When you work in the arts you know that rejection is part of the game. How many submissions have you had rejected? How many times has a publisher told you it can’t seem to find that play you sent 6 months before? But when you post a blog you have to believe that cyberspace has … Read more


With each passing day a new author is born.  We may not know for decades how the experiences of that individual will shape his words and impact our lives through stages yet to be formed.  When I think about the great playwrights of the past…the Sophocles’, the Shakespeares and the Strindbergs…I wonder if visions danced … Read more

Karen Blomain’s Gift

Sadly, we want to let our readers know that Karen Blomain lost her battle with cancer on August 15.  She underwent chemo earlier in the spring and despite hopes for a positive outcome, her husband and co-author Michael Downend e-mailed last week that the cancer was relentless and that his beloved Karen was dying.  My … Read more

A Single Burst of a Water Pipe

Last year the theme for our summer inter-related arts half-day camp with the non-profit I started back in the 90’s was “Give Me Water.” I’ve written before about water and its necessity to sustain life and its ability to take it away. A week ago I discovered a place in between: how a single burst … Read more

The Wonder of Friends in the New Year

Last night was one of those wondrous evenings of dear friends ushering in the New Year together. Mark and I have been on a whirlwind holiday dash to see family across the universe, or so it sometimes seems when your plane leaves minutes after six and and by two P.M. the topography has changed from … Read more

From the Wilds of Montana to the Streets of LA

Mark and I just got back from a quick weekend in LA.  Drove out through Las Vegas, had a delicious meal in the Tower restaurant at the Paris with scrumptious crepes the next morning.  Delivered the car we were driving to my stepson and helped him get set-up in his new apartment in West Hollywood, … Read more

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

For all the places in the world that need water… and I know there are many…I apologize in advance… And for all those who have more water than there boots can hold, I ask your forgiveness…but sitting at my desk overlooking another dreary spring day is finally getting to me. Okay, so I shouldn’t complain. … Read more

Risk Taking

I just got back from an international film festival in Las Vegas. Okay, so I didn’t just watch films. I spent a few minutes in front of a slot machine. Or maybe that was a few hours. I’ve conveniently forgotten, I think. Whatever the case, I risked a dime or two on the penny slots … Read more

Adventure Outside Yourself

I just finished another 12-hour day working on the play. I remember a good friend of mine, who was a professor at Centre College and then took a position at Washington State University in Pullman, said his wife complained she wouldn’t see him for weeks on end when he was directing a play. He told … Read more

Dig Yourself a Deep Hole

Okay, I’m ready to read something that doesn’t have a gay guy in it.  Don’t get me wrong, we welcome the work of gay playwrights and are open to all content, but frankly, unless your play brings something new to the table about the gay experience beyond the friend you think is gay but ends … Read more