetted my appetite for a good show. However, I recommend you save your money. The song above is the best part of the show.

The show started off fine showing a bunch of Jesus’ devotees singing and dancing. Clearly Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice were offering a modernized telling of the end of the gospels. But when Jesus took the stage, he seemed rather lackluster. He wore cool clothes and had a hip hairstyle, but under that he was bland. He clearly enjoyed the fame, which isn’t what Jesus was about. Yet the title clues us into that’s the creators’ theme.

The show itself only had two songs I remembered liking and that didn’t change after seeing this production. Many of the songs were just loud and it was hard to make out the lyrics. I agreed with the two women behind me in line for the loo during intermission that the acting was weak. The emphasis was on singing and dancing with just no characterization. In Act Two the dancing was a let down because the choreography was so similar to Act One.

There’s a lot of odd choices in this production. For example, in one number the dancers all hold crosses, but this is happening well before Jesus was condemned to die on the cross. There’s no reason anyone would use a cross as a symbol of Jesus before he’s called in front of Pilate.

The Israel of this production has a hint of dystopia as the citizens all wear drab grays and gender is not marked much in dress or personal style. I was confused in Act II about who was the person in a golden bird costume. It wasn’t till he disrobed to let out his inner hedonist that I guessed it was Herod.

From the Chicago Tonight interview, I learned that this production uses 90 pounds of glitter. (They use a lot of glitter, but it could be 90 pounds worth by the end of the run.) The first time they use it, the shimmer and glow makes sense. Mary Magdalene, who most agree wasn’t the same woman who poured oil over Jesus when he was at a dinner, empties a jar of what is oil over Jesus and it was cool that glitter was used. Later when Jesus is being beaten the men beating him whip him with handfuls of glitter. That was just odd — too much of a good thing.

Spoilers follow.

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