Notes From the Toolbox

The Velveteen Pillow

Back in my theatre days, I was given a mask-shaped pillow with the tragic face on one side and the comic face on the other. Sad. Happy. For years, to keep it pristine, I kept it inside the original cellophane. But sometime after my youngest son entered his teens, I...

Does This Novel Make Me Look Fat?

I’m fat. You probably wouldn’t agree if you saw me. But it’s how I feel. The truth hit me yesterday when my white jeans didn’t slip on the way they used to, and I feared the zipper wouldn’t zip and the button wouldn’t close. The horror continued today, hence I’ve...

I’m With Woody— Apropos of Nothing

I’m not political. My interest in politics only developed during the 2016 presidential campaign. The only reason that happened was because of the moral crisis our country was facing and has yet to rebound from. I’m not an activist. Although I admire those who are and...