Month: March 2016

Review of A Night with Janis Joplin at The Ordway in St. Paul

Quote of the Day: It’s the want of something that makes you feel the Blues. Janis Joplin. Isn’t this just how you picture the legendary singer, Janis Joplin, on stage, microphone held firmly in her hand, the other arm stretched out and open, and hair flying all around her? That’s just how Mary Bridget Davies looks when she’s performing Janis. She has been doing Janis for a couple decades already, having been asked to front for Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis’ band, early in her career. Mary Bridget Davies was also the 2014 Tony Award nominee for playing this...

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Matt Rasmussen visits CLC, a poetry reading

Quote of the Day: I started writing love poems in high school because that’s what I thought poetry was, says Matt Rasmussen, author of Black Aperture, a collection of poems, dealing largely with the suicide death of his brother and reflections on both the darkness and light of life. He went on to write A Love Poem for Optimus Prime, a transformer, where the imagery leaves us smiling at the thought of him riding inside the car form of Optimus, then transforming to be inside his heart.  We sat in the Jon Hassler Library at Central Lakes College (CLC) for this...

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Review of Watermelon Hill at History Theatre

Quote of the Day: I’m told that what I’m doing is right, but why does it feel so wrong? Leah, unwed mother in Lily Baber Coyle’s play Watermelon Hill, playing now at the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN, through April 10, 2016. For my “Good Friday” observation, I invited a friend to go with me to listen to the voices of those who have been silenced for too long, the girls that were “sent away,” shunned, abandoned, and left with a void that could never be filled, the unwed mothers of America’s 1950’s and 60’s era. I admire the playwright,...

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge, April 2016

Quote of the Day: We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. Anais Nin I am once again participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April. This marathon of a blogging challenge was started by Arlee Bird back in 2010, where participants write a post for every letter of the alphabet, starting with A on April 1. We get Sundays off for good behavior, and to make the alphabet work. It has gained momentum over the years, and now over 1300 bloggers are participating. I’ve had fun with the challenge in the past, writing about what inspires me, names, theatre, stories, food (with the Biker Chef), using my sock puppet characters Millie and Willie Cottonpoly, and many, many of my own images. This year, I didn’t have much of a theme planned, so I did not participate in yesterday’s Great Theme Reveal. Reading other blogger’s themes and ideas got me thinking more about mine, and I wanted to be clear. I am participating in the challenge. Look for daily posts here in the upcoming month. My goal is to simply post every day using family stories, writing reviews, catching up on some posts from trips and restaurants, and reflections. I hope you enjoy them! The best things about the April blogging challenge are that it gets us writing every day, reading other blogs, commenting,...

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Gatsby Event, Library Love, Art and Music, 2016

Quote of the Day: Strike up the band, the gang’s all here! As if the Brainerd Friends of the Library Wine and Words event wasn’t winning enough, they spread more library love mid-year at a new event that included the Crossing Arts Alliance and the Brainerd High School Jazz Band. The Gatsby Event was held at the Arrowwood Resort here in the Brainerd Lakes area. Many, if not most, of those in attendance dressed in period costumes, flapper dresses, pants and vest, and even a few zoot suits. Super cool! It made the party festive and fun. The icing on...

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