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(@laura-f)
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06/25/2020 2:10 am  

First link is to a Youtube channel that has excellent chair cardio and special videos for those dealing with foot/ankle injuries or issues:  Caroline Jordan Fitness

Also great is this Israeli form of modern dance called Gaga - it was invented by an older Israeli dancer who wanted to rediscover joy in movement without injury or pain. I recommend the Gaga People classes, it's pay what you can (or not at all), classes on Zoom with people from all over the world, the teachers are in NYC and Tel Aviv, so mind your time zones:  Gaga People Dance

Tomorrow night (Thurs June 25) - there is a Sing Along of Sister Act presented online by Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, as part of Pride celebrations, at 5pm PDT: 
Sister Act Sing Along

Next, Virtual Museum Tours

Free Online Classical Concerts

If you prefer Jazz or more modern/rock/hiphop/EDM type music - poke around on Facebook, literally anyone and everyone is posting stuff daily. In fact, if you like a fusion of jam band, rock, funk and americana, check out our band on FB:  Flat Mars Society

I can also recommend a very cool rock/latin fusion band with Mexi-Cali influences called
The B-Side Players

And if you're into geeky prog-rock, I recommend the videos that Robert Fripp (King Crimson) and his wife Toyah are posting weekly on YT:  Sunday Lunch with Robert and Toyah

Let me know if you like any of these!!

 

 


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06/25/2020 2:51 am  

@screenie

One more link:

National Theatre of the UK - each week on Thursday they post one full length play on YouTube, for free. Unfortunately you can't go back and watch prior ones. Some are classical, some are contemporary, every one is excellent (except maybe "Frankenstein" - it was simultaneously over indulgent and boring, but that's just my opinion).


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06/25/2020 12:07 pm  

@screenie

Another one: Free opera streamed on FB:  Great Opera Choruses-LA Opera


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06/26/2020 2:59 pm  

@laura-f

Agree with Frankenstein based on the clips.  Interesting version of Midsummer Nights Dream up.  Hopefully will stay up thru this weekend.  The dance classes look fun, but zoom acting up on me....maybe it will resolve later.  Fripp is one of my favorite guitarists. I was once asked who I would like to play guitar like and he's the one who came to mind, as well as PJ Harvey.


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06/27/2020 9:07 pm  

I am feeling it all weigh heavy on me today, all. I can’t concentrate, can’t focus, feel on the brink of a breakdown all the time. The willful ignorance is pushing me over the edge. We have put our entire lives on hold since the first week of March ... for what? The country to get bored and decide they don’t want to play the “keep safe” game anymore? How do they not understand that nothing changes if nothing changes? Why can’t they do the hard things? Then I find out my idiot sister-in-law, who has asthma, is going to Florida next week for ten days with her teenage daughter ... who also has asthma. What the hell?! I mean, seriously? I just can’t feel it all anymore. People have worn down my shell to the sensitive center, and I feel rage and grief every minute of the day. I need to find a way to rebuild my shell.


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06/27/2020 10:58 pm  

@saibh

I am so sorry for your feelings of frustration. It is horrfying to watch people flaunt easy safety precautions. I go for a walk most days and am the ONLY person wearing a mask. I make a wide berth around everyone and cross the street when others are maskless near me. I can 't control them but I can keep myself safe. I can also choose not to go out at all. I can't make anyone else do anything unfortunately.

I am hoping to not catch this virus. I can't look at the coverage of the people at the beaches etc. It is a shame our counrtry is delusional in so many ways. All we can do to fix this world is to fix ourselves which is a full time job.

 

 


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(@laura-f)
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06/28/2020 12:07 am  

@saibh

I too I'm a "woman on the edge".  It appears that the pandemic is over in the US because [checks notes] Americans have no attention span and got bored.

An old college friend has been posting pics of a big family trip to the NC Outer Banks. She lives in Chicago with her husband, one daughter lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and kids, and her son and his wife live elsewhere. All frolicking on the beach, going to restaurants and shops, not a mask among them. She should know better - her mother died young of cancer, I'm shocked at her behavior.

Then I saw a posting on nextdoor.com - someone in my neighborhood ventured to go to the San Diego Zoo because it has reopened. The Zoo insists they are taking all kinds of precautionary measures, but what this man said was that there weren't enough security guards and little to no enforcement of social distancing, too many large groups all clumped together and walking slowly, too many crowds at the popular exhibits, people getting sneaky and pulling masks down. He left after a few minutes and characterized it as an "obstacle course". In the past week 2 friends and my husband have indicated they want to go. I said no and have told my husband if he goes he better find somewhere to quarantine!

I'm hunkering down more - I decided to cancel a couple of medical appointments that can wait (was trying to get them done in the "eye of the storm" as @coyote put it.  But the eye has passed, and now we're back in the worst part of the storm.

 


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06/28/2020 12:14 am  

I wanted to drop a quick note to tell everyone on this site how much I love your posts and your insights and your validations and YOU.  Thank you @jeanne-mayell for creating this beautiful space. 

