Ritual

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It was a week ago…
I was weak ago?
Converging together
Cars, trains, planes
Highways, railways, sky ways
irrigated with the tears of a clan
Kin
My clan, my kin
Smiles gave way to hugs gave way to “How ya been’s?”
Heightened attention was focused towards the table
That corner
That seat
At each phone ring
door opening,
plate of food delivered
memory spoken
The ritual
The exchanges
The reminders
A breath
Transition
Back to catch up:
“How ya been?”,
“How was the trip?”
“How’s the weather?”
“Thanksgiving wasn’t that long ago…”
Laughter, cards, beer and Jack
we find our center once again
The fog not lifted but easier to navigate with the headlamps called “family”
The ritual
The exchanges
The reminders
A breath
Transition
Clothes of black
Veils of protection
Cloth to soothe tired faucets
as they run free and clear without ceasing
The pats
The hands
The feeling of warmth radiated from outside constellations to yours
Laughter, cards, tea, and cake
We say our goodbyes
Reflect in our goodbyes
Knowing “good” and “bye” will never be said to you again
The ritual
The exchanges
The reminders
A breath
Transition
Peeling off the clothes
the foil
Saran Wrap
bottle caps
Holding one another with tall tales, peace and quiet, drinking of wine,
Liquor, both dark and clear
Burning out the fog to cling to one another and bathe in the faith,
Strength and love that sustains us.
Sustained you
Goodbye…

Wandering Wednesday

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While I realize it is actually Friday, my Wandering Wednesday post is going live TODAY! Yes, I’ve been busy blah, blah, blah (you can recap that here and here),but this week I started back on my messenger route which means, I’m getting paid to wander the streets of New York and take awesome photos in between stops. This week’s Wandering Wednesday features the pictures I was able to take throughout the month, when my fingers weren’t freezing.

Midtown, the Financial District, City Hall, and West Harlem are featured. Hope you enjoy!

Ciao ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Friday!

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To celebrate my first Rising Circle event-a-palooza as a full-fledged member, here’s a little “foxy” fun! Lyrics are below. ๐Ÿ™‚

*I originally posted a short bit of this on Instagram to celebrate my involvement in the One-Minute Play Festival.

A Winner never quits
And a quitter never wins
I thought about what I wanted
And you were on my list

[Verse 2: Justin Timberlake]
Remember where I was?
In the desert with no love
No cactus’s, just dust
And you swept me from above

[Refrain: Both]

[Pre-Chorus: Both]
So I just wanna say
Thank you for this day
Cause it is so good
Good Honey

[Chorus: Both]
You got me feelin’ brand new (brand new)
You got me feelin’ brand new (brand new)
Like the tag’s still on me
Like the tags still on me
Jumpin’ ’round in your bag
Jumpin’ ’round in your bag
So good morning, ooh girl
You are the feeling I’m jammin’ to (brand new)
You are the feeling I’m jammin’ to (brand new)
Like the tag’s still on me
Got the tags still on me

[Refrain x2: Both]

[Verse 3: Pharrell]
Life to me is easy
People make it complicated
When love is the tool
No reason we can’t make it

[Verse 4: Justin Timberlake]
Come on, let’s go, be brave
Feel somethin’ at theย [?]
Once we know that amaze
Then give it all away

[Refrain: Both]

[Pre-Chorus]

[Chorus: Both]

[Bridge: Both]
All my life, when I describe
What I want, I’ve been misunderstood
The more I try, at bein’ satisfied
And didn’t think that I could
But then you came along, and you made me strong
Like God said you would

Ciao ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, Hello There!

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Long time, no write? Yes, I know. I’ve been missing in action over here on New York Dreaming, but never you fret. This is an extremely good thing. 2015, as I might have mentioned numerous times so far, is treating me supremely. Since I last wrote, I was cast in and completed a show, became an artist ย member of a theatre company in the city I am extremely proud to be a part of, started rehearsals for another project, in the middle of rewrites for another and added another shift on to my normal duties over at the day job.

Phew!

My passion is definitely in the driver’s seat this year, and that can only mean great things are on the horizon out in the real world and here on the blog. As February begins to wind down, I am ready to flood the home page with all of my adventures and accomplishments from the past two weeks AND ready my mind for my March monthly goals.

There’s a lot to do, and only 3 days to do it. Here goes!!!

Ciao ๐Ÿ™‚

Time to Get Focused

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Ferocity requires Focus…

This is an idea I came away with this weekend. If you read my monthly theme last week, you’ll remember that making this month a “fierce” one is a goal I have set for myself. But what does being fierce really entail, at least for me? Well, I’m glad you asked! Dedication, steadfast focus, looking at that subconscious To-Do List and actually checking off all of those ideas, tasks, and phone calls I’ve managed to put off for days, weeks, or even months. Continuing to make myself a priority, and figuring out what makes me tick, smile, happy, stressed and relaxed.

Don’t you just love those days when you are able to enjoy your dinner and say “Gee, I really kicked ass today! What took me so long to do all this stuff?” Well, my friends, that is exactly what I want to be able to say at the end of each day this month! And so with each week, I’ve decided to create mini-challenges for myself. (Fingers crossed, I pass them all with flying colors) This week I have decided to dedicate two hours each day to read and write. I have a great pile of books to choose from; two or three writing projects I have to refine, start, or complete; plus scripts to read, reread, memorize and grow to love.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and while I love Netflix binge-watching as much as the next person (currently obsessed with Chuck, by the way) Pages and pens, peace and quiet really do compliment each other, and with this gloomy February weather, there is no time like the present to embrace all that two of the three R’s have to offer.

So what do you think? Want to take this mini-challenge with me? Who knows what creativity or curiosity it could unleash…

Ciao ๐Ÿ™‚

Frugal and Fierce February

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February has definitely arrived in the Big Apple people! It’s a winter, slushy, snowy wonderland up here. Even while the puddles of doom loom on every street corner and it is a herculean fete to climb the snow-plowed mountains between yourself and the bus, the winter white reminds us allย  me that it’s always best to slow down and enjoy the peace and stillness that this season brings.

As far as monthly motivations go, I think the post title is pretty self-explanatory. Frugal and fierce. I love alliteration obviously, but these characteristics fit seamlessly into my new year’s resolution of consistence and persistence.ย Things are still moving at a pretty fast clip in terms of my career, I will be in rehearsal for two shows starting this weekend, still exercising my teaching muscle over at Stella Adler, and getting the hang of this “writing thing” while developing a new web series. January was filled with nothing but ups for me, and a lot of that I credit to starting the year off right surrounded by family. So, in order to keep that feeling of love and support, my cousin Lauren and I have decided to have a scheduled family brunch the first Sunday of every month. A great excuse to try out new brunch spots in the city, and check in with one another even as our lives become more complex and busy.

As always, I hope that your January was a successful one and that you are still trying to keep to your new year’s resolutions, themes, or goals as we begin the short month that is February. Keep to your dreams and find inspiration in the world around you.

Ciao ๐Ÿ™‚