My Heroes and Sheros

My Memorial

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in My Heroes and Sheros | 32 comments

My Memorial

Today is Memorial Day, and I have someone to remember, as I have every year since 2009. His name is Roger Cobb Hallberg, and his name was on the POW bracelet I wore as a teenager. While I was dating and going to Disneyland, he was fighting, and then disappearing, in the jungle maze of Vietnam. A brave young newlywed just vanished. For years I waited and watched lists of returning vets to see his name. Twice I have visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. At the long black wall I find his name and see his status. MIA. He is one of 1643 soldiers still unaccounted for in that conflict (this...

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It’s not easy

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in My Heroes and Sheros | 0 comments

It’s not easy

It is not easy to do the right thing. It is hard, and sometimes so hard it seems impossible. Easy is looking the other way, allowing sad, lonely and oppressed people to stay sad and lonely and oppressed. I say this to myself every day, and I say it to my children. We  do the best we can, in a perfect world. I admire this man, and the woman who celebrates him...

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I love MT, SC, whatever you call him.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Haiku My Heart, My Heroes and Sheros | 3 comments

I love MT, SC, whatever you call him.

I have an unabashed love for Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain, have since my youth. What he adds to my life, my journals, my experience, is cynicism, humor and intelligence. He is clever. He is damn funny, and so, so smart. I read his words and think, how did he string those particular words together, how did he light that up in my mind so quickly? I drew his face, which I have done a few times. Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation. Mark Twain Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an...

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Thoughts on Twyla Tharp

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in Haiku My Heart, Journaling, My Heroes and Sheros | 4 comments

Thoughts on Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp is an American dancer and choreographer who blazes trails in the industry of entertainment. She has worked with music greats like Bob Dylan and Billy Joel, and dance greats including my favorites, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. I have been fortunate enough to see some mighty fine dancing while growing up in LA, and the best of it sends me into orbit. It is not something I understand, how to design a dance, but it is an artistry I have profound appreciation for. My first experience with Twyla Tharp was a show called Push Comes to Shove, which was a collaboration with...

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