Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hell Week...Day Three.

That is all I am saying.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It is truly amazing what you can find on the internet. An old friend (there is much more that I will not retell here, but a few close friends will know the entire history) is living his dream and doing amazing things. Despite what some may think, I was incredibly happy for him when I read this staff detail sheet. ... so much so I posted it on my blog

Bravo, Bravo!

Darryl H. Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Drama. He received his Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Florida. He teaches Stage Diction, Stage Movement, Acting Styles and Directing. He is trained in the systems of Arthur Lessac, The Alexander Technique, Constantine Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, and Anne Bogart.

As an actor, Mr. Thompson has an extensive resume with such roles as Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace, Emcee in Cabaret, Arnold in The Boys Next Door, Scrooge in The Christmas Carol, the world premier of BING, BANG, BOOM, Brother Boy in Sordid Lives, Crumpet the Elf in Santaland Diaries, and toured in Greece as Adam in As You Like It.

Directing credits include, The Laramie Project, ‘night Mother, Rumors, The Tempest, The Chalky White Substance, Unheard Voices: the slaves’ narratives, and Lost In Yonkers.

He has also worked with several Broadway and Hollywood talents including Larry Alford, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Demme, Peter Palmer, Ken Howard, and Yanci Bukovec, and the New York based Shakespeare Aquila Theatre Company.

Mr. Thompson is the Vice President of Houston Theatre Company, Unhinged Productions, and serves as Director of Grants.

giant Sequoias... it's not a toy cabin... they are just that damn big.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Yesterday a friend reminded me of one of those places that hold great wonder for me and for many... the Great Redwood Forests. There is such power in these places... the power of centuries of nature doing what nature does best...growing.
My friend has been blessed to have touched the past and felt the power of all those years, and by sharing her experience has also sparked new desires in me to visit these sacred giants of the past, present and future.
Thank you

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Family Tree for the
Greek Ancient Religion

Monday, September 15, 2008

The power of the sea has such a draw of it's own. What a perfect location for a mandala.

I really love this one and wish I could wind it's paths to find my circle within.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I would love to use the pattern (in the brick work) on my lower patio.
What think thee?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It is the barking cows again! No where is safe....just run.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

It is the rain that makes me miss the farm. Lazy summer days (yes hot) and the wonderful 15 minutes shower every afternoon that would cool everything off... watching the rain and day dreaming with nothing to do and no where to go...

I completely understand why Mom like it so... the peace and slower pace of life (and everything else) down on the Kent Farm is so relaxing... I have only been one other place that reminded me of it... the Fairfield Farm in Hume, VA.... only it was not as beautiful... and not home. Climbing the 200 year old oaks or just walking down the dirt roads... playing in the fields... or shooting the cows with bee-bee guns until me and Kevin got caught... running from barking cows in the woods... hanging out in the old hay barns... having to cut the front yard...which was 10 acres and took two days on a riding mower... all the little things I miss from time to time.

One day I'll move back... one day my family will call me to move back... one day.

Monday, September 08, 2008

I should start by saying I am stepping up on the soapbox now! The subject of electric vehicles (EVs) has been on my mind for some time now. It makes me very angry with BIG business and with the average person who believes everything the media says... First I will start with this drilling for more (closer to shore) oil... yes there is oil there, yes we could drill for it, yes on the other side there would be accidents and spills and clean-up and damage to the eco-systems that are there... both sides have very good points. The only think that get me hot about it is who will profit from this oil.... will oil companies promise to lower the price of gas below $2.00 a gallon if we let them drill and sell that oil... will the government drill it itself and give it to the needy or use it to control the price of gas by flooding the market with it when the price goes up... to all of these you know that answers are NO! The oil companies will profit from it, the government will help them do so and say it is to help the economy (funny since the oil companies are the only segment that has been making record profits the last 3 years.) You and I will still be paying $5.00 a gallon for gas because the truth is the price is not fixed to the price of a barrel of oil...never has been. If you need proof then the % of the increase in a gallon of gas would equal the % increase in a barrel of oil... you can look up those numbers for yourselves.

