bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

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December 12th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Today, on I’m a cliche: we straight up spent 400 bucks on cheese and bread and ham and beer and buttercream frosting and christmas tree gummies and assorted other seasonal essentials for our friends for our housewarming party Sunday. We arranged everything carefully on plates and laid out our new rugs and our friends came bearing gifts of rare orchids and wines. Monday morning,  I drove to work, grateful, still beat, squinting through next day chardonnay face. At an intersection, there was a homeless man shaking uncontrollably  from some affliction, asking for money. I saw him and the weight of the previous night and the beauty of it and and the excess of it,  but was it excess? and what is excess, and just the very privilege of all of it crushed down on me and I felt sad and lucky and ashamed.  I dug for whatever cash I could find and the light turned green and cars honked as I slowed to try and get it into his shaking hands, and he God bless you‘d me, and I sobbed the rest of the way to work, and there’s a part of me that’s still sobbing, because God bless me WHY. Why, Why, Why. Why do the have’s have? And why do the have’s have not? Why is that I have, and keep receiving?  Why not them? How can I take what I have and spread it in a way that’s meaningful, beyond just clicking donation links and sobbing at my own generosity on the way to work? WHAT DO I DO WITH WHAT I HAVE? HOW BEST TO GIVE IT?

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THIS IS BLESSINGS

December 11th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

“Why me,  Lord? What have ever done to deserve even one of the blessings I’ve known? Why me Lord? What did I ever do that was worth love from you and the kindness you’ve shown?”

- Merle Haggard by way of Johnny Cash by way of Kris Kristofferson

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SUN’S OUT HAM’S OUT

December 10th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

ATTN: HONEY BAKED HAM COMPANY:

I AM AVAIL FOR THE WRITING OF ALL OF YOUR COPY FOR MARKETING AND ADVERTISING

BASICALLY I’M JUST READY WHEN YOU ARE

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proper use of current brain

December 9th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Sure, I have many plays to write and books to read and stories to  break and thoughts to think, but I have my first ever grown up house with a dream husband who GOT ME A HOUSE SHAPED COOKIE CUTTER FOR CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR so really I just feel very strongly that the best thing for me to do right now is to spend hours in my new kitchen avoiding critical thought and instead making house shaped cookies SO GUESS WHAT, THAT’S JUST WHAT I DID.

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Resilience.

December 8th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Soemtimes, your friends are strangers who let you live at their house who then became friends, and sometimes, they are goats. I spent some time last summer in Ojai for the Ojai playwright’s conference. Local families adopt and house playwrights for the few weeks while they develop their plays, and I hit the jackpot with mine. The Sengstakens gave me a temporary home on their ranch, complete with lucky chickens and horses and sunsets and wine and GOATS, namely Jacob, a dog-like friend who asked me each morning how my play was going, but you know, with his  eyes.

A few days ago, when the Thomas fire threatened their home the family had to flee,  south to Oxnard. They brought Jacob with them.

IS THIS NOT THE VERY PICTURE OF OPTIMISM, OF FRIENDSHIP, OF RESILIENCE? I know I’m still only five years into my So Cal life, but I am starting to feel its calm, its resolve. Burning world? Meh. It’s just things.  Grab what you love that fits in your car. Deep breath, smile. Drive to beach.

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How not to talk to anxious people

December 7th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

First thing this morning:

Morrison (looking at his phone:) The fire pit is on it’s way.

Me: WHAT?! THE FIRE IS COMING HERE NOW?! WHAT DO WE DO, DO WE RUN?! WHERE ARE THE HEIRLOOMS, I’LL GRAB MY COMPUTER, WHERE IS CRACKER

Morrison:….The fire pit. That we ordered for the backyard. Is on it’s way. In the mail.

Me: GREAT. LET’S NEVER USE IT.

(Mine own ridiculous anxiety aside, these fires are not a joke. We are fortunate that they are currently burning far from us, on the other side of town, but we live in a fire zone, which is to say So Cal during a drought and high Santa Ana winds. We are so lucky right now, but we may not always be. Thinking of everyone that’s been affected this week, and praying for the strength, foresight and resolve to get through it if it ever does happen to us.)

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Re: the end of days

December 6th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

TRUMP RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL STOP

YET ANOTHER SIGNIFIER OF THE COMING OF THE END OF DAYS, AS PREDICTED BY THE BOOK OF REVELATION STOP

ALSO THESE ICE CREAM BARS MADE OF GUMMY BEARS ARE CLEARLY ALSO A SIGN STOP

NO REALLY LET’S ALL JUST STOP

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Vanity

December 5th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

“Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition– all such distortions within our own egos– condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That’s how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other’s naked hearts.” – Tennessee Williams

― Tennessee Williams

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trickle down bekahnomics

December 4th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

A math problem:

Q. Bekah has five forty minute lunch breaks each week to  read about and try and understand the madness that is the proposed tax bill. Since Bekah is a slow and easily distracted reader who cannot get through a paragraph of an article without having a memory or a future thought or wondering if there might be a play about it, Bekah can read 1.5 articles per lunch break. How many lunch breaks spent reading about taxes will it take for Bekah to REALIZE THAT SHE HAS IN FACT OVERPAID THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON HER OWN PROPERTY TAXES?

A. ONE. THIS PARTICULAR LUNCH BREAK RIGHT NOW.

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conscious recycling

December 3rd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Fun tip for brides: wondering what to do with all of those pesky tiny pictures of your cat that you and your groom thoughtfully selected and print and cut out and put into tiny picture frames and then scattered them on the tables at your wedding so that your friends and family would have to look at your cat while eating? HANG THEM IN YOUR GUEST BATHROOM SO THAT WHEN YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY COME OVER THEY CAN WORRY ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND ALSO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH BUT ALSO BE JEALOUS A LITTLE BIT

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