It's just so nice to be here.  I want to keep learning and growing in my own insights.  It just feels amazing to be among you all. 


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06/28/2020 12:45 am  

@parizienne. I am so glad you are here, and I feel also blessed to see you on Wednesday nights for our Circle of Light and on Monday nights for my intuition classes.  


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06/28/2020 1:35 am  
Posted by: @laura-f

Americans have no attention span and got bored.

The Brits too, judging by the images of packed beaches, parks, and city squares that have been coming out of the UK over the past week.


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06/28/2020 3:53 pm  

@jeanne-mayell

 

Thank you, Jeanne.  ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 🌼 I am so sorry I missed last Wednesday (again!  Ugh!)  I was stuck in a school board meeting online... a contentious one.    

I'll be there tomorrow for class and back on Wed. Missing you and everyone!  


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06/28/2020 4:05 pm  

@laura-f If you have the Disney App, they will be live streaming HAMILTON on July 3rd. I marked my calendar. I had just Tweeted... I wish they would live stream HAMILTON..... it was kinda weird:) but not:)


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06/28/2020 4:12 pm  

@jeans3head

I'm aware - in fact we just installed D+ on our Roku just for that!

In the meantime, we're bingeing Mandalorian, and will cancel D+ around July 20, so we only pay for the first month.

What I understand about Hamilton, is that Lin Manual-Miranda wanted to do a film of the stage production, kind of old school. So they filmed it in 2016 with the original cast. It was meant to be a Fathom Events release this year (meaning special screenings in theaters), but due to COVID he decided to make it more widely available (bless him!).


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06/28/2020 4:20 pm  

@laura-f

Love that you posted about the LA Opera. I was their guest artist dancer and choreographer in '87. Also thanks for the $7 tip on Disney + for Hamilton. Great idea!

http://www.abouttheartists.com/productions/137117-la-cenerentola-at-dorothy-chandler-pavilion-1987


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06/28/2020 4:20 pm  

@laura-f

Love that you posted about the LA Opera. I was their guest artist dancer and choreographer in '87. Also thanks for the $7 tip on Disney + for Hamilton. Great idea!

http://www.abouttheartists.com/productions/137117-la-cenerentola-at-dorothy-chandler-pavilion-1987


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06/28/2020 6:18 pm  

My family and I are Colorado bound tomorrow, with an overnight first in Utah.  My parents have a family home in CO and we will be staying there, without them as they another state right now.  I am really happy to be going, I can't wait to be in nature and in a peaceful environment as some of you may recall from my garden post a while back.  The most difficult part of the trip will be traveling from here to Moab, UT.  We must go through a high Covid area and we must stop there for a potty break because there will not be anything else for hours.  It is near Monument Valley.  We have done this trip many times before, but never in conditions like this.  We could not have travel over the weekend as the entire Navajo Nation ( which encompasses  parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico) shuts down on the weekends now to slow down the disease.  It has been working, their numbers while still high are actually falling and have been for awhile now.  The rest of AZ is a horrible hot mess as you can read about in my recent post about hospitals on the COVID thread.  

Anyway, if you can think about it, could you please send some love and light our way for good health and safety as we travel, it would be appreciated.  It is so difficult to make choices during this pandemic.  I have gone back and forth for weeks but ultimately concluded that it was now or not at all.  My eldest daughter is  moving to Texas in a few weeks and this is the last change we have to spent all together and I would rather spend that time away from the heat, fires and insanity of my state.  While I am hopeful we will stay safe (we work really hard in attempting to do just that) I also believe that if we end up sick, Colorado is the better location to be ill as their hospital situation is much better than ours.

I hope to be able to make it to class tomorrow, it depends upon how traveling goes.  

And as I mentioned in a different post the other day, I know we are loved and that we will be surrounded by angels. That is what I hope to take with me on our journey tomorrow. 

Thank you!


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06/28/2020 6:26 pm  

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@Laura-f

I am so excited about Hamilton on the Disney+ channel, I_can_hardly_stand_it.  Hamilton is my obsession.   About three years ago, I actually gave a power point presentation on Hamilton the musical to my culture club.  It took six weeks of my life to prepare my presentation of still photos, paintings of historical figures, lyrics, and endless Youtube videos of music.  My husband had to listen and watch it incessantly.  Hamilton is my jam.  

The music, the dancing, that compelling story about Hamilton and founding of our democracy-it's just brilliant and solemn and funny and wise.  Seriously, I consider Lin Manuel Miranda to be one of the finest poets we've ever seen.  He writes about the human condition: our joys and sorrows, our jealousy, our failings, our striving, our love, our heartbreak-all with an understanding comparable to Shakespeare's.  I am not exaggerating, it is just that amazing.  

Counting down the days.


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06/28/2020 6:29 pm  

@lovendures

Oh, I am so happy to hear about your trip and respite from the pandemic in Arizona.  I will be praying for all of you and for a safe journey.  You deserve this family time together, my friend.


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(@laura-f)
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06/28/2020 6:34 pm  

@bluebelle

HUZZAH!!

 


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06/29/2020 8:29 pm  

@lovendures

Absolutely and in all ways, prayers for health, safety, rest and a peaceful heart.

