NIGHT. Barbara, first-time babysitter who just started putting up flyers for her services on her thirteenth birthday, sits rubbing her good-luck owl keychain in Interrogation Room B. Detective Hamish said they wouldn’t take it away, but he also said she go home after she told the truth and that was hours ago. And even more hours since they said they just needed to ask a few quick questions at the station on the way home. And many more hours since the last time she slept.
Before 2020, I generally found gratitude in one of two forms. One would be a languid, relaxing daydream-y type of thankfulness. The bubbles of thanks that casually float to the surface of consciousness while you're sitting on the beach on vacation, or with a cup of coffee staring out at a sunrise thinking, Hmmm...I am so thankful to be here, to be alive... The purpose of this thought has no beginning and certainly no end...it often doesn't lead to any major life change. You just think the thankful thought and leisurely move on with the rest of your day.
A DAY OF SONG We all have really rough days, ones that are impervious to the regular self-care routines we establish to protect ourselves from the damage. For those inconsolable days, we need music. And ones of every genre, not just what we're used to. I read once that if art decorates space, then music decorates time. So for those bare, bleak times, decorate your day with this positivity-charged playlist to keep you up and moving.
Are you a budding screenwriter working to transition your work to the screen? A creative producer looking to get into the financing side? A director trying to expand your producing capabilities? An actor eager to have your own control over a project, or at least something to brag to your parents/agent that you're working on? These days, it's almost an expectation that film creatives are quadruple-threats: director, producer writer, and actor. We worship at the alter of the Phoebe Waller-Bridges and Duplass Brothers of the indie world. We salivate over the webseries-turned-wonder-successes of Broad City and Insecure. We look at own unproduced screenplay, or sparse demo reel, or empty IMDB page and think...maybe I too could make own my work?
When I was a teenager I read an article in Seventeen magazine about skincare that highlighted famous celebrities' best tips and tricks for radiant skin as they age. I looked in the mirror and for the first time, questioned how "healthy" my skin looked. The thought had never crossed my mind before. I furrowed my brow and - SHOCK!- a teeny crease formed between my eyebrows. Horrified, I ran out to my local drugstore and spent all my money on a little jar of Olay Deep Wrinkle Treatment. Back home I smeared the goop designed to attack aging skin onto my pristine forehead, relieved to have 'solved' the problem.
A one-year-old troublemaker must protect her house when she is accidentally left home alone by her family while they go run errands.
Happy Autumn, fellow culinarians! When the leaves start to fall, it's time for the dough to rise. Every Fall, the frisky cool air always inspires in me a baking spirit as short-lived as the changing leaves. This typically extends for one disastrous October week leading up to Halloween where I try to make uncooked brownie balls that look like eyeballs or cookies topped with black licorice that make it look like a spider.
Leading up to the election, 95% of my email inbox has been full of dramatic panic messages from various elected officials and their endorsed political hopefuls needing donations tonight or risk losing the entire election.