". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The. End. *Las Vidas Perfectas*

It's been months of ever increasing domination of our lives.  Imagine for the director, his team, his family -- it's been at least a year.

The performances and the entire production were very successful, by all accounts, from all and sundry who would know.

We didn't get to bed until after 3 AM since there was the cast party after the show's prolonged post performance schmoozing with various and sundry.

And now Christmas is nearly here and I've not a lick of preparation for that production, not even my cards yet.  This is what happens in a household that is involved with a performance of this kind. Additional problems for getting Christmas going is the first freeze of the year happened last night.  It is dayemed cold out there -- and not so warm in here, for that matter.

However, I am thinking of food, following scent trails conjured up by seasonal memory-yearning of the moment:  Definitely lamb something for Christmas Eve dinner, maybe a moussaka? Turkey on Christmas Day.  On hand is lamb, though freshly ground, it's been in the freezer for a week already -- my only prep for Christmas so far was purchasing lamb.  On hand also are a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a bottle of Marques de Murrieta Rioja and a bottle of Lagar de Cervera --  gifts, which have been waiting for their moment, which hasn't been for months since el V was in 'training' for the production, and I also in support.  Of course pesole for New Year's because what else? besides the traditional Haitian foods for our annual Haitian New Year's Eve get-together.

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