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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. [...]

20 08, 2018

Art & Virtue

By | 2018-08-20T20:28:51+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The great playwright August Wilson wrote, “it was the ability of the theater to communicate ideas and extol virtues that drew me to it.” I think a lot of people feel the same. Plays, movies [...]

10 08, 2018

A Good Ending

By | 2018-08-10T19:37:00+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

“People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.” –Steven Spielberg I love the above quote by [...]

6 08, 2018

KEEPERS

By | 2018-08-06T06:03:12+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Like you, perhaps, I have a “thing” drawer in my bedroom dresser. This drawer is a catch all for possessions that I hardly ever use, or may have never used, but simply feel I have [...]