Sunday, July 12, 2009

We NEED the Public Option - here's how to help!

Watch this short video - and then go to The Public and sign up - give them a few bucks while you're at it... If the polls are correct, and over 70% of Americans WANT and NEED a Public Option for Health Insurance, we need to be sure that our Senators and Representatives know that it is OUR voices that need to determine their votes. It's time to take back our healthcare system from those who profit mightily - PEOPLE, not PROFIT.

Taylor Mali should be our Poet Laureate!

My brother-in-law, Ned, an extraordinary 5th grade teacher, introduced me to Taylor Mali - and I'd love to introduce him to you :-)

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of poet. Eloquent, accessible, passionate, and often downright hilarious, Mali studied drama in Oxford with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company and puts those skills of presentation to work in all his performances.

Mali is vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through "poetry, persuasion, and perseverance."

Here is his poem that made my day today - I hope it gives you a chuckle. After that- go check out his website for more!!

The the impotence of proofreading
By Taylor Mali

Has this ever happened to you?
You work very horde on a paper for English clash
And then get a very glow raid (like a D or even a D=)
and all because you are the word¹s liverwurst spoiler.
Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence.

This is a problem that affects manly, manly students.
I myself was such a bed spiller once upon a term
that my English teacher in my sophomoric year,
Mrs. Myth, said I would never get into a good colleague.
And that¹s all I wanted, just to get into a good colleague.
Not just anal community colleague,
because I wouldn¹t be happy at anal community colleague.
I needed a place that would offer me intellectual simulation,
I really need to be challenged, challenged dentally.
I know this makes me sound like a stereo,
but I really wanted to go to an ivory legal collegue.
So I needed to improvement
or gone would be my dream of going to Harvard, Jail, or Prison
(in Prison, New Jersey).

So I got myself a spell checker
and figured I was on Sleazy Street.

But there are several missed aches
that a spell chukker can¹t can¹t catch catch.
For instant, if you accidentally leave a word
your spell exchequer won¹t put it in you.
And God for billing purposes only
you should have serial problems with Tori Spelling
your spell Chekhov might replace a word
with one you had absolutely no detention of using.
Because what do you want it to douch?
It only does what you tell it to douche.
You¹re the one with your hand on the mouth going clit, clit, clit.
It just goes to show you how embargo
one careless clit of the mouth can be.

Which reminds me of this one time during my Junior Mint.
The teacher read my entire paper on A Sale of Two Titties
out loud to all of my assmates.
I¹m not joking, I¹m totally cereal.
It was the most humidifying experience of my life,
being laughed at pubically.

So do yourself a flavor and follow these two Pisces of advice:
One: There is no prostitute for careful editing.
And three: When it comes to proofreading,
the red penis your friend.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July Joy

We have had Ned & Louise & Austin here (part of the Portland wing of our clan) for a fabulous time of food, home brew, and catching up... Stan and & Bev came down last night for dinner, and we surprised them with their in-laws, Jim and Pat - who dropped in via their motor home all the way from Tuscon!
Today we are floating the river, and having a great Saturday feast of Marinated Chicken and Bratwursts on the Bar B Q, fresh cabbage slaw and corn on the cob from the farmer's market, and seeing Cindy, Vicki and Amelia as well.
The only ones missing are Stella and Marcus - who are still in Portland because Stell is playing in the Zombie Opera (see below). But I'll be going back for a few days with N & L & A to all go see it!!
I'll try to post some pictures later -whew!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Zombie Opera!!

Stella's dancing fingers have been working on music for a new opera production which PREMIERES this weekend in Portland Oregon. (pssst, she's the tiny blonde concert mistress in the pit!) Here's a little bit about Stella:

A student of Carol Sindell, Stella studies violin performance at Portland State University. She is a member of the PSU Symphony Orchestra as well as concertmaster of the New Music Ensemble at Portland State. As an advocate and fan of New Music, Stella is proud to be friends with some of Portland's most talented young composers (Reed Reimer and Ben Larson included), who give her lots of great opportunities to perform their work. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Stella lives in Portland with her partner Marcus. She loves to make art and surround herself with the lovely people she's lucky to call her friends and family.

"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here at Hogwarts!"- Dumbledore

Zombies are the new Pirates..... doesn't this just sound like FUN?!

In this hybrid of the stage, concert hall, and movie theater, our two heroines, Anna and Claire, and our two heroes, Bryan and Jeremy, find themselves locked inside a quarantined hospital, when an out-of-control virus begins turning doctors, researchers, patients, and security guards into mindless, brain-eating monsters. Friends betray friends; lovers propose marriage and attempt to kill one another; murder becomes morally ambiguous...In the end, they must decide whether life is worth the effort it takes to live, not just survive.

Here's a little news article about it:


BY Willamette Week Online EDITORIAL STAFF | 503-243-2122

BRAA-AAA-AAINS: This week’s proof that zombies are the new pirates: Student Opera at Portland State University will premiere a new work by students Benjamin Emory Larson and Reed Reimer at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center titled Maelstrom: the Zombie Opera on July 10. The plot, according to organizers, involves four people trapped in a quarantined hospital overrun by brain-eating monsters. Who sing.

I am soooo excited to see it!