Point of Recognition

Teaching the Fun Institute’s drop-in improv class last Saturday, I found myself coaching improvisors to take their time during that very important part of the scene when a character first sees another character on stage. It generally happens shortly after she/he...

Love Letter to You

Dear Reader, Yes, you. How I dream of you sprawled on your comfy couch, the fire in your hearth blazing, your glass of wine/tea/coconut water at your side, a colorful crocheted blanket rumpled in your lap, your cat/dog/ferret snoring softly by your side, my latest...

The Rush

Getting a novel published is an adrenalin rush, no doubt about it. The months leading up to the launch are filled with anticipation. Are people going to like it? Will I be praised? Discredited? Admired? Shamed? It’s very similar to the opening night of a show. There...

And the winner is…

The first drawing is done. And I would like to congratulate Terry Fountain! She gets a copy of “Rest Home Runaways.” But another drawing is upon us. Make a comment on any blog entry on this site before August 25th, and I will put your name in the hat for a...

Mazel Tov!

I’m not Jewish, but I have lots of Jewish friends. Shoot, as a tween I went to almost as many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs as I did birthday parties. I love Judaism’s sense for rituals. One ritual I particularly like takes place during wedding ceremonies, that moment when the...

The Fantasy that Art is Enough

Let me start by saying that the act of creation, be it written, painted, danced, acted, sung, is enough. Study after study shows us this. Art heals. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about that naïve belief that the sheer wonderfulness of your...

Stupid Stupid Death

Growing old and helpless scares the shit out of me. It’s no doubt why I wrote “Rest Home Runaways.” Because after years of trying to figure out why I write, I finally figured out I do it as a way to make sense of the world, to deal with all the things I find...

Book launch at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Lucky me! The faboo Bookshop Santa Cruz has agreed to host the book launch for “Rest Home Runaways” on Thursday, August 21st, at 7:30. I will be reading a short excerpt from the book, answer whatever questions you throw at me, and do some signing. I feel so grateful...

Book Giveaway!

Welcome to my new website. I’m a lucky girl. My pal Duke Houston, the pixel pushing master of Houston graphics, did the design, and Sara Smith of Saralorien Design and Eileen Burke-Woodward made it happen. Both these women juggle work with full on family life, making...