Empty Nest -Whimsical Journey to Survive and Self Actualize
A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
In the 90’s I
laughed my way through John Gray’s New
York Times # 1 Best selling book, Men are from Mars-
Women Are from Venus. This book brilliantly characterized the
male vs female perspective on dating, marriage, and intimacy. It was a
hysterical read because it all seemed “so true”. This one man part theatrical and part stand-up Off- Broadway show is based on the book. It is the perfect lighthearted date night or girls night out. It’s even a night full of laughs for the guy who is dragged to the show!
Searching to understand
book focused on the differences in the “male and female brain” with the idea
that understanding these differences would bring men and women closer. In the show, Gray visits
by video as he narratescartoon animation that act out how the brain’s pleasure dopamine receptors differently
store points during intended good acts in a relationship. This brought a wave
of audience laughter as it all made personal sense.
Amadeo Fusca's show is non-stop high impact energy
Amadeo Fusca uses non- stop high impact energy
as he takes us on a hilarious relationship journey with his wife from their first date to 5 years
later with children. We laugh along because no matter where we are in our own relationships- dating or married- there is
somethings that resonates as “so true”. You can’t help but laugh as you poke
your date or nod in agreement with your girlfriends.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Fusca has the ability to make his story seem so real. He interacts
with the audience and it’s good comedy when he brings the show home by using Pittsburgh references to the Penguins,
Steelers and even pierogies. If “yinz” know what I mean.
Amadeo Fusca injects humor for the "guy dragged in"
This is a perfect date night or girls night out but it’s
more. Fusca admits,“no guy would willingly come to this show so I make a
point to inject something for that guy dragged in”. He advises men that if they want to be happy all the time
live with a dog. I watched my date laugh along all night with the crowd. This
show is hysterical and proves that humor can be found in a show about relationships
even for Men from Mars.
(Men are From Mars Women are From Venus Live! runs until October 14, 2018 at the Greer Cabaret Theater. For tickets go to Pittsburghclo.org)
Spiritual Reflection Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8)
The Play that Goes Wrong- Broadway National Tour -September 18- September 23, 2018-Benedum Center
The Play That Goes Wrongis a Tony Award winning Broadway comedy about the Cornely University Drama Society’s attempt to put on a 1920’s murder mystery production when obviously- everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. As a lover of the theater and a former high school and college actor/thespian, I know first hand the trails encountered during show production. This show should be a night of non- stop laughter.
Join me to see if the theater troupe gets their show to the final curtain call. The Play that Goes Wrong runs from September 18 through September 23, 2018 at the Benedum Center for the Arts. For Tickets go to trustarts.org.
Pittsburgh, a city that boarders three rivers (the
Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio) was recently ranked the 2nd most livable city in the United States. Riverlife is a non profit organization thatfacilitates the enjoyment of these rivers by
helping to make them "cleaner,safe, and more fun".This
blog encourages the exploration ofnew
experiences inPittsburgh and Riverlife makes this city more enjoyable and livable by
promotingprojects that enhanceone of our best assets, our rivers.
This organization defiantly gets my support!
Party at the
Pier is anannualevent where 100% of the proceeds support
Riverlife. This year, The Rivers Casino's ballroom was transformed into a little
part ofItaly’s Amafi Coastfor "Riviera Dolce", incelebration of Pittsburgh's riverfronts.
At an amusement park you hear the crackling and rumbling
roar of roller coasters, piped organ music of the Merry-go- round and a
prevalent hum of screams and
laughter.One of my blog inspiration
books, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a (Disney) Little Golden Book reminds us that life can be a
“super-cali-fragi-listic new day !”. That
is just what you can get at an amusement park that screams of fun or fear-
depending on your age and the ride- but fear is part of the fun! Kennywood Park with 6 coasters and more, not only gives you a riding thrill but also a nostalgic stroll as
it elicits memories for many Pittsburghers from their childhood, teen years,
and times with their children.
One of my blog inspiration books, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a (Disney) Little Golden Book, reminds us that the “world is full of magical places”.When my son was a toddler thePittsburgh Zoo was amagical place where wecould have a weeklyencounter with elephants, lions, bears, and
turtles (these were my son’s favorite animals ). A zoo visit educates,
entertains, and reminds us that we share this word with many other unique
we sometimes forget to explore the animal kingdom as we once did when our
children become adults and leave the family nest.The Pittsburgh Zoo’s annual benefit event,
Summer Safari, is an adult party that brings you back to experiencing the magic
ofa lion’s roar, wobble of the
penguins, and the vibrant shades of blues, yellows and pinks of the ocean
world. You can do all this while you hold
a cocktail, sample delicious dishes from over 28 business, and listen tolive entertainment!
Thoroughly Modern Millietransports
you to the NYC jazz age of the 1920’s
where skirts were shorter, hair was bobbed, flappers were dancing the Charleston, and everyone was living it up during prohibition.
This musical has a nostalgic vibe with wonderfully choreographed jazzy tap numbers and a vaudeville comedy thread. Although the overall story is a bit simple, it's a feel good musical with a fantastic cast that
will have you laughing and enjoying the energetic rhythms of high speed stepping.
Pittsburgh is unique with its cluster of boroughs surrounding
the city, many of which have transformed into hubs for new businesses giving
these areas a stronger pulse. I grew up near a little town called Bellevue which is just 5 miles north of Pittsburgh. I have not explored my childhood neighborhood in
over 10 years. Bellevue recently hosted
an annual Wine and Art Crawl, closing the main street, Lincoln Ave, for wine tasting,
food, music and art. I discovered a main
street that wasrevitalized with new businesses but also one that retained the
historical establishments of my past,
resulting in a blended charm.
I am more of a land dweller enjoying the ocean from my
comfy chair on the beach. The mystery of
the underwater ocean world with its’ burst of color from the variety of fish and
coral carries some intrigue.My
intrigue however, has only led me to stand safely on the ground peering into
an aquarium. During my recent venture to the quaint area of Lauderdale- by- the -Sea (see Days -289,290), I thought that it was time to “dive in” to an underwater
adventure of this area’s off coastcoral
reefs and a nearby ship wreck (SS Copenhagen) .
Brigadoon is a classic musical about two American gentlemen on vacation in Scotland
who discover a mythical Scottish village that appears only for a day every 100
years! During their exploration, Tommy finds love but love in this
mysterious world has a price. I remember watching the movie Briagdoonas
a child and being mesmerized by Gene Kelly’s dancing and the
dreamlike scenes of the Scottish Highlands.
This CLO production should be an
adventurous tale of dance and song about finding love and finding paradise.