Monday, April 6, 2009

write me a letter

TO The States, or any one of them, or any city of The States, Resist much, obey little;
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved;
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, of this earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) poet, essayist, and humanist
(from Leaves of Grass, 1900)

our glorious weather came to a sudden end this morning when we woke to heavy slate skies and the threat of snow. I confess, I freaked when the forecast mentioned the S word. after a dozen years of living on the north coast, you would have thought I wouldn't have been so shocked, after all, snow in april isn't that unusual. but after the last couple weeks of warm, beautiful weather, I was lulled into believing spring was here to stay. but today it was back to gloves, hats and winter coats -- and will be so, at least for the next few days, then, if accuweather is correct, come thursday, we will be back to sun, warmth, and daffodils.

since late morning the snow has swirling about; but only recently has it begun to stick to the grass and the roofs of the houses. accuweather predicts a few inches accumulating overnight, with an additional inch possible tomorrow. oh joy!

but I am warmed and brightened with memories of an excellent weekend - a relaxing weekend filled with a nice mix of socializing, chilling out at home, good food, basketball ( happily the uconn women move on to the ncaa championship game tomorrow night), and even some 'culture.'

the 'culture' part of the weekend is worth mentioning as it included an excursion to the local ukrainian museum-archives -- a new find for me. saturday I ran across a notice in the paper that they were having their annual easter bazaar, since this was a ukrainian bazaar, the centerpiece of the bazaar was to be ukrainian easter eggs (how could I not go- I confess I have eggs on my brain considering the upcoming theme thursday!). it was the first time f & I visited the museum-archives, but we'll be back; our time was limited. I only had an hour. my time was limited because a date to meet a friend at the cleveland playhouse in order to attend a benefit for the progressive democrats of america.

the benefit included a reception and seats for the current production. unfortunately, I missed most of the reception, and only caught about fifeteen minutes of john nichols' talk. what I caught was absolutely brilliant, which is not surprising given the quality of nichols work. fortunately as soon as I found the place of the reception, I quickly found my friend and also found myself standing next to connie shultz and her lovely husband. although I've only met connie once, I feel we're old friends. of course, most of us who live in the greater cleveland area feel as though connie is an old friend as she has been presence in our lives for years. connie writes a column for the plain dealer, a column where she never fails to bring her critical intellect and her compassionate heart to whatever topic is at hand.

after the reception was the performance of the marvelous one-woman show 'the lady with all the answers.' the play is based on the life and letters of ann landers (aka eppie lederer) and stars mimi kennedy, who is perhaps best known as playing abby, dharma's mom on the sitcom 'dharma and greg.' given mimi's personal political views (decidedly and delightfully left of center) she was a natural for ann/eppie -- who was also decidedly and delightfully left of center - although how much I never really knew until I saw this wonderfully crafted and executed play. the play had the audience laughing and crying, but most of all, grateful that a person like ann/eppie graced our lives for so many years.
Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass.
Eppie Lederer, aka Ann Landers (1918-2002) advice columnist

aresosmith's write me a letter

photos: top- visible voice books, just down the street from the ukrainian museum-archives in cleveland's historical tremont neighborhood; middle - senator sherrod brown (her lovely husband), connie shultz, john nichols; bottom - matinee patrons reading some advice from ann. cleveland, 5 april 2009


Linda Pendleton said...

Sounds like you had an enjoyable weekend. I love the photo of the bookstore. I would love to go in there.

Your mention of Ann Landers takes me back many years to a time when I was in high school in S. CA and she came to speak.

B said...

This snowy weather is rather irksome. And I LIKE snow. But I also like the seasons. So I, you know, like them to CHANGE.


It sounds like that play would be a lot of fun! Mimi Kennedy is sooo funny!

Sandra Leigh said...

You will post photos of the eggs you collect, won't you? I love Ukrainian easter eggs.

R.L. Bourges said...

what a fabulous name for a bookstore! And with that Whitman quote at the entrance? I am in there this minute :-)

Snow in April:the worst kind - except for the fact Eppie Lederer's comment truly applies in this case: you know it won't last. But still - I say ach pafooey.

The links: Ukrainian Museum. I know where I'll be browsing during my tea breaks. spassiba to you. (Used to do handpainted variations on those eggs with my daughter when she was small.)

The Tim DeChristopher story: impressive. He obviously read Walt Whitman's quote.

Thanks for the discovery of Connie Shultz whom I didn't know. Must check out her column.

Ann Landers' - I like the thought of it being the Dear Eppie column. It ran in Montréal's English language papers and was part of the daily reading ritual when I was young.

Aerosmith: I don't remember this song at all. Where was I when it came out? mystère et boule de gomme.

Think Spring. Think Eggs. spring, spring, spring... :-)

Barbara said...

I mostly agreed with Ann Landers' advice.

Did you get my e-mail re: the May Pole ribbons?

ArtSparker said...

Love the name of that bookstore...

Adam said...

i have also met connie and her hubby several times. once when i was in school and it was government day, and then i sold him his communication solutions for his senatorial campaign

Squirrel said...

wonderful bookshop photo!

flawsnall said...

that sign is my motto!

Steve said...

Ann Landers was terrific. I miss her.

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.