A Look into my world

Me: How would you feel if I drowned in a river?

Emily: No, please don’t, that would be bad.

Me: What if I drowned in a river and reincarnated as a griffin and I would fly to your bedroom window, would you befriend me or no?

Emily: You can do that!?

Yes, my girlfriend and I do have conversations like that. Well as I said this will be a quick look into my world, because I have a bit to share. Anyway to start it off I think you should all know about the adventures of Trunk Man. Trunk man is a nickname I got myself when I went out one day on an adventure with the Prius Crew. The Prius crew consists of me, Emily, and Sarah (mainly because it is Sara’s Prius.) Anyway Prius are very roomy believe it or not, especially in their trunks. Day after day when we would have Prius parties I would chill in her trunk and just enjoy the space provided. There is more to the story though, whenever we went riding in her Prius I would always ask to ride in her trunk and she never let me ride there, until the other day that is. It wasn’t a long trip in her trunk, and I did have to duck down and hide, but It was so worth it, hence the name, trunk man.

Now with a name like that, you have to adapt a character out of that and give him traits and talents. When I saw this opportunity to show some hidden talents, I jumped at it immediately. For example this man is now Trunk man “The Braider” That is right, I am a master braider believe it or not kids! I started out rough, but after a while things got better and I Even mastered some funky different unique braids!

Now that the quick story of Trunk Man is on the table, let us move onto a more serious topic. About 3 months ago I saw a little add saying, “Amateur Poetry Contest” So of course I send in one of my writings that I had from the past. A few months pass by and I Forget all about the silly contest, next thing I know a letter comes in the mail. I chose to ignore this letter when it first came in, thinking it was from college trying to recruit me or something. TO my surprise though, it was a letter from a publisher who sponsors the contest. The Letter was opened by me the next day in English class where I had to hold in my screams of joy when I read the words ” Congratulations Ben, we are sending you this to inform you that your poem has made it into the Semi Finals of the contests. With this you should know that your poem will be published in our next upcoming book. Thank you for your verses keep on writing…” I was speechless! I just was told I was going to have some published work, isn’t that great!

 

Anyway, the night is getting long and I have been fighting a bit of a cough so goodnight all I hope you enjoyed a small look into my world.1375025_247392302082543_230032585_n

 

Ps: I did that braid!

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TIme Management

    Time management, from day one of high school I was getting that term shoved down my throat. I know it is quite important to have time management but it is hard to know what time I need to manage is all. I do a lot, I really do. It is hard for me sometimes though to do all I do. Lately all the things I do in my spare time have slowly been catching up with me and that isn’t good.

  Between doing theater with school, doing theater with things out side of school, helping volunteer with various things, try to find a job, help friends out, and even having a social life there is always something that is often put last in my priorities for when it comes to managing my time. That last thing is school. I know any of you who are reading this now are looking down on me going, ” what a fool for not putting school first.” Well I cannot help that. I do my best in school, really I do, but it is just so hard to get through it when all it’s about is giving you numbers to determine your future and that sucks. That though is a rant for another time. Anyway back on topic, I do a lot of extra activities and unfortunately with the way my first quarter grades panned out, I will have to be getting rid of a few and choosing more wisely how to manage my time. It is hard when I realize I can’t do it all. I cannot act, help out, and do just everything I want to and not get acceptable grades in school, unfortunately I am learning that hard way. People tell me all the time “Oh don’t worry pal, you only determine your future.” But do I? I mean I want to get into a good college to great things, but I cannot do that without good school grades, even though put me in the real business world with some training id do better than half those stupid ceos. I’m sorry if this blog post turned out to be more of  a rant, but basis of the story is that it’s about time I set some things straight priority wise. I mean all you guys that I talk to regularly help out with stuff and what not, I wont put you behind me don’t worry, in all honesty it just sucks when you have to start putting things out there for you, and not for others. No not being selfish, just smart, for now. So I apologize if some of my activities start to slowly go away, and my social life kind of disappears for a bit, but it is a struggle I have to pull through. I am not 11 anymore when I am able to run around work on four different shows in one summer, help volunteer at things, hang out with friends, and still get good grades. It’s about time I start taking a new perspective on things, I know it will suck and I won’t like it, but it must be done. Sorry for those who read these and are not pleased with this post, but it was one thing I just had to write about, which I could have written about it a little better, but you get the gist. Also if you care to share any input on my blog ever, shoot me an email or comment on the link on facebook. Anyway guys, been a long day have some things to think about. Remember kids, time management, It’s about time I figure this out. 

