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Whitney Port Sings Along to The Hills Theme Song — Without Missing a Word!

Whitney Port can still feel the rain on her skin!

Even though it’s been eight years since the series finale of The Hills, Port, 33, still knows all the words to the reality show’s theme song.

On Friday, while taking a drive with her 11-month-old son, Sonny SanfordThe Hills alum shared a video on her Instagram Story of herself singing along while Natasha Bedingfield’s 2004 song “Unwritten” played in the background.

After belting out the chorus behind the wheel, she addressed her son, who was not visible in the video.

“Sonny, this is mama’s song,” she cheerfully told her son.

RELATED: Whitney Port Opens Up About Cute Moments with Baby Sonny — Including the Time He Peed on Her!

Before the pair set out for their trip, Port revealed on Instagram that she was taking her son on a shopping excursion at Saks Fifth Avenue.

“Taking Sonny to @sakson Day 3 of #whitiwore. Wake up, Sonny!!” she wrote on Instagram alongside an image of her outfit of the day: a snakeskin-print dress, which she paired with black shoes and a matching black belt.

Earlier this year, Port opened up to PEOPLE about how she and husband Tim Rosenman are adjusting to life as parents — including one of her biggest (and wettest) parenting fails.

“I would say that last parenting ‘fail’ I had was when I didn’t get the diaper on fast enough and he peed in my face,” said Port.

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Port also shared that while she was playing peekaboo with her son, he made her “laugh so hard I cried.”

“He was so scared and had such an insane reaction — scared in a funny way. He jumped and then ,” she explained. “Peekaboo right now is the craziest thing.”


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Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Are ‘Getting Along, But Are Not Officially Back Together,’ Says Source

For Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, being good parents to baby Dream is their first priority.

Since their split in February, the exes have put the drama aside and are spending more time with one another — making it their goal to raise their daughter together peacefully.

“Rob and Chyna are getting along, but are not officially back together,” a source close to Kardashian, 30, tells PEOPLE.

“They are spending a lot of time together. There hasn’t been any drama,” the source continues. “They want to get along and raise Dream together. That’s their main goal.”

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Kardashian proposed to Chyna, 29, in April 2016, and a month later, they announced they were expecting their first child. (They welcomed Dream last November.) But after a year of ups and downs, including screaming matches, a paternity test, and a fight that nearly ended their engagement right before Christmas, their romance finally came to an end.

Though the former couple is working on mending their relationship in the four months since they parted, the possibility that Chyna and the Arthur George sock designer could get back together remains up in the air.

“They are both complicated people. It’s very possible they will get back together,” says the source, who adds, “But it’s also possible that they will have another epic fight. For now, things are peaceful and everyone is happy.”

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Last month, PEOPLE confirmed that Kardashian was dating 26-year-old Mehgan James, who has appeared on Oxygen’s Bad Girl’s Club and VH1’s Basketball Wives LA. But just a day after multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that James’ relationship with Kardashian was budding, he denied having any romantic ties to the reality star — or even knowing her.

“The whole Meghan drama was bizarre. They were seeing each other,” the Kardashian source confirms. “But Rob clearly was thinking that he wanted to get back with Chyna too.”

“Any talk about Rob dating will make Chyna lose it,” adds the source. “It seems Rob was denying to keep peace with Chyna.”

While their future as a couple remains unknown, it is evident that the pair still has love for one another.

At the end of last month, Kardashian declared his love for the mother of his only child in a heartwarming tribute on Instagram.

“On my first episode of Rob’s Random Cornball Thoughts is This young lady who grew up to be the woman I love and the mother of my child,” Kardashian captioned a throwback photo of Chyna. “She is beautiful and gave me my first child. @blacchyna.”


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Bayonets Along the Border

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North West India, July 1897. Simon and Alice Fonthill are travelling with their old friend Jenkins to Marden, India for a 50th anniversary party with the Guides Corps. What begins as a peaceful journey becomes a dangerous battle as they find themselves ambushed by four Pathans. On arrival at Marden, their suspicions of conflict are confirmed as they are told of fresh trouble from the Pathans leading Simon and his comrade, 352 Jenkins, to join the charge in protecting a nearby fort. Afterwards, their respite is short-lived when Simon is tasked by Viceroy Elgin to deliver a very important letter to the Amir in Kabul. For her safety, Alice only travels as far as fort Landi Kotal in the Khyber Pass. But strife prevails throughout the land; tribe fights with tribe and every man is a soldier ready to bloody his hands. Undertaking his mission in Kabul, Fonthill learns from the Amir that an army is heading towards the Pass to seize the forts and will undoubtedly leave most for dead. Can Fonthill and Jenkins battle their way back across the Pass to the fort? And will they make it in time to rescue Alice or will the merciless Pathans get there first?

