June 29, 2011

Budget Cuts

The old Assembly building has two rooms one with a stage, a kitchen, and two bathrooms. Once a Women’s Club, it now hosts a multitude of local groups such as a yoga group, the Writers Workshop, and a theater Group.

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Himself: “Too many peanuts; I’m fat,” he tells me. Work is going to be a light day today…

Herself: ….and a Weight Watcher night tonight. Yesterday I ate 3 Oreos…that’s 5 points, and the guilt hangs over my head like a lead weight. Bee stopping by this afternoon for coffee….she will be down here three days this week from LA.

WW foods for the day:Breakfast: Peas and carrots then yogurt. Lunch at school: half sandwich, diet Coke, 3 Oreos. Snack: Banana. Dinner: hamburger steak, Caprese salad, steamed broccoli, no sugar chocolate squares.

Purelandmountain.com offers the latest news from Japan on days he isn’t fighting his local flora and fauna. Still up: the CNN interview, “THEY LIED TO US - Michio Kaku.” Horrific news. This will be the grandaddy of all accidents, he tells us. Far, far, worse than Chernobyl.

My eldest daughter’s school has cut all the classes she really needed this summer. She is taking Anthropology 101…which I think she might enjoy. My school is suffering the same sort of cuts. Yesterday our teacher announced the results.

Our Writers Workshop will still be held, but the Tuesday class has been cancelled. There will be only the one class held on Wednesdays. The class was originally split because there were so many students attending that few got a chance to read. It isn’t feasible to rent the room and hold the class without being under the umbrella of the City College system. Oh, there’s small break off groups like two Poetry Groups, but there are no breakoff writers groups.

The good side of this is there will be a larger base to critique work. Not only will this create one huge class room of avid writers all panting to read, but old friends and new will have a great time.

I have another commitment on Wednesdays.

I admit that my eyes shed a few tears yesterday at noon. I looked around the room and already missed these delightful people I’ve come to know in the last year. Not going to class will be a big hole in my life. Oh, I will now switch my full time attention to the Thursday Poetry group once again, but there were some wonderful people in that workshop that I will really miss. And you know me. I’ll miss that hundred year old building too.


  1. So, invite a few to your home for dinner and have a party! That's what I would do.

  2. Changes and more changes, that's a great building, elel=gant and homey.

  3. What a great place for classes. Too bad things need to be cut. You will still write, I am sure. That's what really counts.

  4. I would have joined that group in a heartbeat, but I cannot meet during the day. I am desperately looking for a group that meets in the evenings. Everything I have checked is always full. Maybe I need to start my own? Maybe it could be the Mage/Poolie Group?

  5. Sorry that you will lose the support of your creative group and the beautiful surroundings. Such a shame.

  6. Sigh. This is so sad. You know who to blame. I hope you can find a way to continue this valuable resource.

  7. I'm so sorry for all the cuts. I guess the economy is affecting everybody. It's just got to get better soon. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  8. Maybe Poolie has a good idea about starting up a group of your own.....each person could host each week? Good luck in any case.

  9. Sorry for the loss of the class. Maybe something will open again. Are their churches willing to loan or provide free space?

  10. Sorry for the loss of the class. Maybe something will open again. Are their churches willing to loan or provide free space?

  11. Having been a member of several writing groups over the years, I understand how close you can become to others simple through your writing and sharing.... I hope this is only a temporary kink in the cog. Maybe better things will come. Have you thought of starting your own group--perhaps alternating meetings in your homes? I did that once.


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