Dragons Are Good

Writer, mother, ruler of the world inside her head…mostly. A.D. Trosper lives on the plains of Kansas, out where there are more cows than people and the sunsets are amazing. She adores her flock of spoiled laying hens, her dogs, and the cat that owns her. She loves to game, mainly on her computer but sometimes console as well. She is convinced that coffee and chocolate are both food groups, that dragons should be real, and there is always space in a story for magic and love.

Dragons Are Good

Raven Daughter Series, Unveiled, Betrayed, Chosen, A.D. Trosper

Bound by Time, Bound by Legend, A.D. Trosper

Dragon’s Call Series, A New Beginning: Dragon’s Call Prequel, Embers at Galdrilene, Tears of War, Ashes and Spirits, A.D. Trosper

The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West, Mary Stanton

The Black Stallion, Walter Farley, Movie, (1979) Carroll Ballard, Director, Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff, Screen Writers

Black Beauty: With the Classic Illustrated, Anna Sewell

Dungeons and Dragons Game

Legend (1985) Ridley Scott, Director, William Hjortsberg, Screen Writer

Willow (1988) Ron Howard, Director, George Lucas, Story, Bob Dolman, Screen Writer

Dragonslayer (1981) Matthew Robbins, Director, Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, Screen Writers

A.D. Trosper Website, Amazon, Facebook

Stacy Bennett, Author, Amazon, Facebook Instagram, (stacybennettauthor)

Quest of the Dreamwalker, Son of Anubus, Tales of the Archer, Call of the Huntress, Stacy Bennett

The Space Between Time, Lucinda Sage-Midgorden

Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows book 2), Shadow and Bone, Books by Leigh Bardugo TV show (2021) Mairzee Almas, Lee Toland Krieger, Dan Liu, Directors, Leigh Bardugo, Eric Heisserer, Vanya Asher, and 5 other Screen Writers 

The Circle of Ceridwen Series, Octavia Randolph

Great Alone, Kristin Hannah

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Be Curious

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“Be curious, not judgmental.” ~ Ted Lasso quoting Walt Whitman

“The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.” ~ E. M. Forster

The other day, Barry and I had lunch with a dear college friend of ours. We met her new husband and we got to talking about noticing how some people claim to be loving but are so judgmental. I mentioned that I have begun to examine my own attitudes and actions toward other people more closely as I have read and listened to spiritual teachers. I was dismayed to find that I’m often judgmental. I guess we all are. We’re not even aware of the disparity in our beliefs and attitudes unless we choose to pay attention.

As we talked, I remembered one episode of Ted Lasso that I watched with Barry. It’s episode 8, “The Diamond Dogs.” Okay, I admit it, I wasn’t a big fan of the show at first. In general, I’m not a big sports fan, and the show is about a college football coach from the U.S. who is hired to coach a professional British (soccer) Futbol team. Not my idea of an interesting show. I was being judgmental. I thought the show was one thing, when in reality it’s something completely different.

Barry loves the show so much that he has watched the first season three times. And while we were visiting family, the first episode of the second season aired. So, of course we had a Ted Lasso watch party complete with Ted’s shortbread biscuits (cookies). The ones that he bakes and shares with the boss every morning. Barry researched lots of recipes and baked them for the family. They were a hit.

The episode I mentioned above was one where Ted plays darts with Rebecca’s ex-husband for controlling interest in ownership of the team.  By this time, Ted has won over many of the players and even some of the press. He knows some of Rebecca’s story and hopes to help her retain control of the team. Rupert, the ex-husband, is arrogant. He’s sure he’s going to beat this hick from the American Midwest and gain back what he lost in the divorce settlement. He wants to stick it to his ex but has no idea how wrong he is about Ted. 

As the game is at a critical point, Ted tells the story about being underestimated his entire life and how that used to bother him. But one day as he was driving his son to school, he saw a quote by Walt Whitman painted on the side of a building. It read, “Be curious, not judgmental”. He liked that. As he contemplated this quote he realized that the people who underestimated him, were judgmental, not curious about who he really was. For example, in this case no one, but especially Rupert, thought to ask if he had lots of experience playing darts. I won’t spoil what happens next.

