The snow threatened. Rising, it peaked and skiied down the east face of the Sangre de Cristos. We battened the hatches and brought in wood. I went to the grocery, and the store was packed: everyone was stocking up. Many had five-pound bags of flour – a sure sign that they were going to use the oven as a secondary heat source. And where had we stored our snowshoes and the X-county skis? If you live in Westcliffe, you don’t tolerate the snow; you relish it.
Hopefully the roads will be clear on Saturday when a good number of locals will be driving down the Hardscrabble to hear the Metropolitan Live in HD at Tinseltown, Pueblo’s local cinema. This week’s performance, streaming live from New York, is Mozart‘s Don Giovanni. If you do not know about the Metropolitan coming to a theatre near you, go to http://www.metoperafamily.org.
Once there, you will see the 2011-12 schedule. Pick up your calendar and pencil in some dates. To the naysayers who snort that they hate opera or, at the other end of the spectrum, to those who lift their blue noses in the air and sniff, “I only listen to opera in an opera house,” I encourage you to try a live screening of the Met at your local movie theatre. The theatre will be warm. You can come out of the cold.
If you miss Saturday’s live performance, you can catch an encore presentation of Don Giovanni on November 16. The camera work (smoothly moving from closeups of the principles to the chorus to the orchestra to an overview of the stage) enhances the performance as does the English sub-script and interviews with the performers during the intermissions. How neat to see previously filmed interviews with the performers who are out of costume and out of make-up! They look just like we mortals!
My only note of caution is if you choose to go, buy your tickets on-line. The shows are well-attended. Don’t arrive only to be turned away at the ticket booth.
If you are like me and the notion of writing 1500 words a day for NaNoWriMo seems beyond you, perhaps you need to think smaller. Writing one Haiku a day is good. How about this haiku by Kobayashi Issa? The snow is melting / and the village is flooded / with children. I love this poem. It is a perfect haiku in that it is written in three lines and its subject is nature. The lines number five, seven, and five syllables. You read the last word ‘flooded’ in line two, and then the unexpected turn. The village is not flooded with melted snow, but children.
One of my writing friends, the prolific Stella Pierides-Muller just turned me on to a site which gives readers a daily prompt for their daily haiku. Are you cringing at the word ‘daily’? What’s the problem? We are talking about a total of 17 syllables! Even the most sluggish of writers can squeeze out one haiku a day.
Type NaHaiWriMo into your search engine and check out the daily haiku site. And while you are surfing the Net, check out Stella’s blog: www.stellapierides.com/blog. Her blog is excellent, and if you take a look at her favorite blogs, you will think that you have fallen into the candy jar.