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”

No RSVP Required

I received an amazing email today: “[Our holiday party] is happening this year. In accordance with Michigan state laws, we are limiting the number of guests outside of our immediate family to zero. […] You are hereby uninvited.” In other words, do not RSVP. Do not BYOB. Please find it in your heart to spread a littleContinue reading “No RSVP Required”

Friday Chai Day and Other Joy Generators

Whoever said variety is the spice of life obviously wasn’t very observant. Or maybe they were just stuck in a rut and trying to validate throwing everything into the breeze and starting over from scratch. Or trying to make a few bucks with self-help advice, hustling anyone who would listen: Hey! Hey, you! You wantContinue reading “Friday Chai Day and Other Joy Generators”

My Closed-Captioned Life (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zoom)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an ode to my (dis)ability, so I figured it was time to bring out my ole soapbox and do a bit of barbaric yawping a-top of it. The other day, my college-aged son confessed to me (in a weirdly excited way), “Mom, I think I have your thing. IContinue reading “My Closed-Captioned Life (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zoom)”

Vacation Deprivation

My brain is doing that thing again. The irritable twitching when I get an email. The momentary burst of headache when I hear a door close. The obsessive inability to look away from all the little pieces of dust on the floor, which is naturally paired with the nothing-done about such pieces. Seriously, they justContinue reading “Vacation Deprivation”

Trivial Things: Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke (or as I first knew it, Mononoke Hime) will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first movie I saw in Japan without English subtitles, where I could somewhat follow what was going on. It was also one of the first animation films I saw that had two centralContinue reading “Trivial Things: Hayao Miyazaki”