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  1. As 2014 Comes To a Close...

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014


     
     
     
     
     
    My year is ending with me alive and still employed (thank Goodness), my son alive and employed (thank Goodness), my dog doing more okay than not, with a second Divorced Divas of Comedy show in the planning stages, and with this that I have yet to hold in my hands.  A slice of my life is included in here.  It’s a thin slice as we were given strict word limits. 


    The Bronx Memoir Project vol. 1 is available on Nook and Amazon.  The slices in there span generations and cultures, all culminating in the Bronx.  I am proud to be included in it; I would’ve felt regretful if I hadn’t submitted anything.  After struggling with the challenge to keep it short while still giving a sense of my life and feeling very conscious of this being archived Bronx history where I wanted to feel sure I wouldn’t regret my words, I was finally satisfied with my submission.

    On January 1, 2015 at the Nuyorican Poets Café on East 3rd Street,  there’s a spoken word extravaganza that goes from 2pm to midnight and is FREE. Anyone can come for any amount of time.  They appreciate if you donate a paperback for Books Behind Bars.  There’s also a limited open mic throughout the day amongst the 160 scheduled performers (of which I am one).  Each gets 3minutes.  My 3 minutes will be somewhere between 4 and 6pm.  This year, the event is titled, The Shadow of the Geode. 

    Please pass this along to people you know who would like the option to attend such an event to start off 2015.
    Let’s aim to have an enjoyable, sharing, and productive year in all the many ways we each do that. 
    Affectionately, Mindy
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  2. Thank You to Those Who Brought Happiness

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014


     
     
     
     
    It was my birthday over the weekend.  I go through life with too much heartache, so I am grateful to those who contributed happiness to my day.



    A person who I had spent most of my life feeling close with wrote me a birthday email at about 4am.  It was not our first communication since our estrangement.  It mattered. 

    My buddy Bob had put the day aside for me.  He did me 2 favors in the day while I was doing laundry, and he spared me some stress and saved me a lot of time and energy. 

    In the early evening, Bob and I went down to the Village to meet my friend Judy who I was very glad wanted to join me for my birthday.  We went to the Olive Tree, one of my favorite places.  Then my friend Meghan and her boyfriend Dave joined us for a while.  Meghan and I share the same birthday, different year.  I enjoyed everyone’s company very much.  It was a good time, warm, fun, and funny.

    Then Meghan and Dave went on with their other plans, and Judy, Bob, and I went to a comedy open mic.  Judy and Bob were audience, and I was to get up and use my minutes on stage.  It was the most unprepared I ever was for an open mic plus I was drunk.  The hosts knew it was my birthday, so they made it feel special.  When I got up, I confessed I was very unprepared and raw.  So I told them a little story which turned out to be a lusty confession about a man at that mic, and it wasn’t really comedy at all. 

    The next day, I emailed one of the hosts and told her I hoped I wasn’t an idiot at the mic.  She enjoys how I am and was reassuring.  But what’s she gonna say?

     To my readers, Happy Hanukkah!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Kwanzaa!  Happy Eid!  Happy New Year!  Happy Three Kings Day!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    To my precious son, Happy Birthday!!!
     
     
     
     
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  3. How Things Could Be

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                                                                       How things could be:

     
    This one lifts my spirits every time.
    
     
    This is a dream come true for a number of people.
     
    When the human connection works, wow.
     
    When religion is used for good:
     
     
     
     
    When we embrace what other creatures have to offer, love multiplies.
     
     
     
     
    When we really understand why we are here, we sometimes have to push religion out of the way in order to do the right thing.


     

    "You, you may say
    I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
    I hope some day you'll join us
    And the world will live as one"

     



    Mindy Matijasevic
    December 16, 2014
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  4. Late 1/2 Blog with No Particular Theme

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014


    The Divorced Divas of Comedy show went very well.  The process was a lot of work.  The result was very good.  I’m tired.  I took it easy much of the rest of the weekend.  Didn’t even get to the open mic; didn’t try to.    

    One of the good things that happened in preparation for my performance in the show was I discovered I have more material than I thought I had.  I selected 20 minutes for the show, and that’s the longest set I’ve done so far.  It’s nice knowing I have more.  And then there are more bits still developing.  Just as with writing poetry, I sometimes think I have no more comedy to write – that I’ve said what I had to say and that’s it.  So it always feels good when I realize there’s more.

    I’ve received so much feedback on the show since much of the audience was from my guest list.  Over 90% very positive.

    I spent over an hour Sunday morning de-cluttering.  I can’t wait to be able to say my apartment has reached fine.  When I do a lot physically and when I tense up in the cold, my ribs start to remind me they are not yet done healing.

    I am very tired.

       
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  5. Along my comedy journey, I, years ago, saw Andrea Mezvinsky working on her material at Ed Tyll's open mic.  She was an experience, not just a joke-teller.  Whenever I saw her do her thing, I felt like I spent some moments in her shoes.  So it was not really that surprising to have run into her a few years later at an acting audition.  We actually auditioned together for a comedic website's skits, and I played the male character at the audition.  So, for me, it was memorable.  Only been a few times in my life where I was the man. 


    Then some later point on my journey, I auditioned for a variety show where I'd act in skits on stage.  After I auditioned, they asked me to stay in the room where they were seeing people.  A woman came in and did a monologue from the female version of the Odd Couple which I found riveting.  I had once hoped to do the other character (based on Oscar) from that play.  The actress I had planned to do it with was murdered.  So when I saw this woman, Ellen Orchid, do the female Felix character, it all came back to me.  She delivered the monologue so well, and she was so convincing.  We exchanged contact info.  Some time later, I was putting on comedy shows at the 5C Café.  I invited her.  She let me know she is also a stand-up comic, and she expressed interest in being in a show.  Then I found out she is also a playwright and a psychiatrist.  When I had an opening, I booked her.  My co-workers attended that show and enjoyed Ellen's unique mix very much as did I. 


    It is really special when I find a comedy open mic that feels comfortable enough for me to enjoy it and grow.  Some months back, I did, and it is sometimes co-hosted by Judith George, which is how we met.  Whenever she does her thing at the mic, I am laughing.  She has a dance background which sometimes mixes with her comedy, and I love the blend. 



    My Divorced Divas of Comedy idea reared its head about a year ago.  Originally it was three of us.  Then we lost one, and other things happened which left it on the shelf for a while. 

    Over the summer, a former co-worker from a teaching job contacted me telling me about an opportunity to use a theatre.  He knew I did comedy, had once attended a show I was in, and he liked what he heard.  I acknowledged it but didn't act on it right away.  Having two jobs, among other things, consumes a lot of my energy. 

    A while after that, Ellen Orchid, who was part of the original three Divorced Divas of Comedy, contacted me about trying to again do something with this idea.  I realized this was probably the time.  I contacted my former co-worker, and we went from there.  

    Though that isn't the way we became the Brady Bunch, this Friday, December 5, 2014 is our debut as the Divorced Divas of Comedy.  Some of us may be guest Divas or rotating Divas, but this Friday, we are the Divorced Divas of Comedy

    Tickets are inexpensive and need to be purchased in advance through:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/905345

    Bring a friend who needs to laugh.  Makes a memorable holiday gift.  You are welcome at 7:15 for mingling, wine, and seating.  Showtime is 8pm. 

     
    Please, dear readers, share the link to this blog with people you know.  And if you have a moment, feel free to visit and like our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/threedivorceddivas
     
    Thanks!
    
    
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