Theatre, Football, and Quakers, Oh My!

The wind has been doing it's best to push the trees over in my apartment complex tonight. It has been quite a day between my job search, vehicle search, dance class, and play rehearsal. I also went and worked out, it felt pretty good. Shocker I know. Then tonight I learned how to throw a football out on the deck at the Pentacle. (Didn't you always wonder what actors do at rehearsals?) The set is amazing, I got to see it for the first time tonight. It will be really cool when it's all finished. The play will be great. It's fascinating to see what goes into producing one though. Quite an interesting adventure. I'll never be able to look at that theatre the same way again, or any theatre for that matter. Tonight I was remembering the first time I ever saw a play there. Stacey took me to see one on a summer's night. I'll never forget it. I didn't know then I would be acting in one myself down the road. Tomorrow I am going to sit in a different place in the theatre to get a different view with my camera. I'm having trouble getting it to focus without a flash. (I don't want to disturb those on stage.)

This afternoon I was talking with my friend Shari about religious backgrounds. I told her how as I've gotten older, I realize more and more how much the faith I grew up with directs my life now. I have read Quaker blogs and comments on facebook about how people decide how to conduct their lives based on Quaker values and ideals. While I appreciate many of the values Quakers stand for such as simplicity and listening directly to God, my upbringing in the Nazarene church trumps nearly everything Quaker. This greatly pleases my rebellious tendencies. But even if it didn't, I am still more than happy what I learned then influences me so much now. In the words of "Death of a Salesman", I know who I am . What I learned at seminary is the second largest influence in my spiritual life, another thing I would not change. What I learned there opened my eyes to a much larger world. It will be interesting to see what the Quakers add to the mix in the coming years.

365-09 #7

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Walking the Sea: Theatre, Football, and Quakers, Oh My!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Theatre, Football, and Quakers, Oh My!

The wind has been doing it's best to push the trees over in my apartment complex tonight. It has been quite a day between my job search, vehicle search, dance class, and play rehearsal. I also went and worked out, it felt pretty good. Shocker I know. Then tonight I learned how to throw a football out on the deck at the Pentacle. (Didn't you always wonder what actors do at rehearsals?) The set is amazing, I got to see it for the first time tonight. It will be really cool when it's all finished. The play will be great. It's fascinating to see what goes into producing one though. Quite an interesting adventure. I'll never be able to look at that theatre the same way again, or any theatre for that matter. Tonight I was remembering the first time I ever saw a play there. Stacey took me to see one on a summer's night. I'll never forget it. I didn't know then I would be acting in one myself down the road. Tomorrow I am going to sit in a different place in the theatre to get a different view with my camera. I'm having trouble getting it to focus without a flash. (I don't want to disturb those on stage.)

This afternoon I was talking with my friend Shari about religious backgrounds. I told her how as I've gotten older, I realize more and more how much the faith I grew up with directs my life now. I have read Quaker blogs and comments on facebook about how people decide how to conduct their lives based on Quaker values and ideals. While I appreciate many of the values Quakers stand for such as simplicity and listening directly to God, my upbringing in the Nazarene church trumps nearly everything Quaker. This greatly pleases my rebellious tendencies. But even if it didn't, I am still more than happy what I learned then influences me so much now. In the words of "Death of a Salesman", I know who I am . What I learned at seminary is the second largest influence in my spiritual life, another thing I would not change. What I learned there opened my eyes to a much larger world. It will be interesting to see what the Quakers add to the mix in the coming years.

365-09 #7

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2 Comments:

At January 8, 2009 at 12:50 AM , Blogger Addict said...

I LOVE getting to read you everyday!!!
It seems every time I've seen you lately, I've been mentally "somewhere else"...
Anyway, it's awesome to get to catch up with you in the quiet of the night where there aren't so many life distractions.
I'm glad your playing along with my little blog project
:)

 
At January 8, 2009 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Ashley W said...

I am curious which values from your Nazarene church are in conflict with or different from Quaker values. Have you had specific experiences lately where you responded differently than you expected?

 

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