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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sand & Sky

Howdy Y'all!
The dust is just starting to settle from our production of the marketing material for the movie 'Between The Sand And The Sky". Here is just a taste of what we caught on film and if you want to see a few more shots including the great Muse Watson and the amazing Dee Wallace stop over to the MEDIA page and check out a few new pictures there. And while you're surfing the site, you may want to check out the newly posted articles under INTERVIEWS. I have found more than ever that when you really devote every fibre of your being to a dream, amazing things come together to make it happen. Two months ago I had no idea how we were going to make this marketing trailer happen and now we are in post on it. It is one of the first steps in a very long journey. Your support and prayers helped in a huge way and you'll be among the first to see the finished product on this website.

And speaking of movies, you should go see "The Astronaut Farmer" when you can. It's a great allegory about those who dare to dream big, and then just think where your dreams will take you!

Take Care of Each Other!

All Things Possible!


  • At 8:47 PM, February 20, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Chris! Thanks for letting us know that the filming went well - and for posting the pictures (you look very rugged by the way)and the new interviews, very enjoyable reading.

    Can't wait to start seeing more on this ATP project. Take care!


  • At 2:42 AM, February 21, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hey Chris,

    great photos and article! Thanks for sharing! I am very happy that it all worked out so well for you. Like you said, once you devote a lot of your energy into something, a lot of good things start to happen. I look forward to seeing the trailer and will continue to keep my fingers crossed for you!

    I was down and out with a really bad case of pneumonia for the last three weeks but today got the news that my lungs are clear again! Hooray! I am still a bit weak from lying around for so long and not eating much, but now that I'm better I can build up that strength again.

    Hope you are all alright and spared from all the bugs that are around.

    Angie, hope your Dad is feeling better by now.

    Big hugs to you all,


  • At 3:50 PM, February 22, 2007 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone!

    Chris, i'm very glad to know that the production of your new movie "Between the Sand and The Sky" is doing great; i'm looking forward to know more about this and all your other projects. I enjoyed reading the new article and seeing the pictures; thanks for posting them. Also thanks for posting the link to the full version of "The Secret"; you really showed us what means to devote own being to a dream and then enjoying with gratitude all amazing miracles that happen. My best wishes to you for all your projects!

    Sorry to know about your dad's accident Angi, and your bad pneumonia Ute. However i'm glad to know you're doing better and Angi hope your dad is doing better now.

    Sue, hope you had a good trip in Florida and all is well for you and family.

    Best of luck to you Dave for your production of MacBeth and to Tom for your new life in Mexico.

    Take care and all the best to all!


  • At 4:38 AM, February 23, 2007 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Hello, dear Forum Family!

    It has been a while! Due to some technology issues, I was unable to post comments to the site. But now, thanks to iMac, I am back online!

    I have missed you all. Please let me know how you are doing and what is going on. I am so happy to be with you again.

    Chris, the movie looks great. Thanks for the pix! You will be a star in whatever project you accept. And the rugged look becomes you!

    I have been very busy with a new software upgrade which will continue until May, but I like it, and there is a paycheck attached!

    I will be in touch more often now that I am re-connected.

    Love to you all!
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 7:05 AM, February 23, 2007 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Howdy Folks! How is everyone? Good to see some familair 'faces' again up here.
    Ute- back in business it seems. You know I've been very worried about that nasty bug that's been pestering you. So glad to hear you're doing better.
    Chris- great shots there from the trailer and thanks so much for keeping us posted. The new updates on the website are cool and always good to read some background info on what's going on with you. Good luck with your cowboy adventure (including the chicken rental)!
    Over here all is well. Doggyschool has started again and I just finished another costume. Hope everyone is doing okay and looking forward to hear of your whereabouts, wherever that may be. Take care, Elvish greetz and Be Inspired! XXX

  • At 9:08 PM, February 23, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hey Jaschenka! I like your "Howdy Folks!" Think we'll be hearing that greeting a lot more somehow, as we watch the film develop.

    Good luck's great to get a little idea of the process of making your movie. I think the forum family has hitched their wagons to your star...and we'll be right behind you all the way on your journey!

    Dave, hope you are doing geat with MacBeth! And Ute, it's good to see you are getting back to your sprightly self again, we've missed your insightful thoughts on the movie scene.

