I love to read aloud, doing voices and waving my hands. I think readings should be entertaining! Dramatic! Full of sights and sounds and maybe a little surprise.
I also like to perform the flowing beauties of an internal martial art I learned in China from Heritage Master Yü AnRen: Tai Yi Yo Long Gongfu.
I am no master myself, but anyone doing Yo Long Gongfu stirs the air a little, bringing a few moments of peace into the room.
To learn more, please see information on:
You can also see a list of my Dramatic Readings and the Awards they have earned.
i.e., why did Phyllis miss Catamaran's Fall 2020 Virtual Launch Party
and the chance to read from her essay "Everything Moves"?
photo courtesy of Katja Biezanz
The answer is: Big Weather
The Oregon Coast had a couple of days and nights of high winds coming from the East. (Usually our winds come from the ocean on the west.)
30 mph sustained, 50 and 60 mph gusts.
About 11 pm the night before the Virtual Reading, power went out all over the county -- trees fell, land slid, big earth movers and power company vehicles ranged up and down Highway 101.
Electricity was back about 12 hours later.
"Home free!" I thought, and turned everything on for the Virtual Reading.
No internet?? (Not even ham radio transmitters operating!) No internet at the Art Center or the Library.
At 3:55 pm September 8th, I called a friend who was connected and asked her to send a quick email to Catamaran to say I couldn't come -- Sigh.
I was so looking forward to greeting you all through that little camera! But at least we have the lovely Fall issue of Catamaran Literary Reader to connect us, and who knows? Maybe some day we'll set up another kind of video broadcast.
Until then, everything continues to move.
Great thanks to all who
checked in to the reading!
You can view a replay of the event we all missed
online via Crowdcast by following this link: