TuesDayNewsDay Vol.1, Issue 6 November 6th Election Day – 2018
Quote(s): “Actions speak louder than words.” (Classic, true. Very important.)
“If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all.” – Yogi Bhajan (One of the greatest pieces of information ever to cross my path. It took me a long time to understand – and it is still a daily lesson to remember it. I was able to share this with a student who’s been dealing with some interpersonal issues and it felt very good to pass it along.)
Song: Temporary Tattoo, by Jonathan Byrd – “I washed it off with the dirt, I didn’t want it to hurt. …You didn’t understand you were wearin’ the brand of a damn fool. All I could do was a temporary tattoo…” https://youtu.be/O2-ZIoYUJmY This song was running through my mind all day yesterday. I probably listened to it 30 times. I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Byrd for many years. It’s a privilege to get to see him and his band play on Wednesdays at the Kraken, a little dive bar nearby Saxapahaw. The more often than not feature amazing acts and read poetry too. It’s a treat.Dedication:
Today, I dedicate TuesDayNewsDay to All those who organized, protested, and died for our right to vote. The history and current state of our democracy (representative republic) is tainted by bigotry and racism. I honor the work of our ancestors to fulfill the dreams of people of color, the poor, marginalized and their families to be equal humans in the name of human dignity. Thank you to all our strategists, poll workers, canvassers, and those who are running for office to change the current, hateful trend of a dying out, clinging to a hateful past occupants of office. Our votes really do truly matter and if we are to change anything, to quote Chelsea Peretti, now we must “vote like a bunch of school children were shot and a bunch of other children were put into campus indefinitely because they weren’t white and like a journalist was murdered and like you are being lied to by rich liars who harass/assault women & who won’t renounce white supremacy.”
Thank you for joining me again on this beautiful, warm, rainy Tuesday. This last week was chaotic, fun, and filled with activity. Again, another week rolled by without my setting up a structured time management plan for social media or to limit distractions. I was too busy! (Haha.) Halloween was wonderful. I dressed up in my IncogNitaNitaPurplePeoplePumpkinEata outfit and went to a chili cook off with Maggie. We then went to the City Tap where members of my band were playing with another band called The Spectacles. I sang a couple songs. It was awesome. A very chill Halloween after all. I ate many many many packages of Smarties and got to help a few people get to the polls to vote early.
My students were doing very cool things this week, one in particular, my campus at New College of Florida in Sarasota did a “Reverse Trick or Treat.” They walked all around campus, knocked on doors and gave out candy to people while informing them about what’s on the ballot (importantly in Florida restoring the right to vote to felons who’ve served their time). It was a great success, they may have gained a few new members from their efforts as well, it’s always a goal to grow membership.
I was house sitting for my grandparents last week and enjoyed the slow time. I didn’t watch TV once! I did however, make my own paintbrushes from an old ponytail of my hair and paint a few pictures. They were pretty horrible paint brushes, but the process was fun. I’ll try again, that ponytail is nowhere near being finished. I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody and ate nachos at the movie. I liked the movie. I enjoyed the bits of the story I didn’t know about. I had no idea that Freddie Mercury was from a Zoroastrian family and that he was married most of his life to a woman named Mary. Their relationship was beautiful and tragic, but had real love nonetheless.
My shows this weekend were fun. Pete and I had a duo show in Star, NC on Saturday night. Star is a very cool little place. This location is called Starworks Café and Taproom. Fiva our host is awesome – this joint is an auditory dreamboat. She and a group of folks from the area enjoyed our music and their brownies are impeccable. The drive out there was lovely as well, beautiful countryside.
On Sunday, the Radar Clowns got back together to do the Tom Waits Rain Dogs album at the City Tap in Pittsboro. There were many folks there who were looking forward to our weird and awesome full album cover night. I loved seeing people singing along and getting into it. I put my hair up in those 40s victory rolls and made a suit tailored to my new favorite musical character, Edna Million – in a drop dead suit. 🙂 I did a lot of online forum research and my favorite explanation of Edna Million is this: “Edna Million is a jive version of the poet Edna (St. Vincent) Millay.
‘My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!’”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vEBPYfy1GM –Jockey Full of Bourbon from the Rain Dogs album, Tom Waits
I did not have therapy this week but I nonetheless had some life lessons (every day really). This week I asserted myself while being vulnerable. Baby steps. What I am beginning to realize is that this emotional therapy work I’m doing with therapy and Al-Anon is taxing. Working through complex PTSD is hard. I’m learning so much about myself and one of the things I’m having a hard time not judging is my prioritization of self-work and how tired I am because of it.
I was SUPER honored to help host a birthday gathering for Maggie. We surprised her and went to the Wooden Nickel to celebrate with wings. She was stoked. I am so glad to have her as a friend. She’s the kind of friend who thinks no one is good enough for me and who sees what I need to see when I can’t see it. She is a blessing.
#LivingQueryOfTheWeek : What are the things you’re not saying that you want to say? Mine are endless, but the first things that come to mind are self-preservation assertions like, “I am worthy. My feelings are valid. I can say how I feel without explanation.”
Fri, November 23 – Me-n-Bruce 7:30-9:30pm, Asheboro, NC @ #Bottle&Can http://www.bottleandcannc.com
Fri, November 30th – Anita Lorraine with Bruce Horvath https://tinyurl.com/StoneSoupShow 7:00-9:00pm, Saxapahaw @ #TheEddyPub
Fri, December 14 – One-Hit-Wonders-Reprise!
Sat, December 15 – Anita Moore Trio with Pete and Bruce at the #BerkeleyCafeofRaleigh 8:00-10:00pm https://www.facebook.com/berkeleyraleigh/
This Week in Pictures:
Show in Star NC – love that space!
waking up with Pepita
Maggie’s Southern translation book at her birthday surprise party!
White Oak Leaf impression
Drawing of the dock at Saxapahaw Lake
The actual dock. ❤
Radar Clowns at the City Tap doing Tom Waits Rain Dogs Album
Jeremy as the Don’t Care Bear
Pete up on the wall at the City Tap.
Exploring Saxapahaw today!