Healthy Halloween Treats For Kids…With Vodka?

I found this recipe in my local paper recently. It’s for making a healthy Halloween snack for kids. While reading through the steps I found something quite interesting.

(It’s quite possible someone needs a proofreader.)

Healthy Kids' Halloween Treats...with Vodka?

Nevertheless, It’s got me wondering which way is healthier: vodka in, or vodka out…whether your kids are “using” or not.


Tom Sawyer: Presented by CYT Indy

Tom SawyerMark Twain’s classic story comes to exuberant musical life in this Broadway adaptation of America’s favorite book. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America. This Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s immortal novel is set in 1840 in St. Petersburg, Missouri, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. In the course of the story, Tom matches wits with his stern Aunt Polly, falls in love with the beautiful, feisty Becky Thatcher, and goes on the adventure of his life with Becky and that irresistible renegade, Huckleberry Finn. Along the way we meet a terrifying villain named Injun Joe, Tom’s bratty half-brother Sid, and all the other boys and girls in the village – providing one scene-stealing children’s role after the other.

Come see this classic tale! Great for Class Field Trips!


Okay, so why exactly am I posting something about Tom Sawyer?  Because ALL MY KIDS ARE IN IT!!!  And because tickets are on sale now. 🙂

Seriously, CYT has been around since 1981 and has become the largest children’s theater organization in the country.  They’ve recently launched a south-side Indianapolis campus and “Tom Sawyer” will be their first full-scale theater production.  We’re not big into sports at my house.  We’re more a part of the arts and theater crowd when it comes to extracurricular activity.  All four of my children braved the audition process.  Since my wife, Kyrmen, is the Assistant Director, she wasn’t allowed to be present when they auditioned.  Based on their auditions, they made it to callbacks and were all cast in the show!  This is a really big deal for us.

Everyone has been working really hard on this performance from the CYT staff, to the parents, and especially all 32 of the children.  They’ll be doing six (that’s right) SIX shows at the spectacular Franklin Performing Arts Center in Franklin, Indiana.  So, if you live in the central or south-central Indiana area (or are willing to drive anywhere for some great children’s theater!) please consider coming to one of our shows.  You won’t be sorry.

I’ve posted ticket prices and show times below along with a handy button that will take you right to the CYT website to reserve seats.  Incidentally, if you decide to buy tickets in advance on-line, you’ll be asked to choose a cast member’s name for the ticket referral. Please choose “Kidron Rea-Hedrick“.  Thanks!

My children have been cast in the following roles:

Performance Details:

SHOW TIMES: Thursday, Nov 15th – 9:30am & 12:00pm
Friday, Nov 16th – 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov 17th – 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, Nov 18th – 2:00pm
VENUE: Franklin Performing Arts Center
2600 Cumberland Drive
Franklin, IN 46131
(click here for a map)
PRICES: $11 – Individual Online
$13 – At-the-Door Price
$9 – Group Discount (10 ticket minimum)
$9 – Child Discount (Age Limit: 19)
$9 – Student Discount (ID Required)
$9 – Senior Discount (Age Minimum: 65)

Tom Sawyer

Leave a comment or drop me an email me if you’re thinking about coming!

Reason #43 Why I Love Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg Nether Lands
From Dan Fogelberg’s fourth album,
Nether Lands, released in 1977.

Many writers have a variety playlists for each of their WIPs.  Some even for each chapter.  Not me.  For me, Dan Fogelberg is ALWAYS my writing music of choice.

I mean, who even writes songs like this anymore???  This is the kind of music that never fails to make me feel alive.  #love

Nether Lands

High on this mountain
The clouds down below
I`m feeling so strong and alive.
From this rocky perch
I`ll continue to search
For the wind
And the snow
And the sky.
I want a lover,
I want some friends,
And I want to live in the sun.
And I want to do all the things that I
never have done.

Sunny bright mornings
And pale moonlit nights
Keep me from feeling alone.
Now, I`m learning to fly
And this freedom is like
Nothing that I`ve ever known.
I`ve seen the bottom
And I`ve been on top
But mostly I`ve lived in between,
And where do you go
When you get to the end of
your dream?

Off in the nether lands
I heard a sound
Like the beating of heavenly wings.
And deep in my brain
I can hear a refrain
Of my soul as she rises and sings.
Anthems to glory and
Anthems to love and
Hymns filled with Earthly delight,
Like the songs that the darkness
Composes to worship the light.

Once in a vision
I came on some woods
And stood at a fork in the road.
My choices were clear
Yet I froze with the fear
Of not knowing which way to go.
One road was simple;
Acceptance of life.
The other road offered sweet peace
When I made my decision
My vision became my release.

~ Dan Fogelberg

40 Things At Age 40

Tragedy Comedy MasksI’m feeling reflective today.

Actually, I’ve been feeling reflective for a while now. It’s not like this date hasn’t been on the calendar for the last 40 years, but it’s only been within the last few weeks I’ve really given myself over to any serious contemplation about it.

The result of all my intense brooding thinking is a list.

Two, actually.

I’ll begin by acknowledging I’ve made my share of mistakes in life. Some I would give almost anything to undo. Others, I wouldn’t trade for the world because they’ve helped to make me who I am today. I can also own I’ve done a lot of good in my life, including making the right calls on some difficult decisions which continue to be a source of joy and happiness in my life.

So, in the spirit of Dear Teen Me, I’ve written these 40 Things as a birthday gift to my 40-year-old self.

