John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

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1: of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral

2 a:relating to or typical of rural life

b: pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity : idyllic

We get bucolic from the Latin word bucolicus, which is ultimately from the Greek word boukolos, meaning "cowherd." When bucolic was first used in English as an adjective in the early 17th century, it meant "pastoral" in a narrow sense—that is, it referred to things related to shepherds or herdsmen and in particular to pastoral poetry. Later in the 19th century, it was applied more broadly to things rural or rustic. Bucolic has also been occasionally used as a noun meaning "a pastoral poem" or "a bucolic person."


(TAL-is-man, -iz-) 

1. An object, such as a stone, believed to have occult powers to keep evil away and bring good fortune to its wearer.

2. Anything that has magical powers and brings miraculous effects.

From French or Spanish, from Arabic tilasm, from Greek telesma (consecration), from telein (to consecrate or complete), from telos (result). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve), which also gave us colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, collar, col, and accolade.

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A domestic cat; especially an old female cat
In the opening scene of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, one of the three witches planning to meet with Macbeth suddenly announces, "I come, Graymalkin." The witch is responding to the summons of her familiar, or guardian spirit, which is embodied in the form of a cat. Shakespeare's graymalkin literally means "gray cat." The gray is of course the color; the malkin was a nickname for Matilda or Maud that came to be used in dialect as a general name for a cat—and sometimes a hare—and for an untidy woman as well. By the 1630s, graymalkin had been altered to the modern spelling grimalkin.

I made vegetable broth

I made vegetable broth yesterday by taking left over vegetables, toss them in a pot with some garlic and butter, heat and mix. Add ten cups of water or however much broth you want, boil, reduce and simmer for 45 minutes. I added three table spoons of organic soy sauce.

Interesting people

I'm getting old

Yep, green eggs and ham

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Having or seeming to have no end; especially: wearisomely protracted

The word was borrowed into English in the 15th century and descends from a Latin combination of the prefix in- ("not") and the verb terminare, meaning "to terminate" or "to limit." The word describes not only something without an actual end (or no end in sight, such as "interminable oceans"), but also events, such as tedious lectures, that drag on in such a way that they give no clear indication of ever wrapping up. Other relatives of interminable in English include terminate, determine, terminal, and exterminate.

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NYCPlaywrights received many responses to our request for advice for the redesign of the web site. 
We also received generous praise, shared here by permission:
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The third of five video recordings of finalists for the WOMEN IN THE AGE OF TRUMP project has been posted here:


by Roger Parris
Directed by Ajene Washington
Mon, April 24, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Gertrude Jeanette’s Hadley Players 
in partnership with Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theater Group
in association with the Salvation Army Corps
The Salvation Army Corps Community Center
540 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10037




Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted






Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.


The 2017 Rockford New Play Festival is seeking submissions of new ten minute plays. 
Six scripts will be chosen as official selections of the festival and presented in an evening of staged readings in Rockford, Illinois on August 24, 2017. Each of the six playwrights will receive $150 and a link to a video recording of the reading. The 2017 New Play Festival Reading will also be broadcast live on Facebook. This year, we invite you to share a play inspired by the question: “In light of the recent Women’s March on Washington, ‘Where Are You Going?’” We encourage you to be bold, passionate, and most importantly, yourself.

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our fifth annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival. Dates of the 2018 festival will be announced on our website. The festival will be held at The Hill School, Middleburg, VA. There is no fee for this competition. We will choose three winners and each will have a staged reading during the Shakespeare in the ‘Burg festival. The readings will be performed by Shakespeare in the Square acting company from New York City.


Now accepting submissions for our 2017 Summer Playwright's Festival...
This year's theme... Smoke and Mirrors!
Plays must be: 
- Family friendly (no overt swearing or violence, or sexual themes)
- Between 10 to 15 minutes in length (around 8 to 13 pages)
- Inspired by the theme Smoke and Mirrors
- Suitable for an outdoor stage (no big special effects or lighting requirements, no musicals)
- Looking for plays that involve younger characters (ages 13 to 35)

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



Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—humorist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. As a tragedian, he is best-known for his Medea and Thyestes.


“Medea” is one of the best known of the tragedies of Roman playwright Seneca the Younger, completed around 50 CE or possibly earlier. It tells the story of the revenge of the enchantress Medea on her faithless husband Jason. Although it is generally agreed that Euripides’ earlier Greek version of the story (also called “Medea”) is superior in most respects, Seneca’s themes of bloodthirsty revenge and the supernatural were very influential in the revival of tragedy on the Renaissance stage, particularly French Neoclassical and Elizabethan English tragedy.


Full text of MEDEA



François-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.


