Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Welcome Back to Zuccotti Park

This is the project I'm currently working on. I wasn't involved in the Occupy Movement at all, so the fact that this play has moved me so much is a testament to the writing skills of Catherine Hurd and the musical talents of the composer Vatrena King. Here's the post on Facebook. Please come over and "like" the page to help support us in getting it to the stage!

Zuccotti Park the Musical dramatizes the beginnings of the Occupy Movement and provides an entertaining education of how money works. WE are not liberals, conservatives, Democrats or Republicans. WE ARE THE 99%! ZUCCOTTI PARK is OUR story.
Written by Catherine Hurd with music by Vatrena King, Zuccotti Park the Musical investigates, informs and moves us through the experiences and backstories of the Occupy protesters. It answers the question, "Why are you protesting?", and keeps alive the flame of Occupy's message for those who participated in the movement, for those who supported the movement, and for those who were confused and questioning and knew about the movement only through the biased prism of mainstream media. This play is extremely moving and at times funny as we follow the protesters, and also follow the money trail. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Shelling Peas

Traditional Green
Each pod contains the little treasures and though the task could be seen as tedious, for me, it's such a simple pleasure. I picture a southern woman with a tall glass of iced tea, a large ceramic bowl in her lap, swinging on a front porch in the humid warmth shelling away the late afternoon. My grandmother used to try to get me to eat my peas by making a nest of mashed potatoes, spooning the peas into the middle and adding a big pat of butter. She would use her stern, usually gentile, southern voice to coax me but I was stubborn. Now I love the sweet little green veggies but mostly I just
Yellow Peas

Nature's so Perfect
love shelling them with Molly.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ready for Summer

Slowly, I'm packing away this years curriculum, looking at all we've accomplished and feeling so good. I'm moving Oliver's books to Molly's shelf where they will wait until August. Summer,I'm ready; for mornings that are just about the garden, friends and longer breakfasts. I'm ready for the hot afternoons spent in a cool pool with iced sun tea in hand, for balmy evenings with delta breezes. My garden is in and by late summer will be spilling over with eggplant, tomatoes, basil, peppers and cucumbers. Before I know it, plums will be dripping from the trees ready for jam. Pesto, slow roasted tomatoes, quick pickles and spiced compote...yes, I'm ready.