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Devils Walking: Klan Murders along the Mississippi in the 1960s

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After midnight on December 10, 1964, in Ferriday, Louisiana, African American Frank Morris awoke to the sound of breaking glass. Outside his home and shoe shop, standing behind the shattered window, Klansmen tossed a lit match inside the store, now doused in gasoline, and instantly set the building ablaze. A shotgun pointed to Morris’s head blocked his escape from the flames. Four days later Morris died, though he managed in his last hours to describe his attackers to the FBI. Frank Morris’s death was one of several Klan murders that terrorized residents of northeast Louisiana and Mississippi, as the perpetrators continued to elude prosecution during this brutal era in American history. In Devils Walking: Klan Murders along the Mississippi in the 1960s, Pulitzer Prize finalist and journalist Stanley Nelson details his investigation-alongside renewed FBI attention-into these cold cases, as he uncovers the names of the Klan’s key members as well as systemized corruption and coordinated deception by those charged with protecting all citizens. Devils Walking recounts the little-known facts and haunting stories that came to light from Nelson’s hundreds of interviews with both witnesses and suspects. His research points to the development of a particularly virulent local faction of the Klan who used terror and violence to stop integration and end the advancement of civil rights. Secretly led by the savage and cunning factory worker Red Glover, these Klansmen-a handpicked group that included local police officers and sheriff’s deputies-discarded Klan robes for civilian clothes and formed the underground Silver Dollar Group, carrying a silver dollar as a sign of unity. Their eight known victims, mostly African American men, ranged in age from nineteen to sixty-seven and included one Klansman seeking redemption for his past actions. Following the 2007 FBI reopening of unsolved civil rights-era cases, Nelson’s articles in the Concordia Sentinel prompted the first grand j

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Watch Syria’s Piano Man Sing Along His Harrowing Journey To Europe

Four years of brutal civil war in Syria could not keep Ayham Ahmad from singing. Neither could his harrowing voyage to Europe.

The 27-year-old musician fled Syria and took a rubber dinghy from Turkey to Greece last week. As soon as he arrived on the shores of Europe, he sat down in front of the waves and began to sing of his home — the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk near Damascus.

“Europe is a land of freedom. Now that I’m in Europe I can continue to keep singing about life in Yarmouk and the people who live there,” he told The WorldPost after he arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos.

As he trekked across the Balkans, trying to find a safe route to enter Austria, he reprised the ballads to Yarmouk that he once sang on the camp’s war-shattered streets.

On Monday, Ahmad made it to Austria, the country of Mozart and Schubert. The same day, he came across a piano made by historic Austrian instrument-maker Bösendorfer in Vienna and sat down to play a song about Yarmouk.

“Yarmouk is in my heart, and it will remain in my thoughts and in my music,” he wrote on Facebook that day. “We will keep on singing.”

Ahmad arrived in Germany on Tuesday, where he hopes to find a better life and provide for his wife, two young children and elderly parents back in Syria.

On his first day in Munich, he got a German volunteer at the refugee reception center to join him on guitar as he sang stories of Yarmouk to the other refugees. He posted another video of him playing the piano in Munich on Thursday, wishing everyone well for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

For years, Ahmad has posted videos of his recitals amid the ruins of Yarmouk to draw attention to the plight of the camp’s besieged residents. Earlier this year, Ahmad’s piano was burned by Islamist militants as he tried to move it out of the camp.

As he finally fled the country, Ahmad has meticulously documented his voyage on Facebook, and provided further materials to The WorldPost for a diary of his voyage.

“To speak the language of music is better than speaking English, Arabic, German, Dutch, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian,” Ahmad wrote on Facebook from Munich on Wednesday.​ “This is what I felt through the interaction with foreigners on my journey to Germany.”

Mehreen Kasana contributed to this report.

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Jay Z Sings Along To Beyoncé During Her Made In America Show Because That’s What Love Is

Just when you thought Beyoncé and Jay Z’s love couldn’t get any sweeter, it does. 

The superstar performed at her husband’s Made in America Festival on the Rocky Stage in front of a sold-out crowd on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday. In a sea of 80,000 people, one person stood out: Jay Z.

The rapper was spotted by other concertgoers wearing a hooded sweatshirt and singing along as his wife slayed on stage

Sigh. Bey and Jay forever. <3 

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Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along — a Revival?

A couple of weeks ago, my Twitter feed included a post from The New York Times referring to SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, as a “revival.” My immediate reaction was: “Do they mean ‘revival’ not in a theatrical sense?” That is because I always thought about this show as a new musical. The original release said it was “a musical about the events that led to the creation of the groundbreaking Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle musical Shuffle Along.” That description didn’t lead me to think “revival,” even though I knew the songs were from the original show. But then I saw the latest release, announcing some stellar additional casting, which came complete with an introduction stating: “Please note that when classifying the show, it is more accurate to call it a revival than a new musical.” Why was I wrong? Or was I wrong?

