As seen on PBS, the widely successful holiday favorite An Irish Christmas comes to the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre on Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. (doors at 2:00 p.m.).
An Irish Christmas offers something for the whole family – joy, hope, laughter, friendship, and celebration of life through storytelling, music, song and dance through generations over brooms, on half doors, around butter churns, into the world of mythology and out again. Including holiday classics like “Silent Night,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Carol of the Bells,” pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhráns bring Irish flair to the orchestra alongside a superb team of Irish traditional musicians, dancers from the Kerry Dance Troupe, the Kerry Records voice squad, and Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen.
Traveling through time, guests will experience Christmas in Ireland and witness the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s day, draw the half door of spectacular dance, and enjoy music making and great storytelling in an unforgettable Irish night.
What a wonderful way to begin the season, but there is only one performance!
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1. Finding the farm we've been looking for since the last time we found it, back when our children looked more like,
which really feels like years ago or yesterday, depending on how well our day has gone...and reminds me to keep slowing down because nothing else is.
2. The amount of applesauce, apple chips, and (maybe) apple butter we will be putting up today.
3. The pulled pork sandwiches we devoured afterwords and how I became super mom when the girl got Goldfish for what she claimed was the first time ever. (not quite) Oh Goldfish, how gross you are and yet how you pull at the hearts of the young.
4. No matter where we are the awe drops of color make us stop and sigh. Even on chilly days, we're out, and it's lovely to be so.
5. Soup weather- real soup weather, not me pretending it's soup weather, is here. Last night was broccoli, potato, carrots, chicken broth, a little spice, a little milk.
6. The hard-cider bubbling smell in our house and knowing that a best bud will be over a lot more soon because she loves me, oh...and the cider... a lot.
7. A yearly camping trip just around the corner. Scary campsites, lots of hiking, bunches of us around the fire- two days and counting.
8. Two writing circles filling my evenings with laughter, words, courage, and time to breathe.
9. The applications being sent off all over the country- the possibilities, the hard work, the knowing that we'll be where we're meant to be and having no choice but to let go of knowing specifics.
10. This space, the time I carve to be here.
What are ten things you're loving these days?
Wishing you midweek joys.
This week, this day, is beginning again
as it does so often,
offering us yet another turn to spend time,
giving meaning to something meaningful
if we stop, disconnect, reconnect,
the spaces between what is and must be.
They are there, those spaces,
wide open even,
and they wait for us
what time looks like
when we do something we love
with someone we love,
including just ourselves.
How would we hold you, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks,
if YOU were fleeting…
These are not the moments to find procrastination
Only laundry and dishes deserve that.
These are not the spaces to give into distractions.
Only the work that gives little in return deserves that.
Time and space carve out for us when we seek it,
even when too much needs to be done.
Today is ours; let’s begin in the space where nothing lives-
where anything might be.
I have a couple (hopefully more than a couple) years before "the change" hits- though the older I get the more I'm finding my body temperature is rarely in tune with the air temp- cold, hot, cold, hot = fun game.
Still, I have many friends who have been through "the change" or are in the midst of it, and well, to hear their tales...hysteria mixed with a feeling of dread ensues.
So when I was contacted to see if Sagetribe wanted to give away FOUR tickets to see the NATIONAL TOUR OF MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® IN INDIANAPOLIS- well, how could I say no.
"The change" should be celebrated through song and sisterhood!
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The holiday season is creeping up on us- what better way than to start it off with girlfriends and laughter!
A winner will be chosen by random number generator, Tuesday, October 21st at 9am and will be notified via email. The winner is Shelley!! Thanks for playing :)
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Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.”
Now celebrating 13 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a "grassroots" movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.
Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”
Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer Jeanie Linders created Menopause The Musical® as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Menopause The Musical®, now in its thirteenth year of production, is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com.
Tickets are on sale now at the Old National Centre box office, oldnationalcentre.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. For Group Sales information and opportunities please contact Jana Goupil at 407-688-1951 or 888-686-8587 ext. 2 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, we found ourselves wandering in woods; a weekly routine we were happy to reclaim after too many Sundays without. The air damp, the ground a little slick, and colors of Fall popped where ever we looked.
On this trail, we walk on boards, while winding through wetlands. Our steps and laughter too grand to see much wildlife, we were content with rosehips and golden rod, identifying trees, and the occasional snail.
These people, the ones I used to wish I got to spend all my days with, are now present in almost all my waking hours. I know this is rare. There is no taking it for granted.
