Mary Lois Adshead's Blog (36)

Going Electronic and other Pieces of My Mind

I've written a lot of blog posts since I first started in 2006. Less in the last couple of years, but I've countered the effort with movie reviews on IMDb, book reviews on amazon, and lots of time shooting my mouth off on Facebook and occasionally on OurSalon. The last few months I've been reading over the…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on August 31, 2017 at 5:09pm — 2 Comments

A Change of Life

In September, 2001, I was in a very different place for where I sit today. This is what I wrote about this date in 2006:

I was on the first real vacation I had taken in years, beginning with a trip to Northern California for the big outdoor art show in Sausalito over the Labor Day weekend. My stepdaughter…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on September 11, 2016 at 8:05am — 5 Comments

Time Travel

The early years of the 20th century were hopeful times. Women marched for their rights, people traveled to unsettled areas of the country to make their fortunes (and there still were unsettled areas), inventions were making news and changing the way of life for us all.

I grew up some fifty years into…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on July 2, 2016 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

Bernie Sanders Is Like the Brooklyn Dodgers

When I was 12 years old the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn. Why this mattered to me, growing up in South Alabama, I don't really know. But I and my friends listened to the World Series on the radio, and my best friends and I adored "Dem Bums" even though they had a way of losing. They had an extraordinary lineup of…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on April 11, 2016 at 5:41am — 14 Comments

Did Shakspere Write Shakespeare?

Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Who wrote the works attributed to the glover’s son of Stratford, England—poetry and plays considered the most magnificent in the history of the English language? Could it have been someone other than the…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on April 8, 2016 at 8:30am — 52 Comments

Happy Birthday, Frank, from Will and Me


I’ve got a little story I’d like you to know…I’m not drinking, my friend, to the end of a brief episode—or anything like that. Just thinking about Frankie on what would have been his 100th birthday if he had lived so long.

I used to live in Hoboken and I asked around as I met…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on December 12, 2015 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

Sinatra Turns 100

Born the same year as his daughter Nancy, I have watched and/or listened to Frank Sinatra for some 75 years. When I was a little kid I remember thinking how funny it was that the teenagers swooned when he started to sing--today there is some question whether most of them were hired to do just that, or whether his…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on December 6, 2015 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

You Can't Win 'Em All

I had the best intentions. Anthony was only a name of a friend on Facebook, a cheery, upbeat police officer from my native state of Alabama. He had contacted me that he wanted to read my novel, and I sent him a copy.

My novel, That Was Tomorrow, is a…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on December 2, 2015 at 3:42pm — 9 Comments

Hurricanes I Have Known

Hurricane Sandy, Hoboken, NJ

I grew up in hurricane country, south Alabama to be exact, where a hurricane statistically brushes by or hits head-on every three years or so. There was a big one in 1950. That was before some government department or…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on October 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Memories and Margaret

I’m doing all the research I can on the life of Nelle Harper Lee, the Alabama author. In reading the latest of her books to be published, Go Set a Watchman, I’m inspired to get to know her.

Go Set a Watchman is set in Alabama in the early 1950s, when the Civil Rights movement was…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on September 20, 2015 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Movies--Either You Love 'Em, You Hate 'Em, or You Ignore 'Em

I see movies all the time. I go to the movies about once a week, and keep a rented disk on hand for emergencies. Then, of course, I watch them on TV, especially on the channels that don't break them up with commercials. But I have been known to sit through the commercials occasionally.

This makes me,…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on September 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — 20 Comments

Anthony's Book Makes It

Anthony, the fledgling writer I worked with on a book of true-crime stories, submitted his work to a publisher six weeks ago and has been patiently waiting, as was I, to hear back. Sometimes some pretty great writing comes in over the transom like that, and languishes in what is called in the…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on August 26, 2015 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

After Woodstock

I was older than those who flocked to Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, NY, not far outside the village of Woodstock 46 years ago this weekend. Being just ahead of the baby boomers, I have been observing their behavior all my life, and here was the seminal event for them, a gathering of thousands in a peaceful,…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on August 14, 2015 at 3:30am — 11 Comments

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

It was a long time coming; I just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time. I had begun it when the book was new and I was in my early 20s. At that time it didn't hold my interest; accustomed as I was to the rich, poetic writing of Southerners like Carson McCullers,…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on August 6, 2015 at 6:53am — 9 Comments

Review: Go Set a Watchman

Never mind that it is a novel about a young woman in the South in the 1950s and that I am a 75-year-old woman living in the Northeast in 2015. I was young once, and it was the South, and it was the 1950s. Reading Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman was a heart-tearing, life-changing experience. It is a fine…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on July 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — 18 Comments

Watchman v. Mockingbird

Harper Lee's only novel besides To Kill a Mockingbird, published today, is already lighting up the Internet and turning people off--and on. Put me in the latter category--I'm turned on.

Miss Lee is famously reclusive, but her neighbors say it really isn't so. As a matter of fact, she keeps mostly to…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on July 12, 2015 at 12:30pm — 46 Comments

The Heart of Theatre

I go to the theatre not to observe but to be absorbed, transported, transformed, and carried away.

I once wanted with all my heart to be an actress, but over time that passion evolved into a love of being among those in a play, whether with a role (I played Shaw's Saint Joan when I was three months pregnant and vomiting in the dressing room; I played Miss Alma in Summer and Smoke in a converted burlesque house in New Orleans; I played Amanda in The Glass…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on July 2, 2015 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Alice and Holden

Alice in Wonderland was always a favorite book of mine. I was a little "old" when first read it--I was about 13, and was fascinated by the word-play and the situation of the little girl inadvertently experiencing changes in her own body and encountering…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on June 26, 2015 at 3:00am — 21 Comments

Not Like the Other Fathers

He was not a Hallmark card “dad.” I read those cards with their typical sentiments, "You were always there for me," "You are my best friend, Dad," and, "The best father I could wish for." I am perplexed. My two siblings and I would be hard pressed to say any such thing to the daddy we knew. We admired him, we…


Added by Mary Lois Adshead on June 20, 2015 at 3:11am — 27 Comments

Back in Show Business

The Globe Theatre, London

It was an ordinary meeting of the production committee when Ed, chairman, looked at me and said, "I think Rosendale should have a Shakespeare festival of sorts this summer. Mary Lois, will you take this on?"



Added by Mary Lois Adshead on June 3, 2015 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments


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