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(Not much baby-blogging in this update, so here’s an adorable picture from Heather of keeping watch over a stomach-napping Mercena while having a picnic.)

(Why am I naming days?)

9/30/14, Day 14,028 (Mercena Day 46): #MeowMeow4Life

This day is so named for my dear friend and Flux Creative Partner Kia Rogers, whom the Flux CPs showered with love, beer and bar-food last night. Kia’s had a year of some major ups and downs, and after a recent loss, we wanted to surround her with love and celebrate life. When we’re doing it right, Flux really is a family, and I hope last night was one of those nights. A huge thank you to Sandra “MomMom” Morgan for watching Mercena so that both Heather and I could attend.

I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about the value of Ensembles, both directly with Flux and then on a working phone call for Network of Ensemble Theaters. NET’s just begun EmcArts’ Innovation Lab, and I felt blessed to be a part of a very thoughtful and expansive phone call about the particular value of ensemble artists, values and practices.

We also had a great visit with our midwives Carol and Shar in the morning for our six-week appointment, and Mercena evidently had a great day with Beatles-inspired naps. I miss her so much during the day…

10/1/14, Day 14,029 (Mercena Day 47): #BuildingArtsAudiences

This day is so named for the launch of the Wallace Foundation’s new $40 million initiative, Building Audiences for Sustainability. I attended the livestream panel that launched the initiative along with their new report, Road to Results, as part of a TCG cohort, and live-tweeted the panel discussion.

The best part of the meeting was bumping into some of my favorite theatre people also in attendance and having some meaningful conversations about parents in theatre. I’d write more, but I don’t know how long this morning nap will last:).

Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…

Writing: 154 out of 197 days (Taina and Marvin)
Spanish: 133 out of 197 days
Music: 57 out of 103 days

What small things did I do the past two days to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)

  • Ate and cooked local, organic, vegetarian food, and used cloth diapers for Mercena (though delivery from Bare Burger last night did bring two new plastic bags into our life);
  • Participated in a NET planning phone call;
  • Asked GoFundMe to take abortion off its list of banned content;
  • Asked Google to stop funding climate-denying candidates;
  • Asked Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp to make sure all valid voter registration forms are processed.
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(Why am I naming days?)

9/29/14, Day 14,027 (Mercena Day 45): KD and The Lab; or, Better Baths

Yesterday I returned to work and had my first Mission to (dit)Mars’ Propulsion Lab meeting afterwards, so I missed all but the book ends of Mercena’s day. Thankfully, Heather kept me supplied with some choices pics, like the one above, and it seems she had a great first half of the day before descending into some Old School Fussiness during the Witching Hour.

She did, however, take a big step forward in her flailing abhorrence of baths. According to Heather, she made it 2/3rd of the way through without a breakdown; no small feat for a baby who began hurling Wail Daggers at our ears as soon as the water touched her.

We’ve taken to having me do the comida de madrugada to give Heather a little more consecutive sleep, and it serves as the perfect alarm clock for me. It’s not as much time as I’d like, but it does feel like the golden thread of our relationship that began on my paternity leave is not being broken, and that means everything.

The Propulsion Lab was positive; it was great to hear the first section of KD and The Band all in one go. It might tighten up a little, but otherwise feels solid. I enjoyed the pages shared by Lisa Huberman and  Jonathan Alexandratos, and was particularly excited to hear the responses of playwrights I’ve long admired, like Mac Rogers and Enrique Urueta, and playwrights whose work I’m eager to know better, like Tori Keenan-Zelt and Elizabeth Seldin

Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…

Writing: 152 out of 195 days
Spanish: 132 out of 195 days
Music: 56 out of 101 days

What small things did I do yesterday to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)

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