Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Post #amwriting #amjoy


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


This week I talked to some writers about going to The Moth at the end of September.  The Moth is non-profit group dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The organization presents a wide range of theme-based storytelling events across the United States and abroad( Anyone can come with a story and compete with others telling stories.)

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Ballet Co.Laboratory and Drive-In Forward

This is an event that showcased in 2020

Ballet Co.Laboratory introduced its third annual fundraising performance, Drive-In Forward, on Saturday, October 24th, 2020 in St Paul with a virtual silent auction, socially distance games and raffles.   The  company returned to stage after an unplanned seven-month hiatus.

Throughout this pandemic, we have missed many things, but performing for you is highest on our list, managing director Rachel Koep posted in the program notes.

In the parking lot, transformed into a 1950s drive-in style event, dancers prepared for a fall day in Minnesota with leg warmers and slippers to cover their toe shoes. Many dressed in sweaters and poodle skirts, their hair in high ponies.  The dancers often ran back and forth between the stage and a warm trailer.

As instructed by the attendant, I parked my car at an angle along with three dozen others in a circle around the stage. Then, another attendee distributed popcorn and refreshments. I tuned my radio station to hear the show’s music. My favorite number was 'Everything' by Buddy Holly. Dancers did the twist and the mashed potato while wearing white gloves; doing spins and two steps.

Company dancers included Jayson Douglas, Sage Engle-Laird, Zoé Henrot, Brittany Pate, Rosa Prigan, Anna Roehr, Rachel Seeholzer. There were also apprentice dancers, many of whom joined for the 2020/21 season from around the country.

“I’m excited, this is the first time I’ve performed since January,” said company dancer, Rachel Seeholzer.

Like the movie Cars, vehicles seemed to have more personality than ever as patrons tooted their horns and flashed their lights in applause fashion. I found myself doing the mashed potato and opening my window to engage even further.

Each of the dances incorporated an element inspired by the artists’ own experiences. In music number, The Great Pretender by The Platters, Jayson Douglas and Rachel Seeholzer, dancers of colors, were seated back to back in a show of civil unrest. 'The Great Pretender' considers the powerful effect of seeing one’s own struggles in someone else and the comfort provided in embracing shared identity when one feels defeated, this shared in the program notes.

In the finale, 'Let's Twist Again', dancers off stage two stepped until they too joined the company on stage, each taking a chance to bow and bid farewell. Until when? You might ask. Ballet Co.Laboratory’s virtual production of Snow Queen will be airing on December 19th and 20th and LABORATORY II will be airing March 20th, Tickets at


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday Post



Hello! The weather this week was great.  I went to see Ali Sultan (the comedian ) at Camp Bar in St. Paul on Friday.  Ali has done his routines on Comedy Central and  performed for the Stephen Colbert show.  Originally from Yemen, this comedian references Yemenese culture and what its like to live in Minnesota.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Sunday post #amwriting #amjoy



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

           LOOKINg Forward to September

My son with be starting kindergarten next week, and he seems excited.  He keeps asking me, "Mom, will I be going to Ms. Penny's class next week?" He wants to know if he'll be attending the same school as he did last year.  Which he will be, and he excited about going to the playground.
Our writers group, (Shut up and Write )got ZOOM bombed and random people showed up and talked in slurs to get everyone's attention, and there was no way to kick people out because they kept coming back.
I also went to a cosmetic event in St Paul with a friend and that was

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Turkey Comes to Trin Carl's Blog

Here is another expat blog, This woman is writing from Turkey. She has a montage of beautiful city pictures of Turkey in her cover page and she has a post called Ex-Pats the TV show.  I like how she describes herself in her blog A married girl married and living in Turkey for 3 years, sadness to happiness. Here you will hear about the struggles and high points of living in another culture, learning the new ways to cook, speak, make friends along with many more.  Now I really thought I heard it all when it comes to reality shows but here we go folks another show to add to your list.  She posts a link of where you can find the show on her page .

Here is another Blog from Turkey called Post Cards from Istanbul.  But the actual site can be found at and the writer has a cloud list of words related to Turkey.  One phrase  caught my mind Night Life in Istanbul.  Okay readers, what do we think we'll find here? Yes, of course clubs and more clubs  One of the clubs called Quick China looks very modern and romantic, dark and cavernous.

Theater Review: Reboot, a Virtual Production from Walking Shadow Theatre

Who says we can’t Reboot together?

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's clear some shows will still be going virtual, as Minnesota is operating at seventy percent. Walking Shadow theatre has created an interactive hybrid play, combined with an escape room. It's a chance for a small audience to solve collaborative puzzles and unlock ethical conundrums.


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