Real People, Not Actors

My acting instructor, Julie-Anne Liechty says, “Acting is being real in pretend situations. Anything else looks like acting.” To paraphrase the Chevrolet commercials, however, most of us are real people, not actors. (Although I have met some pretty real people who are actors and some “real” people who are anything but.) Even if you never[…]

Acting On It

Acting classes—should you be taking them? I am. Just so you know, this isn’t something I have done a great deal of—acting or acting classes or film or theater. I am not counting the facades, personas and personalities I may or may not have affected throughout my life. I am also not counting times I[…]

Now Listening To Station WIII-FM

I was contemplating myself the other day, my favorite subject, I am sorry to say. Go ahead and admit it, you do the same—contemplate yourself. You are just as infatuated and preoccupied with your own life as I am with mine—we all are. We are, after all, such interesting people. We all listen to station[…]

Large Amounts

It’s Halloween today, and tonight costume-clad kids will roam neighborhoods attempting to acquire as much candy as they can. They will come to my door and my neighbor’s door with their jack-o-lantern shaped plastic buckets or ratty pillowcases and utter those magical words, “Trick or treat.” They will quickly leave once the candy has been distributed to hit up the next house for even more treats. For the most part, it is little kids with parents[…]

Win Friends

I am not a fan of installing toilets, although it’s easy enough to do. It’s just the thought of what goes into them that kind of grosses me out.  You need a good seal on your toilet when you set it—believe me, I know firsthand what happens when you don’t.   I picked up the wax ring needed to create the seal at the local[…]

He Who Hesitates

Last week I wrote about the wisdom in minding the gap that exists between a thought and action. The focus was on the kind of thoughts that would lead you to questionable actions, things that if done wouldn’t be considered to be in your or another person’s best interests—lashing out verbally in anger to a loved one instead of taking a moment to rethink what[…]