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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WHO EVEN ARE WE

November 30th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

A myriad of thank you’s to Morrison’s parents for sending us this epic and beautiful floral and succulent display that makes me feel like I’m royalty and I live in a Spa in a Castle on a Mountain and that I never buy my household items from Target (EXCEPT FOR YESTERDAY, AND EVERY OTHER TIME I’VE BOUGHT HOUSEHOLD ITEMS)

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WHABAM!

November 27th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

YET ANOTHER STELLAR CAKE SET IN THE BOOKS, this time with cakes that glow like game show choices! I just adore it.  This beaut’s currently up at the Warehouse in Greenville, SC.  I just want to be there and watch him whisper to her, Think those cakes are real? and she says SHHHH Jeff be quiet the play is happening and then Jeff goes I KNOW I SAID I WOULD COME TO THE PLAY WITH YOU, I DIDN’T SAY I WOULD BE QUIET THE WHOLE TIME and she gets really tight and then softly goes, this is why we don’t make love anymore

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BOATSTETTERS

November 25th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Q. WHAT’S CUTE AND HAPPY AND FLOATS IN WATER, PARTICULARLY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A WATERCRAFT ?

A:

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THESE TURKEYS

November 23rd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

As I’m sure all five of you noticed, my blog was non-existent yesterday for some reason, and so for maybe the third time in ten years, I couldn’t tell you what kind of gummy bear I was eating or what I was worried about. THANK GOD IT’S BACK UP TODAY, so I can tell you how grateful I am for these particular turkeys:

My Dad, who has just acquired his dream retirement home and life on Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia:

And my niece nugget Olivia, who mostly enjoys making faces at herself in the mirror.

SAME, LIVY. SAME.

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