Da Doo Blog

When Daddy Got Sick

Our family life was divided into two parts – before and after Daddy got sick.  That was the phrase we all used, Mom included.  Daddy got sick in 1958 or ’59, I’m not sure which.  I know it was in ...

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Posted on: February 14th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

The Ultimate Insider

Howard was special.  He read early, wrote early, he sang and danced and seemed to have a supernatural ability to charm adults.  He was also a little effeminate.  I have some family film of him at maybe four or five ...

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Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 10 Comments

Romantics

I am a romantic.  A trait I learned from my brother but also from my father.  It’s not necessarily a good thing and the irony is that Dad and I were textbook depressives.  Neither one of us ever found those ...

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Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

The Present of the Past

A rehearsal room in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, 1976 – I am beside myself with the glamour of this dirty little space whose windows look out over a street grimy with trash that the underfunded city can’t afford to clean. A ...

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Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Great Little Shop Interview With Howard

The other day I found this great interview with Howard.  It was done when the Little Shop tour hit Baltimore.  There's good stuff here and I like it especially because Howard talks a bit about his early life in our ...

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Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

An NPR Moment

Full confession, I listen to NPR. Yes, I know. And okay, sometimes I do feel like I’m trapped in a Saturday Night Live skit. But at any given moment, NPR is usually providing the best conversation going ...

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Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 Comments

Happy Birthday, Brother

It’s human nature, I guess, but I often can’t help but wonder what Howard would be doing now, had he lived. Howard was born on May 17, 1950.  So today he would have been 62 and the cold, hard fact is ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 12 Comments

Peter Pan Act II

I promised you a Peter Pan Act II (Act I was way back last year) and since John’s busy on the road this week, I figured I’d jump in. For a couple of years in the late 50’s and early ...

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Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Snow Day

I do not know why my grandparents decided that what Howard really wanted was a collection of plastic toy soldiers.  I suspect, though, that it was our grandfather’s doing.  Our mother’s father, Pop Pop took great pride in Howard’s many ...

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Posted on: January 22nd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

Little Halloween of Horrors

As you can no doubt tell by the photo that runs with this blog, in the home of Howard's and my childhood, anything that had to do with makeup or costumes was the cat’s pajamas (black leotard and tights, cardboard ...

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Posted on: October 30th, 2011 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments