Archive for January 2014

Off Center in Costa Mesa with Die Roten Punkte

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

In a story about a pet rabbit who ended up in the stew pot, a writer writes an essay about his exuberance for life being sucked right out of him – by modern times.

“I doubt I could even fish today without a feeling of remorse,” he said with downcast eyes.  So deep was the wound of Beanie the Bunny and the others that followed in his path.

Oddly enough, my social conscience and a natural talent for cooking meat are sparring with each other. And I worry.  Will my meat-eating ways take me down a similar dark path, converting me into a vampire?  This mental torment doesn’t give up. I defuse it with other brewing unsettlements.

Like my insatiable appetite for finding art that stretches my boundaries so I can feast on inspiration. Coupled with the fear I will not find the right sustenance to satisfy me in Orange County.  Where art likes to play it safe.

That starts me yearning for the offbeat.  Well, someone must have caught that thought before mine because suddenly an infusion Off Center performances are rolling into town. Read the rest of this entry »

For Heaven’s Scents

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Just before Christmas I received a Neiman Marcus gift card in the amount of fifty dollars.  How was I going to spend all that money? I didn’t have an answer.

It poked at my brain throughout the holidays until my friend Sarah came to visit.  Arriving two days before the 25th.

Our friendship brings out the creative muses in all five senses. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Red Wine

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

It began when a small shipment of Criolla vine clippings – imported from Spain – were planted on mission grounds in the 1700s.   Although Father Junipero Serra, who founded nine of the 21 missions of California, had not envisioned his harvest would do that well, (His primary focus was to provide wine for religious ceremonies.) it did.  Birthing California’s wine industry right in the heart of San Juan Capistrano. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet Potato Dreaming

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

I’ve always felt a little like an outsider living in a world of inside people.  And like a gypsy, I imagine I am a bit of an outcast in the shopping mall of popular mindsets too. Let me give you an example.  I think the word ‘humble‘  is a defeated verb and not a gentle virtue.

“I feel very humble. But I think I have the strength of character to fight it.” Bob Hope said once.  Or maybe it was twice.

And since I care about words, I want them to reflect in my head the way they were intended.  So before we whip up our tasty side dish I want to clear up the confusion.  Is humble a good thing? Because I am trying to use it to humble my angst while I bake a potato. Read the rest of this entry »