Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dramatic News

My play “Ask Me Anything” has been selected for the New Theatre’s Miami 1-Acts Festival Summer 2013.

The New Theatre is one of the best theatres in Florida. It was the theatre that first produced “Anna of the Tropics” by Nilo Cruz that went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and I am beyond words to have my play selected by them.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012

An Appreciation

I want to take this time as I do just about every year to say thank you to the people in my life who have made this a good year in a lot of respects, all things considered.

I made it through with my health and sanity relatively unscathed, and I have my immediate family all in good condition and spirits, and we all got through 2012 with few complaints. At my nephew’s wedding in Indiana in October, I realized again how blessed I am to have both of my parents to guide and inspire me, my brothers and sister to remind me of the oneness of family, and extended family to share joy and sorrow with. At my 21st trip to the William Inge Festival, I renewed friendships with people who had been a part of my life for many years, and in some ways still are. This was a good year for renewal.

I still have a place to work and good people and friends to work with, doing good things for the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and in October I marked ten years there, the longest I’ve held a job at one place in my life. The last couple of years have been tough for all of us with cutbacks in the budget and added responsibilities for all of us. But we made it through in good stead and I’m happy and humbled to be a part of the effort. We have had our own shares of testing times — taking on new duties with less money to do it — but we made it through, and so to all of my colleagues and friends, thanks for everything. See you next week.

This past August marked the eleventh anniversary of my return to Miami. It hardly seems possible, but this is the longest I’ve stayed in one place since I graduated from high school, surpassing the eight years I lived in Colorado. Of course, helping me feel back at home has been the friendship and companionship of Bob and the Old Professor, who are still enjoying their retirements and the joys of volunteer work. Our regular Friday nights out to dinner and the wonderful meals on occasion are a great part of my life, not to mention the joy that Bob and I get out of using the OP as our straight man, so to speak. Never was there a better role model since George Burns or Margaret Dumont. And without Bob, my enthusiasm for cars and great humor would be sorely diminished.

There also the big wide world of the blogosphere out there that provides endless insight as well as maddening inanity. But it’s all a part of the mix. Bark Bark Woof Woof marked nine years back in November. This year was the most prolific (if not insightful) with over 2,00 posts — some of them even worth reading — and a new look and platform thanks to CLW and WordPress. I owe so much to so many people who have linked and promoted this little bit of the blogosphere, especially Rick at SFDB, and those who have included me in their effort: Melissa McEwan at Shakesville, and Michael J.W. Stickings at The Reaction. I have become a lot better at this largely because of them.

And then, of course, there’s you, dear Reader. Believe it or not, I don’t do this just because I love to write. Well, I do love to write, but it would seem to be a hollow effort if I didn’t think there was someone out there to read it and certainly keep me on my toes. You have made this blog a joy to write, and I am always thinking of you when I sit down here in the early morning to look at the world with dry bemusement and try not to bump into the furniture on my way to the coffee maker.

So here we go into 2013. What’s next?

PS: You can get a t-shirt with that cool picture of Mustang Bobby and Sam at the BBWW Shop. Get yours today.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book Tour

One of our favorite activities at Stratford is exploring the little shops, including the bookstores. Last year I stopped in at Fanfare Books on Erie Street, they happily offered to stock copies of my play. When we stopped in this morning, I found they were down to one copy, having sold one just yesterday, so we re-stocked.

It’s the yellow one.

We also stopped in at Callan Books on York Street, where they still have a few copies, but they took more for good measure.

To be fair, I picked up a couple of good reads in both stores.

Book Tour

One of our favorite activities at Stratford is exploring the little shops, including the bookstores. Last year I stopped in at Fanfare Books on Erie Street, they happily offered to stock copies of my play. When we stopped in this morning, I found they were down to one copy, having sold one just yesterday, so we re-stocked.

It’s the yellow one.

We also stopped in at Callan Books on York Street, where they still have a few copies, but they took more for good measure.

