A Happy Return
After a very stressful but rewarding time that included the TCG Conference in Dallas, the Network of Ensemble Theaters MicroFest in Honolulu, an apartment move and my sister-in-law’s wedding, I am last beginning to settle into the beginnings of a restorative routine. (Having been so unsettled from routine for so long, I can gratefully say that a routine is not a rut; it is a daily practice that frees the spirit, not a chain of habits that deadens it.)
So! Back to my routine of naming days and building that honeycomb: (Why am I naming days?) (And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?).
7/8/13, Day 13,759: A Field Below
Heather and I joke that our new place is really a terrace with some storage attached (the rest of the apartment is great, but oh, our terracce is so beatiful!) Yesterday, amidst the flurry of returning, I rose early and went to beed late, beginning and ending the day on the terrace, looking over our precious green city view, feeling the healing breeze and thinking of a line from one of our favorite Regina songs: “I am awake, and I feel the ache…”
Here’s what I did yesterday-ish to help build the honeycomb:
- I donated to Why We Left Brooklyn, a new play by Matthew Freeman featuring many dear hearts I love supporting;
- I told Secretary of State John Kerry: Fix your report to reflect the truth — KXL would be a disaster for the climate!
- On the TCG Circle, I continued sharing our wonderful abundance of posts on Diversity & Inclusion, Artistic Innovation and the fate of artists in the increasingly unstable Egypt;
- I called on Congress to revise the Voting Rights Act and guarantee that all American citizens can democratically cast their ballots;
- I worked on scene 2 of my new play Salvage;
- I took action to request that Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe extend the wolf-delisting comment period and organize hearings so that wolves have a fighting chance at survival.
- I worked on an action plan for a Gender Parity in theatre action currently being led by the wonderful Kari Bentley-Quinn;
- I contacted my Senators to request that Gina McCarthy’s nomination is confirmed without further delay. It has been 144 days since the Environmental Protection Agency has had a permanent administrator — the longest period of time in its history;
- I worked 3 1/2 extra hours at TCG to catch up from being away;
- I wrote a letter of recommendation for a young theatre leader I believe in.
It is so very good to be back. I’m awake, and I feel the ache…