Sundays With Ingrid

“Imagine,” said Jill Rubino, “that you’re walking through a dark dark forest. We’ve got a lot of good stuff left over from Macbeth – “ a disastrous production from the year before Ingrid joined the Prescott Players, Meredith O’Malley’s Out-Damned-Spot speech ending in a fit of giggles that people still talked about – “and I know Mr. Rubino will come up with scary lighting effects.”

Ingrid and Brucie walked across the stage.

“Brucie?” said Jill. “Is that you whistling?”

He nodded vigorously, kept whistling.

“And your thinking?”

“Whistling in the dark,” said Brucie. “Ever heard that expression?”

“I have,” said Jill. “But wasn’t that Yankee Doodle Dandy?”


“I’m not sure Yankee Doodle Dandy fits the mood,” said Jill. “Silence, building tension – that’s what we’re about in this scene.”

“But – “

In a very low voice, Ingrid, stealing a line from Mr. Sidney, said, “Zip it.”

Brucie’s eyes widened. He zipped it. The rehearsal went smoothly after that. Ingrid lost herself totally in Gretel’s fear. Today, for some reason, she could do fear effortlessly.


On the way out, Jill said, “You were great today.”

Ingrid felt herself beaming.

Jill put her hand on Ingrid’s shoulder. “Holding up okay?”

Ingrid nodded. Jill was about to say something else when Brucie sidled up.

“Got a question, Bruce?”

“Yeah,” said Brucie. “Who’s your agent?”

Jill turned a little pink. “Why do you ask?”

“Thought maybe it was time.”


“For me to get one, too.”

“I’ll tell you when,” said Jill.

From Into the Dark.

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58 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. B.Stover
    8:46 am on August 7th, 2011

    Good morning all.

  2. Melanie
    9:26 am on August 7th, 2011

    Morning B.Stover: YSAS ended up in the hospital last night and then released. From what I can tell, he and Hamlet really banged heads during the duel. Hamlet had 6 stitches. Not sure about YSAS will have to wait until I hear from him.
    I’m getting the info off of his work email address. We both use that.

  3. Tupper and Gilly
    9:30 am on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie – Yikes! Let us know how he is.
    We are glued to the tv – the Sunday Morning show on CBS is doing a feature on designer dog houses. We refuse to go outside til we see that story.
    Good morning everyone!

  4. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:32 am on August 7th, 2011

    Oh dear. I hope that he is okay. I

  5. Melanie
    9:39 am on August 7th, 2011

    I hate waiting. But I’m not cruel enough to make a phone call.

    Anyhoo, The deaf Chow who sometimes visits across the street is there. It bothers the Pack that he won’t listen. Since the groomer is here, too, the Pack can’t get outside to bark. So they pushed through the screen protector on the front door. Luckily, didn’t get all the way through, but some dogs are going to have very sore toes!

  6. rose
    10:01 am on August 7th, 2011

    Ouch! Please let us know how he is, Mealnie.

    Good Sunday Morning to You All!

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:08 am on August 7th, 2011

    Hello everyone, we are back home finally. All the family stuff done. Beautiful, tasteful funeral and luncheon afterwards. Big excitement at the funeral – it was almost over and this man that Barb has known most of her life keeled over and they had to have paramedics come and wisk him off to the hospital. He is still there today, and they are still running tests, but not sure of details.

    He and YSAS both in the hospital! Hope the young man is OK. Did it stop the play?

    Looks like there was a lot of financial stuff while we were gone. Don’t think Bernie can short pasta, but he could short wheat futures if he wanted. Not sure it would be a good idea, just sayin…

    BBL, Got to try to catch up on work around here – inside and outside.

  8. B.Stover
    10:08 am on August 7th, 2011

    I hope YSAS is okay and the actor playing Hamlet as well. I wonder how it happened.

    Neil Cross who wrote the Luther series for tv has written a novel, Luther: The Calling. There’s an interview with Cross in today’s Guardian. (I can post the link if anyone is interested.)

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    10:09 am on August 7th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie and Melanie – this one is for you (and Martha)

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    10:14 am on August 7th, 2011

    And for the rest of the gang – there is a book we want to see. Called BARKITECHTURE. It is a picture book of designer dog houses. And Basil and Sage are bugging Mama to look into
    All this is from the Sunday Morning show

  11. Masquers
    10:15 am on August 7th, 2011

    Good morning, Melanie. It sounds like you have your hands full with the pack this morning. And, who knew plays could be so dangerous! Poor YSAS and the other actor too.

    Good Morning to B.Stover, Wolfie and Rose too.

  12. Masquers
    10:17 am on August 7th, 2011

    and T&G, B&M…..

  13. Mollypop
    10:34 am on August 7th, 2011

    I can’t wait to get all the details on YSAS, Hamlet and the play’s ending or continuing.

