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Dr. Sue New Word Colorado Travel Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue New Word “Colorado” Travel Positive Entertainment and Education

Travel Video by Carla Marie Rupp

Colorado is a state in the western United States. It’s part of the Rocky Mountains, and it has beautiful scenery.The word “Colorado” comes from Spanish and means “colored red” because Spanish explorers thought the Colorado River mud looked red. Many kinds of people live in Colorado: descendants of settlers, minorities,immigrants, and Native-Americans. – Blog by Dr. Sue (Susan Horowitz, Ph.D.)

Dr. Sue Invites You to Travel to New Word “Colorado” with Carla Marie Rupp!

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Dr Sue New Word Videos: Learning, Diversity, Travel, Friends, Inspiration & Fun!

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DrSue New Word Reunion Positive Entertainment

DrSue New Word “Reunion” Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment and Education

DrSue New Word "Reunion" Dr. Sue & Valerie 

Dr. Sue and Valerie are old friends having a reunion. We were apart, but we are together again. A Reunion brings back memories. As we reconnect to friends and family, we also connect to parts of ourselves from an earlier time. The word “Reunion” relates to other words like “union” (more than one thing or person joined together as one; “re” is a prefix that means “again”). “Union” connects to words like “united”, United States of America, and the European Union. “Union” relates to words in English like “one” and other languages: “uno” (Spanish and Italian), and “une” (French).

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
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My Zoom Opinion: To Say or Not? Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment

My Zoom Opinion: To Say or Not? Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment: (How I Got Kicked Out of Zoom Class)

This Blog Post needs my short personal bio, so here goes. I’ve been an English/Theater Professor/Writer for over thirty years. (I stopped teaching about the time the pandemic hit in early 2020.) I have close relationships with some of my former students and a connection with my former college. I also have opinions.

Anyone who wants to keep a job (as I certainly did) knows that you sometimes
swim in shark-infested waters. You learn to keep some of your opinions to yourself – especially in group meetings. This is especially true if you don’t have job security (which in academia means tenure).

But if you never say what you truly feel, your calculated, tactful silence tends
to chip away at your self-esteem. Over time, those little bits of your true self get lost. Instead of the smart, vibrant, outspoken, fully alive person you used to be, you wind up as a weak, sad, timid ghost.

As any English/Theater Teacher, Actor, Theater Pro, or Amateur Nerd knows, the subject of ghosts brings us to… William Shakespeare! My main go-to ghost is Hamlet’s dead dad – Hamlet Senior, who gets the action (and non-action) into high gear. 

Prince Hamlet, the hero of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, has a spooky, but motivational conversation with King Hamlet (the ghost). Ghost Hamlet tells Live Hamlet that his Uncle Claudius, the dead king’s brother, murdered him, married his widow (Queen Gertrude –Hamlet’s mom), and is now King of Denmark. Ghost Hamlet tells Hamlet to seek Revenge!  Our hero Hamlet immediately… thinks about it!

What does this have to do with my getting kicked out of Zoom Class?

Like me, Hamlet talks to people (ghosts) who aren’t physically there. In my case, it’s Zoom Chats (the sidebars on Zoom classes and meetings where you type your thoughts to people who are somewhere in cyberspace. After Zoom, they vanish, like ghosts).

In Shakespeare’s play, old King Hamlet’s Ghost issues a call to action: kill your uncle!  Hamlet decides that  Ghost is right, and he should kill King Claudius – but on the other hand…. What if the ghost is wrong – or a fake ghost ? Instead of springing into action, Hamlet springs into depression. People think he’s mad (and maybe he is – or not). After several murders and suicides (Hamlet’s girlfriend, her father, her brother, Hamlet’s friends, his mother, Claudius, and, finally, Hamlet himself), the stage is littered with bodies, and the show is over.  Denmark has a new King, and I’m ready for a coffee break (preferably with a Danish pastry because Shakespearean tragedy gives me an appetite).

How did a Shakespeare semi-scholar (me) get kicked out of Zoom class?  

My Zoom class was not actually about Shakespeare, it was a series about musical theater, which tends to be less tragic (except for investors when the show closes on opening night).  Our Teacher showed video clips from Broadway shows, led discussions in the Chat feature (where we post comments), and called himself an “Expert”. I didn’t bother looking up his academic credentials or affiliation, because I didn’t care. I already have a Ph.D. in Theater, so I don’t need academic credit. I was interested in the subject matter and what seemed to be an entertaining, informative experience. As long as I was enjoying the class, I didn’t need to know his professional history. I paid for an “All-Access Pass” which gave me full admission to his series of Zoom classes and videos. (Scroll down for my own Video –  wearing my Shakespeare Hat and talking to Teddly Bear Puppet).

