Wednesday, December 23, 2009

From Stacy Gladstone

I'm one of Brian's friends from college and Champlain Shakespeare Festival days. I have so many memories of Brian, but two specific ones make me smile whenever I think of them. The first was the summer of 1979. We were doing Measure for Measure. He was Claudio and I was Juliet. Our director had chosen what she called "Gothic Futurism" as the concept for the piece. Those characters who were the greatest sinners were slathered in gold makeup. Brian and I were doused in it. The prop baby I was given at the end was a block of wood covered by silver metallic cloth. I was miserable and Brian knew it. During strike, as a gift to me, he hung this prop in effigy.

The following summer we did A Midsummer Night's Dream. Brian was Lysander and I was Hermia. The final night of performance the actor playing Bottom decided to do a bit of ad-libbing. Toward the end of the play, when we were asleep in the forest, our Bottom said "The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, the feet of man hath not smelled...nay feet do smell a little..." and I began to vibrate with silent laughter. My movement threatened the verisimilitude of the scene so Brian tightened his grip on me and, through clenched teeth, as quietly but as intensely as he could, whispered "Stop It, Stop it!", until he just gave in and silently began to laugh with me.

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  1. I didn't know Brian personally - matter of fact, I can't remember where I learned about Brian's website. However, I was devastated this evening when I checked the blog for the first time in about a month and learned that he had passed. He had such an amazing outlook on life, and he was truly an inspiration. I wish his family and friends nothing but comfort and love. Brian - you will be remembered as someone who lived life the only way it should be lived - fully, completely, and in spite of the negatives. You found the beauty and joy in day-to-day life, and it's something I hope I can emulate in my own life. Hugs, and tell everyone up there I said hi.

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  2. I am a stranger to all of you, but I wanted to share that (after reading the article in the Times) I felt comforted by Brian's example. My family has endured a tortuous few months of lurching from crisis to crisis caused by decisions made by my adult daughter, and I have dipped into the "well of Brian" often as a reminder that life is a series of choices. That he had to die prematurely was a tragedy. His light was true, and it still shines for me. I re-read his posts at least once a week and find my batteries refreshed.
    So, thank you for keeping the site up.

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  3. 睇完之後覺得有d頓悟..感謝分享..........................

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  4. 生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。.........................

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  5. 寫文章需要心情~~期待你再一次的好文章..............................

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  6. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼............................................................

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  7. 當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

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  8. 向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

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  9. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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  10. 死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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  11. 知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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