The March press release stated: “In April 2016… SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, will be a backstage musical telling the story of the creation of this transformative but now forgotten show.”

The August press release stated: “The 2016 SHUFFLE ALONG brings the original show back to glorious life, while simultaneously telling the remarkable backstage story of both its historic creation and how it changed the world it left behind.” The recent release also calls it “a striking new production that presents both the 1921 musical itself, and additionally details the events that catalyzed the songwriting team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and librettists F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles to create this ground-breaking work.”

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant:

1) The show itself has changed since it was first announced in March. SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed has never been seen by an audience — it is in development. During the time when a show is developing, it often changes. Perhaps director George C. Wolfe, who is also providing the libretto, and his creative team have changed the concept in the past five months.

2) The original press release didn’t do a great job at accurately describing the show. This is not a slam on the press agents or anyone else involved in the writing and approval process; such things happen often. I’ve frequently written to press agents after seeing a show to say: “Umm… That wasn’t really what I thought it would be.” Under this reasoning, this release more accurately describes the show as it has always been. End of story. (Of course, the argument could be made that I simply didn’t do a great job at interpreting the original press release. Others thought the same thing as me though, so at least I’m not alone.)

3) It’s part of early Tony campaigning. The Tony Awards Administration Committee decides if a show is a “revival” for Tony purposes, and they don’t have to listen to anyone else, but if a show is always framed as a revival, it has a good shot at being considered a revival.

Not having read a script or seen SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed at any stage of its development, I cannot say which of the three alternatives is most accurate. I truly have no idea. I’m excited about the show regardless. This all said, because of my own love of talking about Tony rules, I’m going to write about what it takes to be a revival according to the Tony folks and what the race is like this year.

Basically, in relevant part, to be a “revival,” something has to have played on Broadway before in “substantially the same form” or be a “classic.” The classic category isn’t particularly relevant to this column, and I’ve written about it too many times already. What does “substantially the same form” mean? That is where the Tony Awards Administration Committee comes into play — they decide.

Remember that odd On a Clear Day You Can See Forever which bore little resemblance to the original other than its score (which was augmented with a song from the film)? That was a revival. Same with the rewritten Flower Drum Song, which had two trunk songs. The 2013 Cinderella was a revival, despite having trunk songs, never being on Broadway before (oh, yeah, sorry, another mention of a “classic”), and having a nice stepsister and a title character who doesn’t truly lose her shoe. So “substantially the same form” appears to mean: “with the same score or sort of the same score with maybe some deletions and some add-ons.” Crazy for You, which was based on Girl Crazy, did win the Tony Award for Best (new) Musical, but that was all the way back in 1992, and I believe only possessed five of the songs from the original.

The first release made SHUFFLE ALONG, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed seem more like Crazy for You, except, you know, nothing like Crazy For You. I thought it would include some of the original show but really be removed from the original show–it would be a new show about the old show, as it said. This release makes it seem simply like the old Shuffle Along with a new book, which just happens to add book scene material about the making of the show and the subsequent reaction. What the show will be in March when it hits the stage remains to be seen.

Often years being a musical revival is easily the path of least resistance — some years there are barely enough entrants to have a category. (The award doesn’t sell as many tickets as the award for Best Musical, so it’s easier to get nominated, but there is less reward to winning.) This season however is a competitive one in terms of revivals. There is the highly anticipated Fiddler on the Roof directed by Bartlett Sher, Dames at Sea, The Color Purple, and a revival of She Loves Me starring Broadway’s beloved critical darling Laura Benanti and How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor. (Irrelevant, but I like Radnor’s film Liberal Arts better than Garden State.)

Of course, the Best Musical category is much more of a killer, as the juggernaut that is Hamilton exists. I got a call from a producer last week asking me if I thought it was unbeatable. My mind harkened back to a few years ago when I received similar calls regarding Matilda. I think Hamilton has more of a groundswell behind it – and it is American – but that year’s race is evidence that saying shows are “unbeatable” is not the best choice ever. (As if I didn’t know that from years of press agent Judy Jacksina describing to me how the dark musical Nine toppled the Dreamgirls behemoth.) Nevertheless, people are running scared from Hamilton. Many emails that came my way questioned whether the urge for Shuffle to be positioned as a revival doesn’t come in direct response to Hamilton mania. Honestly, prior to a couple of weeks ago I personally thought Shuffle would make it a real Best Musical race. It seemed like strong competition for the main prize.

Only time will tell whether Shuffle will be considered a revival for Tony purposes or seem like a revival to those who see it. All I know is with that team, no matter how it is classified, it is bound to be interesting. I’m excited.

