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Unprogrammable Me

I began writing The Good Kill in July of 2017 and worked on it just about every day in some capacity until March 31 when I completed the manuscript at last and in a rush rushed right out to the UPS Store (I am not sponsored by or own stock in the UPS Store, it’s just that it’s like twenty minutes closer than Staples, of which I am not sponsored by or own stock in) to get three copies of the masterly work of art (as regarded solely by yours truly at this point) printed out in a rush and then rushed two of them out to my editors who are AKA my worldly-wise and well-read and spirited sister and her dashing husband – yeah, dashing as in he’s pretty studly, but mostly dashing as in he’s continually dashing off after my worldly-wise and well-read and spirited sister as she leads them on yet another global adventure — and then rushed right back home where I sat and admired and stroked lovingly for hours and hours the third copy of the manuscript.

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BRINDLEY 2.0: POWERED BY PLEX

BRINDLEY 2.0: POWERED BY PLEX
Let the journey begin!

Today I begin my cross-country trip with my sons to LA to join the rest of the cast and crew to film our movie LEAVE.

Pretty awesome.

And unbelievable.

As I’ve expressed here and on other networks often in the past and even more lately, there are many wonderful and supportive people who helped me through many adversities these past several years to allow me to be in this fortunate position I am now in.

This could get long and teary-eyed so I’ll save everyone the time and me the embarrassment and cut to the proverbial chase:

Outside my immediate family, I am hard-pressed to think of anyone who has supported me more, through times bad and good, with his physical, spiritual, and financial presence and care, than my long-time friend, my mentor, and my boss, Paul Weidow.

LEAVE would absolutely not be possible without Paul’s and his partner Stan Nolen’s (another long-time friend and eternal brother) generosity towards and faith in me.

Paul bringing me on part-time to be a member of his PLEX Solutions family, allowed for a stress-free transition back to normalcy and under terms very, very favorable to one still fragile and unsure of himself, yet one in great need of validation of worth, as well as one in great need of the time and funds to support and develop his movie-making dream, a dream that now, in much part because of him, is only days away from becoming a reality.

Thank you, Paul. I love you, brother.

Check out this amazing guy’s amazing company >> www.plex-llc.com


And please remember, LEAVE still requires much more support in the form of love, currency, outreach, and effort to ensure not only its completion, but its completion in a manner that enables us to fully realize our vision:

To Create a Cinematic Work of Art that
Entertains and Inspires Positive Change

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PARIS | A Relating to Humans Women’s Issues Feature

PARIS
by elizabeth stokkebye

Seventeen and in Paris on my own.

It was my first encounter with the city of love and I was fortunate to stay with an aunt and uncle, who both being workaholics, left me with oceans of time to explore. I hurried out the door to experience the vast world of Paris with its majestic architecture, its towering cathedrals, its world-renowned art collections, its peaceful parks, and its crowds of people.

The air was spring like, mild and sunny, although I was spending my Christmas holiday away from my home in Denmark. Traveling by myself in a foreign world filled me with a sensation of pure freedom. I remember how my breathing felt different: effortless and silent but steady and consistent. It was breathing devoid of depression and anxiety. I breathed without past or future and let the air be present.

Walking along grand boulevards beneath a blue sky sporting white clouds I felt my loving heart circulate blood through my veins.

On my way past one of the many cafés lining the wide sidewalk, my sway caught the attention of a street performer playing his violin. As I danced by him he let go of his instrument and started to sing Ne me quitte pas. I stopped, turned around, and listened to his chanson. Was he performing especially for me?

My youthful disposition was romantic and I was attracted to him. At the same time, I could hear my mother’s voice: “I’m so proud to have brought up a good girl!” I didn’t move. When he was done with the song, he waved me over. I blushed but followed his hand. He grabbed mine and kissed it. I felt the touch of his soft lips. My skin everywhere reacted by turning prickly and my breathing intensified.

“Ma Cherie,” he whispered.

All of a sudden my body felt heavy and I pulled away. Caught between wanting to leave and wanting to stay, I sat down on a bistro chair.

“Please, I need a minute,” I uttered.

“Bien sûr!” he smiled.

He put his violin to his neck once again and with closed eyes, he played the sweetest melody riding through the air and penetrating the toughest disposition.

Paralyzed, I tried to think. Should I leave or should I stay? My sense of freedom had slowly vanished which made the decision so much harder. The guy was cute, romantic and talented.

A waiter came over and I asked for a café au lait. As more people gathered around to listen to the soft music, I started to relax. He didn’t sing again which made me feel special.

Immersed in the music, I let go of time. Slowly, the morning faded, noon hour came around, and with his violin case full of money, he sang out:

“La dernière chanson!”