    Angie, keep us posted about your dad...Wow, Alex, it's great to see you on the forum and thanks for asking about my trip. It was wonderful, even though the arctic blast zeroed in on southern Florida too over the weekend. But it was warm on both sides of that episode and the warmth of being with family (as we talked about last fall) was husband's father turned 90 this week and he still drives and golfs and plays shuffleboard...and you can't beat him at cards either. Very inspiring. He's a wonderful example of ATP AAA (At Any Age!)And we were able to spend time with our daughter and son-in-law there from Virginia, as well. Hope you will let us know what's happening in Italy!

    Patrick...great to hear your voice, as well! I was without my laptop or any Internet on the trip, so I found a pleasant surprise on the website when I learn that the film is off and running and seeing the photos. Glad you are back online! Do you have any blood drives coming up?

    Wishing everyone a warm thoughts and a wonderful and beautiful weekend as winter begins to wind down...Sue

  • At 4:39 PM, February 24, 2007 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Hey, Sue! Thanks for mentioning the blood drives. All blood centers throughout the Northeast and Central areas of the country are in dire need of blood now as the weather has kept regular blood donors from donating. We are even attempting to get the employees of the blood centers to donate as much as possible. And we are sending blood back and forth to blood centers and hospitals to accommodate the greatest needs.

    If anyone can donate, please do!

    And have a great weekend. Today was beautiful here in Pittsburgh. Adrian and I attended two iMac workshops, and tomorrow we will go to the International Bead Show. Then home to put on the comfortable cloths...make popcorn...and watch the Academy Awards!

    Love to you all...
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 6:24 AM, February 25, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Patrick, thanks! I was thinking you hadn't mentioned them for awhile and I was feeling guilty about not getting out to do that, for the very reason you just I hope to get going on that again. You are such an encourager about giving blood and making us remember how vital it is that each person's contribution makes a difference. Kind of like, person by person, the forum family fan club grows and we can all make an ATP difference in the world. That's how I like to think about all of us. Now, I hope to get my husband back into the habit of giving blood again, so there will be two more persons! Thanks for reminding us about the urgent need.

    Re: Oscars...interesting we haven't been talking about that yet on the forum. Hope you enjoy watching...looking forward to your comments and everyone's thoughts on the movies, stars, and filmmakers. Know we're all looking forward, too, to our favorite filmmaker being included there soon!

    The International Bead Show sounds interesting. Can you tell us more about it? Is that in Pittsburgh?

    Wishing you all beautiful blessings for an ATP week ahead! Sue

  • At 3:51 AM, February 26, 2007 , Anonymous Clint Morris said...

    And when it all comes out, buy two tickets - one for your pets... that way, Chris and I will be able to eat for atleast two months! ;)

    Thanks everyone for their support of "Between the Sand and the Sky",

    Clint Morris

  • At 7:41 AM, February 26, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Everyone!!

    Thanks for your comments! Great to have you back Patrick! Thanks for the reminder for the current dire need for blood. I have been meaning to go again.

    Thanks Alex for your always wonderful comments and checking in on all of us!

    I'm so glad you're feeling better Ute! Being sick like that can really make you appreciate how good feeling normal feels!

    Thanks for mentioning the Oscars Sue. Did you watch them last night? I really wanted Peter O'Toole to win as I think he has put in a massivly important body of work over his career - but I must agree that Forrest Whittaker was amazing as the Last King of Scotland.

    Dave, thanks for the kind words about Between the Sand and the Sky. I'll definitely keep you posted on progress and please keep us posted on how Macbeth is going!!

    And I'd like to welcome to our forum for the first time my friend and producing partner as well as something of an internet entertainment icon, Clint Morris. Clint and I joined forces about a year ago and formed our current production company Shorris Film. And he's right, your pets will love our new film - buy them lots of tickets.

    Take Care of Each Other!

  • At 9:29 AM, February 26, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Everyone,

    thanks for all your kind comments. And you are quite right Chris, one does appreciate how good normal and healthy feel once you find out that it can be so different.

