what an honor and a joy
to see the culmination
of my dear friend, breeda kelly miller’s
hours, days, months, year, spent
writing, creating, staging, rehearsing, distilling
and bringing the story of her mother, mary kelly
to life on stage at the world premiere
of her emotional and brilliant one-woman play,
Mrs. Kelly’s Journey Home.
the arthur miller theater, ann arbor, the university of michigan
“you should feel a flow of joy because you are alive. your body will feel full of life.
that is what you must give from the stage. your life. no less. that is art: to give all you have.”
Directed by Brian Cox, a Pencilpoint Theatre Production. Go to mrskellysjourneyhome.com for updates.
this blue door with the round window never loses its magic.
“a short story is what you see when you look out of the window.”
oakland county, michigan, usa
rereading one of my favorite books
sweeping epic set in russian history
pasternak a poet
i would love for it to have
a different ending
for just one reading
it would not be
the story it was meant to be.
“literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people,
and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”
i love this gate
left as it was
full of wonder
all the stories
of those who passed through it
“still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.”
-J. R. R. Tolkien
mother goose waits patiently on a rock in the river
luckily she has lots of stories to tell until baby’s big enough to swim.
“rock and roll is music, and why should music contribute to…juvenile delinquency?
if people are going to be juvenile delinquents,
they’re going to be delinquents if the hear… mother goose rhymes.”
huron river, argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – spring 2021
loving my new journals and so looking forward to filling them
“language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories.
to reach out to people we’ll never meet.
it’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones:
the history of how you felt.”
-simon van booy
one of my favorite things is to hear a child tell a story.
image credit: nicolette sowder, wilderchild
why, you might ask, is this large ceramic cat sitting in the water?
while visiting my friend’s house
someone in the family took a ceramics class
made several large animals
gifted them to his children
who gifted them to each other
left them at each others’ houses
used them in a variety of ways
including an outdoor towel holder
somehow over time
this one went to live in the water
looking back at the family on the shore
probably thinking the family was unusual
wondering their story
there is always a story.
“we are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually.”
this tiny dog
has lived a full life
gifted to me by my dear friend
her husband’s mother/grandmother
i would love to know its story
it has seen the world and is beautifully imperfect.
“art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.”
~ Anni Albers
“love your whole story even if it hasn’t been the perfect fairy tale.”
-marilyn moushigian koulouris
image credit: m.e. mcnair