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There’s No Business LIke Show Business!

There’s no business like show business
Like no business I know
Everything about it is appealing
Everything the traffic will allow
Nowhere could you get that happy feeling
When you are stealing that extra bow

Irving Berlin (1888-1989)


I’m in rehearsal for variety show The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones. My skit is called The Antique Roadshow written by Gail Sterkel . It’s going to be fun.


I tried out for this on a lark. It was on my short list of things to do before I die—try out for a part in community theater. Not GET a part. Just try out for one. <heh> I don’t have a clue about acting and there I am on stage with people who have been in the biz 27 years or more. YIKES!

I feel so honored to have been chosen to be part of this. I always wanted to act and here I am acting! Cool Beans!


They’re very kind about helping me improve but did you know that you aren’t actually supposed to talk to the people onstage? You pick someone in the back of the audience and talk to them. Rarely do you actually turn your body towards the person you are supposedly interacting with because then the audience can’t hear you. Unless you are hooked up to a microphone of course. We won’t be.   At the moment  I am talking to a water fountain.


Here’s the release information we were given to pass along to family and friends regarding to the show:

The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones!

The Crones are back – shorter, sweeter and just as much fun. Those brilliant, comical, thoughtful women who performed to sold-out audiences will present new acts for the new year. The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones! is a variety show of women performers older than 50 directed by Jan Levine Thal and produced by Wendy Fern Hutton with a cast of 30.

Performances are Thursday-Sunday, Jan 31- Feb 3, 2008. — FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30, Meriter Main Gate, 333 W. Main (free parking across the street).

Sunday matinée, 2:00 pm, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin (next to the Overture parking ramp).

This year the Crones will take reservations. The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones! is two hours including intermission.

Make reservations 608-225-9664 and arrive early to assure seating. Tickets are already going fast. The show is still free (donations requested $5-$20).

The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones! is a project of Positive Aging Theater, the theater arts company of the Madison Senior Center.

More info at


Come and support all of us Crones Living in the Edge of Madness. I promise it’s going to be hoot! Really. When I forget my lines and start stuttering it will be hilarious!







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Been Gone Fishing…

There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

Steven Wright (1955 – )

So… it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. I almost feel like a stranger intruding on my own Blog. It’s interesting to look at the stats and see that people are still being drawn in like bees to pollinating flowers. It seems like everyone is sick to death of winter and they all want to escape to Blue Hawaii because that’s what they are reading.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know none of that answers the question of where has BairbreSine for damn near three months? I could say I was off having a glorious time basking in the sun on sandy beaches. Unfortunately, that would be a baldfaced lie!

I was dealing with PC problems that finally ended up shortly after Thanksgiving with no internet connection doohickey on my PC and no way to create one. The only solution was a complete re-installation of the operating system and from past experience that might not even work. YES, I’ve had problems like this before. sigh…

Frankly November is a rotten time of the year to have these kinds of problems. I’m always struggling with low grade depression which is probably due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) The minute they change daylight savings time I go into a blue funk. So does my son. I don’t think we get enough sunlight.

At any rate, I was too depressed to bother messing around trying to fix my PC so I turned to other activities to occupy my time. Thank goodness I have a lot of interests. I read a number of good books and I’ve been into sewing lately so I made myself a sleeveless summer dress with a matching sun hat I just finished a red flannel shirt and will be moving on to a brown denim skirt and jacket. I’m enjoying working on these projects.

While I sew I’ve been watching movies I get from NetFlix. I absolutely love Netflix which I joined in November! I’m going through all the Shakespearean plays or adaptations or just movies about the royal families and having a wonderful time. I’ve seen Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter and it was wonderful. Kenneth Branagh in Henry V was marvelous. Just marvelous. I’m in heaven. I also saw The Last Temptation of Christ which I have always wanted to see because it caused such a stir. Wm Dafoe made such a good human Aryan Jesus. <snark>

I finally got the script for the skit I am going to be in in The Fabulous Crone Show. It’s a hoot and we are in rehearsals now. I just love the women I am working with. Finally I’ve met some creative HAPPY, normal women! YAY! I’ll make a separate post about the show soon.

Anyway I’m back.



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Closing Farmer’s Market On the Capitol Square 2007

It was another gorgeous day in the neighborhood with temperatures nearing 60* under mostly sunny skies. We still haven’t had a hard frost and aren’t even going to see a light frost tonight with temperatures only dipping down into the mid to upper 30s.

What is it they say about people with a predilection for constantly discussing the weather? <grin>

Today was the last Farmer’s Market on the Square for 2007. I bought some Lemon Basil Pesto, an Eggplant, some baked goods and a wonderful arts and crafts planter for my daughter for Christmas. She is going to love it. It is so her. I can’t wait to see her face when she opens it.