    Knowing me, I know I will buy more than one ticket for myself!!! I think my record for watching one movie in the theatre is five times for the third Lord of the Rings film. And I am sure I won't be the only one. After all, there are so many details in a film that you can enjoy watching a good one again and again and again...

    I taped the Oscars last night but unfortunately the recording stopped before it was over, so I missed the best actor categories. But I had read this morning that Forest Whitaker had one and I was sooo happy for him. I have been sort of following his career for the past 17 years or so and I think he is phantastic. His movie opens here next month, so I haven't seen it yet, but I saw some clips and they were awesome. What I also liked about the ceremony was the little song from Jack Black and the other two guys (I forgot who they were, sorry) and that they wanted to take Helen Mirren home rather than one of the young girls. I thought that was amazing and a good sign that you can be old(er) and attractive without surgery and what have you.

    All the best to you all and have a good start of the new week.

    Big hugs,


  • At 7:28 PM, February 26, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Chris, yes I did stay up, and watched the entire Oscar program! Between you, the forum family and Clint's Moviehole...along with our daughter and son-in-law (who both love movies more than nearly anyone I know - well, almost! Our daughter says our son can beat them anytime on Movie Trivia)... my husband and I get inspired to become more film savvy...and so, it's just as much a learning experience (who's who, what's what in the industry, so we can speak intelligently on the subject!) as it is entertainment.

    It would be nice, perhaps, if people like Peter O'Toole would be given an Oscar anyway, simply by virtue of a lifetime contribution to film. After all, when they're gone, it's too late. I loved Forest Whitaker's acceptance speech. Helen Mirren is a class act, so lovely. We need to see The Queen yet. I enjoyed the light touch of Ellen as host. I truly appreciated the "green" inspiration of Al Gore winning, and I was amazed about the song winning, as well. Perhaps that's just the nudge America needs (with the movie and the song) to keep us all thinking about what we should be doing, both as individuals and collectively as a country. Already you can hear these things being discussed more and more. The power of film has become so apparent to me, where I had rather ignored it before meeting Chris and the forum family.

    So we're busy trying to catch up with all of you...and speedily adding movies to our Netflix list, which works great for us. So if anyone has a favorite list of catch-up movies (Films 101) that would be great!

    Welcome to the forum, Clint. Your Moviehole is awesome....I've been a fan for awhile now, and it's wonderful that you and Chris are partners now. I've also enjoyed your articles about Chris.

    Ute...glad you're back in top form again! And that was a beautiful thought you shared about Helen Mirren. It was nice to see that actresses of her caliber are being nominated. That's inspiring to me.

    ATP dreams to all...Sue

  • At 8:59 AM, February 27, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    " IS POSSIBLE!!!" - Forest Whitaker

    I loved Forest Whitaker's Oscar Acceptance speech. If you missed it, just copy this address into your web browser:

    And it doesn't matter if your goal is to win an oscar, or be the first female president, or walk on the moon, or just walk. ALL THINGS are POSSIBLE. Every hero who has attempted the impossible and won had to believe this first.


  • At 12:12 PM, February 27, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Chris,

    thanks for the link. Forest's speech is really great. I love this guy! And yes, everything is possible if you just believe.

    Big hugs,


  • At 4:37 PM, February 27, 2007 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    My dear Forum Family...

    It is so refreshing to come home and read words that lift my spirit instead of tax my brain! We are so busy keeping non-elective surgeries on schedule right now that we are multi-tasking to the point of vibration!

    The Oscars were wonderful. It was a very laid-back year, but beautiful presentation and a feeling of accomplishment for everyone. Ellen really set the mood by wanting to celebrate everyone who had been nominated for their extremely dedicated work to putting ideas on film. It is the archiving effect of these accomplishements that will instruct future generations of who we were and what we were all about. My favorite part of the Oscars is the tribute to those that have passed on to the stage eternal since the last gathering. This always makes me feel very proud of the human endeavor in the is always good to remember the best of the best and aspire to be that passionate.

    I was proud of Martin Scorcese and his film "The Departed" even though I warned against the watching of it. I am not a fan of showing murder, but the film captured the reality of the time. I was humored by Mark Wahlberg's quote that he portrayed the very person that had arrested him over 25 times when he was growing up in Boston!

