10-28 Rent Control and Stabilization aka VOTE!

Friends who live in Minneapolis and St. Paul, let’s talk about the upcoming ballot. Specifically, let’s talk about the rent control/stabilization measures being considered. I spent a while reading about this last night. Here is where I’m at with it: Minneapolis desperately needs rent stabilization. Right now, there is not a legislative way to do…

9-9 Tiny Flames to Light the Darkness

Here is a metaphor (because words and metaphors are how I think). Relationships are like flames.  Friends, family relationships, romantic connections, all of them are like fire, but I’ve been thinking a lot about friendships. When you strike a match, it doesn’t catch every time.  We come across people in our lives who might be…

12-18 Thoughts on Theater (and my own future)

In December of 2019, IATSE 13 had 3,366 calls.  This year, there have been 12. Let me try to break that statement out of the jargon a bit.  IATSE is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.  It is the union that covers folks like stage hands, theatrical carpenters, stitchers, dressers, lighting techs, sound techs,…

11-27 Traditions and Thanksgiving

Yesterday was Thanksgiving.  As I’ve grown older, and the world around us has started to hear the voices of people who have been kept voiceless for generations, it is a holiday that is getting increasingly complex. On one hand, it is the least “commercialized” mainstream holiday I can think of.  We don’t really send Thanksgiving…

2-12 The Bargaining Phase

According to the psychology textbooks, there are these stages of grief that you are supposed to go through.  And they are supposed to go in some kind of an order and then you get to the other side and they are all done and you are maybe done with grief. That’s not how it works….

1-7 Tattoo

I have joked that I should get “Widow” tattooed across my forehead because it would make some conversations easier.  Like the time at work that my employee had to ask me who Jason was, or that other time at work that the designer on the show did a double take when I said he was…