To be fair, I picked up a couple of good reads in both stores.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Thank You

It is very nice to be recognized for good work, especially if you enjoy doing that work and are not expecting recognition. Peter Schorsch at Saint Petersblog has nominated Bark Bark Woof Woof as his choice for “Best National Blog: Blog written by Floridians that covers primarily national politics” in the 2012 Netroots Awards. To say I am honored… well, it goes without saying, but I’ll say it… I’m honored. But to be nominated by a fellow writer whose work I also admire is terrific.

Thank You

It is very nice to be recognized for good work, especially if you enjoy doing that work and are not expecting recognition. Peter Schorsch at Saint Petersblog has nominated Bark Bark Woof Woof as his choice for “Best National Blog: Blog written by Floridians that covers primarily national politics” in the 2012 Netroots Awards. To say I am honored… well, it goes without saying, but I’ll say it… I’m honored. But to be nominated by a fellow writer whose work I also admire is terrific.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Pay to Play

I’ve been invited to attend CityWrights, a weekend gathering of playwrights here in Miami in June. It’s going to be a busy few days of seminars and workshops, and it will be a chance to connect — and re-connect — with a lot of important people in the business. I’ll also get a chance to submit one of my short plays to the City Theatre that puts on the Summer Shorts series every year. I am really looking forward to it.

The registration fee is $275 (I don’t need to book a hotel room; I live here) and it gets me into all of the events during the day. That’s a pretty steep price; that’s more than what I pay to attend the Inge Festival (not including airfare), but then, they’re doing it at a very nice venue and bringing in some great people. It also goes to support a worthy cause: local theatre and local playwrights here in South Florida.

So, I am humbly offering you the chance to support a worthy cause; namely, help me with the registration fee. If you are so inclined, click on the Donate button on the right sidebar under “Shameless Begging” and give whatever you want.

I am willing to offer something in exchange other than just a series of blog posts about theatre next month. For a donation of $30 or more, I will send you a copy of my play Can’t Live Without You in acting edition form, neatly bound. Just drop me an e-mail with your mailing address once you’ve made your donation.

I realize that this is the first time I’ve ever asked for direct donations (my hints in the past were too subtle, I guess), and I’m aware of the fact I am asking a large favor. If you can help, thank you. If not, thank you anyway.

Pay to Play

I’ve been invited to attend CityWrights, a weekend gathering of playwrights here in Miami in June. It’s going to be a busy few days of seminars and workshops, and it will be a chance to connect — and re-connect — with a lot of important people in the business. I’ll also get a chance to submit one of my short plays to the City Theatre that puts on the Summer Shorts series every year. I am really looking forward to it.

The registration fee is $275 (I don’t need to book a hotel room; I live here) and it gets me into all of the events during the day. That’s a pretty steep price; that’s more than what I pay to attend the Inge Festival (not including airfare), but then, they’re doing it at a very nice venue and bringing in some great people. It also goes to support a worthy cause: local theatre and local playwrights here in South Florida.

So, I am humbly offering you the chance to support a worthy cause; namely, help me with the registration fee. If you are so inclined, click on the Donate button on the right sidebar under “Shameless Begging” and give whatever you want.

I am willing to offer something in exchange other than just a series of blog posts about theatre next month. For a donation of $30 or more, I will send you a copy of my play Can’t Live Without You in acting edition form, neatly bound. Just drop me an e-mail with your mailing address once you’ve made your donation.

I realize that this is the first time I’ve ever asked for direct donations (my hints in the past were too subtle, I guess), and I’m aware of the fact I am asking a large favor. If you can help, thank you. If not, thank you anyway.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Welcome New Readers

My post on David Brooks’s screed the other day got picked up and quoted by Tim Mak at Politico. He even used it as the closing quote of the post. Very nice.

Next thing you know, my readership will go through the roof, I’ll get noticed by the big bloggers, maybe even The Maddow Blog, and then I’ll get invited to be a pundit on some cable show and maybe even go on MSNBC and see if Phil Griffin remembers me from high school. Then I’ll be famous and I’ll make tons of money and I can quit my job and do nothing but blog all day from my patio.

Or not.

If this is your first time stopping by, welcome.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quite an Honor

Miami New Times’ Riptide blog is ranking the top ten political blogs in South Florida. The list will be made public tomorrow…

But first, we wanted to recognize ten other blogs that deserve honorable mention for the public service they provide. While they don’t aggressively confront subjects like our top ten picks, these bloggers still make time to criticize boneheaded decisions by local government and shine a light on the ugly side of political candidates.