    The fashion statements were magnificent. Even though clothing does not necessarily reflect the true spirit of a person, it does reflect the creative and inspring art of fashion. Fashion over the centuries has created a fantastic art museum.

    All the winners deserved to matter how surprising the win was! I loved the music, and especially Jennifer Hudson's win for Dreamgirls. Her personal story is incredible, and I believe she will have a very promising future.

    I have become a HUGE fan of the series Heroes. I believe we will begin to see very special abilities in many of us as we prepare for further evolution of the human race. I know we have abilities we do not even recognize or know how to use, and this series inspires me to believe that more and more people will find their spirit and do what they can to help the universe. I hope that one day we can all be cast members of Star Trek!

    Remember to donate blood when you can. Thanks for taking the time to do so. Your donation may very well save a life.

    And welcome Clint. Any friend of Chris' is a friend of the Family. We look forward to getting to know you better. Please visit us often.

    Love to the Family...
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 7:57 AM, February 28, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hi dear Forum Family

    Firstly i'd like to send thanks for all the caring thoughts and comments regarding my Dad. In a way he's recovering well since the pneumonia is pretty much cleared up but now he's conscious it's clear there has been some brain damage as he's very confused and doesn't recognise us. We've been told that this could improve slightly with time and he should regain some memory but might have moments when he's as he is now. Unfortunatly he still has a stubborn streak, but that's nothing we can't live with. At least he's alive and though changed still with us. As to the future well I have ot believe in the ATP philosophy which has given me so much strength over the past month of so since the accident.

    Ute i'm delighted to hear you're so much better, just try not to do too much to soon.

    Welcome Clint to the Family and I can promise that along with everyone else sharing this epic journey into film making with you and Chris, through his regular updates I will be taking everyone I know with me to watch the film when it finally comes out.

    Chris just remember we will all be here cheering you when you and Clint are up on that stage as Between the sand and the Sky wipes the board at the awards. You guys are our hereos and we're privilaged to be with you every step of the way.

    Talking of productions, Dave how's Macbeth coming on?

    Hope everyone is in good health and happiness, living their dreams and believing ATP.

    Love, hugs and Bright Blessings everyone. Till soon.


  • At 2:48 PM, February 28, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello everyone...taking a moment to check in today and get a little inspiration for my day. As usual, I'm energized by all your comments and caring thoughts.

    Patrick, thanks for the run-down on Heroes. I had not started watching that. Sounds great!

    Angi, thanks for sharing about your dad and about your holding on to ATP throughout. It is so encouraging to all of us, at least to me, knowing that the forum family is working on the same things in life, and we can inspire each other. We have quite a group of kindred spirits here, gathered from around the globe. That is awesome.

    You put it beautifully in a nutshell, Angi, as to how we all feel about Chris and Clint and BTSATS!

    I had to take a moment and tell you how much I appreciate all of you. Especially now, as I'm catching a vision of what I'm meant to be doing.

    Wishing you all things beautiful! Sue

  • At 3:11 PM, February 28, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Angi!

    Thanks for the update about your dad - I know we're all relieved he's ok. Someone (I don't remember who) emailed me a story a father told at his learning disabled son's school below which always made me think of finding the gift in a hardship and I felt it related here so I'm going to post it for you below. I don't know if the story is true but it really doesn't matter.

    Take Care Of Each Other!

    "Everything God does is done with perfection. Yet, my son Shay cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is God's plan reflected in my son?" The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I believe," the father answered, "that when God brings a child like Shay into the world, an opportunity to realize the Divine Plan presents itself and it comes in the way people treat that child."

    Then, he told the following story:

    Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked,
    "Do you think they will let me play?" Shay's father knew that the boys would not want him on their team. But the father understood that if his son were allowed to play it would give him much-needed sense of belonging. Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around
    for guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We are losing by six
    runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him up to bat
    in the ninth inning."

    In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. At the top of
    the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield. Although no hits came his way, he was obviously
    ecstatic just to be on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base. Shay was scheduled to be the next at-bat. Would the team actually let Shay bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game?

    Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

    The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could
    easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have ended the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first
    baseman. Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first, run to first." Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "run to second, run to second!" By the time Shay was rounding first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman for a tag. But the right fielder understood what the pitcher's intentions had been, so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman's head.

