Farewell to Robin Williams: a thank you note

    Robin Williams died today. It seems surreal to write that. But since writing is the way I process the incomprehensible -- I find myself writing. Everyone is tweeting and facebooking and calling into radio shows about what a great talent Robin was. Yeah. He was. But that wasn't what I adored about him. It …

Things change and nothing changes: Mrs. Doubtfire 2 debrief

I have a pretty normal routine when I get up in the morning. The dog goes outside to sniff around the yard. I do my meditation and yoga. We both have some breakfast and I make tea. Then, just before I sit down to write, I quickly check email - which usually consist of friends sending me links …

Why would we want Mrs. Doubtfire 2?

November 24th, 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Mrs. Doubtfire. It's astounding that people see me, a 34-year-old writer who lives in Virginia, and still recognize Lydia Hillard. Ever since the movie came out, people have been wanting a sequel. Maybe Mrs. Doubtfire could be working as an undercover cop? Masquerading as …

In which I attempt to impress my niece with “Teenaged Girl Underwater”

My 7-year old niece wants to be a marine biologist. She was explaining that her first favorite are great white sharks, but dolphins are her close second favorite. At the time, she and I were standing on a paddleboard, cruising around the sadly shark/dolphin-free Bass Lake in California. I don't get to hang out with her, or …