I’ve found the T-shirt I want to get my son-in-law online but I don’t like the price so I am going to keep hunting. I have a general idea about my son and about where to get it–right here in the neighborhood which is great but have no clue about my nephew who probably won’t be here for Christmas anyway so I have time to delay the decisions about him.

I still don’t know what to do about the #1 (biological) Gr-son although I have some ideas. Expensive ideas. <heh> #2 Gr-son is decided. #1 Gr-daughter is taken care of. #2 Gr-daughter is partially taken care of but I don’t know what else to do for her. Each child will get two gifts. With four children that’s a lot of gifts. Biological Gr-son will probably get one more because the other (foster) gr-children have other parents and gr-parents who will be giving them gifts so bio gr-kid SHOULD be favored by me, IMO.

I think #1 Gr-son might be old enough for the game Battleship. He’s good at mazes and concentration games. He’ll be eight in March. Son used to love playing that game and it was one I could play while I made dinner or helped Daughter with homework if need be.


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Demons and Wizards! The Wicked Witch is Dead!

There is a demon
An evil mind
Inside us
Oh I know, I know
We all know the rules
When water will be shed
The wicked witch is…


Demons and Wizards Wicked Witchon the Touched By The Crimson King” album. 2005


Halloween 2007 has begun in earnest at shortly past 7pm. I can hear one of the bands fairly well if I want to leave my window open to enjoy the tunes. It’s a mite chilly for that this year.

The temperatures are seasonal and within the “normal” range for a Wisconsin Halloween. No global warming heat waves or early snowstorms to report. But we haven’t had a good heavy frost to really kill off the ragweed yet and my “hayfever” is still giving me fits. I may have to break down and ask the Doctor for something to combat the constant drip drip drip of postnasal drippiness lest I get a sinus infection.

But I digress, Halloween is being played out at my feet and soon I will have to take Igor out for another walk to see what’s up. Ruth was whisked away to a dinner and a movie away by friends who thought it was better to get her out of temptation’s way. What a pity that we elders are not encouraged to act on our more frivolous and adventurous impulses.

What could it have possibly hurt for Ruth and I to take a stroll down State Street early in the evening to watch the zombies and freaks collide. Young people aren’t inhuman heathens who might eat us for heaven’s sake. More than likely they would have been delighted by our presence and given us a courteous welcome just as we would have done to our elders back in our own day.

Mary, with the Madison Police Department is back on her loudspeaker monitoring the surveillance cameras on State Street from the Command Post at Fire House #1. I wish I could understand what she is saying. About all I can make out is “For your Safety.” and “Thank you.” The big old spotlight they have used every year since the “riot” to light up the downtown area/State Street is shining right into my windows.

Igor is very nervous about all of the noise and disturbance of what he had begun to come to expect as the norm. Poor doggie.


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Ghosts and Goblins Under a Hunter’s Moon

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

Bobby “Boris” Pickett

We had two full moons this month again.  Last month it was the Harvest Moon.  This month it was the Hunter’s Moon.  Diana, Phoebe, and Selene’s Moon.  These are the huntress and moon goddesses of Greek and Roman mythology

Tomorrow night is Freakfest, the annual State Street Halloween Party.  I was playing 500 with my friend Ruthie this afternoon and she asked me if I would go with her.  I just about choked on the water I was drinking.

Ruthie is at least 70 years old and is probably closer to 80 and she wants to go to Freakfest.  I haven’t been to a State Street Halloween party in a gazillion years  because I really don’t enjoy crowds all that much especially not drunk and rowdy crowds but I really should go with Ruthie.

I bet it would be fun.  She’s a hoot and one of my favorite people here at the three threes.  She would probably want to wear a costume.  <heh>

It probably wouldn’t be too bad if we go early in the evening before the revelers get drunk and disorderly.  Now that it’s a semi-organized event with a heavy Police and Rent-a-Cop presence as well as limits to the number of attendees (50,000!) and fences to keep the riff raff  and trouble-makers out once they’ve been identified and ejected, it might actually be fun.

Interestingly enough, it’s not just the academic excellence that makes kids want to come to The UW-Madison campus.  This annual party is one of the reasons that the University of Wisconsin at Madison makes it on the list of the Princeton Review’s  top ten party schools.   If you’re disposed to do so, you can get your degree in alcoholism and drug addiction here, too.

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You’ve Got To Listen To the Music!

