Category: thoughts

Twenty Years

Twenty years ago, I had just started performing improv.  Admittedly, it was pretty bad improv.  Bar-prov.  Improv in bars, is not the most artistically satisfying experience for a performer.  Performing improv in bars is like doing a cooking-demo in a strip club.  Nobody gets what you’re doing.  Nobody cares what you’re doing.  You’re just a…

doing what you love

Sometimes, I wish life was as simple to live as a Rumi quote. Sometimes, it is. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.  ~Rumi Sure, if you follow your dream, life can be really challenging.  But you know what?  Life can be really challenging if you don’t follow…

Hell Yeah

I really needed this song today.  Just in case you do too, here ’tis: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4hBQ3PMR7M] Still I think about myself as a lucky old dreamer.  And if you’re askin’ me to tell, is it worth what I paid?  You’re gonna hear me say, “Hell yeah, it is.”

the small moments

condolences is a big word with lots of sylables that folks use when they don’t know what to say if you ask me when I miss her most it’s in the small moments the unexpected times the ones that don’t always make sense washing a plate stretching out on the floor, listening to a song…

Asses, Visors, and Art

Many years ago, I received a sun-visor for auditioning for Aaron Spelling’s “Sunset Beach.”  Sort of a “we’re not hiring you, but have this ugly hat anyway” gesture.  Yeah, I know, they probably didn’t hire any “nobodies” from their nation-wide audition tour; I’m sure they never planned to.  It was a publicity stunt.  But I…

life

the beauty of life is in those moments you share with other people the beauty of life is in those moments you cannot possibly share with another the beauty of life is in its contradictions

Making Art. Because.

A true artist creates art because s/he has to.  Simple as that.  Whether they are able to sell their work for profit matters little in the definition as to whether they are a true artist. When making art, we cannot judge ourselves.  The creative force is personal expression.  It is what it is.  When done…

Winter: Out Of Order, Please Have a Different Season Instead

I would like to begin by stating that I enjoy nice weather.  I’m a huge fan.  And I certainly don’t want to come off as a complainer about the recent situation.  After all, a person who’s recovering from the flu has no business being outside when it’s a typical January or February day in Chicago,…

Did you read your label?

YOUR LIFE    Special Care Instructions The life you have is unique.  Because it is made of organic materials, natural variations in color may occur.   Any irregularities are not to be seen as defective.  Imperfections only increase your life’s natural beauty and individuality.  Please handle with care.  Turn life inside out before assuming you know everything. …

things I do in my thirties that I never did in my twenties

buy the box of really soft tissues understand people more take a cab–twice in one week love my body completely (I truly thought I’d done this in my 20’s…..but not nearly as fully) look forward to spending a Saturday night in realize I’m not invincible wish I still (thought I) was be easier on myself…