Section 2, part 2
(1) Steve Rizzo: Blaine, check this one out. It’s fast & fun.
Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir: Doris Kearns Goodwin …
Response: Great minds thinking like. I liked this one, too. … The book is her touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.
(2) Penny Gray: Check her to support Melissa, a Home Aide person who works for me:
(3) John Dilcher: BTW, made good use of the information you gave in one of your previous newsletters. You mentioned your anesthesiologist gave you medication to calm you down before your hernia surgery. I had surgery in May. Was extremely anxious immediately before they said they would be coming to wheel me down to surgery. When the anesthesiologist came into the room, I mentioned the medication to him. He agreed it would help me, he administered and it, and it made ta world of difference. Thank you.
(4) How pose for a photograph
Section 11, Thought for the day
Thanks, Steve Darter, for allowing me to run this chapter from his latest book: LESSONS FROM LIFE: FOUR KEYS TO LIVING WITH MORE MEANING, PURPOSE, AND SUCCESS:
A Father’s Loving Gift
Out of the ashes of sadness from my father’s death, I began thinking about the value of a human life and what gives it meaning and purpose. I thought how despite the ups and downs of a relationship, if love and caring are felt and passed on, then there is development of the soul—the soul of the giver and the soul of the receiver. I thought how important it is to give to others. How when you give, you will experience more meaning and purpose in your life. How the act of giving brings you closer to realizing your intended destiny.
What follows is a guest editorial I wrote that was originally published on January 11, 2003, in the Hartford Courant, shortly after my father died, under the title “Reflections of an Unsung Hero.”
I sat down with him on December 28th as his 93rd birthday approached, father and son, worlds apart, usually connected by a telephone call once or twice a week, he in Florida, me in Connecticut.
He was born in poverty on New York’s Lower East Side in an apartment called a railroad car because it was shaped as one long rectangular box with one room leading to another. I was born on Long Island in a three-bedroom Cape with woods and beach as my playground.
He got married and started a family during the Depression. He worked for a bank and went to college at night. One day, he showed up at work to find the bank had closed. He had no father to help him out—his father had died when he was ten. Nor did he have a mother on whom to lean—she died when he was sixteen.
He found a job as a butcher, taking over a shop from a man who wanted to retire. He stayed in the meat business until he retired at age seventy-four.
He worked that butcher shop seven days a week—closing only to sleep, eat family meals, and play an occasional handball game. He prospered.
During World War II, he volunteered as a medic and drove an ambulance while those with no kids went off to fight. He developed a passion and memory for medical information. He could sit with doctors and talk their language despite having only a high school diploma. When I broke my nose and sliced off part of my finger, he knew what to do.
After the war, he packed his family and moved to California. But California was not New York, and so he returned to a place of familiarity and comfort. He started over, and within a few years owned a small supermarket. Serving customers better than anyone else was as important to him as breathing air. He wore a butcher’s apron and always had a pencil in his ear. He again prospered. He built the house I grew up in.
When I was nine, his supermarket burned to the ground on Christmas Eve. I remember the sadness, but not much else. I didn’t know the pain he felt. I had baseball, basketball, and football. Was there anything else to life at that age?
He tried to rebuild his business. He kept all his managers on the payroll. He paid all his bills. Integrity and loyalty were important to him. The money ran out. He was forced to work as a butcher for a supermarket chain. Three more times, he opened his own business—working six days and many evenings each week—only to see each fail.
When I turned eighteen, he was forced to sell the house that he had built and move to an apartment. He found a job working for another butcher. I went to college. I worked to help pay my bills, but whenever I needed money, he sent it. I don’t know where he got it from because he didn’t have much.
He was neither wealthy nor famous, but he was loved and respected. He was an American hero—like many who faced tough times and prevailed with heads held high. I visited him as he lay in death’s grip, to tell him how much I wished to be like him in his honor and his strength, and his courage and compassion. His values have been my model, and he has been a vision to emulate. What greater gift can a father give to his son?
Thank you, Dad. May you rest in peace.
The loving spirit my father demonstrated went beyond me and his immediate family. I saw how he helped two young men who worked for him. This I knew because they drove his delivery truck, and I was their helper. They were in their early twenties, from fatherless homes, and worked to help their families survive. They told me how my father would give them extra money and free meat or take a few minutes to listen and provide advice. I felt great anger toward my father back then, so I just listened, giving no response. But I recall it now with tremendous love and respect.