So there we were, several classes into the series, watching video clips and posting comments in the Chat.  Most of the comments were posted to “Everyone” – which means everyone can read them.  The other option is “Private” – which means only you and your chosen Zoom attendee reads your post. The “Expert” controlled the Chat. I usually posted supportive comments, but if I disagreed, I said so briefly without negative personal remarks. 

I never posted political comments until… Cabaret.  The musical Cabaret is set in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. The in-cabaret performances echo the real-world events happening off-stage – including the growing threat of the anti-Semitic, violent Nazi regime.  During the class, the teacher said that the Nazi idea of the German “folk” (ancient Germanic tribes) excluded all non-Aryans (like Jews). 

TrumpI thought there was a parallel between the myth of the German “folk” and the Trumpian idea of the United States as an Anglo-Saxon country. (The Anglo-Saxons were Germanic tribes.)

I started posting a brief comment in the Chat about “Trump notion of the USA as an Anglo…” Then I accidentally pushed “Enter” which posted my half-sentence.

Before I could continue, the Teacher cut me off, and announced to “Everyone” in the Chat that if I posted political comments, I would be thrown out of class!

At first I thought: is this a mistake? He can’t mean me! Throw me out of class for one, brief remark?  In my long career as an educator, students have said and done much more shocking things! I don’t throw them out of class. I usually ask to speak with them privately so we can solve the problem without a public confrontation.  When this Zoom teacher threatened me and posted it to “Everyone” in the Chat, I felt embarrassed and attacked.  I did not want to escalate the situation, so I didn’t post anything in reply.   After a while, the class was over, with the Teacher soliciting and getting compliments about his class from some of my fellow students.

After class, I felt conflicted. Saying nothing would avoid immediate conflict. But keeping silent made me feel powerless and depressed.  Why should this Zoom “expert” feel enttitled to embarrass me in front to the class – and for what – one half-sentence of a political opinion that he did not want to hear?

I decided to write an E-Mail to the Teacher and CC my E-mail it to his “Staff “– which probably meant his Assistant. Based on his class behavior, I figured that he might distort what actually happened.  If I CC’d his Assistant, who seemed reasonable, she would have my written record. I also figured that since the Assistant was an African-American woman, she was more likely to understand my feelings than the White, male teacher.  Here is my E-mail to the Teacher – CC’d to the Assistant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG66DsrQGLA

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Dr. Sue Sings Her Original Song: A Winter Crocus – The Gift of Hope. Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Sings Her Original Song: A Winter Crocus – The Gift of Hope. Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment

Songs for All Seasons:
Songs, Artwork, and Photographs Inspired by Nature!

Do you want a seasonal boost-your-mood shot of beauty, wit, and wisdom?

Do you need The Gift of Hope?

Do you love Songs and Art Inspired by Nature?

Do you love melodic ballads and hummable tunes with lyrics that are uplifting, playful, romantic, or witty?

Do you enjoy the process of emerging artwork and nature photography?

Do you want a Personal Guide to Songs, Poetry, Natural Science, and Art?

Do you want to Enhance your own Creativity – and Understand Art and Literature?

Then, you’ll love Art and Songs for All Seasons – a Journey through the cycle of life with orginal songs and art.

Welcome to “A Winter Crocus: The Gift of Hope” Dr. Sue’s original song-art-video!

Scroll Down for Song-Video, Lyric, and Dr. Sue’s Artwork.

Fascinating Facts!

The Crocus Flower is one of the first blooms of spring. In northern climates, these hardy blossoms sometimes appear through the winter snow and ice – to give us our first glimpse of spring!

Crocus petals are usually purple (or yellow) the leaves are green, and the stamen (male organ) and stigma (female organ) inside the petals are gold.

The stigma of an autumn flowering saffon crocus (crocus sativus) holds saffron – the world’s most expensive spice – with a street value of around $20,000 per kilo!

The crocus is a perrenial flower – blooming close to the ground and returning every year in the early spring – sometimes when there is still snow on the ground.

Nature Inspires Art!

Inspired by the beauty and bravery of these early bloomers, I created my original song-art video “A Winter Crocus: The Gift of Hope”. The video includes my singing, emerging artwork, and photographs (mainly from the New York Botanical Garden and Parks). Special Thanks to my gifted musical arranger John Bowen.

As the video moves from winter to spring, I hope that “A Winter Crocus” will bring you The Gift of Hope.

