Sunday, March 13, 2011

swept away by an emotional tsunami

Watching the events unfold around the world: revolution in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain; earthquakes and tsunami in Japan and New Zealand, all paralleling the footsteps of demonstrations in London, in Italy, and Wisconsin. I'm overwhelmed and saddened by the depth of the tragedies- the lives lost, the sacrifices made. Each day seems to bring more tragedy and upheaval, and I have to wonder how we humans will survive. I hope we can find the strength to carry on, to change and grow and learn from our massive mistakes and lapses in judgement. I know we have the tools. I pray we have the will to succeed.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

the rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated

Look, I know I haven't been around here much lately,
 but I've been quite busy working in the barn
on a special project with my friend Marilyn.

We decided to try and put on a show for the neighborhood,

kind of a cross between a circus act and a rodeo,
 but we had a hard time finding quality performers.

Here I am interviewing actors 
auditioning to play the part of the Knuckleheads
 in a semi-autobiographical sketch called "Dietary Indiscretions".

I guess the rehearsals got too loud for the neighbors,
 who also seemed to be somewhat irritated
 that we built a barn on their land.
Maybe the beads we traded for it 
weren't worth quite as much as we thought.
Unfortunately, the show folded after only one night,

but we had one hell of a wrap party.

Well, perhaps I did have one too many margaritas...

The next day Marilyn had the brilliant idea
 to hire ourselves out to direct traffic on Hollywood Boulevard.
 For some reason, there were quite a few accidents that day. 

Marilyn left for Cleveland yesterday to visit her friend Elvis, 
so things are pretty quiet around here at the moment.
They invited me to hang out with them next week.

Anyway, that's what I've been doing lately.
 Just thought you might like to know...

The other Jane Russell
1921 - 2011
Happy trails, cowgirl.