Zaïre (French pronunciation: ​[za.iʁ]; The Tragedy of Zara) is a five-act tragedy in verse by Voltaire. Written in only three weeks, it was given its first public performance on 13 August 1732 by the Comédie française in Paris. It was a great success with the Paris audiences and marked a turning away from tragedies caused by a fatal flaw in the protagonist's character to ones based on pathos. The tragic fate of its heroine is caused not through any fault of her own, but by the jealousy of her Muslim lover and the intolerance of her fellow Christians. Zaïre was notably revived in 1874 with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role, and it was the only one of Voltaire's plays to be performed by the Comédie française during the 20th century. The play was widely performed in Britain well into the 19th century in an English adaptation by Aaron Hill and was the inspiration for at least thirteen operas.

Full text of ZAIRE



Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈfʁiːdʁɪç fɔn ˈʃɪlɐ]; 10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


In this drama Schiller addresses the decline of the famous general Albrecht von Wallenstein, basing it loosely on actual historical events during the Thirty Years' War. Wallenstein fails at the height of his power as successful commander-in-chief of the imperial army when he begins to rebel against his emperor, Ferdinand II. The action is set some 16 years after the start of the war, in the winter of 1633/1634 and begins in the Bohemian city of Pilsen, where Wallenstein is based with his troops. For the second and third acts of the third play the action moves to Eger, where Wallenstein has fled and where he was assassinated on 26 February 1634.

Full text of WALLENSTEIN (three plays)






French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.

THEATER REVIEW; 'No Exit,' Sartre's Version of Hell

''HELL is other people'' is the standard superficial explanation for the meaning of Jean-Paul Sartre's ''No Exit,'' now at Long Island Stage in Rockville Centre. This powerful one-act play, under the masterful direction of Clinton J. Atkinson, makes clear that Hell is not the bother of other people; it is other people who see us as we really are.

In Sartre's view, the decisions we make in life are recorded and stored behind the closed doors of our social veneer. Our character is comprised of myriad choices between good and evil made during our lifetime. In the last analysis, who we are is the sum total of all of our actions, as determined by our own free will.

''No Exit'' introduces us to three finished, fully formed souls in the process of facing who they ended up being.

A bellhop in a snappy white jacket with red trim and gold buttons walks on stage, followed by a tense, nervous man named Garcin. ''It's like this,'' Garcin says, forming the question as a statement. ''It's like this,'' the bellhop answers in a bored tone.

The ''it'' is Hell, and Garcin is quickly joined by Inez and Estelle, two women who are to be his roommates for eternity.


Full text of NO EXIT
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A small portion, amount, or allowance; also : a meager wage or remuneration. Pity and pittance share etymological roots. The Middle English word pittance came from Anglo-French pitance, meaning "pity" or "piety." Originally, a pittance was a gift or bequest to a religious community, or a small charitable gift. Ultimately, the word comes from the Latin pietas, meaning "piety" or "compassion." Our words pity and piety come from pietas as well.

Duffields, West Virginia

I go by this place often so yesterday I stopped, got some photos and did some research. (The location remains a railway deport, the train from Shepherdstown into DC stops across the street from the old Dufffields Deport)

Duffields Depot is a 177 years old but it was only active from 1839 until 1883. The B&O railroad paid a landowner, a man named Duffield, $2500 as compensation for the portion of his land used for the railroad’s double-track right-of-way. With the money, Duffield constructed the extant stone-and-wood structure, which served as both a house for the B&O station master and as a storage depot for incoming and outgoing goods and commodities.
During the Civil War, the B&O was an essential lifeline of communication and shipment for the Union Army, for Washington, DC, and for the northern states in general.  On October 14, 1864 the infamous “Greenback Raid” led by Colonel John Singleton Mosby’s (Mosby’s Raiders) 43rd Virginia Battalion took place nearby.

The Confederate raiders cut the B&O tracks just west of the Depot and when the train derailed they took 20 prisoners and 15 horses. Among the prisoners were two paymasters with over $150,000 in government funds. Four months earlier, on June 29, Mosby attacked the actual depot and took fifty prisoners, including two lieutenants, before being forced to retreat by federal troops. 

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Household linen; especially: table linen. Napery has been used as a fancy word for our household linens, especially those used to cover a table, since the 14th century. The word derives via Middle English from Anglo-French nape, meaning "tablecloth," and ultimately from Latin mappa, "napkin." You can see part of the word napkin in that root; another, much less obvious relative is apron, which was once spelled as napron in Middle English but gradually evolved to its current spelling by way of English speakers habitually misdividing the phrase a napron as an apron.

1: showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit 2:  showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind
The Latin word animus means "soul" or "spirit." In magnanimous, that animus is joined by Latin magnus, meaning "great." Basically meaning "greatness of spirit," magnanimity is the opposite of pettiness. A truly magnanimous person can lose without complaining and win without gloating. Angry disputes can sometimes be resolved when one side makes a magnanimous gesture toward another.


