Gratitude List 814

I’m a bit behind on my daily gratitude, so here’s my list from Saturday morning.  I do think it’s a good idea to keep posting these lists on Mondays, however.   Seems to be the day when most of us need it — gratitude, that is — the most.  
1. After being frustrated for days, in a single search I was able to find easy-to-follow, point-by-point instructions both for trimming a video and also for cropping one, just as one would a photo.
 
2. As a result, I’m finally uploading the “Castle” piece onto my youtube channel.  I’m doing that right now (it’s at 30%).
 
3. Beautiful spring morning outside my window, birds chirping.
 
4. Turned in early and slept very well, up at 3:30 am or so.
 
5. I turned down the opportunity to play at One World’s open mike last night, mostly because I just wasn’t in the space to be around all those people and to have to present myself socially.  I was happy I did this because it was viewed as a victory for self-care.  Sometimes you just gotta curl up with a good book in bed.
 
6. Farmer’s Market starts up this morning.
 
7. 53F degrees and perfect running weather.
 
8. Heard from Jan that Echo’s going to stay down there longer (which makes sense) and anyway I will see Jan soon.  Glad they’re okay and that the U-Haul van is history.
 
9. Danielle edited the newsletter and there’s been a $50 donation.
 
10. Looking forward to the beautiful weekend.  The Lord God is Good.

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Published Again in Street Spirit

I just received this very pleasant email:

Hi Andy,

I published another of your really well-written reflections in the October issue of Street Spirit. I’m sending you the pdf version now, and I’ll send a link to the online edition in a few days when I post it.
 
Thanks so much for your insightful, thoughtful writing.
 
Best,
Terry
and now where
And Now Where?

I’ve uploaded the pdf on this link if you want to check it out.  I’m on p.3, the story entitled “I Remember Who I Am.”

He uses the illustration to the right, a lithograph by Rockwell Kent named “And Now Where?” in conjunction with my piece.  The piece itself is taken almost word for word from The God Who Believes in Me, earlier posted on this site.

The “Author’s Note” is taken from editor’s notes on that entry and also on the one entitled An Incredibly Empty Place.

In the past three months, since I have been fortunate enough to have had some of my short pieces published in Street Spirit, I have come to admire Terry Messman, the publisher, and Sally Hindman, the Berkeley activist and Quaker minister who connected me to this unique opportunity.  It’s interesting that I never knew either of them when I actually still lived in Berkeley.  Maybe I was too busy dealing with the extenuating circumstances described in these articles.  Rarely did I extend myself toward people with whom I might network, as though I had something distinctive to offer, and was interested in making a contribution to the community.

When I moved up here to Northern Idaho, all of that changed.  I told the personnel director at my church that if I had to summarize the difference between my life today and my life back then, I would say that previously the idea around me was that I had some kind of huge problem, and so how can we possibly help Andy solve his problem?  The idea in the here and now, on the other hand, is that Andy has something to offer.  How can we help him to offer it?

I would think anyone in their right mind would prefer the latter of the two scenarios.

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Artist in Babylon

Check this out:

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Now look at this:

anything-helps

I’m trying to make a point here.   Between Thanksgiving Day of last year and March 4th of this year, I wrote a complete 135-page script to a new musical.   I then naturally proceeded to try and round up singers for a demo for this project, only to find that nobody wanted to work for free.  And what was I to expect?  This music is fancy progressive Broadway show tune material.  Even quick studies would have to put a lot of work into it to make it sound right.   Such talent deserves to be paid.  

So I went about trying to raise funds for this leg of the project: $1000, to be exact.  In the past three months, I have raised exactly $100 – in three donations of $5, $20, and $75 respectively.   I could have raised more than that by flying a sign on the sidewalk.  However, to fly a sign on the sidewalk (aside from being illegal where I live), would be dangerous, as I described in the poem on this post. 

Three months and ten days have past since I finished the script.  I would very much like to move forward with the next leg of this project.  It irks me that money should be my object.  So, if you are person with some wherewithal, and if you believe in my work, please consider making a contribution to this project, so that I can move forward once again.

Just one catch.  Because I am an Artist, and I’m passionate about my themes, I tend to be a little sensitive.   At least glance at the script and give half a listen to my tunes before you make a donation.   I want to receive support from people who believe my project is worth their money.   This project means something to me.  It’s about something I believe in.  It involves a message that is not often heard, if at all, in our society.  So please believe in me before you click on donate.  I don’t want to receive money from people who don’t. 

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