Monthly Archives: August 2020

a sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. – e. fishel

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and here it is, your birthday again –

I didn't have my glasses on....

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beth and pam

sisters

room mates

best friends

suddenly

one

was gone

way too early

and

one

was left behind

way too early

and

still

missing the other

on her birthday

in french you don’t really say, “i miss you.”

you say, “tu me manques,” which is closer to

“you are missing from me.”

i love that.

“you are missing from me.”

you are a part of me.

yes, that is it.

– author unknown

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used and unusual.

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and who could possibly resist

looking deeper into

most anything deemed

‘used and unusual’?

both rich qualities

rife with stories and possibility

many of us could be described this very same way

after having lived a while

and comfortably settling into

what makes us who we really are. 

 

“it’s also not unusual for writers to look backward. because that’s your pool of resources.”

-paul mcCartney

merit.

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so proud to be a member from way back

of the ‘look it up club’

i was very shy and quiet

but once i learned to read

the world opened up to me

i ‘mastered’ the encyclopedia

and never stopped looking things up.

 

“true merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.”

-edward wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

just a spoonful (or 11) of sugar….

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on this day in 1964

a perennial favorite of children

“mary poppins,” premiered.

julie andrews as mary, sang and danced her way through this happy film

 her famous ‘just a spoonful of sugar’ song danced through my head

as i continued my foray into bread making with my latest project

cinnamon swirl donut bread

i think mary would have been quite impressed/horrified by all the sugar involved in this one

is was not only a sweet donut loaf

but was swirled with cinnamon, sugar, and molasses

and in the final stages

the entire  loaf

still warm from the oven

was dipped in melted butter

then rolled in a mix of brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon

that melted together

creating an outer crust 

this was not a loaf for the feint of heart

nor amateur sugar-eater

 a little went a long way, but pretty tasty, all in all.

next up – beer bread

i wonder what movie from my past that experience will trigger.

“if god hadn’t meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn’t have invented dentists.”

-ralph nader

 

 

image credit: walt disney pictures

don’t be a bozo.

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Bozo the Clown

The famous clown passed away, but he was only one player in the character’s comically complicated backstory

while waiting in traffic,
i was motivated to find the very detailed article below about bozo the clown and his history.
so much clown drama!
In 2018, Frank Avruch, an 89-year-old entertainer best known for portraying Bozo the Clown, died. When I saw tributes to Bozo online, I felt sad–but also confused. I could’ve sworn that the guy who played Bozo the Clown had already passed away. After a Google search, I confirmed that, yes, several other Bozos had already died. I’d grown up watching The Bozo Show, and my parents had too, and so it made sense that more than one person had portrayed the friendly, bucket-loving clown over the years that the children’s variety show aired. But what stood out was the sheer volume of Bozos, and the surprising geographic variety. I’d always assumed that the Bozo I saw growing up, watching on WGN in Chicago, was the same Bozo people saw all over the country, that it was a local program syndicated nationally. But something much weirder was going on. An astounding number of people played Bozo over the years, in city-specific versions of the same show, creating enough confusion to provoke a clowning scandal and intra-Bozo beefs.

Before the drama, the backstory! Bozo was created by a man named Alan W. Livingston back in the 1940s. Livingston, who worked for Capitol Records, released a storybook and children’s entertainment record called Bozo at the Circus. He teamed up with a vaudeville actor named Pinto Colvig, who played Bozo for his original 1949 television appearance on Los Angeles’s KTTV.

According to the Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation, at one point there were 183 different Bozo shows airing at the same time period in the United States alone. People complain about “Peak TV” and how there are too many television shows on now, but at least there aren’t literally hundreds of different versions of the exact same clown show on. There were almost as many names for the show as there were men filling the enormous shoes. Sometimes it was The Bozo Show. Others, Bozo’s Circus or The Bozo Super Sunday Show or just Bozo. (The last version, based in Chicago, was canceled in 2001.) Nobody seems to have a comprehensive list of exactly how many Bozo shows there were altogether. “I believe that nobody really knows the answer. The truth is that it would be a larger number than most people realize,” clown historian Bruce “Charlie” Johnson said.

The Chicago Bozos, Bob Bell and Joey D’Auria, were the best known, because WGN spun into a national cable network in the 1990s. But there were unique Bozos all over the place, from Moline, Illinois, to Miami. Detroit alone had four different Bozos over the years. Windsor, Canada, had its own Canadian Bozo. One of the Washington, D.C., Bozos in the 1960s, Willard Scott, went on to have a long and successful career as the original portrayer of the McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald, the only non-evil clown more famous than Bozo. Avruch, portrayed Bozo from 1959 to 1970 in Boston, and his version was also the one that appeared in the first nationally syndicated episodes of the show, which meant he was an Elite Bozo.

