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  1. Campaign Fatigue By Rhonda Hansome

    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    I thought I had Campaign Fatigue.

    It's really Cognitive Dissonance in disguise.

    Festinger's (1957) cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid disharmony (or dissonance)

    Dilbert offers an example of Cognitive Dissonance: 

    It's no secret the DNC stacked the deck against my original choice. 

    Thanks a lot!

     I struggle daily to maintain the delusion, illusion, magical thinking that my part in the
     American Electoral Process
    means something.

    Day by day the Wikileaks drip, drip, drip makes me feel like I can't defend my lesser of two evils.

    Sisyphus had it easy compared to what this electoral cycle has done to my psyche.

    I'm simultaneously in on and the victim of a national election joke.

    I'm not for a candidate I'm against the other.

    Without enthusiasm, I say vote.
    In the throes of Cognitive Dissonance I will hold my nose and mark my ballot.

    I majored in sociology. It haunts me everyday. 

    When will my head explode?

    Find out this week

    One place or another

    8:00 PM Fri. Oct. 28th @ Broadway Comedy Club

    5:00 PM Sat. & Sun. Oct. 29th & 30th @ Don't Tell Mama

    10:45 PM Mon. Oct. 31st  @ Theater For The New City - Cabaret 

  2. Who You Gonna Call? By Rhonda Hansome

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    It is a living nightmare to be mentally ill.
    It is an  inferno of internal suffering to be in the throes of emotional turmoil.
    No doubt the multi-layered issues of caring for a mentally ill loved one can test the mettle of the strongest among us.

    Consider that you and your emotionally vulnerable relative have lived your entire lives subject to the implicit racism of every authority figure encountered.

    Implicit racism, broadly defined, refers to an individual’s utilization of unconscious biases when making judgments about people from different racial and ethnic groups ... implicit racism is an automatic negative reaction to someone of a different race or ethnicity than one’s own.

    If your disturbed relative erupts in a violent episode, where do you turn to deescalate your overwhelming situation?

    If your first thought is to call the police, I question your understanding of implicit racism.
    I wake weekly to the traumatizing news of police excessive force. The solution eludes me.

    Produced by the Frank Silvera Writer's Workshop, Baton explores intimate relationships in the storm of police abuse of power.

    7 PM Mon. Oct 24th I direct the FREE reading of  Baton, by Deneen Reynolds-Knott, in the Skylight Gallery, Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza, Fulton St. Between Brooklyn Ave & New York Avenue.
    Marki Michelle, Daniel Carlton, Carter Winter, Helene Galek, James Joseph Aquino, Will Young, Althea Vyfus, Dorie Casper with assist by Gaynelle Jasper.

    Rhonda Hansome is an actor, coach and stand-up comic who directs as Passion

  3. 3rd of the Good Karma Series & Other Stuff

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    So this is a bit late – I guess I took an unannounced, unplanned vacation from blogging.  I left you after two parts of a sort of good karma series.  The last slice is this.  I planned to cut off my long hair and return to a simpler life of short hair.  I figured I’m not going to grow it long again.  (If I move up the financial mountain significantly and can afford others to deal with my hair, I’d consider it.)  So this was my chance to donate my hair to a place that makes wigs for cancer patients who can’t afford wigs.  There are many places, and they have different requirements.  I sent my braid to the Angel Hair Foundation in Oregon. 

    And now I look like this…        

    Before going to get my hair cut, I played a game of Quick Draw and for hitting none of the numbers, I won five dollars. 

    The homeless man in the park, the pigeon on the train, my hair off to Oregon -- all followed by some monetary luck – seemed so connected to me. 

    But in general, I am financially f’d.  As I mentioned a couple of blogs back, my second job closed down.  The program doesn’t exist anymore.  And getting from paycheck to paycheck and not getting evicted or services turned off has been very hard.  By the time payday comes, I owe so much of my check to others who helped me get through.  Even carfare to go to free things is an issue.  Luckily I walk to my day job.  And since I work on a college campus, there’s sometimes free food to be had.

    So I once again ask my readers to keep me in mind and spread the word regarding:

    ·        Proofreading – I’ve worked on and off over the years as a proofreader for law firms, financial institutions, advertising agencies, and my favorite: individual creative writers.  I’m willing to pick up and deliver the work.

    ·        Artist’s model – clothed and nude for fine artists (those who paint, draw, sculpt). Photographers on a case by case basis. I’m not a Twiggy, and I’d be considered “mature.”

    ·        Paid comedy gigs

    ·        Paid acting roles

    ·        Paid poetry featured readings

    ·        Depending on location, I can attend to people’s cats while they are away. (I do well with cats and dogs.)

    On an exciting note, a while back I shared that I did a set for a taping of Comics Watching Comics.  I will be in episode 3.  I have no idea what the comics watching said or how they reacted to my stuff, but I know when I did it, the audience and I had a blast.  Episode 3 will be appearing in parts starting later this week.  I don’t know what part I’ll be in.  I’m excited.  I’m being very brave to share this when I don’t know what they said about my stand-up.  That’s a benefit of getting older – the oh fuck it attitude.  I’m looking forward to this adventure.