Animal intelligence

A few lessons from the wild… Owls Awareness. Cats Eat more fish. Groom regularly. Enjoy more naps. Act as though nothing is your fault, even if it is* Roosters and birds Get up and get going. Ants Don’t give up. Fish Go with the flow. […]

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Scene 3 — Owl

Owl misbehaved so badly a year and a half ago I had to fire her. I refused to acknowledge her or any of the other cast members for almost a year after that. Up to that point she’d been what you would expect of a […]

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I’m sorry. You’re clearly wrong

Just when I think I’m solid, really solid on eating eggs without uneasy qualms about my cardiovascular peril, my eyes chance upon a headline that hardens my heart. There is a subtle implication here I do not like. Quick as a flash I shut that […]

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Scene 2 – Bug

Walking down the driveway something caught my eye. Glancing at the ground I saw a bug dragging itself along with only its front legs because it was missing the back half of its body. I was horrified. The sight of a living thing forging ahead […]

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Time for mom jeans?

Is it time to retire the low risers and move on to the mom jeans? It’s a question I have asked myself any number of times since hitting the age of 40. Maybe some things are timeless, but there are many items in our pantry […]

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Scene 1 — Sissy

There should be some 1 – 2 – 3 instructions for what to do when someone is a jerk. Or when things don’t go your way. Or when you say — with complete conviction — that you are going to do one thing and then, […]

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You got played

Are Danes just heartless? You might come to this conclusion based on the fact that only 4.25% of them were willing to donate their organs back in 2004, while more than 98% of the people in Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland and Portugal were. And […]

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Setting the stage, part 2

Gabe, my Native American massage therapist, worked on my hip for 8 months. This required exposing my middle-aged right butt cheek for lengthy periods of time to a young guy who could easily land a role in Hollywood. He is that handsome. I hadn’t quite been […]

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Write and release

Storyteller, cowboy boot-wearing Texan and research professor on human experience, the also very funny Dr. Brene Brown blows the cover on shame by calling it out: “If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. […]

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Setting the stage, part 1

Philip Henderson, you don’t know it but you walked across my stage and initiated the climactic turning point the plot of my play hinged upon, the one I’d been reaching and reaching for these past 12 years. Alas, this starring role came at a price, […]

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Eat a peach

It’s a bummer to bring up, but it must be faced: summer is on the way out. But consider this: The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan has been named the happiest country on Earth, despite the fact that the Bhutanese contemplate death five times a […]

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Old people

She was tipped over so far to one side in her wheelchair she was almost horizontal to the floor. From this position she was trying to drink a cup of cranberry juice. I stared across the table at her, entranced. Was it possible? Apparently. Somehow, […]

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