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10/2/14, Day 14,030 (Mercena Day 48): Meeting with Ravi at New Sanctuary

This was a day of many meetings. After a 4:30am wake up call with morning with Mercena and then some TCG remote work, I ran late to a phone call with the ever-amazing Carmen Morgan, who is facilitating an internal assessment of TCG’s diversity, inclusion and equity. I’m so excited that we’re doing this work, and as ever, I left my time with her feeling renewed.

I then had consecutive TCG meetings on the Conference, the Gala, Theatre Facts, the new online American Theatre’s weekly email and our web/database upgrade. With one notable exception (it’s amazing how having a newborn helps you see just how tenuous our adult-hold is on our emotional life), these were very productive meetings, and I’m way back in the think of it again.

Then, I ran down to a Flux meeting led by Sol with Micah and Ravi from Judson and the New Sanctuary movement. We’re hoping to create work with them to change laws and cultural attitudes towards immigrants and immigration laws, and it was thrilling to hear about all the great work they’ve done over the years. More on this anon.

I then raced back uptown to pick up our Katchkie Farms CSA veggies before heading home to help with Mercena’s bedtime. She evidently had a great day, too, with a sweet visit from our dear friend Lori as the highlight on her dance card.

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10/3/14, Day 14,031 (Mercena Day 49): Kol Nidre on Live Stream

For Mercena’s first Yom Kippur, we watched the Kol Nidre service from Storahtelling and sang along. We each made a vow and let something go: my vow was to enjoy being a parent, even when it exhausting and frustrating; and I’m letting go of social media comment debates. Man, what a waste of time and spirit those are…

The day began so beautifully, with Mercena napping a short while on my chest (see the glowing pic above). She’s doing better and better at sleeping in her bassinet, though bedtimes remain a pretty fussy affair. I feel blessed to say that right now the good times continue and we have a mostly happy baby. I know it won’t stay this way, but I don’t ever want to take these good times for granted.

It was another frenzied day at TCG, with a great REPRESENT conversation, a Fall Forum planning meeting, and several major communications pieces all moved off my plate. I then had the opportunity to audition for a project written by one of my favorite playwrights, led by a number of artists I respect. I’m so grateful when anyone thinks of me as an actor these days. I don’t do anything to find acting gigs, so it’s really special when people remember that’s something I do.

While I haven’t finished Taina and Marvin yet, I’ve continued to plug away at it every day, and do expect to have it finished by the weekend.

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Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…

Writing: 156 out of 199 days (Taina and Marvin)
Spanish: 133 out of 199 days
Music: 59 out of 105 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 also neglected to bring food to work, though managed to add very little additional waste because of awesome Just Salad bowl);
  • Signed my support to a petition against the recent legislation restricting voter rights;
  • Asked the EPA to restrict the chemicals that are killing bees;
  • Thanked Mayor De Blasio for raising NYC’s minimum wage.

 

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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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