It is never easy to deal with headlines these days. It is even harder when it’s about someone you may know, or a place you are familiar with. Especially when it’s your hometown. I was born in Boston, grew up in the suburbs, then moved back to the city as a young man.
The tragic events at the Boston Marathon this week, the people who have lost their lives, or have been seriously injured, have all been in my thoughts. I have difficulty understanding the reasoning for inflicting such pain, especially during a sporting event that brings pride to the city of Boston. Why did this happen?
How does this tie in with my puppetry? Boston is a part of me, I am a part of that city. My childhood memories of attending a puppetry festival in Boston with my father, or watching classic Boston kid’s TV shows “Boomtown” and “Major Mudd” are certainly a part of my inspiration to create fun puppet shows for families today.
Tomorrow the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild will present our National Day of Puppetry celebration. While puppeteers can not solve this horrible act of violence, we can offer something that our world could certainly use more of these days, and that is joy.
I hope that you will join us.