Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Yes, This STAGE of Life

My birthday's coming up this weekend. "Happy birthday." "Thanks."
At 62, I guess I should start researching community center classes in painting, or perhaps take up knitting while watching the soaps.
Truthfully, I haven't watched TV in more than 20 years, and I don't know if there are still soap operas on daytime television. But I imagine that as long as scandal and sorrow exist, soaps will continue onward as strongly as ever.

At this Stage of My Life
At this stage of my life, I've chosen a different path. Continue onward with my dreams and passions, for as long as G-d allows. (Please G-d, allow for many years to come.)
I don't particularly want to go to China, backpack along the Amazon or bungee jump from some bridge. I want to create.
I spent the majority of my first 57 years as a journalist for newspapers, weeklies, magazines and all sorts of publications in the United States and then in Israel. Although I gave up deadline journalism, I continue to write whenever the spirit swooshes me (like now), and I especially continue to write in new media.

Create

Over the past four-and-a-half years, I've been on teams that create movies - Shooteast, brilliant filmmakers who "turn the unimaginable into reality through live-action, visual effects, and animation"; and Torah Live, which educates today's Jewish youth in eternal values through the cinematic language of tomorrow. I'm a production manager (logistics-r-us).
Over the past 16 years, I've created four theater/performance companies and have gratefully performed on stage in three of them (one is for teens).
I've (co)created four musical productions and right now I've just completed my fifth, which will hopefully take the stage in November 2018.
I also make my own clips when I can. I'd like to make more. [Here's my latest.]

The Spanish Inquisition
Outside the Alhambra Palace in Granada
With each new musical, I become completely absorbed in the topic. My newest show with co-author/co-composer +Avital Macales is called "HIDDEN - The Secret Jews of Spain".
Our HIDDEN research has led us to read many books on the Golden Age of Spain and the Inquisition, actually visit Andalusia, and speak to as many people as we can about Spain, hidden Jews, conversos, and lost traditions, etc.
You can see more about this project on facebook, here.


Come with me
I'd like to share this STAGE of my life, whether I'm physically on stage in Jerusalem (or working to get there), on a movie set, juggling grandmotherhood and work, trying to catch my dreams while remembering I can't run as fast as I used to.
You don't have to be middle-aged to read this blog. You don't have to love theater. You don't have to be Jewish. You just have to be a fun person, and if you're not, I'll try to make you into one. 
Stick with me to see how a soon-to-be senior navigates a young world.

18 comments:

  1. Very exciting. MAZALTOV! Please add my blogs to your blogroll. This will be on mine!

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    1. PS - I am NOT going to be like you (Miss, I can't do anything today until I post my blog). I will just try to post in general. xxoxo

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    2. The frequency is up to you. Go into design/layout and you can add a blogroll.

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  2. I decided to celebrate Jewish women blogging with a roundup of blog posts from a variety of blogs. Your blog is included. A Jewish Grandmother : The Ladies Blog Take a look please, and visit the other blogs. How about adding them to your blogroll, so we support each other?

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  3. Your energy and keep-going attitude are a constant inspiration for me in my projects. Keep on keepin' on, SHAR-on! Blessings, Chaya

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    1. Thank you so much!! In every stage of life, folks are making a huge difference. I can't wait to speak to you about it.

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  4. You once again impress and inspire! Continue till 120 in health. Hsppy Birthday! Oxox

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  5. Your vitality and can-do attitude help keep me going, Sharon. Such a pleasure to know you for the past year and a half, and for many years to come... Happy early birthday!

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  6. Sha, I am so thrilled to have shared in some of your many creative endeavors over the years. I look forward to many more! Love you! Now you know my secret identity. Meira

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  7. Hi Sharon.

    Is your birthday coming up this weekend your lo'azi or your ivri? Mine are 2 weeks from now, AND I'll be 62 too.

    The whole birthday thing would be really cool if we knew each other better. I've met you several times, usually with Batya Medad. My husband's cousins (so, they'd be mine too) live down the street from her.

    All the very best with your new blog and other activities! Sounds exciting!

    Chava

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    1. My Hebrew birthday is 20 Cheshvan. And happy birthday to you too.

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  8. I see you have a blogroll. Yay! But did you include https://me-ander.blogspot.co.il/?

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  9. Sharon,
    Your energy, creativity, talent, positive attitude, kindness and chessed bring inspiration and blessing to us all.

    Love, Cindy

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