Great Christmas Expectations

Great Christmas Expectations

Did you miss me? I know you did because people stopped me on the street and at my favorite sushi haunt wondering where my column was last week! True story. Well, the part about the sushi is, and I did get some panicked fan messages. It’s good to be missed sometimes. What happened was I ...
Family Togetherness at Its Finest

Family Togetherness at Its Finest

For Thanksgiving this year, we tried something new. We booked a cabin for the whole extended fam to stay together for the holiday weekend. I hoped it would go well. Such condensed togetherness could make great memories and bonding experiences, or make us wake up Friday morning and wish we were with a crowd of ...
Concert Etiquette Crash Course

Concert Etiquette Crash Course

In my university chorale days, I had the privilege to sing under the direction of a master conductor: Dr. Will Kesling. He was brilliant, demanding, dynamic, pompous, accomplished and arrogant—the perfect maestro. He even had the consummate conductor look with a robust build, well-groomed facial hair beneath a distinguished receding brow topped with a silver ...
How the Other Half Lives

How the Other Half Lives

In my favorite Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, there’s a song titled How the Other Half Lives. It’s a catchy duet sung in a scene set in a New York hotel lobby where two women of the “Roaring Twenties” meet and converse about their aspirations. Millie is a struggling but ambitious “modern” trying to work ...
At the Heart of Homecoming

At the Heart of Homecoming

Happy “Homecoming” season! It’s that time of year when high schoolers paint streets, store windows and themselves to celebrate school pride—even if they don’t know why. I didn’t really know what homecoming was about when I got in a paint fight with the Senior Class President while slathering a big “W” on the intersection of ...