Lifes funny ways is a book of poems about reconnecting with your inner spirit.
The ways in which we are reminded of our strengths, our weaknesses, our ego, our pride.
The journey we travel, along the road with You - even when we dont know it.
The way that You try to guide us - it can be a very bumpy ride!
You try to help us with humour, with love and compassion, but,
Sometimes we fail to listen. You keep trying and trying. So,
When all else fails - You give us a swift kick, to get us out of the rut.
All the time, waiting and hoping that we will, You, get to know.
Hoping that we will remember You.
That we will live - knowing
Your love for us too.
When us, to Heaven, You bring.
This poignant and poetic Pulitzer Prize winning play captures 1929 Florida at a time when cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration. But when he reads aloud from "Anna Karenina", he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and The American Dream prove a volatile combination.An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance starring:Jimmy Smits as Juan JulianOnahoua Rodriguez as MarelaAdriana Sevan as ConchitaAlma Martinez as OfeliaJonathan Nichols as Palomo and Eliades Winston Rocha as SantiagoHerbert Siguenza as ChéchéDirected by Jose Luis Valenzuela. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
A conflict between a nobleman and a moneylender drives this suspenseful comedy filled with twists and turns.Bassanio, a Venetian nobleman and reckless spender, has found himself in financial straits, making it difficult for him to court the woman he loves, Portia. His wealthy friend who usually bails him out, Antonio, will not have funds available until his merchant ships come in. Borrowing from Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, and using Antonio as a guarantor, appears to be Bassanio’s only option if he wants to win Portia’s hand. Shylock, at first reluctant to get involved with the anti-Semitic Antonio, finally offers to waive interest on the loan—if he can take a pound of Antonio’s flesh should the money not be repaid on time. But when Bassanio’s ships are reported lost at sea, danger awaits, in this masterpiece by the Bard, William Shakespeare.
LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of The Feast of Lights by Emma Lazarus. This was the Weekly Poetry project for December 18, 2011.Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is the Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the 2nd century BCE.This poem celebrating Hanukkah was written by Emma Lazarus, a Jewish American poet. Emma Lazarus also wrote 'The New Colossus,' a sonnet which is inscribed on a plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, Rebecca, Merlin) stars as troubled newly wed Bella Manningham in this brand new full cast audio production of the classic thriller Gaslight. Despite seemingly having every advantage and an outwardly doting husband, Bella is being driven slowly mad... but can the cause of her madness truly be her husband? What is the dark, terrible, secret lurking in his past, and where does he disappear to each evening? Left alone in her dingy parlour with the gaslight periodically dimming and the shadows surrounding her, is Bella really going insane? Does Police detective Rough hold all the answers? Will anybody be able to save her from her darkened fate...Other cast members include Sean Connolly as Jack, Helen Oakleigh as Nancy, Rosemary Smith as Elizabeth and Terry Molloy (The Archers, Doctor Who) as Inspector Rough. Written in 1938, and memorably filmed in 1944 with Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight is a classic thriller, and a geniunely tense study of the power of good and evil...
Four stories by Frank Marcopolos and four poems by Q.R. Maber. Frank's fiction has been reviewed with such praise as:
“This is a thoughtful, articulate, and often humorous narrative about the choices we all make, sometimes in the space of a single heartbeat, and the life-altering impact of our subsequent actions. It’s also a bittersweet tale of self-discovery and seminal experiences, full of realistic dialogue, unexpected situations and offbeat characters. A highly readable novel that recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving, this is a literary gem that should not be missed.” – Blue Ink Review, Starred Review (Eagles and Hawks and Also People As Well)
“Enzo is a thoughtful athlete reminiscent of Henry “Author” Wiggen in Mark Harris’ quartet of baseball novels, most notably Bang the Drum Slowly (1956). But Marcopolos offers a postmodern twist. The mysterious keeps taking prominence in this novel: the hazing rituals, which are amusing, sexy, confusing, and disturbing all at once; the hard-to-figure attitudes of Enzo’s teammates; oddities like a replica of the Winchester Mystery House that somehow features a pagan mechanical bull ride; Trudy’s oracular pronouncements; and portentous dreams and symbols involving several dead birds and brick-tied balloons that a teammate pops. Each image speaks of death and aborted flight, a counterpoint to Enzo’s longing for the big leagues and a home that isn’t stifling. Also complex is Enzo’s character. A well-written, intriguing sports tale that explores the importance of home base.” – Kirkus Reviews (Eagles and Hawks and Also People As Well)
“A frequently effective collection of stories about people seeking to understand themselves and their predicaments.” – Kirkus Reviews (Infinite Ending)
“Marcopolos is an eloquent and provocative writer. These are strong stories that work very well.” – Self-Publishing Review (Infinite Ending)
A contemporary clinical abortion in the spirit of a Western.
The Doctor introduces the gang: The Supine Cobbler (wanted), her estranged sister (dead by hanging), her former best friend (missing, presumed dead) and her apprentice (a turncoat). Together they negotiate integrity in a lawless world. The Supine Cobbler is an unsentimental legend and a true story. It is a hero myth for girls.
Praisefor the productions of The Supine Cobbler:
‘The show is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.’
– Theatre Reader
‘Jill Connell … is consistently one of the most innovative playwrights in the country.’
– Vue Weekly
‘The Supine Cobbler is brilliant, subversive and deeply hilarious. The play is about an abortion – but also: waiting, haunting, cheating, hurting, daring and the private cultivation of one’s humanity. It is singular and surprising and epic and lean as Bowie. You cannot help but talk about this play. It is the work of a lover and a rebel. To miss it, would be to miss a master in her early bloom.’
– Claudia Dey, author of Trout Stanley and Stunt
‘I love this absolutely idiosyncratic play. It’s very funny, moving and sharp, and the only work of art about abortion I can think of that doesn’t sentimentalize or simplify the experience, but gets the strangeness and banality of it exactly right.’
– Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?
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