Month: July 2014

Common Gull butterfly (Cepora nerissa)

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Common Gull butterfly (Cepora nerissa).


Lazy Days by Bellarose Photography

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Bellarose Photography
Bellarose Photography

“If I were a bird or bee in a tree

lazy as can be.

I’d sleep the day away,

as the leaves gently sway.”

Poem by Josh C.

Murphy Log: Akward Situation

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Murphy Log #10


Murph Log: 7.22.14

Hello Murphees and Murphettes I come to you today in a sort of awkward situation, because you know the Murph doesn’t get awkward. I mean nothing interrupts my awesome ninja flow, especially with the ladies. No, this isn’t one of those awkward moments where you forget to forget to wear pants, or when you get caught taking a cookie before dinner. This is one of those moments when you’re at work, being awesome and getting your shine on, and then all of the sudden your co-worker “gets all up in your grill”. I mean I almost jumped back and said “Whoa! Get back funky cat!” I’m like the hippest guy I know. Anyways this little situation happened yesterday and let me tell you all about it.

So, yesterday morning I flew out of bed, much like Superman, and landed in the bathroom for my morning shower and affirmations. Oh? What are my affirmations? Well, like those fitness nuts that do 1,000 push-ups in the morning, I tell myself “you are awesome” at least 100 times in the mirror. I get pumped up and get ready to Murph the world up! After that I wolfed down 12 egg sandwiches my sweet, old mother made me. I kissed her a thank you and jumped out to my ultra-awesome, sleek, chrome wheeled bicycle and speed off at the speed of light. Come to think of it; I’m like the flash on wheels.

When I get to my job I make sure to hit the front glass door with my bike tire. That’s for good luck of course. People scrunch of their faces because they think it’s so awesome, but they forgot how to smile. After locking my bike up, I take the elevator upstairs and make it to my cubicle. I toss my tie-dye backpack on the desk of the blue square and crack my knuckles. “Today is going to be a Murphy day” I said to myself. And then I saw this quirky little symbol hopping around on my screen and then I thought,” This is a Muphemail I am receiving”. And I grabbed that rascally mouse and metaphorically tore open that little bugger of an email. Here’s what I read:

“Dear Mr. Murph,

Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. You are awesome… Blah Blah Blah We will order pizza for you. Blah Blah Blah the new PS3 Game I bought.

Blah Blah Blah… This is a warning about your job performance. Blah Blah blah…,” and I had to do a double take and read the gosh darn thing again.

“Dear Mr. Murph,

We feel that you are not performing up to the standards this BIG money pit has set. Your superiors will be keeping a closer watch on you.

As your team flunkee I feel it is my duty to eat dirt and also let you know when you stray from the path. This is a formal warning about your job performance. If you have any questions, feel free to kick me in the groin.


Inbred Neanderthal

*(The underlined, italicized sections I may have tampered with…)

So, you know what I did? I marched on up to his big, fat old salmon colored tie wearing self and I said “Are you jealous of me?” This pudgy old man’s name was Mr. Trask, but I always call him Mr. “Junk in the trunk” or Mr. “Trash” when he’s not around.

He wheezed uncomfortably and pushed up his glasses with his forefinger and responded,” Uh, no I am performing my duties as a…” I stopped him with one hand.

“You must have seen my dance moves,” I said clearly and with a smirk,” I mean I would be jealous too if you did this to me.” After that I kicked all the papers off of his desk, jigged to the left, jigged to the right, did the splits, flicked him off, and did the moon-walk out of his office. As a matter of fact I jigged right out of the office building.

The awkward thing that I mentioned is this: how are you going to face your employees when you just got DANCE SERVED! Ohhhhhh!


the murph

A humble Donation request from a rising star Talent Agency

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This is the upcoming movie the group hopes to  promote and that will help them make their mark.
This is the upcoming movie the group hopes to promote and that will help them make their mark.

Dear Friends,

    At the age of eight I saw my very first musical, The Sound of Music, and immediately I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a part of the theatrical arts. I have thoroughly enjoyed acting, whether playing three different roles in You Can’t Take It With You or playing the lead role as Emily in Our Town. Though I love acting, I am also intrigued by all aspects of theatrical productions, so I do promotional and studio photography; fashion and costuming design; and I teach and do stage make-up including special effects make-up: wounds, bruises, and of course, zombies. My latest foray is screenplay writing. (Wait for it…)
I have always enjoyed being a part of something truly amazing, and for the past several years with my parents and some of my brothers we have enjoyed acting, directing and producing shows with two local theater troops. This has lead us to meet many kindred spirits who are anxious to take their experiences and talents to the next level of skill. Thus, I started Talented Amateur ­ A Freelance Production Company, designed to provide amateur artists and craftsmen various mediums (street theater, stage and film) in which to learn and practice their theatrical interests and skills.
So here’s the ‘it’ I asked you to wait for… for the past 10 months I have been writing (and rewriting) my first screenplay… The King of Skulls. This is not a horror film (no zombies), but a medieval fantasy love story. As in life, all good stories begin with the lure of the unknown; a couple cross plots; plenty of reasons to laugh and cry; loveable and despicable characters who grapple with trust or cause betrayal; and a surprise ending … and who doesn’t love a good surprise ending? We’ve have third party critiques, open read-throughs, all responding with the emotions and enthusiasm we were hoping for… our final seal of approval.
We are confident that we have a script worthy for production and submission to film festivals. We are currently in the “Hold your breath and cross your fingers stage”, as we move on to story boarding, solidifying set designs and gathering props, as well as finding our site locations, completing our costuming designs, preparing for late July auditions and filming this fall. But of course, in order to make this happen, we realize the need for financial assistance.
I would like to ask you to consider supporting what looks to be a full length film. It would mean the world to me and to our many volunteers if we could produce this work. Our goal is to raise $20,000.
All funds will go towards the production. No one will receive a penny. I realize that this is a great deal to ask during difficult economic times, but every little bit helps. What you can and are willing to give is very much appreciated… especially your prayers (a priceless gift we certainly value). If you are unable to help at this time but know someone or a group of people who might be interested, I would appreciate you passing a copy of this letter and the enclosed items for them to see. Our commitment to you will be to return all funds if we don’t reach our goal, and we’ll return all unused funds (prorated) if all funds are not consumed.
Auditions will be held in late July, so we would need a reply as soon as you are able. Please returned your Talented Ametuers c/o 225 Pinnacle Ct., Warrenton, Va. 20186. Our deadline is 30, July, 2014.
Please believe how much I appreciate your consideration in helping me take this next step in my journey. Thank you!

Nicole G. Loope
Screenwriter ­ The King Of Skulls

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Fantastic artistry!



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Opening Night of Nightfall in 3 weeks!

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My first real test at directing talented young people is finally coming to fruition!

‘Nightfal With Edgar Allan Poe’ opens in 3 weeks and I am incredibly excited to be here telling my incredible reader about it. We have an amazing cast: Zachary Thaler, Jamie Thompkins, Ravneel “Neel” Gill, Shadya Rose, and James Masten. It is co-directed by Evelyn Rice and myself and stage managed by Jessica Hagey.

Come see the madness… or the sanity of Poe, as his works come alive before your eyes! There will be unexplainable occurances, deep psychological thrills, and MURDER.

Order your tickets now for the theater event of the summer!

Fauquier Community Theater

4225 Aiken Dr, Warrenton, VA 20187 · (540) 349-8760

Courtesy of Rodrigo Pool
Courtesy of Rodrigo Pool

The Makeup-Addict: District 6

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The Makeup Addict
The Makeup Addict