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Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and all the Messy Milestones Along the Way

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The greatest thing Nicole Polizzi, aka “Snooki,” ever did was by accident. But her son, Lorenzo, was never a mistake. When she and her boyfriend, Jionni, found out she was knocked up, they weren’t married or engaged. She was only twenty-four and living with her parents—and she had zero baby experience. With a reckless, party girl TV persona to deal with, she had a lot to learn and discover in becoming a mother.In this funny and frank book, Nicole shares her experiences, everything from the first sonogram to the nipple-cracking shock of breastfeeding. In each chapter, she tells the unvarnished truth about pregnancy symptoms (“The High Price of Gas”), the ridiculousness of her baby registry (“Butt Paste and Boogie Wipes”) and the lowdown on postpartum life (“Shit Happens”). There’s a ton of useful information, including a list of must-have baby products, MILF style tips, how to keep “I’m a whale” preggers bad body image in check, and how she got into the best shape of her life within six months of giving birth. Although Nicole had to give up partying, she’s embracing motherhood the only way she knows how: with a fun-loving attitude—and lots of leopard print!
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Finding the Answer That’s Been There All Along: How to Discover the Direction With Wings

True desire is where everything begins.

I have a story to share with you about decorating my living room that isn’t really about decorating my living room. It’s about a miracle. It’s about getting unstuck. It’s about your career, your marriage, your weight, or maybe your living room.

I had been looking at my living room for months, feeling meh on the high end of the spectrum, and I am suffering a small plague on the other. Hoping for creative ideas, I started looking at houses online, even homes in other states. It felt a little bit like scoping out Match.com while your husband gropes through the refrigerator, commenting on how you could arrange the shelves differently. Romantic walks on beaches. I’d be checking out the dimensions of that living room, then noticing my own. I quickly learned, that every living room looks great with 900-foot ceilings or wall to wall windows and an ocean view. I have neither.

Paul, my partner, started dreaming about ripping up the ceiling and creating a loft above. Awesome, but way beyond what my overwhelmed mind and bank account had in mind. Realizing that really remodeling was just creating stress, Paul offered magic words: “What if there’s just one simple thing you can do, just to change the energy? What if there’s one thing that starts moving us in the right direction?” So I started looking around and imagining a new shade of paint, couch, or an unusual light fixture. But nothing clicked.

I felt tangled and impatient, a bad combination for courting revelations. Maybe you’ve felt this, with more important life decisions: I wanted change, but I didn’t want to put time into it. I wanted change, but I didn’t want to put money into it. I wanted change, but I didn’t even know what I really wanted to do. Pity our psychotherapists and God.

So I returned to my original desire. I want this room to feel great to me. That’s all I knew. “Don’t think about this room,” Paul suggested. “Just think about what would feel like what you want.”

I started thinking about what did feel great. I have a back room, an extension to our home built back in the 1920s. I love its energy. It’s got a quirky, formidable, black wood burning stove on its own little brick platform. But the best part of that room is an entire wall of exposed brick, uneven texture and happiness, worn solidity and a poetic karma you can’t find in new construction. I fell in love with that room years ago, winking its old house charm at me. It’s why I bought the house.

“I’d love something like that, an exposed brick wall,” I said to Paul, as though he could magically order one up out of a Home Beautiful catalog and have it shipped or maybe blink his eyes like a cartoon genie. It was preposterous. True desires often are.

But you know how when you start to focus on something you want, you start to notice all the reasons you want it? I began to notice movie scenes with people who had cool lives and living rooms. They often had exposed brick walls. Naturally this meant they had superior conversations, cheese, sex, iPads and income levels. It was just subliminal shorthand.

One day, standing in the living room, I was again talking to Paul about painting walls. Paul looked like he wasn’t listening (which by the way would never happen to people who lived in cool living rooms). He was staring at the fireplace in the living room and the large plaster wall (which I’d painted purple, “blueberry yogurt” says a friend) above it. It jutted out from the rest of the blueberry yogurt walls. “You know,” he began. “That wall that juts out is probably plaster over the chimney to the fireplace.” He stared intently. “Mmm,” I said as though he was beginning to explain the periodic tables to me, when, really, I was more interested in end tables.

“Well, if it is the original chimney to the house, then it’s probably brick.” I still didn’t follow his thinking yet, because, there is the small possibility that I was too busy judging him. So he spelled it out. “If we break off that plaster wall, you might have an exposed brick wall.”

Could it be? I was afraid to get my hopes up. But even the thought of the possibility was a rush. We decided to try our theory. We have a large wooden Buddha face from a Thai temple who hangs on the wall above the fireplace. We decided to poke a tiny hole in the plaster wall, figuring that even if we were wrong, Buddha could hide the emptiness and imperfection. It seemed appropriate.