And thanks to being in alphabetical order, look who’s first.

Bark Bark Woof Woof
Started in 2003 by a moderate-to-liberal gay man with a background in theater, Bark Bark Woof Woof puts a farcical spin on right-wing conservative values and candidates. The author operates under the nom de plume “Mustang Bobby” and calls the bullshit streaming out of GOP presidential contenders.

Thanks. It’s nice to be recognized for the work.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

An Appreciation

I want to take this time as I do just about every year to say thank you to the people in my life who have made this a good year in a lot of respects, all things considered.

I made it through with my health and sanity relatively unscathed, and I have my immediate family all in good condition and spirits, and we all got through 2011 with few complaints. At our family reunion in Santa Fe in August, I realized how blessed I am to have both of my parents to guide and inspire me, my brothers and sister to remind me of the oneness of family, and extended family to share joy and sorrow with. At my 40th year high school class reunion in September, I renewed friendships with people who had been a part of my life for many years, and in some ways still are. This was a good year for renewal.

I still have a place to work and good people and friends to work with, doing good things for the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The last couple of years have been tough for all of us with cutbacks in the budget and added responsibilities for all of us. But we made it through in good stead and I’m happy and humbled to be a part of the effort. We have had our own shares of testing times — taking on new duties with less money to do it — but we made it through, and so to all of my colleagues and friends, thanks for everything. See you Tuesday.

This past August marked the tenth anniversary of my return to Miami. It hardly seems possible, but this is the longest I’ve stayed in one place since I graduated from high school, surpassing the eight years I lived in Colorado. Of course, helping me feel back at home has been the friendship and companionship of Bob and the Old Professor, who are still enjoying their retirements and the joys of volunteer work. Our regular Friday nights out to dinner and the wonderful meals on occasion are a great part of my life, not to mention the joy that Bob and I get out of using the OP as our straight man, so to speak. Never was there a better role model since George Burns or Margaret Dumont. And without Bob, my enthusiasm for cars and great humor would be sorely diminished.

There also the big wide world of the blogosphere out there that provides endless insight as well as maddening inanity. But it’s all a part of the mix. Bark Bark Woof Woof marked eight years back in November. This year was the most prolific (if not insightful) with over 2,150 posts; some of them even worth reading. I owe so much to so many people who have linked and promoted this little bit of the blogosphere, especially Rick at SFDB, and those who have included me in their effort: Melissa McEwan at Shakesville, Michael at The Reaction, and Kenneth Quinnell at FPC. I have become a lot better at this largely because of them.

And then, of course, there’s you, dear Reader. Believe it or not, I don’t do this just because I love to write. Well, I do love to write, but it would seem to be a hollow effort if I didn’t think there was someone out there to read it and certainly keep me on my toes. You have made this blog a joy to write, and I am always thinking of you when I sit down here in the early morning to look at the world with dry bemusement and try not to bump into the furniture on my way to the coffee maker.

So here we go into 2012. What’s next?

PS: You can get a t-shirt with that cool picture of Mustang Bobby and Sam at the BBWW Shop. Get yours today.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

It’s An Honor…

A local TV station here in Miami, CBS4, is having a Most Valuable Blogger contest. There are a variety of categories, ranging from Dining/Entertaining, Sports, Lifestyle, Local Affairs, and so on. This blog has been nominated in the “Everything Else” category. Voting for finalists is open now through September 9th.

I’m honored to be nominated; I’m in there with a lot of other fine blogs and good writers. And if you are inclined to vote, I would be honored if you voted for me.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Buy The Book – Ctd.

Can’t Live Without You is now on sale at Fanfare Books in Stratford, Ontario, as well as the aforementioned Callan Books, where I’m told they have already sold 20% of the inventory. (I gave them five and they sold one, but 20% sounds better.)

