AFTERWORLD Review in The Booktrail

AFTERWORLD Review in The Booktrail

The Booktrail exposes readers to books and the places the books portray. They did an extraordinary job of portraying the atmosphere of AFTERWORLD, without revealing its secrets. AFTERWORLD by LOIS WALDEN A journey through the sugarcane and swamps of Louisiana … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 5, a Guided Meditation

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 5, a Guided Meditation

Remember: A Guided Meditation:  I begin each class with The Remember Meditation.  In Steinbeck’s adaptation of “Of Mice and Men” that word is used twelve, maybe thirteen times in the first two pages.  George reminds Lenny about his past, about … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 4, The Door Opens

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 4, The Door Opens

The door opens.  Short teenagers, tall teenagers, teenagers of many colors, shapes, and intellect enter.  I am introduced.  On the first day I am always introduced as ‘Lois the teaching artist with The Acting Company,’ otherwise they might think I … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 3, Getting There

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 3, Getting There

Northridge:  Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences… 1st School… Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences is a far piece from Lisa and Kathryn’s Hollywood home.  I head south on Deronda Dr, turn right onto Rodgerton Dr, turn left onto Ledgewood … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 2

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 2

On October 20th, 2012, I fly Jet Blue to Burbank, California.  It is a smooth flight.  After my arrival at Burbank Airport, I saunter over to the Enterprise Rent A Car people at the rent a car booth.  They try … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 1

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 1

Before I knew I was going to blog, I wrote a blog. Last October I travelled out West to teach John Steinbeck. I’m going to give you the story as it happened, step by step. I have been on the … Continued

More Thoughts on the Old Ham, “Hamlet.”

More Thoughts on the Old Ham, "Hamlet."

As for Hamlet, if that isn’t a melodrama, I don’t know what is?  Rubbish!  That’s what I say.  Of course every actor, some great, some not so, has played the role.  The list includes Mel Gibson, David Tennant, Richard Burton, Kenneth … Continued

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