Ted & Lee: a comedic duo from 1987 until Lee Eshleman killed himself in 2007. Ted Swartz --actor, writer, and now author-- has just published Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor and premiered a stage show by the same name. Both are centered on Ted’s long-time theatrical partnership with Lee.
Jeff Ell says we should kill excess deer, but also we should stop sanitizing our words when talking about it. It is killing --in all its harsh reality. He dislikes the supermarket meat department shrinkwrap, foam trays, and stainless steel surfaces which hide the reality of cleavers, meathooks, and blood-boots.
WMRAs Martha Woodroof, a former (?) hippie, admits to being among those who were judgmental about Vietnam vets as they returned home. She meets Marine vet Neil Conner, who shares stories and also talks about a sort of personal PTSD therapy: restoring all sorts of vintage military vehicles.
Martha recalls meeting the Grateful Dead's throat-chanting Tibetan warm-up band. In Charlottesville. In a community theatre. With a pizza box. And she rolls her eyes in admiration of the fellow who invited them.