Monday, November 16, 2015

New New New

I'm starting my own business. I'm a freelance writer, a copywriter and editor and soon will have my website officially up!
The site is Zeitz Copywriting. There's a coming soon placeholder right now, but I'm so excited, I just had to write about it here.

Services I provide are mostly around targeting resumés and cover letters, editing material clients have already written. My aim is helping my clients present their best selves to the world.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Kansas City Symphony Challenges the New York Philharmonic

Michael Stern mentions that he has rooted for the Mets in the past, and might again in the future, as a born and bred New Yorker. But "home is where the heart is and we have heart in Kansas City!!"

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Royals are in it to win it! Chin up!

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

If you've been reading my blog, you already know this.

Kansas City's last World Series win was not even a blip on my radar in 1985. Married a little over a year and trying to cope with graduate school and trying to make a living were what I was concerned about.

We did not arrive in KC until mid-August 1993.
George Brett in 1990, Designated Hitter
I believe that was the year George Brett retired.  And at that point, I could not care less about the Sports page in the local paper.

Now, the Royals will take on the Toronto Blue Jays for the ALCS.   

And I'm a little scared. The difficulty we have had with them this year is that they tend to crowd the plate. And if we pitch inside, we...I say we...not me, I'm not a pitcher!!!

There was a little chin music back in early August. And a little retribution. And bench clearing. But according to Lee Judge, the umpires have to let the Royals pitch inside.

My not so humble opinion is that the Blue Jays should not kvetch. If they step right up to the plate and curve themselves over it, they're in the line of fire. And if they don't hit the pitch, well...

For your enjoyment and education, The Baseball Project's "Chin Music."

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Anatomy of a Fan, part I

The Autism Experience: All Grown Up

I know, it's been years since I've blogged about my worries about my son, but guess what!

He's in his twenties, holding down a part-time job and able to live in his own apartment.

It's been about 2 weeks since he actually moved out and in that time, we've done a lot of shopping together and I put a lot of IKEA together for him. The best thing, though is that he's a member of a group that all live close together and walk to eateries or a community center together, so he's got friends RIGHT THERE!!!

He's still on the spectrum. I still worry about him. I'm his mom, after all. But there is hope out there. I don't know if I'll get my old life back. Not sure that I even want my old life--what is my old life, anyway?

What it does for my son is make him even more independent.

And that's what it does for me too.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Royals Music 2014

I love music and I think if I have another hobby, it's music. I don't play an instrument and I sing a little. But I love music. I love listening to music. When it's got a beat I love dancing to it.  iTunes and other sources--well I can spend hours listening for songs that I think will fit into a playlist perfectly. Baseball music especially these days.

The Royals' exciting postseason in 2014 did more than just launch the team into national recognition, it awakened fan passion in Kansas City and all over the world. 
One of the local radio stations held a rally and recorded a song, a parody of "All About That Bass," called "All About That Blue."

Local musicians of all kinds added to the mix. "Royals Be Ready," a deep and danceable rap/hip-hop
song by B Double E:

My family and I loved this one by Dan and Sam Billens: "I'm Royally Happy!"

I would be remiss if I did not mention at least two parodies of Lorde's "Royals."
This one is by Matthew West:

And then there's this one by John Long:

 I thought it was hilarious that a San Francisco pop radio station would not play the original. But after the series ended, I know I can never listen to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." And I'm not linking to it here.  Never. No way.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Newest Hobby is Baseball

Chatting with a friend this morning and we were talking about the difference between a hobby and a vocation.

I used to put Writing as an interest, as a hobby in online profiles. Also gardening. And singing.

The thing is, I don't really garden or sing. But I do write and it's not a hobby. It's a calling and whether I earn any money or not from it, it's what I love to do.

Singing and gardening are things that I like doing, but I don't really invest time and effort into them.

But I do have a hobby. It developed in 2014 as the the Kansas City Royals swept the competition to take the American League Championship.  First of all, my son got to go to a few games and then he watched on TV. So I got drawn into this as well. So did my husband.

I am not a sportsball person.

Well, I wasn't. The loss of the World Series made us grieve, but not give up. And when the season was over, I read everything I could, to try to catch myself up to baseball and the Royals especially.

For my birthday this year, I received a t-shirt with Lorenzo Cain's player number (6, in case you wondered), a couple of baseball books. One is the excellent 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out, by Josh Pahigian. The other is 100 Years of Who's Who in Baseball. created to celebrate the 100th issue of the iconic magazine.

Thank goodness my family asked before they bought them, but I already had Legacy of Blue and 100 Things Royals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.

I also joined a fan group on Facebook. And then a secret fan group.  I use Twitter more, thanks to the Royals. And Instagram, because my favorite Royal--along with Lorenzo Cain is Salvador Perez.

My family wants a beach vacation near San Diego. I think...maybe we can take in a Padres game? Wonder who they might be playing--oh heck. It's the All-Star Break!!!

My love of baseball is ingrained, though and thanks to the Royals, it's become an active, rather than passive part of my life.

For your enjoyment, here is a video that begins with the 1985 World Series and continues through the amazing Playoffs in 2014:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brush Strokes

I realize how much in awe I am of artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Seurat.  Imagine painting a subject--and you are close enough to your canvas to use small brush strokes, and yet your subject comes alive with light and dark and shape and line, and we see it as a complete work.

That's what it's like sometimes to write a long work--or even a short one. You concentrate on the small brush strokes that you hope lead to the big story, the big picture.

That's all I'll say about that.