  14. Melanie
    10:38 am on August 7th, 2011

    Wrote to the director, and he said that both YSAS and Hamlet were checked out by doctors. Both released. YSAS has a welt, Hamlet stitches.

    I can now wait until YSAS calls. He will give me the whole thing in a dramatic play back!

    My figuring? A welt is better than a dent.


  15. Jasper the Poodle
    10:50 am on August 7th, 2011

    Morning all. Busy morning here, laundry, up and down that hall. Interesting smells. Scrambled eggs w/diced ham, iced kawfee (used yesterday’s leftovers), watched the Early Show re: design including dog and kat houses (thought of Sam in the princess palace one), now watching the Cooking Channel, set the DVR for later today for Mutiny on the Bounty and Spartacus.

    Sorry to hear of Hamlet and YSAS’ work injuries. Melanie, I was thinking with the Newfs and screens, that you probably own a roll of screen, spline and one of those tools to rescreen doors. Barb: Funeral excitement, kinda unusual. Hope all are well.

    What did you think about the designer chicken coop overlooking Central Park? Interesting.

  16. Siber-H
    11:01 am on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie, Glad YSAS is apparently okay, but let us know when you hear more.
    You must have a very strong front door if the pack didn’t make it through.

    Mollypop, How is your mom feeling?

  17. Melanie
    11:20 am on August 7th, 2011

    Thanks all, I’ll tell him of your support when I talk to him. Still waiting. . . . Bah Humbug.

    Of course, (rolling eyes here) they both finished the play. Luckily it was right at the end. And they were on the asphalt playing dead. I bet this time they really didn’t want to get up!

    Watching his email and people are writing to him and Hamlet telling him to take care. This is part of one from one of the other actors.

    Talk about getting ahead in the business. It’s commonly espoused that the best ideas are the result of putting ones’ heads together…you know, lets get cracking. The concept of being struck by a thunderbolt enters my mind…and hopefully, only that. But, somehow that goes against mygraine.

    OMD, a punster!

  18. dawson
    11:30 am on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie: I hope last night was the closing night. Glad Laertes and Hamlet both are fine (maybe just a little scar). Very witty comment from another actor.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    11:36 am on August 7th, 2011

    Thank you, T & G’s mama, If we ever move to a more rresidential area, Barb wants to have a little coop like that. Very cool!

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:05 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! We’re up to 99 today, but it’s supposed to cool down to 94 by Thursday! Wonder how hot Macy is today? And I do mean “hot” in meteorological terms, Mr. Hounddog!

    Oh my gosh! Does the fact that YSAS only has a welt while Hamlet had to get six stitches mean that YSAS has a hard head?

  21. B.Stover
    12:19 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie: I love the actor’s comment.

    B&M: It sounds as though you may not move after all??

  22. Melanie
    12:26 pm on August 7th, 2011

    It wasn’t during the duel scene. In fact, they had to skip most of that because YSAS was really dizzy and Hamlet’s bandage kept getting in his eyes.
    It was during a skirmish during the grave yard scene.
    Yes, they did finish the play.
    The weather played hell with the set. Rain on and off had made the asphalt very slippery.
    YSAS and Sal got out of the hospital and Sal’s mom (Italian) took them home to her house in Queens.
    They have been up all night to make sure they didn’t have concussions.
    His phone is giving out.
    Glad he gets to sleep today and doesn’t work on Monday.
    Sigh of relief from me!

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:46 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Bee, We still want to move, but still haven’t had an serious lookers.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:34 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Clarkson!!…Oh no! I’ve been kept away from the computer all morning and now I logon to find that my Clarkson has been hurt!….wheeze!sob!… How is he feeling this morning Melanie?…sniff!… Please tell him I will be sending him one of my baseball toys to cheer him up….wuffle!…I’ll send him the one that’s not too chewed up but not the brand new one. No, not the brand new baseball one!….snort! …I’ll send him the other almost new one. Wait, maybe the little one that I ignore most of the time. Then again that is one of my oldest. So I guess the battered bat will have to do… maybe. Although, that’s good to lay across, so it will have to be the ball with the squeaker chewed out of it and the rubber hanging in shreds….gulp! …No, I can’t send that one, what would he think of me? I will have to send the umpire doll….sniff!… But I like to chew on his head when the real umpire makes a bad call…grunt!… So it will have to be something else altogether….sniffle! …Just tell him to get better real quick, okay? …snorkel!

  25. Melanie
    2:05 pm on August 7th, 2011

    I’ll let him know, Riö. I think you need all your toys with you. They sound very important. Each one has it’s place.

