A life of an actor…

On the occasion of his 85th birthday, we had a party for Robert G., a triple-threat actor.  His talented sister-in-law Candy edited together a video that took us onto the Broadway stage, showed us clips of his groundbreaking television shows, and encapsulated his life.  I was moved to tears the first time saw it — I wanted to keep…

Confessions of a junkie: Mail lust.

When the U.S. Post Office announced it might cancel Saturday delivery, I gasped.  How will I manage my flurry of outgoing mail?  How will I  deal with the loss of not peeking into my newly replaced Smith & Hawken mailbox to see what lurks within? (And yes, I indulged myself and got a cool gold ‘flag’…

Cheap thrills or “Confessions from an office supply junkie”.

I’m Erica and I’m an office supply junkie.  I have a cramped, claustrophobic closet under the staircase nobody else realize was sacred, but I lusted for immediately.  Now my “Thank You Room” (formerly where the treadmill lived) has a secret door, just like kids used to find in mystery houses. The door is covered by beige & tan wallpaper, and…

Praise for a life-changing author.

Years ago, my mentor Asa Baber (who wrote the “Men’s Column” for PLAYBOY) urged me to read Art Spiegelman’s award-winning book MAUS.   “Until you undertand your father’s past, no relationship with any man will work,” he warned.  It began my journey into piecing together my father’s past… which remains a tapestry of unanswered questions….

Horsing around.

After we received a picture of ourselves standing uncomfortably next to the actual “War Horse”, I thanked Charity, the theatre’s Development director. for arranging it.  It was surreal but extremely cool:  we walked into a backyard in Hancock Park  to find two grown men prancing around in an equine costume fresh from the London stage….

Congrats on the gig!

When it was announced Kelley would be in charge of reach-out for the Board of Trustees, I wanted to be the first to reach out to her. A hearty welcome makes a new job seem friendlier, somehow. Please Share

Seder in the desert…

My cousins Marla and Peter have begun a new tradition:  Seder in Palm Desert. We watch the sun set over the cactus, tear off challah in the heat, and rejoice in having Peter’s mother and my father (both in their 90’s) there to jointly represent 180 years. Please Share

When freedom is “a loaf of bread and a knife to cut it”.

At the Seder, Darlene asked us all what freedom meant.  The most poignant moment came when her mother Vivian, a Holocaust survivor said quietly after everyone else had spoken, “During the war… freedom meant a loaf of bread and a knife to cut it”.   We sat silently, knocked out by how basic freedom can be…

Ojai, the place where God smiled.

It took 9 months to organize.  I wanted my friends who live in Ojai to meet Vin’s friends who live in Ojai.  Simple, right?  It took all my scheduling wit but once we got together — it was worth all the hassle.  Plus Hein’s chocolate chip cookies are legendary. Please Share