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Friday:) Four Funny Females and a Sometimes Humorous Human (Me)

25 Feb

“Feminine intuition is a fiction and a fraud. It is nonsensical, illogical, emotional, ridiculous, and practically foolproof.” 

» Harry Haenigsen

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Last Saturday, I had the honor of being an usher at MPAC, McKinney Performing Art Center,  for the Four Funny Females comedy show. My friend, Laura Bartlett, is the producer and one of the hilarious ladies who can make an audience cry with laughter at every performance. 

If you haven’t caught a performance, there’s another one coming up March 4 at 8pm at MPAC. I don’t think it’s sold out yet, so get your tickets soon.


The neat part of being an usher is all the people watching you get to do. In the front row were 8 ladies who were out on the town for a bachelorette party. They all wore party hats that said PRINCESS, and the bride-to-be had a veil on hers. Her elderly and tipsy aunt informed me that the girl in the veil was the princess-bride. I went over and offered to take a few photos of the group. 


Laura and the girls were very funny.

After the performance, I was invited backstage to visit with the gals and take a photo. You may think I’m very special, right? Nope! Everyone was invited to visit backstage. 

I’m very lucky to have such great, talented, and funny friends. I’m just a regular humorous human. But, I have a few friends that think I’m pretty funny. Hey Laura….I’m available anytime you need a back-up. I’m a very loving friend…

Sunday: Sitting, Standing, Singing and Other Aerobic Catholic Exercises

17 Mar

“We are all born like Catholics . . . in limbo, without religion.”
― Yann Martel, Life Pi
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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the comedy performance of FOUR FUNNY FEMALES in McKinney. One of the funny ladies had a bit about all the confusion with standing, sitting, and kneeling during her first visit to a Catholic Mass. That got me to thinking, wow, that could be very confusing to someone who didn’t have the routine already ingrained. So, what do you think I did? Yes, I recorded all the aerobic maneuvers, gestures, recitations, and sing-a-longs. Well, I may have missed a couple things because it’s more like a memory marathon.

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The first thing you do when you come in is dip a finger in the holy water font and make the sign of the cross (soc1). Then you find a pew or chair, kneel (k) and make the sign again (soc2), say your prayer, make the sign (soc3), and sit (s1). And that’s all before anything has started. Father comes in and we all stand up (su1) and we sing a hymn (sh1). Oh yah, there’s a lot of reciting of prayers, greetings, and verses. Father blesses us, another sign (soc4), then we recite The Confiteor (r1).

Now, that’s all in the first five minutes, so I m going to spare you all the details and cut to the chase. Here are my totals, give or take… 10 signs of the cross, 14 songs or singing verses, (it’s Lent so we didn’t sing a closing hymn), sit 5, stand 5, kneel 4, group reciting 8, shake hands and greet 2, and hold hands for The Lord’s Prayer 1. Are you getting dizzy just trying to keep up?

I can’t imagine what it would be like to attend a religious service where you just walk in and sit the whole time. That would be kinda boring, not to mention not being able to burn off hundreds of calories. We only get that thin little wafer and a tiny sip of wine, so it’s a very calorie friendly service.

If you’d like to worship and get a great workout at the same time, give the Catholic Church a try.

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Sitcom Saturday:Four Funny Females

9 Feb

“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.”
― George Meredith, Diana of the Crossways
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My friends Lynne, Gail and I spent the evening laughing at the hysterical comedy of FOUR FUNNY FEMALES at the McKinney Performing Art Center. Our good friend, Laura Bartlett, is the producer and one of the adorable funny ladies that entertained a sold out house tonight. Jodi Hadsell, Sherry Belle and Linda Stogner also shared hilarious stories and jokes that the entire audience could relate to.

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I have to admit that I was in stitches and could totally relate to the jokes about Catholic confusion and strenuous workout that is better known as Mass. Each funny lady took every day life events and spun them into side-splitting stand-up routines. It’s funny how real life can be really funny. The laughter never stopped until the final bow.

We were honored to be invited backstage after the show to visit with these “Four Funny Females.”

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Laura Bartlett is not only hilarious! she is also so cute, isn’t she?

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These witty women are true Texas treasures.

Saturday on the Square

19 May

I had something totally different to blog about today, but my Saturday on the Square in downtown McKinney always lends itself to a more exciting blog. (Hint: I’m saving the best for last.)

Our writing group meets at 10 at Coffee2. I am so lucky to have the greatest writing friends. They are so talented, not to mention helpful in every aspect of the writing process. I think we spend more time laughing and razzing each other than we do critiquing, and often bump into friends or neighbors popping in for coffee. Needless to say, we don’t always spend all our time working.

This morning, I had two different people say, “Hi, are you Toni?” The first was John Wynn, owner of Guitar Studio on the Square. He was talking to Kathy White, owner the the new bakery “Sweet Spot,” inside the coffee shop. We never formally met, but have been Facebook buddies for quite some time. I didn’t know who he was, but he knew me from my photo. I told him, “I didn’t recognize you, John. You’re so much taller than your half inch picture on Facebook.” We talked a while, and I vowed to get over there and take some lessons someday.

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A few minutes later I heard, “Excuse me, are you Toni?” Well, it was Laura Bartlett, Executive Producer, and one of the ladies who make up the hilarious comedy group, FOUR Funny Females. Again, a Facebook friend who I’d never met in person. It was a Facebook kinda day. We talked a long time, sharing stories about our backgrounds, hometowns, and mutual love of McKinney. Oh yes, we also discussed our mutual innate ability to procrastinate an entire day away.

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It was such a glorious day, that I decided to treat myself to a yummy lunch over at SNUG on the Square. As I sat waiting for my lunch, perusing my emails, and people watching, I saw the most delightful sight. An elderly couple strolled down the street, walking hand-in-hand. They stopped in front of SNUG, he held open the door for her, and they walked in. I couldn’t help but get all goose-bumply.(I think I made that up.) I wondered, how do they keep that beautiful magic alive? I sat there a while, still smiling. Yep, I couldn’t resist. I sauntered over and said, “Would you mind if I ask how long you’ve been married.”

The lovely lady replied, “We’ve been married fifty-five years, but we’ve known each other since the sixth grade.” I told them that I loved how they held hands while they walked down the street. The gentleman smiled and said, “We always hold hands.” I told them that they looked like newlyweds, and that if more couples held hands all the time, more marriages would last forever, like theirs. I asked their names and if I could take their picture. The charming Carol and Dave from Plano were more than happy to oblige.(I told you I saved the best for last.) Such a fun day!

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