    Just finished talking to him again. He’s had a nap. Actually, I talked to YSAS and Hamlet. Both sound good. The audience started crying when the accident happened. Hamlet kept going so YSAS kept going (even though he was concerned about Hamlet’s gash), so the rest of the cast kept going. During the duel scene, the director stood up and said that the duel would be a walk through considering what had happened. YSAS and Hamlet were very dizzy, but probably working through it all kept their brains okay.

    At the end of the play, Laertes says, “Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet.
    Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee,
    Nor thine on me!”

    Hamlet told me that it was the best scene ever because he reached down and hugged YSAS, the audience cried again. YSAS whispered to Hamlet, “Let me down easy my head is killing me.”

    They both got standing ovations before they were rushed to the hospital.

    Hamlet now has a wound that looks like Harry Potter’s, so they’ve decided that YSAS is Ron and Ophelia is Hermione. snicker.

    Hamlet also said that for the entire rest of the play he watch the lump of YSAS’s forehead get larger. I laughed and said, I’m just glad it wasn’t a dent.

  26. Mollypop
    2:16 pm on August 7th, 2011

    What some actors won’t do to get publicity! (Just kidding)

  27. B.Stover
    2:56 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Wow! The show must go on. Standing ovation here to both of them. I’m so glad they’re okay.

  28. Snowhook Bella
    3:46 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie: I’m joining Professor Stover in the standing ovation. Bravo! I do hope that both actors are okay; head injuries shouldn’t be taken lightly.

    Rio: I’m certain YSAS understands how important your baseball toys are to you; even thinking about parting with any one of them shows your concern.

    Dawson: I’ve been meaning to thank you for the picture of the finish line you sent with your auction payment.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:21 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Toys!… I think my toys are best kept right where they are now…snuffle!… I know just where each one is and moving one would mess up the whole system….snort!

    Unpacking!…She is still unpacking boxes for our bedroom…grunt!…Trying to find a place for this and that. Well, there is no place. The room is a lot smaller than it was at my other house…grumble!… The curtains are atrocious. But there is no way her mother will take those ugly things down…sniff!…They sort of ruin the whole “look” of the room with or without her stuff, if you ask me…wheeze! …There is finally a place for my bed and all my above mentioned toys…woooo!

  30. Alice M. Johnson
    4:57 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Part of moving is finding all your favorite toys and getting them in the right place. That is why I hate moving. Staff was out in the garden and on the porch today. She got really close to a hummingbird. She could hear it’s wings and the annoyed chirping of the mom hummer cause someone was on HER porch.

  31. Melanie
    5:12 pm on August 7th, 2011

    I have told Laertes and Hamlet that you are giving them standing ovations!

    Alice, are you allowed on the porch yet? How long are you there for?

  32. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:16 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie – so glad of hearing YSAS is ok. Ve vere very vorried for him and the ham guy too.
    Is good thing ve got head shot of him before play!
    Rio – maybe is not good idea to send baseball toy to YSAS. Maybe you should send to him YOUR headshot instead.

  33. Alice M. Johnson
    5:51 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Mr.Staff let me on the porch this morning but SHE caught him and he brought me back in. She told him he had to be more careful of me. He told me he would let me out again as soon as she was upstairs on the computer. So far he hasn’t.

    We get to stay at least until the 15th. Maybe later.

  34. Melanie
    6:02 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Alice, HE or SHE could always put duct tape over the slice in the screen. I have found duct tape the handiest thing in my tool box.

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:33 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Tape!…Just put duct tape on Alice and her favorite chair…snort!…That will keep her in the house…chorkel!

  36. OleyHowlers
    7:08 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Hello All!
    We can’t post much since we are still “on vacation” (Mom has an aversion to computers while on vacation…if she can’t do it via her phone, it is not done).
    But we wanted to let you know that vacation is not all its cracked up to be. Mom & Pop keep leaving to go places on boats and bikes, and we stay here waiting for Kara to come feed us.
    Then it all changed on Dima’s birthday…first we went for a hike together. Then when we got home, we got treated to Barb’s wonderful concoction. Thanks, Maggie, for giving us that recipe. We love it and it really cools us off!
    Mostly Mom & Pop hang out with us tho…thats always fun.

    Melanie, we didn’t get to catch up on most of the blog, but we did see that YSAS was hurt…hope he is feeling better.

  37. Macy the Min-pin
    7:14 pm on August 7th, 2011


    I have been out of touch and just read your post about my e-mail. Do you know which account it is? How did you find out? As far as I know I do not have your e-mail. This happened to my daughter about a month ago, so…. rats!!!

    Let me know what to do.

  38. Melanie
    7:19 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Calling all Plunderers!

    OTAS and F are thinking about their invites. She is making paper with flower seeds in them, so afterwards guests can plant their invitations. Cool.

    Their logo is two trees that become one. And she’s looking for something cool to say on the invite. Being a scarecrow today . . I asked if I could ask you guys and she said certainly.