The point is that I have recently realized that I’m a curious person. I love hearing people tell their stories. Mostly that’s because of my parents. Being a part of theatre also helped. Everyone involved in a production must analyze the play so that the costumes, setting, music, and lighting help the audience get a clue about who the characters are. Play analysis is most important for the actors and director. What motivates the characters to make the choices they do in the play? What are the back stories of the relationships between characters? 

After picking apart plays and other stories for so many years, I am even more curious about people than I was when I was younger. I’m interested in what has influenced the people I talk with, what have they learned, and what are their hopes and dreams. 

That’s partly why I started Story~Power. I get to listen to people share why they love stories, the ones that mean the most to them, and how they have been affected by those stories. Along the way I get to know something about who my guests are as people.

In fact, about a month ago, I realized that I became an actress and a director, a teacher, blogger and podcaster because I’m curious about people. If I listen carefully, I can learn something important from every person I talk to.

But I can never lose sight of the fact that even though I’m curious, I can also be judgmental. When I am, I assume I know who “that” person is without finding out anything about them. And that’s not good. Every person has a vast wealth of experience that can potentially connect me to them.

So, I want to cultivate curiosity. It’s the only way I know how to understand just a little bit about experiences and places that would not normally be a part of my life.

To return to Ted Lasso. The tag line for the second season is: “Kindness is back!” I love that! Ted and his friend Coach Beard are the opposite of the macho, toxic males that we think of populating the sports world. In my opinion we can use a lot more kindness and positive male images in this world. Maybe curiosity encourages kindness and visa versa.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you are having a wonderful summer/winter wherever you are in the world. Feel free to leave a comment or share these posts with your friends. Let’s spread kindness and curiosity to as many people as we can.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Friends of the Heart

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“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” ~ Bill Watterson

“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for the handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll

Since I’m an introvert, I have lots of acquaintances. But people who are friends of my heart, not so many. While we’re on vacation, we’re connecting with one or two of these. 

Friends of the heart are ones that you just feel like you’ve known from the moment you meet them and when you get together after months or years, you feel like no time has passed.

As I write this, I’m sitting in the living room of one of those kinds of friends. It’s her birthday too! We get to help her set up her new computer, and then go out for a birthday dinner. It’s just one day out of our two weeks here, but visiting with her is so precious. We get to share the stories of what has happened to us since last we chatted and I’m happy that we are able to see each other face-to-face. I look forward to seeing our other friends as well.

Friends are so important to making life worth living. I have to admit that I have loved being quiet at home all these months. And yet spending these weeks with friends and family are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. I love the laughter and surprises. We kept this visit secret from my husband’s brother, who is celebrating his 60th birthday, for almost a year with the help of the rest of the family. Kudos to everyone who managed to keep the secret! Watching his face when he realized we were sitting in his living room at his party was worth the 1200 mile trip.

I hope you are lucky to have at least one close friend that you can be completely yourself with. I’ve read and heard that humans are made for connection rather than competition. Who are the people you connect with? 

And sometimes “people” might be your pets. They don’t criticize us. They just love us as we are. Our friend related how she connected with the cat she recently adopted and how having her has helped her feel less alone. Maybe the pandemic has helped many of us savor our relationships because we were forced to slow down and appreciate the little moments.

As you begin to venture out again, I hope you remember to stay connected to your friends and family of the heart.

Welcome to the new followers to my website. I hope you will leave a comment either for this blog, or for my podcast, Story~Power. Stay safe and healthy wherever you are in the world.

Blessings,

Lucinda

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Stories Worth Visiting Again

Dave has loved theatre since his first performance in the Opera Carmen at age 6. Since then he teaches acting and has led actors workshops and founded The Northern Colorado Actors Studio. He also acts in his spare time. He recently directed, Constellations, Orson’s Shadow, and Antony and Cleopatra, Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Chimes at Midnight, Twelfth Night, King Lear, As You Like It and the regional premiere of Gloria. In his 30 years as an actor favorite roles include: Mr.Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher, Edgar in King Lear, Horatio in Hamlet, Orgon in Tartuffe, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, and Theo Maske in The Underpants.

