Call me by my NAME.
Yesterday, I was told that I made a terrible faux pas by not calling someone by their proper first name. Not only had I made an error, apparently this person was â€śoffendedâ€ť that I couldnâ€™t get his name right. Ouch. Now, in my defense this introduction was made in a bit of a flurry as we were walking through a film location for a short I wrote and commence shooting this weekend. This is a movie about a […]
Flood, Mud, Fire and Earthquake.
Folks often say that California doesnâ€™t have seasons. While itâ€™s true we donâ€™t experience the seasons typically associated with gorgeous Pinterest pages — and oh, how I love me some images of crisp autumn twilight and mugs of hot beverages â€“ we can consistently expect the arrival of Flood, Mud, Fire and Earthquake. As a Native Californian, I grew up reading the history of how earthquakes, floods, muds and fire have destroyed many a town up and down our fine […]
You da’ bomb.
Answering the phone at lunch, especially when you see that it is your place of employment calling, can be risky business. Last week, when work called I was told not to come in. Being insecure and always living in fear that Iâ€™m not good enough my response was: â€śWhy? Am I being fired? Is this the day that finally happens?!â€ť Â The voice on the phone chuckled nervously and said, â€śNo, donâ€™t come in because the entire area has been evacuated […]
Love, the Dalai Lama and “What’s for Breakfast?”
Iâ€™m a SUPER big fan of love and today, I had the unbelievable (no really, still pinching myself) opportunity to breathe the same oxygen of the man whose whole existence is all about love: The Dalai Lama. The 200 women (and a small group of men) in attendance got to hear a bit about the philosophy of love and how the world would be a better place if everyone could start with that one (sometimes not so simple) element and […]
You can’t take it with you.
St. James Infirmary Blues is an American folksong with multiple versions done over the years. Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Janice Joplin, The Standells, Arlo Guthrie and others have performed and recorded the song with varying lyrics. My favorite version is done by Hugh Laurie. His has the lyrics, â€śWhen I die, bury me in straight laced shoes, a box backed suit and a Stetson hat. Put a 20 dollar gold piece on my watch chain; so the boysâ€™ll know I […]
The dogâ€¦ was slightly electrocuted.
Preparing for a vacation is stressful and by most accounts, people are more than ready FOR a vacation from all that goes into preparing FOR a vacation. Getting ready for my recent vacation was no exception. First, I had to make sure I could leave work.Â Monday through Friday, I have the great privilege to be behind a microphone and talk. For a storyteller, it is the perfect place to be, in a roll-y chair engaging in conversation but, making […]
Be someone I want to respect.
I am not a big fan of rude, despite the fact that some days, it seems that rude people rule the world. At some point, I thought maybe it would stop. Surely, kindness, consideration and an overall sense of justice would kick in and some kind of decency equilibrium would be restored. Oh, silly me. Apparently, even the mentors of the world are allowed to slap on a jersey and ball cap and coach folks into leading their lives backsides […]