    A friend of hers had “plant the seeds of love” but she doesn’t want to use that.

    Any idea? (And Riö, nothing about peeing on the trees!)

  39. Siber-H
    7:21 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Dima!
    Fluffy tails and there is Meashka in the middle.

  40. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:24 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Macy: I think it was Snowhook that got the bad email a couple days ago — something about getting an email that would make Mr. Hounddog blush. I think Mollypop was just saying what the problem might be with it.

  41. Redbone Hound
    7:24 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Awwwww. Miz Macy-does that mean that x-rated email WASN’T from you personally???
    This ole hound dog’s heart is jest crushed. I was surprised that a sweet little lady like you would say such naughty things, but sometimes it’s them quiet types that shock the cotton picken feathers outta you!

  42. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:27 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Macy: Check the Snowhook post at 12:16 a.m. on August 5th (the last comment on the “Cape Wildlife Center” entry.

  43. Mollypop
    7:28 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Macy – It was on the blog a few days ago. You sent someone an x-rated email, you naughty girl. I added my comment that spammers had taken over your email and probably changed your password. Contact the email provider (ex. Yahoo, gmail) and have them fix it.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    7:48 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Dima! How old are you in human years?

    Melanie: That comment by the fellow actor was very amusing. Those guys are such Hams. Happy to hear the injuries were not serious.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:54 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie!…Two of her ideas: “And the Two Shall Become One” …snort!…”A Time To Sow” …Either that or one of my ideas, “Bark Together”

  46. Macy the Min-pin
    8:42 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Mollypop, Bella, and anyone else. I think I fixed the problem, but, who knows..Please let us know if you receive anything else naughty, unless we say it is from us, tee hee!

  47. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:14 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie: How about “Together we stand”?

  48. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:17 pm on August 7th, 2011


    The story of the sequoia tree’s interdependency with each other is beautiful. Thought I’d toss it out there for OTAS and F. It would need to be simplified.

    While on a tour of California’s giant sequoias, the guide pointed out that the sequoia tree has roots just barely below the surface. “That’s impossible!” I exclaimed. “I’m a country boy, and I know that if the roots don’t grow deep into the earth, strong winds will blow the trees over.” “Not sequoia trees,” said the guide. “They grow only in groves and their roots intertwine under the surface of the earth. So, when the strong winds come, they hold each other up.” There’s a lesson here. In a sense, people are like the giant sequoias. Family, friends, neighbors, the church body and other groups should be havens so that when the strong winds of life blow, these people can serve as reinforcement and can strive together to hold each other up.

    Lewis Timberlake, in Timberlake Monthly

    Here is a another version of the same illustration:

    The huge redwood trees of California amaze mankind. They are the largest living things on earth and the tallest trees in the world. Some of them are 300 feet high and over 2,500 years old. One would think that trees so large must have a tremendous root system that reaches down hundreds of feet into the earth. But not so! The redwoods have a very shallow root system. If one was to get down on his knees and examine the redwoods’ root system he would find that all the roots intertwine. They are locked to each other. When the storms come, the winds blow, and the lightning flashes, the redwoods still stand. They are not alone for all the trees support and protect each other. Each tree is important to all the other trees in the grove.


  49. BearSpiritDog
    9:20 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Wolfie: Just like the Plunderers!!!

  50. B.Stover
    9:25 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie: “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”

    William Blake (It’s from “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” Here’s a link about it.)

  51. Masquers
    9:27 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Buddy: There you are at the top again. I will be happy when your family is back from vacation so we can chat.

    Thank you, Wolfie. That was a timely message for all of us.

  52. B.Stover
    9:29 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Nice story Wolfie.

  53. Siber-H
    9:44 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Very nice story Wolfie and one that we have never heard.

  54. Barb & Maggie
    10:04 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Melanie, No words of wisdom here, but want to say that we love the seed idea.

    Actually we received a beautiful heart that was imbeded with seeds once at a funeral. It said something along the lines of Plant this heart and think of Pam when you watch the wildflowers grow. Great idea for either event, we think.

    Barb is extremely tired tonight after her whirlwind weekend, so we will say goodnight Gracie.

  55. B.Stover
    10:10 pm on August 7th, 2011

    Good night all.

  56. Macy the Min-pin
    12:27 am on August 8th, 2011

    Mom does not watch porn

    So sorry about e-mail

    Hacking is not cool!

    Mom can’t stop thinking in haiku.*faceslap*

  57. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:55 am on August 8th, 2011

    Macy, lol. You are too funny!

  58. Alice M. Johnson
    2:19 am on August 8th, 2011

    Staff and Mr.Staff came back from the Fireworks Convention tonight with a few photo’s to show off. They have 3 more fantastic nights of fireworks to go.
    Staff LOVES the fireworks.

    More on her blog.

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