Dave and his rescue cat, Dammit

Okay, I have to explain Dave’s Cat’s Name. Dave found an abandoned kitten. He tried out several names on her, but she didn’t respond to any of them. Then one day, Dave was looking for something, and said, “Dammit” because he couldn’t find what he was looking for. The kitten meowed. “What?” Dave said to himself. So he said “dammit” again, and she meowed again. “You want that for your name?” He asked her, and he said “dammit” again and again, she meowed. Dave gave in to her wishes and that’s now her official name.

Stories Worth Visiting Again

Wuthering Heights, Novel, Emily Brontë, (1939 version) William Wyler, Director, Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, John Huston (uncredited) Screen Writers

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (1943 version), Robert Stevenson, Director, Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson, John Houseman, Screen Writers

Becoming Jane Eyre, Novel, Sheila Kohler, Play unknown playwright

The Expanse, Book Series, James S. A. Corey, (2015 – ) Breck Eisner and 15 other Directors, Daniel Abraham, Mark Fergus, Ty Franck, Creators and Writers

George R.R. Martin, Author of The Game of Thrones Series

Star Trek: Lower Decks, TV Series (2020 – ) Juno Lee and 3 others, Directors, Mike McMahan, Creator and Writer, Garrick Bernard, John Cochran, Ben Joseph, Ann Acacia Kim, and 13 other Writers

Star Trek: Discovery TV Series (2017 – ) Bryan Fuller, Creator, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jonathan Frakes, Douglas Aarniokoski, Lee Rose, and 16 other Directors, Bryan Fuller Alex Kurtzman, and 67 other Writers

Star Trek: Picard TV Series (2020 – ) Kirsten Beyer, Creator, Handle M. Culpepper, Jonathan Frakes, Akiva Goldsman, Maja Vrvilo, Douglas Aarniokoski, Directors, Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, and 18 other Writers

Star Wars Franchise, George Lucas, Creator

What Should I Read Next podcast at Modern Mrs. Darcy with Anne Bogel

I Claudius Novels I Claudius and Claudius The God by Robert Graves, TV Mini Series (1976) Herbert Wise, Director, Jack Pulman, Robert Graves, Screenwriters

Mystery!: Cadfael Novels by Ellis Peters TV Series (1994 – 1998) Graham Theakston, Ken Grieve, and 5 other Directors, Simon Burke and 9 other Screenwriters

My favorite Cadfael book, The Pilgrim of Hate, book 10 by Ellis Peters

Masterpiece Theatre, WGBH Boston, PBS (Janurary 10, 1971 – )

Bridgerton, Novels, Julia Quinn, (2020 – ) Chris Van Dusen, Creator, Julie Anne Robinson, Sheree Folkson, and 3 other Directors, Chris Van Dusen, Jess Bromwell, Abby McDonald, and 10 other Screenwriters

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Novel, Seth Grahame-Smith, Burr Steers, Director, Burr Steers, Seth Grahame-Smith, based on Jane Austen’s novel, Screenwriters

Death Comes to Pemberley Novel, P.D. James based on Jane Austen Characters, TV Series, (2013 – 2014) Daniel Percival, Director, P.D. James, Juliette Towhidi, Screenwriters

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Play by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Dramatist Play Service

Pride and Prejudice, Novel Jane Austen, and many play, movie and TV Series iterations.

Downton Abbey, TV Series (2011 – 2016) Brian Percival, David Evans, Philip John, Andy Goddard, and 10 other Directors, Julian Fellows, Creator and writer, Tina Pepler, Shelagh Stephenson, Writers

Highland Glen Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Anchorage, Alaska, Afternoon Tea

Outlander Novel Series, Diana Gabaldon, TV Series, ( 2014 – ) Metin Huseyin, Stephen Woolfenden, Anna Foerster, and 19 other Directors, Ronald D. Moore, Developed by, Diana Gabaldon, Ronald D. Moore, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, 23 other Screenwriters

Scott Hamilton, Story~Power Ep. 20 “Movie Making and More”

WandaVision TV Series (2021) Blends styles of classic sitcoms such as, I Love Lucy, Donna Reed, Ozzy and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Modern Family and more. Matt Shakman, Director, Peter Cameron, Mackenzie Dhor, Laura Donney, Bobak Esfarjani, Megan McDonnell, and 20 other Screenwriters

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend TV Series (2015 – 2019) Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Creators, Stuart McDonald, Main director, and 25 others, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, and 24 other screenwriters

The Coward, Playwright, Nick Jones

The Box Set for theatre introduced by Elizabeth Vestris and popularized by Marie Wilton

Closet Dramas are dramas meant to be read individually, or in small groups. Hroswitha of Gandersheim is one writer mentioned by Dave in this conversation.