    Shay ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home. As Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "run to third!" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay! Run home!" Shay ran home, stepped on home plate and was cheered as the hero for hitting a "grand slam" and winning the game for his team. "That day," said the father, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of the Divine Plan into this world."

  • At 2:12 AM, March 02, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Chris,

    thanks for sharing this story. I hope it's true; it's a nice thought that people in a large group can be unselfish and caring enough to do such a thing.

    Angi, thanks for the advice, I am taking it slow and listen to my body. Thankfully I have a great doctor. She is very nice as are her assistants so I actually enjoy going there; except for the being not well part. ;)

    Have a great weekend you all.

    Big hugs,


  • At 5:57 AM, March 02, 2007 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hello dear Forum Family & Friends!

    Sue, good to see you here again and I agree- nothing like starting the day with a quick check of this board to get the energy and positivity going!

    Patrick, thank you for your lovely insighst on the Oscars. As fashion is sort of my line of work (Chris- I think I send you an example of that just the other day, *lol*) I always have a good excuse to watch the Oscars!
    Some stunning outfits there. In my humble opinion, the Oscar for best outfit goes to..*drumroll* Helen Mirren. Such a wonderful shade and the sequences really made her sparkle. Lovely. If I can give an Oscar for misfit-outfit as well *wink* that would have to be Nicole Kidman's dress. I think she is one of the most beautiful women that walks the face of this Earth and she can get away with a lot, but this was just a bit too much. She would have looked better in a warmer shade of red. But that's just me. ;)And I agree Patrick, that clothing doesn't always reflect the true spirit of a person- although it should, but that can only be if that person dares to show its true spirit to itself first.

    A warm forum welcome to Mr Clint Morris here as well- hope to see more of you here and please keep us posted on all the news.

    Chris, that last post of yours is truly amazing and hearthwarming, a fine example of how life should be. If this story inspires maybe a few people to act likewise it was more than worth posting!

    In addition to that I would like to share a bit of some insights I found as I turned my calendar to start the new month. This calendar, given to me by my beloved friend Angi (thanks Hun!)has some wonderful thoughts on life and I must say I was not in the least surprised to see how well they fit in with all of the above.

    Be proud of who you are and all you can be.
    Catch your Dreams and make them happen.
    Be an adventurer. Stake out the new frontier (!!)instead of clinging to the old and familair.Let your pioneer Spirit keep you moving forward. Visit new territory, learn new skills, meet new people.
    You can never get so succesful that you don't need the people who have always believed in you..and who always will.
    Be proud of your talents and accomplishments. Speak out on your bright ideas, keep your deep concern for others, and continue on with your positive activities that bring so much goodness to this world. (Jaqueline Schiff)

    Finally- my latest doodle that I would like to share with you all. Hope it brings comfort to those who need that, a little warmth and maybe a smile or two..

    Have and ATP March everyone, and Be Inspired! XXX

  • At 5:35 PM, March 02, 2007 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Jaschenka, good to hear from you!

    I have only two words about Helen Mirren's dress for the Oscars - Christian LaCroix!

    Love to all!

    Patrick in PIttsburgh

  • At 7:03 PM, March 02, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello forum family,

    The story is beautiful Chris. Thanks for sharing. This reminds me of something I've been meaning to share on the forum. In January I visited a workshop for seventh graders at our local junior high school (for an article for our town's newspaper). This is the third year that the principal had invited former motivational speaker and octogenarian Merrill Lundgren and his "Bucketfillers" program ( check out (there is a book for kids just out now too, available at Hallmark stores) to speak to the kids about living their "dash". You're all probably familiar with the "the dash" -- our lifetime - the dates between our birth and death....and making the most of it. Lundgren was born in the early part of the century. It was fascinating to watch how he, and his daughter, connected with these young people, who are just beginning their teen years. They were so moved by the program. Some broke down emotionally as they thought about the effects from "filling people's buckets" with kindness and appreciation, as opposed to "dipping from their buckets" (and we've all been the recipient of both). While it's a way to help alleviate the problem of bullying in schools, it's also a concept that could have a global effect....much like the "random acts of kindness" campaign (which Lundgren encouraged them to do, too) and I was thinking about the "Hugs" campaign, mentioned here on the forum!

