June 25, 2007- June 30, 2007  In brief,
people with self-respect exhibit a certain 
toughness, a kind of moral verve;
they display what was once called character, a quality which, although approved
in the abstract, sometimes 
loses ground to other, more instantly negotiable
virtues.  The measure of its slipping prestige is that one tends to think
of it only in connection with 
homely children and United States senators who
have been defeated, preferably in the primary, for reelection. 
Nonetheless, character — the 
willingness to accept responsibility for one's
life — is the source from which self-respect springs……… 
To have that
intrinsic sense of self-worth, which constitutes self-respect, is potentially
to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and 
to remain
indifferent.  To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically
incapable of either love or indifference. Joan Didion

Yesterday Allison and I spent another day helping at the Extreme makeovers Home edition. I am still amazed at sheer volume of people involved and the atmosphere of calm that lingers over the site. What makes this work is simply organization and respect for those who are in charge of the organization. I am sure there is a great deal of questioning and second guessing the weeks prior but once on location it is all systems go and everyone appears to know their job.
 Allison and I were able to assist is several areas. We cleaned the craft services area which enabled us to mingle with the design producers and several designers.We also helped an artist with her project for the house. Yes I have to be vague because some levels of secrecy are mandatory. 
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Yes I still have a life here at home. I have been working on the set for South Pacific. When I saw the shop tent at the Home Edition site I wanted to put in an order for one set piece…Ha..Ha!
To have access to a shop of that size would be amazing. Not only the material aspects of the  shop but the physical aspects. To work with carpenters whose main job is to build whatever the designers want without asking questions or second guessing their decisions. 
Back to reality I work in/with community non-profit theatre. The people I work with are great and work very hard without getting paid.  
I have spent the spent two days in completely opposite words. One world filled with glamour and lots of money. The other filled with very little glamour and no money.
Honestly one world is not better than the other. Each world has its unique characteristics. Yes there are some aspects of the Home Edition world I would like to see in my world. No it is not the money but respect. Respect from others for how hard we work in our small non profit theatre. Respect for the amount of talent encapsulated within this relatively small group. Enough rambling I must get back to work on South Pacific.
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One Response to Respect

  1. joan says:

    Okay, enough is enough already!!!
    #1 I am amazed at the whirlwind pace you keep on a daily basis…
    #2 I so love Ty Pennington and Extreme makeover… now I am envious beyond words!!
    (Well, almost!!)
    #3 What glorious beach were you at, and are you going away for the 4th of July?
    #4 Am I going to have to wait until school starts in Sept. to finally get to ‘see’ you???
    #5 I am far from thrilled at the recent ‘typepad’ changes…how about you?
    And #6 Just wanting you to know I think of you often, wish you only the very best of everything… and miss you when you are gone.
    love and light to you beautiful susan… love and light

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