Paul chipped away a hole, kind of like a baby bird pecking through a shell. Sure enough, there was a tiny hint of red brick, a rustic ruby, peeking back at us from the hole. It was like a bindi, the holy red dot on an Indian woman’s forehead, and to me, it was every bit as devotional. I gasped. My crazy, improbable desire might actually come true.

The next day, after an all-day meeting, I came home to find Paul covered in the white dust of plaster. He looked like a crazed baker. He smiled at me as I beheld his “cake.” We had an exposed brick wall above the fireplace. Worn out brick. Textured brick. Brick that changed the whole vibe of the living room, even more than I imagined. I couldn’t believe it. Who needed a fantasy genie or a stinking catalog? Real life was the real miracle.

The answer had been there all along. It had always been there. I’ve lived in this house for 17 years. It’s always been there. This house is over 100 years old. Really, it’s always been there. But I never would have discovered it if I kept looking at the room I thought was there. In A Course in Miracles, there is the teaching that a miracle is about “undoing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence.” In English, that means a miracle, the presence of a loving perspective or resolution, is always present. But you have a belief in the way. You have an assumption in the way. You have a way of seeing in the way. I had a thick purple plaster wall in the way.

I was trying to decorate the room I believed existed. But it was only when I asked what I really wanted that I found a direction that had wings. It wasn’t about fitting a solution into my existing circumstances. It was about finding an answer or direction that changed my existing circumstances. So, are you ready to design your life? Never mind your current situation. What do you really want?

As a creative career and success coach, I see this repeatedly. I ask someone, “What do you love to do?” They tell me “I have an MBA and I’m in advertising.” Or “I’m a paralegal.” They tell me what they’ve been. What they’re trained for. Their age. They do not tell me about the destiny that is hunting them down. They do not initially admit that they’d like to leave it all and ride an elephant in Thailand. They do not mention the movie script that runs in their veins. Or their instinct to start a foundation.

“What do you love?” I ask. They treat me like I’m pretending to be Santa Claus, despite the fact that I am Jewish as well as serious as chicken soup about this question. I know that their real desire is the only way we will ever find the truth. The truth is there. The truth has energy to take them into the fierce lives in which they belong. Every limit they believe is true, will bow before the real truth within them. There is a truth. There is always a truth.

There is always a brick wall underneath your plaster. There is always the presence of everything you want, covered by the familiar. It’s waiting for you. It’s been there all along. There’s an astonishment beneath your confusion and habitual way of thinking. There is another way to see this situation. Let go of your grip on what you think the situation is. There is always love awaiting you, beyond every single fear.

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Playing Along to Stay Alive: Surviving Molestation

This story was written and performed by Darrin Larson for the live, personal storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession With True Life Tales) at The Winspear Opera House in Dallas, on March 17, 2014.

The theme of the show was “Elephant in the Room.”

Trigger warning

“Darrin boldly describes the fateful New Year’s Eve when, at age 14, he is forced to deter a molester and then struggles to deal with the shame that follows,” says Oral Fixation creator and director Nicole Stewart. “What a brave move it was for him to stand on stage and recall that terrible night and then share how it shaped his life and informs his parenting. Read his story here and don’t miss his performance in the video below.”

An hour after ringing in the new year with my first full can of beer, I no longer feel the pleasant numbness that crept over my 14-year-old body and made me laugh and talk too much. There’s now a big, walrus-bearded man lying in bed next to me, his stale breath sailing into my face as his fingers circle uninvited beneath my T-shirt. His hand has found an area unprotected by clothing, bones, hair, or solid muscle, and he traces rings that radiate outward from my belly button like a target.

“This will help your stomach,” Sid whispers.

It’s a softer voice than the one that booms over the counter when he’s selling burgers and cokes to us at the lodge near our weekend cabin, where he jokes with the crowd of kids in wet bathing suits while the moms read books on lawn chairs down by the lake.

Earlier in the night, when we were sitting around his family room drinking beer, I told him I didn’t want to get sick. My older brother spent the night hunched over a toilet the first time he got drunk, and as my own buzz was kicking in, I suddenly worried that I would lose it also.

But my stomach is fine. I stopped after one beer — apparently I’m a lightweight — and I wasn’t worried about throwing up by the time I walked into the bedroom to go to sleep.

When he got he got into the bed with me, I thought it was a joke, like he was pretending to not know that he was in the wrong room, but then he inched in next to me, placed his hand on top of my T-shirt, and started rubbing my stomach.

His fingers began tentatively, with small side-to-side motions that barely went up or down. My heart began to pound, but I remained motionless, as if my stillness could stop him from doing whatever a grown man does when he crawls into bed with a 14-year-old boy. Then his arm slid under my T-shirt, and I felt cold air on my skin as he placed his hand directly on my belly.