The Central Motivational Theme in my father’s MAP is to be the key person whose contribution solves the problem, meets the need, or makes the difference. My dad used his giftedness to contribute and make a difference in loving ways to help me and others.
When you use your giftedness in loving ways—in ways that help those in need—your life will be more meaningful, and you will come closer to achieving your purpose and intended destiny.
For Reflection and Discussion
- Do you believe that giving to those you love and helping people in need develops your soul and brings you closer to achieving the purpose of your life and fulfilling your intended destiny?
- What are you giving to those you love? How are you using your gifts to do so?
- What are you doing to help people in need? How are you using your gifts to do so?
Section 12A, NC events
(1) Montford Park Players, an Asheville theatrical tradition, is proud announce their upcoming production of the locally-penned Robin Hood, the Legend of Sherwood. All performances will be held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre at 92 Gay Street in the heart of Asheville’s historic Montford District, from July 6th through August 4th on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. This performance like ALL of Montford Park Players’ shows will be absolutely FREE to attend.
The show will contain all swordplay, romance and humor we’ve come to expect from film and book versions of the legend over the years. Families are most welcome to this show and kids, in particular, will be enthralled with all of the action.
Director Michael Lilly, is a first-time director at Montford, despite helming productions all over Western North Carolina. In his career, Lilly has staged over 150 different shows, but is thrilled to be directing this show, due to a particular love of the source material. “Every time another Super Hero movie comes out,” says Lilly, “it’s just another version of Robin Hood.”
He continues, “The social injustice that is still rampant in our world today, the economic inequality and the isolation that poverty brings to so many of our fellow humans requires us all to take up arms and open our hearts and continue to fight the good fight. Nothing ever has or will embody this message better than the story of Robin of Locksley.”
Montford Park Players has never performed Robin Hood before, and, in fact, it may be the first, full outdoor staging of the story in play form. Says Director Lilly, “The Hazel Robinson is the perfect venue for it. And just like the epic films, there is a cast of thousands! Themes from the Academy Award winning score will be used, as well as music of the period performed live.”
Robin Hood will be played by local actor, Ryan Martin, with an all-star cast of locals at his side: Julianne Arnall as Maid Marian, George Heard as Friar Tuck, Travis Kelley as Little John and David Mycoff as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. In all, over thirty talented actors will take the stage to make this show as epic as everyone expects.
Montford Park Players, has been presenting Shakespeare and other classical works to the Asheville community since 1973, and has since grown to be one of Western North Carolina’s most beloved and well-known cultural attractions.
For more information or to reserve seats, go to montfordparkplayers.org,or call at (828) 254-5146.
(2) Bray Creech: Please consider joining us for a very fun evening on Friday, July 6th, at 7:30 pm for Asheville Community Theater’s annual fundraiser, Costume Drama: A Fashion Show.
This year, 20 designers will compete in 4 categories: Hardware, Light, Paper, and Revisionist History. It will be amazing. This show is one my favorite annual fundraisers here in Asheville, and I would really like you to experience it with me as well. You will be blown away by the talented designers and models in this little mountain town.
Section 12B. NJ/PA events
(1) ACTORSNET STAGES SHAKESPEARE’S IMMORTAL STORY OF YOUNG LOVE, ROMEO & JULIET
EVENT: ROMEO & JULIET: Shakespeare’s passionate tale of a love so right in a world so wrong. A pair of star-crossed lovers take the stage, with lush period detail, in Shakespeare’s passionate and tragic tale of warring families and young love. Co-directed by George Hartpence and Carol Thompson of New Hope, PA. Starring Kelly Colleran as Juliet and Nicholas Napoli as Romeo. With Lori Baldwin as the Nurse, DJ Holcombe as Friar Laurence, Cat Miller as Mercutio, Matthew Duchnowski as Tybalt, Chris Capitolo as Benvolio, David and Theresa Swartz as the Capulets (George Hartpence and Carol Thompson as Capulets at Fonthill), Tom Stevenson and Kimberly Hess as the Montagues, and Tom Smith as Paris. Featuring C. Jameson Bradley as Prince Escalus and Mort Paterson as the Chorus. Also starring (in alphabetical order) Jim Cordingley, Carolyn Cuesta, Tim Faulkner, Keli Ganey, Matthew Newcomer, Marco Newton, Hans Peters, Kira Scharf, Joe Stockette, and Joy Woffindin.
