december 22, 2015

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“Fear has two meanings:
‘Forget everything and run’ or ‘Face everything and rise.’
The choice is yours.”
~ Zig Ziglar

 

hostess and her mostest
hostess and her mostest

 

Erin Chandler had a gathering to say goodbye to 2015, welcome 2016, and bring together a few family and friends for laughs, food, and music. Indeed, we had all of that and more. Some of us met for the first time. Others of us knew one another from various and sundry parts of our lives. And many of Erin’s closest family joined in the celebration.

 

a family of best friends
a family of best friends

 

Erin’s first cousin, Whit, confessed to me as we stood in the kitchen. He confessed that he attended many a Stealin Horses show at Café LMNOP during his youth. He was the guy doing the pogo. If you’ve ever seen a Stealin Horses show, you’ll know that during our take on Gloria, Kiya would pogo at some point, and always the dancers would join in. Whit was one of those Solid Gold Dancers! He made my night with that story. Plus, I realized that I hadn’t been crazy all these years by thinking I knew him from somewhere. I really did.

 

love beyond all reckoning
love beyond all reckoning

 

Whit’s mom, Erin’s Aunt Toss, was drawn to the music. She was also drawn to Silas House. She was very cute about it, too, making her way around the room quietly, weaving in and out of the crowd, until finally, she made him scoot over so she could sit beside him. She’d had her eye on him from the start. Ultimately, however, she was in it for the music. The bottom photo with Whit warms my heart so much. He is so tender with her in the way he talks with her, the way he touches her. Frankly, I think Whit hung the moon. That he’s also one of the world’s best huggers is just icing on the cake.

 

everybody's got a song to sing
everybody’s got a song to sing

 

It was a great evening just as Erin intended. Before dinner we each said what we were grateful for in 2015 and what we hoped for in 2016. I’m blessed in so many ways and grateful for every bit of it. That’s true in 2015, and it will be true in 2016 come what may.

june 21, 2014

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“You can change your life by refusing to believe your own lies.” ~ Miguel Ruiz

 

Erin the writer
Erin the writer

 

Erin Chandler invited Stacy Yelton and I to the first reading of her latest play Nervous Blood. We also had the chance to meet the equally talented, very kind folks who participated in the reading; Mark Austin (hat), Lucy Backer Cox, Martha Blioxem, Leslie Beatty, and Ryan Hastings (not pictured are Lucy Jones and Stacy Yelton). It’s been a long, long time since I’ve enjoyed a script reading. I find it a moving experience to hear dialogue spoken for the first time. The actors have a brief period in which to transform themselves into their characters. They’re not always successful, nor is the writing. But that’s the point: to hear the script and make adjustments. It helps shape the characters, what they do, what they may say to one another, and sometimes even change the direction of the story entirely. It’s a very interesting process to me. Erin has written a wonderful play full of excellent dialogue and deeply complex characters. What awesomeness to watch art in action, and how kind of Erin to allow me inside the circle. It was an honor.

 

readers
readers