(I say no to giving the oil companies any more unless they agree to fix the price of gas... there is only one thing that scares the Big Energy Companies more than the gas price regulations...)

That brings me to the second thing: Why can American car companies make EVs when it is the law but have to develope them for 2 years when it is not required by law? The California law that required every car company to offer one EV (zero emissions) to sell any cars in that state was amazing! Ford, Toyota, and GM all three produced EVs for the CA market as if over night... and when the law was repealed all pulled their EVs with claims like they were unsafe, too expensive to keep up over the long term, not enough demand to support the line... I love all of these because... I still see the Pintos on the road that explode if you hit them... no one recalled and did a mass crushing of them... I do not think I ever saw an EV1 explode. Next, when has a car company ever cared how much you are going to spend to repair you old car? (That would be NEVER) and I love that each company the produced an EV for the CA... only release the minimum amount required by law and each had a wait list of people wanting those cars and now the Rav4 s sell on ebay "used" for 20,000 more than when they were new... that does not sound like a lack of demand. It sounds like a lack of supply! So why are the car companies so afraid of EVs? If you follow the money (much like you can in DC to find the rats) it leads right back to the Big Oil Companies.... That is why you hear all this talk about Hybrid now not all electrics... The demand is so high that they are having to give something and they have to spin it like they are doing the right (green) thing... Well this is a wakeup call! Electric Cars came first...before the combustion (gas) cars...

I truly hate the Oil Companies (all of them) and hope I see them all out of business in my lifetime!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Last night, after the party was over and all the guest had left, I turned on the television for some down time about midnight (or later) I happened into this movie in the middle and was captured. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont sucked me in with its charming London scenes... plus I love Joan Plowright. It was not the light, mindless show I was searching for but I could not turn away. So many things in the movie made me think of Mom, and Grandmother Kent, and how family can become an ugly word. The idea of being more attached to your 'family' of friends than your blood family stuck very close to home for me... too true it is for me. What do you do when you have little in common with your family, other than the blood in your veins? Should you feel bad when you call or email a friend half way around the world twice a week but you have not called or seen you brother who is only 6 hours away in 10 months?

I must buy the movie now and see it from the beginning. There are very few movies that move me as deeply as this one has. I weeped for the last 5 minutes of the movies and into the credits... yes I know many of you will think that is just me... and it may have been that it was just too much to drink and being drained by the party ... but I am not talking a single tear, like Titanic... it was uncontrollable sobs... Brian did not even pick on me for it.

The movie has been on my mind for 24 hours now... I just can not get all the horrid questions about family verses the family we make for ourselves out of my head.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Dragon.con 2008

Well, where do I begin...

First with the panels we saw.

Torchwood: Gareth David Lloyd and Anthony Lewis. Gareth told some amazing stories and all I am going to say is he can text me any of those pictures...anytime. It was a great panel.

Deep Space 9: Avery Brooks seemed to be stoned out of his mind. I felt bad for the other stars on the panel. enough said...

Andromeda Reunion: Kevin Sorbo is very full of himself, but also very funny. He likes to tell off-color jokes... some funny, some no so much... over all good panel.

Now the stars we just met because I happened to be in the right place at the right time...
I held the door open for Adam West (Batman). It pays to be nice.

We were in James Marsters (Spike) entourage...we crossed the street together. He was very nice, but much shorter in person. James is also very grey, but his leg has healed nicely.

The next day we were in Michael Rosenbaum's (Lex) entourage at the very same crossing. Michael was also very nice, very thin and looks much better and younger with hair. He is totally addicted to his i-Phone...and he has a nice ass...never thought about it but his is a sexy bad guy.

We saw many, many more stars... some looked like they did (Erin Grey (from Buck Rogers)...amazing) and some that looked their age... Lou is still BIG! (just not green)

Brian and I had a great time, but missed both Bec and Tracey... Next year you both have to come...no excuses.