Oh God, no.

We’re in his son’s room — Nick, a guy I barely know. He’s a year or two older than me, smells like cigarettes, and looks half-wasted a lot of the time. He invited my older brother over for New Year’s Eve, and I tagged along when I found out there would be beer. We’ve known Sid for a while, and we like him because he’s always saying funny, sarcastic things out of earshot of our parents. We only met Nick a few months ago, when Sid adopted him.

“Man, you’re so lucky,” I told Nick when we got to his cabin. “Your dad is cool with you drinking.” He nodded and gave a short laugh. I hadn’t said anything about the beer to my parents. “We’re going to watch TV and hang out,” I told them. Unlike Nick, I normally played by the rules.

Now Nick is passed out in a bed on the other side of the room. My older brother is in the same condition in the other bedroom, and my parents are miles away, beyond the snow, trees, and darkness surrounding this cabin. That’s where I should be, in my own bedroom, on the top bunk with my younger brother snoring below and our dogs sleeping on the floor by the heater.

It’s quiet except for Sid’s heavy breathing and the things he says in a hushed voice to make me think this is normal. His hairy, beer-bellied wall of a body stretches from the foot of the bed to headboard. He’s at least a half a foot taller than me and three times as heavy, and though I could outrun him on the track or soccer field, I feel trapped and powerless here.

I can’t push his hand away or tell him to stop rubbing me — that would make him mad. I hide my repulsion, my fear, my knowledge that what he’s doing is wrong. See, no problem — I won’t tell anyone. You won’t have to kill me.

“Does it feel better?”

“Yeah,” I say, hoping it will make him take his hand off me and get the hell out of the bed.

His hand keeps moving, though, and my boxers, which I wear around my house at night like pajamas because they cover up what is private, now feel so thin and unprotective.

Maybe he’s not trying to do anything.

No, he’s going lower. Oh God, please make him stop.

His hand finally brushes against the top of my underwear, and I feel the waistband give. A bolt of panic shoots through me and words spill out of my mouth before I can stop them.

“I’m fine. My stomach is fine.” I try to say it gratefully, sleepily, in a way that won’t provoke him.

I roll over on my side toward the wall, and my abrupt shift causes his hand to fall back. I brace myself for him to follow, to ignore my words, but he doesn’t. He sinks back into his side of the bed and after a few minutes of shifting and settling, he becomes still.

I’m not going to fall asleep. I can’t or else his hand will be on my body again, tugging at the elastic boundary that separates inappropriate from criminal. He seems like he’s asleep, but I won’t look and risk stirring him.

After a while, he begins to snore, and my heart descends back into my chest and slows to a resting rabbit pace.

I drift in and out of sleep waiting for morning to come — and for my brother and Nick to wake up so I’m not all alone with him. Staring into the darkness all around me, I’m hounded by the thought that I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t wanted so badly to see what it felt like to get drunk. I try to pray, but it doesn’t work the way it did when I used to ask the small framed picture of Jesus I made in Sunday school to please keep me from getting leukemia like that kid at school. I seem too old for that God, and he seems far away.

By the time the morning light pierces the room’s darkness and secrecy, my muscles are drained from hours of trying to stay alert. I hear my brother get up to go to the bathroom, and when he’s done, Nick follows. I quietly slide to the foot of the bed, careful not to wake up Sid, climb out, and go to the hallway to wait for my turn.

I will not go back in the bedroom or any place alone with that man ever again.

Sid takes us back to our cabin and I pretend like nothing happened as we say goodbye. When my parents ask how things went, I say nothing about the fingers tugging at my boxers. Or the beer. They all go together at this point — things that shouldn’t have happened — and I’m keeping them all a secret.

A couple of days later, we leave our cabin and make the four-hour drive home, farther and farther from Sid. School starts and life gets back on a schedule, and I eventually start to feel like my old self. But underneath it all, in the place where my voice lives, I’ve changed. I don’t trust grown-ups the way I used to, and I’ve lost some of my sense that bad things won’t happen to me.

Several years passed before I told my parents about that night. And when I did, I didn’t even call it what it was. He didn’t cross the line and touch me there, so I said, “I was almost molested.” My mom sounded so devastated that I just left it at that.

But he did cross the line. I was too old to have someone rubbing my tummy to make me feel better and too young to consent to what he wanted to do that night.

For the longest time, I felt weak for not telling him to stop. I didn’t understand why I just lay there. But as I went back to that night in my mind, on the page, and in a therapist’s office, I came to see that what I was doing was trying to survive. I didn’t want to be one of those kids they find buried somewhere after they’ve been molested. If I acted like there was no problem, there should be no reason to kill me.