The Magic of Music

    Corny it sounds, yes, but in all honesty music is magic, or so it is to me. This last week I have gone on quite the adventure with music and I loved every stop I made along the way. In the start of the week I had tests in Geometry where our teacher lets us listen to music as we take the online tests. Most kids are either listening to rap, country, or some sort of heavy metal band. Not me though, nope, I am listening to Pandora. Yes good old Pandora. People seem to not like Pandora anymore and have moved on to things like iTunes radio or Spotifiy. Not me though, I am on my favorite Pandora station, the Dubliner’s station. This type of music cheers me up all the time; I love to listen to bands such as the FLogging Mollys sing “The likes of you” or listen to different variations of the song ” Irish Rover” sung by various musicians. What I like to hear most though is defiantly Fiddlers Green. That song brings back good memories from when I did the show Twelfth Night in 2011. It was one of my first major roles playing Sebastian, and the work and effort put into doing Shakespeare always makes me smile. 

     You know how you can always find a gem now and again in the music world, like a rare cd or a solo album no one remembers? Well this week was my break to find a gem. I happened to be moseying around the 5 dollar cd section at Barns and Nobles the other day while my friend Sara was out searching for a new book in a serious which I will get to some other time. My Gem I found was a CD called “Breakaway.” It is a gem I say because it is a solo album by the one and only, Art Garfunkel. You see, I happen to love Simon and Garfunkel, so coming across this instantly caught my attention. This album is very much different then his work with his old companion Paul Simon. I actually happen to like the different stuff though. Art has a very unique voice that many musicians cannot pull off let alone try to duplicate, that is why I love it so much. The Album itself is fantastic, I was able to see the meaning in what he had to say and it was just tremendous, better to understand then the other CD I happened to have bought while I was there too.

     I also purchased myself a Bob Dylan Cd, a very odd Bob Dylan Cd. The title for this one was “Self Portrait.” Now, I have listened to this album about twenty times now, and I still haven’t gotten to its meaning. I am not going to lie it is very odd and kind of caught me off guard for a Bob Dylan Cd. He has on this album multiple styles of singing and music. I have heard a somewhat country tone, a typical folk tone, and others that I’m not really sure what it is. Regardless to say it is a very good album. I might not understand it yet, but it is pretty solid and I hope to crack open its meaning soon.

   

     Lastly, Music is magic because it really can do some real good in this world. This past week has been a little rough, long days, lots of work, and lot of stress. Luckily I have amazing friends who loved to talk about stuff and really help a guy out. As I was letting out some hot air to my friend Melody, she happened to listen and just be there and it was nice. What does this have to do with music you may ask? Well I am getting there, as I got home and checked my social media networks, there was a post on my Facebook wall from her. It was a song. I had never heard this song before but it really got a guys mood up.  The song is called “Brighter Days” by Eddie Kirkland. Take a listen for yourself when you are down, and then try to tell me Music isn’t magic. Until next time, I hope you are living bright days.

-Ben Colwell

The New Blogger in Town

Hello all. Ben Colwell here. Well as you can tell by the title of this post, I am the new guy blogging. A While ago I read a post of a fellow blogger, Brian Fauth. I have known Brian from when he has directed me in may past shows for the theater company I am involved with, Limelight. In his post he mentioned how Blogging is a dying thing. I mean I planned to help that a while back by getting a jump on this whole blogger thing, but my better side got to me, that’s right, the procrastination side. Don’t worry though, now that I am new to this whole blogger thing, I plan to stick to it. Honestly I find much joy in this, heck maybe I will even find myself a friend along the way, someone from another blog who expresses an interest in the tales to come. Oh yes, there are more tales to come. Believe it or not a lot of fun things go on in the life of this guy, and I plan to share it with those who might even show the slightest bit of interest in it. I know this post isn’t very long, but that’s ok, it is just the first stepping stone on the path of a blogger. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope it did enough to hook you on my writings. Until next time,

Ben Colwell

This picture is of me and Brian during a radio play version of "It's a Wonderful Life," a show we did with limelight in the past. My First radio play, hence the fact of the small child appearance.

This picture is of me and Brian during a radio play version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a show we did with limelight in the past. My First radio play, hence the fact of the small child appearance.