Friday, October 18, 2013

A Night To Remember At The Childern's Theater

Last night my granddaughter, "Baby Girl", and I went to the Children's Theater in Minneapolis. We saw the production of Charlotte's Web and it was amazing! "Baby Girl" is five years old and this was her second visit to the theater. We saw "When You Give A Mouse A Cookie" a few months ago and she loved it.

When I got to her house to pick her up, she was dressed in a beautiful outfit, a pink, pleated skirt, a white blouse and a very dressy pink sweater. I was wearing jeans, but decided that it was o k because I had on a nice sweater and one of those frilly scarves. She looked beautiful and I was OK for a  grandma from the country. She didn't seem to mind or notice, she was going to the theater!

It was raining as we drove from an outer ring suburb to South Minneapolis, rush hour traffic was heavy, and the drive took almost an hour. I was worried that she might get a little bored, but she was fascinated by everything, even the fender bender car accident with the flashing red lights of the squad car that had us going at a snail's pace for quite a while. She liked the tall buildings downtown and loved the "castle" on Loring Park. (The Basilica Of St. Mary.)  She was having a great time and we hadn't even gotten to the theater.

We had a, before the show, bite to eat at Wendy's, (her choice) and then made it to the theater just in time and found our seats. "Baby Girl" had seen the movie version, her grandpa sent her a DVD last month, so she looked for her favorite character to appear. I thought it would either be Charlotte or Wilbur, but she couldn't wait to see Templeton, a giant rat!

Having a night out with my favorite girl in the world was so much fun. Living two hours north, I don't see her as much as I would like, so it was extra special. On the drive back to her house, (still raining), we sang songs until she fell asleep at almost 10:00 p.m. 

Then I drove alone for the two hour trip to my home. I was wide awake and felt so happy to have had such a nice time. I saw a great play, a beautiful princess and a castle. It was truly a night to remember!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jujitsu-ing Reality

I'm always inspired by people who have mastered the art of finding happiness in life no matter what they are forced to deal with. One of my goals is to live in the now, the present tense and learning to enjoy every possible moment of each day. That is something that is, frankly folks, hard work!

The other day I met a remarkable man named Scott Lew. (Let me say that when I say "met", it wasn't in person, but our contact was really just via a video.) Scott made such a lasting impression on my life that it really doesn't matter if we ever actually meet in person, although I would love to someday!

Scott is a Hollywood producer, director and writer who is living with ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. He made the decision to face his situation head on and fight by "jujitsu-ing reality" or using the weight stacked against you and flipping it with his attitude. He is a self-described happy man who loves his life and his work as an artist.

Sound easy? Maybe, but now, let me add that Scott has no use of his body, with the exception of his mind and his eyes. He controls his keyboard with eye movements and employs an assistant to help him type in order to speed things up a bit. He writes every possible moment and when he's not writing, he's mentally planning the next day's work.

Scott's story is inspiring in so many ways, but his will and determination to continue doing what he loves most, will stay with me forever. Now, on days when I'm tired, sad, not feeling up to par or just plain lazy, I will remember Scott and sit down and write. I will write because that's what I'm inspired to do and I'll do it for me and I'll do it for Scott.

There is an award winning movie about Scott and it can be purchased by going to the website:
To see a short clip of the film you can access it on Face Book by searching on the ALS site. It was a September 20th posting.