His Stillness – Sharon Olds

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His Stillness

The doctor said to my father, “You asked me
to tell you when nothing more could be done.
That’s what I’m telling you now.” My father
sat quite still, as he always did,
especially not moving his eyes. I had thought
he would rave if he understood he would die,
wave his arms and cry out. He sat up,
thin, and clean, in his clean gown,
like a holy man. The doctor said,
“There are things we can do which might give you time,
but we cannot cure you.” My father said,
“Thank you.” And he sat, motionless, alone,
with the dignity of a foreign leader.
I sat beside him. This was my father.
He had known he was mortal. I had feared they would have to
tie him down. I had not remembered
he had always held still and kept quiet to bear things,
the liquor a way to keep still. I had not
known him. My father had dignity. At the
end of his life his life began
to wake in me.
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This Is Just To Say – William Carlos Williams

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For the month of August I will be posting a poem each week.
This week is a poem at the simplest, yet effective.
Enjoy.
This Is Just To Say
-William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

 

 

Bright Star Rock Ridge High School Production

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Imagine seeing one of the best High School Musical Theatre productions ever. Imagine is was a production of Bright Star by Rock Ridge High School in Auburn, VA. Also, imagine that the lead female performance was so remarkable you are still thinking about it more than a week later.

Well, all this happened at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE.

And like life, theatre is fleeting. Just glad I had the chance to see this.

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https://www.rockridgeperformingarts.org/

http://www.playbill.com/article/high-school-productions-of-bright-star-xanadu-she-kills-monsters-join-2019-international-thespian-festival-main-stage-performance-roster

Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies

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Meryl Streep’s performance as Mary Louise Wright on the second season of HBO’s series Big Little Lies is going to win her an Emmy.

It is the kind of performance that is so compelling and memorable you have to watch it again. What she accomplishes in her scenes is truly remarkable. Only one of the (if not the) finest actors on the planet can pull off.

There are already memes created based on her character and social media is predicting her emmy win.

And this is only after 2 episodes.

Be sure to check it out.

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https://mashable.com/article/meryl-streep-big-little-lies-scream-meme/

Booksmart

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Booksmart is a new film directed by Olivia Wilde and stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. It is also one of the year’s best. Currently sitting at 97% critics and 76% audience score.

From RottenTomatoes:

The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

It somehow manages to be funny, fresh, and has moments of poignancy and depth. It felt like an instant classic.

It also reminded me of friends I had in high school (and still have).

Once again high school proves to be a fertile ground for fun, irreverent, and relatable stories. And the stars are awesome.

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