    So let me once again express my appreciation for this forum family...constantly working to be "bucket fillers" and taking care of each other with kind thoughts and encouraging, inspiring words, such as Chris' story and Jaschenka's post about the calendar poem. Thanks so much, Jaschenka, I'll add those calendar thoughts to my possibility thinking collection! Meanwhile, may I also tell you how very beautiful your drawing is on photobucket...speaking of buckets! And also the thoughts about costuming, I always love to hear your ideas about that.

    Angi, hope your family is doing great this week, and Ute, too! How great to hear your voice often in the forum. You sound better and better on here!

    Patrick, sounds like everyone loved Helen Mirren at the Oscars! I'm giving away my age here, but she's the cover girl on the latest issue of AARP magazine which just came today -- "Hail to the Queen: Helen Mirren's Breakout Year." And another article about the five actresses - Oscar nominees who are over age 50. Great articles...great inspiration for all you young ATPers out there!

    Wishing you all things possible at any age! Sue

  • At 5:56 PM, March 03, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey everyone,
    Sorry I've been away for a little while - but I've been especially busy, even by my standards, between work and the play. In fact, because of work, I've been doing a little traveling, last week I was in Denver and this week Atlanta. Fortunately, for the production of the "scottish" play my assistant director is very capable.

    And speaking of the "scottish" play thanks to all for asking - it's coming along very well and we will be more than ready to open in less than two weeks now. Just have to finish the costumes, sets, special effects, lighting and probably a dozen other details that I'm not thinking of right now. And did I mention that the week after we close we will be taking a cutting of the show to our state theatre festival?

    I certainly enjoyed catching up on all the good thoughts that are written here and also wish to extend a warm welcome to Clint!

    Gotta run - take care everyone and keep making All Things Possible in the true Showerman tradition!


  • At 6:15 PM, March 03, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Dave, may I be the first to send "break a leg" wishes for your supernova production...and congratulations on going to the state theatre festival! Any more on that, since you're here in Michigan?

    And with baseball season gearing up, may I share a quote I just found, that's in that ATP tradition: "Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of the immortals." -- David Ogilvy

  • At 5:41 AM, March 04, 2007 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Good morning, Forum Family!

    Sue, I will be receiving my first issue of AARP this I am not that far behind the rest of the seasoned professionals! Ha Ha!

    Dave, my thoughts are with you for the production. I know the hours, sweat, tears and joy you are experiencing with this project. This entire project will be a wonderful chapter in your life book!

    Adrian and I are attending an iMac workshop today to learn the intricacies of PhotoShop so that we can begin some photo art projects.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and welcome to March! It came in like a lion here in Pittsburgh with sun, snow, wind, warm and cold...all in three days!

    Love to you all...
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 5:45 PM, March 04, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Dear Chris

    Many thanks for your kind thoughts and fro sharing that wonderful an inspiring story. I only hope it's true. I would like to ask for permission to share it with my fellow students as our new module started last Tuesday is on supporting Special Educational Needs, and as Jashenka knows I've been really struggling with the preparation for this weeks lesson.

    For this i've had to look at government legeslation over the past century into education provision for anyone considered to have special needs (or in other words anyone who doesn't fit into "normal" of which theres no such thing). The reason i've been strugling is that even only 50 years ago many people who we now know to have autism or similar consditions were identified as idiots, imberciles or by similar foul and offensive terminology and were pretty much considered uneducatable. Fortunately today we are far more positive and forward thinking although theres still much i'd like to change regarding attitudes towards anyone seen as differnet to ourselves.

    Four years ago after i finished traing as a Teaching Assistant I did a year working for an agency which involved going to work in different schools for short periods fo time to cover staff on holiday ro sick leave. During this time i was privilaged to be givne the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing and inspirational people i'm ever likely to meet. Despite a lack of specialist training i was asked to go to work at a particular school since no one else employed by the agency wanted to go to help support 5 children. These children attended a special school and all had severe disabilities such as motor neurone or cerebal palsey so could only communicate via specialist equipment and learning was via response stimuli with sound or light. Watching one young man really struggling to move a finger to trigger a lazer to create a single note was truly inspiring and the look on his face a few days later when he had progressed to a simple tune was beyond words to describe.

