Ocean Beach Park in New London, CT to enjoy the final Wednesday night magic show of the season. The featured magician was Zach Ivins, the son of my dear friend, Koalagirl. He is quite the talented young man, excelling at magic, musical theater, acting, etc. He and several other young magicians were recently featured in a documentary about Tannen's Magic Camp, a weeklong summer experi
ence that gave rise to the likes of David Blaine and others. Zach has attended for a number of years and thoroughly enjoys his time there. In fact, his mother has been known to say that Tannen's is home for Zach and he merely visits with his family the other 51 weeks of the year.
This summer, after magic camp, Zach took a job in upstate New York, teaching at a performing arts camp known as French Woods Festival. He has been there for a week or so and came back especially to do the show this evening. It was a pretty big gamble as thunderstorms were threatening the entire day. Thank goodness they held off until the end of the performance, just until the end. It was a rush to get all the props and equipment loaded as a full-on downpour swept over the park just before 8:00 PM. The rain was so heavy that it caused us to traverse partially flooded streets all the way home. But the trip was worth it. Zach put on another great show that the audience loved. I can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve for next year.
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.