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As I substitute teach at Haas Hall Academy, I am reminded of my friends and my past.

Jason Moore and I had a drama classes in my early teens. I recall we did a production of Winnie the Pooh at the NWA mall. I remember rehearsals. At the mall, I skipped a huge section of the play. Therefore I had to improv and try to get some of the dialogue back into the show. Wing it! I recall my mom discussing plays that she was in through college. She described feeling outside of herself looking at herself below. Thinking I have to get back in my body and say my lines. Terrifying and interesting all in one.

When I was in graduate school, my supervisor worked with a large population of women whom suffered from DID, previously know as multiple personality disorder. Many of these women had experienced extreme amounts of abuse. Dissociating is a coping mechanism that people’s brains sometimes do when they are processing something difficult. I recall someone describing it to a class of mine. We were asked “have you ever driven somewhere and missed a turn or forgotten how you got there? Of course we all had. They explained well you dissociated.

Jason and I continued to be friends through out high school. My girls get embarrassed because I often bring up Jason’s work. I think they question if I really know him.

He is one of the many the #faroutstars that I have been lucky to know.

Jason has been working on Cher on broadway. Chris and I had the opportunity to see Cher in Vegas. We went to see Mark play with Seal. I was disappointed that Bette was on hiatus from her Vegas show. I have enjoyed Cher as an actress more then a musician. Chris and I rested rather then see her perform. Cher is definitely a performer that I have come to appreciate and admire. Not sure I will make s special trip to see Cher. However if it travels at some point, maybe I will get the chance to see Jason’s work on Cher.

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