Author: kiakiali

I do not think it means what you think it means

Language is very important. A dominant group can limit and constrict seemingly less powerful group easily by simple, deliberate word choices. Words have denotations (the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests) and connotations (an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning). Word choice and sentence structure are powerful tools in political times because they can be used to paint a very different picture than the reality. The following are quotes from an article which is circulating. Before we consider...

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Looking Glass Theatre’s matinee on Broadway!

Looking Glass Theatre ~ San Diego is a 100% volunteer based, non-profit, intergenerational community theatre in Hillcrest comprised of families and individuals sharing their love of the performing arts. We do not pay or charge our actors or performers. Long ago, “Mobile” was part of the name of the company (LGMT) and the shows traveled to various stages throughout San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, AND Los Angeles counties. For its 30th Pearl Anniversary Season, Looking Glass Theatre is going Mobile once again! They are taking their 51st production, “More Life Slices, a Second Helping” to Broadway! 970 Broadway in Chula Vista, to be exact, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego‘s South Bay campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Directors Everardo Aguilar, Kia Bordner, Les GrantSmith, Gay Hybertsen, and Rosalie Riedel are taking their five short plays of poignant life-changing moments for an “Out of Town Review” matinee, Saturday, November 5th at 3 pm. “MLS” are five one-act plays with mature themes, such as life after breast cancer, navigating the relationship between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, coming out, cracking Santa’s lists, and the passing on of treasured heirlooms. More information is found below or on the LGT...

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Looking Glass Theatre’s “More Life Slices, a Second Helping”

Looking Glass Theatre is a diverse intergenerational community theatre group. LGT currently produces three shows a year, on the campus of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, in Hillcrest. Last fall, LGT staged “Life Slices,” a collection of five one act plays instead of a full length production. This concept allowed for multiple directors to bring a variety of actors to the stage and significantly reduced rehearsal requirements for the smaller casts. Encouraged by the success of 2015’s “Life Slices,” LGT’s steering committee has crafted “More Life Slices, a Second Helping.” On November 11th and 12th, LGT will present “More Life Slices, a Second Helping.” Directors Everardo Aguilar, Kia Bordner, Les GrantSmith, Gay Hybertson, and Rosalie Riedel have selected short plays with mature themes for our second helping. Join Diane, as she navigates a lingerie store after her mastectomy. Watch as Andrea and her mother-in-law struggle to define their boundaries and relationship during an especially emotionally charged Christmas morning. Jill’s request for a family heirloom is met with hesitancy from her mother, Elaine, who rambles through some family history as she decides whether or not to part with the item. Teen siblings, Gil and Elisa, consider their changing family dynamics before their father’s funeral. Auditions will be held on Friday, 9/9/16 @ 7pm & Sunday, 9/11/16 @ 2pm, in the 1st Unitarian Universalist Church Meeting House. Among...

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as my grandfather lay dying

I sat there, at his bedside, just out of his sight. He talked and laughed to those I could not see. He made motions, reflexive actions in memory of tasks carried out long ago. My knitting often idle in my lap, I just listened – catching some of his mumbled words, missing most. I watched his face – smiling at old friends, family already passed. I shared these moments of dementia blurred with whatever we might glimpse as he neared the thin veil between this Life and the...

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balancing imbalances

balancing your immense needful life with my love support is consuming workout glass sister crack’d by stretching her bruised muscle like liquid strength,  her tongue runs staggeringly up avenues, slices deep, has blue bombed my playful summer song into dark, dirty evening i wish to teach you to swim through weights of your secret helplessness Push up thru your dry skin! Start over! blossom with his refreshing green beauty on Love’s warm...

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Desert Art

Many years ago,I was being driven out to try to photograph the much anticipated annual desert blooms in Anza-Borrego. The windows were rolled down and we were enjoying the drive. I was a bit startled by what I saw on the side of the highway. “There’s a mammoth?” “What?” David looked over at me like I had heat stroke. “I have no idea what you are talking about.” I strained to see behind us. “Yes. there is a mammoth.” I turned around, “and now a giant eagle’s nest!” We pulled over into the dirt road on the side of the highway which...

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Milestones – a Life in 50 Words

“It’s a boy, Mrs. Jones!” “Class President, Mrs. Jones’ boy, will deliver our commencement speech.” “Mrs. Jones, your boy must report immediately for military duty.” You’re cordially invited to the wedding of Mrs. Jones’ boy. Mrs. Jones is pleased to announce her boy’s daughter’s birth. Here lies Mrs. Jones’ boy.   * “Milestones” was originally published as a contest winner on A Word With You...

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mathematical incongruencies

oh, i miss the tangerines of my youth, tearing peels to drop in a bucket, i miss that horse of different colours, galloping away, no prince in the saddle i miss those warm Icelandic poppies, arranged neatly in bright green frogs, i miss sitting ‘neath Sistine fingers, washed over by Mahler’s 4th, or was it 5th? i miss being Renoir’s daughter, flying with an acrophobic pilot, we missed synchronizing our watches, unable to step in time together, we missed the point of the geometry lessons, never persuading our perpendicular lines to run parallel, yes, i miss the tangerines of...

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On Monday, she woke, went to the kitchen, poured two cups of coffee and set the table. She made breakfast and served everyone when they came in the kitchen. Each one kissed her on the cheek as they ran out the door. She washed, rinsed, dried and put away the dishes. She opened all the curtains and windows. She gathered discarded clothing from the floors in each of the bedrooms into her laundry basket and went down to the laundry room. While the first load was washing, she sat and wrote her grocery list. She moved the clothes into...

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The Pizza & Poetry of Our Passage part 1

It began easily enough — call Amtrak, lay out an itinerary based on three dates and hit the rails. Date #1 – arrive in DC in time for the Big New Year’s Bash at Bob Simon’s. Date #2 – go to NY with Victoria & Jenet for the premier of Jenet’s play. Date #3 – return me to DC on the 30th day of travel (when our USARail pass expires). Nothing worth doing is ever easy to do. My traveling companion (was not 9 years old), originally began his journey out of the Yukon and was then joining in me...

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