So many good things

The last couple of weeks have been been busy, and full of wonderful good things!

I celebrated my 4-month “getting out of the hospital” anniversary! Man, it still feels odd to say that. Not the “getting out” part, but the whole hospital thing. I mean, it’s still so much to process, and sometimes it almost doesn’t seem real, like it’s just something you read about, or might see on TV. But, I’m getting better, getting strength back, and have found myself more and more grateful for my life, and the people in it, every single day. That’s part of why today I’m posting about all sorts of good things!

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Stuff to celebrate:

*I’ve been able to stop dialysis! While not 100% healed! my kidneys have healed enough so that I don’t need to have my blood cleaned three times a week! This is such a giant weight lifted off my family and I, it’s hard to even describe. It’s a good thing.

*Getting to see 3 terrific pieces of theatre recently. The Last Romance at The Purple Rose, Carousel at Encore Musical Theatre, and Hamlet at The Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Had a great time at them all, and hopefully will see more soon!

*Getting a visit from Laura Thaisen! Laura was one of Williamston Theatre’s first apprentices, and she’s gone on to become a professional stage manager in Minneapolis, and we’re extremely proud of her. It was so great to have her visit, and to meet her significant other just weeks before they became officially engaged!

*We broke our yearly attendance record at Williamston Theatre! This is a wonderful thing, and we’re hoping that it’s a trend we’ll keep doing for the next few years.

*I did ten push-ups. Yes, ten. Go ahead and laugh, but a couple of months ago it was all I could do to hold myself up. This week I walked over a mile with my son and my dogs, and I did ten push-ups! Little steps, but they make me wanna take more steps.

*Guardians Of The Galaxy. Awesome. I am Groot. Enough said.

*We had a fabulous family weekend “up North”, playing games and napping and chatting and eating. We went to an entertainment center where we got to race go karts, and drive bumper cars, and I’m not gonna lie, I had a moment. A moment where I was driving my bumper car around, and I couldn’t stop smiling. I look up, and my parents and wife are sitting and watching (and taking video!), and they were laughing, and so happy, and every bumper car was filled with family: my kids, my sister, my nephews… We’re all smashing into each other and laughing our fool heads off, and the sense of wonderfulness was just, overwhelming.

This is the part where I want to write something about not taking things for granted, and celebrating life every chance you get, and how many times since getting out of the hospital I’ve said to myself “I almost missed this!” – those lessons and more are bouncing around in my head, and my heart, and I’m still processing them in so many ways, many times each day. Maybe someday soon I’ll be able to write coherently about them…

Until then, friends, remember to tell the people you love how you feel, take joy in every well spent moment, and revel in how many moments truly are well spent.

Random Good Things On A Sunday Night

Father’s Day with my family was great. I’m a lucky man.

The first part of my arm surgery was smooth and successful. Part two will be in July, and a couple weeks after that I should have a working fistula for dialysis. That’ll be a lot nicer than these tubes in my chest.

I’ve been able to be at work a few times this week, slowly getting life moving towards the new normal. We had some callback auditions, and next season will be cast in the next week or so.

Rice Dream. No, I’m not dreaming about rice. Rice Dream is a pretty good non-dairy replacement for milk when I need something to put on cereal. (Dairy is pretty limited in my dialysis diet because of the phosphorous).

The Edge Of Tomorrow was a pretty fun movie. Having a day just hanging out with my son and seeing it was even better.

“Love Letter” is a fun, simple, fast-paced and family friendly card game that we just started playing. check it out!

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope your week was as full of good things as mine!

Monday: A Pic Post Of Good Things

Random moments from the life of a Dad, Artistic Director, and Geek.

Sometimes your daughter gets old enough to drive a car.

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And then you’re like

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But then you get to do some light reading for work:

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And you’re reminded

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And the truth in that quote hits you like

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And you think “There are a heck of a lot of wonderful things in my life”. Such as this renovation of the seating banks at Williamston Theatre:
From this…

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20130826-123340.jpgwhere the second, third and fourth rows will have MUCH better sight lines to the floor of the stage, which is one more step to providing the best theatrical experience we can for our patrons!