Ready for the drama? So Harmon, the man who owned all the licensing rights, had a habit of telling reporters that he invented Bozo, even though technically he only popularized Bozo. His tales of spreading the gospel of Bozo internationally were very entertaining and very fake sounding. “I have been in the jungles of New Guinea with the cannibals, I’ve been down in the Amazon with the head-hunters, because I was trying to see one thing: Can I relate to the world, can I survive in the jungle, dressed as Bozo?” he told The Chicago Tribune in 1993, claiming that he had survived two weeks with cannibals in the 1970s by greeting them with “Howdy, this is your pal Bozo.”

Harmon’s yarn spinning caused conflict. “Larry Harmon was just an out-of-work actor when I hired him to do some promotional work,” Alan Livingston told ABC News. “He’s been misleading everyone — and taking credit for [original Bozo] Pinto’s work.” Harmon also had a reportedly frosty relationship with Bob Bell, the long-running Chicago Bozo. “Harmon’s problem is that he can’t bear another clown getting any credit,” Joan Roy, Bell’s daughter, told ABC News, claiming that Harmon had refused to let Bell wear his Bozo costume during his International Clown Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Milwaukee. The International Clown Hall of Fame actually took down Harmon’s plaque in 2004, deciding to honor Colvig instead. Harmon was reinstated in 2008 and died that same year, insisting to the end that he had not misrepresented his Bozo connection. Whether he exaggerated or not, he is definitely the person responsible for taking Bozo global and should be remembered as such.

It seems clown competition made even the most jovial men foolish, but the excess of Bozos wasn’t all bad blood. After all, not only does Bozo live on as a cherished childhood memory for many adults, he also lives on because there were countless entertainers playing him, and many are literally still alive.

 this is the car i was sitting behind in traffic, (with a BOZOCLN plate), triggering all of my bozo memories and leading me to finally solve what has long been a personal mystery. i have met bozo twice just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and my brother was once on his show and did not win ‘the big prize.’ i’ve never been a fan of clowns, and in fact they terrify me, but for some reason he keeps popping up in my life, and now i finally know why. 

You don’t want to engage in road rage when the person in the next car

might be your child’s future teacher or your dentist’s father.

-kim edwards

(or a creepy clown – bk)

credits: The Ringer, Kate Nibbs, ABC News

off to see the wizard.

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(picture me as the one in the dress without braids, sparkly shoes, or little dog)

when going to the library

to pick up books i had ordered

i walked into the lobby

to grab them off the shelf

 the rest of the library was still closed

it was dead silent

no other people were around

but i swear that i heard someone talking to me

i looked in all directions and didn’t see anyone

i heard someone speak once again

 looked up to see a giant head on a screen

 asking if i was there for a book

my eyes got huge (and i possibly jumped a bit)

so unexpected – talking to a head on a screen

i then knew how dorothy must have felt in the wizard of oz

when she saw the wizard’s head projected on the big curtain

i thanked the giant head, grabbed my books, and walked down the street

thinking about how much i love being surprised by life.

happy 81st anniversary to the wizard of oz

(i now have a new appreciation for it)

“be unprepared, that’s my motto. let life surprise you.”

-marty rubin

image credit: metro goldwyn mayer

goodnight, good sir.

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RIP to *Sir Ken Robinson, an eloquent and indefatigable defender of the role of the arts and creativity in education. His TED talks made him world-famous—his presentation called “Do schools kill creativity?” remains the most popular TED talk of all time, and he wrote widely, including major books on creativity in 2001 and 2015. Robinson was knighted in 2003 for his distinguished career in service to the arts.  He was a staunch critic of standardized tests and compliance-based classrooms, and an unapologetic champion of every kind of creative endeavor—from theater, to music, film, painting, dance, and everything in between. He died peacefully yesterday at the age of 70, after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. His voice will be greatly missed. – Edutopia

“the answer is not to standardize education,

but to personalize and customize it to the needs of each child and community.

there is no alternative. there never was.”

-Sir Ken Robinson, (one of my heroes in the field of education)

 

 

*Sir Ken Robinson was an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies.

 

credits: edutopia, pbs.org

post office.

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Ochopee has one 131-mile mail route that serves more than 900 residents. The mail route covers deliveries in three counties and includes delivery on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. The tiny building used to serve as a storage shed for irrigation pipes for a tomato farm but was pressed into service as post office after the Ochopee general store/post office was destroyed in a fire in 1953.

“another success is the post office, with its educating energy augmented by cheapness and guarded by a certain religious sentiment in mankind; so that the power fo a wafer or a drop of wax or gluten to guard a letter, as it flies over sea, over land, and comes to its address as if a battalion of artillery brought it, i look upon as a fine meter of civilization.”

-ralph waldo emerson

stand up for the u.s.p.s

 

 

 

 

credits: patrick riley, naples daily news, luke franke, orlando sentinel

coconut.

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 when walking downtown

this just sitting on a corner

no palm trees to be found

i wonder

if you are missing your coconut

did you leave it behind

 did you lose it

and not notice?

“in the garden of gentle sanity, may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.”

-chogyam trungpa