Category Movies

A windfall weekend

What do you do when your get-away weekend in Italy falls through and you want to stop feeling sad that your opera ticket’s going to waste? Think of the weekend as a surprise weekend in London, not a lost weekend in Italy. I was tempted to treat it like a “normal” weekend, feeling harried to […]

Boise weekend!

This time last week, I was on my way to the airport to catch a flight to Boise.  I’d found a good promotion on Alaska Air a few months ago and decided to seize the opportunity to shore up my position as the Favorite Uncle and catch up with my awesome twin sister. How did […]

The hills are alive…

What’s a super fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon?  Singing along with Julie Andrews at the top of your lungs with a group of friends and a sold-out theatre full of grown-ups and children who are all doing the same. We were in the 5th Avenue theatre, an ornate old building downtownwhere the touring […]

Getting to Seoul (and what we ate)

It’s one thing to stay up till 2am packing for a trip — what with the caffeine, the excitement, and the indecision over whether to pack all four pairs of shorts and two pairs of jeans, you declare that sleep is overrated and you’ll have plenty of time for that on the plane.  It’s another […]

Oh, the perils of being a woman in love!

Suppose you’re a beautiful young woman.  You meet the man of your dreams and fall in love.  He loves you, too, and life’s a fairy tale.  Unfortunately, if you’re the heroine of a fairy tale and you fall in love at the beginning of the tale, then you’re in for a rough spell.  Sooner or […]

Storytelling – Greek mythology and Oscar shorts

Stories.  I love ’em.  They get you out of your head, into someone else’s.  They take you places.  They make you feel things and understand things that you might never otherwise feel or understand because the scope of your first-hand experience is too narrow.  As a teenager who read way too many books (for example, in […]

Denver – Christmas Day

I awoke with a start in the wee hours of the morning — I had forgotten that there was a videoconference scheduled in my bedroom for exactly that time, and if I didn’t hurry, I would be caught sleeping in bed when everyone else dialed in to resume negotiations.  I scrambled out into the living […]