June 21, 2020

Published in AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE  October, 1990

A crying baby expresses its emotional truth—its breath picks up its essential survival impulses and turns them to sounds, which demand a response. If the response comes, the baby lives. If the call is unanswered, the baby dies,...

June 20, 2020

My mom died the morning of June 5th, at the ripe, full age of 84. The day previous she’d spent a long, leisurely, laugh-filled FaceTime with her granddaughters, a regular quarantine ritual, and this past January we had all made the trek from L.A. to Orkney to ring in the New Year...

April 12, 2019

I included a video in my newsletter yesterday & I wanted to take it back the minute I released it. But pressing “send” means tha​t's​ that. 

Naturally, I watched the video repeatedly. I listened to my voice ​grow singsong; I watched my own head bob and wobble - how strange t...

February 16, 2019

"Once there lived a king and queen who were rich and had everything they could wish for but no children. She complained day and night about this, and said,

"I am like a field on which nothing will grow."

Opening lines of "The Donkey," a Grimm's tale


And once there was a student w...

November 11, 2018

Our willow tree - what remains of it - has dropped a mighty branch into our back yard. It made a great, ripping sound and then returned to silence.

November 11, 2018

On the last night, my son stood watch over the good dog Beamer who was in undisclosed pain and couldn’t bear to be alone. I couldn’t sleep either, so I lay in bed and listened to Peter labor with our old darling -  who wanted out. Eighty pounds limp in his arms, Pete went down the...

October 25, 2018

Holly Fairbank is my sister-in-law a couple of families over. She's a mother, dancer, choreographer, and professor of aesthetics in New York City. She's also a cancer survivor. One day, she and a friend made this video. At the time, she was in isolation at the bone marrow transpla...

September 20, 2018

...isn't it so that there will never be enough psychotherapists in all the world to fix what ails us? Imagine instead: a world of citizen-artistis.

July 20, 2018

"We don't know what soul means, but we're lost without it." ~Michael Meade

July 3, 2018

Suddenly, without my consent, I was not only a voice coach, I was a mystic.

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