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Jan.31.2013
My example disappeared—a video I wanted to use.  I blinked and it was gone, which was unfortunate because it was a perfect illustration of the point I wanted to make in this post. Of course, I could still tell you about the the time I was teaching a short story to one of my Intro to Lit...
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Jan.28.2013
That is Toa Fraser's adaptation of Lord Dunsany's novel, Dean Spanley (2008), a film which was distributed directly to cable. Set in Edwardian England, Dean Spanley is a wise, witty, and understated story of familial love, loss, and reincarnation. Full post here.
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Jan.26.2013
On January 24th, a new production of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's Cinderella went into previews at New York's Broadway Theater. What better way to celebrate the event, then to present a bit of the musical's history.... Full post and videos here.
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Jan.11.2013
Oh yeah. I was determined to keep writing...at my desk...as usual.... Ha. Turned on computer. Opened current project. Ran spell-check. Saved file. Coughed. Moaned. Stared at screen. Tried to find synonym for "Thing." Watched words melt into each other. Decided "Thing" should stay "thing...
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Jan.09.2013
The man who said  "I'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It's scary to think so much is out of one's control.         —Woody Allen  Match Point (2005) It's a...
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Jan.05.2013
Photo by Stephen L. Syverud ©2012
The idea appeals to me. Last year was one of—shall we say—celebrations and challenges. My novel was published. There were midwest readings, east coast readings, a visit to Fairleigh Dickinson's beautiful Madison, New Jersey campus, where I met wonderful people and made new friends.  Then,...
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Dec.21.2012
There are many training grounds for actors, but the Piven Theatre Workshop, founded by Joyce and Byrne Piven in the early seventies, and headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, is unique. Using adaptations of theatre games, improvisational techniques, and story theatre pioneered and developed by Viola...
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Dec.15.2012
Schools in Chicago, New York St. Louis, MO Philadelphia, PA Winnetka, IL Olivehurst, CA Littleton, CO Blacksburg, VA ...and now, Newton, CT. "Was it for this the clay grew tall? - O what made fatuous sunbeams toil To break earth's sleep at all?"          -...
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Dec.09.2012
From the master, Woody Allen. "The Kugelmass Episode" (Side Effects) Go...read...enjoy!  
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Dec.01.2012
Yes, it's that time again, so spike the eggnog, warm up the glőgg, maybe fry a latke or two, and get ready for some holiday entertainment!  I'll be posting some of my favorite scenes and sounds in the next few weeks, and hope you'll share some of yours, too! I'm always looking for...
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Nov.20.2012
In Shadows and Ghosts, the main character, a filmmaker, is suspected of being mentally ill when she suffers a near fatal heart attack as the result of trying to survive on the same meager rations as the homeless subjects of a documentary she has been making. She doesn't see her willingness to...
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Nov.12.2012
From Shadows and Ghosts: As filmmaker Ida Mae Glick tries to survive on the same meager rations as the homeless subjects of the documentary she is making, the boundaries between her world and the next dissolve.... Work faster.     It sounded easy enough in the editing room...
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Nov.09.2012
The Gothic romance, Rebecca, was written by Daphne Du Maurier and published in 1938.  It became so popular, so quickly, that publishers marketed other Gothic romances by saying they were in the style of Rebecca.  Alfred Hitchcock's exquisitely moody 1940 adaptation, with Sir Laurence...
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Nov.08.2012
Apartments.com has started a campaign to end homelessness.  You can read about it, and how to help here.
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Nov.03.2012
What?  You say you're not sick of politics yet?  Then, in honor of Election Day,  I offer the following viewing suggestions: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Dir. Frank Capra    What we wish for: integrity wins out.  Highlights?  Many.  My favorite?...
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