Rock WILK

I hate racism. I hate hate. I hate racists. I hate that I have hatred in my body.

 

I hate these women, and people who are just like them for how they make me feel. I resent it. I hate them for their racism. I hate racism. I hate hatred. I don’t want to feel hate, but as long as their is racism in this world, I will feel hatred. And I hate that. This is my truth...

 

Not giving these posts a "day" anymore, but I'll still be here quite a bit... Today... racism

 

I don't have a lot of time to write here today, but I just wanted to share, in the wake of this President telling these amazing young women of color who are serving their communities to, basically, "go back to where you came from", even though they are all American citizens, and three of the four were born here in the USA, I say, he is a straight up racist, and although that may seem like a "captain obvious" moment for me to state, I write it here, publicly, because I feel like if you don't say this out loud, if you don't call out this President for being a straight up racist, if you remain silent about it, then you are complicit...

 

Day 47- Esperanza Spalding is what brilliance looks like.. So is Gretchen Parlato. That's true, too.

 

Just wanted to share.... She's amazing, and this is what love looks like. She is what love looks like. And brilliance. Virtuoso and heart and soul. All of it. Enjoy!! Oh, and Gretchen Parlato, too, she's amazing as well... 

Go and check out both videos, and you're welcome...

 

Day 46- I'm going on hiatus from here now, too, but you can still keep up with me, if you want to...

 

I'm in the midst of developing my new play, Imagine Judith, and that takes a lot of my focus and time, and so, I'm not gonna be coming here every morning to write anymore. At least for a while...

 

Day 45- Just workin'. Not talkin' much.

 

Some days are like that. Get up and do what you gotta do. What you need to do. What you want to do. And thanks for visiting me, and have a beautiful and productive day, and I'll be back with more tomorrow, and as I always say...

 

Day 44- Soul Food Sunday

 

I think nutrition is everything when it comes to our wellness. At least that's how I feel about my own body. We all will inevitable go through some challenges from time to time with regards to our health, but I have always believed that if you take care of your body, mind and spirit, and if you put good things, meaning healthy food and liquids into that body, you are giving yourself the best chance to overcome virtually any illness or injury, or at least the best opportunity you can provide yourself with. Nutrition and exercise are all of it, and that includes not only physical exercise, it also includes mental and spiritual "training" as well, and so...

 

Day 43- A bunch of earthquakes in LA

 

When I heard about the earthquakes near California, all I could do was think about the people I love who live in LA, and it actually made me want to move there.

 

Day 42- What's happening today? Stuff to do, people to see...

 

It's the day after July 4th, and so, there's not a lot going on in the city, so many people are out of town, but it's still a day, which should never be taken for granted, and so, I never will be someone who does that, meaning someone who takes any day for granted. But that doesn't mean my blog posts will be interesting all the time...

 

Day 41- A Ghost bike, Madison's birthday, friends, loss, love. And don't drink and drive

 

I had to stop when I saw this tonight as I was walking by. I read every word wrapped around this bike like a bunch of huge hugs...

 

Day 40- Racism and sexism and all kinds of "ism's" in Americal, and it makes me sick.

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes to a detention center at the southern border to see what's going on first hand, and she says, "I wasn't safe in there". Border patrol agents speaking about her inappropriately leaked to the public. Sexist and racist comments. This is disgusting and should be embarrassing for all Americans. And now, today, I read about Shaquille Dukes, a patient in a hospital in Freeport, Illinois, taking a walk with his brother and his boyfriend, while attached to IV, meaning he was wheeling it with him while taking this walk, and he's stopped by security, and then arrested by police and accused of stealing equipment from the hospital...

 

Day 39- I can't believe I just wrote "Day 39"

 

Time flies when you're alive. I actually saw a solo theater performance of that name, many years ago, and that show actually inspired me to do what I am doing today, which is living a life of a solo theater artist, but I digress..... Well, actually, let me use that show as a metaphor for a moment. First of all...

 

Day 38- A road trip out of town to visit an old friend, who also happens to be my dentist, and more.

 

Today I had to leave the city again... or actually, I was lucky enough to take another road trip, because...

 

Day 37- I'm posting a selfie, because today is a day I want to remember.

 

I post selfies on days I want to remember when I look back at them. It is a good way for me to remember how I felt in that exact moment. A literal snapshot. Today is one of those days.

 

Day 36 (2)- I had something else I wanted to share today, and it's about Brooklyn Quartet.. in India

 

Did you know Brooklyn Quartet was being produced across the other side of the world, in India, as ensemble? Well, if you didn't know, now you know. Here's an article about what's happening, which is pretty exciting, and way mad cool...

