I recently had the chance to read through Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth’s excellent Dear Albert Einstein script. I loved the story and flew through the pages. Then I immediately found myself recollecting my own school memories and relating to Susan.
There is a funny dichotomy that happens inside a nonprofit organization. On the one hand there is this constant impulse to dream – and dream big! These groups are designed around a mission to change something or to do something important, so dreaming comes naturally. On the other hand running a nonprofit is so hard and so draining that those dreams frequently become burdens. For example,“We’ve been talking about starting a pilot program in another city for five years now and it just isn’t realistic – time to forget about it!”
My son, Clayton is eight. He’s into Club Penguin. It’s a kid’s simulation environment with Penguin avatars. Playing “Club Penguin” isn’t enough though. He and his friends also have “Club Penguin Clubs” at school. More than one! As Clay was describing to me the different variations on the clubs and who’s in which one, it reminded me of how we so naturally and instinctively want to belong. Belonging to different groups pretty much defines our lives.
There’s a new wordless book out, JOURNEY by Aaron Becker, published by Candlewick Press, that I am in love with.
As an intern at Making Books Sing, one of my tasks has been to use social media. Social media offers more than just a form of entertainment; it offers creativity and better communication with people interested in what our organization is up to. In order to better communicate with our audience and allow them to interact with our organization, I have recently begun using Pinterest to post pictures that relate to our theater productions.
When one hears the term ‘intern’ they often cannot help but conjure up cliché images of coffee runs, sending faxes and making copious copies; that is not the case at Making Books Sing. Since my first day in mid-September, I have felt like an integral part of a team that works in collusion to achieve an important goal: bring high-quality theater to children!
Growing up I had an imaginary twin sister named Tammy. I also had an imaginary older brother named Paul, and an imaginary younger brother named Charlie. And yes, I had one older sister as well, but she was real and therefore not at all as interesting as my other imaginary siblings.