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HERE'S MY NEW BOOK AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND AT BARNES AND NOBLE




I'll be speaking and signing books at St. Johns on October 3rd, drop by if you can





HERE'S MY NEW BOOK AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND AT BARNES AND NOBLE






This is a book of short stories taken from the things I saw and heard in my childhood in the factory town of Ansonia in southwestern Connecticut. Most of these stories, or as true as I recall them because I witnessed these events many years ago through the eyes of child and are retold to you now with the pen and hindsight of an older man. The only exception is the story Beat Time which is based on the disappearance of Beat poet Lew Welch. Decades before I knew who Welch was, I was told that he had made his from California to New Haven, Connecticut, where was an alcoholic living in a mission. The notion fascinated me and I filed it away but never forgot it.      
The collected stories are loosely modeled around Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (I also borrowed from the novels character and place names. Ivy Day, my character in “Local Orphan is Hero” is also the name of chapter in Dubliners, etc.) and like Joyce I wanted to write about my people, the people I knew as a child, the working class in small town America and I wanted to give a complete view of them as well. As a result the stories are about the divorced, Gays, black people, the working poor, the middle class, the lost and the found, the contented and the discontented.
Conversely many of the stories in this book are about starting life over again as a result of suicide (The Hanging Party, Small Town Tragedy, Beat Time) or from a near death experience (Anna Bell Lee and the Charge of the Light Brigade, A Brief Summer)
and natural occurring death. (The Best Laid Plans, The Winter Years, Balanced and Serene)

With the exception of Jesus Loves Shaqunda, in each story there is a rebirth from the death. (Shaqunda is reported as having died of pneumonia in The Winter Years)

Sal, the desperate and depressed divorcee in Things Change, changes his life in Lunch Hour when asks the waitress for a date and she accepts. (Which we learn in Closing Time, the last story in the book) In The Arranged Time, Thisby is given the option of change and whether she takes it or, we don’t know. The death of Greta’s husband in A Matter of Time has led her to the diner and into the waiting arms of the outgoing and loveable Gabe.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. He is the author of numerous non-fiction on the history of organized crime including the ground break biography of bootlegger Roger Tuohy "When Capone's Mob Murdered Touhy" and "Guns and Glamour: A History of Organized Crime in Chicago."
His non-fiction crime short stories have appeared in The New Criminologist, American Mafia and other publications. John won the City of Chicago's Celtic Playfest for his work The Hannigan's of Beverly, and his short story fiction work, Karma Finds Franny Glass, appeared in AdmitTwo Magazine in October of 2008.
His play, Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public performance at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play.
Contact John:
MYWRITERSSITE.BLOGSPOT.COM
JWTUOHY95@GMAIL.COM




http://www.amazon.com/No-Time-Say-Goodbye-Memoir/dp/


In 1962, six year old John Tuohy, his two brothers and two sisters entered Connecticut’s foster care system and were promptly split apart. Over the next ten years, John would live in more than ten foster homes, group homes and state schools, from his native Waterbury to Ansonia, New Haven, West Haven, Deep River and Hartford. In the end, a decade later, the state returned him to the same home and the same parents they had taken him from. As tragic as is funny compelling story will make you cry and laugh as you journey with this child to overcome the obstacles of the foster care system and find his dreams.
http://www.amazon.com/No-Time-Say-Goodbye-Memoir/dp/0692361294/
http://amemoirofalifeinfostercare.blogspot.com/






Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.                                                                                                        Ralph Waldo Emerson







PHOTOGRAPHS I'VE TAKEN

Richmond Va.
  “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”  Anaïs Nin


Chicago Ill.
If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find him in the chalice. St. John Chrysostom

Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinc






People taking pictures of people:

I'm an amateur photographer, I travel a lot so some years ago and I noticed that everywhere I went there was someone taking a photo of someone else. It's part of the human condition and I think it’s fun so I started snapping pictures of people taking pictures. 

Farragut Square, Washington DC



President James Monroe's home, Westmoreland County, Virginia
“War is what happens when language fails.”  Margaret Atwood






WHY THE WORLD NEEDS EDITORS.....................




I'm not a poet (As these poems will prove) but here's my stab at it.


The Orphans Explanation

You had all of me most of the time
It’s all I’m capable of, most of the time.
I have ghosts that follow me
Most of the time
Disguised as the past
Pulling me backwards
Away from all of you.
Most of the time
You think I failed you
But you have no idea
Most of the time
What a great, Herculean effort it was
Just to give you that much
All of the time




THIS THING BETWEEN US

It’s all in our heads, it’s all in the family
 This thing between us.
Me and you
This wall. This invisible thing
That everyone sees it, except us.

You and me.
For you, you’re the victim
For me, I’m the victim
For you I’m the bad guy
We’re someone we’ll think about forever

We’re a fine suit that doesn’t fit
Because we won’t let it
We won’t admit it
But everyone knows it.
Everyone except us.

We won’t call it a shame
  We won’t talk about it.
We’ll only feel it.
Our loneliness, our sorrow, our loss
We can dream of what a fine thing we would have been
You and Me
Me and You




Epitaph: The Night We Buried McEvoy
A poem about a time long gone ago

When I was but a boy back in 64
Old Bull McEvoy hit the proverbial floor
Where he went nobody knows
But dead he was, dead for sure, dead down to the core

The wake we give him
‘Twas the event of the year
Everyone who was anyone
Made sure that they was there

After mass and the chalice we retired one and all
Down to Sullivan’s corpse palace
Just near the Hibernian hall
Where a grand time, I tells ya’s was planned by one and all.

