What's making you feel sad now?

#451 Sep 3rd, 2017, 05:01
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that two good friends have both been diagnosed with brain tumors. One inoperable. Both vibrant women: one an award winning costume designer for stage and screen, another a dancer.

another example of how life changes in a second so if not now, when?
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#452 Nov 21st, 2017, 10:12
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Jana Novotna Passes Away

A Tennis Perfectionist Who Was Decidedly Human

Not long before she vanquished her nerves and finally won the Wimbledon singles title she richly deserved, I asked Jana Novotna if she felt she had ever choked in a tennis match.

Novotna turned her penetrating gaze on me for a moment or two. She was very far from a fool and just as far from a poker face.

“Well, I must tell you that I hate that word,” she said.

It is an ugly word, I conceded.

“A very, very ugly word,” she said.

So what word would she prefer?

“I think you could say, ‘She got a little tight,’ Novotna said, having begun to laugh. “I like it much better than ‘choke.’”

But had she, in her own estimation and for lack of a gentler term, choked?

“I think of course I have, and I think we all have choked in our matches,” she said. “I think it’s a very natural thing to do. That’s what sometimes happens because we are humans. We are not robots.”

It was the essence of Novotna’s appeal that she was no tennis automaton. She was beautiful to watch in action. She had a smoothly sliced backhand, arched her back deeply before striking a serve, and made frequent forays to her happiest hunting ground at the net.

Some played. Novotna flowed.

But she also was, like many of tennis’s most compelling protagonists, a perfectionist in a sport where perfection is unfortunately not an option.

This inevitably created doubt and angst as she glided across the courts of the world. The fallout was often etched on her face: so different from the more inscrutable countenance of her contemporary Steffi Graf, the all-but-irresistible force of the era.

Novotna came off as much more vulnerable, much more relatable, which was why her Wimbledon victory struck such a chord. She accepted the champion’s trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, from the Duchess of Kent, the same empathetic, publicity-shy British aristocrat who had offered Novotna a shoulder to cry on five years earlier when Novotna had blown a third-set lead against Graf in the 1993 final.
#453 Nov 23rd, 2017, 10:19
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Lord, Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off.
#454 Feb 11th, 2018, 01:21
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this man's death.

A great actor and a friend. Knew so many who worked with him in Chicago theater.
#455 Feb 11th, 2018, 10:14
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post ...A great actor and a friend...
You were privileged to have known him.
Walt Whitman - Song of Myself

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Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

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