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Member since: Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:58 PM
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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina.

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Rural Academy Theater

They are rehearsing now and will begin their trek soon. I was able to watch rehearsal yesterday and they are delightful!

Featured here in August 2014, Our State magazine:

The Rural Academy Theater

By Andrea Danchi
Photography by Nicola Krebill

Why would a band of performers traverse western North Carolina in a wagon? Because in entertainment, delivery matters.

A team of horses halts in a pasture in Black Mountain.

As the red covered wagon behind them rolls to a stop, curtains flutter in the mountain breeze and shield a collection of costumes, hand-painted props, and puppets. The Rural Academy Theater has arrived.

It’s been awhile since traveling at 2.5 miles per hour was considered progress –– especially for entertainment. In a culture of Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, Rural Academy Theater founders, brothers Gabriel and Noah Harrell, are taking the slow road by driving a wagon around western North Carolina. It’s their third tour through the region, and they’re bringing with them a troupe of performers who hail from everywhere between Scotland and Seattle.

In that pasture in Black Mountain, all eight performers dismount. Those who rode alongside the wagon rest their bikes against nearby trees. Others hop down from the wagon seats. The crew mills about, unloading supplies and prepping the stage. Lit only by lanterns and strings of lights in the grass, the show begins at sundown.

An oversized toy and puppet stage is built into the side of the wagon, which alone is an impressive feat. The wagon is constructed of cypress from the Cape Fear River and was built by North Carolina wagon craftsmen to sustain the state’s humid weather and mountainous terrain on the theater’s journeys, which begin in September, in Lenoir, and end seven weeks later in Black Mountain.

More at link.


Here is the link to their website: http://www.ruralacademytheater.com/

Here is the 2014 schedule link:

Please visit the wish list and donate if you can. Thanks.

Love, Peace and Shelter.
~ littlemissmartypants
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 10:10 AM (0 replies)

Thanks for your post, cali.

What about a two day suspension and some sensitivity training?

War is a racket.

Wouldn't it be nice if you and I had a dog in this fight?

Make it a national vote and then let's talk.

Love, Peace and Shelter.
~ littlemissmartypants



Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 07:05 AM (1 replies)

Power and Control.


The cycle of abuse has four phases:


Stress builds up in the abuse

The cycle begins with some stress (ex: job, money or bills). The stress causes the abuser to feel powerless. The abuser chooses to act out toward a spouse or partner through name-calling, insults and accusations. As the tension builds, victims try to calm the abusers and try to guess ways to meet all their needs.  The tension becomes unbearable. At the stage, victims feel like they have to be extra careful and alert around the abuser. It’s like walking on eggshells


Act Out:
Tension leads to violence

The tension that builds up in the abuser leads to severe verbal abuse, threats or a violent physical or sexual attack.It may happen once – but usually happens over and over.Abuse is always on purpose – it is never an accident. Abusers believe they need to hurt or humiliate their victims so they can feel they have the power and control in the relationship.


Abusers blame others, rationalize their actions

Once they’ve committed the violent act, abusers will often blame others or use excuses to justify their actions. For example, the abuser might tell the victim: “you have been driving me crazy lately. It’s your fault this happened!” Or, he/she may make light of the violence that occurred: “I barely touched you. You’re making a big deal out of nothing!”These are defenses used to turn the blame away from abusers and make them feel better about themselves. Abusers then try to convince their victims that the abuser’s version of the truth is what really happened. Often, because they feel powerless to object, victims begin to doubt their own experience. They start to believe the incident really happened the way the abuser remembers it.
More at link.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue Sep 9, 2014, 09:54 AM (2 replies)


From health care forward, Obama has not found his voice, except for singular, moving events such as Newtown or Gabby Giffords (and Ferguson to a lesser extent.)  But those events provide comfort only in their immediacy; he cannot seem to ever get it right on his more enduring policies.  If I were Obama, I would bring David Gergen back to the White House for the umpteenth time, a wise old hand who has served both parties admirably.  I doubt we would be discussing the “optics” quite so much.

I remember Gergan. I liked him once upona time.

But this is about optics. I want to talk about the communication skills of President Obama. At this point some might think that I have breached a rubicon by saying that.
He is the most scrutinized president in the history of the USA. I read that, somewhere, so don't quote me.


the politics of exclusion is a disastrous course

Redirect Here:

Communication Skills


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Sep 7, 2014, 10:50 PM (1 replies)

First let me say that I reject dystopia.

From the perspective of this piece, it appears we should all either jump ship or wait for the earth to open up and swallow us all. Although it is a fact, that the last rat on a sinking ship will cannibalize itself, we forget the strength of the human spirit is biologically predetermined and we're not extinct.

That said, two percent of nothing, is still nothing. When you can't make a living wage, can't afford transportation, much less the fuel and skip meals yourself to feed your children- the fact one stays alive enough, in one's own heart, to maintain the struggle is laudable.

We don't have a lack of monetary charity but a lack of charity of spirit, of empathy and a woefully shrinking supply of the milk of human kindness.

I suggest, we put a measurable value on those and do the research again.

Thanks for your post.

~ Lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Sep 5, 2014, 03:38 AM (1 replies)

Indeed, and neither you nor I are spuds.

We're misunderstood sweet potatoes. I yam one and you are two.

Jokes aside.

Language is dynamic. When someone criticizes a person's verbal expression it is a personal and intolerant attack with limited empathy and warped perception.

I have never been tickled by an insult whether direct or indirect. Like the saying goes, It's all fun and games until someone gets a eye poke.

Communication is hard. Message scrambling surpasses egg scrambling in message breaks to the bearer.

The battle for understanding leaves hidden wounds but wounds just the same.

Tolerance is a virtue.
Play is essential for survival.
Words are a tricky business.
Just relax and read some Shakespeare.

And merrily, thanks for being a thoughtful friend.

~Love, Peace and Shelter.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 05:47 PM (1 replies)

And this thread in particulates

Has become both a teaching tool and a teachable moment.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 05:20 PM (1 replies)

You know this makes

This the worst thread hijack, evver.

Where is the :shame: smilie?
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 02:48 PM (1 replies)

Video ~5 mins


Feb 3, 2012

The Alliance for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage ("ARCH") International, Inc. is laying the groundwork for a major public campaign to prevent the decimation of ancient Buddhist temples and Bronze Age metal foundries at Mes Aynak, a major site on the ancient Silk Road that is endangered by a current plan to mine copper from this historic location. We understand that Afghanistan is in great need of the funds that would flow from this projected mineral extraction, so we are working with engineers and other experts to find the means of balancing new methods of copper mining with the careful preservation of our priceless cultural heritage.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 12:24 PM (0 replies)


No Rack can torture me
Emily Dickinson

No Rack can torture me
My Soul—
at Liberty—
Behind this mortal Bone
There knits a bolder One—
You cannot prick with saw—
Nor pierce with Scimitar—
Two Bodies—therefore be—
Bind One—
The Other fly—
The Eagle of his Nest No easier divest— And gain the Sky Than mayest Thou— Except Thyself may be Thine Enemy— Captivity is Consciousness— So’s Liberty.

Online text © 1998-2014 Poetry X. All rights reserved.
From The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson | Written c. 1862
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Sep 4, 2014, 11:05 AM (1 replies)
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