We in our best soots and ties worn
Like feck’n hangman’s noose
Calloused hands with neither watch no ring
Naw, not for us, our kind don’t wear dose tings

 The ladies dolled their Sunday best
Whispered to the widow wit respect
And promised her they’d die pray’n
For the hosts eternal rest

One by one we knelt before the future
Our hands in pious prayer
Over the old boys corpse
Where it noted, goddamn life it ain’t fair.

Big Murphy the cops comes in
But he don’t know the dead
Makes his way to the food trays
To get his fat ass fed

Riley the carpenter follows 
Sans coat and tie
And tells the window dear that
“The Mac chose a good day to die”

And my what a fine coffin
Twas a fortune to buy
If himself would just move over, says he
I’d gladly give it a try.

And here’s Pat O’Meara Wit da wife, the dear old lovely skinny Vera 
 “I never seen the Mac look finer, says he with a nod
 And wasn’t just the other day
We was pick’n horses down at the Valley Diner

Sullivan the plumber sailed in
five sheets to the wind
behind him come da corpse third cousin
And all da odder various kin.

Father Murphy’s there to console the poor widow dear
He gives her a rosary and a prayer
Then joined the boys in back
For a song, a butt, a shot and a beer

The Roselli’s brought fried eggplant
but it went mostly untouched
But Steinberg brought a corn beef
that caused a table rush  

The AOH come by and so did the KOC
to offer the widow thar pity
And behind them dressed in black
Come the old lands Biddies

Den da union people slithered in
 and pretend to know our names
But now we’re all the wiser
To their feck’n games.

And when the last shops close
And there is no more blood to suck
They’ll be at the sweat shops China
Try’n to hustle a china man’s buck.

By ten the coffin joined the spirit
and started to sway with the walls
and when boys from Hill Top Hose arrived
we had an early fireman’s ball.

If Bitsy McGee coulda stood she woulda stood
And ah, I tell you, the golden words she woulda weaved
But she couldn’t and she didn’t
All she says is “Boy’s I gotta pee”

So Junior McEvoy commanded the floor
And demanded it stop spinning
And den defied gravity itself
Cause just by standing he was winning

He had his fill to the gills
Of the Celt killer the drink.
  Ah but so smooth was he with his fine words
We coulda charged a fee

Let us speak of my pop, the McEvoy himself
He knew that it’s in the giving we receive
And when injured by others
We should always offer reprieve

Where there was darkness
He offered light
And where he wronged
 He almost always made it right

To those who faced sorrow
He spoke of a better tomorrow
He believed in the eternal life.
Where there is no want, no sadness and no strife

He lived his life
He loved and he won and he lost
And never, not once, can it be said
He shrunk from the deep, deep cost

He knew much pain yet held on to hope
He never made an evil gain, God bless him
He never learned to hate
And never surrendered a single day to fate

The way he seen it
Despite all it’s pain 
Magnificent is ours world
But it’s the heavens we must gain

He nipped a bit much
He laughed when he could
He doubted yet the kept the faith
As, Lord knows, we all should.

He was of the generation
 That handled the fuss
They’ll never see your likes again
The mangy ungrateful cuss

Yous who a depression faced
Yous who put a man in space
 It all come from us, the working class
That saved this world’s ungrateful ass.

Wasn’t it us that made Tojo bow?
And us that gave feck’n Hitler his due.
And now look at us
We drive Volkswagens and Subaru’s.

Here’s how it is ain’t it true?
The boys at the top
Close our shops
And there ain’t a damn thing we can do

The America you saved my friends
She all gone she’s died
And with her went our world
Our hopes, our work and all our earthly pride

Then from the floor rises
Bitsy McGee
“War” she axes “
Does a lady go to pee?”

So we shows her the bowl
What to Chris Finally” says old Bitsy
“I got a pot to piss in.”

At the end the flags was furled
The coffin closed. Dead to the world
To the sidewalk we staggered
Tired drunk and haggard

Finney tells the widow dear
“If you’re Irish the world will break your heart”
And there is no earthly thing to do of it
So may we laugh until this world we all part.



TO THE DUDE

I thought that you would grow tall and brave
And I would grow old and wise
Two roots of the same tree intertwined, together, forever.
Now I wonder if you will remember me at all.
Do you?
Will you?
Will you know me when these surly bonds of earth have released us to the ages?
Will you know me through all the millenniums that will pass before us in eternity to come?
Will you remember me?
Or is our past nothing more than shallow mists and slight fleeting images that disappear because they pointless, as pointless as our reflections on the cold waters of this dark pond?



FOR YOU I WOULD FIGHT DRAGONS
  
For you, I would fight dragons.
I would, no doubt
I would stand before the angry beast, shield and dagger in hand
And I would be scared, but for you I would fight dragons.
I would give it my all and you would watch me fight the dragon
and understand the depth of my passion.
The dragon would see it and the beast would retreat, overpowered and ashamed for his lack passion
But there are no dragons
And I fear
You will never know all of me nor see what the dragon saw.





Greetings NYCPlaywrights

*** FREE THEATER IN NYC ***

Happy End by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm
The Theater at the School of Drama
151 Bank Street, New York, NY 10014

The New School College of Performing Arts, in association with School of Drama and Mannes School of Music, presents Happy End by Dorothy Lane and Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill; book and lyrics adapted by Michael Feingold, directed by Lou Jacob, and music direction & conducted by Gary S. Fagin.

