Thursday Random Thursday

10 May

Can you believe it is already the 10th of May? May 10th!

I remember New Years Day 2012 like it was yesterday and here we are about to wade into summer.

Today is, oddly enough, the birthday of John Wilkes Booth, Mark David Chapman, Sid Vicious and Rick Santorum.

You may recall that John Wilkes Booth was the actor who shot President Lincoln; Mark David Chapman is the fellow who wildly misinterpreted Catcher in the Rye and then shot John Lennon; Sid Vicious was the bassist for the punk rock group Sex Pistols who may or may not have stabbed his girlfriend to death; and Rick Santorum is, well, Rich Santorum.

There were also some nice people were born on May 10th:  Actor/Dancer and dance school founder, Fred Astaire, the Scottish singer, Donovan and U2’s Bono.

Of course, today is also the birthday of The Gosselin Sextuplets. Considering their upbringing, there’s no telling how they’re going to turn out. But I don’t think any of them have killed anyone just yet.

I miss the days when children were conceived out of love instead of an overarching desire for a reality show contract. But I guess those days are long gone.

Welcome to the 21st Century.

I am having a little moment imagining a very special May 10th episode of Glee involving a Donovan/Sid Vicious/Bono mash-up and lots of Astaire like dancing. Throw in “The Ballad of Booth” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” and you’ve got a 90 minute special.

I bet the Gosselin Sextuplets could guest star!

We’re talking extravaganza–with extra ganza!

Or, maybe not.

Despite the sentences that came before this one, believe it or not, I attended a writing workshop last night. (Yes, I went out of the house after dark again! This is an age of miracles and wonders, isn’t it?)

I really got in touch with the ways a writer can bring the reader into his confidence, or keep the reader at arm’s length. On a personal level, I am having some insights into how I learned at a young age that there are some things you don’t talk about. Not just inappropriate discussions, but all of the ways family secrets are kept.

When you keep things under wraps from others, you develop ways to keep things from yourself. If no one else has mentioned the elephant in the room, after a while you come to believe that elephant isn’t really there at all.

I know that was random–but that’s the way I write these morning blogs. You are a patient soul to even ride this train.

Happy May 10th, one and all. I think that’s enough randomness for the time being.

Enjoy your Thursday.

2 Responses to “Thursday Random Thursday”

  1. Pamela N Red May 10, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Most of those people born today were/are pretty messed up. Is it taurus or just this particular day? Either way if I ever hear of a person born on this day I’ll wonder about their psyche.

  2. Mary Atwood May 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Writer’s Workshop? Where? How did I not know?

    And “the birthday of John Wilkes Booth, Mark David Chapman, Sid Vicious and Rick Santorum.” Bwahahahahahaha! I love it!

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