Reader, Reader, Wherefore Art Thou?

On a recent bicycle ride we pedaled out to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival grounds, home to Idaho’s premier professional repertory theatre company where they perform in a world-class, outdoor amphitheater beside the Boise River.

Shakespear Theater 1

The name Shakespeare immediately brought to mind a line from the timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet:

“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name.”

With our recent move, wefore art in Boise, Idaho at the following geographic longitude and latitude coordinates: 43.6167° N, 116.2000° W. And we love it!

In the grand scheme of things, wherefore art thou?

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Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog

Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog by Laurie Buchanan
Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog by Laurie Buchanan

Our property backs up to a preserved wetland area so we have a multitude of frogs and toads hopping around. In fact, I’d have made a great vendor back-in-the-day for the “toe of frog” part of the ingredients that the three witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth required for their spell:

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog

We're always on the lookout when mowing

We're always on the lookout when mowing

Our back door has a cement slab that serves as the “porch.” In the evening, the porch light acts as a magnet for flying insects. Subsequently, an even bigger draw for toads—or are they frogs? If you’d like to know the difference, simply click HERE.

A few of those fine fellows manage to sniggle their way under the storm door each night to greet me in the morning when I let our dogs out. As I carefully relocate them back outside—wiggling vigorously between my cupped hands—it’s fun to think about potions and spells, and just what I’d do if I actually knew how…

If you could create a potion or cast a spell that really worked, what would it be for?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
                — Laurie Buchanan

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