Love is an Alloy

I sometimes think that I’ve won my freedom at the cost of my parents’ broken hearts. I wonder if that’s true for all children who do not follow in their parents’ footsteps. Who choose another path. Pure love is rare. Most of us experience it only in its...

I Grew Up in Disneyland

Growing up in a protective religious community was a lot like living in Disneyland. Everything was clean and shiny and wholesome and orderly. There were many opportunities to develop our talents and perform. We tried very hard to bring a smile to everyone’s face...

Life is a Spirograph

For the last two years the fact of my mortality has been crowding my day to day awareness in a way it’s never done before. Maybe it’s because my grandmother died last summer, just a month shy of her 100th birthday. Maybe it’s because I have seen my...

Is It Funny?

“Is it funny?”he asks. This when I tell him I’ve written a one woman show. “It has elements of the ridiculous about it,” I hedge. Partly because I’m in the habit of slipping quotes from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice into...

You're So Brave

“You’re so brave” they say. This when I tell them I have written a one woman show and will be performing it in Hamilton on November 21. The truth is I’ve always felt a little shy. I was fired from my very first job at Dairy Queen partly because...