In other good news, the Chelsea Community Fair was this weekend, and we had a blast. Along with rides and junk food and demolition derbies, we got to see this pig and her brand new piglets. Adorable, and now we’re fighting the urge to get a pig.

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And, lastly, I’m excited to announce a new freelance gig – this Fall my pal Joe and I will be hosting a show on the TV Talk Network. TV Talk is a company that produces short-form talk shows discussing today’s favorite television entertainment. Joe and I will be hosting TV Talk: Hostages, a show about the new CBS series “Hostages”! Check out the details and download the free app at TV Talk – join us, it’ll be a ton of fun!

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Wednesday’s Random Good Things

RANDOM GOOD THINGS IN THE LIFE A DAD AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR!

I love the cover of our new season brochure!

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(I’m actually really really excited about all of next season – for more on that, click here!)

Speaking of theatre, we’re poised to finish our season next week at WT, and it looks like it’ll be the most successful we’ve had yet! Add to that the nice number of awards our teams were nominated for this season, and it sure makes me proud of everyone in the WT family for their hard work and dedication.

In non-work news, Maggie and I had a wonderful time running the Warrior Dash again this year:

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We also, as a family, got to spend several days relaxing on the Thunder Bay river, visiting my parents. Did some fishing, some playing of board games, some tv and movie watching, catching up on some reading, and generally hanging out together. Perfect!

The Detroit Tigers are 21 games over .500 and leading their division by 5 games. I like this.

Fun TV Update: okay, so Falling Skies had a great season finale. Looking forward to that coming back next Summer. Also, I’m late to the party on this show, but HOLY COW Orphan Black is good!! Check it out, if you’ve not seen it: you won’t be disappointed. And there are some fun shows premiering this Fall… Now I’ve got to see if I’ve actually got time to watch them… 🙂

There are more good things… But now it’s time to relax for the night with my family… And that’s a pretty good thing too!

Happy Wednesday y’all!

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Monday’s Random Good Thing Post

Happy Monday! How about some random good things?

“The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.” – Stephen Fry

Sometimes we all really need to examine our pancake situation and spruce it up a bit!

The Detroit Tigers, despite losing 5 of their last 6 games, are still clinging to 1st place in the AL Central! (Lets hope the bullpen and bats get a little more consistent than they’ve been as of late!)

So… Anybody watch Game of Thrones? How about that episode last night?!

10:53 by Annie Martin, at Williamston Theatre, is a big hit with our audiences! Great feedback and word of mouth. I had a blast directing this, the whole team was fabulous to work with. Don’t miss it!

Also, Ernie, which I also directed, is getting ready to open at The City Theatre in Detroit! Such a treat to bring this hit show back for a third season! Check it out! Here’s a pic of me with some of the Ernie gang: Megan Buckley, TJ Corbett and Will Young!

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This break-up letter from a woman to her cheating boyfriend is just awesome!

HAPPY MONDAY!

More random good things

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy. Wonderful, productive and fun, and busy.
Some pictures, so I don’t forget!

20121122-000323.jpg Spending some quality time in the woods with my brother and father. (Unfortunately, no deer were harmed in the making of this picture.)

20121122-000521.jpgThe set model for END DAYS, coming up in 2013 at Williamston Theatre. (Kirk Domer = amazing set designer).

20121122-000729.jpgA picture from EBENEZER, now playing at Williamston Theatre! Gorgeous!

20121122-000848.jpgAn amazing breakfast from the College Inn B&B in Westerville, OH.

20121122-001415.jpgAt WT, our “Dark Nights In Billtown” series was a huge hit, thanks to the efforts of Artistic Associate Lynn Lammers. Staged readings of political plays, the weekend before the election, using the building in new and fun ways!

Lots more wonderful things going on… Including Thanksgiving tomorrow, and the chance to spend more quality family time. Hope life is terrific for all of you out there as well!