Movie Review: Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio”

There is certainly no shortage of Pinocchio movies. Guillermo del Toro’s version is the third this year. It will air on Netflix in December, but I attended an advance screening. Is this version any better than the twenty-nine film versions that have preceded it?...

Rusty Hospitality

A friend came to visit the other day. We carved jack-o-lanterns, roasted pepitas, and yakked. We played music and sang. We had dinner. All in all, an excellent time. But it felt like returning to something I’d done in a hazy past life. Familiar but also...

Driving in Canada: Notes from a Clueless American

I’ve spent the past week in British Columbia enjoying the many pleasures our beautiful northern neighbor has to offer. Driving has not been the least of them. But I did have a few things to learn. Car vs Pedestrian Don’t stand in the vicinity of a crosswalk if you...

Pinocchi-oh no no no

I won’t keep you in suspense. I loathed Disney’s Pinocchio remake. Now, admittedly, I’ve spent years thinking and writing about Pinocchio as an allegory for the human struggle to find authenticity and meaning. I wrote a play about him...

Growing Feathers

“She almost shook her head no but then asked for a Negroni too. Courage in a glass. What would he do when she told him? If she told him. She could still call it off. No. She was almost thirty-two. If she wasn’t going to die alone, she had to get past this with...

Why I hate writing

Don’t get me wrong. Some parts of writing are great. Like the “going to write” part. That’s when the beautiful dreams of stories flutter down like bright birds of paradise to alight on my shoulders and sing of untold wonders. That’s the...

Walking on Earth

Yesterday I finally discovered how far I would walk in one day if nothing external stopped me. Usually there are constraints: companions, schedules, bad weather. But yesterday held none of those. After 35,000 steps (about 13 miles), my feet became a constraint. The...

Three-Day Artist’s Date

Many years ago I did The Artist’s Way – a self-guided program to tap into your creative potential. I found it challenging but transformative in the way I viewed myself as an artist and approached my work. One of the pillars of The Artist’s Way is ”Morning Pages”...

May I have the envelope please…

I opened the envelope and I now know where I’ll be going tomorrow morning. Now I just need to pack! I lived in my parents house through college, then with a roommate for a short while, and with my husband since then. I’ve never lived alone and I am not...

Thresholds

I haven’t opened the envelope yet. The one that reveals where I will be road tripping and what I will be doing starting Monday morning. Partly because, as you can see, it is guarded by the gatekeeper. But the primary reason is one I’ve been fascinated by...