Representatives of the Salvation Army and a group of speak-easy gangsters collide in Roaring Twenties Chicago, in this comic melodrama with songs.

Free general admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. To make reservations beginning September 1, 2015, call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or go to
https://www.ticketcentral.com/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=69BA5729-08AE-432A-AA1C-BEE36DFBEF39


*** DISCOUNT TICKETS: THE HUMANS ***

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of The Humans by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate). Two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Roundabout’s Assassins) directs.
The Humans is part of Roundabout’s New Play Initiative, a collection of programs, designed to foster and produce new work by emerging and established artists. The Humans is Karam’s second play commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company, following his hugely acclaimedSpeech & Debate (2007) and Sons of the Prophet (his first Roundabout commission, 2011).

* A limited number of $10 tickets are available for the following performances:
9/30 at 7:30pm
10/1 at 7:30pm
10/2 at 7:30pm
10/3 at 2pm

For more information see the NYCPlaywrights web site

http://nycp.blogspot.com/2015/09/discount-tickets-humans-10-tickets.html


*** SUBMISSIONS WANTED ***

Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2016 ~ Our Eighth Festival Season

Acknowledgement in the form of excellent prizes: $2,500 for Best Play and $500 each for Best Actress, Actor and Director, as well as $300 for Best Musical and $200 for Best Original Play. This is more than any other U.S. festival that we know of. 

There is no question why Venus/Adonis has taken the world of playwrighting festivals by storm, becoming the second largest festival in the country in just 4 years.

It's because playwrights enjoy staging their plays with us! 

We are a group of playwrights who, after years of staging our plays in NYC festivals, said: "Why don't we create a festival that includes everything we dreamt of having while being part of others?"

The result is beyond our wildest expectations. In just a few years, Venus/Adonis has caught fire as the number of submissions we receive continues to grow every year.

Is this sheer luck or an acknowledgment of what we offer?
Let's find out at: http://venusnytheaterfestival.com/


*** PLAYWRIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES ***

Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. We consider all submissions for the Heideman Award—a $1,000 cash prize given out each January—as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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Between Us Productions is looking for ten minute plays for its annual Take Ten Festival, going up April or May 2016. In this festival 16 plays compete for the titles of best play, best director, best actor, and best actress. All awards come with cash prizes and the winner of best play will have a workshop of a longer one act produced by Between Us Productions in summer 2016. There is no submission fee, but there is a $150 participation fee if you're selected. Please note, this is a self-producing festival. Between Us Productions will provide a performance space (at least 2 performances, could be up to 4), tech time in the space, and general festival marketing.

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All Out Arts' The Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC's biggest celebration of LGBTQ arts, is hosting our annual reading series this October. We're looking for work in its early or middle stages of development—scripts not quite ready for a festival, but that could use a public ear. Your script should be no longer than two hours, and readable by no more than 8 actors. (It's fine to double characters that you wouldn't double in a full production.) In accordance with our mission statement, scripts should somehow involve queer characters/themes.

*** FOR MORE INFORMATION on these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***


*** REPORTS ON THE THEATER ***

National Endowment for the Arts
All America’s A Stage: Growth and Challenges in Nonprofit Theater

The National Endowment for the Arts’ new report, All America’s a Stage, provides a concise overview of the nation’s vital and extensive nonprofit theater network. rather like a good play, the report presents surprises, revelations, and insights. it chronicles the enormous growth and general financial stability of the U.s. nonprofit theater community, and it outlines the considerable challenges the field faces in developing audiences. The report also provides an unanticipated perspective on ticket pricing and sales.

All America’s a Stage lives up to its title. The expansion of nonprofit theater has not been limited to traditional cultural centers. There are now nonprofit theaters in every section of the United states, including traditionally rural areas. On a per capita basis, Vermont and alaska now lead the U.s. in nonprofit theaters—outranking New York—with Maine and Montana right behind. The sharpest growth rates have been in previously underserved states like Nevada, arkansas, Utah, colorado,
and idaho.
Has the nonprofit theater sector expanded too quickly? seemingly not. despite the broad and rapid expansion of nonprofit theaters, these organizations have generally healthy finances.

More…
http://arts.gov/sites/default/files/TheaterBrochure12-08.pdf

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AMERICAN ALLIANCE FOR THEATRE & EDUCATION
The Effects of Theatre Education

DID YOU KNOW ...
Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component(1)?

Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills?

Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates(2)?

A 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education (3)?

Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities?

DRAMA IMPROVES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. In addition to having higher standardized test scores than their peers who do not experience the arts, student who participate in drama often experience improved reading comprehension, maintain better attendance records, and stay generally more engaged in school than their non-arts counterparts. Schools with arts-integrated programs, even in low-income areas, report high academic achievement.

More…
http://www.aate.com/?page=effects

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Variety
Legit Theater: Why It’s Too Simple Just to Say the Audience is Dwindling

The theater industry has had a lot of numbers thrown at it recently, and all of them seem to suggest live attendance is on the wane.

Or do they?

First there was the Americans for the Arts report touting that theater, symphony and opera attendance was rising — except that when you looked closer, it was symphony and opera that were gaining steam; theater has been steadily declining since 2003. Then there was the National Endowment for the Arts report that pegged attendance at non-musical plays as the most rapidly declining genre in the performing arts.

But when the Theater Communications Group released its annual survey of member nonprofits, it reported that attendance appears to be climbing back to pre-recession levels. It’s enough to make legiters wonder whether there really is cause for concern.

