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I don't do regret, as a general rule. It doesn't mean that there are not things that I wish I had done differently, 'merely' that I try to learn from them and move on, aiming to do better next time.

Sometimes, though, even that is not quite enough.



My mother wrote. She wrote children's books, novels, poetry, and various bits of non-fiction. The novels were not particularly good, I suppose. The children's books were pleasant enough, if not stuff that will live in the literature forever. The poetry was pretty good, but it is a tough field in which to be merely pretty good. Some of the non-fiction is still kicking about - if nothing else, as testimony she gave concerning parental leave.

She knew that I wrote, though what she saw of my writing was the non-fiction about gifted education, underachievement, and Dabrowski. I did not start writing fiction until she was in her last years, mostly past ability to appreciate it. She did not get to see Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter - a work she would have enjoyed quite a bit. With the exception of the beginning Tales of the Teddy Bear Forest, my fairy tale writing came after her passing.

And I wish, from time to time, that I could share them with her, both for her editing and her pleasure. I think it would have tickled her that I've become a writer, if not yet either persistent or prolific.

It tickles me.

That will have to do.
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The next two weekends, the Voyagers Shakespeare Company presents the romantic comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter, by William Shakespeare - and a dozen or so other people, including me.

I'm directing a cast of 18 home-schooled students, ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old, as we tell a bit of the story from June, the month before Romeo met Juliet!

You should come see it, if you're in the area. (And if you are thinking that you would be in the area for Arisia, but therefore unable to come, know that there will be other folks coming to see the show from Arisia, and rides are likely available.)

Also... it's not (yet) too late if you wish to advertise in the program - drop me a note or reply here to let me know if you want details.

We'll also be making a DVD of the show.

We're performing at 530 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts.

http://wiki.voyagersinc.org/wiki/bin/view/Public/TicketInfoF09

Please join us for 90 minutes of comedy, romance and surprising twists.

* Friday, January 8, 7:00pm
* Saturday, January 9, 7:00pm
* Sunday, January 10, 1:30pm
* Friday, January 15, 7:00pm
* Saturday, January 16, 7:00pm
* Sunday, January 17, 1:30pm

There are two tiers for ticket pricing:

* Front Row seating - $15.00
* Standard Seating - $12.00

Nuclear Family Maximum is limited to the first 4 most expensive tickets.
(For example - A nuclear family of 5 buys 2 Front Row tickets and 3 Standard tickets. They pay for 2 seats at $15.00 + 2 seats at $12.00 + 1 seat at $0.00 = $54.00)

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