bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
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DIXIE CHICKS FOR PRESIDENT

October 11th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I love the Dixie Chicks. I am a cliche. I don’t even CARE. These gals got me through high school. They are the very sound an old blue Beretta makes combined with tradition and optimism and bravery a deep yearning to run far and alone. They have soundtracked my plays and their Landslide cover is the only thing that truly calms me down. Last night, I got to see them live, some 20 years after they first happened. Not only did they slay / cover Beyonce / do classics / push limits, there was ALSO MILD YET EFFECTIVE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL COMMENTARY, to the point where, during this particular song:

My friend Mary leaned over, and sort of stunned-said, Look at this. We live in America. God Bless these gals from their boots to their banjos. SLAY FOREVER, CHICKS.

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R.I.Pier

October 10th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

The beautiful and simple yet moderately sturdy Oak Island Pier, that I spent my childhood walking up and down, that my idiot brothers and cousins lept off of, that I tried to meet boys on, has sadly been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

Watching the video of its collapse stabbed hard at my heart, but being that coastal Carolinians are strong and used to storms and the rebuilding that comes after, I have faith that it will soon reappier.

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the Forecast

October 9th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I do love to torture myself with things that I can’t control, so I’ve been obsessively checking the extended forecast for the wedding day.  It’s part paranoia, part  a deep need to worry, and part just a mildly entertaining game.  Accuweather predicts a month out, with fun little phrases like ‘plenty of sunshine’ and ‘sometimes storms’  and then ‘Sunny’ and ‘Sunshine’ because there is apparently a difference. All of last week, to my HORROR AND LAUGHTER, the forecast showed basically no rain for the entire month of October EXCEPT FOR THE WEDDING DAY. Only the one day  has been plagued with rain. Each day I checked, the rain became more, the cloud hovering over the date heavier and angrier, until yesterday, it became THUNDERSTORMS.  This morning, it has been downgraded to ‘considerable cloudiness.’ Basically I want 1.) for there to not be rain on the day, though maybe a thunderstorm would be cool, as long as it’s not the kind that kills people and 2.) to be the person who writes these little weather phrases, arbitrarily moves them over dates, as brides and event planners and people with boats across America hang their hearts and hats on every random word.

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Again 

October 8th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Morrison has loads of pieces of moments and characters, and for Valentine’s Day, I turned a few of them into short films. One in particular is about his late uncle’s short term memory loss and it might be the saddest thing I’ve yet to write. My friend Alexis signed on to direct, and her husband Rick as DP, which is to say, two couples making  a sad love story movie so that America might puke on itself. AND WHAT BETTER TIME TO MAKE SAID FILM THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE WEDDING SO AS TO DISTRACT OURSELVES FROM PANIC AND BIG FEELS AND TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT OUR CREATIVE LIVES TOGETHER CONTINUE AFTER SAID WEDDING? 

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The Bikini Cleanse

October 7th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

I am horrified but also sort of delighted to admit that I am currently partaking in a thing called ‘The Bikini Cleanse.’ Basically, you start your day with smoothie for breakfast that kind of tastes like an Orange Julius science experiment. You then drink fish tanks and fish tanks full of water. For lunch you eat some turkey meat wrapped around some cucumber spears. For dinner, you eat a half fist sized of chicken and some ‘fun veggies’. Between meals you sip on Bikini sticks which is basically raspberry flavored crack cocaine dissolved into water that makes you feel like you are naked an on speed and trapped beneath an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. After dinner, you get to drink your Bikini Tea, the final detox step that makes your insides go outside of your body.  You of course abstain from sugar / alcohol / snacks and you know, all joy in life. The best / worst part are the daily affirmations. Like on the first day, I had to keep telling myself I was a warrior. Day two, I was FABULOUS. On this fine fourth day, I would like to please amend the affirmations.

Day 1: I am determined

Day 2: I am a cliche

Day 3: I am a murderer

Day 4: I AM SOBBING

Day 5: I am pizza

Day 6: You are pizza too

Day 7: Absolutely everything is pizza

All snark aside, I actually feel pretty great, and I’m fairly certain I’ve lost 10 pounds in four days. BRING ON THE WHITE GOWN AND PASSED TRAYS OF BABY QUICHE!

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oh hi, it’s just me

October 6th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Might I suggest pausing Beyonce Pandora, like just for a moment, and giving her sister Solange a listen? Her new album A Seat at the Table is minutes and minutes of her just being there, not shouting, but more like humming wisdom,  I’ve been here the whole time, I will not burn out, I will always be. It’s the very sound of a person standing just out side of a spotlight, tucked warm into the shadow it casts.

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Catbowl

October 5th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Whoever got Cracker this catbowl off our registry, THANK YOU AND FYI  HE CAN’T STOP SITTING IN IT AND STARING OFF INTO SPACE WITH A LOOK THAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS ‘I’M SO HAPPY MY PARENTS ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO PUT THINGS LIKE CAT BOWLS ON THEIR REGISTRY’

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WHY TO BE JEWISH

October 4th, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

We had the honor of being included in a Rosh Hoshanah dinner last night, and my main take away, other than the weird and beautiful feeling the sung prayers gave me: LORD, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING SNICKERDOODLE MAC N CHEESE ALL MY LIFE, READ: KUGEL, WITH ITS LAYERS OF PASTA AND CINNAMON AND EVERYTHING IN THE DAIRY CASE CAREFULLY PILLOWED IN A PAN?

OH, IN THAT OTHER RELIGION THAT IS IN FACT IN MY BLOOD AND HISTORY THAT MY GRANDMOTHER, BLESS HER HEART,  KEPT TRYING TO TEACH ME  ABOUT? OKAY COOL SEE YOU IN SYNAGOGUE.

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I’m afrayed

October 3rd, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

Today, on pants: the new thing in Jeans is to purchase and wear them with the ends ripped off of them like you are a giant who saws the ends off her pants so as to better forage for berries, like you are too poor or busy or busy and poor to fix your pants or shop for others, like you are Huck Finn on a river or Laura Ingles Wilder if she went to the Gap. They are completely ridiculous and what’s wrong with America and also pants and also I’m wearing a pair right now and I love them and now I must go see to my squashes but first stop by the general for feed.

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VOWS.

October 2nd, 2016 by Bekah Brunstetter

We are currently trying to write our vows amidst the madness of where to sit who and who to sit where and which picture of what and how many of each and where to go when. So far we’ve got:

bride: ….ahhhhhh

groom:….aaahhhhAAHHHaaaahhhh

bride: AHHHHHHHHH

groom: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

bride: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

groom: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

bride / groom: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Reverend: okay great, I now pronounce you —

bride / groom: EEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (faint at same time)

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