More…
http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/legit-theater-audience-dwindling-1200827636/

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Theatre Communications Group
Theatre Facts 2013
A report on the fiscal state of the professional not-for-profit American theatre

Theatre Facts is Theatre Communications Group’s (TCG) annual report on the fiscal state of the professional not-for-profit American theatre. The report examines the field’s attendance, performance and fiscal health using data from TCG Fiscal Survey 2013 for the fiscal year that member theatres completed anytime between October 31, 2012, and September 30, 2013. Theatres’ contributions to their communities and to the artistic legacy of the nation transcend the quantitative analyses that are described here. This report is organized into 3 sections that offer different perspectives:

1. The Universe section provides a broad overview of the U.S. not-for-profit professional theatre field in 2013. The 1,773 theatres represented are comprised of TCG Member Theatres—both those that participated in Fiscal Survey 2013 and those that did not—and additional not-for-profit professional theatres throughout the country that filed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990.

2. The Trend Theatres section presents a longitudinal analysis of the 115 TCG theatres that responded to the TCG Fiscal Survey each year since 2009. Also, we offer a sub-section that highlights 10-year trends for 87 TCG theatres that have been survey participants each year since 2004. This section provides interesting insights regarding longer-term trends experienced by a smaller sample of mostly larger theatres. When we speak of Trend Theatres in this report, we are making reference to those included in the 5-year trend analysis unless otherwise noted, and we adjust for inflation unless otherwise noted. The adjustment for inflation in the discussion of Trend Theatres of 9% (23% for the 10-Year View) is based on compounded annual average changes in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers as reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. The Profiled Theatres section provides an in-depth examination of the 176 theatres that completed TCG Fiscal Survey 2013. This section provides the greatest level of detail, including breakout information for theatres in 6 different budget categories.

More…
http://www.tcg.org/pdfs/tools/TCG_TheatreFacts_2013.pdf

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National Arts Index
An Annual Measurement of the Vitality of Arts and Culture in the United States


34. NEW WORK IN THEATRE, ORCHESTRA, OPERA, BROADWAY, AND FILM
The creation of new artistic work is critical to successful arts ecology. This report provides ample evidence of individual artistic creativity in musical composition, solo careers in the arts, and copyright claims. Some new art is not individual, but needs to be adopted by other organizations to reach its potential. Thus, the major performing arts disciplines are exciting settings for presenting new work. Data on premieres by American theatre companies, symphony orchestras, operas, Broadway producers, and filmmakers are available from their national service organizations: Theatre Communications Group, League of American Orchestras, Opera America, Broadway League, and Motion Picture Association of America. These service organizations do valuable work gathering information on their members’ activities and summarizing that information for the public.
This indicator measures the number of world premieres and new films presented by these arts organizations as reported by their associations. Given that these figures only represent data reported by their members, these numbers are almost certainly understated. There is often a lag between the concept for a new work and its actual premiere, because performing arts seasons and films are planned years in advance and can take years to develop. Thus, the increase from 2004 to 2007 probably reflects an optimism and willingness to invest from prior years. Between 2005 and 2011, there was a 15 percent increase in the number of new opera, theater, film, and symphony works. Since 2006, audiences have been treated to more than one-thousand new works annually.

More…
http://www.artsindexusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/2013-NAI-Full-Report.pdf

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Theatre Development Fund

TDF's "Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play" examines the "collaboration in crisis" between playwrights and those who produce their work.
Written by Todd London with Ben Pesner and Zannie Giraud Voss, the book is the result of a six-year study with playwrights and artistic directors from across the United States.
The book is available for $14.95 online.

 “The genesis for this study came from one of TDF’s founding trustees, John E. Booth,” said Victoria Bailey, TDF’s Executive Director. “He challenged TDF to undertake a study of the American playwright to determine how TDF and others could ‘be most helpful in facilitating and encouraging the work of promising playwrights and the performance of their works.’ OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE NEW AMERICAN PLAY is the result of that challenge. This study is complex, revelatory and, in many cases, disturbing. It flows from careful research, both quantitative and qualitative. Much in this report may be painful to read. One of the clearest messages I’ve received throughout the course of this study is that language is failing us. Writers and those who produce their plays are not talking honestly with each other. Nor are they speaking honestly with their audiences or with funders. We must learn to speak together and to listen.”

“The book is an attempt to paint the most comprehensive picture possible of how plays get written and produced in America,” said Todd London. “It looks at the ecosystem of (mostly not-for-profit) new play production in detail. The picture that emerges is complex and contradictory.  On one hand, we have a playwriting profession that is larger, better trained and more vital than at any time in our history.  We also have a profusion of highly professional theatres with a deep commitment to new work. On the other hand, we have a profound rift between our most accomplished playwrights and the theatres who would produce them, an increasingly corporate theatre culture, dire economics for not-for-profits, dwindling audiences for non-musical work and, perhaps most troubling of all, a system of compensation that makes it nearly impossible for playwrights to earn anything resembling a living.  By telling this story—with firm statistical and anecdotal evidence—we hope to stimulate both conversation and action in the theatre field.  In other words, we want to find ways to build on the existing energy in the field and to help open up more opportunities for playwrights and more channels for fine plays to reach the stage.”

More…
https://www.tdf.org/press/88/TDFs-Outrageous-Fortune-The-Life-and-Times-of-the-New-American-Play-examines-the-collaboration-in-crisis-between-playwrights-and-those-who-produce-their-work


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US Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
NAICS 711110 - Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
These national industry-specific occupational employment and wage estimates are calculated with data collected from employers of all sizes, in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia, in NAICS 711110 - Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters.