    Looking back i think this experience changed my way of thinking and whole outlook on life and the many things most people take for granted. Perhaps also this was my first real introduction to the ATP phillosophy in action.

    Everyone is unique and we all have within us some special gift or talent, perhaps still undiscovered in some of us, that we can contribute to make the world we know and help those around us achieve their goals like like the people in the story did. ATP.

    Goodnight and lots of love and Bright Blessings everyone.


  • At 10:16 PM, March 04, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    I'd be delighted if you used the story, Angi. For me it exeplifies how some people's gift is being the one that pulls the hero out of us.

    What an awesome drawing Jaschenka. Just incase some of you missed it, check it out at

    Hey Patrick! Welcome to the AARP - just a vowel and consonant off from ATP so I think that makes us related! Good luck in the Photoshop Class!

    Thanks Sue for the Bucketfillers story. That's really heartwarming!

    Finally, all the best Dave on the scottish play (I stumble with the rules of superstition around the theater - LOL!) I can't wait to hear more about it. Be mindful of your energy my friend! Don't wear yourself out!

    Take Care of Each Other!

  • At 2:08 PM, March 05, 2007 , Blogger Tim said...

    Hi All

    Some time around the first of the year I said my New Years resolutions was to make more time for Tim. Well, I am failing miserably at that but looking at everyone's posts and how busy you are all, I guess I'm in the norm.

    Chris, good luck with your project. It looks awesome. I love the duster you are wearing in the picture at the head of this thread. I have one very much like it. They are fantastic coats, tough as nails and when treated with the right stuff, almost impervious to the elements. I used to ride my horse in all sorts of garbage weather and never got cold or wet. Now a days, if the sun isn't shinin or the moon not bright, I'm not riding.

    Take care all


  • At 3:28 AM, March 06, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Guys
    First chance to check Chris's site in a few days - In addition to "Sand and the Sky", I'm producing a couple of other films; including a fairly largeish action film; so haven't had a lot of time to surf - and just noticed all the very nice messages from everyone. Thanks for making me feel so welcome to the pad of Shower Power. We will definitely keep you all posted on the progress of "Sand and Sky" and the two or three other projects that we currently have in the works. Chris has some exciting developments to fill you all in on in the coming months.

    Thanks again,
    Clint Morris

  • At 4:47 AM, March 07, 2007 , Anonymous Dorothy Craft said...

    Hey Chris, Love your website and good luck with "Between Sand and The Sky". Any movies in the making for an X strawberry picker??

  • At 6:45 AM, March 07, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello Dorothy...Welcome to Chris' forum family! Sounds like you've known our Chris for a long time perhaps? And might he be the x-strawberry picker? Hope you will visit this site often, and enjoy the lively forum discussions! Wishing you All Things Possible and beautiful in your neck of the woods...Sue

  • At 8:23 AM, March 07, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    HEY DOROTHY!! Great to hear from you and thanks for the well wishes! Tell Sandi I said HI. FYI Dorothy was my very first employer when I was growing up in Michigan. I picked strawberries at her strawberry farm and I believe set the record for least amounts of strawberries picked in a day.

    Good luck with finding time Tim! If that doesn't work though, just make whatever you happen to be doing at the moment a choice. If you choose the moment, it will feel like you are creating your world - which is absolutely true all the time!

    Take Care of Each Other!


  • At 4:29 PM, March 11, 2007 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hello Forum Family!

    Chris, i loved your comments on the inspiring Forest Whitaker's
    Oscar Acceptance Speech. Thank for posting the link to the video and that beautiful story; they show how powerful is the ATP way of thinking and being!

    Welcome Dorothy! Glad to know that you're also a great strawberries picker, Chris!

    Hello and welcome Clint! Thanks for keeping us posted on the progress of your productions.
    I enjoyed reading your comment; it's a pleasure to me to see how talented, nice and funny you and Chris are. My best wishes for a great success with "Between the Sand and the Sky" and with all your future projects!

    Sue, glad you had a good trip in Florida last month. It's great to read your thoughts here on the forum; thanks for being always so sweet and supportive with all of us. Your words "All Things Are Possible At Any Age" are so nice and true; i think that Merrill Lundgren as well as the father of his husband are very good examples of that!