 

Day 36- This isn't my main post, but it's crazy amazing. Or I should say, Imogen Heap is just that

 

... For me, when you get to 9:15 of this video, the head explosion begins. I mean, everything before that is cool and great, but when you get to that part of the video, which is the end of the video, the final part, the "finale", so to speak, well then, yeah, let the skull opening continue and open you up to unlimited possibilities... enjoy!!

 

Day 35- Sometimes you gotta get out of town and breathe different air....

 

This is the Mario Cuomo Bridge, although it's the Tappan Zee Bridge to me forever. The gateway to Nyack and Piermont, Rockland County, and then if you keep going, Orange Country, New Paltz, Rt 17, Auntie El's where you can buy fresh pie or flowers or a chiminea, (google it), the Catskills, the Adirondacks, lakes and mountains, Niagara Falls, and onward and upward all the way to Canada if you keep driving. I have always looked at this bridge as the door to the "rest of the world",...

 

Day 34- Today

 

I got up. I looked at the news. I read about candidates running for President. Looked at videos. Tried to learn as much as I could. Took my supplements. Made a drink consisting of Almond Milk, peanut butter, a banana, fresh ginger (quite a bit), pineapple, blueberries, kale, and a little bit of xylitol. Now I'm gonna go run...

 

Day 33- A poem, a letter to myself, a reminder as good nutrition.

 

I'm gonna use this space to share some art. A poem. A reminder to myself. And since it's art, I'm even going to use a different font than I usually use. For today. For art. For good nutrition for myself, and hopefully for anyone who is nice enough to come here and read my words, which I always greatly appreciate and never take for granted. As I always approach things of this nature, I won't "explain" this poem at all. I'll just let it live and breathe on its own. "Live and breathe". I like that, and so, I'll just leave this right here, and follow with...

 

Just a Reminder (regarding stories, and a note to myself)

By Rock WILK

 

Just a reminder of who you are

Of what you say

Of where you’ve been...

 

Days 31 and 32- I missed a day again, but it was for a good reason. I was busy. ;)

 

...Speaking of time, for me, it's "time". Time to progress. Time to make some changes. Time to get all of the things that are impeding my movement to be removed from my life. Time for me to move, and I use the word "move" both literally and figuratively, and it's still got all kinds of symbolism attached to it...

 

Day 30- When you seek spiritual guidance, and when you find it.

 

...sometimes it's good to reach out, because chances are, you're gonna get something amazing back, as long as you reach in the right direction. I did today. For sure...

 

Days 28 and 29- Okay, so I missed a day. That's gonna happen from time to time...

 

...and so, yeah, I was really busy. Anyway... I'm happy to say that I had a major breakthrough with Imagine Judith yesterday. I have been struggling with the repetitive nature of this play for about a year now...

 

Day 27- It's nice to be around people you love...

 

I'll just leave this post at the title... that's it.

 

Day 26- Be who you've been. Be about what you've been about for years. Be you.

 

No photo today. This is really internal....

It's one thing to wax poetic about things in your life, as if you are some kind of expert or experienced "Yoda", but it's entirely something else to walk that walk...

 

Day 25- If it's not on Facebook or Instagram, is it still a sefie?

 

...but I did want to share the notion that I was wondering if this is still a selfie, even though it won't show up on social media...

 

Day 24- What's an every day blog like?

 

It's kinda hard to do, because some days, you don't have much to say....

 

Day 23- I don't forget anything, pretty much, but I look forward to what I don't know yet, too

 

If you zoom into this photo, and read the metal plate, you will learn about one of the parts of my life that I will never forget. Well, it's hard to forget over forty years of your life, but, even if this part of my life had just been a few weeks, these people, and all of the people connected to them, and so much of what happened during the years that I was connected to them, are all completely and absolutely, unforgettable...

 

Day 22- Close your eyes... AFTER you read this, and be brave and specific enough to dream.

 

I think it’s really important to visualize. To try and “see” what you want, in your minds eye. To close your eyes from time to time and look directly at where you are going. To actually see yourself there....

 

Day 21- I got out of town for some air and some goodness...

 

...today, I felt like I needed some air, and some good feelings, and so I got up early, got my running gear on, headed out to my car, and drove up to Ramapo Reservation, this amazing place in Mahwah, NJ...

 

Day 20-You have to find your happy place amidst all the madness that life brings

 

I don't know much, but I have learned this over the years... when things pile up, as they can in life from time to time, you need to re-group and find your happy, calm and centered place, otherwise chaos will ensue, and that's not a good thing...

 

Day 19.5- I'm tired

 

I know I said I would add to my post this morning, but I'm beat down from a really long day, that started at 3:45am and got me home in my apartment now, at 9:21pm, and so...

 

Day 19- Working on my mind, and making sure it is fully connected to my body...

