“Erasure”.

Lois Weber, is turns out, was one of the most well-known directors of her time almost 100 years ago. Professor Shelley Stamp gave us a spirited discourse the other night about how women directors have been largely “erased” from the history books. I wanted Professor Stamp to know how much I appreciated her insights. Please…

A nice note of appreciation makes it all worthwhile.

Julia Newman runs the Parents’ Council at Rhode Island School of Design.  She came out here to oversee a party at the home of a parent in Malibu — after we’d exchanged a few e-mails and calls about agenda, guests, and general ideas on how to handle the party.  (I’ve given 4 or them before,…

Follow up from Lake Shore Drive.

Jim Higley is the new Development Director for Camp Kesem. He and outgoing Development Director, Laura Probst, came to introduce Jim to me — since I’ve been involved peripherally with the Camp Kesem folks since the very beginning. We had a deep, instant connection — about losing family members to cancer… how to deal with…

Out of body experience.

The new Parents’ Council Chair was at the RISD Send-Off party for new students & their parents last night. I stood and watched her, transfixed, as I realized I had started these ‘send-off parties’ in Los Angeles — and now they had taken on a powerful life of their own. I thought, “This must be…

Hockney on an ipad.

At the ‘Send-Off party” for incoming RISD Freshman yesterday, I was happily surprised when Doug O. came breezing in — he’s an alum whom I just met a few months ago, and he adds immeasurable gravitas to the proceedings whenever he appears. I wrote him a quick note this morning thanking him for getting out to…

New students start RISD.

Several years ago, when my daughter Jamie entered RISD, I asked the school, “Do you have a send-off party for kids in California?” They said cheerfully, “Sure — we do one in San Francisco.” I laughed.  “I’m FROM that area, and I wouldn’t get on a plane for a send-off party.  California’s BIG.  We need…

Pasadena Playhouse.

I’ve met SHELDON EPPS a few times now, but I’ve been impressed with his work as Artistic Director for The Pasadena Playhouse for a long time.  After I saw yet another article about him — I thought, “I should write him a note, and let him know I for one am following his press.” It’s always…

A dead body & 15 minutes of fame.

I went to undergraduate school at UC Santa Cruz for my first two years. Now that I’ve started to work for Dean David Yager of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz — I’m getting the distinct pleasure of re-connecting with friends from long ago… all smart, witty, thoughtful people who I admired then and…

The “Whenever Uncle”.

Guilt is a huge driver.  We’ve been told by our parents we need to write ‘thank you’ notes. Stationery stores made a living by enticing people to send greetings year-round. For birthdays. Christmas. Easter. Graduation. We may buy the card — and they’re not cheap — but not do anything more. Or skip the date…