I cannot overemphasize the importance of having a truly excellent welcome book (a.k.a. house manual) in your home. The welcome book is your stand-in, their go-to guide when you are out and about. Even if you are on-site full time, I still recommend creating a welcome book that guests can refer to when you’re running […]
It was just after 2 PM when I arrived in Tarragona, Spain. I had been traveling since early morning, and was absolutely ravenous. “First order of business,” I told myself, readjusting my enormous backpack, “find something to eat.” Sounds straightforward enough, right? I was soon to discover that, in Spain, the siesta is in full […]
My best friend Maryann and I love to travel. But after her diagnosis with a chronic, life-threatening illness, we had to make some adjustments. Here’s what we learned.
Not attractive enough to be a cocktail waitress, but too attractive to be a belly dancer. Is there a chart somewhere I can consult to find an appropriate career path for my level of attractiveness?
Most of us go through multiple careers in the course of our careers. Eventually we end up with a resume that reads more like a collection of short stories than a single, coherent narrative. So we prune. The stuff that ends up on the cutting room floor, though, is often where the best stories lurk: the odd jobs so odd we don’t bring them up in mixed company.
When people ask me what my PhD is in, I often get a blank stare when I reply, “Dramatic Art.” But when I tell them I wrote my dissertation on the U.S. Carnivalesque, more specifically the enormous, booze-fueled outdoor mega-party the denizens of Isla Vista (the infamous student slum where the majority of UCSB’s undergraduate […]
I’ve written a lot of plays over the years (I guess that’s what happens when a writer gets a PhD in Drama), but this one is my favorite. If someone out there wants to produce it, do a staged reading, make it into a short film, etc., please do so with my blessings. Plays were […]
Some women have perfect pregnancies. They glow as if they’ve swallowed one of those will o’ the wisps from the movie Brave, go for long, smug walks, and eat mixing bowls full of salad while laughing. And then there are pregnancies like mine.
My senior year of high school, I had an amazing teacher. She taught me more useful stuff about how to learn in the course of one semester than I had learned in all the rest of my 12 years of schooling combined. Her name was Dr. Tina Yeager, and I owe her more than I […]
Authenticity. This concept has frustrated and eluded me for years. Back in my roaring ’20s, just after graduating from college, I took an intensive training course in the Meisner acting method with Larry Silverberg. Larry’s job was to help us discover our emotional triggers, and learn how to use them onstage for the most genuine […]