And on this day, I couldn't help remember that there were weeks, just a few years ago, where this was all I got. This weekly hike was my one breath with them, free from have tos and need tos. Here, I think, on these trails, I realized one breath was just not enough.
Things had to change.
Wishing you many mid week joys!
These days between rain showers are the most beautiful to find time to wander. Parks and trails, neighboorhood sidewalks, they invite us to look, to stop, to bundle just a little or a lot, and to play.
While we love to play, hike, and be outside year round, autumn is best time, I think, to make this time is sacred. Each day brings an invitation to see the world while witnessing her constant autumn changes.
Some of our favorite places to hike are here, as are ways to keep kids engaged, carrying their own treasures, and what tools can help with nature investigations.
Not local- check out the local state and national parks in your area. So many, this time of year, are offering fall activities, including trick or treating at campsites, haunted trails, and nature talks.
We'll be finding our way to our annual camping weekend in just a few weeks. Until then, the trails and parks are calling.
Wanta join us!
Instagram your walks with the hashtag #wanderinautumn
Happy Autumn trails!
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I dream of a house, a one day house, where every wall has a built in bookcase, floor to ceiling. I'm not joking. Every wall.
Once, many moons ago, I walked into my religion professor's house and this was so. Even in his kitchen he probably had a couple hundred books lining the walls next to their kitchen table.
I fell in love. To be surrounded, no matter where I was in my house, with story. OH!
Really, I fell in love in second and third grade, when suddenly I didn't need to rely on someone else to read novels.
Our oldest, a third grader, rarely wants us to read to him anymore. While this makes me a little sad, I remember this new freedom, and know how good it feels to be alone with a book. I tuck him in, we say prayers, and later, hours later, when I myself am heading towards story, I'll often peek in to find him still awake. We smile at each other, one more kiss, and I wander down the hall to find my own.
Right now he's reading the Harry Potter series over and over again. I recently introduced him to Judy Blume's Fudge series. Oh the laughter. I'd forgotten about the turtle, and Treasure Island is one we're starting together for those nights when he feels like snuggling.
My night table holds stacks of treasures. Married to a Bedouin- a book sent to me by the very friend I walked with through sand and desert, past Bedouin families, and who knows this story is one I'd love. Brene Brown is there, of course, because I love her voice and wisdom, and because I'm taking a local writing workshop. Taproot is there or in my over-sized purse. So is The Homeschooler, and Home Education Magazine is on my Ipad along with a new find Tend.
These stories and the many others that line our bookshelves- they feed us, inspire us, and end our days in quiet peace. I'm reminding myself these days, where darkness comes earlier, to tuck myself in at 9pm as well, to shut off the screens, to pile on the extra blankets, and let the glow of my lamp match our son's.
Last week we ventured just down the road with an expected 1900 other children to see what it's like to farm today and many days ago. Animals were loved on, corn was ground, maple syrup and fresh butter sampled, and despite a sorta nasty allergy attack I was enduring (yes, yes, I am allergic to many farm things...and cats, the ones I sleep with, and air and rain...) our hours immersed with farm life, were pretty great.
The nap I took later- the five hour coma nap- was also pretty great!
Field trips and self care- the best kind of day!
When I came across this kick-starter I knew we had to do our small part to help make it happen.
Eating food- real food- from ground and farm- is one of the best ways we take care of our family and ourselves. It's our fuel, our energy, our future, our today. I see my children after they eat food. I see them after they eat what isn't. There's a HUGE difference.
I taught children who came to school with bellies full of food. I taught children who came to school with bellies empty or filled with what wasn't. Huge difference.
But so many of us have forgotten how to cook, it's not a priority, we think it's too expensive, we are overwhelmed by the amount of choices, by organic companies not really being organic, by our children wanting to only eat foods that are white or brightly dyed...
We have to make choices.
This cookbook, which is free btw as a pdf here, but is oh so lovely in print, makes cooking with food affordable. Most of the recipes are relatively quick. They don't use ingredients you'll buy once and never use again. Brown breaks down how to shop, how to replace ingredients to make the meals your own, and how to do so with real food on a real budget.
Families on SNAP receive $4 a day per person in their family.
Not only does this book help break down how to eat well on just $4 a day, but when you buy it, you're helping families who are on a limited income bring this cookbook into their kitchens.
No kickbacks or affiliate links going on here. Just sharing a really important way to educate yourself, others, and most of all, bring back food!
We are working our way through the cookbook- good eats and lots of them!