After the theatre.

Donna Brown and I went to see “MATHILDA” a few weeks ago. I wasn’t going to go — we’d already made dinner plans — but we decided it was a bad thing to waste theatre tickets, and we rolled the dinner into a theater date. A day later, I got this colorful card in the…

Party Animals.

My trainer Brian always encourages me to eat healthy. Unfortunately, I have good intentions and poor follow-through. He gave me a gift card for Whole Foods for my birthday, which I promise — you’re my witness — to use for green choices.  Don’t tell him I just ate half a bag of peanut butter M&M’s!…

Not jaded.

Sue Brennan — or Suzanne Nathan as she’s now known — has been my friend since Jordan Junior High, when we met as innocent seventh graders.  We’ve gone through a lot together, and now she lives in Boston — but we see each other whenever I’m there or she’s in California visiting her folks. Sue…

Driver with a dream.

Back in November, I had a limo driver up in Palo Alto who, like me, had an artistic daughter who he had encouraged to follow her dreams. He confided that he, too, wanted to follow his:  to become a realtor, and design homes with his daughter. I encouraged him, just as he’d encouraged his child,…

A keyboard without a “love you” key.

As I sipped my morning coffee — trying to wake up — I noticed this cartoon… and the typing, of course, caught my eye. When I looked a little closer, I liked his text — “to convey such thoughts (of love)” has no key… But then I thought — “If he had a typewriter, he…

A dreamer’s big day.

I’ve known Maria since she was in elementary school… and she’s always written me beautiful notes.  One time she created a huge ‘thank you’ card, better than anything one could find in a store, complete with scissor-scalloped edges and rolling calligraphy. She is graduating from college this week, and I know what a struggle it…

A Congresswoman who understands producers.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF- 8#q=caucus%20of%20producers%20writers%20and%20directors *** We heard Congresswoman Judy Chu speak at the opening of “WATERFALL”, a musical that opened world-wide on Sunday at The Pasadena Playhouse. When she mentioned her fight for creative types  — artists, producers, writers — I whispered to Vin, “You need to meet her & tell her about the Producers’ Caucus.” They…