On October 26, more than 60 women in Saudi Arabia got behind the wheels of cars to protest the kingdom’s ban on women driving, despite the threats of arrest. In contrast, I’d just gotten back from performing my one-woman show, How To Draw A Nekkid Man, in Nashville, first at Amy Grant’s “A Tennessee Weekend,” and next at Vanderbilt University. Two women hired me to perform my show — one, a multi-Grammy winning singer/songwriter; the other, a PhD holding associate dean at a major university who teaches in the Gender Studies department. I was hired to tell my story of self-discovery — on a stage, in front of large groups of men and women — that deals with, among other things, women’s issues. In the meantime, Saudi Arabian women are risking jail time so they can finally DRIVE A CAR.
Last week, my husband and I traveled down to Boston, met some friends, and headed over to The Moth StorySLAM. The theme was Fathers, and happily, I got to tell my story about the Tricia Ball, a Christmas ornament Daddy made for me when I was very little and years later still brings great joy. Out of the 10 stories told that night, some were heart wrenching and some were hysterical, but most importantly, all of them were true.
I am a huge fan of Amy Poehler’s. Her comedy is very smart and funny — never cruel or mean — and she always makes a serious point, while cracking you up. This past week, she released a video on her Smart Girls channel, where she addresses questions poised by teenagers. Her response to a young woman named Millie about watching images on the Internet works for all of us.
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Thanks to a dear friend’s generosity, I attended last night’s Broadway opening of “Ann,” the play about Ann Richards, the former Texas governor. Actress Holland Taylor is both the playwright and star of this one-woman show, and since I share those roles in “How to Draw a Nekkid Man” (formerly “I Will Be Good”), I was very eager to see her performance.
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.