More…
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics5_711110.htm

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NYCPlaywrights Statistics

A survey of web site visitors in April 2012 asked users how they saw themselves. This was multiple choice so the results do not add up to 100%:

Playwright: 94%
Actor: 24%
Director: 18%
Stage manager:3%
Designer: 2%
Theatre Lover: 23%
Other: 5%

As of August 2015, the NYCPlaywrights web site receives 5600+ unique visitors per month from around the world, although primarily from the United States.

Top cities visited-from, August 2014 - July 2015 - New York City accounts for 25% of the total visits.

  1. New York, NY, USA
  2. Los Angeles, CA , USA
  3. Chicago, IL, USA
  4. Portland, OR, USA
  5. Seattle, WA, USA
  6. Philadelphia, PA , USA
  7. San Francisco, CA, USA
  8. Toronto, ON, CANADA
  9. Richmond, VA, USA
10. Austin, TX, USA

Top countries visited-from, August 2014 - July 2015
  1. United States 
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. Israel
  6. India
  7. Mexico
  8. Brazil
  9. New Zealand
10. France


More…
http://nycp.blogspot.com/p/about.html



HERE'S SOME NICE ART FOR YOU TO LOOK AT....ENJOY!




John Singer Sargent, "Street in Venice," 1882, oil on wood, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Avalon Foundation, 1962.4.1








DON'T YOU LOVE POP ART?
“Can You Believe These Homeless Beggars, Marjory” by Eugenia Loli



HERE'S PLEASANT POEM FOR YOU TO ENJOY................


POEM IN THANKS
 Thomas Lux
Lord Whoever, thank you for this air
I'm about to in- and exhale, this hutch
in the woods, the wood for fire,
the light–––both lamp and the natural stuff
of leaf-black fern, and wing.
For the piano, the shovel
for ashes, the moth-gnawed
blankets, the stone-cold water
stone-cold: thank you.
Thank you, Lord, coming for
to carry me here–––where I'll gnash
it out, Lord, where I'll calm
and work, Lord, thank you

for the goddamn birds singing!


Thomas Lux (born December 10, 1946) is an American poet that holds the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology and runs Georgia Tech's "Poetry at Tech" program.
Thomas Lux was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, son of a milkman and a Sears & Roebuck switchboard operator, neither of whom graduated from high school. Lux was raised in Massachusetts on a dairy farm. He was, according to those who knew him in high school, very good at baseball, basketball and golf. Classmates also recall that he had a "terrific sense of humor."
He graduated from Emerson College in Boston, where he was also poet in residence from 1970–1975. His first book—Memory's Handgrenade—was published shortly after.
Since 1975, Lux has been a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. Lux is also a core faculty member of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. In 1996 he was a visiting professor at University of California, Irvine. A former Guggenheim Fellow and three times a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lux received, in 1995, the $50,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his sixth collection, Split Horizons. His poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and many other anthologies.
He currently holds the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology and runs their Poetry at Tech program,[1] which includes one of the best known poetry reading series as well as community outreach classes and workshops.



This would be the greatest TV show ever.........
  



I LOVE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS


Jules Falk Hunter

 GOOD WORDS TO HAVE………………..




Lodestone 1: magnetite possessing polarity 2: something that strongly attracts. Lodestone (also spelled loadstone) is made up of distinctly English components, ones that have been part of our language since before the 12th century. Lode comes from the Old English lād, which meant "way," "journey," or "course." The word stone derives from the Old English stān, which had the same meaning as the modern term. When the two ancient words were combined to form lodestone around 1518, the new term referred to magnetite, an oxide of iron that forms a natural magnet. Later, the word came to describe anything that strongly attracts.



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 WE NEED PAID FAMILY LEAVE FOR AMERICANS


7 Companies That Do Family Leave Right
By: Emma Bracy@EMMABRACY

Within the past few years, some of the most popular tech companies have adjusted their paid leave policies for new parents to accommodate not just moms, but dads and non-biological parents as well. Perhaps these businesses are taking a cue from Sweden—the country with the most generous family leave policy in the world.
Swedish parents are entitled to 480 days—that’s 16 months—of paid parental leave. And yes, parental leave means it’s not just for moms. Sixty of those 480 days are reserved exclusively for fathers, and next year, 90 days will be reserved just for dads—the same amount already reserved for mothers. (Parents split the rest of their allotted time as they see fit.)
It should come as no surprise that 85 percent of Swedish dads take family leave; and the ones who don’t, typically face questioning from family and friends. Dads taking time off is not only good for developing the bond between child and father, but it is also good for gender equality. With many countries (America included) still navigating issues of women’s rights and maternity leave, Sweden kind of seems like a futuristic, family-friendly utopia.
On the other hand, according to a 2014 International Labour Organization report, only two out of 185 countries surveyed lack paid maternity leave under the law: Papua New Guinea, and America. We stand alone as the world’s only developed country that doesn’t guarantee some sort of paid leave associated with parenting.
The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, introduced in the Senate this past March, seeks to change that. The bill would create a national paid family and medical leave system, enabling workers to receive partial pay (66 percent of wages, to a cap) for up to 12 weeks of leave. This could make a real difference for working families, allowing parents to care for new children, sick family members, or even themselves.
WHY IS PAID LEAVE GOOD?
Well, economists say it’s essential for making it possible for women to work. And although the number of women in America’s workforce is declining—a phenomena economists are wrestling with—many believe that paid leave could help increase those numbers. It can also make it possible for parents to do simple, expected things, such as take their newborns for health visits. Not to mention that paid leave is just family-friendly. Encouraging parents to spend time with their children is certainly not a bad thing. (Just ask dads in Sweden.)

