This weekend I was lucky enough to be surrounded by nearly 6,000 young performing artists at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. My sons participated in the festival for the third year. The purpose of the event is not necessarily to create 6,000 new Broadway actors and actresses but to use the power of musical theater to teach kids important lessons about creativity, self-confidence, and hard work. The funny thing is that every year I think I learn more than… Read more »

how to plan for your best year ever

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Did you read my last post about my theme for the next year? Along with deciding that 2017 would be my year to evolve, I set some goals for the new year. Whether you call them goals or resolutions, the number one reason for failure is a failure to plan. So, it’s true that a goal without a plan turns out to be nothing more than just a wish and a… Read more »


Frankly, this year was not great for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons that I think I can summarize in one word: discord. That discord materialized in a lot of ways throughout the year: terrorism, Brexit, US Presidential elections, deaths, health problems, breakups, and personal crises. It sounds weird, but I feel bad for 2016. It was a year that was just at the wrong place and the wrong time, and now everybody hates it. How… Read more »


  This morning my son sweetly reminded me that Christmas Eve is just eight days away. I know he meant well by it, but it really just felt a little like he was trolling me. I love the Christmas season. I love Christmas scents and flavors, decorations, music, and all the holly and jolly. Unfortunately, I am a total loser and procrastinator when it comes to living out that Christmas spirit. In my defense, the 2-3 weeks after Thanksgiving are probably… Read more »

gilmore girls

  No spoilers about the new season of Gilmore Girls on Netflix other than this – it is outstanding. I was such a big fan of the original show that I considered naming my daughter Lorelei. My son is named Luke, and I the show did have some role in that choice of name (although was just part of the naming consideration). It’s probably a good thing that they are not Luke and Lorelei though because that would be pretty… Read more »

american presidential election

Dear Friends, Remember my post about friendship being more important than political speech? Let’s remember that today and not throw stones at people who voted for Trump. Half of the country does not hate Muslims, Mexicans, women, the LGBQT+ community, or anyone else. What do these results mean? They mean that America is discontent and divided about how to move ahead into the future. This is not the first time in our history that we’ve faced these feelings. America was… Read more »