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

THIS IS (MY) PARENTS

June 23rd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

NBD, just some very cool locals cruising around the Paramount lot like a couple of Hollyweird veterans who remember when Lucille Ball opened the daycare for her kids. THEY’VE SEEN IT ALL, FOLKS! They know all the ins and outs! Mostly where we keep the sparkling water, and that the trees outside the Pearson houses are not actually real trees!

Posted in YAY, a lot, family | No Comments »

(re)watching

June 21st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Off of the suggestion of a co-worker, I’ve been rewatching the Wonder Years, and by rewatching, I think I mean watching for the first time, as I really don’t think I ever watched it the first time around. We weren’t a big TV  family, so I feel like there’s a bunch of stuff from the 80s / 90s that I missed. Its characters are familiar like people I went to middle school with but I’m pretty sure I never actually hung out with them. But they are my NEW FAVORITE PEOPLE. They’re all trying so hard just to live and relate to each other, they’re all a little right and a little wrong, there’s always a little sadness, a little longing, and always a hope at the end, and meanwhile, it is all so very subtle, and even a little bit weird. Has there ever been better TV other than of course M*A*S*H and also Little House on the Prairie the Nellie Years and also Lois and Clark staring Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher and also seasons 1-3 of Touched by an Angel and the other things the Brunstetters randomly DID watch together as a family?  I THINK NOT. BUT I REALLY WOULDN’T KNOW AS THAT’S BASICALLY ALL OF THE TV I’VE EVER SEEN.

Posted in I write for television?, a lot, family, how interesting | No Comments »

Niblings!

June 16th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

My sister in law informed the whole family via text this morning of a new word, nibling. Just roll that around in your mouth for a minute. NIBLING. It’s  a gender neutral word that refers to nieces and nephews.  I mean. Is there any other word on the planet that is more befitting of this little nibling?!

I SAY THERE IS NOT.

Posted in YAY, babies, family | No Comments »

squatstetters

May 27th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

I am very bad at squats but I keep trying to not be bad at them. Some people do them like they spent their entire womb-life squatting, like they are actually followed around by a series of invisible chairs, but I do them desperately, like I’m constantly falling, like I was born without muscle. But instead of being upset about my poor form and utter lack of athleticism, it makes me kind of happy, because I recently discovered that my brothers can’t do squats, either. We are just all genetically pre-disposed to not doing squats, for whatever reason. Not only is this a remarkable excuse for squatting like I’m pooping really cold play doh, it also just reminds me that I have three brothers, and no matter where we all are, we are connected, and we are the same, and we cannot squat.

Posted in ...sports?, brothers, family, hmmmmm | No Comments »

that part is God

May 16th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

One of the many things I like about hanging with Morrison’s family is that his Dad has a brain like an inquisitive encyclopedia stuffed full of knowledge,  spanning back centuries, and sometimes centuries into the future. We tend to get into big conversations, like the other night: is life, in fact, too inexplicable to be random? Is it, in fact, a just simulation? If we’ve come so far as a race to be able to create simulations of a race, how do we know that we are not a simulation that we created? Not his Dad’s theory per se, just a theory that he passed along, that’s currently popular.  I, along with his Mom,  of course found this idea to be deeply upsetting, and I ended up shouting something like BUT WHAT ABOUT MY CONSCIOUSNESS?! We eventually arrived at this idea: all of the scientists forever could gather in a big old science room with all of their science tools and studies and books and data, and there would still be parts of the world  they could not explain, not matter what. To me, that part is God. I don’t know if he IS that part, but that’s where he lives, or rather hides, or rather, waits.

Posted in a lot, faith, family, generally, hmmmmm | No Comments »

To Uncle

May 14th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Verb: to get on a plane and fly through the air for the sole purpose of hanging out with your nephews; to spend the next three days following them around and clocking their every move like the world’s most loving and attentive stalker; to be made to eat your own hat.

Posted in a lot, babies, boys, family, i am lucky, love | No Comments »

Home Library

April 18th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Usually when I come home for a visit, my Mom has left me a series of books in my room that she thinks will be good for my soul.  I am usually so consumed by the undulating dramas of my own life that I rarely read them. But no part of me could resist this trip’s offering, the love story of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper:

Basically the show just follows this adorable married couple as they flip houses for other adorable people, while he does things like ram his head into walls and put spiders in her hair and she just laughs with the shy beauty and grace that only a half-Korean half-Texan could bear. Perhaps a book ONLY to be read snuggled into bed at your parents house, drifting off on a soft sea of Melatonin, but a charm of a  book, just the same.

Posted in MAWWAGE., books, family, famous people stuff, i am a grown up, love | No Comments »

blOG

April 17th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Oh, did you think I was done with niece pictures? NOPE. Meeting wee Olivia Grace, or OG as her parents call her, was so incredible and moving that it perhaps could merit its own blOG. The absolute best part of was having proud Dad / big brother Pete hand her off to me with such tenderness and help me understand how to hold her as my instincts are to handle a child like a discount bag of rice that is really important for some reason, like if you drop it, your life will change forever, in a bad way. After I fumbled, he adjusted her –

Then medium bro Dan joined. He expresses feelings with the fervor and regularity of a wise old tree, which is to say, only occasionally. But OG melted him instantly, at LEAST 13%. SEE THE TINIEST OF SMILE THAT IS THERE?

I then got to just stare at her forever. I think I have a new favorite show.

EMMY FOR BEST SHOW THAT’S JUST WATCHING A BABY BE A BABY GOES TO:

Posted in YAY, a lot, awesome, babies, boys, brothers, family, i am lucky, women, words | No Comments »

I has Mom

March 22nd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Happy birthday 61st birthday to the most selfless, giving, loving lady I know. As a writer,  you sometimes end up feeling this weird sense of shame of the love that you were raised with, if you were lucky to be raised with that love, as you’re always searching for trauma truffles for inspiration. The worse the childhood, the better the writing.  Or at least, this is what the Lucky and Loved tell themselves to create torment that they can then turn to poetry that no one should ever see. But today, and all of the days, I’m grateful that she’s around, that she is one year older, that she cares, that she does not give up on trying to understand me though I do not understand myself, that she loves me more than I love myself, but mostly for the fact that I will clearly look I’m 38 TOPS well into my 90s. LOVE YOU MOM!

Posted in YAY, a lot, family, i am lucky, life, love, women | No Comments »

Baby’s first International Women’s Day!

March 8th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Check out dear niece Livy, workin that first International Women’s Day  / A Day without Women. This little woman is not going to work, not spending money anywhere, just chillin inside with her folks, smiling into her bright future.

Posted in YAY, a lot, family, love, optimism, the future, the whole world, women | No Comments »

« Previous Entries