Category: Life Observations

Envy. Envy. Envy.

Green-Eyeglasses

[Re-posted from an SCV Gazette Afternoon T. article]  Q: How do I fight the green-eyed monster of envy? An ex has replaced me and I am practically stalking the new love on every social media platform. I can’t even say it’s about the two of them being together. I’m obsessed with everything my ‘replacement’ does. I don’t know how to stop this crazy-train.  A: First let’s clarify a couple of things. 1) There’s no such thing as ‘practically stalking’ if […]

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#Word

As a storyteller, when people ask what I do I usually describe it as “Words: Spun, Sung, Spoken and Scrawled. In my life, I’ve had the good fortune to present words in all their formats. As a vocalist I spent time as a singer in studios and on stages. As a writer I’ve had my work of words printed in magazines, newspapers and children’s chapter books. As an actress I’ve gone deep into characters that delivered words I never dreamed […]

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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 “offended” that I couldn’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 […]

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Flood, Mud, Fire and Earthquake.

Folks often say that California doesn’t have seasons. While it’s true we don’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 – 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 […]

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You da’ bomb.

bomblet

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 I’m not good enough my response was: “Why? Am I being fired? Is this the day that finally happens?!”  The voice on the phone chuckled nervously and said, “No, don’t come in because the entire area has been evacuated […]

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Love, the Dalai Lama and “What’s for Breakfast?”

Dalai Lama n Me June 17 2016

I’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 […]

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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, “When 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 boys’ll know I […]

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