Although our government does not require it, some employers are taking it upon themselves to encourage more family time for their employees; 12 percent of private industry workers are lucky enough to get some sort of paid family leave. Of course, not all family leave policies are created equal. For example, Google gives mothers 18 weeks of paid time off, but biotech company Genentech gives just six. Netflix was recently applauded for its generous new unlimited (within the first year of a child’s life) time off plan, but that only applies to employees of the company’s streaming service, other company employees, including those in customer service, aren’t included. Still, other companies extend family-friendly perks beyond paid leave. So if Sweden’s not an option but parenting might be, you might want to know which companies are amongst the most family-friendly. We’ve compiled a list:
1. ADOBE
Starting Nov. 1, primary caregivers get 16 weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, in addition to 10 weeks of paid medical leave following childbirth. In total, a new mother could take 26 weeks off. Non-primary caregivers will receive four weeks with full pay. The new policy is available to Adobe’s 6,000 U.S. workers and will be extended to mothers and fathers who become parents “through childbirth, surrogacy, adoption or foster care.” Adobe will also cover up to four weeks of family leave to care for a sick family member.
2. MICROSOFT
Also starting Nov. 1, parents are provided 12 weeks paid leave that can be taken as one continuous break, or split into two periods. Mothers who give birth get eight additional paid weeks off, and have the expanded opportunity to go on short-term disability during the two weeks prior to their scheduled due date. In addition, new parents also have the option of phasing back into work on a half-time basis.
3. FACEBOOK
All parents get 17 weeks paid leave from the social network, which can be used all at once or spread out over a year. The company provides $4,000 in “baby cash” to each new child born or adopted; and subsidizes day care, programs for adoption, egg freezing or surrogate parenting and sperm donation programs. Also, the Menlo Park location now has designated breastfeeding rooms.
4. TWITTER
Twitter offers 20 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers who give birth, and 10 weeks paid leave for dads or adoptive parents. The company holds roundtables for those who are leaving for or returning from parental leave. There’s also “mommy mentor” program, and working mom lunches.
5. GOLDMAN SACHS
New moms at this financial firm get 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, while dads, primary caregivers, and non-primary caregivers can enjoy four weeks of paid leave. In addition, 16 weeks of paid adoption/surrogacy leave are provided. The firm has dedicated resources for expecting or new parents, including weekly expectant parent walkthrough calls, on-site lactation rooms, 24-hour access to lactation consultants, and a maternity mentoring program. In addition, The New York and New Jersey offices provide back-up on site childcare.
6. GOOGLE
Of course Google is on the list. Birth mothers are given 18 weeksof paid leave, and 22 if they experience complications. Other parents, including adoptive or surrogate caregivers, receive 12 weeks of paid leave for bonding time. Non-primary caregivers are offered seven weeks paid leave. Other parent perks include consultations for parents searching for childcare, discounts for nanny-placement agencies, and “mother’s rooms” equipped with hospital-grade sterilization tools in all Google buildings. New parents also get $500 towards baby supplies.
7. CHANGE.ORG
Change.org, a petition website dedicated to empowering people to create social and political change, provides 18 weeks of fully-paid parental leave to every employee who becomes a new parent—biological or not.

The Warehouse offer extra paid leave to combat family violence
By Taroi Black  September 2015
The Warehouse, one of New Zealand's biggest employers, is offering paid leave to its 12,000 staff in a move to combat the many victims of family violence.
Victims of domestic violence often find holding down work very difficult.
General Manager, Paul Walsh says, “I think we had a role to play in helping an issue as important to the nation in Domestic Violence.”
One of New Zealand's top retailers has announced that its staff will be entitled to an extra 10 days off a year on top of existing leave.
Walsh says, “I am aware of some instances where, for our team members' sake, we had to relocate them to another store, who have been victims of domestic violence.”
According to the PSA 2013 survey, more than half of the respondents of domestic violence reported being in paid employment at the time.
The Warehouse Group alongside Women's Refuge legislated a paid leave initiative on its recommendation.
Vi Piripi from Women’s Refuge says, “What’s going on at home automatically transfers to what’s going on at work.  However some people try and hide that because they’re scared of maybe losing their job.”
On top of their existing leave, staff will be able to get medical treatment, attend court and seek refuge without the burden of financial pressure.
Professor of Management, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Author of The Working Dad's Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home

