Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On visiting Sterling Hall 6/29/2007

I wrote this poem back in 2007 when visiting Madison, Wisconsin.  My father was a physics professor who taught in Sterling Hall.  Sterling Hall was bombed in 1971 and a student was killed.  There is more about this in the book Rads


On Visiting Sterling Hall June 29, 2007
By Anne Barschall (daughter of late emeritus professor H.H. Barschall)

There is something about that door
That old and dingy looking door
Its concrete ornamentation grayed
By years of not so gentle weathering
Something dingy like the old photos
Of physicists, years ago
Photos I grew up looking at.

I thought the photos merely old
When I looked at them as a girl,
But I see now that, no,
Those scenes were always a bit dull
To the eye.

The fire that burned there
In corridors vilely beige and green
Was the fire of the mind
The lightening of genius within
Not without.

Sandaled feet,
A crop of disheveled hair,
Awkward glasses,
Baggy shirt and pants
Of indeterminate color,
Covering a slender form --
The archetypal physicist --

I saw him again today
Walking through the overpass
Between Sterling and Chamberlain,
No apparent difference having arisen
In 80 years of fashion
For the seekers of the watchworks
Of the cosmos,
His dedication to that same search
Showing in his external sameness,
A grayed and dingy sameness;

And a tracing of new brickwork,
On the building’s façade,
Still tells a story of a different type of fire
That I remember from my childhood
A silent memory of a loud noise
In the night.

I hear they will renovate you,
Monument to vanished memories,
Infusing an aura of newness.
Will they try to make the sandaled gentleman
Wear something spiffier as well?

Monday, September 22, 2014

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upcoming performances
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News from 2017

recent performances & other acting

ongoing or upcoming courses
  • Musical Theater with Jeffrey Saver
  • drop-in dance classes with James T. Lane of "Chicago." He's amazing. I'm not.

completed courses

  • Stage Combat with Joe DiNozzi, Producer's Club 5/11/17
  • Improv 412 UCB, NYC with Frank Garcia-Hejl 3/22/17-4/19/17
  • Monoscene Magnet Theater 1/8/2017-3/19/201 with Michael Lutton
  • Character 101 UCB 1/7/2017- 3/5/2017 with Chrissy Shakelford
  • volunteering as a coaching subject in Armando Diaz's improv Coaching class 1/20/17- 2/18/17

law related courses

  • JPPCLE 4/27/17, Crowne Plaza Times Square, NYC
  • "Insights from Practitioners in the Nation's Busiest Patent Courts" sponsored by http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/default.asp 1/11/17


Calligraphy examples and more calligraphy examples (some from earlier)
Here's a photo taken by Brad Benson of me performing with Lauren Stripling at The Magnet Theater in November of 2014.



Earlier updates, deleted from this blog and moved to separate blogs:

2016 updates
2015 updates
2014 updates
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          How this page started:


          I made my very first attempt to post updates on linkedin with some of the above.

          This was one of those hard knocks things.

          First, they have rather small limits on the lengths of updates.

          Second, they remove carriage returns, so that bulleted lists become garbled.

          Third, There doesn't seem to be a way to edit a post once you get it up there.

          Fourth, it's really hard to enter text in there, because they automatically substitute miscellaneous links, while you're typing, and you have to hit "escape" while typing to avoid getting this miscellaneous, unrelated garbage in your post.

          So I deleted my post, put a link to this blog on linkedin, and am maintaining this for recent updates.  I also have a link to this update page on my website and on my profile at Paul Michael's The Network. I am grateful to this website for allowing me to be verbose and format and reformat my posts.