Pic of the week
I got a new bike! He's beautiful and perfect and I'm so happy to finally have a bike again, because I've missed zipping around town and riding down to the beach of a Sunday to watch the sunset. :)
What's going on?
I took a class last weekend about audio book narration. I think it's something I'd be good at and would enjoy doing, and the class confirmed that. However, it turns out that getting work in the world of audio books is even more of a hustle than getting acting work. And though there are many things I enjoy and am rather good at, hustling is not one of them. So. Now I have to decide if it's something I really want to pursue.
Lots of Story Pirates happening right now. Several weeks of straight Story Pirates, in fact. This week we had a couple of big shows at a local performing arts center as part of their family series. Funny moment - after one of our shows, we had a little Q&A session. One little kid - probably 8 or 9 years old stood up, kind of gathered his thoughts while holding his hands prayer-style in front of his face, and then said, "What. Just. Happened?" It was hilarious.
This coming week will be spent preparing for our big benefit show. It's our biggest show of the year, and our annual fundraiser. Show-stopping musical numbers, special celebrity guests, pies being thrown in faces. It's a lot of fun.
What I'm reading
Admittedly, I'm only about 15 pages in, and also admittedly it's a bit woo-woo, but I'm already hooked. A friend of mine recommended this one. It's about embracing the "dark" parts of being human as part of being your whole self. I really liked this quote:
Perfect love is to feeling what perfect white is to color. Many think that white is the absence of color. It is not. It is the inclusion of all color. White is every other color that exists combined. So, too, is love not the absence of emotion (hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, covertness), but the summation of all feeling? It is the sum total. The aggregate amount. The everything.I think this idea brings a whole new, and interesting dimension to the idea of what the scriptures talk about when they talk about "love." And also what it means to be perfect, or complete, or whole.
It's huge. And beautiful.
What I'm listening to
On Being is a podcast of interviews with religious, spiritual, philosophical, and though leaders from around the world. One I listened to this week featured an interview with a rabbi that I thought was so interesting. He gives an analogy of our relationship to God using circles that I thought was so beautiful. Plus, his ideas about mysticism and the role of chaos in spirituality/religion are something I've had on my mind for a while.