Business School Professors for Paid Family Leave
200 business professors support paid family leave and have petitioned Congress. Here's why.
 Business school professors are situated at a very interesting crossroads.
On one hand, we are very well connected to the business community. Most of us interact with executives and managers on an ongoing basis. We keep up with industry best practices. Many consult with leading firms. We write for practitioner outlets and trade magazines. We provide executive training and education to those near the top of organizational charts, as well as MBA classes to those on the first few rungs of the ladder. In many ways, and through many means, we are very plugged into the concerns of the business community.
We are also part of the academy. We look beyond short-term business imperatives and take a broad view, incorporating social-science research and evidence. We study widely and debate ideas. We look to multiple sources and disciplines to inform our thinking, scholarship and teaching. We look for connections that may be outside the view of those looking just for immediate results.
These dual roles give business academics unique perspective- one that understands business necessity but can see a bit over the horizon as well.
It is for this reason that almost 200 business school professors, including myself, have signed on to a letter sent to Congress supporting the FAMILY ACT, as well as expanded paid family and medical leave.
Here are just a few reasons why:
•           A national paid family and medical leave standard such as the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act--the FAMILY Act--would help both businesses and families thrive. This legislation would allow men and women to receive a portion of their pay when they take time away from their jobs to recover from a serious illness or care for a sick loved one or a new child, by creating a national paid family and medical leave fund.
•           Right now, millions of workers are forced to choose between job and family when they need family or medical leave. Evidence shows that isn't good for families or for our economy.
•           Today, just 13 percent of workers have access to paid family leave through their employers, and fewer than four in 10 have access to employer-provided personal medical leave. Data within and across firms, and recent announcements from companies like Netflix and Virgin, remind us that employees' access to leave varies widely by industry, by job and by wage and skill level.
•           As a result, tens of millions of employees forfeit pay or lose their jobs after the birth or adoption of a child or when they or their loved ones get sick--the very times when expenses rise.
•           At the higher end of the wage and skill spectrum, business and national culturedon't yet encourage employees to take the time they need to care for themselves or their loved ones--and women, men and children pay a grievous price.
•           Firms suffer when their workforce has low morale and reduced productivity--when new moms or dads would prefer to be at home caring for their babies or when a personal or family illness impacts performance.
•           Paid leave contributes to reduced turnover and higher employee engagement and loyalty, which helps businesses save direct and indirect costs. When workers are able to devote more time and attention to their home lives, they experience a stronger sense of control, less stress, and are more efficient, engaged and productive at work.
•           The FAMILY Act would help change our norms and our culture by creating a national floor. It would help workers make ends meet during those challenging times, and it would benefit businesses as well.
•           The FAMILY Act employs a familiar, tested insurance pool framework (currently in use in California, New Jersey and Rhode Island) and spreads the cost of leave between employers and employees in a way that is affordable and responsible. The experiences of numerous other countries, the states that have adopted paid family and medical leave programs, and businesses that have paid leave policies in place proves the benefits of paid leave.
•           A national paid family and medical leave standard is long overdue. In our letter, my business faculty colleagues and I make the case that the nation's workers, and the companies they work for, need paid leave now and that the FAMILY Act provides a smart way to provide it. I hope this effort adds to the tremendous momentum in support of paid leave and the efforts of advocacy groups such as the National Partnership for Women & Families to help make our nation more family-friendly.
•           The country will be better off when Congress passes the FAMILY Act.
Expanded paid parental and medical leave has caught on in many cities and states, but federal progress on this issue would help millions of families. Please contact your representatives in support of paid family leave. Finally, many thanks to the Partnership for Women and Families in helping to organize this petition.
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You Can Catch Happiness But Not Depression, University of Warwick Study
Happiness Spreads But Depression Doesn’t

  Having friends who suffer from depression doesn’t affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick.
The academics found that having friends can help teenagers recover from depression or even avoid becoming depressed in the first instance.
The findings are the result of a study of the way teenagers in a group of US high schools influenced each others’ mood. The academics used a mathematical model to establish if depression spreads from friend to friend.
Professor Frances Griffiths, head of social science and systems in health at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, said: “Depression is a major public health concern worldwide. But the good news is we’ve found that a healthy mood amongst friends is linked with a significantly reduced risk of developing and increased chance of recovering from depression.
“Our results offer implications for improving adolescent mood. In particular they suggest the hypothesis that encouraging friendship networks between adolescents could reduce both the incidence and prevalence of depression among teenagers.”
The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B entitled Spreading of healthy mood in adolescent social networks.
Using data from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health they looked at more than 2,000 adolescents in a network of US high school students. They examined how their mood influenced each other by modelling the spread of moods using similar methods to those used to track the spread of infectious diseases.
Individuals were classified as either having depressive symptoms (low mood) or not being depressed (healthy mood) according to the score cut-off associated with a clinical diagnosis of depression.
The team found that while depression does not ‘spread’, having enough friends with a healthy mood can halve the probability of developing, or double the probability of recovering from, depression over a six to 12 month period.
The mathematical model used suggests that adolescents who have five or more mentally healthy friends have half the probability of becoming depressed compared to adolescents with no healthy friends. And teenagers who have 10 healthy friends have double the probability of recovering from depressive symptoms compared to adolescents with just three healthy friends.
University of Warwick mathematics researcher Edward Hill is lead author of the research paper. He said: “In the context of depression, this is a very large effect size. Changing risk by a factor of two is unusual.
“Our results suggest that promotion of any friendship between adolescents can reduce depression since having depressed friends does not put them at risk, but having healthy friends is both protective and curative.”
Social factors such as living alone or having experienced abuse in childhood are already linked to depression. Also social support, such as having someone to talk to has been cited as important for recovery from depression.
However this study looks at the effect of being friends with people on the likelihood of developing depression or recovering from it.
Another author of the paper, Dr Thomas House senior lecturer in applied mathematics from the University of Manchester said: “It could be that having a stronger social network is an effective way to treat depression. More work needs to be done but it may be that we could significantly reduce the burden of depression through cheap, low-risk social interventions.
“As a society, if we enable friendships to develop among adolescents (for example providing youth clubs) each adolescent is more likely to have enough friends with healthy mood to have a protective effect. This would reduce the prevalence of depression.”
Other research into adolescent mental health by Warwick Medical School will be explored in an upcoming play called Cracked which is being performed by Santé Theatre Warwick


All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus Christ 


THE ART OF PULP









The Soda Industry Has Spent Over $100 Million Opposing Labeling Measures, Drink Taxes
Since 2009, the American soda industry has spent a minimum of $106 million on efforts to block public health initiatives

