Posts by sara scully

NO SHARING! Really.

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in ACME Screening Room, Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on NO SHARING! Really.

NO SHARING!  Really.

salad-barWhen I was in high school I worked in the mall at Souper Salad.  One of our jobs was to bust people who tried to share their order for the all-you-can-eat salad bar.

Hell, they were warned.  The sign said “NO SHARING.”

Our media-technology marketplace has effectively become one big no-sharing-salad-bar.

We no longer share a phone in our home.  We each have one.

I think its been a decade since I have said the phrase, “Hi, is Jim there?” or “Could you please leave him a message?”  You either reach Jim or you don’t.  Its certain and requires no social skills or encountering potential strangers, annoying roommates, or prying parents in the process.  And you don’t have to rely on others to help you, only a machine.

I recently learned that even if I have my very own cell phone, if I get an iPad, I have to get another one for that, to use it like a phone.  What?  What? What!  Another stingy money-grab for these cellular companies.
Again, NO SHARING!

You used to make share-able mix tapes.  Ok, I wont go there.  You’ve heard it before and still you love your iTunes downloads that are only allowed on just a few of your machines.

ONE LOCAL SHARING CENTER NOW CLOSING
Phoenix ClosingA local sign of the end of sharing, is the closing of our beloved bookstore, Phoenix Books, Lambertville, NJ.  This is just years after our video store closed in 2009 (see my 2009 Letter to the Editor on this pasted below).  Phoenix was dusty and kind of a rabbit warren of treasures, but also a place that required all kinds of sharing: of space, books, and conversation with strangers or staff.

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TAKE A HUFF, AND SEE WHO YOU REALLY ARE!

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on TAKE A HUFF, AND SEE WHO YOU REALLY ARE!

TAKE A HUFF, AND SEE WHO YOU REALLY ARE!

 

George Washington at the Battle of Princeton by Charles Willson Peale

George Washington at the Battle of Princeton by Charles Willson Peale

 

Out Magazine just did a story about our, as yet, unwritten New Hope legacies.  It was inspired by the site we created with New Hope Celebrates, Retro-Scope, to preserve New Hope’s LGBT history.  What astounded me was, on this national magazine, the comments about Mother Cavellucci: beloved New Hope drag queen.

I mean ALL the comments.

Every one was about Mother.  Not about the Playhouse or even Pride Week which was also mentioned.  They each lovingly remembered Mother.

OTHER LOCAL LEGACIES: ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
I recently read that the more you use a memory, the more you lose it, I mean, it changes.  I cannot recall where I read that.

Every great country, famous person, every “significant event” stays with us only through repeatedly used memories: certain stories made up of many.  In the “greatest” stories, you know the ones, like the Pilgrims meeting the Indians, or anything about George Washington (river crossings included), the ones you learned about every year in school from grade 1-5, the memory-made-facts are so locked down, ironically all real memory is lost.

You saw Bob Gerenser cross the river as the General.  You drive by the cannon on Main Street in New Hope.  Got feelings?

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CATCHING BUTTERFLIES @ RETRO-SCOPE.ORG: NEW HOPE CELEBRATES PRIDE 2013

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Art for Community Engagement, Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on CATCHING BUTTERFLIES @ RETRO-SCOPE.ORG: NEW HOPE CELEBRATES PRIDE 2013

CATCHING BUTTERFLIES @ RETRO-SCOPE.ORG: NEW HOPE CELEBRATES PRIDE 2013

For the past seven months my company, ScullyOne Productions, has been working on a project to identify and preserve LGBT history in New Hope, PA, sponsored by New Hope Celebrates (NHC).  The long-term vision is to create a museum/community center in town.  Short term, and what we produced for NHC, is an online archive where anyone can contribute their memories, stories, and videos to the collection: www.Retro-Scope.org, and a set of exhibitions from the collection for Pride week, May 10-19, 2013.

Before I go on with the bidness here, allow me to really show my hand.
Dance break.
Cue the music.
Do the happy dance…and allow me to sing, “I believe in life after love!” 

Total honesty, bias betrayed: I loved the idea.  This one was not “just business.”  It was personal.

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HOW TO GET INFORMED ON THE COMING STORM LAMBERTVILLANS!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on HOW TO GET INFORMED ON THE COMING STORM LAMBERTVILLANS!

HOW TO GET INFORMED ON THE COMING STORM LAMBERTVILLANS!

WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL ARE YOU?

Ok you can answer that later, during your Barbara Walters interview.  For now, I got some important info for you folks.

Now hear this, and I’m not only going to say this once, I am gonna post this a few times because I know there are squirrels out there who like to run around and prepare (like me) and those who like to hang and then say, “what the #@! just happened!?!” after the storm hits and they need info in-the-thick-of-it.  So for all you squirrels, listen up, now.  For the rest of you beasts, I am gonna keep at you.  Heh, heh.

STORM IS COMING.  DUNNO HOW BAD.  MAYBE REALLY BAD. 

You will need info, and the City of Lambertville is awn top of it.  They can give you info but you gotta sign up for their notices:

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DIGGING IN THE DIRT: THOUGHTS ON A 9/11 MEMORIAL IN LAMBERTVILLE

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Art for Community Engagement | 1 comment

DIGGING IN THE DIRT: THOUGHTS ON A 9/11 MEMORIAL IN LAMBERTVILLE

 

I have to write about this, but I want to forget it. But if I do, I’m afraid I wont ever be allowed to. I’m talking about a Lambertville Memorial to 9/11. The City is considering co-sponsoring a memorial to the event: a large metal I-beam from the World Trade Center placed at the corner of Bridge and Union Street in front of a “living wall” of plants.
And as much as I’d like to move on from 9/11, ignoring this proposed project, and allowing it to be built means that 9/11 will be literally in view, every day, in the center of town.  View Map

Is this where, and how we want to remember 9/11?

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