An enchanting and poignant video has been making the internet rounds and for good reason — it’s a wonderful message about how best to live our lives. [Read more…] about Avoiding the Dreadful Hoax
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
This past summer, The Moth asked me to perform at a Mainstage in St. Paul on Nov 10. I was thrilled. Then in early fall, after reviewing my story, The Moth’s directors decided the piece needed more work and pulled me from the line up. I was less then thrilled. Now, these directors are the best of the best; I know they have my back and their decision was the right one. Still, I was really disappointed. Until two weeks ago. [Read more…] about When No Makes Way for Yes
There’s a terrific vignette in Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show and book, Wishful Drinking. She tells the story of her mother, Debbie Reynolds, being disciplined by her own mother, Carrie’s grandmother, in Texas. After sassing back or some such offense, Debbie Reynolds’s mother puts Debbie in the closet to teach her a lesson. After about an hour, sitting in her mother’s closet, Debbie Reynolds asks for a glass of water. Her mother wants to know why. Debbie Reynolds says, “Because I’ve spit all over your clothes and now I want to spit all over your shoes.” [Read more…] about Spitting on Her Shoes
I am experiencing a perfect storm of deadlines. A fundraising campaign, an upcoming performance, a portion of a manuscript, all due within the last week of October. And there’s a possible trip to NYC scheduled as well, and I am writing this from my hometown of Tampa, where I’m attending a not-to-be-missed 80th birthday party, that has me away from my studio at a critical moment. I started to hyperventilate on Tuesday, worrying I would never get this all done.