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romantic comedies…

Mom and I watched a romantic comedy tonight. And I got to thinking tonight about this popular genre. You know, boy and girl miss each other, boy and girl meet each other, boy and girl have mis-communications and issues that drive most of the plot, boy and girl finally get together, tears shed. “It’s so beautiful!”

And there are a few things that all romantic comedies seem to have:

  • Someone always gets drunk
  • There’s always a scene in the rain
  • There is always a mis-communication
  • Someone always either moves or loses a job
  • Someone always has sex before/outside of marriage (perhaps this explains the conflict?)
  • The best friend(s) of the main characters are always comedic, often one-dimensional
  • There’s always a small (romantic) gesture or momento that turns the plot around and finally brings the couple together
  • There are always long speeches on love (whether for good or ill)
  • They are full of cliches
  • Yet there are always one or two lines that actually stand out as good and true
  • Usually, one of those comedic best friends are given one of those lines and so it usually gets lost in the fray…

We watch (or at least I watch – and I imagine many others do to) because we like the emotion, the romanticism of the thing… we enjoy being swept away with all our emotional theories of love…

And while I still enjoy a good RomCom now and again, I find the whole thing getting predictable and feeling rather empty. Empty of a Christian worldview and the biblical principles of love and marriage – which are far from our culture’s.

Which reminds me… I want to see Fireproof. I’ve heard it’s good. (Oh, but please don’t tell me there’s a rain scene in it!)


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Here’s the promo video for our Christmas musical at church.  Check it out, share it with others and be sure to come see the musical on

December 14th and 15th 
starting at 7 PM 
at Mt. Pleasant Church in Chambersburg, PA!

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So this Christmas I am directing the drama part of the musical at church.  Which is almost funny to say because there really isn’t any drama inherent in the actual cantata.  Just some narration which is mostly scripture.  But God gave me a beautiful idea and now it is like choreographing a huge mime piece – it’s all silent drama to the songs (in between narration).  I’m pretty excited.  Also excited about the promo material I’m creating…

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Marcel Marceau died on September 22nd.

I read a news link sent to the mime list I am a part of on Sunday afternoon. And being right about the one month mark of Elmer’s passing, I have to say it hit me a bit harder than I would have expected.

I never met Marceau. I almost made it to Mimeistry’s 2002 workshop where he came and taught, and he was supposed to be there in 2003 when I was, but was unable to make it. Almost.

But I do know people who met him. People who felt privileged to have met and been taught by him. And I know people who knew him fairly well – people who spent much time with him, who were trained by him. And I know the impact he had on their lives.

I did get to see him perform once. I barely remember it as I was just a kid and it was a special field trip in elementary school. I’d nearly forgotten. In fact, it was nearly two years after I started doing mime that I caught up with a classmate who’d moved away and when I mentioned my newfound passion he said “Didn’t we see that famous mime guy in school?”

“Marceau?” I asked, incredulously, my mind and heart racing, “Are you telling me I saw Marcel Marceau and don’t remember it?”

When I got home I searched through all those papers Mom had kept from my school days and found the program from the show. It’s since been framed.

And I remember him doing a butterfly (mostly because the kid next to me leaned over and asked “what’s that supposed to be?”). And I have recalled other images from that day – Bip on a date, the Lion Tamer… just pieces…

Marceau was largely responsible for the revival of mime and the popularity of it here in American (and, I’m sure, elsewhere). And I am just a small part of a large community that was impacted by his life and his art. And I am grateful.

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And yes, I had to laugh.

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“Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.” Jules Feiffer (a quote found in Woman’s Day magazine, February 2007)

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Something fishy….

Tonight for dinner I made fish in the dishwasher. And I got a load of dishes done at the same time!

It started about 2 weeks ago. I was driving to work and I heard the morning show hosts on Word FM talking about cooking fish in the dishwasher. I thought it was bizzarre. So did they. Then one of their listeners called in and said she’s done it multiple times. Then she gave the recipe!

I, of course, was driving and unable to write it down. But it’s been on my mind ever since.

I did some searching on the internet and found a couple of recipes. Always for salmon. But it was mentioned that other fish could be done as well. Allrecipes.com has one with lots of reviews. But the best information was on the Surreal Gourmet website. So I got up the nerve to try it.

I’d mentioned cooking fish in the dishwasher in passing to my parents. Who thought I was joking. (Which would be a natural reaction.) So today I quickly made a sauce, basted and tightly wrapped up my flounder in tin foil (sealing it in), placed it in the dishwasher with the dirty dishes, added the dishwasher soap and turned it on. Before anyone noticed what I was doing!

I figured the dishwasher cycle (normal cycle, including drying time) was about an hour. So I made country potatoes in the oven and prepared the vegetable and an appetizer. About 10 minutes before the potatoes and peas were done I served the appetizer (yummy spinach and artichoke dip). Of course, I underestimated the dishwasher cycle and the fish wasn’t done till nearly 30 minutes later… But the potatoes and peas were kept warm and I placed them on the table. Then I opened the dishwasher and removed the fish. At that point, too tired to make a pretty serving dish, I placed one foil packet on each plate.

The fish was delicious! Now, I am not a big fan of white fish. Or at least I wasn’t before. And I’ve never been able to cook it right. But this fish was tender, moist, flakey and so tasty! I’ve never had better fish.

I will totally do this again in the future!

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