I shared at my other website that the Alumni Director at my seminary, the Iliff School of Theology,
interviewed me a few weeks ago. I loved sitting down with her at our
kitchen table with herbal tea and just talking. She asked me great
questions, and I love that the interview she crafted used lots of quotes so you hear me as me. You can read it here. I talk about my work some, and also Dr. Vincent Harding, and my grandfather, and our family's 5 years in Kansas, among other things. Enjoy!
I missed two Marschallin Mondays but that's cool, because I was working on a story (you can read it here), because yes, I am still obsessed with Carol. Don't you wonder what happened on the road trip, the things we don't get to see? Well I did, anyway. Enjoy.
I think we all need beauty. This was a hard, heartbreaking summer if you care at all about the state of the world, and especially if you work at trying to make it better like I do. Writing like this was a respite, not an escape but rest and the opportunity to create, and be immersed in something beautiful at times when the world is so not beautiful. Sometimes that's opera (and my Marschallin) and other music, herbs, farmhanding, movies, sometimes, turns out, it's writing.
I haven't written stories since I was a teenager. Poetry, journaling of course but not stories. It's an interesting thing to come back around to (full circle, if you will), and I find I enjoy it. Sometimes my imagination for the world gets exhausted, and this helps.
A little more beauty for you, that I discovered.
Hélène Grimaud is spectacular and mesmerizing in her performance of the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto. I was supposed to writing but I kept watching her. Really stunning.
And, a beautiful fanvid for Carol, set to "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
Basically, I want beauty, but the white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy AKA Baron Ochs won't STFU and get out already. So, I'm working on that. Hard. I do wish more Marschallins were involved but -- true story -- a baritone in a regional production of Tosca playing Scarpia reached out to see how he could help the cause. I kid you not. Scarpia in the service of justice? Yes please!
So yes, I've posted this photo before, and I do so again with good reason!
Guess who has tickets to this production, the day before her birthday, 2017? That would be ME. Saved up some birthday money (my parents are amazing and are now responsible for me seeing Renee Fleming live, singing Strauss, TWICE) and I'm SO EXCITED. This will also be our first Met experience. I'll just be here swooning from now until then. So excited. SO EXCITED.