Scroll Down for Dr. Sue’s Song Lyric and Artwork!

“A Winter Crocus” Original Song-Art Video by Dr. Sue

“A Winter Crocus”  
 You are like a winter crocus, 
 You're the first one on the scene
 There is snow, and that’s no joke
 This wind is mean
 But you're such a cheerful sight 
 With your colors brave and bright
 You turn winter snows all
 Purple, gold and greeen
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple, gold and greeen
  
 They say purple stands for royal, 
 And you're like a king or queen
 When there's ice still on the soil
 You can preen 
 Other flowers count the cost
 And they're frightened of the frost
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple, gold and greeen
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple, gold and greeen
  
 Though you're not a rose
 Or robin who can sing
 You bring the hope for spring
  
 Your beauty makes us bold
 And cheers us when we’re cold
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple green and gold
 You turn winter snows all 
 Purple green and gold

"A Winter Crocus" Words, Music, and Singing by Susan Horowitz, Ph.D. (Dr. Sue)
Copyright 2020 Susan Horowitz 

Dr. Sue’s original artwork: “A Winter Crocus: The Gift of Hope” is available as a print, mug, card, calendar and more! Ask Me How! (Contact Form on Website or Email)

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Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. (Singer – Songwriter – Author- Entertainer-Speaker-Artist-Professor) is available for Special Programs and as Personal Coach/Advisor for your Creative Writing and to help you Understand Literature (including William Shakespeare, who wrote many Nature-Inspired sonnets and plays).

The song lyric uses colorful, nature imagery like “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”. The symbolic link between nature, the seasons, colors, emotions, and thought is found in many artists and poets like William Shakespeare.

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Queens of Comedy by Susan Horowitz

Dr. Sue Queens of Comedy Book by Susan Horowitz Funny Women Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue “Queens of Comedy” Book by Susan Horowitz Funny Women Positive Entertainment

“Queens of Comedy” – Book by Susan Horowitz (Dr. Sue) – is based on her personal interviews with Comedy Legends Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, Dolly Parton, Whoopi Goldberg and More – Plus a Witty History of Funny Women!

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Book: “Queens of Comedy”
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Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment meets Rita Moreno at APAP 2016

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno at APAP

“Alive and Kicking!” could be a theme of the APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference and its closing speaker: Rita Moreno, 84 year-old multi-award winning performer (including the Oscar for her role “Anita” in the film “West Side Story”).

APAP’s event features presenters from Broadway and far beyond (think global!) – industry mentors, and mentees – like the finalists of the Wallace Foundation’s “Five Minutes to Shine” who won a conference  package with travel.

Attendees include over 3,600 APAP members and professionals who come for networking, support, development, and great entertainment, and is accessible via live-streaming.

Ms. Moreno will be awarded Kennedy Center Honors, capping off a career that amazingly includes Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar awards. She is one of a handful of performers to win all four – and the only Latina.

Ms. Moreno spoke about her life journey from childhood poverty in Puerto Rico and the Bronx to Hollywood/Broadway legend. Her current high-kicking courage, quick wit, compassion, and poignant honesty inspires her audience and readers of her recent book “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” to go for their dreams.

Rita Moreno & Dr. Sue

Rita Moreno & Dr. Sue

Dreams and determination helped Rita survive bullies and bigots in the ghetto and gilded Hollywood mansions. Her mom took her for dance lessons, and when she was performing in Macy’s toy department, she was discovered by a talent scout for MGM, who set up an appointment with Louis B. Mayer. She showed up looking like a Latin Elizabeth Taylor (with a waist-cincher and “feminine enhancements”). Mayer promptly signed her to a seven-year contract. As a contract player, Rita was invited to Hollywood parties – loaded with lecherous producers. She was also assigned a series of dark-skinned stereotypical roles: the Polynesian/American Indian/Mexican mistress of a white man – which she played with the same one-size-fits-all vaguely Latin accent (no one noticed).

Moreno also had some amazing opportunities, including “Singing in the Rain” (with Gene Kelly) “Desiree”  (with Marlon Brando).  The second encounter ignited a scorching  eight-year affair that left Rita burned – but never killed her innate optimism – or her ability to do the work she loves and fall in love with “a great guy” – a nice Jewish doctor and her husband of  forty-six years  It’s all in her book “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” – which sold out at the conference raising $1000 for The Food Bank, but is still available in stores and online.

