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FEARS OF YOUR LIFE
6 February 2006
I read an extraordinary little book last night. I reviewed it on my critic blog (yeah...I know...it's hard to keep them all straight, isn't it!).
But this book is called "Fears of your Life," by Michael Bernard Loggins and it is the book on which an upcoming stage piece is to be based, and that stage piece is the focus of the next feature article that I'm writing.
Michael Bernard Loggins is a developmentally disabled man whom Kim Epifano, the woman who has developed this stage piece (can't call it a "dance" or a "play" or a "display" because it has elements of all of these things and more), discovered the book when she was visiting Creativity Explored, a workshop in San Francisco for developmentally disabled people, which I hope to visit on Monday, in preparation for writing this article.
What Loggins has done is to take all of his own fears and write them down, he says, "to let others who may be afraid of things know that they "don't have to feel lessened, like they're the only person with that experience."
Some of his fears are common to many of us at various ages in our life--fear of monsters under the bed, fear of the dentist, fear of bees, fear of elevators, fear of pirates, fear of planes. He also says there are "Los Angeles fears and Oakland Fears and San Francisco fears." I've been in all 3 places, and he's right!
There are fears which are more specific to Michael himself. "What people think of when they see me coming up the street? What the first thing they can think of once they see a stranger like me coming in the direction I goes in? Nothing but fear!"
It got me to thinking what I would record if I were to sit down and write out some of my fears.
I'm just getting warmed up. Michael Loggins eventually came up with something like 185 different fears, and I'm not going to go that far. Obviously it's a scary place out there and it's nice that we have someone who can acknowledge that and give us permission to explore our own fears.
Top 10 signs you're a Christian.
While this list is funny, it also gives a LOT of food for thought. I hope
people, especially Christians, will read it in that spirit.
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