By Karen Lo

However, the CSPI also warned that “the actual amount spent by the soda industry is assuredly much greater, since campaign finance and lobby expenses are not available in 10 out of the 23 jurisdictions that have considered policies aimed at reducing sugar drink consumption.”
This figure also likely does not include Coca-Cola’s recent funding of prominent scientists, who have been asked to support researchdownplaying the role of diet in overall health.
CSPI also pointed out that “It’s impossible to know exactly what Big Soda’s lobbyists were working on; disclosure reports indicate menu labeling, school nutrition, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program were also among the industry’s interests.”
“Like the tobacco industry before it, the soda industry is spending heavily and spending strategically and has mostly been successful at blocking federal, state, and local public health measures aimed at reducing soda-related disease,” said Jim O’Hara, CSPI director of health promotion policy. “However, it’s unclear whether the industry will be able to preserve its winning streak when it has to fend off a greater number of soda tax or warning label proposals simultaneously.”


THE ART OF WAR...............................





Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Francis of Assisi 


Sculpture this and Sculpture that



“Apollo e Dafne” in Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy.



Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.”

THE BOOK OF FUNNY, ODD AND INTERESTING THINGS THAT PEOPLE SAY

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John William Tuohy


Signs and Advertisments

"Great New Taste!" and "Same Great Taste!" -- On opposite sides of a drink cooler in a grocery store.

"Ears pierced while you wait." -- A sign in a shop.

"Free Parking ($1.50 per day)"

"If you can't read or write, phone this number."

"We are sorry, but these toilets are out of action. Please use  floor." -- A sign on a shopping center's restroom door, indicating that the restroom was closed. The sign was intended to give directions to the nearest open restroom, but the staff had forgotten to fill in the blank.

"Shoe Rental: Adults: $2.00. Seniors and Children: $2.00." -- A sign in a bowling alley in Katy, TX.

"Welcome to the Flippin Church of Christ." -- A sign outside a church in Flippin, Arkansas.

"Caution! Water on road during rain." -- A road sign.





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From the Author
I spent my childhood, from age seven through seventeen, in foster care.  Over the course of those ten years, many decent, well-meaning, and concerned people told me, "It's okay to be foster kid."
In saying that, those very good people meant to encourage me, and I appreciated their kindness then, and all these many decades later, I still appreciate their good intentions. But as I was tossed around the foster care system, it began to dawn on me that they were wrong.  It was not all right to be a foster kid.
During my time in the system, I was bounced every eighteen months from three foster homes to an orphanage to a boy's school and to a group home before I left on my own accord at age seventeen.
In the course of my stay in foster care, I was severely beaten in two homes by my "care givers" and separated from my four siblings who were also in care, sometimes only blocks away from where I was living.
I left the system rather than to wait to age out, although the effects of leaving the system without any family, means, or safety net of any kind, were the same as if I had aged out. I lived in poverty for the first part of my life, dropped out of high school, and had continuous problems with the law.
 Today, almost nothing about foster care has changed.  Exactly what happened to me is happening to some other child, somewhere in America, right now.  The system, corrupt, bloated, and inefficient, goes on, unchanging and secretive.
Something has gone wrong in a system that was originally a compassionate social policy built to improve lives but is now a definitive cause in ruining lives.  Due to gross negligence, mismanagement, apathy, and greed, mostly what the foster care system builds are dangerous consequences. Truly, foster care has become our epic national disgrace and a nightmare for those of us who have lived through it.
Yet there is a suspicion among some Americans that foster care costs too much, undermines the work ethic, and is at odds with a satisfying life.  Others see foster care as a part of the welfare system, as legal plunder of the public treasuries.
 None of that is true; in fact, all that sort of thinking does is to blame the victims.  There is not a single child in the system who wants to be there or asked to be there.  Foster kids are in foster care because they had nowhere else to go.  It's that simple.  And believe me, if those kids could get out of the system and be reunited with their parents and lead normal, healthy lives, they would. And if foster care is a sort of legal plunder of the public treasuries, it's not the kids in the system who are doing the plundering.
 We need to end this needless suffering.  We need to end it because it is morally and ethically wrong and because the generations to come will not judge us on the might of our armed forces or our technological advancements or on our fabulous wealth.
 Rather, they will judge us, I am certain, on our compassion for those who are friendless, on our decency to those who have nothing and on our efforts, successful or not, to make our nation and our world a better place.  And if we cannot accomplish those things in the short time allotted to us, then let them say of us "at least they tried."
You can change the tragedy of foster care and here's how to do it.  We have created this book so that almost all of it can be tweeted out by you to the world.  You have the power to improve the lives of those in our society who are least able to defend themselves.  All you need is the will to do it.
 If the American people, as good, decent and generous as they are, knew what was going on in foster care, in their name and with their money, they would stop it.  But, generally speaking, although the public has a vague notion that foster care is a mess, they don't have the complete picture. They are not aware of the human, economic and social cost that the mismanagement of the foster care system puts on our nation.
By tweeting the facts laid out in this work, you can help to change all of that.  You can make a difference.  You can change things for the better.
We can always change the future for a foster kid; to make it better ...you have the power to do that. Speak up (or tweet out) because it's your country.  Don't depend on the "The other guy" to speak up for these kids, because you are the other guy.
We cannot build a future for foster children, but we can build foster children for the future and the time to start that change is today.

No time to say Goodbye: Memoirs of a life in foster 
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