Outliving Gertrude

I will be 73 in just a few days. As I examined an old program from a play I wrote about Gertrude Stein, I note she died at 72. She always looked like someone beyond Time (maybe plucked out of a rocky craig) in her photos. Does this mean I must stop playing Gertrude?
She is, oddly, one of my happier characters. A Jewish, ex-patriot
lesbian in a time when that was not even remotely fashionable, she
made a niche of joy for herself in her art and her personal life.
I might have outlived Gertrude, but in some ways I have yet to live up to her. I have never felt completely sure in my life or art. So many times I have gone down roads of regret. Maybe at 73 I will find
that Gertrude taught me something in spite of the fact that I am neither Jewish,lesbian nor an ex-patriot.

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About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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