"Hope, like faith, is nothing if is not contagious; it is nothing if not ridiculous."
-Thornton Wilder, American playwright (1897-1975)
It is so good to be back! And it's a full moon to boot! I'm ready to howl!
I had a wonderful time away for the past 11 days, but as the saying goes, There's no place like home! I had every intention of writing my daily blog on the road but the wi-fi service both in Oklahoma City and Malibu was precarious at best so I gave up on that idea.
It also gave me a chance to recharge my batteries and give you a break from me. I hope the old adage holds true, Absence makes the heart grow fonder! I've certainly missed all of you!
First of all, ALL of my traveling was a breeze...no issues coming or going! And all of my shows were successful, thank God!
But I have to say how blessed we are in New York AND California that these are essentially smoke free states. It seems as if EVERYONE smokes in Oklahoma City. I requested that I get a smoke free room in the hotel (which I got) but it became an issue when I requested that my show be smoke free (which I got eventually) as well. I arrived on Friday, September 1st, and went immediately into rehearsal for the show the next night. When I got to the hotel, people were smoking EVERYWHERE. I went into my room and stayed there until my rehearsal the next day in the club room that I was performing in.
Even though my show was smoke free, the smoke is in the carpets, the drapes, everywhere. As soon as the air started circulating (and it was 105 degrees outside!), I thought I was going to choke to death! One of the waiters was smoking as he was setting up; I asked him very politely to refrain from smoking and he snapped back, "One cigarette is not going to kill you", took a deep puff and blew the smoke in my direction! So much for a guest in his venue! After words, I went back to my room and stayed there till show time.
I even got dressed in my hotel room. The show was a huge success with a great audience. I left EARLY the next morning for Malibu! What a great time there. Decompressing, relaxing, and deep reflection. This was my 9th year there and I was told by the organizers of the event that I have a lifetime invitation to attend every year whether I perform or not.
I hosted two talent shows as Richard and performed my Carol Channing show Friday night.
All successful with GREAT audiences.
I have always said that I am only as good as my audience and I truly believe that.
Having not performed, for the most part, since February, this trip was very cathartic. Thanks to ALL involved for making this trip so wonderful!
Yesterday, I had huge trepidation about flying on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11/01. Thank God, there were no issues here. Although Afghanistan had a terrorist situation yesterday. We are reminded daily how precious LIFE is. I flew JetBlue yesterday.
Almost every channel was covering 9/11.
I cried from Los Angeles to New York.
My eyes are red and puffy today.
Know I love you all and am ready to start a new series of blogs!
This is from my friend, Adrienne Haan
Today, my heart goes out to all those who lost their lives during 9/11. I usually don't express personal feelings nor do I see the necessity to share political points of views on social networks, but I lived in NYC when it happened and New York is my second home, as you know. From my building we saw the towers go down, saw firemen gather in front of Roosevelt Hospital covered in ...dirt and ashes crying from exhaustion and having lost their friends, we gave blood to people who never needed it. How ironic that during that time I was in rehearsal for "The Passion Play" of all plays and I was working as a waitress at a restaurant on the Upper East Side. Of all restaurants to pick we were the very one which hosted all funerals of one particular Fire Department and I simply can't express my emotions, even 10 years later.
So I am with all of you New Yorkers today, all of you who lost family and friends, my friend Tom who worked on Wall Street and barely made it out, my ex-neighbor Jeff who worked at One World Trade Center and had a dental appointment that day so never made it to work! He was one of the lucky ones.
Nevertheless, all I can say now: United we stand!
From Wikipedia: The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th or 9/11 were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C., area on September 11, 2001. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to take control before it could reach the hijacker's intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.
We will NEVER forget!
On a more positive note...
Today is the 86th birthday of Dickie Moore known mostly for his appearances in the OUR GANG comedies. I have been lucky enough to meet Dickie Moore on more than one occasion. ALWAYS a true gentleman! Happy Birthday, Dickie!
Dickie Moore (born John Richard Moore, Jr.; September 12, 1925) is a former American child actor. Besides appearing in a number of major feature films, he was featured as a regular in the Our Gang series during the 1932–1933 season.
In addition to his Our Gang work, Moore is most remembered for his portrayal of the title character in the 1933 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and as Marlene Dietrich's son in Blonde Venus (1932).
He is also famous for giving Shirley Temple her first onscreen kiss, in the film Miss Annie Rooney.
He was less successful as a teenage actor and young adult, and he retired from the screen in the early '50s. He went on to teach and write books about acting, edit Equity magazine, perform on Broadway, in stock, and on TV, write and direct for TV, produce an Oscar-nominated short film (The Boy and the Eagle), and produce industrial films.
Winnie Kinsey Sicks in my new Facebook Friend!
If you've never seen The Kinsey Sicks, you have no idea what you are missing! We were booked at The Crown And Anchor at the same time 9 years ago! Wow! Hard to believe it has been that long! They were more than supportive!
Look at the schedule they have! UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS!
There's lots ahead. So pay attention.
Smith College - Thursday, September 22
The Kinseys return to Smith with their critically acclaimed touring show, Each Hit & I. Showtime is 8 PM at John M. Greene Hall.
This show is open to the public.
Harvard University - Friday, September 23
The Kinseys take reunion weekend by storm with their show, Each Hit & I.
Tampa, FL - Friday, December 2
The Kinseys launch Oy Vey in a Manger at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
Showtime is 7:30 pm. For tickets, visit the Straz Center.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Saturday, December 3
The Kinseys return to the Broward Center with two performances of Oy Vey in a Manger, at 6 and 9 pm. For tickets, visit Kinseys at Broward.
Pittsburgh - December 8-11
Four nights of Oy Vey fun on the mainstage at City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St. Get tickets by going to Citystage.
Baltimore - Friday, December 16
Oy Vey in a Manger continues with 2 shows at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue. Get tickets by going to Creative Alliance.
San Francisco - Saturday, December 17
Oy Vey comes home for the holidays to San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. Tickets already onsale at City Box Office.
New York City - Friday, December 23
Oy Vey comes to the fabulous Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th at 8 pm. Get tickets at Highline.
Puerto Vallarta - Jan. 11-27, 2012
The Kinseys return to their very first PV home: the inimitable Palm on Olas Altas. Watch this spot for shows, showtimes, ticket info.
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The Kinsey Sicks are continuing to rewrite their past. Go to their website for details, as soon as they've manufactured them.
Watch a Kinsey Sicks music video, like "Bedroom Ants," below.
And now, you can take The Kinsey Sicks home with you!
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And from David Friedman, TWO LITTLE WORDS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR EXPERIENCE
When something is happening that is generating uncomfortable sensations, we must realize that we are not our thoughts and we are not our sensations. We are NOTICING them from a safe place that is unaffected by them.
When we can exchange the thought, “This is happening to me” for “I NOTICE that this is happening; I NOTICE that I’m experiencing this sensation: I NOTICE that I’m having this thought” everything changes.
Today, when something upsetting happens, you’re feeling an uncomfortable sensation or holding a limiting thought, try saying, “I NOTICE that this is happening; I NOTICE this sensation; I NOTICE that I’m holding this thought, and watch what happens.
And have a SENSATIONAL day!
It’s impossible not to.
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"Richard, for supporting the ARTS and calling attention to the STARS of yesterday. You are a STAR in your own right!! With admiration and friendship"
Thank you to all who have encouraged me! Thanks to all who have tried to stifle my art. I have learned from ALL of you!
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