So here’s the books I’ve found (or they found me) to be helpful along in my faith. I’m going to try to list them in somewhat chronological order, but I may fail at that. What’s in parenthesis is what I haven’t finished & what’s in brackets I’m currently reading. If you have any questions on any of them, let me know. I can try to give a little explanation of them.
. Blessed are the Bored in Spirit - Mark Hart
. (Ignatius The Holy Bible RSV)
. Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
. Story of a Soul - St. Therese of Lisieux
. The Imitation of Christ - Thomas á Kempis
. (The Imitation of Mary - Thomas á Kempis)
. 33 Days to Morning Glory – Fr. Michael Gaitley M.I.C.
. (Mother Angelica’s Private & Pithy Lessons from Scriptures)
. Consoling the Heart of Jesus – Fr. Michael Gaitley M.I.C.
. The ‘One Thing’ is Three – Fr. Michael Gaitley M.I.C.
. Poor in Spirit – Gabriel-Marie Cardinal Garrone (about St. Jean Jugan, founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor)
. The Secret of the Rosary - St. Louis de Montfort
. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
. Christ in His Mysteries – Blessed Columba Marmion
. Christ The Life of the Soul – Blessed Columba Marmion
. Praying for Priests – Kathleen Beckman L.H.S.
. Under the Mantle – Fr. Donald Calloway M.I.C.
. (The Interior Castle - St. Teresa of Avila)
. You Set My Spirit Free - St. John of the Cross paraphrased by David Hazard
. The Cross and the Beatitudes - Fulton Sheen
. (Life of Christ - Fulton Sheen)
. Finding God Through Meditation -St. Peter Alacantara
. (Manual For Spiritual Warfare - TAN Books)
. [30 Days with Teresa of Avila - Daniel Burke & Anthony Lilles]
. [The Redeemer’s Call to Consecrated Souls]
. (St. John Paul the Great: His Five Loves - Jason Evert)
. Divine Mercy Minutes with Jesus - Rev. George W. Kosicki C.S.B.
. Thoughts of St. Therese
and the book by St. Louis de Montfort about total consecration to Mary, that I don’t remember the name of. Lol
“To a person who takes a view of the whole, the strength of Paris, thus formed, will appear a system of general weakness. It is boasted that, all local ideas should be sunk, and that the people should no longer be Gascons, Picards, Bretons, Normans; but Frenchmen, with one country, one heart, and one Assembly. But instead of being all Frenchmen, the greater likelihood is, that the inhabitants of that region will shortly have no country. No man ever was attached by a sense of pride, partiality, or real affection, to a description of square measurement.” — Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution
Here is a compilation of my favourite Holmes and a bit of historical background. I know these are not to everyone’s taste, but these are dearest to me. They fill my mind and my heart. And these are really only the tip of the iceberg. Please click pictures for captions.
In September 2002, I took my first improv class at UCB. Months later, in March of 2003, I became an intern the same day we opened the 26th St theater. A couple months later, I became a tech intern. For the rest of 2003, I was both a tech intern and a theater intern. At some point, I ended up teching two nights a week.
I worked odd jobs, mostly off of craigslist. I did whatever I could to pay rent and feed myself. By the beginning of 2004, I was running out of savings and didn’t have much lined up. I was thinking I might have to move back to my parents’ house in CT. My lease was going to end May 1st.
Spoiler: I didn’t move to Connecticut.
I was offered a job at UCB as the Head Tech. I became the first person at UCB to be paid by the theatre to tech. I got to pick the tech interns, and eventually got to pick other people to be paid. I left teching in order to house manager in 2008, and came back to teching in 2011. A year later I became in charge of both NYC theatres’ tech people and came up with the title Technical Director.
I want to thank Alex Sidtis for giving me a chance and letting me earn a living and stay in NYC. I want to thank Brian Waddell for training me and putting up with me. Thanks to Owen Burke, Anthony King, and Nate Dern for giving me awesome shows to tech. Thanks to Matt, Matt, Amy, and Ian keeping all of our dreams alive. Thanks to Chuck Dauble for being my friend and cohort and soundboard. Thanks to Billy Merritt and Kevin Mullaney for being my favorite improv teachers and mentors.
Thanks to Jennifer Bartels, Chelsea Clarke, Fran Gillespie, Tricia McAlpin, Amber Petty, Craig Rowin, Mike Still, Sean Clements, Brian Berrebbi, Devlyn Corrigan, Paul Downs, Violet Krumbein, Joe Spellman, and Achilles Stamatelaky. Being on Harold Night for two years was a dream come true.
Thanks to Charlie Todd for asking me to be UCBW’s first referee, and thanks to Zach Linder for asking me to become a producer.
Thanks to every tech intern, every paid tech, every volunteer at DCM. I’ll always be the self-proclaimed face of this department, but you all keep it going. Thanks to all the managers, bartenders, intern coordinators (Eli, Rachael, Claire), and interns.
Thanks to the hundreds of people who have performed thousands of hours of improv, sketch, stand up, and storytelling with me in the booth. Thank you for taking my input, thank you for listening to me when I had to be the bad guy. Thank you for letting me black you out, give you the light, and hit every light and sound cue as best as I can.
I’ve been a UCB Employee for 10 years. I don’t have much more to say.