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15 11, 2018

FACE VALUE

By | 2018-11-15T02:31:00+00:00 November 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

In my youth, I believed that when I got to be a certain age, (such as the age I am now) I would have become “wise”. Silly me. That’s almost as silly as believing that [...]

2 11, 2018

Fiction: The Mulberry Tree

By | 2018-11-02T23:18:40+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

This is a story that flitted into my mind one morning a couple of weeks ago, and reminded me of stories I’ve read in The New Yorker magazine written by Japanese writers and translated into [...]

23 10, 2018

SHE RODE THE BIG NINE-OH

By | 2018-10-23T06:49:03+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

My mother, Marion Ross, to whom I owe so much, is celebrating her 90th birthday this month. She’s had such an inspiring and positive effect on my life and on the lives of my family, [...]

12 10, 2018

THE DOWNSIDE OF EMPATHY

By | 2018-10-12T05:53:20+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

As empathy is a part of the physical universe, it naturally has an evil twin. In my case, my empathy has helped me to master impressions and create performances, as well as paintings, illustrations, portraits, [...]

4 10, 2018

MY LIFE AS A BRITISH ART PROFESSOR

By | 2018-10-04T22:23:38+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Back in 2009, I reinvented myself. Here’s how it began: Long ago, when I was a confused and rudderless art student at UC Santa Cruz, I took classes from a professor whose opinions I clung [...]

26 09, 2018

PIVOT THEORY: A NEW LOOK AT COMEDY

By | 2018-09-26T06:02:25+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

In the same way people say they’ve lived through different presidents, music styles or technologies, I can say with honesty that I have now lived through more than a few periods of comedy. And just [...]

17 09, 2018

The Grape That Ate Connecticut

By | 2018-09-17T20:34:45+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Today I walked outside my home and looked around at the lovely blue sky, the sunshine, and felt the familiar, pleasant late summer dry air that greeted me. I marked it by saying aloud, “September [...]

17 09, 2018

The Age of Memory

By | 2018-09-17T20:33:32+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

There was once, if museum directors and archeologists are to be trusted, an era known as the Stone Age. There have been other Ages, marked by mankind’s game-changing technical advancements, including the Bronze Age, the [...]

3 09, 2018

Compassion is the New Cynicism

By | 2018-09-03T02:34:59+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

With social media and the internet exposing every aspect of how life really is on this planet, and the actual condition of mankind, not the sugar-coated, segmented, isolated condition of some presumed “average”, our species [...]

27 08, 2018

ANTIQUE POLITENESS

By | 2018-08-27T06:51:02+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I came across an interesting collection from “George Washington’s 110 Rules”. They come from something called, The Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, (As memorized by George Washington as a youth. [...]