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The Day Before My Birthday

The Day Before My Birthday

By on May 23, 2014 in Baby You Can Drive My Car, Blather | 1 comment

I celebrated my birthday this week. I suppose “celebrate” is too strong a word. At my advanced age (58!! OMG!), all I could muster was an acknowledgement that another year had passed all too quickly (impossible to ignore, thanks to Facebook and dozens of birthday greetings from friends and acquaintances, which I have to admit: I do enjoy). I went out to...

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April Was the Cruelest Month

April Was the Cruelest Month

By on May 8, 2014 in Blather | 2 comments

It’s bad enough that the Ides of April coincides with Tax Day – but this year, we had the extra expense of a large auto repair bill (thanks, Volvo)… and some last-minute travel. Megan got in to seven out of the ten colleges and universities she applied to. That was the good news. The bad news is that the three campuses that rejected her were all in...

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Comedy is Hard

Comedy is Hard

By on Apr 2, 2014 in Agents of Zeitgeist, Television | 2 comments

The #CancelColbert controversy over the weekend has gotten me thinking about the perils of being a comedy professional — which I am not. However, some thirty years ago I was an aspiring sitcom writer and was working behind the scenes in comedy television, and totally agree that Comedy is HARD. So is navigating the many avenues of race and ethnicity in 21st...

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The Re-Balancing Act

The Re-Balancing Act

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Blather | 0 comments

I have always written. I have an autograph book from childhood. Fifty years ago, my second-grade teacher wrote that she looked forward to seeing my plays on Broadway some day. I did not become a playwright, but longtime friends know that in a previous life, I was an aspiring sitcom writer. Back then, I worked as a production assistant.  TV production, in the words...

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Mother Nature’s “Quake-Up”

Mother Nature’s “Quake-Up”

By on Mar 17, 2014 in Current Events, SoCal Life | 0 comments

Mornings are rough – especially Mondays. But today, we had a little extra incentive to get out of bed, thanks to a 4.4 magnitude quake that hit around 6:30 A.M., causing our entire house to shake like a Jell-o mold on a plate. Once the shaking was over, I popped out of bed to check on my daughter, who was still under the covers, but — miraculously...

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