May you truly be able to unplug from this world's craziness and be one with family, nature and your deepest source of faith.

Peace and love 🕊💜🕊


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06/29/2020 11:02 pm  

@lovendures May you dance with the stars and sing with the trees.  Safe and healing journey planted along every step.

 

 

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06/30/2020 10:32 am  

@lovendures I am sending you love and light for your trip.  Fear not dear friend.  You know angels walk and protect you all.  Enjoy the nature and the joy it provides.  Be safe.  ❤️☮️


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06/30/2020 12:03 pm  

We all have our ups and downs during this pandemic experience and I am still thinking about @Parizienne and her eloquent post on grief.  I admit that I do float in and out of different stages of grief. Her post helped me recognize that about myself and reminded me that everyone is experiencing some  stage of grief right now.  It also helps me to be compassionate when I see behaviors that make me want to scream.

@Jeanne-Mayell and several others have posted about the Catholic theologian Henri Nouwen and I'm reading his book Here and Now.  I just dip into it every day or so and this is what I came across this morning:

"It is important to become aware that every moment of our life we have an opportunity to choose joy.  Life has many sides to it.  There are always sorrowful and joyful sides to the reality we live.  And so we always have a choice to live the moment as a cause for resentment or as a cause for joy.  It is in the choice that our true freedom lies, and that freedom is, in the final analysis, the freedom to love.  

It might be a good idea to ask ourselves how we develop our capacity to choose for joy.  Maybe we could spend a moment at the end of each day and decide to remember that day-whatever may have happened-as a day to be grateful for.  In so doing we increase our heart's capacity to choose for joy.  And as our hearts become more joyful, we will become, without any special effort a source of joy for others.  Just as sadness begets sadness, so joy begets joy."

@suspira44 @ghandigirl @coyote

I am thinking of you and so many others in our midst today and sending you joy.

 


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06/30/2020 7:25 pm  

@bluebelle that was a beautiful post and a wonderful reminder to all of us that there’s always something to be grateful for.  Thank you for this. ❤️☮️


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06/30/2020 9:48 pm  

@bluebelle

I love it. "And so we always have a choice to live the moment as a cause for resentment or as a cause for joy." A good reminder for me and all of us. Thank you!


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07/04/2020 12:48 pm  

After a week of Covid dreams, I decided to switch things up.  Since yesterday was "Hamilton" day and a cause for heartfelt celebration, my husband and I decided to imitate a favorite day at an Italian restaurant.  So my husband made homemade pasta and I made a Bolognese sauce.  We had our pasta Bolognese with a kale salad, garlic bread and a bottle of cabernet.  Then we turned on Hamilton (@Laura-f) and celebrated that amazing talented immigrant who became George Washington's right hand man and was so instrumental in developing our government and our banking system.  Like Icarus, he flew too close to the sun and suffered tremendous tragedy and heartbreak, all before dying at the hand of Aaron Burr.  Laura, I cried and marveled at the same time.  Hamilton will be remembered long, long after the Orange One is dust.

 


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07/04/2020 12:53 pm  

@bluebelle

I agree and my favorite line of the show is when Hamilton says to Lafayette "Immigrants! We get the job done!".

I'm waiting for my husband to leave for his morning walk so I can put it on again...heheh.


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07/04/2020 2:04 pm  

@bluebelle watched it last night with my sister.  The talented cast and yes to that powerful line!

 

 

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07/10/2020 4:50 am  

Feeling emotionally exhausted as of late and it's just not the lockdowns that occurred in Melbourne, which I mention in the COVID Australia thread, but also dealing with family and Uni.

It's frustrating to deal with my dad. It's already bad enough that he's a fan of DT, but he's constantly flouting the rules, especially during this lockdown period. I had to get my angry side out today because I wanted to sink in how bad this COVID thing is to him, especially after he's taking his lady friend to the Cemetary and doing other stuff.

THAT'S NOT SAFE!

I'm forced to be a feral dropbear after that and him refusing to wash his hands after he's finally home. Even after all that anger, I'm not sure it's going to sink in.

And mum is wondering why I'm barring him from coming into my room.

Also, I'm about to start my second semester within a week and there's a class that requires me to go on campus in person and I have to work in a group for this major assignment. I'm not looking forward to that. It's bad enough that I have to travel 2hrs to get there from my house, but I'm also at a high risk to be exposed from the virus since I can only travel there via Public Transport.

I'm going to talk to the professor just to see if we could arrange something, but I'm not having high hopes.

The only silver lining to all of this mess of 2020 is that my friends are still here, so we have opportunities to hang on via discord to play pen and paper games. And one of my friends and I were getting closer it seems, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to move on with a relationship with him.


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07/10/2020 8:42 pm  

Feeling despondent today. We are being shunned by the rest of the world. US passports have become worthless. Twitler got his fence, and as I feared it was more to trap us IN than it was to keep brown people out. We are being genocided slowly and excruciatingly, our bad karma having been laid at our feet as the rest of the world looks towards the future.

 


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