“Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.” So said the eccentric, outspoken, and hard-partying actress Talullah Bankhead (1902-1968). Can you guess her astrological sign? Aquarius, of course. Her greatest adventure came from trying to keep up with all the unpredictable urges that welled up inside her. She found it challenging and fun to be as unique as she could possibly be. I nominate her to be your role model in the next four weeks. Your assignment is to work extra hard at being yourself.
In some ancient Greek dramas, a god showed up out of nowhere to cause a miraculous twist at a crucial point in the tale. This divine intrusion was referred to as theos ek mechanes, literally “god from a machine,” because the symbolic figure of the god was lowered onto the stage by a crane. In modern usage, the term is Latin — deus ex machina — and refers to a story in which a sudden event unexpectedly brings about a resolution to a baffling problem.
Write a tale in which you’re the beneficiary of such an intervention.
I really love Rob’s astrology from last week. I was out sick and didn’t have a chance to read it, but he always has some great grains of wisdom embedded in his astrological horoscopes.