Friday, December 30, 2016
My blog inspiration book, Little Golden Books, reminds us that, “Christmas is a time to go all out.” That is just what Cirque Dreams Holidaze is all about-going all out and celebrating everything “Holidaze.” I thought that after Christmas day, this show would keep the energy going. It did that with jazzed up variety and circus acts plus a lot of glitz.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
|Rocky Telling his journey|
Pittsburgh is a sports town so most Pittsburghers would jump at the chance to hear a story from a former Steeler running back, who was part of the “Golden Days” in the 1970’s, the days of the “Steel Curtain,” and 4 Super Bowl victories. This show is not really about Steelers team history or I would have been lost and bored because I must timidly admit that I am a temperate fan, unlike most supersonic ones in this town. What I do love however is a good story (see Day 146). I got a good story from Rocky Bleier. I heard his story of chance or of “what if’s” in his life. I think many of us have those kinds of memories. During the holidays when we are together with family and friends, it is our stories that bring the joy of telling and remembering to life so that we don’t forget. This is what Rocky Bleier accomplished in this one man intimate play.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Pittsburgh’s rich immigrant history has given birth to many hidden treasures. One of these treasures is the water color tempera murals painted on the walls of St.Nicholas Church in Millvale. During the Holidays we give gifts and the Croatian artist, Maxo Vanka, said that the murals were his "Gift to America.” These paintings mix both secular and religious images to tell the story of the Croatian immigrant experience in the United States. The Holiday Light Tour sponsored by “The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka.” This tour is a good way to see these paintings with new LED lighting and learn about their social justice, anti war, and reverence for women themes.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The weeks before the holiday often involve that panic rush feeling "to get it all done.” We forget, as my blog inspiration book, Everything I Learned About Christmas, I Learned From A Little Golden Book, reminds us that Christmas should be a “time of wonder, a time like no other time of the year.” At Phipps Conservatory, the beauty brings back the wonder of the season as you navigate through the 8 rooms of nature infused with lights, Christmas trees, and poinsettias, as well as 5 permanent botanical gardens.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
|Mom and I before the show|
Listening to the sounds of Christmas is a good way to get “into the spirit.” It’s even better when you go a concert which celebrates Christmas and does not try to focus on a generic “Holiday Season.” That is what you get with the Michael W. Smith Christmas tour. My Blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know about (Christmas), I Learned From A Little Golden Book, reminds us that Christmas is, “ a time for giving the very best of yourself.” Giving your best, felt like the spirit of this concert.