Friday, January 17, 2020


Contemplate this topic in a relaxed  mood -- when you are out for a walk, do you glance at yourself -- check out yourself in the glass of various store windows?

Are you good-looking, sort of everage? Passable? Have you ever said to yourself, "I look rather good. Or, "I look quite beautiful?"  Or "I AM BEAUTIFUL!" 

Does your blurting out self-praise sort of spookify you?

Perhaps it does. Vanity may inhibit you from doing what you yearn to do. Also, vanity keeps you working  competitively to make yourself look better, be prettier, more handsome, or noticeable -- it can inspire you to buy wrong things, and be compelled to head back to the store instantly and return it.

Take a second. Think of the things you haven't done, didn't dare do, or didn't want to do--did NOT do  because of VANITY.

Mirror mirror: 

Glance a window. or pick up a handmirror and it will reflect reality back to you.

Do it right now! Be brave! Come on ....

Just take a good look at yourself.

Yes, that's you.

Grab pride. Pride in you, that you are YOU.

Who and whatever is you -- WHAMO. THERE YOU ARE. See that you look okay, pretty, even prettier than you expected, and more, more everything.

You can't sit there forever staring  at yourself, you 'll look again maybe tomorrow with pride. The feeling of pride grows and grows on its own -- doesn't need to be tended or watered like grass. Even as you grow older, and even older, pride grows and grows and is there -- with or without any whamo, it's within you and part of what you are.

Practice pride. Whether you take the time to practice or not -- it is there and growing even as you get to be older and older ...... Even very old.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Where in the world can you find yourself able to express a powerful truth?

Once your brain has told you where you are, you can go to the moon -- or describe the depth of hell.

Stop wondering, just GO. Be brave and take off. You don't continue to question anything.

Hey that's blogging. Believe in your idea and say it, sell it, promote it and laugh if someone thinks you are wrong. Practice this. Do it like I'm doing with this post. You can express a most powerful truth, with words you choose, and let the words sing and ring.

Try it now!

Friday, November 1, 2019


Here's EUGENE ORMANY CONDUCTING ... just listen, feel how it rises and flows.

AS YOU LISTEN you con't eee leaps, and pirouettes. You'll just see dancer Emily visiting the room, relatng to each object, relating the chair with curiosity and tenderness recalling how it was used. When I'm dancing to this music, you don't see typical dance steps such as leaps, pirouettes, and intricate footwork. Instead, dancer Emily visits the room and discovers each object, relating to each with curiosity and tenderness, recalling how it was used.

The sound equipment, designed by Bela Bartok's son, Peter, is powerful professional equipment which we've used in Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.

"We use the space for staging shows, play readings, and raising funds to produce our theater projects. Over the years, a lot of very well-known people have been here for previews.

The floor space is 40 x 25. Our lighting equipment is homemade--we scrounged large tomato cans from neighborhood restaurants, converted them, and made tinfoil frames to hold the gels for each light. Our homemade dimmer board sits in the dressing rooms that are next to our two offices. Above my office is storage space for the costumes and props I used when I performed as soloist with symphony orchestras, and toured the world with my dance company.

In the center of the floor are the chairs and barre I use every day, not just when I listen to this fantastic piece of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. He named it "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis." Just about every day I perform a four-minute section of this music. You'll hear how the music recapitulates its various themes. Of course, the ending is always the same. Standing tall on the double set of chairs, dancer Emily surveys the room. Then, swiftly, recapitulating the memories, triumphantly, I leave the room.

Dancing has been the major part of my life since I was ten-years-old. I dance like people who go to church--I just go into my studio, warm up at the barre, turn on the sound.

As you listen, again, perhaps you'll understand how the music inspires me. Listen again, and LET YOURSELF FEEL the way it it rises and flows. As you hear the music, stand tall. Raise your arm, left arm or right. Now, salute the room. Salute Ormandy himself. And you are dancing. Yes, dancing to this music. YOU CAN DANCE TO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU DO THIS, YOU ARE INSPIRED, thrilled, touched, intrigued and yes, oh my, ready willing and able to keep on dancing. dancing, dancing.

I got one word left to say.



Saturday, September 28, 2019


The list of bad guys keeps getting longer.

Since April 2017, when Fox News Host, Bill O'Reilly was forced to resign, more than 250 powerful people — celebrities, politicians, CEOs, have disappesred. It took me a couple of hours of wading through the names, looking for favorite celebs -- commentators and actors mostly, whose work I no longer see.

Here's a link to a bunch of  guys who've been unemployed for a long time -- golly, good guys like Tom Brokaw -- I miss him.

Found anyone who belongs on your own personal GOOD GUY list?