 

It's 5:12am in NYC, I'm gonna write more about this later today, but I just wanted to say GOOD MORNING!! See you back here later tonight, when I get back home..... #LoveJustIs

 

Day 18- no photo, because I'm not feeling like sharing one, and a lot of words here... a lot...

 

It’s funny writing here sometimes, because I really have no way of knowing if anyone is reading any of these posts. On social media, I know when people are reading me, or looking at my photos, etc, but here, in my own, private space, I really have no way of knowing. I mean, maybe there are ways to find out, but I don’t know how to do any of that, and so, I just don’t know. But I find myself writing anyway. I don’t know if this is good, or if it’s bad. If it makes sense, or if it makes me weird. Or crazy. Who, exactly, am I writing to? What difference does it really make if I write anything, anyway? I mean, this is just kind of odd, right? Yeah...

 

Day 17- Every so often, I give stuff away, but you have to visit me here to know that.

 

 

every so often, I give things away, but I don't advertise it. You have to just run across it, simply because you happened to be visiting my site, and so, thank you for that, always, and keep coming back, because you might get a free CD, or ebook, or Haiku booklet, or script, or in the case of today, you can watch the entire Brooklyn Quartet mini series, meaning all four episodes, on YouTube... 

 

Day 16- Working toward more of this, every single day of my life... like Shakespeare.

Day 15- What do you believe in, and do you actually even believe in yourself?

 

You live a certain kind of way. You make decisions every day of your life. Choices. You lean towards what makes you most comfortable. And the days go by, and then months, and then years, and all of that is the accumulation of who you become...

 

Day 14- Change is good, just like NYC.

 

... NYC has always been about change. Just like life. It's forever changing, every second of every day, it's all new. Whether you like it or not, this is fact...

 

Day 13- I'm busy, but I'm here. And if you know me, you know this...

 

"Ain't all the busy in the world can keep you from reaching out to someone you really care about....

 

Day 12- Reminiscence and looking ahead, all at the same time, in just a few words

 

"... With regards to this particular play of mine, called Brooklyn Quartet, perhaps the most meaningful part of my five year journey of working on this show was my relationship with Sean Bell's family..."

 

Day 11- Sometimes I'm quiet... Often times, actually...

Day 10- Here's to the people who you want to keep...

 

Sometimes things happen that we don't expect. As a matter of fact, every day things happen that we don't expect...

 

Day 9- Being an artist, and respect, and acknowledgement, and those we love...

 

Being an artist… I think one of the most difficult parts of being an artist is your relationships. Who is in your life? And how do they deal with you and your art? Do they even know what you do? Do they respect you? Do they support you? Really? ...

 

Between day 8 and day 9... Sometimes I also like to share brilliance that happened live...

 

This was Pink, at the 52nd Grammy awards, in 2010. I just love it so much when an artist takes risks. When they stretch it out. I'm inspired by that. That is brilliance to me. Or maybe I should say that THIS is brilliance to me...

 

Day 8- The irony of art sometimes. Finding where to put a story, and how that can be sobering.

 

"... The earth is beautiful. All of it. Even the dangerous parts. Even the parts where bad things happen..."

 

Day 7- no photo, just your imagination, and just a few words... Some days be like that.

 

I’m working on a TV show today...

 

Day 6- Real life relationships are everything for me... <click "like"> ... oops, not here...

 

I think we need to take our relationships more seriously....

 

Between day 5 and day 6.. sometimes I like to share new music that I find.... at least new to me.

 

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell are so dope, and so, take a moment from your life, and listen, and you're welcome... 

 

Day 5- Always trying to make the most of what I have...

 

...a hopefully productive day, a day to allow my body to heal and rejuvenate, my mind to expand, receive and rest...

 

Day 4- Why do people continue to randomly hate other people?

 

Today I’m thinking about the sobering fact that Jewish people in Germany have been warned against wearing a yarmulke in public, (that’s the little “skull cap” that some Jews wear, which can obviously be identifying) because it might compromise their safety...

 

Day 3- W Kamau Bell is one of my heroes, and DC, and real talk, and love.

 

Kamau Bell is one of my heroes. If you don't know him, he's a comedian and a journalist/commentator who works for CNN, and he's just a regular person who happens to be brilliant and filled with all kinds of empathy.

 

Day 2- What's my point?

 

"To do my best, and that requires some sacrifice, and a whole lot of commitment, and those are things that I have always been really good at..."

 

Day 1- My first day away from social media, and what I'm doing with all of this time...

 

So today is my first day away from social media,

 

My hiatus from Facebook and Instagram, but I'm still here...

 

Today is my mother's birthday. Today is the day I begin a long hiatus from social media, or at least from Facebook and Instagram, for a few different reasons...