Time management.

I talked to a young student named Malaysha when I taught a class at Da Vinci Design last week… the assignment was to write a song.  She sheepishly admitted hers was about how she ran out of it.  I promised to write her a letter — and in my note, I reassure her that I…

At Star Office Machines with Louise Marler, typewriter artist.

Louise A. Marler, a typewriter artist, and I went to Star Office Machines today to see Ermanno, our favorite mechanic. We’re prepping for a proposal on — guess what? — and needed Ermanno’s thoughts. We got to see some really cool machines — our version of ‘kicking tires’. Our master mechanic wasn’t there but his associate Pedro…

Hey, Hey, UCLA.

When I was teaching the Da Vinci Design students, I met DYLAN, a 2nd generation Bruin. We bonded over our Bruin-ness, and I wrote him a follow-up note. Please Share

The Beatles fan.

When I was growing up, almost all of us were Beatles fans. Now it’s an oddity. a delightful throwback. When Candace was introduced to me at the Da Vinci Design class I taught, someone else said, “She’s a Beatles fan!” as if it were something very, very odd. I wanted to let her know  she’s…

Adele hopeful.

Taylor wants to write a song for Adele.  When we talked at the Da Vinci Design class I gave last week about ‘Power Outreach” letter-writing, I encouraged her.  Here’s my follow-up note.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw Please Share

Lime green nails and a happy smile.

I promised to write the students at Da Vinci Design Academy after I taught a class on “POWER OUTREACH” letter-writing.   Maya sat in the front row, lime green nails pointing the way… she knew everything there was to know about Simon Cowell, and wants to send a song she wrote care of his attention….

90th birthdays.

After a 90th birthday party for Gloria Gordon, Donna Guillaume wrote Vin and me a really sweet note — she said she’s never known so many 90-year olds!  Between Gloria, my mother, Vin’s mom, and my Dad — we’ve got a healthy group of them.  It made me take stock of who’s in my life,…

“The Whipping Man” with Charlie Robinson.

My friend Lesley Brander, who is involved with The Pasadena Playhouse — and with me at UC Santa Cruz — invited my friend Donna Brown Guillaume to Opening Night of “The Whipping Man”. Donna and I jumped at the opportunity.  When I got there, I realized, “I’ve never been here before!”  It was a strange…

A phone call from Don Rickles.

A few weeks ago I saw DON RICKLES perform at my Temple — the newly-converted (no pun intended) Saban Theatre, near the corner when Larry Flynt ran his Penthouse empire for decades. It was the first time DON RICKLES had performed in Los Angeles in 17 years. Since I’ve been a major fan for years,…