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My Acting Debut

Well here it is, my first time ever on a stage, and performing a monologue to boot. A little back story first. Awhile back in late 2013, the San Juan Islands (where we have our cabin) experienced a phone and internet outage caused by a severed cable that lasted for ten days. You can read about here! My good friend, Kevin Hillstrom, a budding playwright wrote a play about the outage and poked a little fun at it. He asked me if I would star in it. I said sure although I have never acted before. It was to be performed during the Playwrights “On the Fringe” at the San Juan Community Theater. He went out on a limb with the theater director because I couldn’t come up for the rehearsals, she never met me until the day before the first show, had no idea how it would work, was worried because I was going to go off script and ad lib some of the lines, and the other actors were thinking Kevin was get some preferential treatment. But he managed to persuade her and emailed me the script and let me know where I could just ad lib and ramble within it. So after looking it over for a while, and putting my thespian hat on, here is the result below,  no real rehearsal and no real experience. I think we did a fine job. Thanks to Kevin for writing a great and funny script and Julie Laidlaw for allowing us to “wing it”.

Talking To Animals

Well Deb and I just had an interesting weekend where we hosted an animal communication workshop at our home. Twelve people came over and joined animal communicator Mary Getten for a two day get together learning how to communicate with animals. We provided snacks, beverages, and space (not lodging) for the event. Mary is the brand new wife of one of Deb’s coworkers, that’s how we got involved. As a matter of fact, we attended their wedding just the weekend before and it was one of the funnest weddings I have been to.  It was held at Camp Moran State Park on Orcas Island and was a spiritual ceremony where we chanted songs and signed Tibetan prayer flags instead of a guest book. Very non traditional and interesting. Back to the workshop!

The first day of the workshop, we got to know one another and learned to clear our minds through meditation and silence. We also did an imagination exercise where we became an animal and lived in it’s mind and body and spirit. We also learned to help your chances of successful animal communication, you needed to relax, clear and open your mind to it, and remove the doubts that it can work. That will be my biggest problem. Not only can one learn to talk to animals living in and around you, but you can also learn to communicate with those miles away and with those whom have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. I am usually skeptical about things such as this, but tried to keep an open mind about it, and then had an experience which I wasn’t expecting. Right in the middle of these learning sessions I began to feel a great sad and unhappy feeling. It overwhelmed me as it was so unexpected. I then realized it was Simon, our recently passed kitty. He was letting me know that he was very unhappy, sad, and pissed off and was not where he was supposed to be. He was in a wrong place. I had to stop the session, because I had to relate to everyone what was happening. Deb was surprised at me and we tried to figure out what was meant by this communication. Later after everyone had left as we were tidying up, Deb all of sudden figured it out. It was a month to the day since he passed and we still hadn’t picked up his ashes from the vet. I had actually forgotten about the poor boy! We have since rectified that and he is now home with his brother and sister.

The second day, we learned more communicating and soft focusing techniques. A few of the others had brought their pets, so we had two and then three big dogs roaming the house and they also brought pictures of other pets live and passed. We learned how to try and talk with all of these creatures. Deb actually communicated with a horse miles away and I did the same. It was fascinating! One of the attendees had a chat with Muffin our second cat to go over the Rainbow Bridge. He wants to be taken out of the “living space” whatever that means. We are going to have to practice and try to talk to him again. That’s the key to this animal communication is to practice, practice, practice. So far I haven’t been diligent, but need to start because in a few weeks Deb and I are headed to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for a volunteer vacation. I would love to communicate with some of the animals there if I can get better at it (if that’s even a possibility)!

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