Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Dealing with Alzheimer's brought an understanding to me of places that David felt comfortable in visiting.
Could even enjoy at times. One of my fondest memories is an errand routine that we would do once, sometimes twice a week. David loved this errand run and I enjoyed seeing him smile and feel confident, a stolen time when you are thrown into the confusion of this disease.

Today I managed to do the route.
First we drive to Delkin Dry Cleaners. A pure luxury that I decided meant far more than just time for me. David would love his shirts cleaned and pressed here. No starch, on hangers not folded. He trusted his ladies and they would flirt and compliment him. Their exchange was always wonderful and he would spark smiles with his sheer warmth and energy.
Today I took in some of his shirts, so that they are clean and pressed for, whenever. I spoke with Debbie, the manager and she shared her own story, that stunned me. Her own difficult loss, which I never knew about. I praised and thanked her for always being so welcoming and loving to David, especially during her own grief last year. People are amazing.

Next on the list is the library, right next door. David would carry my books and was immensely patient as I browsed the aisles on a search for something I had forgotten the name of. Eleven years ago, we had gone to this same library to email friends announcing our engagement as we did not have a computer at home. (That's right young people, computers were not a regular part of the furniture!)

Then a short drive into the village, passing our old home and straight for lunch at The Beach Plum Cafe.
This cafe exists in every book and movie that presents an intimate, yet classy village, where people know one another, practice yoga and appreciate home baked cookies. Well dressed tourists are welcome. David and I spent hours here with each visit, and boy we would make a mess on the tables! So much so, that I joked, with a question mark, when they introduced brown paper table coverings. The staff never bothered us. Were always patient and kind.

Often David would be recognized here and hugged for being a Silverstein, or for being simply David from some time when he taught, or dated, or the children went to school. Sometimes I admit, I felt jealous and mostly I felt out of place - I am so sorry for that wasted fact now.

From here we would sometimes pop into Village Hair Design. Or take the long scenic drive home across the bridge, breathing in the glorious sea air, perhaps stopping at Georges to buy some apples or a couple of long stemmed sunflowers.

Everything about David had such class and beauty. I miss him. I wasted the opportunities in being his wife.
I sit here now longing (begging) for a sign that he knows. Hoping that tomorrow I will wake up to find that it is August 9th 2002.

So my message within this post, is to appreciate those fond errand places that fill your daily lives. Perhaps one day they will represent landmarks and you'll sit and gaze at them, needing them to be as they were at some other time, when.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


 I find myself at a loss for words. So here is a plug for a weekend I am treating myself with. A great teacher who makes you understand that writing is possible! (Lets hope I'm not at a loss for words when I attend.)
Who knows...perhaps the winner will be...David Trad.

Title: THE NEW WAY: ABC’s of Great Screenwriting
Tagline: 3 days of putting the “fun” in the fundamentals of great screenwriting
Dates: October 12th to October 14 2012
Location: Captain Freeman Inn, Brewster, MA 02631
YOU – determined to write your movie
TEACHER: GiGi New– professional screenwriter and script consultant
Ticket Price: only $375
There are only 5 places left to join this small group for an empowered screenwriting weekend.

Gift yourself the most inspiring weekend a writer can have!

"I've been consulting with GiGi New on a screenplay which was stalled for years and now is moving. She's a positive critic who identifies strengths in a piece and helps overcome the corrosive self-doubt that writers struggle with. Writing will always be a solitary line of work but GiGi makes it less so. And she laughs a lot, which is good.”

Garrison Keillor ~ “A Prairie Home Companion”


“Everyone has a great story in them.” …. I was told by Alli Shearmur, President of Motion Picture Production for Lionsgate. And guess what? It’s true.

Whether your idea is based on a true story, a personal experience or something born out of your imagination…. it deserves to be put down on the page.

But how do we do it? How does the idea go from being an original thought, to being realized?

Spend 3 days with me and we will unlock the answers together.

About the class:  We will spend our time discussing what makes for a strong idea and screenplay. The class will entail elements such as:

  • Screenplay Format
  • The World of the Story
  • Character Arcs
  • Story Arcs
  • Dialogue
  • The importance of the first page
  • Tone, Theme, Point of View
  • Stakes
  • Genre
  • Writing exercise… putting pen to paper
  • Marketplace
  • Discussing the pros and cons of your screenplay idea

Plus much, much more!

Who is the class for?: All levels… from beginners to seasoned professionals

GiGi New Bio

GiGi New is a film and television writer. She has written over a dozen scripts, been staffed on sitcoms. A finalist for The Disney Fellowship, she began her career as an assistant on Everybody Loves Raymond, and moved on to writing for the award wining Nickelodeon family series The Brothers Garcia.  She has since worked for Gavin Polone (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gilmore Girls), Wally Wallodarsky, and Maya Forbes (The Larry Sanders Show) on the FOX series The Ortega’s. She recently returned from LA wherein she pitched her own show to all of the networks.
She has developed numerous features for several studios and independent producers, among them: Aqua Entertainment, Gunn Films, The Walt Disney Company, Maya Entertainment, Avalanche Entertainment, and Underground Films. She also has a feature film, Charmed and Dangerous, that is to be produced this summer.

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