The Most Wonderful Shop of the Year

As someone who kinda gets grumpy when I have to go shopping, I feel uniquely qualified to say: Robot Supply and Repair is the ultimate best. Period. I almost don’t want to give away what makes this place so awesome, because the reveal as I walked in the door without knowing anything about it —Continue reading “The Most Wonderful Shop of the Year”

The In-Betweens

There is a crack, a crack in everythingThat’s how the light gets in Leonard Cohen As life and health situations twist and turn for an inordinate number of people in my life lately, and we endure the tests and wait for the consults, I’ve been thinking of this Van Gogh painting. I stumbled upon itContinue reading “The In-Betweens”

O Tannenbaum

O Christmas tree, o Christmas treeYour dress wants to teach me something:Your hope and durabilityProvide comfort and strength at any time.O Christmas tree, o Christmas treeThat’s what your dress should teach me. Ernst Anschütz, “O Tannenbaum” (English translation) Get a plastic tree without lights, they said. It’s the smart thing to do, they said. If you bought aContinue reading “O Tannenbaum”

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”

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”