I recently learned about a local writing workshop. I thought, heck, I should have seen something like this 303 days ago! When I started this I had no idea how MUCH writing I would do. I’ve also never really stopped to think about my writing style or how I can improve it. Hopefully I have learned something along the way but certainly I could benefit from a more structured environment to develop my writing skills.
The leader of the workshop is an inspiring and energetic woman whose name is one letter different from yesterday’s recipient! Bonnie is a former stage and television actress who studied at the performing arts school in New York City that the movie Fame was based on. She went on to study at Howard and UCLA and helped found the Los Angeles Theatre Works and has taught workshops to all kinds of audiences, even prison inmates!
Now divorced, she lives in the DC and has two grown sons; one a cinematographer and the other a plastic surgeon.
Bonnie asked for a few days to consider how she wanted to use the ten dollars. In an email to me the next day she wrote, “I donated the $10 to the Seva Foundation. One of their programs addresses preventable blindness. Through a dynamic network of partners around the world, Seva helps communities develop their own high-quality, affordable eye care services.” Pretty cool that she decided to use it to help others see…something that many of us take for granted. On a side note, I have wanted to give my ten dollars to a blind or deaf person. I don’t know why I am a little obsessed with this idea, but I am. Haven’t been able to yet, but I still have some time!
I was so moved by Bonnie’s interest in the Year of Giving. “I’m going to be up half the night trying to think of ways to help you and your project,” she told me. Since then she has made some introductions for me in an effort to find a venue for my year-end celebration. Still nothing confirmed yet, but hopefully soon I will have more details.
In the workshop she asked us to think of one word that described ourselves. As I write this I wonder what one word Bonnie would use to describer herself. I can think of a couple: creative, sincere, confident, inspiring, etc.
So I did some digging and found some old clips of Bonnie doing some television shows back in the 70s. From kissing Redd Foxx on the cheek on Sanford and Son to playing J.J.’s cousin on Good Times, she did some exciting work! Check out this clip of her on successful TV series Good Times. She plays Naomi and first appears around 7 minutes and 30 seconds. If you watch the entire episode (there are three parts) you get to see more of Bonnie and hear Jimmie Walker utter his famous phrase “Dyn-O-Mite” twice!