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Mr. Webber’s Lovely Unintended Consequence

I’ve always wanted to be a doo-wop girl – you know, one of those backup vocalists who stand behind the lead singer of a band and spry the tempo with an occasional doo-wop-de-waddy-waddy! So when the notice was posted in my South Warwickshire village of Tysoe calling for members of the community to participate in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, well Carpe Diem Deborah!! What caught my eye was the fine print at the bottom of the poster: chorus members do not need to audition. Oh, I am so in! Being new to the parish, I thought singing in Joseph...

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The Village Life

"No one could know Serling, or view or read his work, without recognizing his deep affection for humanity ... and his determination to enlarge our horizons by giving us a better understanding of ourselves." – Gene Roddenberry American author, Rod Serling, was noted for his quick development of tension and twist endings. I truly admired his work. One particular favorite of mine was a short story called, A Stop at Willoughby. In the story, Willoughby was a peaceful village, “a place where a man can live his life full” and was a complete fabrication from the imagination of an over-worked...

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Immigration Situation!

Becoming empty-nesters is an awkward status, one my husband and I found difficult to accept. Our thirty-something progenies have careers and families of their own and despite the recessional development of “boomerang children”; we eventually had to accept that our children were not coming home for more than the occasional visit. One day, while we were enjoying the Virginia sun on our deck, I asked my husband, “Why are we still in this five bedroom house with a half acre garden and a pool?” It was time to downsize! When I asked him where on this planet he would like to live, he replied,...

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