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Welcome to my online home.  I’m either entertaining at a comedy club or college, or lost in a sci fi bookstore.  Or maybe I’m teaching a workshop. If not, I might be watching my Star Trek dvds.  Again.  Check out my blog and follow me on Twitter to find out!

Global Warming and the Polar Vortex

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Polar Vortex and climate change

You may be looking at this weather across much of North America and thinking, well, so much for global warming! That’s a relief. We’re gonna freeze to death, but at least we won’t boil to death!

Actually… it turns out that global warming may be the culprit for this cold weather.

The first thing to remember is that our global climate and weather systems are quite complex. When new factors are introduced, such as the heating effect of carbon and other greenhouse gases, the effect won’t simply be “it’s warmer”. For example, it will be warmer, but it will also …

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Artists and Second Careers

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Most artists have a second career. It’s the nature of being an artist in America today. The work or the sales of your work can be inconsistent, or you might be getting underpaid or not paid at all. And not paying the rent? Not that glamorous. We artists aren’t stupid; most of us really do want to eat and take care of life’s demands. So, we develop income streams that will kick in when art is not paying the bills.

As for me, I work in communication skills and creativity/innovation skills and training. It’s the perfect second career for a …

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Creativity in the Business of Being an Artist

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I had a wonderful time this fall on my school tour. It always feels so delicious to just be an artist. By that I mean, very specifically, engaging in activities like writing, editing, rehearsing, collaborating and performing. There are no other experiences like it for us writer/performers. There are no experiences that provide such satisfaction and peace. Of course, making art can be full of conflict and high drama, don’t get me wrong! But those of us that stay with it do so because it provides us with a sense of being exactly where we are supposed to be in …

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The Biochemistry of Love: A Recipe for Addiction?

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biochem of love

I went to a party for polyamorous people recently. What can I say, I was curious. It was at a big house in Bayview-Hunters Point in San Francisco. And no, it wasn’t a sex party! It was a pig roast.  And everyone kept their clothes on, more or less. There was a clothing swap in one room, and people kept whipping off their clothes to try on other clothes, but only in that room. (I found a really cute polka-dotted corset myself. I paired it with a skirt the hostess had given me – b/c I had come in black …

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Seneca Falls and the Women’s Rights Park

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After my show last Wednesday in upstate NY, I drove to Syracuse – 140 miles. In the rain, on country roads. Yikes! I thought I’d sleep in a bit on Thursday, but no luck. I gave up and got on the road.

I ended up being really glad that I had. Along Highway 90 from Syracuse to Rochester, there is a little town named Seneca Falls. My interest was immediately piqued. Seneca Falls, of course, was the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention, in 1848. Anyway, I turned off the highway, drove into town, and found this:

A National …

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