PERFORMANCES IN MORRISVILLE
SHOW DATES: July 13-29, 2018. (Nine performances only)
TIMES: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge.
ADMISSION: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY cardholders and students. Parental discretion advised. Group rates available for ten or more.
TO RESERVE: Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email email@example.com.
PERFORMANCES AT FONTHILL IN DOYLESTOWN:
SHOW DATES: August 3 and 4, 2018 (two performances only.
TIMES: Both shows at 7 p.m.
PLACE: Outdoors at Fonthill Castle, East Court Street & Route 313, Doylestown, PA
PRICES & REGISTRATION: https://www.mercermuseum.org/events/shakespeare-at-the-castle/
ON THE INTERNET: The Company’s website is www.actorsnetbucks.org. Social networking includes Facebook page – www.facebook.com/theactorsnet — and Twitter name @actorsnet.
COMING NEXT: Our 23rd Season begins with Is He Dead a riotous comedy by Mark Twain? Adapted by David Ives. Weekends, September 28-October 14, 2018, at the Heritage Center.
(2) Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Kelsey Theatre for Yardley Players’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ July 13 to 22
West Windsor, N.J. – The whole family will be off to see the Wizard as The Yardley Players present the “The Wizard of Oz” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Evening performances of this exciting stage adaptation are: Friday, July 13, and Saturdays, July 14 and 21 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on July 13.
Audience members will be transported over the rainbow, along with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, to the Land of Oz, where she joins The Scarecrow, The Tinman, and The Cowardly Lion on the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a quest through a magical landscape, filled with munchkins and monkeys, a good witch – and a very bad witch! Will they make it to the Emerald City, avoid the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West, and convince the Wizard to help them achieve their hearts’ desires? This faithful adaptation of the 1939 film classic features beloved Oscar-winning songs including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” along with favorite characters and a few fun surprises along the way.
The cast stars Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Dorothy Gale; Tom Chiola of Trenton as Hunk/Scarecrow; Marc Suznovich of Hamilton as Hickory/Tinman; Brian Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Zeke/Lion; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Elmira Gulch/Wicked Witch; Laura Young of Levittown, Pa., as Glinda; Barney Stone of Lambertville as Professor Marvel/Wizard Of Oz; Marge Swider of Langhorne, Pa., as Aunt Em; and Jeffrey E. Milstein of East Windsor as Uncle Henry.
Featured in “Ozian” roles are: Aimee Clark of Lawrenceville, Bella Colon of Hamilton, Amanda Cordone of Robbinsville, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Brayden Davis and Tristan Davis of Newtown, Pa., Gabriella Dirusso of Princeton Junction, Kelsey Egan of Hamilton, Abby Gafgen and Ashley Gafgen of Robbinsville, Hope Ghaffoor of Hamilton, Sara Gokhale and Siya Gokhale of Belle Mead, Jenna Gottlieb of East Windsor, Tanya Hibbs of Hamilton, Rio Kiernen of Allentown, Amanda Kipila and Emily Kipila of Manahawkin, Kate Kopera of Hamilton, Abigail Leach of Yardley, Pa., Andrew Millin of Millstone, Dan Mucha of Yardville, Stephanie Renzi of Robbinsville, Daniel Richarme and Jillian Richarme of Hamilton, Madison Russell of Morrisville, Pa., Aadya Sadana of West Windsor, Shreya Savur of Robbinsville, Christine Seddon of Princeton, Kaelyn Shelton of Yardley, Pa., Jonathan Stanley of East Windsor, Jason Szalma of Mt. Holly, Natalie Thomas and Meredith Thomas of East Windsor, Nick Torres and Ryan Torres of Morrisville, Pa., Ragan Yates of Trevose, Pa., and Jacob Zacks and Noa Zacks of Princeton.
The production staff includes Producer Marge Swider, Director Kristy Davis, Musical Director Julie Braeckman, Orchestra Conductor Buzz Herman, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Dan Mucha, Set Designer and Photographer John Maurer, Costumer Louisa Murey, Lighting Designer Thomas Esposito, Sound Designer Dan Braeckman, with special effects by John Maurer.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; and $16 for students/children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. For a list of upcoming events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office.