A source of inspiration, verb intr.: To be absorbed in thought. To think or say something thoughtfully.
In Greek mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses, each of whom presided over an art or science. A museum is, literally speaking, a shrine to the Muses.
The Muses were the Greek goddesses of inspiration in literature, science and the arts. They were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (the personification of memory), and they were also considered water nymphs. Some scholars believed that the Muses were primordial goddesses, daughters of the Titans Uranus and Gaea. Personifications of knowledge and art, some of the arts of the Muses included Music, Science, Geography, Mathematics, Art, and Drama. They were usually invoked at the beginning of various lyrical poems, such as in the Homeric epics; this happened so that the Muses give inspiration or speak through the poet's words.
There were nine Muses according to Hesiod, protecting a different art and being symbolised with a different item; Calliope (epic poetry - writing tablet), Clio (history - scroll), Euterpe (lyric poetry - aulos, a Greek flute), Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry - comic mask), Melpomene (tragedy - tragic mask), Terpsichore (dance - lyre), Erato (love poetry - cithara, a Greek type of lyre), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry - veil), and Urania (astronomy - globe and compass). On the other hand, Varro mentions that only three Muses exist: Melete (practice), Mneme (memory) and Aoide (song).
According to a myth, King Pierus of Macedon named his nine daughters after the Muses, thinking that they were better skilled than the goddesses themselves. As a result, his daughters, the Pierides, were transformed into magpies.

Dog logic: John has a new hat and sunglasses, ergo,I have a new hat and sunglasses

One of the wonderful things about living in Shepherdstown WVa. is that the farmers are fairly inventive in their products for the local market. This is Bacon and Chard...wonderful

Lighten up

Its a whole nother ballgame now

I just found this photo,

I just found this photo, it pictures the street I grew up, North Cliff Street, on in Ansonia Connecticut. Below us was Farrel's Foundry, a massive complex even when I was a kid in the 1960s. It ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the gigantic iron and ore burners shown through the large factory windows and lit up the lower half of the city. This photo shows the great mansion owned by the Farrel's and others that lines the street with wide brownstone stairs that led down to the factory. Most of those homes were gone when I was a kid and I recall several of them, beautiful massive victorians, being torn down. The house on I grew up in is at the far left.

Simple recipes

 This is straightforward recipe; Portabella mushrooms, brushed with Greek salad dressing (or oil and vinegar) and sprinkled with garlic and onion powder. Place on the outdoor grill and cook for about 5 minutes until they’re warm. Slice and serve.   

Chop up some cabbage leaves and soften in butter and garlic and some chicken broth. Fry up some chopped meat and ground pork, add cumin, salt and pepper (Just use common sense as to the amount) pour in one can (with juices) of chopped tomatoes, stir and fry. This recipe is supposed to have rice but I can’t afford the carbs so I left it out.   

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1. A formidable opponent or an archenemy. 2. A source of harm or ruin. 3. Retributive justice. In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the goddess of vengeance. From Greek nemesis (retribution), from nemein (to allot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root nem- (to assign or take), which also gave us number, numb, astronomy,renumerate, and anomie.
In the ancient Greek religion, Nemesis also called Rhamnousia/ Rhamnusia ("the goddess of Rhamnous") was the goddess who enacted retribution against those who succumb to hubris (arrogance before the gods). Another name was Adrasteia/ Adrestia, meaning "the inescapable". Her Roman name/ counterpart is Invidia.
The name Nemesis is related to the Greek word νέμειν némein, meaning "to give what is due", from Proto-Indo-European nem- "distribute".
Divine retribution is a major theme in the Hellenic world view, providing the unifying theme of the tragedies of Sophocles and many other literary works.
Nemesis appears in a still more concrete form in a fragment of the epic Cypria. She is implacable justice: that of Zeus in the Olympian scheme of things, although it is clear she existed prior to him, as her images look similar to several other goddesses, such as Cybele, Rhea, Demeter, and Artemis.
As the "Goddess of Rhamnous", Nemesis was honored and placated in an archaic sanctuary in the isolated district of Rhamnous, in northeastern Attica. There she was a daughter of Oceanus, the primeval river-ocean that encircles the world. Pausanias noted her iconic statue there.  She is portrayed as a winged goddess wielding a whip or a dagger.
The word Nemesis originally meant the distributor of fortune, neither good nor bad, simply in due proportion to each according to what was deserved.[citation needed] Later, nemesis came to suggest the resentment caused by any disturbance of this right proportion, the sense of justice that could not allow it to pass unpunished

(MUHR-mi-dahn, -duhn) 
One who unquestioningly follows orders. In Greek mythology, the Myrmidons were led by Achilles in the Trojan War. The name is possibly from Greek myrmex (ant). In a version of the story, Zeus created Myrmidons from ants.

The Achilleis (after the Ancient Greek χιλληΐς, Achillēis, pronounced [akʰillɛːís]) is a lost trilogy by the Athenian dramatist Aeschylus. The three plays that make up the Achilleis exist today only in fragments, but aspects of their overall content can be reconstructed with reasonable certainty.