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Happy fourth Thingaversary, Sandy!
Sandy, Thanks so much for that info.! I have a long history of being involved in theater, but last summer was my first summer teaching drama. The school hired me to teach creative writing and reading, but then their drama teacher quit, and since the director knew of my drama background.... I'm thrilled it happened, but getting together performances for the first time was a lot of pressure that I'm trying to prepare for up front this time! I'll definitely look into that one act and author, though, so thank you! We did a lot of improv. as well, but I got most of it from my own background and remembered classes, so I'll look into the book also :) We'll have to keep each other in mind going forward, though--the more resources we have the better!
Sandy...I just saw your intro over on the 75ers group, and wanted to say hello....what you said about youth theater caught my eye! I've started teaching drama (3rd grade-9th) at a boarding school in the summer time (along with creative writing), and last year I really struggled to find skits for them to perform that weren't too 'after-school-special' and had some humor to them. If you have any recommendations, or even if you happen to come across anything in the future, I'd be forever grateful! Meanwhile, I'm working on writing some original material, but since I have other full-time obligations and more experience writing poetry, that's slow-going at best! In any case, I just thought I'd drop by and say a hello since we have such a specific interest in common! Any resources you know of to pass on, from textbooks to improv or skits, would be forever appreciated! Regardless, happy new year!
Hey, Sandy:

I just hit number 75 today! Yay!!!! School started back last week. My son is in 8th grade. Work and school....things just keep rolling along. Hope all is well with you. :)

Paula
Hey, Sandy:

How is/was Oliver? Any other plays/musicals you are doing now?

One of my best friends and I decided to start our own little book club. The first book, she picked, was The Chaperone. Something that I thought looked interesting but probably wouldn't have read if left to myself. Overall I enjoyed it. Makes me want to know more about Louise Brooks. The second book, I picked, was Mistress of the Art of Death. For some reason I was thinking you had mentioned reading it or wanting to read it. I thought it sounded interesting. I just finished it. Once again, overall I enjoyed it. The insulting, inflammatory language regarding Jews and women was a little offputting, but I had to think that was the way then and move on......kind of like skipping over the cuss words when I'm reading.

Did you finish Nicholas Nickleby? Wow! 800 pages! The last book I read that was a chunk like that was an 1120 page book by William Shawcross about the Queen Mother. Took awhile. I had to read a couple of light books in the midst of reading it. :)

Hope your mother is as well as can be expected and you & family are well.

Take care.
Paula
Hey, Sandy:

I finished my certified tax appraiser's school and scored 102 on my exams. Yay! I celebrated Memorial Day by doing nothing but sitting on the patio and reading. Finished one book, started & finished another, and started a third. Of course, I paid for it with all the housework to do after work the rest of the week, but it was worth it. I've read all the Sebastian St. Cyr books now. Wasn't terribly impressed with the first, but they grew on me. You know I like books that follow the same characters over a period of time, so I can get to know those characters. That's really fun to me. No I'm just reading stuff on my Kindle till I find something else that really, really interests me. Sorry about the situation with your mom. Hopefully you all are having some consecutive good days. How was Hairspray? Wish I had been close enough to go. :)
Hey, Sandy:

Have you read anything really good in the past few weeks? I had tax school last week, so I didn't get to read anything. When I wasn't in class, I had to study. You're busy with plays though, aren't you? So you may not have had much time either. What plays are you doing?

Take care.
Paula
You're welcome, Sandy. Thought they would be easier to find that way. Glad you liked the www.literature-map.com as well.

I sent you a friend request on FB.

Have a good weekend. :)

Paula
http://www.amazon.com/Thrones-Dominations-Peter-Wimsey-Mystery/dp/0312968302/ref...

http://www.amazon.com/The-Attenbury-Emeralds-Harriet-Mysteries/dp/1250002591/ref...

Thought I'd leave (hopefully) a couple of easy links. I don't think they are really up to Dorothy Sayers, but they are fun.

If you want to be Facebook friends, let me know and I'll give you my name or email address.

Have a good day.

Paula
Have you tried www.literature-map.com

You just type in the name of an author, and it's supposed to bring up more authors. The ones closet to the author you typed in are supposed to be of similar interest.
I noticed one of the books on your wishlist is one I think I would like to read: The Night Circus.
Replied to your most recent message, but it's on my page. :)
Thank you for accepting. Yes, I'm a big old movie fan. Love, love, love Irene Dunne and Greer Garson especially. Also, Cary Grant, William Powell & Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald, Jean Arthur, Alice Faye, Roz Russell, Ronald Colman, Norma Shearer. I could go on and on (can you tell?) I'm also a big fan of Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Michael Feinstein, Harry Connick Jr, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra as far as music goes. In fact, I've got tickets to take my almost 13 year old son to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra next month. Can't wait!! I hope he will enjoy it. I think he will, maybe more than he thinks he will. I think the live music will get him. Obviously, I enjoy reading as well. Mysteries are probably my number one favorite, but I also enjoy biographies and history. I can remember during the summer reading programs when I was a kid loading up on stacks of books almost as tall as I was, most of them were the classic old biographies of Amelia Earhart, Kit Carson, etc. etc. You left me a message about the Jacqueline Winspear books I've been steaming through since discovery. I left you a message after that asking about what some of your particular favorites are. Thanks again. Look forward to hearing from you. :)
Hey, thank you for weighing in on Take Time for Your Life-I was going to get the Art of Extreme Self-Care, and I'm so glad to see you suggested it-thank you for your input!
What a nice surprise to see your friend request after my long day at work :)
Now off to visit some threads!
Thanks for friending me, Sandy. I'm looking forward to following your book and movie reviews this year.
How is 13 Little Blue Envelopes-any good?
Hope you don't mind me adding you-I love to meet other Marilyn Monroe fans!
Hi Sandy! Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoy my books. Hope you'll enjoy "Summer in the South", too.

Cathy
Hi Sandy! Just a note to let you know I'm thinking of you and wishing you well.
Gail
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