Hi guys. Sorry to have been so quiet lately but the school semester has begun and I am still in the process of trying to establish a routine that lets me manage my schoolwork, manage Ciarrai Studios (including creating new pieces) and still have time for blogging and a life. I’ll figure it out. I just need to let everything settle so I can see what makes the most sense to do in terms of scheduling and time management.
I didn’t get into the Intro to Dramatic Literature class that I was hoping to take but judging from the syllabus, which I managed to take a peek at, it wouldn’t have been a good fit for me. I feel like I have gaps in my knowledge of theatrical literature. If it wasn’t written by Shakespeare or an Ancient Greek, I didn’t really get exposed to it much in school. To be fair, I’ve picked up a lot of Oscar Wilde on my own and I am completely addicted to Broadway musicals. We read M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang in my Asian American Literature course last year and I recently sat down to read The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Our Town, and Arsenic and Old Lace because I had heard so much about them but had never read them before. So I am not completely theatrically illiterate but I was hoping to get a more complete introduction and exposure to plays that I may not have known to look up on my own.
The syllabus I read didn’t really seem to indicate that I would pick up much that was new. And although I approve of any class that spends time on Lysistrata (such a funny play!), I had read a lot of what was going to be covered and it didn’t seem like it would be a good fit for me.
So instead, I am taking Literature of the Bible, which seems like it will be an interesting class. As a Christian and the granddaughter of a minister, I have grown up reading the Bible, but it is interesting to hear it discussed in terms of the poetry and literature and in terms of its impact on our culture. The professor also seems really interesting and is entertaining to listen to so I am hopeful that this class will be a good one.
I am also taking Intro to American Sign Language. I need some credits in a language and I have a history with ASL. When I was in 2nd grade, my teacher was learning ASL and he would come in and teach the class some of what he was learning. I was so fascinated that my mother signed up for a class and got permission to bring me along to the class. I still have extremely fond memories of that class. I loved learning how to sign. I loved feeling like I was grown up enough to learn with the grown ups. And I loved having one-one-one time with my mom and sharing the experience with her without distractions. (When you are the oldest of four daughters, uncontested quality time is hard to come by and it was a big deal to me that my mom carved this time out for us). I still remember a lot of what I learned. I can finger sign and I know a lot of words (even if I have no idea about grammar or sentence structure). So hopefully, this will be an easy class too. I could really use a little extra breathing room until I get the store to the mostly sustaining level.