April 20, 2018

(Art by Lorenzo Bosi) 

I have a theory that there are 2 kinds of loneliness.

I know this is false because any kind of binary is automatically going to have holes in it. I get it.

In the meantime this theory is brought to you by my understanding of the nervous system as we...

February 28, 2018

I recently came back from a trip to Colombia with a friend from there. Watching people make plans, reach out, talk about big feelings, and make more plans, I woke up to the fact that what I was finding most perplexing was the absence of shame. They shamelessly reached...

December 1, 2017

I hear this all the time and have 2 things to say right out of the gate.

"normal" and "shouldn't"

Normal.

Our childhood is always our "normal." It's all we know.

"It's normal that people don't have time for me and I spend lots of time alone"

"It's normal that I have to take...

October 31, 2017

On Sunday I stepped in dog shit.

This was after someone left me high and dry owing $800.

And after my transmission broke and I found myself on the side of the road with 2 kids in the back seat of a car packed for a move.

And after I called the tow truck.

And in the middle...

July 26, 2017

Speaking to the wonderful Gloria Macarenko on CBC in an interview on play, I got stumped.

Gloria: This city is expensive. What do you say to people who say play is a luxury and one more thing they can’t fit into their lives as they try to survive?

What are some take-away...

June 29, 2017

"Your body language shapes who you are."

Amy Cuddy presents one of my favourite TED talks. She talks about sticking your arms in the air like superwoman for two minutes in order to CHANGE THE CHEMICALS IN YOUR BODY and make you feel more like superwoman.

In her study she...

June 3, 2017

Words are important. The words we choose have an impact on others and the culture we are creating.

Words aren't everything. They are the external layer, the crust on the creme brûlée. Or the shell on a rotten egg.

I am nervous about political correctness if it's at the e...

May 20, 2017

What drew people to Mr. Rogers even though he always seemed ridiculously slow to me?


Why were people transformed and moved to tears when they sat in front of performance artist, Marina Abramovic, and simply met her eyes?


These two people are from radically different wo...

April 22, 2017

I just read an article in GQ (?!) entitled "Look, Man, You're Not Actually Scared of Clowns," which has got me to again revisit this theme.

His theory is that the clown in "It" is a "clown" specifically designed to terrify a 6 year old, and that the only clown who has "...

April 12, 2017

Have you ever had someone tell you to do it again, but better?

In theatre school that was the infamous directors note we all laughed at. "Could you do that again, but better?"

It happens all the time in business & education.

"Be creative."

"Play more."

"Be better."

Just to p...

April 12, 2017

I had a theatre teacher who, with a giant smile, would say, "perfect!" at the end of just about everything, even when it appeared obvious to me, that it wasn't.

And he became this voice in my head.

Perfect!

Perfect!

It was perfect, or more importantly, it was perfect even...

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