“There is real power in real-life experiences, but there is real reach digitally.” - Nick Cave, visual artist
As a stage performer, I am so excited by this very strange phenomenon, which is live streaming. Tonight, people all over the world will be watching my play HICK: A LOVE STORY - based on Eleanor Roosevelt’s letters to Lorena Hickok - at the same moment. That is a new phenomenon.
On the other hand, I will be performing in a vacuum without contact with any of them.
That’s just weird.
And the change in format means my acting has to change…
Most weekdays, I join San Francisco Zen Center’s morning meditation. Perhps “most” is pushing it. I intend to join it Monday through Friday. I frequently do. There is always a service of chanting and bowing after sitting. During the service, we see the Abbot in the Buddha Hall and follow along with his actions, while Kodo, a monk announces what comes next.
Yesterday, Kodo announced that we would be having a memorial service that would be led by Tova, one of the senior members instead of the usual service. One of Tova’s very close friends had just died. She showed…
I’m not talking my friend is somewhere in the NY Times, mentioned in some article about someone/thing else, or appears as an identifiable face in some photo. My friend, Michael Goldhaber — my old friend Michael Goldhaber — has an interview/article about him running across two pages of the centerfold of the Sunday Review section, which is the most excruciatingly important weekly op/ed forum in the country.
I just thought you’d want to know that about me. Oh, wait a minute, this is supposed to be about Michael and his ideas.
The New York Times article by Charlie Warzel begins:
I figure when the NY Times publishes an op/ed on what’s going on in San Francisco, it’s time for this San Francisco blogger to weigh in.
So I’m writing about moral complexity today. I want to talk about the decision by the San Francisco Board of Education to change the names of all schools that honor anyone with the slightest whiff of political incorrectness, including Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
As a San Franciscan, I find the action by the Board of Ed embarrassing.
Look, all those statues in the South that were taken down, that’s a different issue…
When last heard from, unity inspired a decent inaugural address and an otherwise dynamite poem. But it doesn’t seem to do much for Republicans in Congress. I think Biden made a serious tactical error in puffing up that very vague concept, “unity.” Because now the right-wing pundits can whine that he talked the unity talk but is not walking the unity walk — thank goodness!
After all, there is nothing unifying about canceling the Keystone Pipeline. Some folks thought the pipeline was the greatest thing since sliced bread, and other folks thought it meant setting fire to the planet and…
I am blown away by Alexei Navalny’s courage.
Frequently people become so disgusted with the United States that they contemplate moving to another country. I always say, “No, you cannot do that. You have to stay here and help change this place. We’re obligated to do this work.” I have felt that, if you’re not being threatened with a long jail sentence or something worse, you’re obligated to stay.
ON THE OTHER HAND, your obligation ends if you are threatened by a long stay in jail or worse. In my eyes, you are COMPLETELY ENTITLED to flee the country and…
I tell you, I just started crying the moment after Biden took the oath. The long nightmare is over. We survived the Presidency of a despicable human being, a narcissistic psychopath. May he get what he deserves in the future.
We made it.
The Insurrection of Idiots failed, no one was assassinated, no nuclear weapons were deployed. Iran wasn’t even bombed!
Wow, can I set the bar any lower? I don’t think so. Admittedly, we still have to deal with the virus, global warming, a growing movement of white supremacists, severe economic inequality, racism… What else? Surely I’ve forgotten something…
When last heard from, I was just the tiniest bit concerned about the Orange One, Der Toddler, Trumpty-Dumpty — has any human being had so many nicknames? — anyhow, I was worried about our POTUS leaving office while giving us the parting gift of a nuclear holocaust. I just couldn’t figure out how he would find a place where he would feel a sense of belonging, of HOME, ya know? And that might lead him to destroy EVERYONE’s home.
That was before I read an article in the Washington Post about Trump’s forthcoming immediate transition to his beloved private club…
I’m totally thrilled and breathing a huge sigh of relief, now that the biggest rat of all, Mitch McConnell, is leaving the sinking ship of Trump. Hell, I feel like I haven’t been breathing at all since election night 2016, when Trump was declared the winner of the Electoral College majority.
Oh, wait a minute. Let me recall for a moment that one precious day of breathing and celebration, the Saturday after the election last year when the mainstream press called the election for Biden. …
Let us pause for a moment to savor what happened in Georgia. Very soon a Black preacher and a Jew will be walking into the Senate to represent that peach of a state, Georgia.
Raphael Warnock is the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate by a former Confederate state.
Jon Ossof is the first Jewish Senator elected by a Southern state since 1879.
Warnock has been working on social justice issues as a pastor for his entire career as a minister.
Ossof was an intern in the office of the great Congressman John Lewis. He is 33 years old…
Terry Baum is an actress, director, teacher, filmmaker, political activist, and award-winning lesbian playwright. Her blog BAUMBLOG is a “Top 100 LGBTQ Blog.”