Today: April 11, 2011

However, unlike Dear Teen Me I’ve not written these to a past me from the present. I’ve written them to the present me from the future. One list is a list of 20 things to watch out for or to stop doing. The other is a list of 20 things to start doing or to do better. My intention is to make these 40 Things stand as my own personal guide for living my next 40+ years to the fullest.

So here they are.

20 Things Not To Do:

1) Don’t Be Afraid To Take Risks
2) Don’t Miss Opportunities To Show The People You Love That You Love Them
3) Don’t Lose Sight Of What’s Most Important To YOU
4) Don’t Give Up
5) Don’t Be Afraid To Try Something New
6) Don’t Mistake Being Right For Doing Right
7) Don’t Assume, ASK!
8) Don’t Do It If You Already Know You’ll Regret It Later
9) Don’t Expect More From Others Than You Do From Yourself
10) Don’t Ignore The Counsel Of A True Friend
11) Don’t Assume You Understand Anyone You’ve Never Spent Time Really Listening To
12) Don’t Offer Unsolicited Advice
13) Don’t Refuse To Give Advice When Someone Who Trusts You Asks For It
14) Don’t Simply Assume Everything Will Turn Out Fine If You Don’t Act
15) Don’t Forget The Lessons Of The Past
16) Don’t Nurse Resentment
17) Don’t Wait To Be Asked Before Deciding to Forgive
18) Don’t Try To Solve Anyone’s Problems But Your Own
19) Don’t Waste Time Trying To Change Other People
20) Don’t Blame Others For Anything That Happens To You

20 Things To Do:

1) Listen More Often Than You Speak
2) Say ‘YES’ More Often Than You Say ‘No’
3) Do What You Can To Help Those You Love To Find Their Own Answers
4) Stand Outside Alone In The Moonlight
5) Look For Opportunities To Show Those You Love How Important They Are
6) Look For The Good In Everything, Especially In Everyone
7) Decide What Is Truly Important To You And Focus On That
8) Put First Things First, But Remember To Make Time For Second And Third Things
9) Live For Today With One Eye To Tomorrow, Not Both
10) Fix What Is Broken
11) Finish Writing Your Book (Then Start Another)
12) Walk The Dog
13) Remember That The Best Things In Life Really ARE Free
14) Invest More In People Than In Things
15) Only Put Off Until Tomorrow What Can’t Wait Until The Day After That
16) Be Honest With Yourself
17) Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
18) Play
19) Seek To Understand More Than To Be Understood
20) Love. Love. Love

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This year for my wife’s birthday I took her to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre on the north side of Indianapolis. Over the years we’ve seen a number of shows at Beef and Boards, but usually we stick to the family shows where we can take the kids. Even this we only do when there’s a show we really want to see. Taking six people to anything with an admission price adds up quickly. Musicals are clearly no exception.

My wife has the great privilege of having a sister with Broadway season tickets and a need for a seat mate. Although she had already seen Spelling Bee on the Broadway tour, she told me how much she’d enjoyed the show and wished I’d been able to see it too. That sounded like a good idea to me. Given the occasion and the mature nature of the show this one was just the two of us. For example, Act II opens with last year’s winner, Chip, who is the first one out at this year’s bee, walking around among the audience, forced to sell fund-raising candy. He does this while angrily singing about the real reason he really lost the bee. Quite honestly, this number is hysterically funny, but it’s not for children. At least in my opinion.

The theatre itself is smallish venue, but quite professional. It seats around 450. So it’s not small, but it’s also no overwhelming. Plus, we had great seats! The food was okay, fancy-looking with excellent service, but the quality wasn’t as good as I was expecting for the price. The show, however, more than made up for the food. Performances at Beef and Boards feature many talented performers along with a few occasionally who are not quite so great. Even with a cast as large as Spelling Bee’s we weren’t disappointed. Every one of the performers was a delight!

The only bad news was that my wife said with this birthday I set the bar pretty high for next year. I’m not so sure about that. But you can bet I’ll be looking ahead to see what’s on next year’s Beef and Boards January schedule. Just in case.

10 Things I’ve Done That You Probably Haven’t

10 ThingsA few authors I follow (John Scalzi & Mary Robinette Kowal) recently posted lists of 10 things they’ve done that most people probably haven’t.  I thought this sounded like a fun way to close out the year on my blog so I decided to play along.

Leave me comment if you’d like more details. (Unless you’re a member of law enforcement inquiring about #4)

  1. Participated in two water births by actually being in the birth tub
  2. Successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking person
  3. Was punched in the jaw in high school by someone who mistook me for someone else
  4. Successfully evaded the police (more than once, actually)
  5. Was sexually harassed, physically, in the workplace (by a woman)
  6. Stood on a table in a downtown university hotel food court to serenade someone an apology
  7. Was bitten by a horse and cried because my feelings were hurt, not my finger
  8. Asked someone to marry me while standing beneath the world’s tallest Christmas tree
  9. Hand-delivered a single rose to a girl who I never had the courage to ask for a date
  10. Won $1,000 dollars on the radio by being the correct caller after the “money song” was played


BONUS!:  I was also once chased by more than a dozen “ninjas” after some friends and I inadvertently stumbled on a martial arts style gang fight in a secluded park late one night.

The Beaver

The Beaver Movie Poster

I’m not really into Mel Gibson these days, but I’ve always loved Jodie Foster.  So, when I came across this trailer yesterday on Puppeteers Unite I had to watch it.  Now, I can’t stop thinking about it.  There are any number of directions a story like this could have taken.  Thankfully, this film has taken a dramatic one.

No release date has been given for this film.