That night and for years afterward, what he did to me somehow became something I was ashamed of. But it was his actions that were repulsive, not mine. There was nothing for me to feel guilt or shame about.

I don’t know what became of Sid, but I know what became of me. I worked hard at shedding my innocent, good-kid skin — it protects you only when you live in the shadow of mom and dad, not when you have to hold your own with other kids or men who want try to crawl into bed with you. Beer, pot, and anything I could pour into a Coke seemed to be the ticket out of childhood for a while, but eventually I didn’t need them to feel like I was living life on my own terms, standing on my own.

And standing on my own has put me in the position to stand up for others, whether it’s in my career as a public servant, the classes I teach on resolving conflict, the causes I support that combat child and animal abuse, or the stories I tell in front of a microphone.

When I became a father, I made sure my daughter would know how to stand up for herself — and how to listen to the voice inside her that will protect her.

“I didn’t tell anyone about what happened to me, and I should have,” I told her. “If anyone ever tries to do anything to you, tell them they can’t. Tell them no. And don’t be afraid to tell me. I’ll believe you.”

Because of what happened to me that night, I understand why people who’ve been molested are sometimes afraid to speak up. And that’s why I tell this story — for me and for them.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-656-HOPE for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
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Theater: Loneliness Doesn’t Go Distance; Machinal Hums Along

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER ** out of ****
MACHINAL *** out of ****

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER ** out of ****
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This play is just 80 minutes in length but it’s a long 80 minutes because we learn everything we’re ever going to know about our hero in the first five minutes. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner is based on the classic Angry Young Man British film that launched the career of actor Tom Courtenay. He’s a teen sentenced to a boys reformatory (essentially, prison) for a petty robbery. But his skill as a runner earns him privileges and the movie shows this young man Colin running while reflecting on his life and what brought him to this moment — wondering if winning the race will just make him a pawn to the Man, the System.

The play follows the same trajectory, but it’s been updated to take place just after recent riots in London and our hero is now black. He’s also noticeably less angry. In the film, Courtenay is literally bristling with unfocused anger at everything and everyone. Life, the government, his dying father, the mother who was cheating on his dying father and whom — wrongly — Colin believes killed him by withholding pain medication. Colin is furious over her new boyfriend and the spectacle of his mother wasting insurance money on a flurry of clothes and the like. In other words, Colin is very, very angry and in many ways has every confused reason to be so.

But this stage adaptation by Roy Williams confuses things. Perhaps because Colin is now black they were afraid to show him as furiously angry with the world, fearing cliche or that Colin might be dismissed as a thug. The very appealing Sheldon Best plays Colin and wins us over immediately with his rather reasonable, sensible approach to an aimless life.

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He didn’t take part in the rioting and looting and seems to have a good head on his shoulder, at least for a kid with very few prospects. His mom didn’t cheat on his dying dad or add to the man’s pain. All of this makes Colin appealing but far less volatile. When he actually instigates a petty theft of a bakery, it makes no sense based on what we know of him.

Indeed, the play removes almost everything about Colin that made sense, especially his injured fury. The movie was part of the British New Wave, which is literally known as the Angry Young Man movement. Colin has plenty of reasons to be angry at a bankrupt economy and dim prospects for work (which, to be fair, doesn’t really appeal to him). But the very real and personal reasons for his anger have been tamped down or removed and all we have is a young man we get to know who does a foolish act we don’t understand.

The entire piece should lead up to his rebellion, the possibility that Colin will finally stand up to the System and refuse to play their game. He’ll literally throw away the possibility of winning. In the 1950s, this had a certain symbolic appeal. In the context of today, however, it comes across as a sadly self-destructive act, not the first step to claiming piece of mind the way it was in the film. Truly, anyone who has never seen the movie will simply be puzzled by the action taking place.

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Though the script is lacking and various theatrical touches (like having cast members appear at times to the side or the back of the stage like a Greek chorus) simply fall flat, the show succeeds very well at its central conceit: showing Colin running a long distance race. Best is as mentioned a very likable presence, all the more remarkable since he delivers his dialogue often while running in place. The projection design by Pauline Lu & Paul Piekarz are top notch at evoking movement and various settings like some woods near the detention center Colin is held at. The tech elements overall are solid throughout. But kudos especially to Best’s acting chops and fitness.

He has very good chemistry with Jasmine Cephas Jones as the potential romantic interest Kenisha. Indeed, the entire cast is solid, with Zainab Jah turning the contradictory role of Colin’s Mum into a sensible, believable character and Raviv Ullman a handsome presence in dual roles as a scowling guard and later a friendly competitor in the race named Gunthorpe. Unfortunately, the key role of the would-be mentor Stevens is handled poorly by Todd Weeks. He never hints at the possible complexity of the character. Is Stevens using Colin for his own career, genuinely trying to help the lad or some complicated mix of the two? Instead, all we see is someone awkwardly emphasizing his dialogue and never letting us forget for a moment that he’s an actor playing a role.

