FELA! Opens in DC

As the audience gathered into Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sydney Harman Hall for the opening night of FELA! in DC, I hoped all the congressional staffers making their way inside enjoyed a good happy hour beforehand. FELA! is, after all, an Afrobeat musical. Some fans came prepared, dancing in the aisles. Others came straight from work … Continue reading

Good News Friday!

This week, good news comes from people whose names start with J. Thanks for these great recommendations, Jess, James and Justin. People whose names start with J are the very, very best. They also share in common a multimedia theme, proving that J’s are technologically savvy and forward thinking. I love J’s. How to Help … Continue reading

Stop Modern Slavery

A few weeks ago I attended my first DC Stop Modern Slavery meeting. I’d been loosely involved for a while, and even did some media work for their annual National Stop Modern Slavery Walk on the Mall last fall, including this video. But I hadn’t been able to go to an official meeting until months … Continue reading

Adam and End-of-Life Care for the Homeless

Our Friend Adam Last week I wrote about my husband’s friend “Adam” in reference to the dangers of being homeless during the hottest parts of summer. Adam had disappeared from where Michael normally spends time with him, but now he’s back. Sadly, he is not well. He was in the hospital because of a minor … Continue reading

Good News Friday

It’s good news Friday, everyone! Here are some awesome things happening in the world of sojourning peoples. Homeless Group Rebuilds Joplin It always amazes me when people who do not have homes help people rebuild the ones they’ve lost. It’s not exactly uncommon – I remember reading about homeless groups volunteering in New Orleans after … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Amnesty International!

I love social media because it’s not like the 3rd grade. On Twitter, when I ask someone to invite me to their party, they do. Yesterday it was Amnesty International, which is celebrating their 50th anniversary today and having parties around the world right now to celebrate their work. I attended the DC party near … Continue reading

Ruined

This weekend I saw Ruined at Arena Stage in DC. I’d been waiting over a year to see this Pulitzer prize winner – ever since I first heard about it, really. Playwright Lynn Nottage wrote the piece after traveling to Africa to interview refugee women who had been victimized by the war in Congo. She … Continue reading

Taking Champagne to the Battle

Picnicking at the First Battle of Bull Run Today is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and by pure coincidence, Michael and I have been watching Ken and Ric Burns’ The Civil War documentary… which makes me an expert. I am an expert because I, like many others who have revisited … Continue reading

Let the Little Sparrows Die

It is freezing in DC right now, and I spent the afternoon yesterday watching rain turn to snow from the cafe where I was working. Rain, then sleet actually, then slush, then snow. I was finishing the outline for one last final go at the screenplay I’m adapting from Hungarian playwright Andras Visky’s Juliet. It … Continue reading

The DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk

On Saturday, October 23, the largest anti-trafficking event in the capital’s history took place on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Thousands of walkers raised over $100,000 for abolitionist organizations – groups fighting to end human trafficking and the selling of men, women and children for profit – at the 2nd annual DC Stop Modern … Continue reading

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