Shapes Likes Stars

One of my favorite lines is from a movie called “The Evening Star” starring Shirley Maclaine and Jack Nicholson.

The evening star.  There she is!  She shines first, she shines brightest, she shines longest.

They’re sitting on a beach getting ready to scatter the ashes of Maclaine’s character’s maid and longtime friend when Jack Nicholson’s character, Garrett,  belts out that beautiful line. Perhaps the reference is to Maclaine’s character, Aurora, or even her friend in the urn whom they are about to scatter.   

Sometimes stars who show up first are the people who we least expect. Nicholson’s character made quite a lasting impression even when, despite, in the first movie he was an oversexed astronaut. Even in the urn, Aurora’s other ‘star’ was the brightest in the sky and will always shine the longest for Aurora. 

Who is your evening star? It took Aurora scattering her evening star along the beach to realize hers.


I knew Carrie Fisher had a memoir titled “Wishful Drinking.” I didn’t know she written more than one memoir. Regardless, she had several books out and was mental illness advocate; she had bipolar.  I wasn’t much into Star Wars, but knowing she was a memoir writer has given me more inspiration in the fact that’s the same genre of writing I really want to write in.  I want to be a memoir writer.  She wasn’t ashamed she had bipolar either.

Paul McCartney was here in Cleveland on Thursday. After nearly 14 years or so, he finally came back to Cleveland. He did a mix of Beatles songs with stuff he did with Wings and he did solo stuff too.

 I have my favorite concerts:

Ringo Starr

The Monkees

Paul McCartney

Graham Nash.

Unfortunately I don’t get to see Graham Nash at The Kent Stage this year. He sold out.Yes, I saw him TWICE last year and briefly met him at his book signing the year before, but I am still bummed for not being able to see him this year.

Honestly, no one really tours anymore. At least acts and groups I’m into. A lot of them, too, are expensive. I spent 75$ on Paul McCartney and I was in nosebleed seats.