From his slender body came Que je t’aime and I didn’t know where to look. My gaze fell on a young woman advancing hurriedly towards us and embodying a sense of pure joy. She stepped right up to my singer and kissed him on the mouth.
 

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

 
 

週末はジョージ・ウィンストンのコンサートへ行こう!

The lovely and loving Megi at HappyNest In America has provided us an in-depth look into the life and performances of George Winston. What a human. What a career. He will be performing in Bethesda, MD, on November 30. If you’re going, let me know. We just might be there, too. :)

Also, here is Megi’s latest article for the Japanese travel website: 愛と祈り、そしてジョージ・ウィンストンの音楽♪インタビューさせていただきました!ジョージ・ウィンストンのウィンター★コンサート 2

I’ve discovered there is a language translator tool at the top right of the page for all us Japanese-challenged folks.

Enjoy!

HappyNest in America

   
 明日は、サンクスギビングですね!今年も色々な出来事がありましたが、ジョージ・ウィンストン氏のコンサート(詳しい情報を「地球の歩き方/ワシントンDC特派員ブログ」記事”Love, Prayer and George Winston’s Music”でお届けしています。)へ出かけたことも、最高の思い出になりました。
 今週末の、ウィンター・コンサートのスケジュールはこちら、オフィシャル・サイトでご覧ください。また、今週末お出かけになる方のために日本語にも訳してみたので、(さらっとですが。。。)参考にしてくださいね。

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ジョージ・ウィンストンのオフィシャル・サイト(George Winston Official Site)

①11月30日(日曜日)のコンサート(午後3時開場)

ストラスモア・ミュージック・センター(THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE))

・会場:THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE 
5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385
・電話番号(Ticket Office Phone): 301-581-5100
・ファックス番号(Fax):301-581-5101
・メールアドレス:tickets@strathmore.org

②12月1日(月曜日)のコンサート(午後7時半)

セラーズビル・シアター(Sellersville Theater)
・会場:24 West Temple Avenue Sellersville, PA
・電話番号:215-257-5808
・8時開演
・チケット: $39 – $55

では、こちらを聴きながら、バイオグラフィをご覧ください。。。♪
ジョージ・ウィンストンのアルバム「DECEMBER(12月)」のソロ・ピアニストより『サンクス・ギビング』(Thanksgiving – Solo Pianist George Winston from his album DECEMBER )

George Winston Biography(バイオグラフィー) ( from the Winter Concert Program )

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B., including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and…

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The Bliss of Ignorance

One nice thing about visiting or living in a foreign country: not understanding the language.

When visiting or living in a foreign country where I don’t understand the language, public chatter becomes white noise that I can very easily tune out whenever I want. The beauty of that is, unlike when living in the States or visiting other English-speaking countries, I don’t have to listen to all of the stupid, idiotic, moronic, and embarrassing BS that people think it is necessary to say in public.

Ignorance truly can be a blissfully beautiful thing, indeed.

And why does it seems that those who do feel it necessary to say such stupid, idiotic, moronic, and embarrassing BS in public also seem to feel it necessary to do so in such an excessively loud and abrasive way?

My Donor and Me

So, in a little over a month I am scheduled to have my bone marrow transplanted. It sounds daunting but according to my nurse practitioner it will be rather anti-climactic. Apparently, I will receive the bone marrow harvested from my donor in the same manner I would receive a blood transfusion: hang the bags, hook them up to the pump, plug the line out of the pump into my Hickman Line, and then lie back and relax. I expect it might not be quite as easy to relax during the transplant as a typical transfusion but still, my job during this transaction between my donor and me is relatively easy. My donor, on the other hand, has a much more difficult task.

It amazes me that there is someone out there somewhere in the world who is not just a perfect match for me, but who is also willing to follow through with the donation. I have no idea where my donor lives or how far he or she has to travel for the procedure–he or she could live halfway around the world for all I know. Fortunately for the both of us, my hospital will cover the travel expenses and my insurance will cover the costs of the medical procedures; but still, what a disruption to life he or she is willing to make on my behalf, especially since my donor knows nothing about me, other than my life depends on his or her marrow. Likewise, I know nothing about my donor, other than he or she is truly generous and caring.

I am told that a year or so after my procedure I will be allowed to make contact with my donor, provided my donor wants to make contact with me. I will have to make that decision when the time comes. Right now I appreciate the anonymity of the process. It enables me to focus on preparing myself prior to the procedure and healing myself afterward without having to feel obligated to establishing and maintaining a relationship with my donor at the same time. Even to me this seems completely selfish, but it is how I feel.

Besides, how does one thank someone for such grand generosity anyway? Right now the only way I can think of is by simply saying thank you and trying to live the best life after the transplant as possible. We will have to wait and see if I feel differently a year from now.