Death’s Dramatic Prelude

Death’s Dramatic Prelude           The following excerpt is taken from chapter 4 of Villette (1853) by Charlotte Bronte: “Is it a fine night?” she (Miss Marchmont) asked. I (Lucy Snowe) replied in the affirmative. “I thought so,” she said; “for I feel so strong, so well. Raise me, I feel young … Continue reading

The Doleful Dollar

The Doleful Dollar   In “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau proclaims, “the dollar is innocent.”  The virtue in this succinct statement continues to reverberate in America today, perhaps, more than ever before.    This past week, in the midst of efforts to round up bonuses dispersed by the recently bailed-out AIG, Michael Froman, a former … Continue reading

Theatre Masks

For those with kids and those without who are simply crafty, check out the videos on the links below to learn how to make your own theatre masks. This link takes you to several videos. This link takes you to the v-link for making masks out of toilet paper, which is on par with … Continue reading

Obama Drama

Obama Drama   During his eight years in the Oval Office, Bush inspired countless lampoons and parodies, not to mention grander investigations of himself and his policies, such as Fahrenheit 911 and W.  Obama, too, has already become fodder for the creative community, though the impetus behind such dramatizations (obviously) differs greatly. From the string of “Obama … Continue reading

Chalk it up to coincidence…

  Chalk it up to coincidence…   Your sister battles end-stage colon cancer for 5 ½ years and finally succumbs to the disease in late October of last year. You still haven’t gotten a colonoscopy.  It all weighs heavily on you, daily.  You review punctuation use with your students, the uses of semi-colons and colons.  … Continue reading

Holy Sh–!

Holy Sh- -!   Let’s face it, when you have a baby, you contemplate everything that goes into his or her body.  In turn, whether you admit it or not, you also become oddly preoccupied with what comes out, too.  Yes, parenthood makes even those with the purest minds and weakest stomachs more at ease … Continue reading

Theatre & Drama: Etymology 101

Theatre & Drama: Etymology 101   “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.  At first the infant, Mewling and Puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with … Continue reading

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