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Dr. Sue Sophie Tucker

Dr. Sue “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” Review Positive Entertainment

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker, superstar singer, showbiz innovator and marketing genius – (imagine the founder of Facebook as a fat, fabulous diva) – called herself “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas!” Tucker was an international sensation with a sixty year career – she headlined in vaudeville and Broadway, sold out nightclubs; recorded songs tailor-made for her lusty persona, and guest starred on television (including the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show). She hung out with movie stars/singers (like Judy Garland, Mae West, and Frank Sinatra – all of whom she mentored), mobsters (like Al Capone, who booked her in his club, as did Lew Walters, father of Barbara Walters) and seven US Presidents.  Due to her limited exposure in Hollywood films (she appeared in only two, which flopped), Tucker is almost forgotten today, but the documentary film “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” (opening July 24 at Cinema Village, New York City) aims to change all that.  
Susan & Lloyd Ecker & Dr. Sue

Susan & Lloyd Ecker
& Dr. Sue

The docu-bio (produced by Susan and Lloyd Ecker and directed by William Gazecki) traces Tucker’s rise from goulash – (a family restaurant in Hartford, CT where a teenage, but already zaftig (plump, curvy) Sophie served kosher food) – to glory! She eloped with a handsome ne’er-do-well named “Tuck” and  quickly became pregnant. But she was determined to escape her mother’s fate as a kitchen slave. In a move that was outrageous (especially for an early 20th century Orthodox, Jewish girl), she handed the baby to her sister, changed her name to “Tucker,” and took off for New York City. Considered too “fat and ugly” for show business, she was forced to belt out songs in black face as a vaudeville “coon-shouter.” She hated it, and when her make-up failed to arrive in Chicago, she went onstage as herself, brought the house down, and never looked back. I asked Eckers to share the secrets of Sophie’s success. “It didn’t hurt that she had a voice that could peel the paint off walls.” But mainly it was that combination of warmth (she personally answered all her mail and wrote cards to her fans telling them when she was going to appear in their town) and business. Sophie said, “Friends and fans = box office.” She was one of the first performers to take a percentage of the gate (during her first number, she counted the seats and made sure she wasn’t cheated). If you wanted her autograph, you bought her book – and she didn’t give change, even for a $50 dollar bill. (She would announce, “It all goes to charity.” In fact, she raised huge sums for her favorite charities, including synagogues.
Rabbi Jill & Dr. Sue

Rabbi Jill & Dr. Sue

Sophie may have been a rebel, but she became a prominent member of The Actors’ Temple (339 West 47th Street, NYC), which features Tucker’s plaque, stairwell photograph, and stained glass window. I interviewed Rabbi Jill Haus, spiritual leader, cantor/singer, and show business supporter. The Actors’ Temple hosts shows, a Hanukah open mike and performance fests (like Midtown International Theatre Festival). I asked Rabbi Jill to share a story about Sophie. She told me the temple was originally Orthodox, with men downstairs and women in the gallery. A woman who was a big contributor to the temple, sat herself downstairs, and Sophie immediately followed. “The Rabbi was smart, and the synagogue immediately changed from Orthodox to Conservative (with mixed seating).” Sophie was always ahead of her time – especially when it came to sexy self-assertion – for all genders, sizes, and backgrounds. The soundtrack of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” includes her top hits:  “I Ain’t Takin’ Orders From No One,” “No One Loves a Fat Girl (But a Fat Girl Knows How to Love),” “The Sophie Tucker School for Red Hot Mamas”, “My Yiddishe Momme” (the heart-tugging, unofficial Jewish anthem), and her signature song “Some of These Days.” So what are you waiting for? Pep up your life with Sophie serum – movie, soundtrack CD, the Eckers’ fictionalized memoir “I Am Sophie Tucker” (friskier and more fun than the official, sanitized 1945 biography). Susan and Lloyd Eckers’ first date was at a Bette Midler concert (Ms. Midler told her version of bawdy “Soph” jokes and belted out songs a la Tucker.) The Eckers married, built and sold a business, and are living their dream of bringing their favorite broad back to Broadway! Stay tuned at www.sophietucker.com . For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper Celebrates at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720. In the spirit of Sophie Tucker, here’s a a video of my original,  funny song: “A Jewish Girl Named Tex”:  
"A Jewish Girl Named Tex" by Sue Horowitz, Singer/Songwriter

“A Jewish Girl Named Tex” by Sue Horowitz

Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Perk up with Positive Songs! Long before I ever heard of this film, I used to start my day with Sophie’s songs. Her funny, heartfelt, strong assertion of womanhood, sung in clear, jazzy, melodic voice with perfect articulation, always perked me up! Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

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