Fanfare is located on Ontario Street, the main shopping street in Stratford, and they have a wide selection of books from all over the world. Years ago it was located in a rambling old house on a side street overlooking the Avon River, and I loved to poke through it to find books and scripts stuffed into nooks and crannies of the house. It was there in 1972 or so that I found all twelve of the Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome in paperback. They are my comfort and joy as I re-read them, remembering the original stories my father read to me as a child.

It’s really great to have one of my books on sale at Fanfare; it’s like completing a circle.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Buy The Book

My favorite bookstore is Callan Books in Stratford, Ontario. John Callan has a wide variety of books on almost every subject packed into a neat little shop on York Street, and he’s always been helpful in recommending new authors and promoting good books that might otherwise escape my attention. Not only that, he’s become a good friend, always willing to take the time to talk about anything from new arrivals to the latest news from behind the scenes at the Festival.

This morning I stopped by and showed him the printed version of Can’t Live Without You, and without prompting he immediately asked for five copies to sell. So there they are, on sale in a bookstore in a place where I know that a lot of theatre people shop for books.

So if you’re in the area, stop by, browse, and pick up a copy. And get to know John, too.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Buy The Book

My play, Can’t Live Without You, made it to off-off-Broadway in January 2008, and it’s now available in an acting edition, printed by the legendary publishing house, BBWW Literary Works.

I will be taking it to the 30th annual William Inge Theatre Festival, which opens on Wednesday, but you can get your own copy for the incredibly low price of just $10, plus shipping and handling. Drop me an e-mail with your mailing address and make your payment via PayPal at the Donate button on the sidebar, and I’ll send it out to you. I’ll even autograph it.

Friday, December 31, 2010

An Appreciation

So here we are at the end of another year. Yeah, Captain Obvious, that’s me. But I want to take this time as I do just about every year to say thank you to the people in my life who have made this a good year in a lot of respects, all things considered.

I made it through with my health and sanity relatively unscathed, and I have my immediate family all in good condition and spirits, and we all got through 2010 with few complaints. I realize how blessed I am to have both of my parents to guide and inspire me, my brothers and sister to remind me of the oneness of family, and extended family to share joy and sorrow with.

I still have a place to work and good people and friends to work with, doing good things for the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The last couple of years have been tough for all of us with cutbacks in the budget and added responsibilities for all of us. But we made it through in good stead and I’m happy and humbled to be a part of the effort. We have had our own shares of testing times — new software takes getting used to, as does new office space — but we made it through, and so to all of my colleagues and friends, thanks for everything. See you Monday.

This coming August will mark the tenth anniversary of my return to Miami. It hardly seems possible, but this is the longest I’ve stayed in one place since I graduated from high school, surpassing the eight years I lived in Colorado. Of course, helping me feel back at home has been the friendship and companionship of Bob and the Old Professor, who are still enjoying their retirements and the joys of volunteer work. Our regular Friday nights out to dinner and the wonderful meals on occasion are a great part of my life, not to mention joy that Bob and I get out of using the OP as our straight man, so to speak. Never was there a better role model since George Burns or Margaret Dumont. And without Bob, my enthusiasm for cars and great humor would be sorely diminished.

There also the big wide world of the blogosphere out there that provides endless insight as well as maddening inanity. But it’s all a part of the mix. Bark Bark Woof Woof marked seven years back in November, which, according to one commenter, makes it a paleo-blog in terms of the internet life span. This year was the most prolific (if not insightful) with over 2,100 posts; some of them even worth reading. I owe so much to so many people who have linked and promoted this little bit of the blogosphere, especially Rick at SFDB, and those who have included me in their effort: Melissa McEwan at Shakesville, Michael at The Reaction, and Kenneth Quinnell at FPC. I have become a lot better at this largely because of them.

And then, of course, there’s you, dear Reader. Believe it or not, I don’t do this just because I love to write. Well, I do love to write, but it would seem to be a hollow effort if I didn’t think there was someone out there to read it and certainly keep me on my toes. I know the commenting system leaves something to be desired; in the two years we’ve been in this new format, it still has a few bugs in the system. Be that as it may, you have made this blog a joy to write, and I am always thinking of you when I sit down here in the early morning to look at the world with dry bemusement and try not to bump into the furniture on my way to the coffee maker.

So here we go into 2011. What’s next?