Pandemic Retrospective: What I’ve Lost

One of my favorite podcasts, David Tennant Does A Podcast With …, featured a conversation with Michael Sheen as part of its first season. And in the deleted scenes episode, was this little philosophical gem that has stuck with me ever since I heard it last year: I realize now, you know, that idea ofContinue reading “Pandemic Retrospective: What I’ve Lost”

Loose Change

It’s 7:00PM on a Wednesday night in February. I dutifully click on the Zoom link, and join a Brady Brunch opening credits montage, filled with a dozen or so well-dressed, nervously smiling heads and shoulders — my fellow virtual one-act play festival auditionees. Several of them recognize me and shout out my name. I’m suddenlyContinue reading “Loose Change”

The Party Countdown

I have mucho introvert in me. I read. I get pissy when people ask me too many questions before 3:00 in the afternoon. I typically think through multiple sides of a situation, for hours if not days, before landing on an opinion. And you can always count on me to choose a one-on-one conversation inContinue reading “The Party Countdown”

February, Untripped

An intriguing side effect of having broken up with Facebook (we’ve been “just acquaintances” since November 2020 — I’ll wave if I see them in the hallway, but I won’t stop to chat — as opposed to the codependent bedfellows we once were) is no more “Facebook Memories” — which, since I was using FacebookContinue reading “February, Untripped”

Travel, Sleep, Repeat

I understand why we sleep. To slip the knot of the world. Rachel Kadish, The Weight Of Ink I’ve had several conversations at work today about what a difference taking the last week off makes, and what a double-difference it makes when it’s coupled with the thrill of other people in the company taking thisContinue reading “Travel, Sleep, Repeat”

What Neil Said

Theatre, writing, and travel are my sports. And like any athlete, amateur hobbyist or consummate professional, it’s important to train during the off-season. Which has pretty much been all year, as far as theatre and travel go. Writing, on the other hand? Writing is there for me, always. It’s the hobby that never sleeps. EvenContinue reading “What Neil Said”

The Wisdom of Cats

I’ve commenced another one of my lunchtime polls in my chats with friends and loved ones, which happens once in awhile when I’ve grown weary of small talk, and am craving conversation that is a little deeper under the surface than “what are you having for dinner tonight.” In the past I’ve gone with theContinue reading “The Wisdom of Cats”

Degenerative Progress

I won an award at work yesterday, for being one of the company’s best innovators of 2020, a catalyst for change, and an excellent collaborator. The whole affair has me thinking about that old line from The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats, about things falling part, centres not holding. I’ve also been thinking aboutContinue reading “Degenerative Progress”