An Artist I Know – Francis Bennigan

This is a series I’ve created to share the work of interesting and creative writers, musicians, actors, directors, producers, and much more. If you’re creating it I’ll share it. These interviews will be taking shape as I develop them and may be published as podcasts and/or videos. Francis and I met in a musical theater class a couple of years ago at Lansing Community College. What I noticed about Francis was her sweet demeanor and total lack of ego. I was pleasantly surprised to learn she was a local to Lansing musician and was and is hard at work at creating her following. This conversation I had with her highlights some insights into her life and her craft of music making and songwriting. As a youngster Francis knew at the age of three that she wanted to be a musician. She had melodies in her head and wrote her own… Read More…

An Apology to My Daughters, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan Among Others…

As I was reading a magazine today I turned the page to an article about Congress’s First Black Female Republican and I sat there stunned for a few moments. How could this be? I was honestly struck dumb with the realization that this was a milestone that was just NOW happening in the year 2014? Hadn’t it happened sooner? I had assumed that we had all sorts of women of every color and race populating the corridors in Washington DC. I was truly stunned that this was an event to celebrate in the year 2014. Where have the last 30 years gone? I was raised with the idea that I as a woman could do anything. I sat down in front of the TV back in the 70’s when Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King battled it out on the tennis courts. I celebrated when Billy Jean smashed the ball… Read More…

Love, New America Style with “Liberty’s Secret” – The 100% All-American Musical

  Liberty’s Secret: The 100% All-American Musical is a movie that brings to mind all the memories from my childhood that made my middle of the road, Midwestern upbringing so rich with its dependable sameness over the years.   Memories of good ol’ fashioned bake sales, the smell of freshly bought apple pie, sounds of Lawrence Welk’s Orchestra in the evening on TV and baseball Sundays filled with the voice of Ernie Harwell keeping a steady drone in the average and typical sun-filled family room that made my childhood so special.   Liberty’s Secret is a special movie. At first glance it’s a movie about family, community, patriotism and two people who find love in small town America. It’s also a movie with layers of nuanced sarcasm about the existing political world and all the familiar, stereotypical circus acts that combine to create a political campaign that will be bought,… Read More…