Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Morning After…

In a previous post, I mentioned the dogs that have accompanied me on this summer adventure with Smirkus. It’s been an honor and a privilege to live, travel and work with this community and the four dogs are an equal … Continue reading

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Paper Lanterns

Last night, the 2012 Big Top Tour had its final show. My evening began when I walked backstage to watch the final “Smirko” cheer.  Artistic Director Troy Wunderle stood in the middle of the crowd with a camcorder, immortalizing the … Continue reading

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Last Days for the First of May

I have always enjoyed driving in Vermont simply because of the lack of heavy traffic and the ability to have the entire road to myself. I do my best thinking when I’m driving alone. But on the drive back to … Continue reading

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One more jump

Every evening before we tear down the site, the staff gathers on the bleachers inside the Big Top to eat dinner and discuss the next day’s “jump.” These meetings are aptly called “jump meetings” and throughout this tour, I’ve become … Continue reading

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Ten reasons why circuses are better dates than movies

I arrived in Montpelier Tuesday morning.   After weeks on the road, it is great to be back in Vermont. From the lot, I can see the golden dome of the State House. In the evening I found myself with some … Continue reading

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In which Circus Smirkus attempts organized sports

The match began unassumingly with both sides lacking in numbers and the stakes were hardly high. The options when playing at Revere have been traditionally either kickball or wiffleball and until this point, the staff had never won at the … Continue reading

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Landing Gear

We are in Revere, MA. The field behind the school is a grassy athletics field complete with soccer goals, tennis and basketball courts. Somewhere just yards to the south is the tarmac of Logan Airport. The grass grows thick here … Continue reading

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