    Angi, glad your father is recovering well; also good to hear all is ok with your health Ute!

    Jaschenka, thanks for sharing those wonderful thoughts and your beautiful drawing!

    Dave thanks for the updates on your successful play; best of luck with the state theatre festival too!

    Patrick, thanks as always for remembering how important is for all to donate blood. Hope you and Adrian are doing good with your photo art projects.

    Always good to hear from you Tim!
    My best greetings also to Ufuk and Tommy; trusting that all is going well for you, hope to hear from you soon!

    Take care all!

    Alex in Italy

  • At 9:27 PM, March 12, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Dear Alex in Italy and Forum Family!

    Alex, it’s always great to read your postings, and thanks so much for the kind “bucketfilling” thoughts. They meant a lot to me on Sunday when you wrote. I was having a bit of a down day and that made all the difference. Hope everything in your life is going beautifully! I love reading the posts on this forum from such a diverse group of people.

    Tim, I know what you mean about having enough time for you. I’m always eager to hear the things that people do to stay inspired. Maybe Chris has some more thoughts, as busy as he is nowadays, on keeping life in balance. I’m always energized when I visit the forum, as I never fail to get a pick-me-up here.

    And Chris, we did see Astronaut Farmer today. And we see why you want all us ATPers to go see it. This film will pick you up if you’re feeling a bit down, and if you’re feeling great, you’ll feel even better for having seen it. I enjoyed the review of the film on Moviehole, which I read after we saw it. Good review. If you need a reminder of All Things Possible and following your dream, this film will “kick you up a notch” for sure!

    As a starry-eyed college kid in the 60s, I remember the awe and ATP of that time that we all felt about the space program, so I guess I often compare things in my life with that. You really did feel that all things were possible. Thanks Chris, for helping us keep reaching for the stars! Sue

  • At 10:38 PM, March 16, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hello all - just a quick update on the play I'm directing. Tonight was opening night and all went very well. Last night we had a "preview" for area high school students which had a great turn out and the show was well received by them. Tonight's audience also seemed to enjoy the show and several of the theatrical effects we used (mostly concerning the appearance and disappearance of Banquo's ghost using a magician's suggestion of audience distraction which really works!).

    Next week we do take the show to the bi-annual Michigan state AACT Fest competition, which this year is in South Haven Michigan (go to for more information) on March 23-24. We hope to make a good showing with the one-hour cutting of the play that we wil be presenting. All in all, this festival has twelve productions from groups all over the state of Michigan. It's a great way to see a lot of theatre in a little time!

    Take care everyone!


  • At 4:36 PM, March 18, 2007 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks dear Sue for your always nice and kind thoughts; hope you're feeling great now and everything is going well for you and family!

    Dave, thanks for keeping us updated
    about your show; it's going very well and i'm sure you will make a good showing to the Michigan AACT Fest!

    Take care all!


  • At 11:27 AM, March 19, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello and best wishes forum family...

    Dave, this is very exciting to hear about your play. The effort you have put into all this seems mind boggling, especially to be the director. Wish the whole forum family could have been in the wings cheering you on. Thanks to cyberspace and blogs like this, we can do that from afar. So wishing you a fantastic, fun time at the competition in South Haven. If there are only 12 productions from around the state, you are obviously in a very select group! Hope you will keep us posted about it after the performances...and let us know how you do there!

    Alex, thanks for the note....and yes, I'm feeling much better...we plan to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Virginia in April, so we are very much looking forward to that. And spring will finally be here. With luck, we might catch sight of a few cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. Along with seeing family..catching up with them and giving and getting lots of hugs, right? This reminds me that, when we were in Florida, there was a magnet on the refrigerator that caught my eye, after all the forum focus on hugs, I was going to post: "A hug is a great size fits all, and it's easy to exchange." Hope your family is doing well and wishing you all beautiful blessings and lots of hugs over in Italy!

    FYI for any of you interested in more chatter about Chris' topic "The Secret" and all...if you look at Beliefnet website I notice there's a lot of talk and debate about it there, and some ideas to try to help work with the law of ttraction...

    Hugs and blessings for a beautiful, anything's possible week to all...expect a miracle! Sue


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