Dont you feel it growin, day by day
People gettin ready for the news
Some are happy, some are sad
Oh, we got to let the music play
What the people need
Is a way to make em smile
It aint so hard to do if you know how
Gotta get a message
Get it on through

Oh now mama, dont you ask me why

Oh, oh, listen to the music
Oh, oh, listen to the music
Oh, oh, listen to the music
All the time

Lyrics by Tom Johnston Performed by The Doobie Brothers

Tonight was open mic night at ZuZu’s. Mainly it’s musicians but I read three original poems. Actually I did 2 poems and one experimental Granny rap without any music to back it up. I’d love to find a musician to work with and write lyrics. I wanted to talk it over with one of the regulars after the program but she had other stuff going on and there was no time. Some other time.It was a grand open mic! Wowsers! What good vibes there were rocking and rolling in that house tonight! Cindy Harrington, Angela Smith and Tom Zografi are the co-hosts of this shebang and this trio of musicians makes music friends and neighbors. Plus they draw in some damn fine musicians to join in the songfest.

Tom Zografi opened the show with some really mellow acoustic guitar. Lovely voice. Beautiful original lyrics. Then Kathleen Camilla King did a Beatles tribute in honor of John Lennon’s birthday on the 9th on her mandolin.

Then Angela Smith on acoustic bass (nice very nice), Tom Zografi on acoustic, and Dave Holloway on acoustic. Hicham Lachgar on bongo got up there and really gave us a show. It was wonderful. I should have written down the songs they did. Dave Holloway is new to town and damn that boy can play and sing!

Mark Germain treated us to some lovely classical acoustic after that. I could sit and listen to him play all night long. Technically almost perfect. I’d say perfect but I’d get jumped on for hyperbole. Wonderful feeling. Beautiful sound.

Alicia (Alliey) Thomas sings acapella and she doesn’t sing the easy songs. She goes for the high notes and the ones you need lots of lung power for. She and Angela Smith did a duet called “Down Deep” that I really liked. I’ve heard Angela do it alone and Alicia added some power to it.

More from the band with Ken Kobak joining in with his electric guitar. Then Robin Green, fresh from Arizona who is attending Edgewood College got up there with her acoustic guitar there and brought the house down with her rockin’ and a rollin’! Damn but that girl can make you want to move!

Then ‘Just Duet’ Cindy Harrington and Angela Smith’s duo closed the night out and we were all jamming together at the end with Beatles’ songs. An obvious good time was had by all.

II know I left some stuff out because there was just so much happening there it’s hard to remember it all and sort it out into a coherent Blog. I know I had one heckuva good time at ZuZu’s and the food is reasonably priced and ymmy. I had the Spanikopita which came to my table in a jiffy, so hot I had to let it cool down to eat it! And it was wonderful! All fast food should be this good!

“The Trio” of Angela Smith, Dave Holloway and Tom Zografi is playing at ZuZu’s October 13th and open mic is every Thursday. ‘Just Duet’ and “The Trio” are available for hire and they play just about anything that sounds great with vocal harmonies and guitars. They can be reached by contacting Cindy Harrington at or phone # (608) 843-7933 or Angela Smith (608) 212-0533.


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Regrets, I’ve Had a Few, Too Few To Mention…

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

Arthur Miller 1915-2005

W00t! I got the call today, I’m going to be in “The Fabulous Crone Show!” I’m so excited I spit nails! If somebody asked me what was the best year of my life, I would have to say this year. This year is better than last year which was better than the year before which was better than the year before that. The year before that was a pretty damn good year but still, this is the best year so far. <heh>

Speaking of plays, I went to see Arthur Miller’s “The Death of a Salesman” at The Playhouse in the Overture Center for the Arts this evening. This is the third live production I’ve seen of this play over the years. The Madison Repertory Theatre was a splendid performance overall and the best of the three. I enjoyed it immensely.

The performance by Braden Moran who portrayed Biff was superb. I actually shed tears for the angst of that young man trying to connect with his father. Roderick Peeples’ Willy Loman and Patricia Boyette’s Linda Loman were credible and wonderfully engaging as was David Wilson-Brown’s Happy. Edward Marion’s Uncle Ben was appropriately ghostly and wonderfully dapper.

I hope to see more of DJ Howard who I remember from “The Piano Lesson” and Lisa Bozek Maletic whose brief performance showed promise. DJ Howard is just plain out good at what he does and makes you believe you are there with him.

Whenever I have seen or read “The Death of a Salesman” I have always come away with the conviction that one must really develop a sense of self-worth that isn’t tied up in your job or your spouse or your children. You aren’t what you do eight hours a day to earn money and you aren’t the person you married or the fruit of your loins. Things often don’t turn out the way you expected them to.