Director Leah C. Gardiner handles the many technical demands and the strong cast with assurance. It’s a pity they didn’t realize that updating and weakening the impetus for our hero’s distress was cutting the legs out from under him.

Here’s the trailer to the original British film.

MACHINAL *** out of ****
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Machinal means of or pertaining to machines. And life can certainly seem a grinding machine to one whose spirit is snuffed out — one imagines — even before it can begin. Coincidentally, “the Machine” was the nickname for the mammoth set design that dominated the recent production of Wagner’s The Ring at the Metropolitan Opera. It was huge, it was noisy, and it sometimes seemed a lot of bother for just a few brief moments of epic beauty.

The Roundabout has revived writer Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play Machinal and it too has a flashy set design, a rotating box that is flashy and sometimes noisy and dominates the proceedings. But the Met might just sneak down to the Roundabout to see how perfectly this particular set design complements the play it was created for, how every turning of the set demonstrates how our heroine seems trapped on a treadmill leading right towards her fate: the electric chair. Sometimes it creaks and sometimes it groans but this is just right for a life that too rarely gives voice to its despair until a brutal and sad act of violence.

I’ve never seen Machinal before. It was apparently brought back to life by a revival at the Public in 1990, just before I arrived in New York and has become more of a fixture in the repertory ever since. My first impression is that the Roundabout has squeezed out about everything it can from a story that is sometimes avant-garde and often bloodless as it shows a woman who can barely breathe, much less control her own destiny. (The real-life murder that inspired it was much more Double Indemnity than the dehumanizing Metropolis on display here.)

Luckily, this high-minded work that might feel a bit dated has the wonderful, intelligent Rebecca Hall as the lead, a young woman who is so worn down by life she is referred to in the Playbill as simply Young Woman, which is to say Every Woman. She is late to work because the subway feels stifling and the Young Woman has a panic attack. Her dull as dishwater boss (Michael Cumpsty, excellent as always) asks her to marry him and this too sends her into a nervous tailspin. Her Mother (an effective Suzanne Bertish) is indifferent to her plight and confused when the Young Woman wonders if perhaps maybe she should actually love her potential husband, rather than shrink from his touch?

But the Machine is indifferent and life trudges on and she is married and on her honeymoon and crying and listening to her husband insist the blinds be drawn so no one can see in (and she can’t see out) and a child is born but she can’t bring herself to nurse it and the machine rotates and her life trudges on until out of nowhere she has a Lover (Morgan Spector, very good in a role first tackled by Clark Gable). For a moment, the Machine seems to pause and she is smiling and emotion is pouring through in a show that has heretofore seemed a bit dry, a bit didactic. It helps that Hall is in a slip and smiling and the strap of her clothing falls off her shoulder. Is happiness possible? We’ll never know.

As mentioned, the play is based on a famous murder trial of the time but the inevitability it held in 1928 seems a bit hard to swallow. Why did her Lover go away? Was he uninterested in a long-term affair? (That’s certainly hinted at.) But why didn’t the Young Woman just divorce her husband? Are her frantic inner monologues simply a stream of consciousness that reflects her inner turmoil a la Virginia Woolf? Or is the Young Woman perhaps mentally ill, struggling as she does to handle day to day life?

This Machinal does not provide the satisfying answers or even emotional complexity that might make a lack of answers feel more like real life than just a play that simply has a predetermined finish line. But director Lyndsey Turner makes one happy to go along for the ride. The set design by Es Devlin is a tour de force but needless to say it wouldn’t work without all the other technical elements being right in sync, from the costumes and lighting to the excellent sound design of Matt Tierney and the choreography of Sam Pinkleton.

Hall breathes life into what on paper seems more like a conceit and Cumpsty manages a wonderful balancing act. His role as the stultifying Husband might be played for buffoonish laughs or turned into a controlling monster. Cumpsty manages to get the laughs and some chilling moments (“Wait! WAIT!” he barks in one key scene) but he creates interesting tension and humor while letting the husband be exactly and essentially no more than what he is: dull. That is no easy task. Ashley Bell is vivid as a good-time Telephone Girl. And Ryan Dinning offers up every possible spin on “Hot dog!” known to man while using his body language to tell the story of a young man become rather willingly seduced in a bar.

Indeed, it’s a faultless cast doing its best with a work far more unconventional than is usual for the Roundabout. Here’s hoping their subscribers appreciate this nervy stretching of the definition of what a Roundabout production can be.

THEATER OF 2014

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ***
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Hard Times ** 1/2
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I Could Say More *
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