Lend Me A Tenor, Playwright, Ken Ludwick

The Restoration of the Stuart Monarchy, 1660 Charles II becomes King. Theatre begins to flourish again

The Year of Living Dangerously Novel, C.J. Koch (1982) Peter Weir, Director, David Williamson, Peter Weir, C.J. Koch, Screenwriters

Sarah Bernhardt, Actress ( 1844 – 1923) Recognized as the first international stage star

Lucille Fletcher, (1912 – 200) American screenwriter of film, radio, and television.

Elspeth Eric, (1907 – 1993) American Actress working on stage, radio, television, writer for CBS Radio Mystery Theater, The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater

Celeste Sage-Tate Story~Power Ep. 22, “Subtle Feminism in Classic Movies”

Suspense Radio Show on YouTube

Katherine Hepburn, (1907 – 2003) American Actress

The Group Theatre,A theatre group founded by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasberg to be a theatre company devoted exclusively to the Stansilavsky Method of acting. It ended in the late 1930s.

Bringing Up Baby (1938) From a story by Hagar Wilde, Howard Hawks, Director, Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, Screenwriters

Cary Grant (1904 – 1986) British/American Actor

Rosalind Russell (1907 – 1976) American Actress

His Girl Friday (1940) Based on the American stage play Front Page by Ben Hecht, Howard Hawks, Director, Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Screenwriters

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980) Iconic British director, writer, and producer with a signature style in the suspense genre

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip TV Series (2006) 

Saturday Night Live (1975 – ) TV Variety Series

Guy de Maupassant, (1850 – 1893) French author of “The Hand”, and “The Necklace” Considered to be the father of the short story

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 – 1873) Irish writer of Gothic tales, mystery novels, and horror fiction. One of his vampire stories predates Dracula by Bram Stoker

Henry Graham Greene (1904 – 1991) English writer and journalist considered by many to be one of the leading English novelists of the 20th century 

The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (1974 – 1982) Himan Brown, creator, E.G. Marshall, host (1974 – 1982), Tammy Grimes, host (1982)

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (1941 – 1952) Himan Brown creator and producer

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Vacation As Opposed to Wasting Time

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“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” ~ Robert Orben

“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

Vacation As Opposed to Wasting Time

This is going to be a short post because I’m on vacation.

I’m really great at wasting time, but not so good at truly resting, which is what a vacation is all about. As evidenced by the fact that I’m doing a blog post on my vacation, I’m not completely resting my body and my mind. And yet, working on things I love to do can be like a mini-vacation.

Maybe you do the same thing I do. I piddle around when I feel like I need to be working, then I feel guilty about wasting time.

Wasting time doesn’t rest my mind or my body. It’s a kind of addiction that I think I perpetuate when I am in need of a true rest. But I’m not very good at actually resting, which to me is unplugging from all the tasks I have stacked up to do and being in the present moment.

A vacation is meant to help us recharge our mind, body, and spirit. This vacation I’m determined to do that. I have brought work to do, but I’m not going to do it, unless I feel it will be an energizing experience rather than a draining one.

One of the things about being self-employed is that I often work through holidays and vacations. A holiday feels like a day when no one is going to demand anything of me and I have a day to get lots done. Sometimes a vacation feels the same way. This time though, I need a real break. So, the next few posts will probably be short.

I hope you can take an hour, or a day for a mini-vacation. I may go off and take a nap before the big surprise reveal that we traveled to my brother-in-law’s 60th birthday party tonight.

Thank you so much for following. Spread the love.

Blessings,

Lucinda

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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