New Orleans and Many Hands Make Light Hearts
Day 13,524: Mother’s Day in New Orleans
Day 13, 525: Many Hands Make Light Hearts (Why am I naming days?) (And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?)
Working early and late and very little time to post here, but if I stop now, it will be harder to pick it back up again. And I do think this kind of daily reckoning is worth doing, even when (especially when?) there’s no time to do it.
Day 13,524: Mother’s Day in New Orleans–As for the days, I am sending love and light to those affected by the New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting. After my visit earlier in the year, I fell a little in love with the place, and beyond my concern for the families affected, I’m upset that so little attention has been paid to this violence: read Why isn’t New Orleans Mother’s Day parade shooting a ‘national tragedy’? and Bloody Sunday for why. It makes me all the more grateful to Jody Christopherson for the video that we’ve been working on together for Gun Control Theatre Action–more on that very soon.
Day 13, 525: Many Hands Make Light Hearts–After the performance of Honey Fist last night, a mini-reunion of Ajax in Iraq broke out, and as the Flux Creative Partners began changing over the set to Sans Merci, we suddenly found ourselves joined by Mike Mihm, Sol Crespo and Chinaza Uche from Ajax, as well as Jodi Witherell and Nat Cassidy who have helped on almost every change over. It felt more like a party than a change over, and many hands made for light work and heart full of light. Thanks, guys.
- Created the storyboard for a Margo Jones video we’ll be sharing at the TCG Conference–I’m so excited to celebrate the legacy of this founding mother of the resident theatre movement.
- I sent Rep. Crowley a message to thank him for co-sponsoring the King-Thompson bill to require background checks for all commercial gun sales.
- I worked box office and change over for Honey Fist.
- I urged the Senate to pass a bill so we can bring justice to the victims of sexual assault, and accountability to those who perpetuate these crimes.
- A woman in the street accidentally dropped a ton of change, and I stopped to help her pick it all up. I share this small thing, because I think this honeycomb discipline actually helped me stop and do the right thing.
- I told the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Yellowstone’s grizzly bears.
- I ate vegetarian:)
- I added my voice your support for commonsense immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship.
- I worked an additional 4 1/2 hours at TCG to prepare for the Conference, including posting some more Circle essays I’m psyched about.
- I sent an email to a friend I love in recovery from surgery.
- I congratulated a friend who is receiving career-making, jealousy-inducing reviews from major critics (which shouldn’t need to be on this list, but is for reasons I may share when more time presents itself).
I also failed to live up to my own standards when I:
- Was brusque with a Flux colleague over email because I’ve fallen behind on a press interview;
- Broke from conversation with an acquaintance without really ending the conversation well because I was feeling rushed to make a work deadline;
- Only emailed my brother on his birthday because I blinked and it was midnight and too late to call.
But hey, tomorrow is a new day, and it’s already tomorrow today.